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"Cracked Science" light-hearted in-depth science for everyone

The youtube channel "Cracked Science" with Jonathan Jerry provides some good humour and scientific knowledge in ten minute episodes to bring you up to speed and get you thinking.

Take a look at CRISPR is a Puppy and learn how gene therapy may be applied to human diseases.

Another episode helps to debunk the media hype on the discovery of a new human organ - "the Interstitium, the largest organ we never knew we had", Does a New Organ Explain Acupuncture? While some of this is opinionated to the reporter's own views on acupuncture, the evidence of the Interstitium is a good reminder of what we already know.

Does the brain get rewired by surfing the net?

There is a fascinating article on ( that describes some research studies done in 2007 on brain activity by Dr Gary Small, a UCLA professor of psychiatry and author (

MRI scans of brain activity were done while subjects wore goggles that displayed web pages and used a handheld keypad to search the Internet.

The MRI scanned their brains for areas of high activation indicated by increases in blood flow.

MUS-UBCMJ Research Forum and Journal Release

Tue, 2010-03-30 17:30 - 22:00
Life Sciences Centre, UBC
Health Sciences Mall
Vancouver, BC

The 6th Annual MUS-UBCMJ Research Forum is taking place on March 30, 2010 at the UBC Life Sciences Centre from 5:30-10pm.

Internet search activity as measures of human health trends

With millions of searches done on the Internet every day it is no surprise that search engine giants like Google are exploring many applications of the search activity data.

One interesting application of Internet search activity data is Google Flu Trends that while providing graphs of results from New Zealand, Australia and the United States, says of itself:

Preserving cocoa flavanols during cooking and baking

Here's an interesting research article on cooking with cocoa and the impact on retaining the antioxidant activity and cocoa flavanols in the food.

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