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Remember to Laugh…and Think

ig nobel 1Ingenuity and creativity keeps the world moving. Without them, cialis viagra sale we wouldn’t have the wonderful technology and gadgets we take for granted today. I’ve always enjoyed learning about wacky inventions because it’s quite interesting to see what the mind cooks up. Quite often these inventions make us laugh, viagra usa pharm but when we sit back afterwards, they also cause us to think about their plausible practicality.

The Ig Nobel Award acknowledges researchers and inventors that do just that. Since the 1990s, 10 minds each year accept this prize for their creative, yet applicable, inventions and research. To be considered for this award, nominations only need to fit one criteria: “First make people LAUGH…and then make them THINK”.  My favorite Ig Nobel Award is for the dual bra-face mask. It’s a hilarious concept to think about, but it actually makes sense! There’s so many women out there, and we all basically wear bras everyday; such an efficient safety method in case of an explosion or gas leakage. Gentleman, now you can really feel special when a lady gives you her favorite bra ;)

Dual bra-face mask
Dual bra-face mask
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014
Sample Ig Nobel award in 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s wonderful to see that ingenuity is still in fashion. Many of us are brought into this world to be movers and shakers. Never stop tinkering and creating, but while you’re out there, remember to have some fun too

Nerd Alert: The Future of Early Cancer Detection

cancer 1By now you all have probably figured out that I’m a bit of a nerd; although, sildenafil ampoule a cool nerd ;) .  I love having the chance to learn and experience something new, ampoule especially when science and technology are involved.  Last night I did learn something new and it got my nerdy antennas buzzing: the possibility of early cancer detection.

Cancer is a silent killer.  The cells in our body mutate and multiply at an unhealthy rate, and then BAM-BAM, we experience the symptoms.  Sometimes, unfortunately, the symptoms come when it’s too late.  What would our world be like without cancer?  How can technology help to solve this problem?  Biomedical technology is continually participating in cutting edge research for drugs and procedures to eradicate cancer, but that’s only half the issue, what about early detection?  If we could detect cancer in it’s early stages, then theoretically, more people will be saved, right?

Well, Jorge Soto and his team are on that task!  They’ve developed a prototype that allows early cancer detection by using microRNAs.  MicroRNAs are the intermediate proteins in the conversion of DNA to RNA.  They contain much smaller and similar sequences than DNA, so it’s been difficult in the past to categorize them.
cancer 3Jorge Soto’s theory is that cancer cells use specific microRNA patterns to multiply; therefore, if we discover the specific patterns for certain cancer types then we can detect them earlier!  Even more amazing is the prototype he’s using to scan the microRNA proteins.  His team constructed a cylindrical device that holds the plastic wells containing the microRNAs and uses an iPod as a scanner to detect the proteins.  The device is cost-effective and so far quite reliable.  They’re been able to accurately sequence microRNA protein patterns for pancreatic, lung, breast, and hepatic cancer!  Wow – great minds, ingenuity, and technology at its finest! :)

This technology is still in infancy, but it’s on the right path.  The future is endless for Jorge Soto and his team – they’re on the path of discovering something so great and beneficial for medical science and countless lives.  I look forward to seeing what else they develop.

I would love to hear your thoughts. Happy reading :)

The New “Mood” Ice Cream

ice creamIf you’re a child of the ’90s, cialis sale ampoule like I am, viagra usa no rx you probably remember mood rings.  My sisters and I thought they were so awesome at the time.  Somehow they could “predict” our mood just by pressing our tiny fingers against them.  We were youngsters at the time, sovaldi so what would you expect? :)

A Spanish physicist, engineer, and professor, Manuel Linares, developed his own type of “mood” ice cream.  The concoction in the ice cream reacts to your saliva and changes color while you eat! Unfortunately, it doesn’t predict how you’re feeling, but I still think it’s awesome.

And…that’s my nerd alert for the day! Happy reading! :)

Check out the article on Popular ScienceA Lick of the Tongue Changes This Ice Cream’s Color