How Things Work: Sunless tanning
Sporting a bronze glow is a popular fad that has persisted all over the nation for many decades. Unfortunately, ultraviolet (UV) radiation increases the production of melanin in the body, which can lead to skin cancer. Because of these harmful effects from sunlight, many people have turned to sunless tanning options. Since the 1960s, many alternatives have arisen, such as beds, lotions, sprays, br...SciTech | March 5, 2007
Chinese create new food in space
China’s space program has embarked on a new mission: growing mutated potatos in outer space. Chinese space potatoes, or Purple Orchid Threes, are different from normal crops because they have traveled on a space shuttle and have been mutated by capsule pressure, space radiation, and weightlessness.SciTech | February 19, 2007
How Things Work: Botox
Botox injections are one of the fastest growing cosmetic procedures in popularity in the beauty industry, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. This “wonder” injection caused a stir in the aesthetic industry when it was introduced, primarily because it removes unwanted wrinkles and can reduce neckbands.SciTech | October 9, 2006
How Things Work: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Advances in medical technology have changed not only the way that doctors treat patients, but also how doctors discover what, exactly, needs to be treated.
One of the most accurate forms of imaging available to doctors today is the MRI. An MRI, or magnetic resonance image, is a picture of the insides of a living organism.SciTech | August 28, 2006
Marijuana: Yes or no to medicinal use?
The use of marijuana for medical purposes has been debated for many years. While some consider the plant to be a phenomenal ailment reliever, others believe that the psychoactive and harmful effects overpower the possible benefits. In the most recent chain of events, on April 20, the FDA rejected medical use for marijuana. Although a number of states have passed legislation allowing for marijuana ...SciTech | May 1, 2006