Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin The planets in our solar system orbit around the sun. Each orbit for earth is one year. This you all know. Whilst this is all going on, our entire solar system orbits the center of the Milky Way galaxy. Our sun and the solar system move around 800 thousand kilometers per hour, which is about 500 ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Strange New Brain Cell
Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer A strange new shape of brain cell leaves neuroscientists baffled at what the function of these neurons might be. It is true that neurons come in various shapes and sizes; however, they follow a very basic blueprint. The structure consists of a cell body that has protruding gangling appendages called dendrites and axons. In ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Where exactly does that old book smell come from?
Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer Old books are known to bear a glorious smell within their pages. It truly makes any book nerd weak at the knees. During an interview with The Telegraph, Matija Strlic described that beautiful smell as “A combination of grassy notes with a tang of acids and a hint of vanilla over an underlying mustiness, ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Why do your fingers wrinkle?
Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer Have you ever been curious about why your fingers and toes shrivel up like dry old prunes when they’re exposed to water for too long? Well research has confirmed the theory that wrinkly fingers improve our ability to grasp wet or submerged objects. The grooves that are created work much like the tread of ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Consume, “live long and prosper.”
Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin, Staff Writer Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are held responsible for nearly 60% of all deaths worldwide. That number comes out to be approximately 36 million each year. Among the top few are deaths from obesity-driven hypertension, cancer, diabetes and heart disease from smoking. NCD deaths worldwide are becoming a serious epidemic. They are being driven by a ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Slow Motion Reality
Written By: Ivey Ingalls, Staff Writer To a fly, an oncoming thwack seems to be in slow motion. Flies process 4 times more visual information per second than humans; that’s 250 frames per second to our 60. Supposedly “one-dog” year is equivalent to seven human years. Does this mean that one year feels like seven to our canine companions? Well, ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Polished Prevention
Written By: Ivey Ingalls Four undergraduate students, studying science and engineering at North Carolina State University are putting their degrees to work early by attempting to produce a nail polish that will expose the company of GHB, xanax or rohypnol by changing color in their presence. Any individual wearing this polish will be able to ensure safety by simply ...Read More »
Daily Strange: Is It Okay To Pee In The Sea?
Written By: Ivey Ingalls-Rubin Finally the stats are in! YES! It is A-Okay to urinate in the ocean! Have you ever been one of those individuals that quietly wades away from their swimming partner and has a wee? Well the pressure to feel guilt is over my friend; the American Chemical Society (ACS) has divulged that the components of urine ...Read More »
New Earth-like planet
This diagram shows the position of Kepler-186f with its host star in relation to Earth. (Credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech) Not too big, not too small. Not too hot, not too cold, maybe just right. Since humans took their first peek into the vast universe that lies right outside our planet, we’ve asked the question, “is there anyone else out ...Read More »
Light years of stellar hindsight
(The Pillars of Creation, located in the eagle nebula.) As the awesome Douglas Adams wrote, “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how mind-bogglingly big it is.” Everyone knows that the unit to measure distance in space is the light year. Have you ever considered what that actually means though? Just one light year is a distance ...Read More »