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February 2016

But… Did You Die?

Today, I’ve decided to post a strange scientific fact that you probably didn’t have to know.

“If you eat a polar bear liver, you will die. Humans cannot consume that much vitamin A.” – Buzzfeed

What Does Vitamin A Do?

Vitamin A helps maintain healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, as well as the mucous membrane. In fact, if you do not get enough vitamin A in your diet, it can cause vision problems as well as make you more prone to infectious diseases. 

Side Effects of Vitamin A Overdose
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred Vission
  • Poor Muscle Coordination
What Will Happen and How Much Can Kill You?

A severe condition, known as acute hypervitaminosis, results from consuming too much vitamin A in a short amount of time. It was discovered after arctic explorers consumed seal, husky dog, and polar bear livers. It can cause loss of skin and hair, liver damage, hemorrhage, coma, and death. 

The average daily in take of vitamin A is 10,000 IU (international units). Polar bear liver contains 8,000,000 UI.

Conclusion

If you’re ever in arctic, don’t eat polar bear liver. Why would you want to? I have no clue, but it’s definitely not a bright idea. Hmmm… maybe penguins are the better option?

Information for this blog post was found from medicaldaily.com.

 

 

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Your Furry Friends

Did you know that having dogs can improve physical and mental health? Below, you will find some cool scientific facts about having dogs! Myscienceacademy.org posted “The Healing Power of Dogs” on their Facebook page. Here is a link to their page so you guys can view some more awesome science information: myscienceacademy.org

My Fur-Babies

Two Great Dane “Queens” & One Golden Retriever/Catahoula “King”

Healing Power Facts:

  • Dogs can detect seizures and migraines before they actually occur
  • Service dogs can detect emotions such as panic attacks and can calm their owners down by nuzzling next to them
  • Since dogs are exposed to more germs, it will increase your immune system and decrease the number of colds you get in the future.
    • They can also reduce the chances of a child developing asthma
  • Petting dogs can release oxytocin, serotonin, and prolactin in the brain, improving mood and reducing pain

Holiday Special – Valentine’s Day!

Hello, everyone! Since today is Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to do a special post regarding strange scientific love facts from BoredPanda.com. 

valentinesday
The gifts I bought for my Valentine ❤
  • You can tell you like someone within 4 minutes.
  • Heart rates synchronize between lovers as they stare into each other’s eyes.
  • Holding hands within someone you love can lower pain and stress levels.
  • The “butterflies” in your stomach feeling actually exists, and they are caused by increased adrenaline levels.
  • Apparently, love is an addiction comparable to drugs such as nicotine and cocaine .
  • Chemicals such as dopamine, serotonine, testosterone, etc. can influence the type of person who will fall in love with you.

 

 

Vibrant “Sea Slugs”

Today, I would like to talk about my favorite aquatic animal—the Nudibranch. It’s sort of pronounced like “nude-uh-braink.” Please excuse my made-up pronunciation. Nudibranchs are commonly known as “sea slugs.” Here are some interesting facts about them that describe the ecology and instincts about this peculiar animal—science isn’t all about experiments!

nudibranch
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  • Vibrantly colored to warn off predators
  • Carnivorous—their diet mostly consists of sponges
  • They would have a protective shell if it weren’t for evolution
  • They are toxic
  • They steal nematocysts* from other organisms
    • Later stored to use on their own bodies as a defense
  • Most importantly-they’re awesome to look at!

*Nematocysts are stinging cells that organisms such as jellyfish, nudibranchs, and other sea creatures use for defense.

Here’s a link to a video, “Fifty Shades of Nudibranch.

Late & Icy

car.pngMy Horrible Morning

Hello, all! I’m hoping you’re having a better day than I am! This morning, I woke up, checked my phone, and jumped out of bed. I woke up 30 minutes late, and the cold did NOT help me move any faster! After I finished getting ready, I ran out to my car, and guess what happened? Yep, Murphy’s Law happened. Of course something else could go wrong—my windshield was frozen solid! I was beyond furious. Not only did I have to pull out my handy-dandy credit card to slowly scrape off the ice, I was an additional 10 minutes late!

The moral of this story is to never press the snooze button 3 times in a row. I’m just kidding, but seriously, nothing is worse than standing in the cold for 10 minutes while picking ice off a windshield with numb hands. What I should have done, is quite an easy fix!

Realizing What I Should have Done

Apparently, mixing water with rubbing alcohol works wonders.

  1. Pour 2 cups of rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle
  2. Pour 1 cup of water into the same spray bottle
  3. (Optional) Add a couple of drops of dish soap to the mixture
  4. Spray your windshield with the solution until the ice is gone!
Why Does it work?

No type of alcohol can freeze into a solid form. If the alcohol is diluted (add water to it) it can possibly freeze but only in extreme conditions. Temperatures of about -100°F and lower will cause this. In this particular case, when the rubbing alcohol & water mixture comes into contact with the ice, it lowers the freezing point. Since the freezing point is lowered significantly, the ice will begin to melt.

 

 

Don’t Fear the Puddles!

hydroplaning

Over the past weekend, it rained enough to leave pockets of water all over the road. I noticed a couple of drivers in front of me have trouble controlling their vehicles. Hydroplaning occurs whenever the water intervenes with the tires’ traction with the road. In other words, the car no longer has friction against the road causing it to “hover.” This can make the vehicle slide and can be dangerous if the driver panics or steers in the wrong direction.

Some important safety tips include:

  • Keeping tires well-treaded (no worn rubber)
  • Do NOT break when hydroplaning
  • Ease off the gas when the vehicle starts to hydroplane
  • Slow down in wet conditions
  • Turn off cruise control
  • Do NOT overcorrect (steer in the direction you want to go!)

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