6 weird things your body doesand why

Future site of some prune fingers
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Bodies are weirdlet’s just get that fact out of the way.

Whether they’re giving life, sweating, or just existing, there are more intricacies about the human body than meets the eye. With so many things going on that we’ve accepted as a common occurrence, have you ever stopped to think about why it was happening? We’ve rounded up common and weird ways some bodies reacts under certain circumstances.

1. Fingers turning into prunes

Things get wet when they’re slippery, so your body’s way of adapting to long periods of time under water is turning your finger pads into little prune pads. According to the Scientific American, that weird prune-ness is “optimized for providing a drainage network that improved grip.”

2. Brain freeze

Slurping back your milkshake has it’s consequences. If you want to get down to the nitty gritty of it, Forbes reports that what is happening is your “blood vessels near the back of your throat first rapidly constrict from the coldness and then dilate when the bloodvesselsbecome warmer again.” These pull tissue and trigger a nerve that cause the headache. It’s basically a way for your body of saying “slow down.” Milkshakes are always worth a brain freeze, though.

3. Shivers

Shivering is the body’s way of keeping warm. By expending energy with small movements, the body is working to raise temperature back up to a healthy 98.6F. Pretty simple, and pretty neat.

4. Get taller in space

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly’s time in space illuminated a variety of information on what space does to the bodyincluding height, thanks to spinal column disks. “On Earth, the disks are slightly compressed due to gravity. In space, that compression is no longer present causing the disks to expand,” CNBC reported. “The result: the spine lengthens, and the astronaut is taller.” Badabing, badaboom.

5. “Feeling” weather changes

While based on majority anecdotal evidence, there might be a bit of truth to the claims that some people can “feel” a storm coming because of achy knees. Cold weather can cause nerve endings in tissues around joints to be feel some sort of “tightness” or “stiffness,” the Weather Channel wrote.

6. Goosebumps

There’s a reason for them, though it’s not that useful of one. Because humans don’t have much body hair, the “contraction of miniature muscles that are attached to each hair” that occurs when we get goosebumps aren’t as useful for insulation as they are with animals, according to Scientific American. So while we get bumps in the cold, they don’t help us stay warm at all unfortunately. As for the times you’re emotional and get goosebumps, blame that on adrenalinealso released when we’re cold.

And now you know! Go forth, and watch weird things happen to your body.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/11/weird-body-things/

Trump casually pre-games climate announcement with jazz band

While the world anxiously waited to hear whether or not President Trump would pull out of the Paris Agreement, a jazz band outside the White House kept things chill AF.

After much anticipation, Trump announced on Twitter that he would be making a statement about the country’s future with the major climate agreement on Thursday in the White House Rose Garden.

And what better way to pregame that very important speech than with a nice tasteful jazz performance, am I right??!

Before Trump pulled out of the Paris Agreement, which left the U.S. with only two other countries Nicaragua and Syria who also rejected the agreement, many business leaders, celebrities, and scientists publicly warned against the decision.

But hey, Trump knows that some nice, smooth jazz music can solve any problem.

As people waited for the president (who was more than 30 minutes late) to take the stage, the image of what appears to be the United States Marine Band performing jazz in the Rose Garden was all they had to mock.

Some people passed the time by thinking up some climate-friendly requests for the band to play! Fun!

In fact, with this romantic setting, some might even say Trump’s monumental climate announcement felt a bit like an episode of The Bachelor …

Though this random jazz band may seem a bit odd, Trump is certainly no stranger to oddly timed celebratory gestures. We learned this after the House Republicans voted on a health care repeal bill and definitely did not enjoy a cart full of beer.

Enjoy that Rose Garden while you can, Trump!

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/06/01/donald-trump-paris-agreement-jazz-band/

Professor gets his dog a position at 7 academic journals

For scientists and researchers, getting papers published in respected journals is critical for their careers.

So it’s a good thing that Dr. Olivia Doll, respected authority and academic, is intimately involved in curating journals within the medical community. She sits on seven different editorial boards for journals focused on everything from drug abuse to respiratory medicine.

She also looks like this.

Yes, Dr. Doll is a 5-year-old Staffordshire terrier whose real name is Ollie.

Mike Daube, Ollie’s owner, is a public health expert and professor at Curtin University in Australia. He decided to create a fake academic background and persona for his dog, and use it to apply for positions on editorial boards because he wanted to draw attention to the plethora of sham academic journals that exist.

“Every academic gets several of these emails a day from sham journals,” Daube told Perth Now. “The more I saw of it, the more I thought that you need a light shining on these things.”

Why are these sham journals so problematic?

“There are young academics, there are people in developing countries who are being conned by this,” Daube explained. “They think that if they send papers to these journals, it’s a decent publication … and they are being charged for it.”

The fact that Daube was able to get a dog with a fake doctorate and background (senior lecturer at Subiaco College of Veterinary Science, associate to the Dog’s Refuge Home) onto the editorial board of these publications shows just how illegitimate they are.

Every academic gets several of these emails a day from sham journals

As Daube points out, just one click would have allowed any of these journals to discover that Dr. Olivia Doll was completely fake. And yet none of them took the time to properly vet Dr. Doll, and that’s probably true of all applicants they receive.

In case you’re interested in the rest of Dr. Doll’s illustrious career, Perth Now reports that she has research interest in “the benefits of abdominal massage for medium-sized canines and the role of domestic canines in promoting optimal mental health in aging males.” She was on track to become the associate editor of the Global Journal of Addiction and Rehabilitation Medicine. She was also recently asked to review a paper on the management of tumors.

It sounds like Dr. Doll has done pretty well for herself. She also has some advice for young academics, which she told her owner to pass along to you.

“She said to me that she hopes that any academics who think of responding to these will have paws for thought,” Daube dutifully relayed, “and that if they do send their papers to any of these sham journals, she reckons they’re barking mad.”

Wise words from a wise dog.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/26/dog-sits-on-editorial-board-for-medical-journals/

Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

Facebook has been working to make users feel safer on the platform for years, and in its latest effort to enhance the online community, the social media platform partnered with The Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth.

On Tuesday in the middle of Mental Health Awareness month Facebook announced that users will be able to connect with mental health resourcesfromThe Trevor Project right from their direct messages. The project rolls out over the next few months.

According to The Trevor Project’s website, the rate of suicide attempts is “four times greater for LGB youth and two times greater for questioning youth than that of straight youth,” so it’s clear how helpful access to a supportive chat bot could be. And though The Trevor Project is aimed at helping suicide prevention in young people, the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that 40 percent of transgender adult respondents reportedly made a suicide attempt during their lives, so Facebook users of all ages could certainly benefit from the helpful resource.

The messenger crisis support will also expand awareness to other areas of the mental heath community with the help of participating organizations likeCrisis Text Line, the National Eating Disorder Association, Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

The social media site recently received a great deal of backlash surrounding the spread of live-streamed suicide videos and earlier this month after a violent video of a Cleveland man shooting and killing a 74-year-old man was posted to the site founder Mark Zuckerberg admitted more human intervention is necessary on the site to ensure the safety of users.

The site also collaborated with mental health organizations back in 2016 to launch tools and resources aimed at supporting the mental health community. Users now have easily accessible support groups along with the ability to report concerning posts related to self-injury or suicide directly to Facebook.

Back in March the site was even testing a pattern recognition system that would use AI to identify posts that include certain keywords pertaining to suicidal thoughts.

Studies have shown that excessive social media us could increase levels of depression, so the more resources the better.

If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. For international resources, this list is a good place to start.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/05/17/facebook-lgbtq-trevor-project/

The Queen is 91 and to mark it the Royal Family are tweeting lovely old photos

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Turning 91 years old is certainly something to be celebrated no matter who you are.

Queen Elizabeth II is 91 today and to mark the occasion, the Royal Family is tweeting black and white photographs of Elizabeth at special moments in her life.

If you visit the Royal Family’s official Twitter account today you’ll be showered with animated balloons in celebration of her big day.

One of the photos the Royal Family have shared shows the Queen at the tender age of one month old at her christening, with her parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother).

A photo of Princess Elizabeth on her 21st birthday was also shared via the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.

@ClarenceHouse the official Twitter account for Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall shared a touching photo of the Queen in 1952 with a 4-year-old Prince Charles.

The Royal Family also shared a photo of the Queen on the phone, pointing out that she was born on the same year as the first ever transatlantic phone call.

@KensingtonRoyal the official Twitter account for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry also tweeted a photo of the Queen and Prince Philip in an open top car, with the younger generation of royals in a car behind her.

Happy birthday Your Majesty!

WATCH: Lady Gaga FaceTimed with Prince William to discuss a very important issue

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/04/21/queen-elizabeth-91-birthday/