Grind #94 :: Science, Imagination & Beauty

I don't remember the answers as well as I used to, but I've always been very adept at "why" questions. Nearly every school year, I'd have at least one teacher tell me I should be asking "how?" more often and "why?" a lot less. To which, I would predictably and sarcastically reply, "Why?". I often thrive on the aggravation of others. I read a lot of scientific journals and am consistently intrigued by the imagination and scope of researchers and scientists in their respective fields of study. We should all be a bit jealous and enthralled by these people who are mapping the blueprint for generation upon generation to come. With that in mind, for this edition of the Daily Grind, I've collected a dozen or so stories proving what nerds everywhere have been telling us for years, science is cool and fun and enviable and occasionally even beautiful.

  1. I've often wondered this myself: "What are the odds you've met a sociopath?"
  2. If scientists really have determined the cause of extreme PMS, what are douchebag Neanderthal men going to blame for women's bad moods?
  3. The artist Tyrus Wong, who made major contributions to Walt Disney’s 1942 animated classic “Bambi,” passed away just before the end of the year. He was responsible for the gorgeously distinctive background paintings that made it a breakthrough in animation.
  4. Tiny jelly-like robots could deliver medicines from inside the body, target cancer directly and more precisely which could make grueling chemotherapy treatments obsolete.
  5. The popular theory that being emotional makes memories fuzzy has recently come under fire via contradictory research stating emotions actually help us remember not forget.
  6. I remember when self-driving cars were the wave of the future. But that was SO 2016. Soon, holograms and Alexa will change the way we interact with our vehicles.
  7. "Heat-activated" and "penis implant" should never be uttered in the same sentence. I don't care how clever the headline reads: "Heat-Activated Penis Implant: A Solution to a Hard Problem?"
  8. "The Telomere Effect" - the scientific case that humans have more control over their aging process than they've ever imagined.
  9. Young adults are now more likely to be living at home with their parents than in any other living arrangement. Adults ranging in ages from 25-29 and 30-34 are joining recent college grads in moving back into the family home. Why is this happening and which states have the most adult offspring moving back home?
  10. Ignition Interlock seems like an obvious means to reduce drunk driving deaths.
  11. Spoiler Alert: How did Rogue One: A Star Wars Story bring back those two familiar faces from the past?


...The Last Drop

Grind #94 :: Science, Imagination & Beauty...~fini.