How Body Piercing Works -- The Ins and Outs of this Cutting Edge Process
Body piercing (defined as any piercing beyond the standard earlobe piercing) has become such a popular form of body modification that between five and ten percent of the population of the United States has indulged in at least one form of it at some time in their lives. In most cases, once a person gets a body piercing, they follow the first one with more. There are lots of considerations; however, for making sure that your body piercing is done safely so that you don't end up with either an infection or a poorly done piercing that could leave an unsightly scar.
It ain't ear piercing, honey?
The procedure for a good body piercing isn't the same is for getting your earlobes pierced. Most earlobe piercings that you see done in a mall or jewelry store involve using a piercing gun that quickly shoots the actual earring post through the earlobe. This may be fine for an area of the body that has soft tissue and is easily pierced, but it isn't a good idea for other parts of the body for a few reasons.
First, it isn't as accurate as a needle, so lining it up won't always work. Just as with any gun, there is a recoil that will make the aim inaccurate. Second, the force of the gun will cause bruising and damage to the skin that isn't necessary and will slow the healing process. Third, a piercing gun can't be sterilized completely, so there is a higher risk of infection. The message is clear -- never get a body piercing done with a piercing gun. Always go to a professional who follows procedures approved by the Association of Professional Piercers (APP).
Once you get to the piercing parlor, there are several steps to the body piercing process that will take place to ensure both the success of the piercing and your health and safety. Each of these steps should be followed and nothing skipped.
Getting the preliminaries out of the way
You must be comfortable in the environment and comfortable with your piercer before moving ahead with anything. If he or she attempts to rush you through the procedure without answering your questions or putting you at ease, do not continue. This is a long-term commitment you are making, so it's up to you if you want to go through with it.
There is paperwork to be filled out, and don't let a piercing parlor tell you otherwise. A good piercing studio always keeps accurate records to ensure the health and safety of their clients. If there would ever be a question of contamination or some other health hazard, they must be able to contact you. If you are a minor, they must have the signature of your parent or guardian, who must be present at the time of the piercing.
Sterilization -- the only route to safe body piercing
Sterilization is all-important in body piercing -- the piercing area must be sterile, the piercer's hands must be sterile, the tools used must be sterile, and the piercing needle must be sterile.
A separate area for sterilization should be available in the piercing parlor where a steam heat autoclave is operational. The autoclave is the only approved sterilization device that can sufficiently heat tools such as forceps to a high enough temperature to kill all bacteria. Before beginning any piercing, all tools will be sterilized in an autoclave and laid out carefully on a clean tray. After this, they will not be touched until your piercing begins, and then only by your piercer when he has safely cleaned and gloved his hands, just as a surgeon would.
The piercing chair or table will also be cleaned, usually by being wiped down thoroughly with an antibacterial spray and disposable cloths or paper towels to prevent recontamination. You will not be allowed to enter and prepare for your piercing until the area has been prepped and sterilized.
The needles used for body piercing are sterile and individually packaged, and no reputable piercer will ever use a needle that has already been used once. When you are pierced, the sterile needle's package should be opened in your presence just before your piercing. The same is true of your starter jewelry -- it should be sealed in sterile packaging and only opened in your presence.
The piercer will wash his hands and wrists with an antibacterial liquid soap and dry them before donning disposable gloves. At this point, he will be ready to begin your piercing.
Prep work means straight piercings and fewer complications
With properly gloved hands, your piercer will first check the area you want pierced to determine if you are really a candidate for the type of body piercing you're seeking. In some cases, he may tell you that the conditions aren't appropriate.
For instance, if there is damage to the cartilage or heavy scarring in the area you want pierced. He will also tell you if you have a current cut or skin condition that means you should postpone piercing. If this is the case, in order to protect your health and prevent possible problems down the line, he will not go any farther with the procedure. If everything looks fine, he'll tell you so and you'll move on to the next step.
And now, you're ready for the real deal -- the piercing itself!
But first, a word about those piercing needles...
Piercing needles are not your average sewing needle or push-pin. Piercing needles are highly specialized and were designed specifically to pierce the flesh while causing the least amount of pain possible. They also help encourage faster and cleaner healing than a regular needle.
These needles also come in a variety of gauges suited for specific types of piercings. For instance, if you are getting a nipple pierced, the piercer will probably not want to use anything smaller than a 12 gauge (the smaller the gauge, the larger the needle), while a lip or nostril could be pierced with a 14 or 16 gauge. Thicker gauges prevent migration in areas prone to this movement of the jewelry, and prevent tear-out of piercings in more delicate flesh.
Piercing needles are made from surgical steel -- the same material that hospital scalpels and lancets are made from. This ensures that they are biocompatible with all skin types and won't cause an allergic reaction. They are also extremely sharp because they are laser cut with precision edges so that they slice cleanly through the skin without tearing or pulling. The piercing needles are hollow rather than solid so that they actually cut a tiny hole through the skin being pierced rather than punching through the skin.
These hollow needles leave a clean-edged, precise hole in the flesh that will heal relatively quickly, while a regular needle (which is much duller by comparison) actually pushes its way through the skin, tearing and bruising the skin along the way.
This is why a professional piercing needle provides a much less painful piercing with minimal bruising, and is much safer and easier for your body.
The main event -- the body piercing
The basic procedure is the same for most piercings, but all piercers have their own way of handling the process. Some piercers will clamp the area with forceps to stabilize the area before putting the needle through, while others prefer to use a steady hand and their own eyes to guide the needle. If the person being pierced seems like they may flinch, it is more likely the forceps or surgical pliers of some type will be used to steady the area and hold the skin in place. This doesn't hurt, and is simply to make sure you don't get a crooked placement.
Starter jewelry needs to be high quality
After the needle is removed, the starter jewelry is immediately put into place. One of the most important things to know about starter jewelry is that it is being put into an open wound, which is what a fresh piercing really is. Obviously, you don't want your starter jewelry to be something that can cause an allergic reaction or infection.
Other materials are more likely to cause either an allergic reaction, rejection of the piercing by your body, or migration of the piercing.
Starter jewelry is generally a captive bead ring or barbell. The piercer will choose an appropriate size for the area that is slightly larger than what you would normally wear to allow for some swelling, which is normal for the first several days after a new piercing. He will screw the ends onto the new jewelry and make sure it is securely in place.
Before you leave, take a few moments to relax either in the piercing room or the waiting room, as sometimes the adrenalin rush and its aftermath can leave you feeling a bit light-headed. Once you feel steady and sure of yourself, it is a good idea to get something like fruit juice to drink or a light snack. Your piercing is done!
Using makeshift piercing tools like sewing needles is also a great risk because they simply cannot be sterilized properly. Even heating over an open flame (such as a lighter) will not kill all bacteria. The only guaranteed way to kill all germs is with an autoclave or by using packaged, sterile surgical needles. Even then, the entire area and all tools must be sterilized properly.
If you are truly interested in piercing, consider it not as a hobby or a momentary activity but as a career. Becoming an apprentice at a piercing parlor means learning proper technique and learning a trade at the same time, combining your interests with a way to make a living.
This article on the "How Body Piercing Works" reprinted with permission.
About the Author:
Empowering Latina scientists Science Magazine
The #MeToo movement and other women's empowerment movements have raised awareness about hostile conditions for women scientists, stimulating ...
U.S. science adviser sees smaller federal role Science Magazine
The new science adviser to President Donald Trump wants to usher in a new golden era of U.S. science—but with less gold from the federal government. Ending ...
Deal reveals what scientists in Germany are paying for open access Science Magazine
Project Deal, a consortium of libraries, universities, and research institutes in Germany, has unveiled an unprecedented deal with a major journal ...
This Week in Science Science Magazine
The Deccan Traps in India were a source of large-scale volcanic activity that affected the climate 66 million years ago. IMAGE: GERTA KELLER.
Astronomers discover solar system's most distant object, nicknamed “FarFarOut” Science Magazine
For most people, snow days aren't very productive. Some people, though, use the time to discover the most distant object in the solar system. That's what Scott ...
Hachimoji DNA and RNA: A genetic system with eight building blocks Science Magazine
DNA and RNA are naturally composed of four nucleotide bases that form hydrogen bonds in order to pair. Hoshika et al. added an additional four synthetic ...
Scientists Need to Talk to the Public Scientific American
Recently, I gave a talk on volatile organic compounds as multitrophic messages among plants, microbes and insects at the University of Illinois at ...
The world's largest bee vanished decades ago. Now, scientists have spotted it again - Science Magazine
The world's largest bee vanished decades ago. Now, scientists have spotted it again Science Magazine
In 1981, the world's biggest bee went missing—again. Wallace's giant bee (above, right), which lives in the rainforests of Indonesia, is four times larger than a ...
7 of the most popular science books of all time Big Think
From Darwin to Dawkins to Hawking, popular science books show the world what we know about the universe. These readable science books are a great ...
Why do zebras have stripes? Science may finally have an answer York Dispatch
Researchers found that fewer horseflies landed on zebra-cloaked horses than on the ones without striped coats, suggesting that zebra stripes may offer ...
HIV drug could improve recovery after stroke Science Magazine
Stroke treatment has been a race against time. In the hours after a stroke, the clot-busting treatment tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can limit damage to the ...
Editors' Choice Science Magazine
Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of bifidobacteria, which predominate in the fecal microbiota of infant mammals. IMAGE: EYE OF ...
Sleep well to slow Alzheimer's progression? Science Magazine
Although sleep disturbances are commonly reported in people with dementia (1), whether this is a cause or a consequence of the disease is unclear. Evidence ...
150 years ago, science changed forever CNN
2019 marks 150 years since the creation of the periodic table of elements, which epitomizes our modern understanding of chemistry and of the physical world, ...
Researchers spy signs of slavery from space Science Magazine
Doreen Boyd remembers the first time she saw a hint of slavery from space. A satellite image from 2017 of Rajasthan state in India showed a brown oval that ...
Scientists say every animal needs sleep. These fruit flies didn't get the memo Science Magazine
Ask parents of newborns whether they think sleep is overrated and you're liable to catch a death stare. Yet some fruit flies almost never nod off, according to a ...
Ubiquitin-dependent chloroplast-associated protein degradation in plants Science Magazine
Protein degradation is vital for cellular functions, and it operates selectively with distinct mechanisms in different organelles. Some organellar proteins are ...
Chesterfield Township Library to delve into science of winter's deep freeze - New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
Chesterfield Township Library to delve into science of winter's deep freeze New Baltimore Voice Newspapers
Delving into the science behind this winter's deep freeze temperatures will be the key concept behind Frostology, a Michigan Science Center program coming to ...
The courage to leave Science Magazine
“I walked out of my first Ph.D. project!” I exclaimed. I was just a few months into a new job as manager of a graduate school, sitting in my first doctoral student ...
A degenerate Fermi gas of polar molecules Science Magazine
A dilute atomic gas cooled down to very cold temperatures can enter the so-called quantum degenerate regime, where quantum properties of the gas come to ...
When two metal atoms are better than one Science Magazine
The discovery of new molecules with particular functions drives advances in biology, health, materials science, and energy production, but molecular design ...
EEG helps scientists predict epileptic seizures minutes in advance: Prevention: Edible acid can stabilize misfiring neurons - Science Daily
EEG helps scientists predict epileptic seizures minutes in advance: Prevention: Edible acid can stabilize misfiring neurons Science Daily
A new study shows that acetate, an acid found in some foods, may help doctors intervene when seizures are imminent. Scientists can monitor the brain activity of ...
In search of an aging antidote Science Magazine
Chronic disease states—including diabetes, most cancers, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative syndromes—have become the leading drivers of ...
ASU tackles range of issues at world's largest annual science meeting Arizona State University
From the rise of artificial intelligence to the future of water, Arizona State University faculty and students discussed a slew of science topics at the annual meeting ...
Montana legislator introduces bills to give his state its own science Ars Technica
Two bills instruct the state to ignore the greenhouse effect and federal government.
Why sparks fly when you microwave grapes Science Magazine
Physicists burned out 12 microwaves putting this trick to the test.
Tunable intrinsic strain in two-dimensional transition metal electrocatalysts Science Magazine
Strain can modify the electronic properties of a metal and has provided a method for enhancing electrocatalytic activity. For practical catalysts, nanomaterials ...
Catalytic reductive [4 + 1]-cycloadditions of vinylidenes and dienes Science Magazine
The Diels-Alder reaction is widely used to make six-membered rings by adding four-carbon dienes to two-carbon alkenes. It would seem straightforward to ...
Sixth-graders learning hands on science lessons at Cuyamaca Outdoor School 10News
Students from across San Diego who went to Cuyamaca Outdoor School were delighted by the snow and enjoyed learning hands on science lessons.
Madagascar: Crime threatens biodiversity Science Magazine
Madagascar's new president, Andry Rajoelina, was elected on a promise to improve living standards for the millions who live in poverty (1). To achieve this goal, ...
Deciphering mass extinction triggers Science Magazine
Five mass extinction events have punctuated the evolution of life on Earth, each reshaping the biosphere by ending the success of an overwhelming proportion ...
Saying this 1 sentence will make you 19 percent more likable (and most people never do it) CNBC
Researchers call it "perspective-taking," and it involves the ability to step into another person's shoes.
How secret, late-night experiments transformed two scientists into master cartoonists - Science Magazine
How secret, late-night experiments transformed two scientists into master cartoonists Science Magazine
Washington, D.C.—Five years ago, two scientists in two labs separated by thousands of miles started staying late and working weekends to conduct secret ...
Regulation of predictive analytics in medicine Science Magazine
Artificial intelligence (AI) and increased computing power have long held the promise of improving prediction and prognostication in health care (1). Now, use of ...
Nearly half of US female scientists leave full-time science after first child Nature.com
Research puts a number on the proportion of people leaving full-time careers in science after the birth of their first child.
'Breakneck speed' mini moon hurtles around Neptune at 20,000mph The Guardian
Astronomers confirm orbit of tiny moon Hippocamp via multiple images from Hubble.
Ivanka Trump Retweets Praise Of Administration As 'Driver For Science,' Twitter Gags HuffPost
Snarky tweets reminded the president's daughter about White House denials of climate change.
Rookies lead the way on House science panel Science Magazine
A major perk of being the majority party in the U.S. Congress is getting to fill the leadership slots on every committee. For several new Democratic legislators, ...
Weekly Digest (Feb 18-Feb 22, 2019): Top Weather, Environment and Science Stories of the Week - The Weather Channel
Weekly Digest (Feb 18-Feb 22, 2019): Top Weather, Environment and Science Stories of the Week The Weather Channel
A roundup of the week's top stories on The Weather Channel India.
Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years - Science Daily
Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years Science Daily
Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth's last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.
A third of Canadians say science on vaccines isn't 'quite clear': poll National Post
In Canada, one tenth of children are going unvaccinated, meaning 750000 have no immunity whatsoever against diphtheria, whopping cough, tetanus and ...
Reality check: Can cat poop cause mental illness? Science Magazine
Science breaks down the evidence on the link between Toxoplasma gondii and mental illness.
Foxes were domesticated by humans in the Bronze Age EurekAlert
In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the third and second millennium BC, a widespread funeral practice consisted in burying humans with animals.
The mummy of all Tutankhamun shows will land in London The Guardian
The largest number of King Tutankhamun treasures ever to leave Egypt are heading to London for an exhibition which organisers say will never happen again.
Scientists uncover how high-fat diet drives colorectal cancer growth: Experimental drug candidate slows cancer progression in mouse model - Science Daily
Scientists uncover how high-fat diet drives colorectal cancer growth: Experimental drug candidate slows cancer progression in mouse model Science Daily
A new study suggests that high-fat diets fuel colorectal cancer growth by upsetting the balance of bile acids in the intestine and triggering a hormonal signal that ...
Earliest example of animal nest sharing revealed by scientists Science Daily
An international team of scientists has shown that fossilized eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple ...
A deer-sized T. rex ancestor shows how fast tyrannosaurs became giants Science News
A newly found dinosaur called Moros intrepidus fills a hole in the evolutionary history of tyrannosaurs, helping narrow when the group sized up.
The Fishy Mystery of Lake Malawi | Science Smithsonian.com
In the second-largest lake in Africa, fish evolution is taking place at an explosive rate. Why? Scientists are diving into the question.
AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis' BBC News
Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.
Massive volcanic event may have turned Earth into ‘giant snowball’, scientists say - The Independent
Massive volcanic event may have turned Earth into ‘giant snowball’, scientists say The Independent
Ancient volcanoes may have triggered a period in Earth's history when temperatures plummeted and the planet turned into a “giant snowball”, according to ...
Study blames YouTube for rise in number of Flat Earthers The Guardian
Researchers believe they have identified the prime driver for a startling rise in the number of people who think the Earth is flat: Google's video-sharing site, ...
Climate change 'cause of most under-reported humanitarian crises' The Guardian
Climate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news ...
Derval O'Rourke gets behind the science of those Operation Transformation weighing scales - Irish Examiner
Derval O'Rourke gets behind the science of those Operation Transformation weighing scales Irish Examiner
This week I'm chatting about metabolic age testing which has been a big feature on Operation Transformation this year and which is something lots of members ...
Statistician: Machine Learning Is Causing A "Crisis in Science" Futurism
A statistician is warning that scientists are leaning on machine learning algorithms to find patterns in data where none exist.
Earth's Atmosphere Is Bigger Than We Thought - It Actually Goes Past The Moon ScienceAlert
We humans like to put labels and boundaries on things. For example, the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, the point at 100 ...
Darpa Wants to Solve Science’s Reproducibility Crisis With AI WIRED
Social science has an image problem—too many findings don't hold up. A new project will crank through 30000 studies to try to identify red flags.
Long delays in banning trade in threatened species Science Magazine
The harvesting of wild animals and plants for international trade affects thousands of species, and compounds ongoing extinction threats such as habitat loss ...
High-tide flooding disrupts local economic activity Science Advances
Evaluation of observed sea level rise impacts to date has emphasized sea level extremes, such as those from tropical cyclones. Far less is known about the ...
Dynamic gating of infrared radiation in a textile Science Magazine
Textiles trap infrared radiation, which helps keep us warm in cold weather. Of course, in hot weather, this is less desirable. Zhang et al. constructed an ...
Trump to launch artificial intelligence initiative, but many details lacking Science Magazine
Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a defining issue of our time, affecting national security, economic development, human rights, and social media—for better ...
Plastics reach remote pristine environments, scientists say The Guardian
Scientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds' eggs in the ...
Strengthened scientific support for the Endangerment Finding for atmospheric greenhouse gases - Science Magazine
Strengthened scientific support for the Endangerment Finding for atmospheric greenhouse gases Science Magazine
In 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the so-called “Endangerment Finding.” This defined a suite of six long-lived greenhouse ...
Germany's wolves are on the rise thanks to a surprising ally: the military Science Magazine
Wolves are an impressive success story for wildlife recovery in central Europe, bouncing back from near extermination in the 20th century to a population of ...
Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer's: Salk scientists identify possible healing compound in Yerba santa - Science Daily
Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer's: Salk scientists identify possible healing compound in Yerba santa Science Daily
The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory ...
At many river deltas, scientists are missing a major source of sea level rise Science Magazine
For coastal communities, the sea level rise propelled by melting ice and warming oceans is bad enough. But people living on the soft, compressible sediments of ...
Neanderthals could have been long-distance killers Science Magazine
Neanderthals were dangerous—even at a distance. A new study suggests they might have been able to nail prey with their pointy spears from up to 20 meters ...
Radar reveals a second potential impact crater under Greenland's ice Science Magazine
Just months after revealing an impact crater the size of Washington, D.C., buried under the ice of northwestern Greenland, a team of scientists has discovered ...
Update: NASA declares end of Opportunity's mission Science Magazine
*Update, 13 February, 2:10 p.m.: After more than a thousand attempts to revive the Opportunity rover, including a final unanswered command last night, NASA ...
When did kangaroos start to hop? Science Magazine
Scientists have long wondered when the kangaroo's distinctive leap first appeared. But ancient kangaroo skeletons are so rare that the hop's origin has ...
Pictionary-playing computer connects to humans' 'deep thoughts' Science Magazine
For decades, scientists have sought to give computers common sense—a basic understanding of the world that lets humans navigate everything from ...
NASA scientists discover oldest and coldest white dwarf star India Today
NASA has yet again made a breakthrough research by finding the coldest and oldest white dwarf, an Earth-sized remnant of a Sun-like star that has died, ...
A 25% pay raise? That's not nearly enough, young Indian scientists say Science Magazine
NEW DELHI—In response to months of protests and marches, the Indian government announced yesterday that it will give early-career scientists raises of up to ...
Measles cases have tripled in Europe, fueled by Ukrainian outbreak Science Magazine
Measles cases more than tripled across Europe in 2018, and one country drove much of the surge: Ukraine. Nearly 83,000 cases of measles were reported in ...
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume - Science Magazine
EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume Science Magazine
Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them more risky to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 ...
Birth of a black hole witnessed for first time sciencefocus.com
Last June, astronomers noticed the appearance of a mysterious bright object in the constellation of Hercules. It remained visible for a little over two weeks, ...
Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election Science Magazine
There was a proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election cycle. Grinberg et al. analyzed Twitter data by matching Twitter accounts to specific voters to ...
Teen zebra finches seek moms' approval for their new tunes Science Magazine
It's hard to imagine a teen asking their mother for approval on anything. But a new study shows that male zebra finches—colorful songbirds with complex ...
Shedding light on the science of auroral breakups: Scientists study the energetic particles behind stunning light show - Science Daily
Shedding light on the science of auroral breakups: Scientists study the energetic particles behind stunning light show Science Daily
Scientists have quantitatively confirmed how energetic an auroral breakup can be. Using a combination of cutting-edge ground-based technology and new ...
The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano Science Magazine
The Kīlauea Volcano on the island of Hawai'i erupted for 3 months in 2018. Neal et al. present a summary of the eruption sequence along with a variety of ...
Watch a maggot 'fountain' devour a pizza in 2 hours Science Magazine
If you've got the stomach for it, you can watch 10,000 maggots demolish the above pizza in 2 hours. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these fly larvae ...
NASA picks mission to make all-sky infrared map Science Magazine
NASA has just given the green light to a mission that will study multiple eras of cosmic history, from the earliest fractions of a second after the big bang to ...
Linking a mutation to survival in wild mice Science Magazine
Evolution, at its core, involves changes in the frequency of alleles subject to natural selection. But identifying the target of selection can be difficult. Barrett et al.
Deadly human bone cancer found in 240-million-year-old turtle Science Magazine
A 240-million-year-old turtle died with a type of bone cancer that still haunts the living, National Geographic reports. The ancient turtle's fossilized hind leg ...
Gum disease–causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer's Science Magazine
Poor oral health is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. What's not clear is whether gum disease causes the disorder or is merely a result—many patients with ...
Evidence mounts that gut bacteria can influence mood, prevent depression Science Magazine
Of all the many ways the teeming ecosystem of microbes in a person's gut and other tissues might affect health, its potential influences on the brain may be the ...
Ancient Earth rock found on the moon Science Magazine
What may be the oldest-known Earth rock has turned up in a surprising place: the moon. A 2-centimeter chip embedded in a larger rock collected by Apollo ...
Teen builds working nuclear fusion reactor in Memphis home Fox News
Some kids spend their time on social media. Other kids spend their time playing video games. When it comes to 14-year-Jackson Oswalt, his time is spent in a ...
HSU Students Know Their Grass: Science Team Places First Among U.S. Universities at Plant Identification Contest - Lost Coast Outpost
HSU Students Know Their Grass: Science Team Places First Among U.S. Universities at Plant Identification Contest Lost Coast Outpost
A team of science majors at Humboldt State University placed first in the U.S. and third in North America at a plant identification contest held by the Society for ...
Numerical cognition in honeybees enables addition and subtraction Science Advances
Many animals understand numbers at a basic level for use in essential tasks such as foraging, shoaling, and resource management. However, complex ...
Physics explains how pollen gets its stunning diversity of shapes Science News
Pollen grains sport a variety of snazzy shapes, from golf ball–like divots to prickly knobs or swirls that evoke a peppermint candy. But these myriad patterns may ...
Characterizing mutagenic effects of recombination through a sequence-level genetic map - Science Magazine
Characterizing mutagenic effects of recombination through a sequence-level genetic map Science Magazine
Genetic recombination is an essential process in generating genetic diversity. Recombination occurs both through the shuffling of maternal and paternal ...
Scientists Are Revealing The Weirdest Thing They've Done For Science, And They're Brilliant - IFLScience
Scientists Are Revealing The Weirdest Thing They've Done For Science, And They're Brilliant IFLScience
Scientists are sharing on Twitter the weirdest things they've done in the name of science, offering up a fascinating glimpse into what scientists consider.
A loud quasi-periodic oscillation after a star is disrupted by a massive black hole - Science Magazine
A loud quasi-periodic oscillation after a star is disrupted by a massive black hole Science Magazine
When a star passes close to a massive black hole (MBH), it is ripped apart by the strong tidal forces. As the resulting debris falls toward the MBH, it heats up, ...
Where on earth is North? - Science Weekly podcast The Guardian
Earth's north magnetic pole wandering so quickly in recent decades that this week, scientists decided to update the World Magnetic Model, which underlies ...
As legal pot farms expand, so do air pollution worries Science Magazine
Colorado plans major study of emissions from indoor growing facilities.
These researchers swallowed Legos for science Science News for Students
Parents rush to the hospital every day after their kids swallow toys. To calm their fears, six brave doctors swallowed Legos for science.
Nasa confirms Mars rover Opportunity is dead The Guardian
Robot the size of a golf buggy has sent data to Earth for 15 years but fell silent eight months ago and Nasa says mission is complete.
This bat species may be the source of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11000 people in West Africa - Science Magazine
This bat species may be the source of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11000 people in West Africa Science Magazine
Scientists find part of the virus's genome in an insect-eating bat caught near a mineshaft in Liberia.
Scientists create super-thin 'sheet' that could charge our phones The Guardian
Breakthrough means large sheets of energy-harvesting material can be produced.
A sleep-inducing gene, nemuri, links sleep and immune function in Drosophila Science Magazine
Even the humble fruit fly needs sleep. Toda et al. screened ∼12,000 fruit fly lines and identified a single sleep-promoting molecule encoded by a gene they ...
Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Mudslides: Extreme Events - What Do They Mean?
In lieu of recent, tumultuous occurrences, people are more compelled than ever to discover the mystery of these modern-day, earth-changing events.One day, Earth(1) is experiencing the fourth largest earthquake in a century - a 9.
Confusing MAV Optic Flow Sensors In flight Using Mobiles
Using Shapes on Mobiles to confuse optic flow sensors in Micro Air Vehicles appears to be feasible. Today we are studying the flight paths of Bats, Insects even birds to build and fly miniature UAVs; called Micro Air Vehicles or MAVs.
Active Aerial Minefields
Is it possible to build an active aerial minefield to protect our troops and in-country logistical supply lines? The answer is probably yes. The Germans attempted to use hot air balloons with charges on them.
Preventing Flooding on Individual Farmers Fields to Save Crops
I propose permits be given to farmers to they can set up along the edge of their fields a microwave array to burn a hole in the clouds when severe weather threatens their crops. I would propose that this concept be completely privately funded and be done in conjunction with the FAA.
UAV Acoustic Apparatus for Insect Swarming Stimulus, part two
UAV Acoustic Apparatus for Insect Swarming Stimulus, part two; Using Locust swarms to attack our enemies using directional sound to guide them.These plagues and swarms seem to occur randomly, although we do know the migrations are due to over population in an area.
Glyco Nutrients & Stem Cell Production
During the speach, Dr. Reg McDaniel talked about first seeing new stem cells in the peripheral blood of clients using glyconutrients many years ago and not recognizing these cells as stem cells.
Laser Ionization Airflow Tunnel Flight Theory
I believe their is a way to have an on board aircraft laser the air in front of it and move the air out of the way, thus less friction at lower altitudes, no sonic booms and rapid acceleration no induced or parasite drag at low altitudes. You could call it hyper laser atmospheric conditioning.
The Intricacies of a Compound Microscope
Have you ever used a compound microscope? Your first thought may be to answer "no" but chances are if you had Biology in high school or college that you have used a compound microscope. What do you remember about this microscope? You may remember what it looks like but can you recall how it worked? If not, this article is for you!A compound microscope uses light to illuminate the sample or object so that you can see it with your eye.
Droughts and Salt Water Canals Random Thoughts
We need solutions to our drought crisis in this country. There are simple but expensive solutions; for instance; Desalination, salt water rivers and conservation strategies.
Shamans and Their Documented Abilities
Many Shamans will go into a sweat house to get their premonitions, here is a make shift sweat house used by such native Indians;http://www.nativeradio.
Army Mobile Command Center for UAV Launch
After visiting the Denver RC Modeler Club one day as they practiced for the national finals in PHX that year, we attempted a touch and go landing on our Blitz Mobile, which is a 74 foot long NASCAR type truck and trailer. Probably nothing more than a Fighter Pilots son from the cold war wanting to re-invent the aircraft carrier concept on a almost nano scale? We were successful on doing a touch and bounce on the top of the trailer without too much difficulty.
Ceramic Coatings Inside Plastic Water Bottles?
A new report claims Water in plastic bottles could pose a problem, and of course why wouldn't it? This is a much debated topic indeed, so please read.http://www.
Secrets of The Mathematical Symmetry of Nature and Patterns of Erosion
As scientists and theorists study patterns, design, chaos, complexity they often turn to nature for examples and there is plenty of examples in nature too. The stripes on a zebra, patterns on a butterfly, spider webs, leafs on a tree, scales on a fish, seashells, brain waves, muscle structure, texture of granite, spider webs, Earth cycles, waves on the ocean, wind flow, clouds in the sky, Rainbows, Solar System, structure of a meteorite and even DNA itself.
BI-LOCATION (PADRE PIO & PYTHAGORAS): - I have some experience with an even more 'fantastic' occurrence that ties in with dematerialization. Some approaches to the Bermuda Triangle might even be part of a dimensional shift and the time/worm hole science, which String Theorists and chaos science are able to provide arcane formulations to prove.
Ground Targets Via Space Laser Weapons
It is now possible to overwhelm our enemy from space or near space (ultra high-altitude) Blimp weapons. Right now we watch as 11 Western States have massive wild fires, most caused by lightning, but they could just as easily be caused by laser weaponry.
What are the Biggest Solar Projects?
Solar power will be necessary for space exploration and off planet colonies on the moon and Mars in the next few decades and our advances here on Earth will assist us with the knowledge we need to power them up. Some may not realize but we have come a long way in our solar technology in the last few decades and we are now ready to take this experience and knowledge to the next level; to build something out of this world.
Pandemic Crisis Cure Concept
What happens if the world is faced with a Pandemic, for which no cure currently exists but one is on the verge of being discovered? Here is a concept, which with the proper protocols could save the human race from near extinction. Human Hibernation.
Einstein Half Dead
100 years ago Albert Einstein developed his Relativity Theory of physics that claimed that the universe is actually based on a space-time-gravity continuum (a non-mechanical version of Rene Descartes' earlier mechanical ether theory) and with time as variable and relative.Einstein believed that his theory disproved "all of Isaac Newton's physics theory", and that "Newton's theory" had disproved all earlier physics theories.
Where Do Insects Go When It Rains?
Have you ever wondered where insects go when it rains? We have all seen a poor unfortunate spider washed down the plughole so we know how vulnerable they are to rushing water. Surely then, isn't rain one of their worst enemies?Sorry, but this is one of these "it depends" things.
Theoretically is it Possible to Defy Gravity?
Many believe it is possible to build an anti-gravity machines and there are many small version which can do this by interfering with the gravity waves. Other say why build an anti-gravity wave machine when you can use the gravity to pull you the other way.
|home | site map | Xray Photography|