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Tsaparis Tscience - Undercover Color, memories of mice, and living on an iceberg

Tsaparis Tscience
Posted at 9:13 AM, Sep 03, 2014
and last updated 2015-02-04 12:06:53-05

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

A new fashion accessory has been created with the potential to change lives; it's a revolutionary line of nail polish called "Undercover Color." It can help women detect the safety of their beverage by changing color if the drink is laced with certain drugs, like roofies. Undergraduate students at NC State are still perfecting the formula but would like to see it on store shelves soon.

Scientists at MIT say that they've successfully changed mice's bad memories to good ones. In the brain, groups of neurons store individual events and the emotions associated with those memories. The Scientists used light to control the activity of the neurons to change the memory and therefore change the emotion felt when thinking about it.The goal is to one day develop new therapies for conditions like PTSD and depression.

And finally, a UK based adventurer, Alex Bellini, plans to live on a melting iceberg for one whole year. The goal is to urge world leaders to take action against climate change. Starting in the spring of 2015, he'll head Northwest of Greenland to find a suitable iceberg and strap himself into a Kevlar-reinforced survival capsule with over 600 pounds of food. During that year, he'll investigate and report on the life cycle of a decaying iceberg.

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

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