Happy Earth Day!!! Although this post can discuss the consequences of human life on this planet and why Earth Day should be an important day to all of us, I will forego that in light of a pretty random topic: S A L S A. No, not the salsa dance that you swear on your life you can replicate from the movies if you had the right partner and the right music (knowing full well you will never be able to twirl those hips to the extent that salsa dancing requires – I have tried. Not that I’ve ever gotten close to figuring it out, even after watching multiple tutorials). Salsa as in that stuff you dip half cracked Tostitos in and hope that the others don’t noticed you’ve double dipped? It is exactly that salsa that came to your mind. In case you are unfamiliar with it, let me introduce you to the best thing you will ever dip your crispy bite size Tostitos in: a mix of chilies, tomatoes, onions, and spice, give or take some interesting additions to spice it up, like beans, corn, peach, or a mix of fruits or veggies. …
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OUTRAGE! The devastating chemical attack that recently occurred in Khan Sheikhoun, a city in northwestern Syria, involved the usage of a highly lethal gas that goes by the name of sarin. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the symptoms of victims were consistent with those caused by chemicals that fall in the category of nerve agents, such as sarin, making it the likely cause of the attack.
Sarin is a nerve agent; a tasteless, odorless gas (or liquid) that can be fired from a rocket, bombed aerially, or released from the ground. A cholinesterase inhibitor, it turns the nervous system against itself. What does that mean? Nerves transmit information to each other through chemicals called neurotransmitters. After a neurotransmitter has been released to fire a particular nerve and deliver its message, proteins called enzymes come along to destroy it so the same message cannot be sent to the nerves multiple times. However, nerve agents, such as sarin, block enzymes, causing a build up of neurotransmitters in the body. This causes the same message to be repeatedly fired to the nerves, making the body uncontrollable and causing death. Essentially, it kills by excess accumulation of the body’s own chemicals. For example, if your eyes are dry, your body will produce water to lubricate them, but the eyes will not stop watering if the neurotransmitter that caused it is not eliminated. Exposure to sarin will show immediate effects, including drooling, excessive sweating, watery eyes, runny nose, chest tightening, diarrhea, nausea, confusion, drowsiness, headache, paralysis, unconsciousness, respiratory failure, and/or convulsions. Those who are exposed may not be aware, as it has no odor or color. Exposure may occur by breathing air, ingesting food or liquid, or touching surfaces that have been contaminated with the chemical….