Submitted by Diana Bretting on Tue, 01/31/2017 - 10:21
Fat-shaming, in which obese or overweight people are labeled as unattractive, incompetent and lazy and are blamed for their condition, may make them more likely to have a heart attack, a new research warned.
It has long been believed that fat-shaming helps by prompting overweight people to decrease their weight, but a new study by a team of researchers from the University of Pennsylvania has warned that it could actually increase the risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 18:51
A new research from Switzerland claims to have explained what makes things we experience, including music, meaningful.
In the small study, a team of researchers asked individuals to take the drug lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), and then they were able to determine how the participants’ brains ascribed meaning to certain factors, like songs, in their surroundings.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sun, 01/29/2017 - 18:51
A new scientific order has been created for a recently-discovered insect that lived in a region what is now known as Burma nearly 100 million years ago, alongside dinosaurs.
According to a new study published in the journal Cretaceous Research, the tiny insect with an “alien-like” appearance and unusual features was discovered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers in amber.
The researchers described the ancient fossilized creature as a small, wingless female insect that lived in fissures in trees’ bark. It might have fed on worms, mites or fungi.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 01/28/2017 - 18:51
A team of American researchers claimed to have identified the chemical compounds that give a great tomato its distinctive sweet, earthy taste. They have also pin pointed the genes that code for these chemicals and where these genes can be found in the tomato genome.
University of Florida researchers said their study could help breeders create tomatoes that would be hardy enough to survive the long and demanding journey from fields to kitchens without sacrificing flavor and taste.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sun, 01/22/2017 - 17:51
A team of American scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that might be able to save patients’ lives by physically keeping their heart beating in case of heart failure.
Developed by scientists from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital using artificial muscles, the thin silicone-made robotic sleeve can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze it to keep it pumping.
The thin silicon sleeve alternately compresses, twists as well as relaxes in synchrony with the heart tissue beneath.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 01/21/2017 - 10:10
A tabular iceberg one-quarter the size of Wales may soon break off the Larsen C Ice Shelf in Antarctica as a crack in it continues to lengthen, climate scientists have warned.
Since January 1, the crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf has extended further 10 kilometers, and scientists have warned that it would free a massive tabular berg if the rift propagates merely 20 kilometers.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:15
The ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture may reduce colicky crying among babies when other treatments do not help, a new study suggested.
Crying is normal for babies but those who cry more than three hours a day and continue to do so for more than three days a week might be give a sign that a physician’s intervention is required. Excessive crying is also called infantile colic.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 16:26
British climate scientists have urged Prime Minister Theresa May to press U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to acknowledge risks being posed by climate change and support international efforts to tackle global warming.
In a letter written to Mrs. May on Monday, a group of 100 climate scientists said there were real threats to Britain’s interests from Mr. Trump’s victory in November.