Scientists at MIT invent birth control pill that needs only to be taken once a month

Scientists at MIT say they have made a breakthrough in developing a birth control pill that would only need to be taken once a month.

A long-lasting capsule would remain in the stomach and release contraceptive drugs over the course of several weeks.

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“It can be hard to remember to take a pill every day, change a patch every week, or change a vaginal ring every month,” Dr. Beatrice Chen from the University of Pittsburgh shares in a In The Know clip.

“Having the option of a pill to take once a month could be a great option to give women choices and birth control.”

High school intern finds new planet on his third day at NASA

A 17-year-old high school student who was interning at NASA discovered a new planet on his third day.

Wolf Cukier discovered the planet, now named TOI 1338 b, which is about 1,300 light years away from the Earth.

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Cukier said in a statement:

“I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit.”

“About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first, I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet.”

According to NASA, TOI 1338 b orbits two stars and is 6.9 times the size of Earth but it is very unlikely that it can support life.

But seriously, what did you DO on your third day of your last internship?

I rest my case.

Gwyneth Paltrow wants you to buy a candle that smells like her genitals

Gwyneth Paltrow’s website Goop features a wide variety of candles including one that smells like her genitals.

At first, the creation began as a joke between the perfumer, Douglas Little, and Gwyneth.

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On her site, it is revealed how as the actress sniffed the scent and then said “Uhhh, this smells like a vagina,” and from there, the candle “evolved into a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent.”

Curious to find out what Gwyneth-I mean-this candle smells like?

Geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed.

Apparently the $75 candle sold out within hours as people seem to be reeeeaally into how Gwenyth smells down there. Not weird at all.

Pope has a message for those with and without faith in the church

The Pope Francis is currently urging people to reject “the god of money,” as well as consumerism, pleasure, success and self.

Francis in his homily in St. Peter’s Basilica Monday, spread the message of how people should focus on serving others and not focus on themselves.

In addition, he also encouraged those who were of faith to concentrate on getting rid of what he deems “useless things and addictions,” that both numb the heart and confuse the mind.

You heard the pope!

Doggo follows his pregnant mama all around the house, including the shower

Diz has paired with her dad since she was a puppy and adores him so much — and when he got married, she quickly fell in love with her new mother too.

Diz is very attached to her mama now and always looks out for her.

“She has always been super protective of me, especially when my husband isn’t with me,” Diz’s mom, Brittany Johnson, shared with The Dodo

A few months back, Diz’s parents found out they were going to have a little one. And while Diz noticed, it did not seem to alert her in the slightest.

“She would lay with her head against my belly for the first few weeks then she just kinda ignored me,” Johnson said. 

She eventually found her way into the shower with Johnson because: good doggo.

Take a look at the adorable shot below!

Image via Diz Johnson

Cats cuddle their mama after she goes through surgery

Deb Clay has worked for vet practices as well as rescues for the past several years and always had a heart for animals in need.

Currently, here and her husband have five rescue cats who one day, just showed up at their door looking for a home.

And while the couple attempted to re-home a few of them initially, they knew from the start the five cats had found their forever home.

“I’m sure there is an invisible sign above wherever we live, ‘Lost, starving, hurt come here,’” Clay told The Dodo

Mojo, Faith, Ossie, Holley and Timmy adore there mom and dad — so much that when they realized their mamma was sick, they decided to give her some extra love.

Those kittens love their mamma!

Image via Deb Clay

This coffee sketch is the most relatable mood you will feel all day

Everyone has their favorite coffee shop and whether it’s the coffee, the snacks or the milk that keeps you coming back — you know you will be welcomed in every time with open arms (as long as you tip well.)

But sometimes, we decide to try a new place and it doesn’t go exactly as we hoped.

Written and produced by comedian Kareem, this sketch sums up that experience.

You may want to put down your coffee, and yes, it’s that funny.

If you enjoyed this, you can follow him here.

Footage reveals small plane make impossible emergency landing on busy street

Earlier this week, a residential street in Arizona became a makeshift runway for a small plane.

At around 8 a.m. in the morning, the small aircraft called “mayday” to a control tower at Deer Valley Airport in Phoenix.

Image via Phoenix Fire Department/Facebook

And just 15 minutes later, the same aircraft made an emergency descent — crashing into cars before landing abruptly in a used car lot.

Emergency vehicles quickly responded to the scene which was all caught on video by a surveillance camera from a nearby business.

Thankfully, there were no fatalities involved in the crash.

Father requests Christmas cards for his autistic son instead receives shocking amount of resources

Marty Jr. was born severely autistic and could not speak. Doctors informed his father he would not live past 15 but today, he is 33.

But Marty Sr. says that he can’t work as he stays home to care for his son, living off food stamps and around the holidays, it is difficult to make ends meet.

So this Christmas, Marty Sr. posted a request on Facebook for Christmas cards for Marty Jr.

“This year I got tired of seeing him not have any Christmas presents so I posted it on there.”

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The post quickly went viral and the two received much more than just a few cards.

They were gifted presents, packages as well as lots of love on social media.

A group from Central Texas even brought out their sports cars — which is one of Marty Jr.’s favorite things in the world.

“I love everyone for showing up and showing their support for my son,” his father said. “I’m glad everybody loves him like I do.”

Elderly college professor conducts crazy experiments in the name of science

For the past 45 years, a college professor has been enamoring his students with his quirky experiments and thanks to a video that went viral, the rest of the world can experience the joy too.

David Wright, Ph.D., teaches physics and astronomy at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is a big believer in keeping kids engaged by involving fun demonstrations into his class.

An 18-year-old sophomore recorded videos of the professor from this semester revealing his clever antics on Twitter where they have been viewed over 20 million times.

The revealed that his “very sharp, very engaged” students “really energize me.”

“I figure if I’m not having fun teaching the course they’re not going to have any fun either. You should be really passionate in what you’re doing and I hope I serve as an example of that,” he shared on Good Morning America.

‘The world is a wondrous place and it’s all understandable with mathematics and physics,” Wright continued, who is a father of four and grandfather of seven. “I hope that’s what students take away.”

Scientist determined to find cure for his daughter with incurable illness, discovers possible healing drug

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy causes muscle weakness and atrophy — starting with weakness of the face, shoulders and upper arms and eventually affects nearly all skeletal muscles.

It is a disorder that scientists currently have no cure for but associate professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Saint Louis University, Fran Sverdrup, wants to change that.

The findings inspire hope to many who suffer from the cruel disease, which includes Fran’s daughter.

The findings were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Fran along with his team have successfully stopped the expression of the protein in cell as well as animal models, according to the paper.

Image via Saint Louis University

Fran has a daughter who was diagnosed with this uncurable illness, so he decided to find one.

“We have been working to find a safe drug that would ‘turn off’ the toxic gene that causes FSHD,” he revealed. “Now we have demonstrated that we can do this in an animal model with a drug that can be taken in pill form.”

Scientists have been searching for an avenue to prevent the gene’s expression — which would stop or revert the course of the disease.

Recently, Fran’s team discovered that this can be done by re-purposing an already existing drug.

He is encouraged as these new findings suggest a way in developing the first treatment or possible cure for FSHD.

Scientists plan 1,000 year trip to colonize a distant exoplanet

In an attempt to protect humanity (if/when we can’t live on earth anymore) a team of scientist are organizing a plan to colonize a distant exoplanet.

That being said, is it possible? Possibly.

Scientists from the Initiative for Interstellar Studies revealed to OneZero that the plan to send a crew to a potentially-habitable exoplanet in another solar system could take centuries or millennia — which means generations would be born and die during the journey.

But that is not the only challenge.

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“There’s no principal obstacle from a physics perspective,” Andreas Hein, executive director, revealed to OneZero. “There are a lot of challenges, but no fundamental principle of physics is violated.”

In addition, also the challenge of how to exactly sustain human life on such a long journey through space is also a huge hurdle. And based on current research, a trip to Mars is still not advised as scientists have yet to figure out a way to shield astronauts from deadly cosmic radiation and also the medical issues caused by spending time in space are not fully understood.

Sorry folks, it looks like you will just need to wait a few more years before you can have a vacation home on another planet!

If you are considering opting for a frozen embryo transfer, there is a higher risk of childhood cancer

According to a new study, children who are born after the use of frozen embryo transfer were at higher risk of childhood cancer but the risk remains low.

The study, which was published in the medical journal JAMA, focuses on babies born in a country with one of the highest rates of assisted reproductive technology: Denmark.

In 2018, almost 10% of all children were born through some type of fertility treatment. It should be noted however that scientists already knew that children born with the help of fertility treatments faced increased health risks.

The authors then revealed that less is known about the long-term health consequences of such procedures.

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This study looked at data from the Danish Medical Birth Register, the Danish Cancer Registry, along with the Danish Infertility Cohort which included 1,085,172 children born in Denmark between January 1996 and December 31, 2012.

And of those children, 2,217 were diagnosed with cancer. When scientists then compared the number of children born to fertile parents with those born using some type of assistance, they noticed an elevated risk of childhood cancers in the cases where the frozen embryos were used.

But when it came to other types of fertility treatments, there were not statistically significant cancer associations the scientists observed in this study. That being said, the cancer risk was not any higher for children born to parents who used fertility drugs, IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

Scientists used slime to create the traffic map we didn’t know we needed

Andrew Adamatzky and Jeff Jones of the University of the West of England decided to use nature in a very unconventional way: drafting the ideal traffic map using slime mold!

Ten of the UK’s most populated areas were then used as connecting points, and later, a US map.

Andrew Adamatzky is a researcher in unconventional computing who compiles devices using unusual substrates, such as chemical reactions, slime mold, mushrooms, plants, and droplets.

An ideal road map for the US was then created using slime mold and of course, science.

The experiments all stemmed from an idea nearly thirteen years ago:

“One day, back in 2006, I looked at the pattern of slime mold network developed on a wet paper towel and I thought that this reminds me of a road pattern,” explained Prof. Adamatzky. “This is when I started the experiments.”

The natural way that slime mold not only looks for food and manages it consumption was key for drafting a traffic map.

Who knew that slime and science could build the future?

Centuries old stink bomb goes off during archeological dig

During a recent dig in Buckinghamshire, an archeologist recently let off the world’s oldest (and possibly smelliest?) stink bomb after cracking open a 1,700 year old Roman egg.

Located next to the ancient Roman settlement of Fleet Marsdon, experts have been working on a nine-year-long excavation on the Barryfield housing estate near Aylesbury.

An outstanding number of items have been discovered during the dig, including a set of four perfectly preserved and very fragile bird eggs that date back to the third century — which makes them some of the oldest eggs in existence.

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But upon retrieval, three of the four eggs were broken which resulted in a “potent stench of rotten egg,” according to bystanders.

The last egg is only complete object of its kind discovered in the UK and is likely and was most likely preserved as a result of being placed in a waterlogged pit.

Edward Biddulph, archeologist, revealed the extent and range of discoveries was “more than ever could be foreseen.”

A senior project manager with Oxford Archaeology South, Biddulph, explained how people in the Third Century used to throw objects into the pit for good luck, “much like a wishing well,” which explained the high number of preserved items discovered in the pit.

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He said:

“The pit was still waterlogged and this has preserved a remarkable collection of organic objects.”

In Roman times, eggs symbolized both fertility as well as rebirth.

The team behind the discovery believe that the eggs along with the basket may have been placed in the pit as food offerings in a religious ceremony.

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Astronomers baffled by black hole that is so massive, its existence should be impossible

While there is photographic evidence of a black hole, it doesn’t necessarily mean astronomers understand how they work.

Chinese-led researchers have recently found a black hole, LB-1 and lives 15,000 light-years away in the Milky Way with a mass so huge, that it breaks current stellar evolution models.

In lamens terms: it has a mass 70 times greater than that of the sun.

Scientists are currently scratching their heads at what exactly made something this large, possible.

Image via Good Free Photos

The team used LAMOST, or China’s Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope, to discover starts orbiting objects that are seemingly invisible. The technique had originally been proposed back in 1783 but has not been possible until recently.

Then, they used both the US’ Keck I telescope along with Spain’s Gran Telescopio Canarias to find the properties of both the star (in a tight, 79-day orbit) and along with the massive black hole.

In the past, detection methods such as looking for holes eating gas from a star would make sighting rare.

All that said, let’s just hope black holes continue to be far away and pretty from a grand distance!

Male Sperm Whale discovered with astounding 220-pound ball of “litter” in its stomach

A male sperm was recently found dead with over 220 lbs. of debris in its stomach.

Members from the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) were called upon to investigate a deceased sperm whale found on Scotland’s Luskentyre Beach.

When they arrived on the scene 48-hours-later, the experts dissected the animal to attempt to figure out what exactly was the cause of death. And in a Facebook post, they said it was not clear if the “litter” did or did not contribute to the whale’s death.

Image via Richard Humphrey

“In this whale’s stomach was approximately 100kg [220 lbs.] of marine debris — a whole range of plastic including sections of net, bundles of rope, plastic cups, bags, gloves, packing straps and tubing,” the post read. “All this material was in a huge ball in the stomach and some of it looked like it had been there for some time.”

“The animal wasn’t in particularly poor condition, and whilst it is certainly plausible that this amount of debris was a factor in its live stranding, we actually couldn’t find evidence that this had impacted or obstructed the intestines,” the post continued. “This amount of plastic in the stomach is nonetheless horrific, must have compromised digestion, and serves to demonstrate, yet again, the hazards that marine litter and lost or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life.”

The locals who originally found the carcass called the SMASS, informing the BBC how marine pollution was constant issue in the area.

Image via Richard Humphrey

“We walk on these beaches nearly every day and I always take a bag to pick up litter, most of which is fishing-related,” shares local, Dan Parry. “This stuff could have easily been netting or the like lost in a storm, we just don’t know, but it does show the scale of the problem we have with marine pollution.”

The waste found in the whale’s stomach, according to the SMASS, likely came from both the “land and fishing sectors.”

But SMASS is not finished with their investigation quite yet.

“We are looking in more detail to see if we can work out quite why this animal ended up with so much of it in its stomach,” their post read.

This year, you can get your Elf on the Shelf pregnant

So you need MORE fodder for your kids to listen to you (ahem I mean, so Santa will come visit) this holiday season?

You came to the right place.

While The Elf on the Shelf is a fun tradition paired with the book — if you have ever had the privilege of hiding the elf, than you know it can get into some silly (and sometimes messy) situations.

Along with accessories online, you can also purchase BABY ELVES for your Elf on the Shelf.

The Etsy shop My Magical Moments Elf accessories includes an elf baby dressed in red; a crib; a high chair; an accessory kit with bottle, bib, and pacifier; and a set of clothes in either pink and purple or green and blue.

What’s not to love?

So whether your purchase is born out of desperation to inspire your children, or maybe bring up the birds and the bees: Happy Holidays!

Kenya is the first to install solar power plant that creates drinking water from the ocean

Close to 2.2 billion people suffer as they do not have access to safe drinking water but thanks to NGO Give Power, solar-powered plants that transform salty ocean water to fresh drinking water is changing that.

In August of this year, the NGO, Give Power, conducted their very first solar-powered water transforming plant test.

Image via Give Power

While this is not their first project, Give Power recently had overwhelming success installing a new plant that transforms saline water into drinking water in Kiunga, a small town in Kenya.

But the organization has plans to use the technology around the world.

The Kenyan town of Kiunga was chosen for the installment of this plant to fix the problem and help as many people as possible. After this success, the organization is planning similar projects in both Columbia as well as Haiti.

Image via Give Power

The process which turns salt water into drinking water, or desalination, is not only very power-consuming but also expensive. Using solar energy as a long-term solution is the key. Give Power installed a “solar water farm” in Kiunga that harvests solar energy using solar panels — which produces two water pumps to run for 24 hours a day — providing drinking water for over 25,000 people.

The new addition is life changing for the regions as over 1/3 of the people do not have access to safe drinking water.

Prior to the installment of this technology, people had to travel over an hour to collect safe drinking water for themselves and their families.

Image via Give Power

And as each drop was precious, they would bathe and wash their clothes in dirty salt water which is very harsh on human skin.

President of GivePower, Hayes Barnard, shared:

“You see children inside of these villages, and they’ve got these scars on their stomachs or their knees because they got so much salt in their wounds. They were basically poisoning their families with this water.”

Thankfully, the installment of the plant did not only help their bodies with those particular ailments, but they also rescued them from various diseases as the water they were previously using was chalk-full of pollutants and parasites.

Genius barbers’ use of leftover hair from salons are helping save the planet

A chain in Sydney, Australia, has created a genius way to use their customers’ leftover hair to help the environment and it is taking the world by storm.

Most discarded split ends are swiftly swept from the floor of the hairdressers and thrown out along with the general waste,

While most split ends are swept up and thrown out, the Grand Royal Barbers (with locations in Australia) is setting the bar when it comes to sustainable hairdressing.

Staff collect the old hair and donate it all to create stuffed stockings — all of which are used to help soak up oil during oil spills.

The technique has surfaced after extensive research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) — the discovery revolutionizing the clean-up process.

Grand Royal Barbers is the very first sustainable independent barbers in Australia. The owner, Maria Dillon, said she was able to support the process, as she wanted future generations to have a world they could live in.

When speaking with Yahoo! News Australia, she shared:

“There’s so much plastic in this world with plastic islands everywhere in the ocean. They’ve been polluted enough and I just want it to be around for my children.”

The barber shop collects in total around seven bin-fulls of hair a week before it is collected by Sustainable Salons — a company that is dedicated to reducing waste in salons all over Australia.

Customers pay $2 to cover the cost of the operation despite Dillon initially being worried about how customers would react to the cost.

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Thankfully, the response has been overwhelmingly positive.

The owner went on to share:

“It’s been quite remarkable really, we never knew so many people were passionate about being sustainable,” adding, “we want to leave a legacy.”

The original idea of using hair to help soak up oil was highlighted following research from UTS’ Dr. Megan Murray from the School of Life Sciences, and then masters student, Rebecca Pagnucco in 2017.

Pagnucco shares how the process works; explaining:

“Hair is a natural biosorbent. It’s been shown to adsorb three to nine times its weight in oil. Your hair gets oily and greasy – the oil basically is stuck to the hair fibres. By a similar method, it would stick to other oils, such as crude oil.”

And as people are becoming more aware of the products being used on the environment, hair gives an ideal, natural alternative to traditional dispersants used to tackle oil spills.

Image via Wikimedia Commons

Pagnucco continues, sharing:

“With something like hair, there’s no value in it once you’ve cut it off your head, it’s waste. Hair can also be reused several times without a significant decrease in its ability to adsorb oil.”

And in addition to re-using the hair, Grand Royal Barbers makes an effort to recycle all plastic bottles as well as razors along with the foil used in hair dying.

Dillon has been made aware of dozens of barbers as well as salons running with the idea after his success.