Tsaparis Tscience - Needles, Bags, and Elephants

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 9:06 AM, Oct 08, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-04 12:06:52-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - This morning on Tsaparis Tscience, Max is bringing us a wide array of science stories!

A new pill has the same effect as an injection because it's actually covered in tiny needles. The pill disinegrates and 5 millimeter long tiny needles then inject a liquid solution directly into the intestinal tract. It might sound dangerous, but when tested on pigs there were no harmful effects found, this is because the gastrointestinal tract doesn't have any pain receptors.

This week the state of California became the first state to ban plastic bags at grocery stores. California Governor Jerry Brown says this effort will reduce pollution and help wildlife steer clear of the extra baggage. Opponents say this will decrease manufacturing jobs and forces residents to pay the 10 cent tax on paper bags already in effect.

Finally, a baby elephant takes a tumble at a zoo in Switzerland before two adults rush over in just a few seconds to help the little guy get back on his feet. Elephants have a special knack for taking care of their young and even though mother and calf have the greatest connection, adult elephants have been known to watch over little ones that aren't their own.

You can hear more about all of these by clicking on the video to the left.

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