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When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

When Scientific Research And Legos Collide

To some children, Legos are a first primer to serious architecture. Though in the fun guise of play, most of us don’t recall the strategy, composing and hours of constructing, erecting and regrouping to begin again, that was involved in a serious afternoon of Lego assembly. Science, who is no stranger to hours of constructive exploration, often strays from the ordinary to investigate and find answers, and when searching for a solution to fill a laboratory need one team did just that. Researchers at Iowa State University wanted to investigate what effects the environment has on plant development. In order to… read more

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Researchers Create Body Atlas Of Human Emotions

Emotions play into our everyday lives and are wide-ranging. Research looking into human emotions is helpful in furthering understanding of how we are all wired. Emotional states can produce various physiological changes, and a new study showed that emotions are connected to certain reactions that can be measured in the body. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 701 participants were involved in the study which included body mapping assessments as related to certain human emotions. The reactions were found to be similarly felt across the participants, who resided in different parts of the globe. Language and… read more

Do You Take A Multivitamin?

Do You Take A Multivitamin?

If so, it is possible you may be wasting your money, according to recent research. 52% of Americans take a multivitamin, and sales are expected to reach over 11 billion in the upcoming year. However, the vitamin industry is probably scrambling to vamp up their marketing and public relations efforts, as 3 new studies recently published in the Annals of Internal Medicine have all concluded that taking a daily vitamin provides practically no benefits for the majority of those who take them. The studies all concluded that routine vitamin use has little or no effects against the risks of cardiovascular… read more

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Ocean Plastic Creates Its Own Plastisphere

Plastic debris floating around the ocean has been studied for years as its massive man made islands increase. The effects to ocean life, waterways and the seafood industry are all on the research radar. One recent study published in Environmental Science & Technology has provided an interesting look into the oceans’ plastic pollution. The research team, reminding that plastic is the most plentiful form of marine debris, were interested in looking at the impact of plastics on the oceans’ ecosystems. Specifically wanting to understand microbial communities, they examined several locations in the North Atlantic. To investigate what effects plastics have had on… read more

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Can Product Labeling Alter Taste?

Food and beverage packaging are scrutinized and marketing tactics are fully employed long before the products hit the shelves. It is not a secret that product packaging can impact sales decisions, but can it make a difference in the way your cup of coffee tastes? According to a study investigating the subject, it may actually be a possibility. Published in PLOS ONE, results from the article titled Who Needs Cream and Sugar When There Is Eco-Labeling? Taste and Willingness to Pay for “Eco-Friendly” Coffee showed some interesting consumer behavior. The study looked into whether or not coffee that was labeled as “ecofriendly”… read more

The History Of Food Banks

The History Of Food Banks

The first food bank in the U.S., St. Mary’s, was established in 1967 in Arizona. The founder, John van Hengel, used to volunteer serving meals when he had the thought to do even more for his community. He heard one of the mothers at St. Vincent DePaul where he helped hand out meals say that she was only able to provide food for her children by searching through dumpsters at grocery stores and taking them to soup kitchens for free meals. This drove him to connect with others in the community to work out a system where those who had… read more

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Symptoms of depression can include sleeplessness, but insomnia is much more than a few restless nights. It is a serious condition that affects one’s daily activities and can impair functioning. Our systems are naturally attuned and innately responsive to day and night activities, and the brain regulates this internal clock. A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. shows interesting findings regarding brain activity and our inherent time regulation system. Typically, people operate in sync with daylight hours, functioning on a schedule correlate to the available sunlight. This particular examination showed that the circadian… read more

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens, or the seedlings of herbs and vegetables, have concentrated flavors and colors and are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals. One study that examined 25 varieties of commonly found microgreens concluded that a range of nutritive levles could be found in them. Researchers discovered that the cotyledon leaves of the microgreens contain amplified amounts of nutrients, more than the nutritional value of fully grown leaves of the identical, fully grown plant. Because they are not fully developed, the initial leaf contains highly concentrated nutrients. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens can be fairly easily grown without much care or… read more

Recycling Reminders

Recycling Reminders

When it comes to some items, like disposable containers, their toss away exterior may have an effect on whether or not they make it to the recycling bin. One study published in the Journal of Consumer Research looked at what prompted consumers to throw away items or recycle them. It was found that the perception of usefulness may be correlated to whether or not an object is recycled. The more worth something holds to the user, the more likely it is to be recycled. In relation to everyday convenience products, this could offer some perspective into recycling behaviors and the… read more

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors

Want To Be More Creative? Get Outdoors.

If you haven’t been getting outside enough lately, consider that carving time out in the day for doing so may enhance your creativity, among other things. Researchers from the University of Kansas looked at the effect that being immersed in nature can have on creativity. Interested in finding if being outdoors could elicit measureable brain fluctuations, they performed studies on groups of backpackers ranging in age from 18 to those in their 60’s. The research team took groups of participants on a backpacking excursion in Utah. After being given the Remote Associates Test (RAT), which is a word association assessment… read more