Why Do We Get Brain Freeze? | SHE-ensya Why Series

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Ice cream…
Slurpees…
Milk shakes…

Yum!!! And ouch!

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why Series, we look at the science of brain freeze. We look at what’s happening inside our mouths and our brains that lead to that painful sensation. We also try to figure out how to stop it from happening. And finally, we look at how this uncomfortable event may actually be the key in understanding — and curing — migraines!

So if you want to enjoy your cold treats pain-free, please watch this video!

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media.

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If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What are Echo Chambers? Why Do False Information Keep Spreading? | SHE-ensya’s Corner Episode 26

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Who succeeded in convincing you to live a healthy lifestyle?
How were you convinced to take up your high school track or college degree?
What convinced you to vote for or support a political candidate?

In this video, we talk about echo chambers — what they are and how they can become dangerous. We also look at the reasons as to why we can be convinced to change our minds by some people, but not by others. And from there, we jump off to discussing the reasons why false information continue to spread — and be believed — even after they’re shown to be wrong. We talk about a lot of frustrating human tendencies and biases, but all of these are very important if we want to be effective (science) communicators!

Watch this video and learn how to be convincing!

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If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What Does Sustainability Mean? Why is Sustainability Important? | SHE-ensya Lecture Series (Environment)

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Why do environmental scientists keep talking about “sustainability”? What does it mean and how will it affect our lives?

In this video, we explain the meaning of sustainability based on how it impacts our daily lives. We talk about why it is an important concept not just for us, but for our children, and the specially for the people of tomorrow. We also look at simple things that we can do to help achieve sustainability.

So, if you want to help create an Earth that will remain beautiful for us and for the next generation, please watch this video!

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If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.
And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why Can We Eat Steak Raw (but not chicken)? Why Do We Have to Cook Food? | SHE-ensya Why Series

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Why can we eat salads raw, but we need to cook potatoes?

Why can steak be served “rare” but not chicken?

Why do we have to cook food anyway?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why series, we look at the science of digestion. We look at the different parts of the digestive system and give an overview of their function.

We also compare the process of digesting plant food versus meat, and see the differences between how food is processed in herbivores, carnivores, and in our own stomachs. Here we will see why our digestive system is not necessarily equipped to eat ONLY plants or to eat ONLY meat.

We look at intestine lengths, stomach acidities, and mechanisms to battle bacteria! And finally, we discuss how cooking becomes part of this intricate process.

Food is our primary source of nutrition, so we should learn more about its processes!

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media. 

So join us in this episode, and figure out if cooking is really necessary.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why are Facts Not Enough to Change People’s Minds? How Does this Affect Science Communication? | SHE-ensya’s Corner Episode 25

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Have you rolled your eyes at Viber messages from family that are obviously fakes news?

Have you ever gotten angry trying to explain scientific facts to others?

Have you ever felt confused as to why people would prefer to believe in inaccurate information over scientific discoveries?

Well, today’s post is dedicated to you!

In this video, we talk about one reason why facts do not change people’s minds. Based on existing theories in behavioral science, we look at social evolution and how it has shaped how we pick and choose our beliefs. It’s actually quite surprising how the survival of our ancestors is actually linked to this mental habit that might lead to our extinction,

And though some of the facts presented in this video may end up frustrating you, we also provide an alternative tactic we can take when trying to convince people to trust in science.

After all, science communication is not about forcing our scientific thoughts on others. It’s about welcoming more people in our tribe!

So, if you want to take a peek behind the curtain of the human psyche, please watch our video for today!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Is Going “Organic” Really Good for the Environment? | SHE-ensya Lecture Series (Environment)

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Have you ever considered going “organic”? It’s one of the latest environmental fads, and we see a lot of promotions and influencers showcasing their organic practices. But is organic farming really good for the environment?

In this video, we use verified publications and scientific information to look at the current environmental impact of traditional farming methods in comparison to organic farming techniques. We even take into consideration the use of genetically modified crops, as new GM plants have now been approved for planting in The Philippines. And finally, we attempt to answer if organic farming is really the sustainable solution to providing low-cost food to the Filipino people, and the rest of the world.

So, if you want to find out the truth about organic farming, please take time to watch this video!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why Do We Grow Old, Get Sick, and Die? | SHE-ensya Why Series

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Aging is a part of life, but do you often wonder why we have to go through it? Why is it that many living species are made vulnerable by growing old and getting sick? Why is death inevitable? Why are we not immortal instead?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why series, we confront one of the scariest — and yet most frequently asked — question “Why death?”. We dissect the very human fear of death and look at its role in the ecosystem. We also look at the processes happening inside our bodies that would eventually lead to it.

Death is one of the most painful life experiences one can have — arguably more so for those who are left behind. So should it be our goal, as a species, to eradicate it altogether? Is death really necessary?

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media. 

So join us in this episode, and figure out if immortality is really for us.

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

What is SHE-ensya? Who is Your Resident Filipina Scientist? What is this Channel All About?

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We’re almost ready with new content for you, here at SHE-ensya. But what is SHE-ensya? Who is your resident Filipina scientist? What is the SHE-ensya channel all about?

SHE-ensya started last March 2020, as a creative project on how some science lessons can be simplified and shown to a wider audience. It has since evolved to become a science advocacy and science communication channel were your resident Filipina scientist talks about science topics ranging from molecules to space travel.

As for your resident Filipina scientist, I am Chona Camille VinceCruz-Abeledo. I’m a teacher, a scientist, a geek, and cat mom from the Philippines. I study processes within the cell and out in the environment to help create practical technologies for fishers and farmers. I’m also a fan of computer games, movies, and books within the science fiction and fantasy genres.

SHE-ensya is a channel that’s all about sharing my love for the sciences, and talking about things that science affects (so pretty much everything)! We also want to highlight and empower the contributions of women in the field of science and promote gender equality in STEM!

Please like our videos, subscribe to our channel, and share our fascination and love for science! 

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Comparing Environmental Fads to Environmental Facts| SHE-ensya Lecture Series (Environment)

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Here at SHE-ensya, we believe in the continuous pursuit to debunk science myths and “alternative facts”. So in this video, we look at some environmental trends and try to assess their integrity and the facts behind them.

In this video, we use verified publications and scientific information to check if paper bags are really better alternatives to plastic bags — specially considering how many cities have started banning the use of sand bags in markets. We also look at the science behind the use of metal straws. Are they truly the more environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic straws? How many times should we use them before buying them becomes worth it? And finally, we evaluate the carbon footprint and health impacts of going vegetarian. Will a plant-based diet really be better for the planet — and for your health — given current agricultural processes?

So if you want to identify environmental facts from fiction, please take the time to watch this video!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!

Why Do We Get Bored? | SHE-ensya Why Series

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Have you ever wondered why we get bored in class? Are you trying to figure out how to be more attentive?

In this episode of the SHE-ensya Why Series, we ask the question “Why boredom?”. We look at the history and biology of boredom, and figure out if it truly is just an everyday emotion or if it may actually be linked to something dangerous. 

We also try to figure out the chain reaction of chemicals and hormones in the body that take place whenever we feel bored. And, we try to learn more about it in the hopes of finding a means to “cure” ourselves of this emotion.

The SHE-ensya why series will dissect some of our most head scratching why questions, teasing out the scientific principles from historical records, conspiracy theories and mass media. 

So join us in this episode, and hopefully we won’t end up boring you!

Thank you so much for dropping by!

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact me, your resident Filipina scientist, in the comments section below.

And remember, when in doubt, always use your (con)science!