Can You Unboil An Egg? Apparently Yes

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I’m sure everyone has gone through the same pain in their life. You’ve been craving eggs ever since you went to bed the night before, so you wake up and run to the kitchen for some gooey yolk goodness. The only problem, your housemate got up a half an hour before you and boiled all of your eggs!

After you teach your incompetent housemate a lesson and dispose of the evidence, you’re still stuck with some hard boiled eggs. What a waste of perfectly good eggs, too bad there’s no way you can unboil them and fry them up to perfection… right?

Actually you can. UC Irvine and Australian chemists have figured out how to unboil egg whites, according to findings published in the journal ChemBioChem. “Yes, we have invented a way to unboil a hen egg,” said Gregory Weiss, UCI professor of chemistry and & biochemistry. In his paper, he describes a machine that takes apart tangled protiens and allows them to refold back to their natural ways. The device can pull apart the proteins in egg whites and let them refold into their oily natural state.

“To re-create a clear protein known as lysozyme once an egg has been boiled, he and his colleagues add a urea substance that chews away at the whites, liquefying the solid material. That’s half the process; at the molecular level, protein bits are still balled up into unusable masses. The scientists then employ a vortex fluid device, a high-powered machine designed by Professor Colin Raston’s laboratory at South Australia’s Flinders University. Shear stress within thin, microfluidic films is applied to those tiny pieces, forcing them back into untangled, proper form.”

But this process isn’t just used for breakfast time, the machine can also be used to return valuable molecular proteins back into their original state. Proteins that are used in research for things such as cancer, antibiotics and creating cheese will be used and wasted because they turn into a hard or solidified state. There is a current process to turn the proteins back into their original state, but it takes about four days. This new process only takes minutes, which allows the users to recycle more of the proteins which in turn means less money is used.

The process of unboiling an egg has actually been known for years, but the man who first started talking about it was not a scientist (well not a traditional one). French chef Herve This (pronounced ‘Tiss’) mentioned how the proteins in boiled eggs can be unraveled and returned to their natural state by adding sodium borohydride and in about three hours your egg will be liquid again. If you don’t have some spare sodium borohydride laying around you can also use vitamin C. This has also come up with some other crazy calculations, like a way you can get 24 litres of mayonnaise out of one egg yolk. He also busted the myth of adding oil to your spaghetti noodles to keep them from sticking, according to This in order for oil to keep your noodles from sticking you’d have to use very little water and litres of oil.

Have you ever tried to unboil an egg? Let me know in the comments! 

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Sources: Wilson, Janet. “Chemists Find a Way to Unboil Eggs.” Chemists Find a Way to Unboil Eggs. N.p., 26 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.

Bernbaum, Brian. “How To Unboil An Egg, Seriously.” SF Weekly. N.p., 15 Feb. 2008. Web. 08 Feb. 2015.

 

Could the HoloLens be Microsoft’s iMoment?

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Back at the turn of the century, Apple had already reclaimed a bit of momentum with the release of the iMac following the return of Steve Jobs. But his announcement of the iPod in October 2001 really marked the birth of the Apple we know today, at least cinematically. The Jobs movie of 2013 opens with Ashton Kutcher unveiling the music device.

There are parallels between the iPod and HoloLens. Both represented a tight integration of hardware and software and both come in market categories where there were early signs of interest but no strong mass market adoption. And both represented fairly radical departures for their companies into the unknown.

Minecraft in HoloLens. Minecraft in HoloLens.

But there are also fundamental differences between the Apple that Jobs returned to and the Microsoft that Satya Nadella inherited a year ago. For one, despite the blows that Microsoft has taken, its overall financial health has…

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Eating Human Ashes (Yummy) And Five Other Most Strange Addictions

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Psychology Today defines addiction as: “Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol,cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” The Users with the addiction may or not be aware of the severity of their condition. Most of the time they are blind to the negative side to their addictions, help usually comes from a third party.

Earlier this week I watched an episode of “My Strange Addiction” where a man had a sexual relationship with his car. I like cars don’t get me wrong, but that definitely struck me as strange. That got me thinking that there must be other people that have these strange addictions, right?

Here is a list of the six most common “strange” addictions. Brought to you by Tawna Lewis from Live Science.

Chewing ice

Ever have a friend who loved to chew ice? Well, the tendency to compulsively chew and consume excessive amounts of ice actually has a name: Pagophagia. The habit is a form of pica, a condition that comes with a tendency to eat non-food items that have no nutritional value, such as clay, soil or paper. Chewing ice may be a sign of iron deficiency anemia, according to the Mayo Clinic. Less often, pica can be a sign of emotional problems, such as stress or obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Eating human ashes

A woman who eats the ashes of her cremated husband is just one of the people with an unusual obsession who was profiled on the TV series “My Strange Addiction,” which airs on TLC. The woman in the episode, named Casie, was apparently so saddened by her husband’s death that she carried an urn of his ashes everywhere she went. One day, some of the ashes got on her finger, and rather than dust them off, she decided to lick them. Since then, she has consumed about a pound of her husband’s remains, according to TLC.

Tanning

Everyone enjoys a sunny day at the beach, but the reason for some people’s enjoyment may have a darker side. Tanning ­– whether outside or in tanning booths ­– may actually be addictive, according to researchers at The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. The scientists published a study in 2005 in the journal Archives of Dermatology that found that up to 53 percent of beachgoers met the diagnostic criteria to be classified as “ultraviolet light tanning-dependent.”

The addiction may be based on the fact that when the body is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) light, it produces mood-boosting chemicals called endorphins, the researchers said. Another study by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center found that people who tan eight to 15 times a month experience withdrawal symptoms when they are deprived of UV-light.But tanning poses a health risk, because exposure to UV light is linked to developing skin cancer, studies show.

Getting tattoos

One in five U.S. adults has a tattoo, according to a 2012 Harris poll. While the behavior rarely crosses over into a true addiction, many people say there’s no such thing as just getting one tattoo. Some people may crave the endorphins that the body releases in response to the pain of going under the needle; others may use the physical pain as a psychological distraction from their emotional pain, according towiseGEEK.org. People who engage in cutting and other forms of self-injury may also be showing the symptoms of a mental illness, such as borderline personality disorder or depression, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Internet addiction

Yes, you might have this one. Internet addiction disorder, also known as problematic Internet use or compulsive Internet use, refers to people excessively using a computer ­— whether it be for gaming, social media or pornography — that interferes with daily life. Studies estimate that approximately 9 million Americans could be labeled as “pathological computer users addicted to the Internet to the detriment of work, study, and social life,” according to a 2009 report published in the journalCyberPsychology & Behavior.

The fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) identified Internet gaming disorder as “a condition warranting more clinical research and experience.” This means that mental health professionals are studying this problem, and may consider it for inclusion in the main book as a formal disorder.

Drinking air freshener

Another episode of “My Strange Addiction” featured a woman named Evelyn, who is addicted to drinking air freshener. The 20-something woman from Missouri spritzes the cleaning mist into her mouth up to 50 times a day, and goes through 20 cans of air freshener a week, the Washington Post reported. The habit began when an automatic air freshener dispenser in her house accidentally sprayed onto Evelyn’s drinking glass as she was walking past, and she found she liked the taste. Her favorite flavor is “fresh linen,” she said.

What are some of the crazy strange things you like to do? 

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Sources: Lewis, Tanya. “Getting Tattooed & Eating Human Ashes: 6 Strange ‘Addictions'” LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 07 Feb. 2015. Web. 07 Feb. 2015.

“Psychology Today.” Addiction. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.

Why Measles Continues to Plague Us

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This post is in partnership with the History News Network, the website that puts the news into historical perspective. The article below was originally published at HNN.

Not so long ago (2011) the world was declared officially free of the cattle disease, rinderpest. As with the 1980 eradication of human smallpox, the basic weapon was vaccination. The rinderpest virus and measles virus are very similar, perhaps diverging from a common ancestor about 1,000 years back. We’ve had effective measles vaccines for around 50 years and the world could, and should, be rid of measles. But, apart from the problem of getting vaccine into war zones and other problems in very poor nations, we are nowhere near doing that. Why is that so?

The latest outbreak associated with visitors to Disneyland is just one of continuing, sporadic events all over the advanced world. Measles is very infectious. Classically, a young…

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Mysterious Ash Covers Parts of Washington and Oregon

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A strange ashy substance is falling from the sky in parts of Washington state and Oregon, but no one knows where it came from.

“While the substance is likely ash is from Volcano Shiveluch, they are a number of volcanoes that are currently active. The source of the material has not been scientifically confirmed,” energy officials said.

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Volcano Shiveluch is on the Kamchatka peninsula in extreme northeast Russia and spewed a 20,000 foot ash plume in January. But officials say the substance could be coming from an entirely different part of the globe.

Other theories include dust picked up by wind or leftover ash from last year’s wildfires in Oregon in Idaho. But the substance will have to be scientifically tested to definitively determine what it is.

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University of California to Require Measles Shots for Students

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The University of California will require incoming students to be vaccinated for measles and other diseases beginning in 2017, as the current outbreak that began at Disneyland continues to spread.

The new policy has far-reaching implications, with nearly 250,000 postgraduate and undergraduate students across University of California’s 10 campuses.

“The University of California will require incoming students to be screened for tuberculosis and vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningococcus, tetanus and whooping cough, under a plan set to take effect in 2017,” the UC said in a statement.

The policy has been in the works for a year, but it is being announced at a critical time for vaccinations. California is dealing with a rash of measles infections, a highly contagious disease that began at Disneyland in December and leaving more than 100 people ill across 14 states since then.

Health experts have attributed the California outbreak…

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Five Science Backed Ways Money Can Indeed Buy Happiness

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If you’ve ever talked to a person who’s spent many moons on this planet they are likely to tell you many old sayings like: “don’t keep all your eggs in one basket” or “don’t fry bacon with your shirt off.” But by far my personal favorite is: “money can’t buy you happiness.”

I remember the first time I heard this old classic saying, and at first I agreed with it. It wasn’t until I got a little older did I start to reconsider the truth in this statement. I mean, it’s more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes then it is on the street right?  So I went through many many years trying to get the most money I could get my little greedy hands on. Since I was young and dumb I always spent this money almost as fast as I could get it, I have a thing for cars get off my back.

More recently I took a step back and really looked at my life. I realized that all of this money I’ve come across has indeed made me happy for a short period, but the best money I ever spent were on experiences with my friends and family. Then it hit me, money can indeed buy you happiness but you have to know how to spend it. And now I’m here bringing you five ways that money can indeed buy you happiness, all backed by science.

Buy moments, not stuff.According to Dan Gilbert, Harvard University psychology professor and author of Stumbling on Happiness, the key is to spend your money on experiences rather than material things. Material things, even if they’re expensive or you wanted them badly, tend to lose their luster after a while, literally and figuratively. Memories of people, places and activities, however, never get old. In a survey, Gilbert found that 57% of respondents reported greater happiness from an experiential purchase. Only 34% said the same about a material purchase.

Spend on others. In a study published this year, Harvard University researchers conducted experiments and found out that spending money on others (called “prosocial” spending in academic jargon) boosts people’s emotional and physical well-being.

“The benefits of prosocial spending… extend not only to subjective well-being but objective health,” they write. Despite people’s intuitions and inclinations to the contrary, one of the best ways to get the biggest payoff personally from a windfall of $20 is to spend it prosocially.”

Buy small splurges. Dropping a ton of cash on someting extravagent doesn’t give you the same bang for your buck because, no matter how special it is at first, you get used to having it over time and it becomes just another object. “Giving yourself inexpensive indulgences is a clever way to gather up lots of bursts of happiness,” a recent Business Insider article suggests, citing Gilbert’s research.

Buy what you like. No keeping up with the Joneses — that’s not going to make you happy. “There are a lot of reasons someone might buy something… but if the reason is to maximize happiness, the best thing for that person to do is purchase a life experience that is in line with their personality,” Ryan Howell, an associate psychology professor San Francisco State University, tells Forbes. Howell recently co-authored a study finding that when people spend money just to project or uphold a certain image, it doesn’t bring happiness.

Spend with others. You might think spending money on things or activities you do by yourself will make you happy, but a recent study in Psychological Science says that tactic can backfire. “To be extraordinary is to be different than other people, and social interaction is grounded in similarities,” says Gus Cooney , Harvard University research assistant and lead author of the study.

Doing things with friends or family, even if it’s not as exciting, makes you happy because it fosters a sense of togetherness and connection between you and other people. “The guy who had the extraordinary experience had a harder time fitting in,” Cooney tells The Atlantic

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What is your opinion, can money really buy you happeniss? Let me know your thoughts!

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Sources: White, Martha C. “5 Ways Money Can Buy Happiness, Backed by Science.”Time. Time, n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015.