In the fight against Malaria, Science has once again doomed us all

Malaria kills over half a million people each year, but science has a new ally in the war on the blood-borne illness.

Which is great news! Let’s take a look at our friendly little helper so we might heap accolades on..

OH SWEET JESUS!

OH SWEET JESUS!

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Punching Our Way to Success

It’s happened to all of us. You see someone and you just want to punch them in the face.

You don’t have to know the person or have any reason to want to do that, except they just have a very punchable face.

Sometimes there are other reasons too.

Sometimes there are other reasons too.

Now science is letting us in on an interesting fact. It turns out everyone has a punchable face. Continue reading

The House of Representatives has all the science we need

Climate change has been a popular topic in the news lately, what with the dire reports released by the United Nations and the National Climate Assessment stating that the effects of global warming are upon us and are irreversible.

This has concerned the military, as the Department of Defense has stated it “expects climate change to challenge its ability to fulfill its mission in the future.”

Thankfully, the House of Representatives has the Science Committee to do the military’s thinking for them on this issue. And they’re requesting the Department of Defense not spend any time worrying about climate change.

I’m sorry. I misspoke. They’re trying to make it law that the Department of Defense spend no resources studying climate change or any of its effects. Continue reading

Swearing: The New Superpower

Good news has come out of Britain, for, what, the first time since Beatlemania?

Scientists there have done some research into the one of the most amazing phenomena humanity enjoys: swearing.

As it turns out, peppering your speech with curses can give you superpowers. Continue reading

Ears are the new gateways to the soul

Scientists have made a recent discovery that puts our privacy at even greater risk.

The next time you throw away a used Q-Tip, just know you’re giving the NSA details about yourself you never thought possible.

Like how gross you are.

Like how gross you are.

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The RoboProgram: it’s happening!

Faced with veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries, the Pentagon is looking into ways to help them recover memories.

Along with another defense project, it’s clear what the military is doing: they’re working to create RoboCop.

Or RoboSoldier, I guess.

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The War on Germs

Ever since the germ theory of illness was confirmed, man has been trying to eradicate the pesky buggers. One of the ways us common folk have tried to fight germs is through the use of antibacterial soap.

Science for years has tried to take this weapon out of the plebe’s hands by saying it creates superbacteria that are resistant to the antibacterial properties. They also say it kills the good germs that live on our skin, making room for bad germs, and that it is no more effective than regular soap and water. They even have the audacity to claim that it doesn’t prevent people from getting sick, since most illnesses are caused by viruses (virii?), which antibacterial soaps don’t affect.

That hasn’t been working. About half all liquid and bar soaps sold in the United States have some sort of germicidal agent. The most common chemical dedicated to killing germs in soaps is triclosan, and Big Science has latched onto that in their latest attack on those outside their ivory tower. Continue reading

Man vs. Nature: The Path to Victory

Bullying, and how to stop it, has been a major topic lately. Now a school in New Zealand is making news for possibly having found the solution: eliminating safety.

Principal Bruce McLachlan of Swanson Primary School in Auckland signed up to be part of a study two years ago to see what happens when you give children more freedom at recess, but McLachlan went further and got rid of the rules altogether.

The boring, sterile playground equipment is gone, replaced by trees to climb and the “loose parts pit” full of random things like tires and a fire hose to play in. Now the kids are free to ride skateboards and scooters, explore the natural elements around them, and play something called “bullrush” which sounds like something that should be studied for concussion rates. The results showed the kids were more active, which is what was expected.

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The Intersection of Smug and Science

Chances are good that you or someone you know drives an electric or hybrid car. They are becoming increasingly popular–I was surprised after moving out to Denver how many parking structures have spaces reserved for electric cars with outlets for them to plug into.

Owners will give you plenty of good reasons for buying them: your gas mileage is tremendous, saving you both time and money when it comes to filling up; it’s better for the environment, as using less gas leads to less pollution; while the vehicles themselves are more expensive (both in the initial purchase and in the maintenance), it’s partially made up for with tax credits; and they don’t look nearly as stupid as they did when they first came out.

Let’s find out how they’re wrong, and how it can feel so good to know that. Continue reading