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THE CHEERIO EFFECT


The Cheerio Effect

Have you ever wondered why bits of cereal floating in milk tend to clump together or cling to the sides of a bowl? In fluid mechanics, this phenomenon is humorously called the “Cheerio effect,” though it applies to any small, wettable object that floats, not just breakfast cereal. It is caused by a combination of buoyancy—the upward force a fluid exerts on an object of lower density—and surface tension—the elastic-like property of a liquid’s surface. Where else might one observe this effect?More… Discuss

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KIDNEY BEANS KEY TO COMBATING BEDBUG SCOURGE


Kidney Beans Key to Combating Bedbug Scourge

Much to the dismay of people around the globe, bedbugpopulations are booming and existing pesticides are of little help. Thus, it is becoming increasingly important to find alternative means for eliminating the tiny bloodsuckers. One such method under investigation is bean leaf entrapment. Kidney bean leaves, which have microscopic hooked hairs that pierce bedbugs’ feet and trap them, are traditionally used in the Balkans to combat bedbug infestation. Researchers created a synthetic material meant to mimic the action of the leaf hairs, but it unfortunately failed to grasp the bugs as effectively as the original. More… Discuss

A CUP OF BEET JUICE A DAY MAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY


A Cup of Beet Juice a Day May Keep the Doctor Away

Researchers say drinking 8 ounces (250 ml) of beet juice can reduce high blood pressure by 10mm of mercury within hours. Nitrate drugs are used in the treatment ofangina pectorischest pain resulting from insufficient blood supply to the heart—and the nitrate that is naturally present in beets is likely responsible for the edible root’s blood pressure-lowering power. It remains to be seen if regular consumption of nitrate-rich produce like beets improves long-term cardiovascular health. More… Discuss