Wine, Weed, Superconductors, and Supercharged Immunity
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Join Alex & Kevin this week to talk about how everyone's bent out of shape over new Zodiac signs, how drunk scientists made an incredible discovery, and introducing LA's new brand of marijuana - the Chuck Norris!
Drunk Scientists Make Incredible Discovery
Wine makes superconductors better at their jobs. And apparently, it makes some scientists better at their jobs too. Superconductors behave like most metals; they conduct electricity. They do so, however, with a twist. All metal has some resistance to the flow of electricity. But when the temperature drops, superconductors get less and less resistant (and therefore more conductive). When they reach very low temperatures, their resistance drops to zero.
New Los Angeles Marijuana: The 'Chuck Norris' Brand
He isn't the first celebrity to have a strain of weed named for him, but Chuck Norris, a noted conservative, isn't taking the honor in stride. We noted in the past that Michael Phelps has had a line of bud sold in his honor at some L.A. medical marijuana dispensaries.
Dr Ian Stephen who led the research believes eating carrots and tomatoes made you look better than a tan would. Dr Stephen explained: "Eating five more portions [of fruit and veg] ups your carotenoid levels giving your skin golden tones." Carotenoids are antioxidants which soak up damaging compounds that the skin encounters in daily life. Students at the University's Malaysian campus, where Dr Stephen is based, ate five extra portions of fruit and vegetables a day for two months. Afterward, students examined a variety of pictures where their skin had different pigmentations and deemed themselves more attractive when they had increased their vegetable intake. Dr Stephen explained: "In humans, the more red and yellow tones found in the skin, the more attractive the people were found to be."
The swine flu pandemic of 2009 was one of the worst flu scares in recent memory, even if its actual effects ended up being relatively moderate. Now something unambiguously good could come of all this: a universal flu vaccine.
After news of the shifting zodiac signs went viral, some people may be rethinking their lucky lotto numbers or reassessing their spouse's compatibility. A quarter of Americans believe the moon and the stars can affect a person's life, according to a Gallup poll. But so-called "new" news of the planets moving, and thereby shifting the zodiac signs, has been around for centuries, astrology experts say.
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