Category Archives: Science
One of my favorite things in life is discovering new things about myself; It’s as if you’ve found a little piece to a puzzle… and it’s incredibly fucking gratifying. Sometimes you look for the puzzle pieces, but other times, they just happen to come into your mind because circumstances have forced you to think about things differently. Well, this is exactly what happened to me the other day while watching trash tv.
And before I tell you what show I was watching and you begin to judge me and my addiction to mindless drama, please know that I also enjoy intelligent shows. I love tv and will watch everything from Real Housewives to The Newsroom. I admit when shows are awful and staged, but I’m only human and find it incredibly addicting. Anyway, I was watching ‘Dance Moms’ on Lifetime and found out something that led me to, well, writing this article I suppose. One of the girls on this show revealed she had a neurological disorder, RND (reflex neurovascular dystrophy), and as her mother described her pain and symptoms, it started to sound nearly identical to my neurological disorder, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). The only differences were that all the people with RND were children, while those with RSD were old (I was told I was very young to be diagnosed with such a disease). Along with that, a high percentage of children with RND were high achievers, or “perfectionists”. That last bit of news was shocking to me, mainly due to the fact that no one really made that connection with RSD, until the two disorders started being compared.
As I began looking into the connection between the two, people have now started thinking that these are the exact same disorder, only pediatricians have coined another term for children who seemingly have RSD, which is RND. So, RSD or RND, they both are the same. After realizing this, it seemed to me that I should start looking into RND to gain more information on what I believe I have (because like I said, they seem like one in the same). But now, I can’t help but feel that somehow I created this disorder and inflicted it upon myself. Many people believe that it’s as much psychological as it is real. Clearly, the pain I feel, the swelling and discoloring that can occur, those ARE real; but what if the onset of RSD was actually a consequence of something internally that I couldn’t handle? What if I never felt capable of succeeding 100% and in turn created something that I could use as a crutch, my psychological mind forced to not feel like it couldn’t achieve something because I wasn’t good enough, but because I couldn’t? Or what if I have some mismatched wires that led me to believe I was trying to fulfill perfection, but then turned into this, RSD?
Obviously, my discovery isn’t really a puzzle piece that fits perfectly…yet, but, I’ve found the piece. I haven’t yet fit it into my puzzle, but it’s opened my mind up to trying to make sense of something that seemingly came from nowhere.
At first the video seems like nothing, but something does eventually happen. Unfortunately, I’m too distracted by the family’s reaction to really care about the destruction that is occurring.
Seeing the Space Shuttle fly over Los Angeles, CA the other day was one of the most memorable experiences I think I’ll have in my lifetime. I love Los Angeles, and I love the chaos that comes with this city. Sure, the traffic can be a royal bitch, but at least I get to live through some pretty memorable events in history and will have that to look back on when I’m older. This video is an awesome time-lapse that shows Endeavour‘s journey through the streets of LA. So rad!
Cocaine is a prominent drug that is used by many people, especially those who like to go out drinking and need something to make sure they’ll be able to hang out long enough for after hours. The only thing stopping people from going overboard? The threat of death. Well, science has now given the entire population a reason to go out and get blown out of their fucking minds: an antidote!
As of now, the antidote has only been tested on mice, but they’re hoping to move forward and do some human clinical trials. They are searching for a way to produce the solution cheap enough and in large quantities, before the testing on real beings who would use cocaine to the point of an overdose have the opportunity to see if this truly works.
‘This would be the first specific antidote for cocaine toxicity,’ said study author Dr Kim Janda.
‘It’s a human antibody so it should be relatively safe, it has a superior affinity for cocaine, and we examined it in a cocaine overdose model that mirrors a real-life scenario,’ he said.
In the United States, there are over 400,000 incidences that involve Cocaine in Emergency rooms, every year. Along with that large amount of abusers, there are also 5,000 overdoses that lead to death each year. Scientists are hoping their antidote could help keep the number of deaths and incidences down, but are unaware that the threat of death is what most likely keeps it that low (not that 5,000 is low).
The passive vaccine worked by crossing the blood-brain barrier, which caused the cocaine molecules to diffuse out of the brain tissue. At the same time it reduced the drug’s effects on the heart and nearby organs.
For those who enjoy peer pressuring others, this is awesome. And for those people who were like me and found the death consequences a good reason to say no, you’re fucked. Way to go science!
- Cocaine overdose ‘antidote’ in the future? (foxnews.com)
- Antidote for cocaine overdose shows promise in lab tests (medicalxpress.com)
- Antidote for cocaine overdose shows promise in lab tests (eurekalert.org)
- Whitney Houston Cocaine Overdose? (everyjoe.com)
- Cocaine and the teen brain: New insights into addiction (sciencedaily.com)
- Police say suspect ate cocaine to hide drugs (onlineathens.com)
It’s hard to deny that we’re moving into an age of technology we never could have comprehended when there’s a fucking hologram of Tupac on stage at Coachella. While I have been very said I wasn’t able to go, this just helped me to completely lose it. I missed one of the most amazing technological advances of all time where they brought back one of the greatest rap artists of all time.
- Tupac Back ! Coachella’s Live Hologram Performance (space-beach.com)
- Tupac Shakur hologram performs for Coachella crowd; performs with Snoop Dogg (examiner.com)
- Coachella 2012: Snoop Dogg Resurrects Tupac Shakur Via Hologram (techfleece.com)
- Tupac Back from Dead to Play Coachella, as Hologram: VIDEO (towleroad.com)
- Amazing video: Technology brings Tupac back to life at Coachella (thenextweb.com)
- Tupac Hologram Performs at Coachella 2012 (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre Perform Alongside Tupac Shakur At Coachella [VIDEO] (hiphopwired.com)
Geminoid F can produce smiles and even enigmatic, quizzical expressions, using mechanical actuators underneath her rubber ‘skin’.
Her creator says his goal is to create a robot that can fool people into believing it’s a human being.
Hiroshi Ishiguro is the creator of the magnificent robot, and this is not shocking considering he is already a renowned robot designer at Osaka University in western Japan. Most of his androids cost a whopping $1.2 million, but luckily, Geminoid F is much cheaper, with a price tag of $110,000.
She can smile, furrow her brows and move her mouth – although she often looks rather dazed. It can also talk and sing – playing recordings, or ‘mouthing’ other people’s voices.
Geminoid TMF is equipped with 12 motorised actuators, powered by air pressure, which allow her to ‘copy’ human facial expressions.
- For sale: Your robot clone (news.cnet.com)
- Watch: Woman or Machine? Sophisticated Japanese Shebot Blurs the Line (newsfeed.time.com)
- Androids to bring ‘Surrogates’ closer to reality? (news.cnet.com)
- Tokyo store’s female android looking for love (news.cnet.com)
- All Too Human: A Robot that Would Make Freud Uncomfortable (bigthink.com)
- Reuters Video: Humanoid robot in Valentine’s experiment (englishblog.com)
- Geminoid-F: World’s First Robotic Girl Doing Modeling Job at The Mall! (hitechanalogy.com)
Researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California Santa Barbara have published the results of a study confirming that homophobes are actually deeply closeted homosexuals themselves. This is something that almost any gay person would agree with, and now that the research has been done, I’m happy to admit that I was right. <—always happy to admit this
Homophobia is more pronounced in individuals with an unacknowledged attraction to the same sex and who grew up with authoritarian parents who forbade such desires, a series of psychology studies demonstrates.
“Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves,” explains Netta Weinstein, a lecturer at the University of Essex and the study’s lead author.
“In many cases these are people who are at war with themselves and they are turning this internal conflict outward,” adds co-author Richard Ryan, professor of psychology at the University of Rochester who helped direct the research.
There were four different studies that were done and the entire report from ScienceDaily is actually rather revealing and interesting. Again, something that has been assumed by many for a while, but now we have science on our side to explain that this is the truth. While I should be happy, I’m actually rather disturbed by these findings. All this means is that people are so ashamed of who they are that they try to mask their identity by abusing those who have had a similar path but chose to accept who they were as opposed to hiding this. Damaged, closeted homosexuals hating those who were able to overcome hate and prejudice.
- Are homophobes secretly gay? (bazaardaily.com)
- Homophobes: Externalizing an Internal Conflict (slog.thestranger.com)
- Homophobia linked to lack of awareness of one’s sexual orientation and authoritarian parenting, study shows (medicalxpress.com)
- Is some homophobia self-phobia? (eurekalert.org)
- [VIDEO] Anti-Gay, Homophobic Rant at High School Assembly (practikel.com)
- Right Gay Rights (gromesoapbox.com)