Watch How Mosquitos Use Six Gross Needles to Suck Our Blood

Ugh, did they have to putting sucking noises on the majority of the soundtrack?!

There was an interview recently on bbc with one of the UN biologists in charge of mosquito control. Apparently this is a question he gets frequently.


These Sick Sneakers Are Made From Ocean Garbage

The whole thing is a shameless pr move to keep people from being reminded most sneakers are made with child labor at fifty cents an hour in miserable working conditions.

There are ocean pollution groups that go around freeing hundreds of nets that have been caught on rocks or reefs, they have been doing it for years. Up until now they usually end up in a trash dump. Adidas bought a couple of them for next to nothing and created this stupid marketing campaign to make it lookmtheynare “making a difference”.

50 pairs? Ya, that will save the ocean.

Eight Foam Rolling Techniques to Loosen Up Your Muscles

Sore, stiff, tight? We feel you. Take some time for self-massage. Used pre-workout, pre-stretching, or simply to start the day, foam rolling has serious benefits, including easing muscle soreness, correcting muscle imbalance, increasing range of motion, and preventing injury.

Some gyms have foam rollers, but it might be worth investing in your own. (They’re still way cheaper than a professional massage!) Rollers vary in size, firmness, and shape. Long rollers provide more area for stability and support, while shorter options are more versatile and convenient for travel. A soft foam provides a gentler massage than a high-density version. Some options include a grid-like design or a ridged surface, which helps target tough-to-relieve knots and trigger points.

Source: How to Foam Roll Like a Pro

Don’t be fooled by the expensive ones though unless you really want one.  The generic rollers are just as good. You can get them in all kinds of firmness levels depending on need, body weight etc.

I would caution against direct rolling of the IT band; with the lack of elasticity in connective tissues, it can lead to a plastic strain response and subsequent damage. Franklyn-Miller summarized the article here.

Four Frozen Protein Smoothies That Make Perfect Post-Workout Popsicles

The days of hot, sweaty workouts are upon us. It’s time to upgrade your after-exercise snack from a boring protein bar and a swig of lukewarm water to one of these refreshing protein popsicles. The formula is simple: blend, freeze, enjoy.

Source: Four Frozen Protein Smoothies That Make Perfect Post-Workout Popsicles

Hell yeah I’m making them…

A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

Reader Kyle sent in this method to chill beer if you’re on the road, would like a frosty drink, and of course, your hotel room doesn’t have a fridge. Just line up your bottles on the air conditioner unit, fire it up full blast, and give it about fifteen minutes. Surprisingly, that’s all it takes.

Source: A Quick Way to Chill Beer In a Hotel Room with No Fridge

If you wrapped it in a wet/damp paper towel, you’d probably cut it to less than 15…

What Snack Makes For The Best Campfire Kindling?

A guy named Zach emailed our tips line to let us know that Doritos make for excellent kindling for a fire. So our staff decided to experiment with a bunch of snacks you might bring camping for their multi-purpose potential.

Source: What Snack Makes For The Best Campfire Kindling?

There is no way the frito finishes behind virtually any other kindling, let alone another chip!

The dorito might …might… be close to the frito just on flame, but factor in the frito’s durability vs. the fragile-ass dorito and there is no reason you’d opt for a dorito over a frito.

Use an Onion to Make Assembling Skewers and Kebabs Easier (and Safer)

Skewers and kebabs are easy to make, and assembling them isn’t hard, but anyone who’s poked themselves on a skewer knows it can still suck. Luckily, all you need to speed up the process (and make it safer) is an onion—one you may be using anyway.

Source: Use an Onion to Make Assembling Skewers and Kebabs Easier (and Safer)

I’ve been using Alton Brown’s method – the episode of Good Eats is on Netflix.

Hold the veggie/meat with one hand on a surface (like a cutting board), then push the skewer in with your other hand parallel to the surface. Also, instead of having alternating items on each skewer, which looks pretty, I made my skewers of each ingredient, which came in very handy to move whole skewers around my grill on and off heat as they needed. Much less over cooked X and underdone Y.

Leaping Electric Eels Resolve a Centuries-Old Mystery

In his writings, naturalist and intrepid explorer Alexander von Humboldt recounted how natives in Venezuela used horses to lure and trap electric eels. Many scientists thought it was just a tall tale, but a new paper lends credence to Humboldt’s account of eels aggressively leaping up and stunning the horses with a series of high-voltage discharges.

Source: Leaping Electric Eels Resolve a Centuries-Old Mystery

Watts are power. Volts are electrical potential or electrical potential difference.

A typical household outlet is rated for 15 A at 120 V, which is 1800 Watts. Unless we know the wattage (or amperage) we can’t know the difference in power.  Wikipedia says the Electric Eel can provide up to 860 volts at 1 A. So less than a household outlet. But still very, very dangerous…

We’re One Step Closer to Growing Human Organs Inside of Pigs

In an effort to tackle the organ donor shortage, researchers in the United States have successfully created part-human, part-pig embryos and implanted them into a sow. Eventually, these animals could act as incubators for human organs, which concerns some ethicists.

Source: We’re One Step Closer to Growing Human Organs Inside of Pigs

To be clear: you can use your own cells in the pig chimera and get organs that are fully compatible with your own, genetically. While we hopefully figure out how to construct organs from scratch quickly and relatively cheaply, for the time being this is the best way to produce fully functional organs reliably.