RedState's WaterCooler! Friday, 5/5/2017 - Open Thread - Snot and other Science News


Ok, that’s just gross!

So here you go. Evidently, two of the top research universities in the United States, MIT, and Harvard, have nothing better to do than, uhh … well … I’ll just say it … eat snot. Yes indeedy. Eat snot. Not only are they eating snot, but they encourage parents to let go unhindered the “natural” inclinations of our youth.


Scientists at a number of universities including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say parents should not discourage their children from picking their noses because they contain ‘a rich reservoir of good bacteria.’

Eating snot can also prevent bacteria from sticking to teeth, according to the article published in the journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

I mean, I don’t mean to be nosy, but by what process might some our brightest minds conclude studying, umm, boogers … and, who’s kids were picked to participate? I mean for the love of all that is decent!

The researchers are even working on a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum to harness the dental benefits of bogies.

Really now?!

“And when this mixture arrives in the intestines it works just like a medicine.”

No. It does not act like a medicine. It’s just gross.

In other Science News …

Not for the first time, nor for the last, surely, Stephen Hawking is playing to his other base: rabid environmentalists. Hawking’s got a new documentary soon to be released in which he implores earthlings to abandon science, technology, and human intelligence and leave behind our depleted blue ball. Why? ‘Cause we’re doomed to maybe another 100 years.


Professor Stephen Hawking thinks the human species will have to populate a new planet within 100 years if it is to survive. With climate change, overdue asteroid strikes, epidemics and population growth, our own planet is increasingly precarious.

Or, maybe the Professor is making up an impending climate Armageddon to drive up ratings.

It’s not as if this is the first time Hawking’s made a bold doomsday proclamation like this.

The famed scientist occasionally comes out — sometimes when he has a new show to promote — and explains how worried he is about the state of humanity in the 21st century or announces a new black hole theory. w

Since “A Brief History of Time,” I’ve been a fan of the Physicist. So he’s an opportunist and prone to calamitous claims. Who isn’t? Right, Degrassi?

In this landmark series, Expedition New Earth, he enlists engineering expert Prof Danielle George and his own former student, Christophe Galfard, to find out if and how humans can reach for the stars and move to different planets.

Taking in the latest advances in astronomy, biology and rocket technology, they travel the world in search of answers. From the Atacama desert to the wilds of the North Pole, from plasma rockets to human hibernation, they discover a whole world of cutting edge research. The journey shows that Prof Hawking’s ambition isn’t as fantastical as it sounds – that science fact is closer to science fiction than we ever thought.


It’ll sure to entertain.

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