Tag Archives: heart

Nerd Love

25 May

Love Your Legos

30 Apr


These simple and adorable lego heart jewelry pieces can be found at Shana Logic for less than $15

Star Wars Cuteness

21 Apr

You Are Here

17 Apr


(Found on Pintrest)

Etsy Find: NBDesigns

26 Mar

I love finging science-themed artists on Etsy! NBDesigns features designs that perfectly balance talent, adorableness, and delight.
Their products include:
Bacterium earrings, complete with adorable monotrichous flagella and organelles.

Bacteriophage earrings

DNA Electrophoresis Ladder earrings

Erlenmeyer Flask of Love, complete with a itty bitty heart.

Petri Dish earrings


A microbiology charm necklace, featuring a bacterium, a heart flask, and a petri dish.

A necklace of a macrophage eating an itty bitty heart

And, because I am a complete coffee addict, I have to include these awesome golden coffee bean earrings.
 If I brewed them, would they taste like art?

Hugs

19 Mar


 It’s a scientific fact that hugs are what keeps us alive.

More cute drawings can be found at I Love Doodle

Electrophoresis Love

18 Mar


Electrophoresis is beautiful!
❤ ❤ ❤

Black Tea = Happy Heart

14 Mar

Black Tea Is Shown To Lower Blood Pressure


Western Australian tea drinkers are helping build evidence that black tea may aid in maintaining cardiovascular health — with local researchers showing three cups of black tea daily lowers blood pressure by 2 to 3mmHg.

Lead author Jonathon Hodgson from the University of Western Australia’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology says many studies have looked at black and green tea in relation to heart and vascular disease outcomes.

“Meta-analyses of these studies indicate that drinking more tea, compared to drinking less or no tea, is associated with about a 10 to 20 per cent lower risk of heart disease and stroke,” Prof Hodgson says.

Seeking to investigate if this association was causal, the team from UWA and researchers from Unilever, conducted the first human intervention study to look at black tea and blood pressure outcomes.

“There have been a number of human intervention studies looking at effects on vascular function, with reasonably consistent findings that tea can increase the relaxation of blood vessels — an outcome linked with blood pressure and risk of heart disease,” he says. “This was the first large study specifically designed and powered to look at blood pressure as the primary outcome.”

Ninety-five Australian participants aged between 35 and 75 were required to drink three cups of black tea or three cups of a placebo, with the same flavour and caffeine content as the tea, daily for six months. Using 24-hour blood pressure measurement taken at the end of the trial, the group found a reduction in the systolic and diastolic blood pressure of the tea-drinkers of between 2 and 3mmHg.


According to Prof Hodgson, while a reduction of 2 or 3mmHg is not large, it is still a valuable effect when combined with other interventions.

“If you put the effect of tea together with other dietary and lifestyle changes, such as weight loss or reduced salt and alcohol intake, you might get up to a 10mmHg reduction in blood pressure without drug therapy,” he says.

The group believe high flavonoid levels in black tea cause an increase in nitric oxide, a compound that acts on cells in blood vessel walls to cause relaxation, blood vessel dilation and, ultimately, a reduction in blood pressure. According to Prof Hodgson, the findings also show promise for those who prefer to not drink tea.

“You can get the same benefits if you eat enough of other flavonoid-rich foods such as apples, plums and red grapes — no tea required.”

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Quite a bit of research has been done over the years demonstrating the benefits of tea. So if the mood strikes you today, here is a handy dandy tea brewing chart. Drink tea and enjoy a happy heart ^_^

Felted Organs

13 Mar

I found this little gem via Street Anatomy. Multi-talented Etsy artist Once Again Sam is an author, jewelry designer, and felt crafter who created felt anatomical organs. My personal favorite is the heart, though the brain does look pretty damn cuddly.


Delicious Heart Health

13 Mar

Health is delicious! NPR interviewed researcher Sheila West, whose Penn State studies have shown that well-spiced food can significantly lower triglycerides. In some cases, triglycerides were decreased by one third. Insulin levels were also lowered by 20%. UCLA cardiologist Dave Ravi says that lowering one’s triglycerides helps lower the risk of metabolic syndrome and heart disease Cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, paprika, rosemary, ginger, oregano, and garlic were all used in the studies.

This has motivated me to invest in a cute spice rack.
And what better spice rack for a science nerd than one made of beakers?


Science has never been so delicious.

Fiber Anatomy

7 Mar

Recently a friend of mine introduced me to the work of Karine Jollet, an exceptionally talented french fiber artist who, among other things, creates anatomical fiber sculptures of impressive detail and beauty.

My absolute favorite is the heart and circulatory system (I’ve always been a blood girl), particularly because it shows the duality of the circulatory system and includes wonderful details of the heart. I would love to see her do a sculpture of a cross section of the heart, showing the ventricles and atria. ❤