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Google’s Latest Science Camp For Kids Starts On July 13th
If you want your kids to learn something while they’re out of school but would rather not ship them to some distant summer camp, Google is about to come to your rescue. It’s kicking off the latest edition of its annual Camp Google on July 13th, and this year’s virtual educational event promises themed weeks that might just sate your young ones’ curiosity on big scientific subjects. They’ll learn what the ocean is like through underwater panoramas, for example, and watch live video chats with astronauts. The whole shebang is free, so it won’t hurt to tune in if you want your children to go back to school knowing more than they did when they left.
Listening with Lasers: Hybrid Technique Sees Into Human Body
A human skull, on average, is about 6.8 millimeters (0.3 inches) thick, or roughly the depth of the latest smartphone. Human skin, on the other hand, is about 2 to 3 millimeters (0.1 inches) deep, or about three grains of salt deep. While both of these dimensions are extremely thin, they present major hurdles for any kind of imaging with laser light. However, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) decided to eliminate the photon roundup completely and use scattering to their advantage. The result: an imaging technique that would peer right into a skull, penetrating tissue at depths up to 7 centimeters (about 2.8 inches).
High vitamin c reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
High vitamin C concentrations in the blood from the intake of fruit and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and early death, a new large-scale study has found. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant which protects cells and biological molecules from the damage which causes many diseases, including cardiovascular disease. The human body is not able to produce vitamin C, which means that we must get the vitamin from our diet.
Carnivorous Plants Communicate with Bats
A large, meat-eating pitcher plant in Borneo has evolved a unique way to communicate with bats that it hopes to attract.
The plant, Nepenthes hemsleyana, communicates via special structures that reflect the bats’ ultrasonic calls right back to the flying mammals, according to a study published in the latest issue of the journal Current Biology.
“With these structures, the plants are able to acoustically stand out from their environments so that bats can easily find them,” co-author Michael Schöner of Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-University of Greifswald in Germany said in a press release.
Latest Science On Aging Well: 5 Tips To Live Longer
- seniors who live the longest engage in lots of daily, physical work. Not exercise, just everyday movement.
- Friedman’s team found it didn’t matter whether someone worked at their dream job or had dull, menial work: those who found meaning in aiming for and accomplishing goals, and who stayed motivated by setting higher goals, were the ones who were most likely to live a long life.
- from several other studies on loneliness found that people who were socially isolated, lonely or living alone had about a 30 per cent higher chance of dying during the study periods (which averaged about seven years), compared to those who had regular social contact. The effect was greater for younger people than for those over 65.
- Researchers at the National Center for Health Statisticsat the U.S. CDC say that educated people simply tend to have healthier behaviors and are more likely to avoid unhealthy ones. They also tend to have more access to medical care when they need it — all of which leads to better health and longer life.
- A recent study in The Lancetalso found that having a sense of purpose can increase lifespan. The study of 9,000 seniors found that those who felt the highest sense of control and believed their lives were worthwhile were 30 per cent less likely to die during the 8-year study period. On average, those with the highest well-being lived two years longer than those with a lower sense of wellbeing.