You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But…do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? If not, please extricate yourself from the rock you’ve been living under. Everyone knows Rudolph.
From humble beginnings in Robert May’s children’s book in 1939, Rudolph and his glowing red schnoz have spawned an empire. Rounding out his rich mythos are the all too familiar Christmas song and the stop motion TV tale of an elf with dental aspirations, a portly prospector and our lovable, outcast young buck.
Of course, as with most myths and legends, there is some grain of truth hiding somewhere. This Christmas, science tackled the origin of Rudolph and his shiny nose. A research team, led by Can Ince of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, published a study just last week in the British Medical Journal explaining this Christmas mystery.
If I learned anything in college, it was how to study. A long night before a final involved a steady dose of Xbox breaks, deep conversations with roommates, and probably a couple of gallons of Dr. Pepper. And I guess a few notes as well, maybe a book or two. Yeah, let’s go with that. Perhaps not the most efficient techniques, but they worked for me.
Somehow, with those study habits, I made it through without too many scratches, but I couldn’t tell you how. And now, research from Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla’s lab at UCLA suggests that my diet may have been just as important as anything else. This study, published in the Journal of Physiology, describes how a steady diet high in fructose can impair normal learning and memory in rats.
One of my favorite things in the world is coming home after having a brisket cooking all day long. Really, it’s the same with any savory treat that cooks all day. The smell is amazing and the food’s never ready soon enough. Truly mouth-watering.
New research led by Dr Rene A de Wijk of the Top Institute Food and Nutrition in the Netherlands suggests that aromas may have an even more profound effect. The study, published in March in the journal Flavour, explains how the aroma of your food affects how big of a bite you take. Continue reading →
I can’t tell you how much I love Sonic drinks this time of the year. Well, all year really. The carhops are starting to know me by name. But when an average day stays above 85, it’s time to get into the season of Sonic slushes. My personal favorite is grape. Until about three gulps in, that is.
We’ve all been victim to the rapid, violent tormentor that is the brain freeze. Luckily, we may soon know more about this and other headaches, thanks to research presented this month by the American Physiological Society. Continue reading →