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Another Study Links Fluoride to Bone Cancer

water-tapBlood fluoride levels were significantly higher in patients with osteosarcoma than in control groups, according to research published in Biological Trace Element Research (April 2009). Osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer, occurs mostly in children and young adults. This reinforces a 2006 published Harvard study by Bassin showing a link between water fluoridation and osteosarcoma in young boys. Full Story : FederalJack.com…

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Planets Will Collide in 5 Billion Years, Says New Study

Planet MarsTwo French scientists have gone old school science, using mathematical formulas to predict the path of the universe, and it‚Äôs going to be a violent one. According to Jacques Laskar and Mickael Gastineau, an astronomer and computer engineer respectively at the Paris Observatory, in approximately 5 billion years the universe will go out the way it came in‚Ķwith a big bang. Full Story : Chattabox.com….

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Beer Rehydrates Better Than Water

beerResearchers at Granada University in Spain have come across a discovery that will undoubtedly please athletes and sports enthusiasts - a pint of beer post-workout or match is better at rehydrating the human body than water. The subjects in the study were asked to run on a treadmill at temperatures of 104F (40C) until they were close to exhaustion. Once they had reached the point of giving up, researchers measured their hydration levels, motor skills, and concentration ability. Half of the subjects were given two half pints of Spanish lager to drink, and the other half were given just water. Researchers said that the rehydration effection in those who were given beer was “slightly better” than those who were given only water. Full Story : Clevelandleader.com…..

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New Study Shows Clothes Don’t Make The Professor

suitA new study, which surveyed four psychology classes at North Hennepin Community College in Minnesota, concluded that the clothing instructors wear has little effect on how students perceive them over longer periods of time. The study, was presented at the Association for Psychological Science and is in the process of being written. The data suggested that the type of clothing made a small difference in the instructor’s perceived approachability on the first day, but the clothing made no difference in the perception of the instructor after the four weeks. Full Story : Dailycal.org….

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A Drug That Could Give You Perfect Visual Memory

Imagine if you could look at something once and remember it forever. You would never have to ask for directions again. Now a group of scientists has isolated a protein that mega-boosts your ability to remember what you see. A group of Spanish researchers reported today in Science that they may have stumbled upon a substance that could become the ultimate memory-enhancer. The group was studying a poorly-understood region of the visual cortex. They found that if they boosted production of a protein called RGS-14 (pictured) in that area of the visual cortex in mice, it dramatically affected the animals’ ability to remember objects they had seen. Full Story : IO9.com…..

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Humans related to orangutans, not chimps

orangutanNew evidence underscores the theory of human origin that suggests humans most likely share a common ancestor with orangutans, according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and the Buffalo Museum of Science. Reporting in the June 18 edition of the Journal of Biogeography, the researchers reject as “problematic” the popular suggestion, based on DNA analysis, that humans are most closely related to chimpanzees, which they maintain is not supported by fossil evidence. Full Story : Eurekalert.org….

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Can Gene Mutations Generate Immortality? Harvard Research Team Says “Yes”

Scientists are working on mutations to generate immortality. Early experiments have greatly extended the lifespan of bioengineered worms, enhancing their genetic integrity and giving them resistance to many things that would normally kill them. Harvard medical school staff have engaged in (Elegans) immortality research based on a simple observation: certain cell lines are immortal. Full Story : DailyGalaxy.com…

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More People Are Watching TV and Movies on the Web, Study Shows

computer-userWhile most people still prefer to watch video on their televisions, a new study by Bernstein Research suggests more people than you might think are turning to the Internet for their video fix. According to the study, more than half of the U.S. population watches television programming or movies on the Web. Even more surprising, a full 46-percent of that number is made up of folks 40-years-old and above. Apparently, those generations are more Web-savvy than they are often portrayed. Full Story : Switched.com….

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How staying together for the sake of the kids can lead to binge drinking, early sex, smoking and poor grades

teenagersThe study found that parents who stay together for the sake of their kids can actually do them more harm than good. According to research published in The Observer today, children of parents who frequently argue do worse in school than those who come from secure single parent families. They are also more likely to use drugs, have mental health issues, become binge drinkers and have children at an early age. Full Story : DailyMail.co.uk….

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Japan’s first lunar probe ends mission

moonJapan’s first lunar probe made a controlled crash landing on the moon Thursday, successfully completing a 19-month mission to study the Earth’s nearest neighbor, Japan’s space agency said. The remotely controlled satellite, named after the folklore princess Kaguya, had been orbiting the moon to map its surface and study its mineral distribution and gravity levels. It was dropped onto the surface of the moon at 3:25 am. (1825 GMT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said in a statement. Full Story : USAToday.com…..

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Earth could collide with Other Planets

green-planetAstronomers calculate there is a tiny chance that Mars or Venus could collide with Earth - though it would not happen for at least a billion years. The finding comes from simulations to show how orbits of planets might evolve billions of years into the future. But the calculated chances of such events occurring are tiny. Astronomers had thought that the orbits of the planets were predictable. But 20 years ago, researchers showed that there were slight fluctuations in their paths. Full Story : BBC.co.uk….

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Creative problem solving enhanced by REM sleep

Sleeping CatResearch led by a leading expert on the positive benefits of napping at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep enhances creative problem-solving. The findings may have important implications for how sleep, specifically REM sleep, fosters the formation of associative networks in the brain. REM sleep helps achieve such solutions by stimulating associative networks, allowing the brain to make new and useful associations between unrelated ideas. Importantly, the study showed that these improvements are not due to selective memory enhancements. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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BPA-Spiked Urine: New Study Points to Polycarbonate Bottles

water-bottlesDrinking from a polycarbonate bottle, a material widely used for baby bottles and drinking containers, for just one week can increase the amount of BPA in your body by nearly 70 percent, a new study out of Harvard School of Public Health suggests. With concern over the health impacts on infants and toddlers, governments at all levels have moved toward banning BPA in food-related products geared at infants and toddlers. Full Story : Treehugger.com….

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Important early language development decreased by TV

televisionTelevision significantly reduces the amount of communication between a parent and child, according to research. Young children and parents use fewer words and utter fewer sounds when in the presence of a television, according to a paper published in the June 2009 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine. Lead researcher Dr Dimitri A Christakis said: “We’ve known that television exposure during infancy is associated with language delays and attentional problems, but so far it has remained unclear why. Full Story : Adams.co.uk…..

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Cruel and inhuman treatment causes more mental damage than physical torture

torture-is-wrongNew research findings published today by Dr Metin Ba?üoƒülu, Head of Section of Trauma Studies at King’s College London and the Istanbul Centre for Behaviour Research and Therapy, examines the psychological impact of war captivity, ‘cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment’ (CIDT) and physical torture. Findings revealed that being held captive in a hostile and life-threatening environment, deprivation of basic needs, sexual torture, psychological manipulations, humiliation, exposure to extreme temperatures, isolation, and forced stress positions appear to cause more psychological damage than physical torture. Full Story : Esciencenews.com…..

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Scientists create metal that pumps liquid uphill

metal-tubeIn nature, trees pull vast amounts of water from their roots up to their leaves hundreds of feet above the ground through capillary action, but now scientists at the University of Rochester have created a simple slab of metal that lifts liquid using the same principle‚Äîbut does so at a speed that would make nature envious. The metal, revealed in an upcoming issue of Applied Physics Letters, may prove invaluable in pumping microscopic amounts of liquid around a medical diagnostic chip, cooling a computer’s processor, or turning almost any simple metal into an anti-bacterial surface. Full Story : EurekaAlert.com…..

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Laughter Promotes Heart Health & Lowers Blood Pressure

laughing-indianactressLaughter is not only an effective stress-reliever, but can be heart-healthy, according to research presented today at the American College of Sports Medicine‚Äôs 56th Annual Meeting in Seattle. Two separate studies examined the role of a good laugh as it relates to health. One of the studies took an inverted approach to previous research on the harmful cardiovascular tolls of stress and negative mood. A small group of healthy adults were instructed to watch either a comedy or documentary film, and were monitored for carotid artery activity during the films. Full Story : Theperspective.info…..

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Swine Flu Genes To Be Inserted In Corn, Making Vaccine Foods For Hogs & Humans

cornIowa State University researchers are reported to be planning experimental insertion of ’swine flu vaccines’ into the genetic makeup of corn. The idea is to allow pigs and humans to get a flu vaccination “simply by eating corn or corn products.” So many questions come to mind about potential unintended consequences. It would be interesting to see whatever ethics or social responsibility evaluations of the proposed work may have been sent to the school’s Plant Sciences Institute. Full Story : TreeHugger.com…..

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Fifty-five whales stranded on S.African beach

stranded-whaleAbout 55 whales were stranded on a beach near Cape Town on Saturday and high waves were hampering efforts by rescue teams to get them back into the water. Volunteers and marine scientists worked to save the whales shortly after the adults and calves first came ashore in bad weather at 1:30 a.m. EDT (0530 GMT), said Craig Lambinon, spokesman for the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI). Full Story : ScientificAmerican.com…….

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Words have different tastes say scientists

wordsWords can evoke thoughts of different colours, sizes, shapes and even tastes scientists have claimed. Researchers say that on hearing a word, we all assign it different characteristics producing a jumble of simultaneous sensations. It had previously been thought that only 1 percent of the population had synaesthesia - a condition which makes people see shapes and colours when reading words. Full Story : Newslite.tv……

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