Monday, August 14, 2006

Monday = Funday!

The glorious future of sewing!

Researchers at the University of Alberta have made the sharpest object in the world. It is a needle fashioned from tungsten which comes to a point that is one atom across.

The Sharpest Object Yet (Via


Wasn't deuterium a catch-all word in Star Trek, like 'tachyon?'

Scientists using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer satellite have learned that far more "heavy" hydrogen remains in our Milky Way galaxy than expected, a finding that could radically alter theories about star and galaxy formation.

Hidden Milky Way Deuterium Found (Via Eurekalert)


Uh oh, maybe my psych degree wasn't such a good idea.

Earning a bachelor's degree in science or engineering (S&E) appears to serve the recipient well in the workforce, regardless of the job they do. In fact, according to a National Science Foundation (NSF) survey, people who have earned an S&E bachelor's degree generally report that science and engineering knowledge is important to their job.

A science or engineering bachelor’s degree is good for you (Via Eurekalert)


Different kids get bullied? Nooooo.

More than one-quarter of the children with OCD who researchers studied reported chronic bullying as a problem, according to University of Florida researchers. The name-slinging could cause symptoms of OCD to worsen.

Kids with OCD bullied more than others, study shows (Via Eurekalert)


They may be fat, but they kick ass at trig.

The American Heart Association recommends that schools lead the way to ensure that all children and youth participate in adequate physical activity during the school day. The scientific statement, "Promoting Physical Activity in Children and Youth: A Leadership Role for Schools," is published in Circulation.

Schools should take the lead in increasing kids' activity (Via Eurekalert)


I feel kind of bad for schools today. I can imagine the school superintendent reading parents' letters... Make kids smarter! Make kids thinner! More class time! More exercise! What the fuck do you people want?!?!

We have buffoonish parents yelling at schools because our kids our stupider than Japanese kids. They don't offer solutions. Nooo, that's not their problem. Fat, dumb child? It's not MY fault. It's the school's fault.

I would bet money that some other, education-oriented association will recommend that schools take the lead in increasing test scores within the next month or two. I've got a great idea! Let's just remove the parents from the equation all together! They're just problematic, anyways. Kids should be in school 24/7 from 5-years on. Besides, I bet the parents will be happy! Kids stop being cute after that.


This explains all those thin people who vibrate like tuning forks.

Some brains may be wired to encourage fidgeting and other restless behaviors that consume calories and help control weight. Researchers found that the brains of rats bred to be lean are more sensitive to a chemical produced in the brain, orexin A, which stimulates appetite and spontaneous physical activity such as fidgeting and other unconscious movements. Compared to obese rats, lean rats had a far greater expression of orexin receptors in the hypothalamus.

Being obese and a couch potato may have a biological basis in the brain (Via Eurekalert)


Don't fret about fretting, the baby's fine.

According to a review of the research on anxiety and pregnancy outcomes, researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch found that experiencing anxiety symptoms during pregnancy is not associated with an increased risk of a number of pregnancy complications such as having a longer labor or a low birth weight baby. These results will be presented at the 114th annual convention of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Research shows no direct association between anxiety symptoms and adverse pregnancy outcomes (Via Eurekalert)


When I visit other countries, I'm really going to start saying I'm from Canada.

A comparison of peoples' views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower. (It's freaking Turkey!)

U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution (Via


Babies. Squirrels on my college campus were beasts. Size of beavers.

Several people attacked by a squirrel at Central Park said they had one word for the animal: nuts. On Wednesday some expressed frustration that the animal was not caught sooner, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Squirrels Attack People in Park (Via


How the hell do have an overweight baby? Donuts in the formula?

Chubby cheeks and dimpled thighs have long been a mother's proof of a healthy, well-fed baby. But those roly-poly infants now may be a sign of something much different: America's growing problem with weight.

More Babies Too Fat (Via LiveScience)


Remember, David Attenborough spit up the honey ants after the camera stopped.

The first loud crackle tastes and feels like popcorn, but by the time the juices spray wildly in your mouth and the filament-like legs slide down your throat, there's no mistaking this toasted ant queen.

Edible Ants Being Eaten Up (Via

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