Queen Latifah’s Lab Book

Learn how the actress and talk show host made a balloon inflate itself.

Queen Latifah’s Lab Book

Queen Latifah and Dr. Oz paired up to take care of a problem we’ve all encountered: blowing up balloons. It turns out that, with a simple science trick, you make balloons inflate themselves! Learn how Queen Latifah and Dr. Oz perform this eye-popping science experiment. Then try it out for yourself at home!

How did Queen Latifah make the balloon self-inflate?

When vinegar and baking soda are combined they create carbonic acid, which then breaks down into water and carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide, acting as air, moves up out of the bottle and into the balloon, causing the balloon to self-inflate.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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