The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods)  In 2015, a new…

The MAGNETO SNAIL! (and other marine gastropods) 

In 2015, a new species of deep-sea snail was described that blew our minds: the the scaly-foot gastropod (Crysomallon squamiferum), aka basically the Magneto Snail. Living in hydrothermal ecosystems is a tough life, so this snail had evolved with a shell literally made out of iron – some populations’ shells are even magnetic. Food sources are scarce down there but these snails don’t eat – they get all of their energy through a process of chemosynthesis, in which the bacteria living in their guts produce the nutrients required for sustained life.

The more I looked into the fascinating world of marine snails, I realized I knew virtually nothing about these invertebrates. They’ve dominated every part of the ocean, from the banks to the floor, inhabiting niches that allow them to diversify in incredible ways.

So, here’s a quick overview of some of the 4.5 million snails in the Field’s collection! Stay tuned to hear Jochen play a giant conch shell at the end. It’s worth it.

By: The Brainscoop.

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This Knee Crack is The Worst Sound Ever (And It’s Good For…

This Knee Crack is The Worst Sound Ever (And It’s Good For You) 

Knees sound terrifying when amplified, FYI. A team of researchers studying knee grinding sounds may do great medical good though, if their sound-based research and technology ends up helping people with a cute knee injuries.

It’s still probably the worst sound ever.

Kim Horcher and Alan Kistler (Author, Pop Culture Historian) discuss!

Read more: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/this-gross-sound-your-knee-makes-could-be-a-sign-of-health

By: Nerd Alert.

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How Is Your Phone Changing You?  Should you be worried about…

How Is Your Phone Changing You? 

Should you be worried about your cellphone?

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What makes blue-green algae dangerous? — Speaking of…

What makes blue-green algae dangerous? — Speaking of Chemistry 

Pond scum is usually just a nuisance, but it can become dangerous. Check out the chemistry behind these harmful algal blooms.

When the environmental conditions are right, blue-green algae can blossom into harmful algal blooms. These blooms can release all sorts of deadly poisons into the environment. In this episode, SOC’s Sophia Cai explains how human health could be at risk, with help from SOC’s structure-drawing extraordinaire, Lauren Wolf.

Check out the story behind this video: http://cen.acs.org/articles/94/i12/Scientists-debate-best-way-tame.html

By: ACS Reactions.

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Diabetes Complication and Pathophysiology  The physiology of…

Diabetes Complication and Pathophysiology 

The physiology of insulin, pathophysiology of type II diabetes and its complications.

“Glucose metabolism is normally regulated by a feedback loop including islet β cells and insulin-sensitive tissues, in which tissue sensitivity to insulin affects magnitude of β-cell response. If insulin resistance is present, β cells maintain normal glucose tolerance by increasing insulin output. Only when β cells cannot release sufficient insulin in the presence of insulin resistance do glucose concentrations rise.” (Kahn, Cooper & Prato 2014).

By: Armando Hasudungan.
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