Sunday, 23 November 2014

In my sights!

It has a been a while since the last post I have done, it's been a crazy few months, however I am happy to say I am well on my way to becoming a pro at Western blotting.

This week several stories have caught my eye and all of them I find rather interesting.

Doctor, Doctor I have the worst headache, it feels all wriggly.
A 50 year old man, went to his doctor complaining of severe headaches and being able to smell odd odours. His headache went on for years, consequently doctors gave him numerous brain scans to try and pinpoint the cause of his ache. What perplexed the doctors were the ring-like patterns viewed in his brain scans, which moved between each time an MRI scan was taken. The doctors took to a more invasive procedure and found a worm wedged in the man's brain, more specifically in his temporal lobe. The worm was identified as a tapeworm called Spirometra erinaceieuropaei which is indigenous to amphibians and crustaceans. The origin of the man's 4 year problem, was a trip to China.

So kiss me...
A kiss is something which we share to show our affection and our love or lust with someone special, but feelings are not all that is shared. Dutch scientists have run an experiment to count the number of bacteria transferred between people in a 10 second lip lock. The scientists took samples from the volunteers' tongues and saliva directly before and directly after 21 couples kissed. They then got 1 person from each couple to drink a pro-biotic drink. After the 2nd kiss the scientists could detect the number of bacteria transferred from the drinker to the non-drinker. The number was found to be 80 million.

We're lighting up the sky tonight
David Romp from the University of California, has found that for every 1C rise in the world's temperature, the likelihood of lightening strikes will increase by 12%.

Is it a bird, is it a plane? No it's Gecko-man
Geckos are well known for their adhesive pads, which helps them cling to nearly every single surface.A team at Stanford, have created, what can only be described as 'Spiderman' gloves. The gloves are pads which are made from silicon and are covered in many tiles called microwedges. These tiles, harness the same force which holds geckos to ceilings: Van der Waal's forces. Although these forces a relatively weak, when together, they are very strong. Consequently when an 11 stone man wore these pads and proceeded to climb a glass wall he did not fail once out of the hundreds of times he attempted scaling the sheer face.

I'm keeping an eye out, for any other eye-grabbing stories.