It’s an annoying habit that will have you trying to drink out of a cup backwards or standing on your head to cure, but it seems that hiccups may actually serve a crucial purpose. In a new study , scientists from University College London have revealed why we hiccup, and why the habit is so important. The researchers found that hiccups are crucial for brain development in babies, triggering electrical activity in the brain that helps youngsters to regulate their breathing. Dr Kimberley Whitehead, lead author of the study, said: "The reasons for why we hiccup are not entirely clear, but there may be a developmental reason, given that foetuses and newborn babies hiccup so frequently." Pre-term infants - babies who are born more than three weeks before the due date - are particularly prone to hiccups as they spend approximately 1% of their time - around 15 minutes a day - hiccuping. Hiccuping can also be observed in the womb - sometimes as early as nine weeks into the pregnancy. … [Read more...] about Scientists explain why we hiccup – and how annoying habit is actually crucial
So, you’ve watched Rick and Morty season 4, episode 1 – but did you watch all the way to the end? Not only did the opening Rick and Morty season 4 post-credits scene illuminate one of the great mysteries of the episode, it also featured a touching tribute to one of the driving forces behind Rick and Morty, Mike Mendel, who sadly passed away earlier this year.So, if you either missed out on the Rick and Morty season 4 post-credits, or want to find out more about what happened with Morty and Jessica, step right this way. Just watch out for fascist shrimps.What happens in the Rick and Morty season 4 premiere post-credits scene?Back at Harry Herpson High School, Morty’s crush, Jessica, is speaking to her gal pals about her future plans ahead of Career Day. She wants to become a hospice carer so, when those she is looking after “the real lonely people” that die, she can tell them “I love you” followed by their name.Overhearing this, Morty realises … [Read more...] about Rick and Morty season 4 premiere post-credits scene explained: how does [spoiler] die?
“And if the sun don’t shine on me today; And if the subways flood and bridges break; Will you just lay down and dig your grave? Or will you rail against the dying day?” From “Life in the City” by The Lumineers We live in a judgmental and defensive society. Our first and seemingly natural reaction to people or ideas that differ from the mainstream is to criticize and ridicule them. And often, when we are on the receiving end of that criticism, our first impulse is to get defensive and to discredit the feedback. In both instances, there is a rejection and a failure to listen. In my conversation with Wesley Schultz, founding member of The Lumineers, he described how he evolved from fearing critical feedback to actively courting alternative perspectives as the cornerstone of his professional development. Source: Danny Clinch Growing up, Schultz feared being self-unaware. “Maybe my greatest fear is to lose all self-awareness … [Read more...] about Why Wesley Schultz Still Hasn’t Earned It
Biologists love a good family tree. Mapping the relations between species since the beginning of time is an important aspect of researching the history of evolution. However, classifying and visualizing the links between the millions of species of fauna in the world is no easy task. advertisement Temple University researchers recently put together the world’s largest tree of life visualized across time. The family tree of living and extinct organisms encompasses 50,000 species–only a fraction of the world’s history of life–and would easily take up hundreds of pages if laid out linearly. To fit their work onto a printed page, the researchers, led by evolutionary biologist S. Blair Hedges, instead decided to visualize the data as a spiral. The spiral strip represents time from top to bottom in greyscale, from the origin of life 4 billion years ago (the darkest gray) to today. Different orders of species of plants and animals (like caryophyllales, a … [Read more...] about World’s Largest Tree Of Life Visualizes 50,000 Species Over Time
The taller the skyscraper, the longer the shadow. Walking along a street surrounded by big skyscrapers can feel like entering a world that’s permanently overcast–one reason most cities have zoning laws that restrict how high developers can build. But what if we could design a skyscraper that didn’t cast any shadow? That’s the idea behind a new concept by the architects at NBBJ, who used algorithms to create a tower that doesn’t block out the sun at ground level. Though specifically designed for London, where the next few years will bring a major influx of skyscrapers, the design could work in any dense urban area, where skyscrapers obscure the sun. advertisement The no-shadow skyscraper is actually a set of twin towers that twist around each other. Their reflective facades are angled just-so to direct sunlight bouncing off one tower into the shadow of the other. The result, according to NBBJ’s calculations, is a 60% reduction in the shadows … [Read more...] about Could We Design A Skyscraper That Casts No Shadow?
It’s a fascinating time to be a car designer. With the impending rise of self-driving vehicles, new technology for better visibility on the road, and more, there’s never been a better time to rethink the experience of driving. In advance of the New York International Auto Show this weekend, Co.Design caught up with Gerry McGovern, the design director and chief creative officer for Jaguar Land Rover. At a Manhattan showroom, he was debuting the 2016 Range Rover SV Autobiography, the company’s latest limited-edition luxury vehicle. Here’s what he had to say about tomorrow’s car design, including how Land Rover approaches technological innovation (cautiously), why the company isn’t worried about autonomous cars, and why backseats are about to get a lot cooler. advertisement advertisement The Backseat Will Get More Love The home office of the future may be the backseat of a self-driving car. But even before cars can drive themselves while you … [Read more...] about Jaguar Land Rover’s Design Chief On The Future Of Cars