I just came across this really fun post that teaches you how to develop negatives with coffee and Vitamin C.

Chemistry at work!!

It sounds like something I would love to try one day, with one teeny weeny problem – color films will end up as black and white negatives. Aw. darn.

Still, it sounds like fun. Shall go get a roll of film, dig out my old film camera and play with this one day.

Here’s the link: http://photojojo.com/content/tutorials/coffee-caffenol-film-developing/

I recently had the misfortune to try Butterfish at a restaurant in Vivocity (Singapore).

Why misfortune? Read the effects of consumption here.

Pretty gross right?

This fish is banned in Japan and Italy. If I had my way, I wish it was banned in Singapore too! Or at least, all menus with it should come with a very big warning so that consumers will be aware of the after effects of eating this not-that-fantastic fish.

I just came across an interesting video by Walt Disney in 1946 on the topic of menstruation. It’s pretty well-made and informative and I do think it will make a good video to teach young girls about this topic. =) 

If your kid just had her first period, why not watch the video with them?

Click here to go straight to the youtube page.

The humble scotch tape has just so many uses.

Already, you use it to stick things together – but everyone knows that.

Scientists also know that if you want to separate graphite layers, it’s a simple matter of peeling them apart with tape. see link

Mothers know that if their kids are suspected to have pin worms, they can diagnose the problem by sticking tape on the skin surrounding the anal opening to check for pin worm eggs (which can be seen under microscope) [link]

Now, scientist just discovered that the simple act of peeling a scotch tape in vacuum can produce X-rays strong enough to X-ray a finger! Amazing! The best part is, this has been suggested before in the 1950s. Why hasn’t anyone tried to do the expt before now I wonder?

Here’s a video explaining the thing: link.

The simplicity of the whole thing is what I just adore about this experiment. Lovely lovely.

According to this article: http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2008/10/081023-warmth-coffee.html?source=rss,

Hot drinks make others more receptive to you and make them give you things. whee! hehee.

Of course there’s more in the article –> go read it!

Nice video: http://storyofstuff.com/

Gives you food for thought. =)

Recently I saw this article on scientific american which caught my eyes: http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=bisexual-species

It’s an article regarding bisexual behaviors in animals. What’s interesting about this article is that it seems to imply that it is not so uncommon for animals to engage in homosexual behavior (or what most people say: unnatural sex) as we think it is.

It appears that there is a likelihood that bisexual behavior is a natural state for these animals. In fact, animals do not actually have problems with sexual orientation. To them, that’s just sex. With heterosexual partners or otherwise isn’t that big a deal.

There’s more you can gain from this article but I don’t have time to pick them all out. (Have to start on work! boo.)

Do read the article! Have fun.

Just a few days ago I asked a friend of mine what ‘B’ stands for when we refer to the different hardness of pencil leads. There’s HB, 2B, 3B pencils etc. I remember in primary school, we weren’t allowed to use HB pencils cos it was too light to be seen. So everyone was supposed to buy 2B pencils instead.

But what’s ‘B’?

Here’s what I found:

http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20060903070417AArblAn

Pencil leads are graded by hardness and B stands for ‘Black’. The number/alphabet in front is the rating of hardness eg. H is for Hard while increasing numbers means increasing softness.

Interesting!

Recently I’m finding alot of rainbow flags strung all around the temples in Singapore. Earlier on, I mentioned to my mother about the rainbow flags hung in the churches of Toronto which symbolises LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual) Pride so mum thought that perhaps these flags were also similar ones. I’m not sure about Buddhist’s stand on LGBT issues but I doubt those flags had anything to do with that. =)

If you take a closer look at these flags you’ll realise that these rainbow flags aren’t of the same design nor do they have the same number of colors. They are very different in fact!

This is how the Buddhist flags look like:

the LGBT pride flag looks like this:

Pretty different I would say.

Curious about rainbow flags, I went to do a quick wikisearch and realised that there’s just so many versions of rainbow flags, each symbolising or representing different things.

There’s of course the pride flag, the buddhist flag, PACE flag (which is the italian peace flag), International cooperative movement flag and so on. (click on the links to view each one) It’s amazing to see that there is such a wide variety of rainbow flags around the world each with its own symbolic meaning.

Anyhow, back to the Buddhist flags. I wonder how many Buddhist here in SG actually know how the flag came to existence? Did you know it’s actually a pretty modern creation (designed in 1880) by a famous American Buddhist by the name of Colonel Henry Steele Olcott?  Apparently the colors on the buddhist flag represents the aura that Buddha emanated at the point of his enlightenment. I don’t know about you, but I do find it interesting.

Oh and the reason why there’s so many of these Buddhist flags hanging ard the Buddhist temples these days? Because Vesak day is coming! =) A public holiday! Hurrah!

Ever wondered why clouds can be white and fluffy like cotton on bright sunny days and dark and gloomy when it’s gonna rain?

My mum used to tell me that was cos the clouds absorbed all that dirt in the skies, turning it really dark and dirty. (That’s also why she says it’s not a good idea to get yourself wet standing in the rain)

So are the clouds dirty just before it rains? Well, not really.

The truth is, when you look at clouds, the extent of their brightness (or greyness) depends on how much light is reflected into your eyes. The more water droplets there are in the skies, the more light is absorbed such that less light can reach your eyes –> hence darker clouds. When there isn’t a lot of water droplets in the skies, most of the light can be reflected into your eyes and you see the the clouds are white.

When there is a lot of water droplets in the skies, they block off a lot of light, hence causing the clouds to look dark. And because there is a lot of water droplets in the skies, it is more likely that dark clouds signify that it’s going to rain!

I found a more scientific explanation in this site here: do read it for better insight!