It’s completely dark in the house and you’re all alone. Does that stimulate “fear”? What is fear? And what causes it? Well, for the past few years, I’ve always been asked about what my fear was. I know that I have a fear of bugs and insects, but what makes the fear so strong and so controlling of your actions?
Time for some extremely cute science! How can hamsters seemingly stuff so much food into their mouths?
Video by BBC One on Youtube
It’s a bit of a scary thought, getting a blood transfusion and in the process the donor’s allergies and other conditions. Normally, donor blood is carefully screened to ensure that no one receives blood that is contaminated with diseases, but… allergies?
During my spring break I went to China for vacation and took a flight on the Boeing 747, and travelled in China’s convenient high speed railway, capable of travelling 300km/h. All this travelling really made me wonder, where the future of transportation is going especially as modes of transportation get faster and faster. Therefore I have listed a few of the innovative speedy modes of transportation whether proposed or with the technology already here.
No one can deny the fact that instant noodles is one of the most popular meals today, and it’s not just because they are delicious, but mostly because cooking them is easy and yes, “instant”. Many believe that instant noodles are just like regular food, just much faster and much more efficient. However, are they really the same? No, they aren’t. We see them being sold at supermarkets and just about anywhere, but no one has really questioned why we keep buying them even if we know they are not at all healthy for us.
Rita Levi-Montalcini was an Italian neurologist and Nobel Prize laureate for her work in physiology/medicine in 1986. Her most well-known work, for which she was awarded the Nobel Prize, is the isolation of the Nerve Growth Factor, a type of protein that stimulates nerve cell growth and greatly influences how certain cancers affect nerve cell growth.
How many times have you used windshield wipers in your life? Probably countless times, if you are a driver. Our dependency on windshield wipers on rainy and snowy days is so heavy that we tend to forget that with the wipers, we probably would not be able to travel anywhere when there is bad weather. However, when was the windshield wiper invented and how? We should first take a look at the times before the invention of this crucial device.
When we think about sports, we think about how they help us physically. We become more fit and healthy, but is that the only effects sports have? After badminton practice, I feel much more elevated in terms of mood and most importantly, I feel that my mind is more clear. As I do homework and study for tests after sports, I find myself less tired and more willing to do work, which sounds quite ironic because aren’t we supposed to be more tired after a long exercise? Apparently not!
Habits, the almost mindless routines we go through each day, seem ingrained in our daily lives. Making or breaking a habit, good or bad, is challenging. It’s apparent that just by repeating a specific behavior or set of behaviors regularly for a certain amount of time, we somehow condition ourselves to feel compelled to repeat that behavior in the future. So in terms of psychology, how exactly do habits work?
Recently, I have started a new yet bad habit: checking my phone before bedtime and often times in bed. I thought that it would be more ideal to do so after finishing my homework and studying for my tests, but little did I know that it is actually very harmful. At first, I didn’t notice the difference, but as the week progressed, I realized that it took me longer to fall asleep and I was more tired in the morning even after I sleep the recommended 8 hours. Nowadays, it is common for people to reply to texts, emails, Facebook messages, and surf through other sources of media right before bed; it is a daily routine for most teenagers and working adults.