Things I Noticed Today:
- Scientists at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, SD are all set to switch on the LUX dark matter detector. Remember, kids: it’s called dark matter because it doesn’t interact with normal matter, and not because it’s actually a dark color. Also, if it exists, millions of particles of it are streaming through your body every second. As your body is mostly empty space, you don’t notice.
- In news which will surprise almost no one, a study of twins has been published which shows that smoking causes the visible signs of aging to appear at a younger age, and to increase at a faster rate than for non-smokers. There was some good news, though. In twins where one stopped smoking and the other continued, the aging process slowed to normal for the non-smoker. The side-by-side images are proof enough.
- If you’ve ever wondered how a tick attaches itself to its host (and really, who hasn’t?), a new video is going viral which shows the mechanism by which ticks burrow into the skin. It’s horrifying. You should go watch it. Please note: the video is going viral, but just watching it will not give you Lyme disease.
- And, finally, a woman in West Fargo, ND has announced that she’ll be providing free health screenings for her visitors on Halloween. If a visual inspection reveals that your child is “moderately obese,” instead of candy or other sweet treats, she’ll be handing out unsolicited medical and child-rearing advice. In a radio interview, she was identified only as “Cheryl.” If your name is Cheryl, and you live in West Fargo, I feel bad for you. Unless you’re the Cheryl who is handing out health critiques. I don’t feel bad for you at all. You made two mistakes. 1) You decided to arrogantly interfere with a yearly tradition which dates back hundreds of years, and 2) you stupidly told people beforehand what your plan was. Once you’re identified, just remember the Toyota principle: you asked for it; you got it.