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Jupiter Meets Juno

NASA was not playing around when they pulled out the archival pens for the Juniper and Juno event, or were they? It seems that scientists at NASA not only have a firm understanding of Greek and/or Roman mythology, they also have a collective sense of humor that can play out a joke that is centuries old. What happens when the Gods of old meet the latest in technology? The result may not bode well for their ethereal marriage vows, but the concept is most certainly entertaining for mankind.

Jupiter Meets Juno

Who Are Jupiter and Juno?

Roman and Greek mythologies often share similar traits, so much so that sometimes the only difference is in the name. In Roman mythology, Juno and Jupiter are the primary gods that reign over Earth. In Greek mythology, those gods are named Zeus and Hera.

In both scenarios, Jupiter is as randy as they come and has no concept of how to endure a monogamous relationship. Juno is well aware of this fact and, because of this, she often goes into a jealous rage. Woe to the woman who is caught responding to Jupiter’s advances! Only, sometimes Juno’s rage is so strong that it hurts her more than anyone else, and she ends up turning into a cow or, in the most recent version, simply smashing herself against Jupiter.

Modern Day Jupiter and Juno

Because of the status of the god Jupiter, astronomers named the first orbiting orb they found beyond Earth, its moon, and its sun after the god. As time went on, and Jupiter’s moons were found, they were named after his lovers and, eventually, his children, as mythology records them. However, Juno, ever the wife kept in the dark, was not included in these bodies.

Today, scientists have sent Juno up to use the same exact modern methods that any human wife would use to exploit her husband’s infidelity … a video camera. Juno will circle Jupiter 37 times, recording his infidelity and the offspring that are the results of his infidelity as she goes. To humans, this means that various moons and asteroids will be able to be seen on video for the very first time.

For the comedians at NASA, it could mean that Jupiter and Juno are about to have their final stand-off. In any case, just as there are always certain limits in the stories woven through mythology, there are limits to this event as well. Juno only gets to circle Jupiter 37 times before she crashes into the planet.

When this is recorded with archival pens, it may be hard to tell if the story will be read as mythology or highly advanced science. In any case, despite what or who may be orbiting Jupiter, at the end of the day it will be Juno who takes her rightful, though tragic place in Jupiter’s arms. While other things may orbit Jupiter, it will be Juno who is truly fragmented and first on the surface of Jupiter.

One has to wonder if the scientists at NASA are comedians or romantics at heart, or, in the worst case scenario, that they have not considered the old adage about a woman scorned. To learn more about the antics at NASA or how you might best record your own scientific findings, visit The Scientific Notebook Company to browse our wide variety of scientific notebooks and archival pens.

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Dogs Man’s Best Friend Twice Over

Dogs have long been one of the most helpful domesticated animals, providing companionship and service for thousands of years. Scientists have long debated whether dogs were domesticated in Europe or Asia. New findings suggest about the animals that the answer is both.


Recent research indicates that dogs were domesticated independently by residents of Europe and Asia thousands of years ago. Findings documented in research journals and other publications by scientists who analyzed the genetics of hundreds of dogs suggest that canines were domesticated twice, once in Asia and once in the vicinity of Europe. The line of dogs domesticated in Europe appears to have died out. Researchers from the University of Oxford contributed to the project.

The Newgrange Dog

A key specimen helped scientists reach this conclusion: the inner ear bone of a dog found on the east coast of Ireland. The bone is 5,000 years old and was found at Newgrange, a large earthen mound. Researchers sequenced the nuclear genome of the specimen, and then compared it to the genes of more than 600 dogs from around the globe. The sequencing revealed big differences between the specimen and other dogs.

Some key findings concerning the Newgrange dog include:

  • The dog was male.
  • It was not able to process starch as well as modern dogs, but was more adept at processing it than wolves.
  • The dog did not possess genetic variants associated with the coat length or coat color of modern dogs.
  • The dog exhibited traits suggesting an ancestry not found in modern dogs.

Researchers now believe that modern dogs descend from canines domesticated in Asia more than 10,000 years ago. The European strain of domesticated dogs are believed to have hit a genetic bottleneck a few thousand years ago and died out. Researchers believe that the Asian strain of domesticated dogs supplanted the European variety as these dogs came west along with humans migrating to the area. Dogs originally branched off from wolves more than 20,000 years ago.

Documenting Scientific Work

While technology has given scientists an ever expanding selection of tools to use in researching and recording their findings, the lab notebook remains a constant in the profession. Professional lab notebooks provide researchers with a quick and easy way to jot down findings and document their progress as they work.


Laboratory notebooks remain extremely important in patent rights and intellectual property cases, as they often provide critical evidence about the development of new ideas. Often lab notes that are decades old prove the deciding factor in these lawsuits, thanks to the meticulous documentation performed by researchers.

While dog’s are man’s best friend, the trusty and reliable lab notebook remains the constant companion of dedicated scientists and researchers around the world.

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According to Science Coffee Does Have Health Benefits

Coffee lovers everywhere have been waiting for this information to appear in one laboratory research notebook or another. After years of drinking coffee on a regular basis and hearing about how bad it is for you, the day has finally come when you can say that your morning ritual might actually be good for you.

Like everything else, it works best when consumed in moderation and without a lot of sweetener or cream. The important part is that, in moderation, it might just have some unexpected health benefits.

Research notebook

Boosting Memory and Cognition

As people get older, their memory tends to fail them, and they may even find that their cognitive skills are not what they used to be. However, those who drink coffee may find that they experience short term bursts when it comes to memory as well as cognitive functions. In fact, moderate coffee drinkers are sipping away chances of cognitive decline and may experience a 65% decrease in their risk for Alzheimer’s or dementia.

What Coffee Brings to the Table

Everyone knows that coffee brings caffeine to the table, but most people don’t realize that is has other qualities as well. Specifically, it brings niacin or B3, pantothenic acid or B5, riboflavin or B2, magnesium, potassium, and manganese. It also happens to be the top source of antioxidants in the United States of America. Since antioxidants help fight inflammation, they can be beneficial for preventing arthritis, heart disease, and more.

Decreasing Risks

If you wanted to scroll through a laboratory research notebook to learn about a simple substance that can decrease your risk for some of the most common ailments, coffee would be on one of those pages. Research shows that it can lower the risks for things like heart disease, liver cancer, and cirrhosis. Moderate coffee drinkers also have less chance of getting Parkinson’s and Type 2 diabetes.

Improving Performance

Why do people drink coffee in the morning? The caffeine helps them wake up a bit faster, but there are also other benefits that go with those first few sips of java. Those who drink coffee are not just decreasing their potential to experience cognitive issues. They are also increasing their potential to improve both cognitive and physical performance. That magical little bean, when processed into a liquid form, can help improve the body’s ability to burn fat and perform physical tasks.

None of this means that you should live on coffee alone. However, it does mean that your cup of morning brew may be a lot better for you than was previously thought. Too much coffee in one sitting can impair cognitive function. It can also make you jittery and nauseous. However, if you take the information in that laboratory research notebook and use it to focus on drinking a few cups of coffee rather than a bowl of sugar or sweetened cream with a dash of coffee for flavor, you might realize more benefits than you expected.


The Science of Weight Loss

Over the years there have been numerous diets and schools of thought when it comes to weight loss. You could compare the notes in each bound notebook from one generation to the next and see the trends in reducing certain foods, exercising, and so forth. Now, these “trends” have undergone a bit of research so that significant unexpected changes have been added to the weight loss world.


Obesity Counseling

Obesity was once considered to be based on laziness and unhealthy habits. Today, it has been found that changes in diet and exercise are not enough. Obesity is a disease and improves significantly with face to face obesity counseling.

Intense Beats Endurance

It turns out that you don’t have to spend all day at the gym to increase your weight loss. Intense body weight training for just a few minutes a day are just as effective as being at the gym slowly working out all day.

Damaged Neurons Lead to Obesity

When lots of unhealthy food is consumed, such as foods high in fats and sugars, the brain does not respond any better than the rest of the body. Eating these foods in large amounts causes inflammatory cells to seep into the hypothalamus. When this happens, neurons are damaged, and the hormones that regulate hunger cannot function properly. So, yes, maybe it is all in your head.

Add Foods to Your Diet

All this time, people have been talking about what you need to remove from your diet. In some cases, they are correct when they say you should eat less of this and that when it comes to things like processed foods, fats, and sugars. Yet, you can boost your weight loss by adding fiber to your diet. One school of thought suggests that fiber makes you feel fuller faster, so you don’t eat as much in the end.


Eat When Hungry

Three squares a day used to be the rule of thumb, but it is always a bad idea to eat when you aren’t really hungry. Instead of planning for three meals, just eat when you are hungry and only eat until you are full. In fact, eating multiple times during the day and only consuming small amounts of food when you do so keeps your metabolism active all day long.

Change White-Yellow to Brown

White-yellow fat doesn’t do much for the body but surround the organs. It can be changed to brown fat, a fat that has a positive impact on our metabolism. Unlike white-yellow fat, it also burns calories in an effort to keep the body warm.

Keep it simple in your research notebook. Eat more fiber and eat only when you are hungry. Have a more intense but shorter workout, and step out into the cold weather every now and then. If you are obese, don’t stop your treatment method at adding diet and exercise. Instead, get some real face to face counseling to get to any underlying factors and change your coping skills for a more positive effect.