Just How Safe Is It To Be Outside During Coronavirus? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Summer is just around the corner, and the outdoors may seem like the perfect escape from the threat of contracting the virus. States are slowly reopening businesses and stir-crazy Americans are flocking to beaches and taking hikes. Are we really that much safer just by being outside? Further reading: -Erin Bromage https://www.erinbromage.com/post/the-risks-know-them-avoid-them?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200511&instance_id=18384&nl=the-morning&regi_id=95275081&segment_id=27239&te=1&user_id=1cce7baa9a97b1605e75a5e5d9b6d596 -Proceedings…

The Rise And Fall Of Autotune – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Autotune was a staple in pop hits throughout the 2000s. T-Pain, Nelly, Daft Punk, and almost every major pop artist embraced the technology. But most of these famous tunes were actually using Autotune incorrectly. So who started this trend and how did something so despised become so popular? Further Reading: New York Times…

The Real Reason Soap Operas Look So Different – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. If you compare a daytime Soap Opera with a primetime television show you’ll likely notice that Soaps just look different. This look has been described as dreamlike, hyper-realistic, or soft. So what’s the difference and why? Well it can be traced back to a money saving technique from the 1960s that’s still being…

How Navigation Apps Actually Create More Traffic – Cheddar Explores

From Cheddar. Most drivers depend on navigation apps for driving instructions and avoiding traffic. However, these apps could actually be contributing to an increase in rising congestion.. Cheddar Explores how cities and towns are being affected and how they are fighting back. Further reading: 1. INRIX https://inrix.com/scorecard/ 2. IEEE Spectrum https://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/transportation/infrastructure/if-navigation-apps-dont-alleviate-congestioncould-citywide-traffic-software-help 3. Texas A&M Transportation…

How Humans Caused Our Own Allergies – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Sniffling. Sneezing. Runny eyes. Springtime brings a rush of seasonal allergies that plague us – but historically, allergies were mild – if they existed at all. In fact, allergies became a force to be reckoned with only in the 1970s. Cheddar explains how we’re to blame for our own allergies. Further Reading: 1:…

Why Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. For the better half of the last century, multi-cam sitcoms across television relied on the laugh track to make TV shows better. Thanks to the laff box by Charley Douglass, favorite shows from Friends to Seinfeld would use canned laughter to sweeten the comedy. But over the last 10 years, the laugh track…

The Rise And Fall Of Orange Juice – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Did you know orange juice wasn’t a nationally consumed beverage until the mid 1900’s? It feels like the ubiquitous drink of breakfasts all around the country, and yet, it’s production and consumption has been on the decline for the past few years. What rocketed orange juice to being one of the most popular…

Why The Human Knee Is A Design Disaster – Cheddar Explores

From Cheddar. Millions deal with knee problems every year. From elite athletes tearing their ACLs to senior citizens with chronic knee pain, there is clearly something error prone about the design of the human knee. It all comes down to a potent mix of evolutionary shortcomings and the stresses of modern life. Further reading: US…

What Makes Coronavirus So Infectious? – Cheddar Explains

From Cheddar. Coronavirus has spread around the world with unprecedented speed and effectiveness. So what is it about this virus that makes it so infectious? A combination of the virus’s unique microscopic structure, it’s stealthy style of infection, and today’s more interconnected world likely created perfect conditions for a COVID-19 pandemic. AAAS Science Journals The…