My immediate thought after reading that people had success following your fictitious diet is that it may have actually worked in a roundabout way.

Many unhealthy foods are found packaged in stores using the very materials you told readers to refrain from in your dietary guidelines, so by avoiding those packaging materials they have inadvertently been choosing healthier alternatives like fresh fruits and vegetables that aren't packaged more often. This would lead to a diet that is genuinely healthier than the average diet.

So while the diet isn't healthy for the reasons you posed in your satirical guidelines, it might actually be a healthier choice for other reasons. In an effort to come up with something absolutely absurd, you may have accidentally came up with a diet that works to some degree, pushing people to make overall healthier choices.

One paper suggests “shedding” its wheels may save the rover’s ability to move around as intended.

One of Curiosity’s damaged wheels. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS).

Curiosity is NASA’s fifth rover to roam the red planet, landing on Mars in August of 2012. But within just a year of driving around there were reports of damage to its wheels. As time goes on, the wheels tear due to repeated bending of the metal as they traverse hard rocky surfaces and are punctured by driving over sharp pointed rocks, according to solar system specialist and science communicator Emily Lakdawalla writing for the Planetary Society in 2014.

The pointed rocks weren’t thought…

Tips for a successful transition

Image by Bru-nO (Pixabay).

When I called the owner of a local sandwich shop to determine the amount of sodium in their bread, I was shocked to find out that they couldn’t give me an answer. When I asked them to disclose the ingredients they used to bake their bread I did the math myself and found out that six inches of it accounted for more than 80% of the sodium I had allotted per day, and that’s just the bread alone. Unfortunately, I had to give up eating at one of my previously favorite lunch spots.

As a…

Information about durum wheat and whether it’s considered part of a clean diet.

What is Clean Eating?

The first step to answering this question is defining the terms “clean eating” or “clean diet.”

Infographic by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association (

According to Emily Brown, writing for, the point behind clean eating is to consume more whole foods while limiting highly processed ones.

The American Heart Association uses the terms “eating clean” and “healthy eating” interchangeably on, and appears to take a broader stance on the definition of these terms. Instead of limiting processed foods across the board, they recommend comparing food labels and choosing foods based on nutritional content…

Excellent article! It features a great discussion on Enrico Fermi's paradox.

My thoughts have always been those echoed in the final paragraphs, that the universe is simply so big that we haven't had the time and resources devoted to properly searching enough to find the life that may be hiding out there.

Radio communication has existed for just over 100 years and we've only actively explored space for less than 70 years, rarely leaving our own backyard in the process. Cosmologically speaking, we've barely been searching for the blink of an eye and we've covered only the tiniest fraction of available space. It would be foolish to assert that other forms of life don't exist in the universe after analyzing such a tiny fraction of it. It's like taking a glass of water from the ocean and declaring the ocean has no fish. We must continue our search.

This article is a poorly-written conspiracy-fueled rant about NASA. Its author displays a clear misunderstanding of several scientific concepts and fails to cite sources for a majority of the information depicted. The article serves more as an example of the Dunning-Kruger effect than serious space-themed literature.

Is following a gluten-free diet really healthier?

Image by Kurious (Pixabay).

Celiac Disease

First, if you’ve been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity you should follow the directions given by your doctor or dietician. If they recommend that you follow a gluten-free diet, then that is the course of action you should take. It is recommended to speak with your doctor or dietician before changing your diet regardless of diagnoses, or a lack thereof.

Second, what is celiac disease anyway? According to,

A list of books recommended for science nerds, by a science nerd.

1. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry — Neil deGrasse Tyson

Cover of Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson.

There’s no better way to start the list than with Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, an easily readable tale of the universe written by “your personal astrophysicist,” Neil deGrasse Tyson. As the title states, the book takes you on a journey through astrophysics at a level that is sure to spark the interest of any science nerd, without feeling like you’re sitting through a dense lecture. …

Moonrise over The United States taken by NASA astronaut Scott Kelly onboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA (2015).

Why Fund Space Programs?

With a 562,000 homeless population, 39.4 million Americans living below the poverty level, and 63.1 million tons of food waste per year, many have been asking: why should we fund space programs like NASA? Shouldn’t we spend the money ending homelessness or hunger? If we take a look back at the advancements brought on from space-based research and how space programs affect our everyday life, we might be able to find an answer.

What is NASA’s Budget?

In 2020, NASA’s budget was $22.6 billion. In 2021, they requested an increase of $2.7 billion, bringing their yearly budget to $25.3 billion. But how does this…

Devan Taylor

Physics student and cook with a background in audio engineering and graphic design. Published in the International Journal of Celiac Disease.

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