The sunshine vitamin is looking brighter. This past week, scientists have found vitamin D can do more than form and maintain strong bones. According to new research, it may prevent diabetes, inhibit the growth of breast cancer cells and reduce the risk of children developing multiple sclerosis later in life. In addition, the vitamin has been linked to more muscle power in teen girls. With all these added benefits, looks like it’s time to load up on some D.
Embryos of the red-eyed tree frog have developed an interesting strategy to survive on a patchy supply of oxygen. To permeate the normally oxygen-deficient eggs, oxygen must first pass through a strong outer membrane. But even though tiny hairs called cilia stir the fluid inside these quarter-inch-diameter eggs, most of the oxygen is near the eggs' exposed surface.
Today, it’s a widely accepted fact that humans originated in Africa. But less than a century ago, anthropologists assumed that Eurasia was the birthplace of humanity. And scientists held onto that mistaken belief until one man took a stand that rewrote history.
Prosthetic arms improve; narwhal tusks are as neat as ever
By M. FarbmanPosted 02.11.2009 at 11:01 am 0 Comments
This video of narwhals migrating through channels in the Arctic ice does not need the dramatic music to be astounding. These are some very elegant creatures.
Also in today's links: watching for post-partum psychosis, picking apart more fossilized dung, and predicting Amazonian fires.
By Lorene Di LeoPosted 02.10.2009 at 5:51 pm 6 Comments
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. While the holiday is a source of contention for many, it’s better than Christmas for others. It all depends on what’s going on in your love life on February 14th during any given year. Experts have all kinds of relationship advice to help you find eternal bliss with that special someone. But this Valentine’s Day, let’s take a look at relationship compatibility according to …… birth order. Bring it, baby.
Your cell phone could save you from a pirate attack. Who knew?
By Chris SweeneyPosted 02.10.2009 at 5:01 pm 0 Comments
We told you , a few months back, about how MP3 players connected to long-range acoustic devices are being used to thwart pirate attacks. While blasting deafening sound waves at a bunch of machinegun-toting lunatics seems great, wouldn't it be better to avoid the pirates altogether?
Let's take a look at the ingredients in a typical can of cat food: meat by-products, chicken by-product meal, turkey by-product meal, ash, taurine. Nothing too horrible, but in general, these things don't constitute a healthy human diet, says Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association. "That said, I'm fully confident that your body can handle kitty chow."
All those planning for the end of the world in July, rest easy and enjoy the summer.
The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is delaying the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) startup another two months. According to CERN, the LHC will go live in September and collisions will begin in October.