The Ramachandran Plot of 1963 is a tale of strange angles, broken bonds, and twisted chains. On a dark and stormy night, G.N. Ramachandran discovered the structure of collagen...
With apologies to English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton (dark and stormy night), it's difficult to spice up molecular biochemistry. But in the 1950s, Mr. Ramachandran really did deduce the triple-helix structure of collagen and its components. He also invented a way to map out, or "plot," the structures of large biomolecules, like the proteins found in collagen. The technique of the "Ramachandran Plot" was published in 1963, and is still used today by biochemists studying proteins.
Blood clotting has a vital role in our bodies. Blood clotting, or coagulation, prevents excessive bleeding due to injury. This saves us from papercuts and major punctures alike. Yet, if clots form when they aren't needed, it can cause heart attacks, strokes, and other serious medical problems. If you're worried about blood clotting and want to supplement your diet with some natural blood-thinning vitamins and ingredients, here are some ingredients to keep an eye out for. Before you begin, make sure to consult your healthcare provider with any questions and concerns you might have!
We are literally drowning in plastic - especially those in vulnerable communities. It's easy to assume your contribution to plastic waste is minimal; you bring your own reusable shopping bags to the grocery store, say no to plastic cutlery with your takeaway food, and choose glass jars of almond butter over plastic ones. Undoubtedly, these small changes add up for the good! But if you take an audit of the products you use every day, you'd probably be astonished to see all the single-use plastic that's hidden in plain sight.
But what if we went “plastic-neutral''? What if both brands and individuals made a vow to offset the amount of plastic they produce or use, and help to divert it from our waterways and landfills? And is plastic neutrality just for the large corporations or can we make an impact as individuals by offsetting our own plastic consumption?