Join us Saturday, Jan 19 from 11am-3pm in the Museum for this month's edition of Science Saturday: People of the Forest! Forests play an essential role in our lives. We use forest products every day from the food we eat to the paper we use. Forests also provide clean air, water, and economic opportunities. Come learn more in the Museum through activities and stations all throughout the museum, great for families of all ages! #ScienceSaturday
Did you know that your lungs have almost 1,500 miles--MILES!--of airways? Or that the surface area of your lungs is about the size of a tennis court? 😯😯😯 Students in grades 2-6 are welcome to join us this Saturday, January 19, at 2:30 p.m. to learn more about their #lungs and respiratory system and to make their own "lung" using everyday materials. Limited to the first 20 students. #science#sciencesaturday#STEAM#ourbodiesareamazing#buenaparklibrary#bpld
The Naturalists Notebook is probably one of the coolest impulse purchases I have ever made. It gives you a lot of helpful information on observing all sorts of natural phenomenon around you and gives you experiments to try out, but the best thing is you get a 5 year calendar in the back where you can note the various comings and going of plants and wildlife in your everyday life that you can compare over time. It also happens to be full of and covered with wonderful art. I bought it last year and wanted to wait until January to start recording. I’m so excited to get started! I may even read it again. #birdsorbust#naturalist#thenaturalistnotebook#saturdayscience#sciencesaturday#bushnell#canon#nature#wildlife#photography#naturalhistory#nerdshit
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It is estimated that 90% of the body’s serotonin, the “don’t worry be happy” neurotransmitter, is made in the digestive tract. Swipe right to read about how food can increase your serotonin levels. #ScienceSaturday
I’m here to burst your bubble on Deer Antler Velvet, Sorry!
Deer antler velvet consists of cartilage and epidermis from deer (sometimes elk) antlers before ossification. There are several growth factors that have been detected in deer antler velvet, most commonly IGF-1. It is possible that these factor could promote muscle tissue growth, in a similar way to the quick growth of antlers.
According to the NIH, there have been a few short-term clinical trials that show no benefit for physical performance. Basically, there is no evidence that deer antler velvet will improve aerobic or anaerobic performance, muscular strength, or endurance. The safety has also not been well studied, but there have been some reported adverse effects:
One study looked at men that took 300mg a day of deer antler velvet extract, 1.5g a day of power or a placebo and then began a strength/endurance training program. The supplements provided no significant effects compared to the placebo.
There hasn’t really been any studies to show that it has any benefits for strength training. You can buy straight IGF-1, but that will run you anywhere from $50-150.
Deer antler velvet costs anywhere from $50-300, so pretty pricey for something that doesn’t have any research to back it up.
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As a keen paleo-enthusiast, Greer Stothers is deeply interested in the history of #paleoart and the rest of the natural world! .
Find more about this #artist in our winter newsletter on myFOSSIlL here: ! #ScienceSaturday
#sciencesaturday#tothestars#space#wired | "FRBs were first discovered a decade ago, uber-energetic pulses of radio waves travelling through the Universe. They are brief, lasting just a few milliseconds, but carry more power than 500 million Suns. Researchers still don't know what generates these bursts – some have even dubiously speculated that they could be aliens communicating with us..." Read more at wired.com.
Join us this #ScienceSaturday to learn about the science of seed germination where we’ll be learning how to sprout our own seed at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Then head into the Makerspace for Winter Sports Puzzles.
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Tengah's slated to be a new housing area, but Tengah got wildlife meh? Yes, it does! As one of the largest remaining unprotected forest patch in Singapore, it is home to over 100 bird species that make up 30% of our national avian biodiversity. It is also a nesting site for the Changeable Hawk-eagle, a locally endangered polymorphic species, which means different individuals can have different coloured plumages. We've all got housing needs, could we better balance them with those of our fellow species?
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Throwback to alternative proposals for biodiversity:
Photo credit: Johnny Wee, Chan Yoke Meng, Bird Study Ecology Group
This #ScienceSaturday we’re explaining the symptoms of #ADHD in children.
#ADHD is characterized by a pattern of #inattentive behavior, often combined with #impulsivity and in some, #hyperactivity. ADHD usually appears first in childhood, before age 12. In children or teens, this pattern of behavior makes it difficult to focus on details, sustain attention in school (e.g., they will fidget in class or simply not pay attention), listen to others, and follow through on instructions or chores. Organizing an activity or task can be next to impossible, and the person is readily distracted by things going on around them. They may seem #forgetful, misplacing or losing things needed in in order to complete a task that needs to get done.
A child or teen diagnosed with ADHD may or may not also have hyperactivity, which is a set of behaviors characterized by unstoppable fidgeting, not staying seated while in class, climbing on furniture or running about when it’s not play time, talks excessively, and cannot seem to play quietly.
As explained before, children with #ADHD fall within one of three categories; #PredominantlyInattentive, #PredominantlyHyperactiveImpulsive, and a #combination of the previous two.
Nutrition, and genes. Do you know about the connection between food and your genetic make-up? Do you know that food actually talks to your genes? ⠀
Nutrigenomics can be used as a stepping stone for choosing foods that can not only optimize your health but restore it as well. Looking for health, wellness and longevity? Knowing your personal genomic composition opens the door that can help guide you down that path.⠀
Great article by a dear friend, give it a read and let me know your thoughts! ⠀
#sciencesaturday#tothestars#space#farout | "It moves so slow, that it will take a few years to see enough motion of the object to determine its orbit around the Sun. Sheppard and his colleagues wouldn’t be surprised if a single year on Farout lasts more than 1,000 Earth years. .." Read more at gizmodo.com
What if you were the last human on Earth? Imagine you wake up one day and find that you’re the only person left in the world. Kind of cool, right? No obligations, no rules, no limits. Go nuts! You might think that with no one stopping you, you could go anywhere. But not so fast! All those abandoned cars, boats, and planes you see lying around will be useless in about 2 years when their fuel goes stale. Guess you’ll be sticking around.
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What if you fell into a black hole? If you happened to be pulled towards a stellar black hole, you’d be completely torn apart before you even reach the event horizon. There’s also a gravitational singularity at the center of the black hole, where density becomes infinite.
You’d be squashed into that center and become one with the black hole. You wouldn’t be able to tell anyone about your experience. However, a person observing you outside of the event horizon would see a very different picture. As you were falling into a black hole, for them, you’d be slowing down, get dimmer and redder. In the end, you’d just freeze, never crossing the event horizon. 🎥: Spoisen | YouTube
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#ScienceSaturday - One surprising thing that Earth and Mars have in common is big dunes. In fact, the Great Sand Dunes are so similar to those on Mars, NASA scientists regularly study our dunes to better understand Martian dunes!
These two NASA photos reveal that a dunefield on Mars was formed in a very similar way to Great Sand Dunes. Both dunefields are nestled in a low curve of mountains, where winds funnel sand grains from a dry valley floor. Even though wind speeds on Mars can reach over 60mph (97kph), the atmosphere is only 1% as dense as Earth's. At Great Sand Dunes' elevation of 8,700 feet (2,652m), the air is thin and the climate is also cold much of the year.
NASA is making plans to land astronauts on Mars in years to come. But when you experience Great Sand Dunes today, you experience a little of what it may feel like to experience Mars!
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What if a black hole entered our solar system? 🌎
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What if there was a global hyperloop network? Traveling at over 1,200 km/h, these speedy pods would take the pressure off gridlocked roads, making travel between cities much easier. Populations would have the ability to spread out further from city centers, since faster travel times would mean people aren’t forced to live where their the jobs are located. We’d also have a lot more time to be productive, because we wouldn’t waste as much of our days getting to where we need to go.
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Repeat photography is a valuable tool to help us record the changes occurring in the park! You can get a lot of information from a repeat photo pair—like how much a glacier has retreated, or what kind of vegetation has grown up. Kenai Fjords has a library of over 200 repeat photos from 78 established sites—mostly glaciers—in the park. Our earliest photos date back to 1909, and since the park’s creation we’ve taken a new round of photos on average every 10 years (some places that are easily accessible, like Aialik Bay, get repeated more often). How many differences can you spot in this pair, taken 96 years apart at Pedersen Glacier? [1909 photo/Ulysses Grant, 2005 USGS photo/Bruce Molnia]
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What if we can all visit an asteroid?
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