Semen is only 10% sperm (the little swimmers). The rest is made up of nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium and protein. getfrank.co.nz/dating-rom…
The red liquid seeping out of a cooked rare steak isn't blood. It is in fact a mixture of a protein called 'Myoglobin' and water. Myoglobin helps muscle tissue store oxygen and just like Hemoglobin, contains iron that turns red when it binds with oxygen. thehealthy.com/food/is-me…
There is insufficient scientific evidence to support the popular metabolic window theory, being that for about half an hour after a workout the intake of protein & carbs aids the increase of muscle mass. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Met…
A Harvard research showed that having no friends is as deadly as smoking. Researchers have discovered a link between loneliness and the levels of blood-protein which can cause heart attacks and strokes newsweek.com/study-shows-…
Central America/Mexico has a jumping spider that exhibits traits and isotopic signatures of herbivorous animals, and while it may steal the occasional ant larvae during particularly dry seasons 90% of it's diet is from protein and fat-rich nubs called Belitan nubs from Mimosaceae trees. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bag…
Stanford researchers showed that mealworms can safely consume various types of plastics including toxic additive-containing plastic such as polystyrene with no ill effects. The worms can then be used as a safe, protein-rich feed supplement news.stanford.edu/press/v…
Calories take different amounts of energy to digest depending on their source. For instance, if you eat 100 calories of protein, about 30 calories will go to digesting it. For 100 calories of carbohydrates, it would be about 10 to digest it. For 100 calories of fat, it would be less than 3. precisionnutrition.com/di…
Boiled potatoes contain a protein called proteinase inhibitor 2 (PI2). This protein may suppress appetite which is what makes everyone feel full. healthline.com/nutrition/…
The "short" in shortcrust pastry refers to how the fats in the dough stop the flour from forming long gluten proteins in any direction; puff pastry has glutens in layers between layers of fat, like lasagne sheets. Overwork it, and glutens are formed in all directions, making it tough! howitworksdaily.com/culin…
Today I learned about Kuru. a terrifying disease caused by eating human brains. Villages in Papua NG ate brains of the dead as an act of love and twisted brain proteins caused trembling and β€œthe laughing death”. People die within 2-4 months. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Resilin, a protein found in many insects/arthropods, is currently the most efficient elastic protein knownβ€”elastic efficiency of the resilin isolated from locust tendon has been reported to be 97%. Resilin is what allows jumping insects, like fleas, to propel themselves such large distances. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
Today I learned of a dermatological condition, cutaneous horn - A type of lesion or growth that appears on the skin. It's made of keratin, which is a protein that makes up the top layer of the skin. The growth may look like a cone or horn, and it can vary in size medicinenet.com/image-col…
The Japanese Company Spiber Inc. has managed to produce synthetic protein-based fibers similar to spider silk for use in textiles and other materials. fiberjournal.com/a-strang…
Consuming too much lean protein can cause symptoms similar to broad malnutrition in a condition known as protein poisoning, or more colloquially called "rabbit poisoning" due to the first observed cases in frontiersmen who ate nothing but wild rabbits over the winter and developed symptoms. wisegeek.com/what-is-rabb…
Lyme Disease is far less prevalent in the west coast of the US thanks, in part, to the Western Fence Lizard which carries a protein that cures the disease in the ticks that bite them, thereby reducing the probability of infection to humans and other tick hosts. bioone.org/journals/journ…
The black soldier fly larva turns most organic substances into nutrient-rich protein and frass, a valuable organic fertilizer. Significant reductions in E. coli and Salmonella were measured in manure after larvae were introduced in it. They can also purify biomass contaminated with heavy metals. entomologytoday.org/2020/…
A study from Harvard University finds that having no friends can be just as deadly as smoking. Both affect levels of a blood-clotting protein. telegraph.co.uk/science/2…
People with pollen allergies can develop "oral allergy symptom" and have mildly allergic reactions to raw fruits/veggies with proteins similar to pollen, such as an itchy mouth/throat. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Other animals quickly eat shed deer/elk antlers because they are high in calcium, phosphorus and protein. This is why they are hard to find even in places with abundant deer. fws.gov/midwest/news/8Poi…
Both canines and humans most likely went through similar genetic changes at the same time to tolerate a high carb diet from farming- why most dog food is rich in carbohydrates, not protein npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
When we are sleep deprived, our blood pressure is at raised levels for longer, our blood vessels don’t get a chance to rejuvenate, and raised levels of inflammation-causing proteins may also cause extra strain on the heart. optimumsleep.com/importan…
Today I learned about "Aztec Cheese", a fast growing algae, was responsible for the protein needs of the 1.5 million residents of the Lake Texcoco region. Today, it is known as the super food "Spirulina" and is sold in tablet form. mexicolore.co.uk/aztecs/h…
Disney uses code names in the park. Rude visitors are called 'Treasured Guests.' Vomit is called 'Protein Spill.' Kids peeing in the pool is called 'Code Winnie.' Illegally spreading ashes is called 'White Powder Alert.' nypost.com/2017/09/07/dis…
Tomato plants fertilized with human urine produce up to four times more fruit and had higher levels of beta-carotene & protein than traditional fertilizers. popsci.com/environment/ar…
Sea foam is created by the agitation of seawater. This happens especially when there are high concentrations of dissolved organic matter (i.e. proteins, lignins, and lipids) which are derived from sources of offshore breakdowns, including algal blooms. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The Virginia oppossum is effectively immune to the venom of pit vipers. The responsible protein, Lethal Toxin Neutralizing Factor (LTNF), is being used to develop the first universal viper venom antidote. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Insects have a protein called resilin which acts as a hydrogel allowing to be more elastic and bouncy. This is related to the word resilience and the ability to bounce back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Res…
The reason why it hurts to eat pineapple is because it contains the enzyme bromlain which digests protein, and it can be prevented by grilling the fruit. myrecipes.com/extracrispy…
Poland and Bayern MΓΌnchen football star Robert Lewandowski only sleeps on his left side, to preserve his stronger right leg; and always eats desserts first, because sweet foods digest quicker, so by metabolising them first, he avoids mixing them in his stomach with protein and carbohydrates theguardian.com/football/…
Some people don't like vegetables like cabbage and broccoli due to genes that make their taste buds super sensitive to having more of a protein that interlocks with phenylthiocarbamide, causing the sensation of bitterness. A very similar compound is found in brassicas, causing a similar reaction learn.genetics.utah.edu/c…
The recommended daily allowance of protein is only 0.8g of protein per 1000g of body weight per day. health.harvard.edu/blog/h…
Moths named Gorgone macarea may drink the tears of birds to get an extra boost of protein nationalgeographic.com/an…
Failure to learn the Mayan Nixtamalization method of preparing corn (maize) lead to Pellagra epidemics in Europe, Africa, and southern USA. Nixtamalization frees the amino acid Niacin. Nixtamalized corn and beans is a complete protein diet and became the staple food in Central America. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nix…
Cats cannot taste sweet things because of a genetic deficiency. After analysing two genes responsible for sweetness detection, one was missing in cats, meaning they lack the ability to produce a protein for tasting sweetness. petful.com/food/why-cant-…
Today I learned about a family in Turkey that walks on all fours due to a rare syndrome that strikes the areas of the brain that control balance. This rare mutation prevents proteins from distributing fat molecules correctly in the cells, which leads to defective nerve cells, brain damage, and loss of balance. sciencenordic.com/brain-d…
Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner who discovered prions, an infectious protein in the brain, was attacked by both the scientific establishment and the media when he presented his ideas due to the thinking that an infectious protein would be impossible. nobelprize.org/prizes/med…
In 2008 Japanese researchers discovered a protein which helps carry electrical impulses from the eye to the brain. They named it Pikachurin in reference to the electric-type pokΓ©mon named Pikachu. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pik…
Today I learned about glow-in-the-dark kitties. Scientists insert the GFP(green fluorescent protein from jellyfish) gene along with another gene that blocks feline AIDS, into the cat's unfertilized eggs. When the eggs are fertilized, glowing cats are produced, which means that they also have the anti-AIDS gene. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
Within one year a single acre of maggots can produce more protein than 3,000 acres of cattle or 130 acres of soybeans. That's equal to 130,000 pounds of protein per year and greater than the per-acre protein yield of cattle (about 40 pounds), soybeans (950 pounds) or chickens (1,800 pounds) scmp.com/magazines/post-m…
A Utah State University professor engineered goats that have two key genes that allow a spider to weave their silk inserted into their genetic code. The result is goats that produce milk that contain spider silk proteins. ksl.com/article/46307767/…
Dark meat in chicken and turkey is the legs and thighs due to the protein myoglobin showing up in muscles that are predominately used, whereas the dark meat in a duck is in the breast meat. bestfoodfacts.org/differe…
The water that sits on top of yoghurt is called whey. This liquid contains protein, calcium and B vitamins and so it’s better to stir it back in rather than drain myfearlesskitchen.com/why…
After 13 years of trying to find the structure of a protein, scientists created an online competitive game that asked gamers to try and solve it. The structure was found in 3 weeks. theguardian.com
The most accepted theory on the origin of eukaryotic life is that an archaea host cell and a bacteria merged to become the first eukaryotic cell. The archaeal linage 'Asgard' encodes proteins only found in eukaryotes. A member of this clade was first isolated in 2020 after a 12-year effort. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3…
Many starving children in developing nations appear bloated with swollen bellies due to a condition called kwashiorkor, an illness related to malnutrition caused by a lack of protein resulting in an osmotic imbalance where the cells hold onto too much water. nhs.uk/conditions/kwashio…
Birds are able to see and use the Earth's Magnetic field to migrate due to a protein in their eyes called CRY4. To them the Earth's Magnetic field appears to be a bright haze in the sky in the direction of North or South. Their brain even produces this protein during the migration season. cell.com/current-biology/…
Myostatin is a protein produced in the human body that inhibits muscle growth. People with myostatin deficiency have twice the muscle mass of the average human and usually more muscle strength. Strongman Eddie Hall has myostatin deficiency en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myo…
Scientists genetically modified goats to spin spider silk from their udders at University of Wyoming. These goats had a gene transplanted in them. The transplanted gene meant the goats produced milk containing an extra protein, which is extracted and spun into spider silk thread. phys.org/news/2010-05-sci…
Biologist Rita Levi-Montalcini was forced to hide during the Nazi occupation of Italy. She later identified nerve growth factor as a protein, winning the Nobel in Medicine. She lived to over 100 and claimed "At 100, I have a mind that is superior, thanks to experience, than when I was 20" jwa.org/thisweek/oct/13/1…
Sled dogs can run without getting tired because their bodies can directly burn fat and protein for energy whereas other animals need carbs to do so. youtube.com/watch?v=HDG4G…

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