Category Physiology

Post 115 – Ask Prof: Surviving a flight in a wheel well

Last month, the world was mesmerized when a 15-year-old Somali boy survived a flight in a Hawaiian Airlines wheel well for a flight from San Jose, California to Maui, Hawaii. Right after the news broke, a student asks me during class… how?!  So in another one of my class tangents, we had a discussion to explore the […]

Spotlight on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Tomorrow is the shortest day of the year. Many people have a type of depression that occurs because it’s so dark and cold (well, not here in SoCal) so much of the time. Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) may include: Feeling sad, grumpy, moody, or anxious. Losing interest in your usual activities. Eating or […]

Bipolar Disorder Spotlight

Last night, I heard the LA County Coroners’ Office ruled Canadian visitor Elisa Lam’s death an accident. If you don’t remember, earlier this year (January?), LAPD had put a missing person’s alert for her, and she was eventually found in one of the water tanks on the roof of the hotel she was staying downtown […]

Canadian astronaut returns to Earth tonight made Weightless Physiology videos in Space Station

While looking up a viral video showing a Canadian astronaut singing a version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” I found a few of physiology videos he has done in the months he’s spent at the space station: Did you know when you cry in space, tears don’t fall? They just ball up around your eye […]