Several important scientific studies have been in the news lately that will probably impact your life.

The first one is hair tangles.

French scientists have investigated a long known phenomenum, hair tangles, and their break through discovery astounds the science world:

To learn which kind of hair truly is the snarliest, biophysicist Jean-Baptiste Masson at the Ecole Polytechnique in France had hairdressers count tangles for a week in the hair of 212 people — 123 with straight hair and 89 with curls. Counting was conducted between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., so that hair had a chance to snag during the day.

Masson found straight hair got tangled nearly twice as much as curly hair — the average number of tangles was 5.3 per head of straight hair and 2.9 per head of curly hair.

The reason is that a curly hair touches more strands of hair than straight hair, but doesn’t stick: the straight hair sticks because it connects with larger angles.

So there you have it: tangleology.

Actually, this will help scientists make better velcro.

However, this is not the only important scientific breakthrough affecting your daily life reported in the news.

(via Improbable Research), a British scientist investigating how to design sports bras more efficiently has discovered that during jogging, bosoms move in a figure 8 pattern, not merely up and down as many previously thought.

The University of Portsmouth(UK) reports it this way:

Bouncing breasts spark new bra challenge

which summarizes her findings nicely. The problem: sports bras stop bouncing up and down, but not from side to side, so new designs might be needed to enable women to exercize without developing sore breasts.
Professor Shurr is developing a database on breast biomechanics, and many in the military, the sports industry, and the lingerie industry are interested in her findings.

The final scientific discovery of the day is…non stick chewing gum.

Scientists at the University of Bristol (UK) report

“The advantage of our Clean Gum is that it has a great taste, it is easy to remove and has the potential to be environmentally degradable”.

“The basis of our technology is to add an amphiphilic polymer to a modified chewing gum formulation which alters the interfacial properties of the discarded gum cuds, making them less adhesive to most common surfaces.”

Tranlated, this means it won’t stick to clothing or streets or the bottom of desks in schools.

The UK estimates it costs 150 thousand British pounds a year to remove gum from streets and sidewalks, so there is a market out there for such a product.

So there you have it.

Scientists working to improve your quality of life…by applying simple scientific principles to examine hair combing, bosom bouncing and gum chewing.


Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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