Stephanie Faris

Stephanie Faris

Stephanie is a freelance writer and novelist whose work has appeared on,, the Intuit Small Business Blog, and many others. She is the Simon & Schuster author of 8 children's books, including the Piper Morgan chapter book series, 25 Roses, and 30 Days of No Gossip.

Sunday, 18 February 2018 00:00

Muscle Memory Research Could Impact Athletes

If an athlete is caught taking performance-enhancing drugs, punishment often means being suspended for a set number of games, in part in order to ensure the medication is completely out of the athlete’s system. But a new study reveals that short-term suspensions may not be adequate, since the body’s muscles may have the ability to “remember” changes that have been made to them over time.

The discovery was made by a team of British researchers experimenting with the latest genome techniques. The team looked at more than 850,000 sites on human DNA, noting that genes were marked and unmarked with chemical tags whenever changes were made to a muscle, such as through periods of exercise and inactivity. These markings remain throughout a person’s life.

Astronauts spend months on the International Space Station, where they’re forced to collect their waste and launch it into space. But a new discovery could have them putting their poo to good use in creating food.

The feces wouldn’t be directly used as food. Instead, microbes would digest it, releasing methane that could then feed another microbe, providing food for the astronauts who need it. The study’s authors compared it to foods like Marmite, which is a yeast extract that presents as a jelly-like substance.

Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:00

Stem Cells Could Make Plastic Surgery Safer

Plastic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years, with breast and butt augmentations especially trendy. But developments in stem cell research could permanently change the concept of cosmetic surgery.

Researchers in England say they’ve found a way to use a combination of a patient’s stomach fat cells and stem cells to perform augmentations like penis, breast, and buttock enlargements. The stem cells would serve as a replacement for silicon and other fillers. In doing so, researchers believe surgeons could provide a safer alternative to traditional procedures.

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