The second graphic in the ‘Undeserved Reputations’ series looks at Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG, and the myths surrounding it.
You can see a larger version of the graphic and read more here: http://wp.me/s4aPLT-msg
There’s also a great ACS Reactions video on the subject here: http://bit.ly/MSGreactions
All I know is that my siblings and I could not stop laughing after eating Chinese food. We would practically fall out of the car in hysterics. If not the MSG, what was that all about?
Made this for my boyfriend
In a taxonomic sense, there’s no truth. I think the primary source of confusion is when “dinosaur” as a common term is used to encompass any and all prehistoric lifeforms. The truth us, Crocodilians evolved separately from dinosaurs.
And remember, it’s all in the hips. A dinosaur (in this case, a member of the clade Dinosauria) is only a dinosaur when it’s got the Ornithischian (edit) OR Saurischian pelvic configuration; in other words, the legs come directly under the body and do not sprawl as they do with other reptiles - like crocodiles and alligators.
It’s true Crocodilians have existed for hundreds of millions of years and began evolving around the same time as the first Dinosaurs - but just because two separate lineages came to be at the same point in time, that does not mean they have any relation to one another.
UC Berkeley - graphic by Randall Irmis / Andrew Lee / Nick Pyenson
Fins to Feet
And for more information on Crocodilians, we made an episode on that!
One of the first ever drawings of a fuel cell (1842)
Sir William Robert Grove, judge & physicist, was the father of the modern fuel cell. He developed his idea through experimenting with sending an electric current through water splitting it into its component parts of hydrogen and oxygen. He then tried to reverse the process and combine hydrogen with oxygen to produce electricity and water thereby producing a simple fuel cell.
In this letter from the Ri’s archive, Grove writes to Michael Faraday in October 1842 to describe his new accomplishment:
I have just completed a curious voltaic pile which I think you would like to see, it is composed of alternate tubes of oxygen and hydrogen through each of which passes platina foil so as to dip into separate vessels of water acidulated with sulphuric acid the liquid just touching the extremities of the foil as in the rough figure below…………………….
……………. I cannot but regard the experiment as an important one both as to the chemical and other theories of the pile & as to the catalytic effect of the combination of the gases by platina.
The modern fuel cell is used to power anything from cars, buses, boats and submarines to providing back up power to hospitals, houses and inaccessible areas.
Diagram explaining the EU-funded cancer theragnostic project, MULTIFUN.
Anecdotes by medical practitioners"A woman came in for a baby check with her 6-month-old and she had what looked like chocolate milk in the baby’s bottle. So he started explaining to her as kindly as he could that she shouldn’t be giving her baby chocolate milk. At which point she interrupts him and says, ‘Oh that isn’t chocolate milk. It’s coffee! He just loves it!”
"I had a patient come in for an STD check. She was very upset and continued to tell me that she only had one partner. Progressing through my assessment, she further divulged that even if he was sleeping with other people it shouldn’t matter ‘because he uses a condom every time and he makes sure to wash it thoroughly after every use’.”
"Had a lady who measured her baby’s temperature by pre-heating the oven and putting one hand in front of it while the other hand was on the baby’s forehead. She told the nurse her baby’s fever was about 250 degrees.”
"Lady has to have foot amputated and is given waiver forms to sign pre-op. Buddy asks if she needs time to think about it. She’s very nonchalant and doesn’t seem to care much what they do. He gets suspicious and probes a bit as to why she’s not more concerned. She says she gets that they have to operate and it’s OK because the foot will grow back.”
"I had a couple who had been trying to conceive for over two years. I asked all the usual questions, how often do you have sex, any previous pregnancy, etc etc. Something seemed off to me during the consult, so I continued to ask questions. Finally I asked if he ejaculated while inserted into the vagina. Both parties looked confused.Turns out the couple was not having insertional sex at all. I had to awkwardly explain to them how insertional sex works. Diagrams were required.”
"Patient comes in, she’s upset. She’s pregnant, and she doesn’t understand why. She’s on the pill. Upon talking to her at great length, I find out that she only takes the pills on the days that she is sexually active – no other time.”
"Patient comes in with her bf. They are indignant, as if somehow I could’ve prevented [the pregnancy]. The problem? Well, the pills were bothering the girl’s stomach, so, being a gallant bf, he decided to start taking them instead.”
“I was explaining the treatment to the husband of a patient about to be discharged. He kept nodding and agreeing with me, but I knew it was flying over his head. Turned out a fundamental problem was that I was describing the drugs as ‘tablets’ and he had no clue what those were.”