On http://www.timeforkids.com/news/testing-five-second-rule/152426, there was an article on the five second rule. The university was testing to see if it was accurate or not. The "five second rule" is what people say when they drop food and apparently, if you pick it up before five seconds, it's ok to eat. The people testing this experiment dropped toast, candy, biscuits, and pasta on the floor into 2 different types of bacteria that are the most common. These two types were escherichia and staphylococcus. After they left the food on the bacteria for times up to 30 seconds, they would see how much of the bacteria went into the food. The people have not put up the complete study yet so there are no results. They did however do a survey on 500 people asking them if they follow the five second rule and it turns out that 87% of them did. I think article is very interesting because I sometimes use the five second rule and I wanted to find the science behind this theory.
On a website called http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/d-brief/2014/05/01/flying-car-expedite-morning-commute/#.U2hbYjK9KSO, there was an article on flying cars. These cars were also able to go underwater. The design of this specific type is called the TF-X. They can travel up to 500 miles in one trip and can reach speeds up to 200 mph. I think this is important because it could be an entire new life style for the future. Only one person has ever driven one of these vehicles so far because they are still experimenting. For the TF-X to take flight it needs a 1,700 foot runway to take off. The scientists and engineers working on this project think it will be around 8-12 years before there are a few well working and safe flying cars to be released into the world.
How does this series depict the "conflict" between religion and science, and how do you feel about it?:
There was lots of conflict going on about religion, science, and politics going on the the documentary. There were the group of people who believed in global warming and the group who believed that it was just a phase that God was allowing to happen. Personally, I am kind of leaning toward the scientific explanation of what is happening on earth. The religious side of the problem doesn't really make much sense to me because some people on the side of the story just think that if they pray enough, it will all blow over. It's not that I don't believe in this fully, it's just that it doesn't exactly seem like the truth. The scientific side has evidence and this is probably why I believe in it. We watched the Inconvenient Truth and Years of Living Dangerously which were both packed with different evidence. Now, there is lots of conflict that is starting to come up. This is because there are disagreements with a pretty big situation which causes to conflict. People are getting angry because they are losing jobs, lower food supply, and drought. If you think about it, it's all being caused by global warming. The worst problem is that when people are angry and want the government to do something about it but their government either doesn't care, ignoring it, or don't even have enough power to do something. One reason for this is because like in Malaysia where they would be making tons of money by burning down forests for Palm trees to make palm oil. In conclusion, I think that this is a problem that is effecting a lot more than it should and we should find a way to do something about it.
Recently, on https://www.sciencenews.org/article/app-could-cut-jet-lag-short, there was an article that stated there was an app called Entrain that would help you not have as much jet lag. Scientists figured out that if you are in the light at certain times of the day and in the dark at certain times, it helps you get used to the time difference. All you have to do is plug in where you are going and at what time your destination is. Scientists did this by creating mathematical equations to show the humans "clocks", to figure out the light
Does Putting Your Cell Phone up to your ear Make your Brain Busier?
There was an article on http://www.sciencenewsforkids.com.php5-17.dfw1-2.websitetestlink.com/wp/2011/04/cell-phones-on-the-brain/, about if when you hold your phone up to your ear for 50 minutes or longer, it makes your brain busier. The radiation from these cell phones is not radioactive but it can still effect the body. However, this only happens when the cell phone is on. This company did an experiment on 47 different people with a samsung phone on their head up against one ear for 50 minutes and the results notes that there definitely was a difference. One phone was playing a message (but was muted) and there was also another phone on the other side of their head that was off the whole time. While this was happening, the scientists were studying the brain activity. After, they were each given a PET scan. This is the opposite of an X- Ray. It enables people to look inside of a human body. The PET results showed that on the side where the phone was off, nothing in the brain had changed. But, on the side where the phone was on, it had changed. This side had more glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar that puts fuels into your brain. The scientists think that this happened from the radiation of the phone. In conclusion, I think that this article is very interesting because I never knew that this was happening.