July 25th 2015: Online shopping, national pain week, the 27 club, whale watching and a new planet

Inescapable Chronic Pain http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2010/03/11/2842912.htm

Inescapable Chronic Pain
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What an exciting second week it has been. Sciengist is cruising with double the energy.

Our Sciengist has indeed shown that online shopping can be addictive and pleasurable experience.

It was national pain week and our Sciengist has talked about one important strategy for pain mitigation- distraction.

We have seen how some famous people like Brian Jones and Amy Winehouse succumbed to addiction and died at the age of 27 and joined the 27 club.

The dangers of whale-watching: The desire to swim with whales or touch them can lead to unfortunate outcomes.

We witnessed the news about a new planet, our Earth-twin and many more planets to be discovered. Future looks exciting!

Lastly, we reported some latest research on cataracts, solar-powered school bags, a recent near-miss shark attack, smoking addiction and dangers of watching TV by toddlers.

Online shopping: addiction or incredibly convenient way to buy things you love

Pre-order shopping made possible by the internet © Sciengist

Pre-order shopping made possible by the internet © Sciengist

While relaxing in your favourite lounge did you worry about an item you forgot to buy, please don’t- online shopping is at finger tips from even your mobile!

It is not just grocery items but you can extend the joy of buying your favourite items online which can make you feel like Christmas!

However, online shopping can actually become a serious problem according to research with some predictable variables, good and bad. Our Sciengist states with pride that her variables included the good ones which are ‘enjoyment’, ‘female gender’ and ‘social anonymity’.

Whether it is your novel soon-to-be-released by your favourite author or any other item, online shopping can be incredibly convenient!

Pain management through distraction – a hope for long-lasting therapies!

Inescapable Chronic Pain http://www.abc.net.au/health/features/stories/2010/03/11/2842912.htm

Inescapable Chronic Pain
(Image: http://www.abc.net.au)

It was National Pain Week in Australia last week and what better occasion to discuss chronic pain management.

Research indicates distractions such as music or mental imagery can have mitigating effects of pain on skin but one which eliminated pain flexor reflex was ‘brush stimuli task’, which is reflexively moving the limb away from the source of pain.

Research brings in hope on future long-lasting therapies for treating chronic pain by inhibiting pain receptors.

What is 27Club? A dangeorus combination of fame, addiction and death of some famous people!

Amy Winehouse at Glastonbury 2008            (Image: Rex Features James McCauley/Rex)

Amy Winehouse at Glastonbury 2008
(Image: Rex Features James McCauley/Rex)

Some famous personalities including Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix and many died at the age of 27 forming an infamous 27Club!

Was there an explanation involving the chemicals in your brain? No but there were some underlying causes for this coincidences.

Drugs that mimic neurotransmitters, by altering the balance in your brain, have dire consequences.

Whether it is getting creative after a ‘few drinks’ or longing for audience adulation after some chemicals and drugs, brain requires more of them as resistance builds up.

The end result is usually death!

Coincidentally the famous personalities died at the age of 27 although there are some escapes including Angelina Jolie, Drew Barrymore and Robert Downey Jr.

What some see as a spiritual experience can be disruptive to whales and can result in devastating outcomes.

Tourists touching a Gray Whale in the Bahia  of Mexico http://www.examiner.com/article/baja-airventures-offers-best-of-baja-s-whales-dolphins-and-sea-lion-tour

Tourists touching a Gray Whale in the Bahia of Mexico
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Even though some people believe communion with dolphins and whales can be a spiritual and healing experience, swimming or touch them can lead to unfortunate outcomes.

Although there are very few instances of whales causing harm to human, when pressed or hunted, they can fight back and even bear grudges.

A novel, ‘Moby Dick', based on true story describes how a whale ship named Essex was attacked by a giant sperm whale.

Although whales are curious creatures and often allow approach of tourist boats or touch by people, they may vary in mood and aggression and cause death as in the case of the Canadian tourist on the Mexican coast in early 2015.

The discovery of a new planet by NASA, described as ‘Earth-twin’, what an exciting news story!

An artist's impression of Kepler 452b, Earth-twin, the new planet. www.nature.com

An artist's impression of Kepler 452b, Earth-twin, the new planet.
(Image:www.nature.com)

Last week, the news about Pluto was everywhere, including Sciengist. Pluto is now officially the largest object in the fringe of our solar system.

Pluto is now proclaimed to be the ‘king of the Kuiper belt’, in the region of icy worlds beyond Neptune!

The news about a new planet spotted by NASA was even more exhilarating. It is described as ‘Earth-twin’.

This new ‘Earth-twin’, Kepler 452b (named after the spacecraft), is bigger than Earth and revolves around a star, very similar to our Sun.

How cool is that!?

The Spacecraft has discovered more planets.

 

 

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