Forbidden Snacks

Jan 28, 2018 @ 5pm ()

Apparently teens are eating Tide Pods? Enough so that The SciShow created a video about it.

In the first 3 weeks of 2018 at least 86 American teens have gotten sick enough to alert poison control.

I wasn’t going to post about the Tide Pod issue itself. I just wanted to get to the following Reddit bit – but found the Sci-Show post, which happens to be a really interesting lesson on a really stupid behavior. You’d think that “don’t eat laundry detergent” would be enough, but if side effects like “vomiting blood and seizures” doesn’t change your mind… *shrug*

Anyways, onto the original post – Reddit has a /r/forbiddensnacks subthread that is laughable. Check it out.


Noise Pollution.

Jan 27, 2018 @ 8pm ()

When you think about pollution in the city, what comes to mind? Air quality? Water quality? What about noise pollution? Tech Insider explores how noise pollution is affecting us.

I live in a city (Boston) and haven’t really thought about how the red-line train’s squealing brakes are developing a long term health issue for me. I generally just think about how there’s plastic in our drinking water, or how much exhaust I’m breathing when I’m on my bike.

Going Fishing

@ 9am ()

Swedish stop motion animator, Alex Unger (Guldies), has crafted an amazing video.

From his YouTube description:

After months of hard work GOING FISHING is finally here. I have never worked so hard. The animation is filled to the brim with new stuff I’ve never tried before. I animated with branches and leaves, paper, clay, fabric, fishing lures, forks and stones and moss and EVERYTHING I could think of.

I had to do a couple stop-motion projects in college. They are some of the most tedious and frustrating things I had worked on.

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Hatching a Tiny Egg

Jan 26, 2018 @ 9am ()

YouTube Aviculturalist, A Chick Called Albert, rescued two tiny tiny bird eggs from imminent destruction. He was able to hatch one of the eggs and raise the tiny Wren to the point where it left the “nest” and was on its own.

I can only imagine the effort that goes into hatching and raising a tiny bird. Apparently you have to rotate the egg several times a day in the incubator. Then the feeding schedule looked intense. I have to imagine it feels great to see the little bird leave healthy.


Can you solve The Dark Coin Riddle?

Jan 25, 2018 @ 4pm ()

Do you love Math riddles? Lisa Winer and TED-Ed have a new riddle video. I can not tell you more in fear of giving anything away. I can tell you that I had to watch the video twice in order to understand everything. Knowing this riddle will have to come in handy some day in the future.


Speed Skater Training

@ 11am ()

Gearing up for the Winter Olympics, Great Big Story gives us a peek at the training an Olympic Speed Skater goes through.

I had no idea they go upwards to 31mph … wow.

Ticking Time Bomb in the Arctic?

@ 5am ()

Photo Credit : Kate Ramsayer/NASA

The permafrost layer in the arctic is starting to thaw. How will the affect global warming?

Behind the door is a geological time bomb, scientists say. No one knows exactly how big the bomb is. It may even be a dud that barely detonates. But the fallout could be so large that it’s felt all around the world. Now there’s evidence that, in the past few years, the bomb’s timer has started ticking.

This is a terrifying read. The permafrost in the arctic contains a massive amount of organic material that has been frozen for 25,000 years. As global temperatures rise, thawing the permafrost, bacteria trapped in the frost will activate and start breaking down the organic material.


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Trouble with the Flu

@ 1pm ()

Having the flu sucks, and apparently it’s a really bad year for it. Hank Green and the Sci-Show explain what is up with this years flu.