Those were the Days

What is it about an old song that brings a smile to your face? Maybe it brings with it memories of good time, an old friend or a younger age. Whatever it may be no one can deny feeling nostalgic from time to time after hearing an old song, seeing a photograph or even just looking at the date. While nostalgia was touted for a long time as a negative feeling which brought about depression, studies have recently found that feeling nostalgic a few times a week can actually benefit your overall emotional health and actually make you feel warmer from the inside out. Have a look at this article and then maybe even indulge in some reminiscing yourself!

>> What is Nostalgia Good For? <<

-Monisha

The Dark Side of Greek Yogurt

There always has to be a balance in life. A bad for every good. A yin for every yang. Only that can explain how something as delicious and nutritious as greek yogurt could also be producing a byproduct called acid whey that is becoming an increasing problem for greek yogurt producers everywhere. Personally I feel the acid whey scare is a little hyped up in this article, because while they start out saying that it’s toxic and harmful to nature they then go on to say that there is a possibility it can be fed to babies. Either way it’s always good to know about the things you’re eating and just how and where they come from.

 

>> Whey Too Much: Greek Yogurt’s Dark Side <<

-Monisha

Love and Other Drugs

So as a follow up to my Valentine’s Day post on the science of love here is an article about a woman who took a dose of oxytocin ( the happy hormone as I like to call it– or the same hormone that couples release when they are together/ feel happy with each other) before a date. While I don’t really see the point in this, since dating is supposed to be about finding the right person not tricking yourself into thinking you found the right person, it is interesting to see this experiment play out. Have a look!

>> Can Oxytocin Get Me A Boyfriend? <<

-Monisha

Cheater, cheater

An article about a professor in UCLA who let his students cheat on their final exam in order to learn the ins and outs of Game Theory. I don’t necessarily agree with what this article qualifies as cheating since many professors these days let their students take open book and take home tests as exams. Nevertheless it’s interesting to see the thought process of this professor and the approach his students have taken.

>> Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Game Theory Exam <<

-Monisha

It’s Getting Hot in Here

So apparently the temperature in Australia is so high right now that gasoline evaporates before you can even pump it.  Due to reaching new peak temperatures like 129 degree Fahrenheit  the meteorologists in Australia had to create a new measure of heat just to accurately display the weather there. 

>> It’s Now So Hot in Australia that Gasoline Evaporates Before You Can Pump It <<

-Monisha