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Nov 23
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Scientist Seeks to Capture the Sun in a Bottle

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Scientist Seeks to Capture the Sun in a Bottle

Solar power is an important part of creating environmental sustainability. But putting solar power to use is an ongoing challenge. A new team of researchers in Sweden may have found a way to capture sunshine and store it in a container for converting to heat energy. Best of all, the system could be installed outside of a person’s home or industrial building.

Working in a rooftop building at Gothenburg’s Chalmers University of Technology, a scientist has built a prototype that uses a multistep process to collect solar energy, store it, and provide it for use in homes. His solar thermal collector utilizes a liquid that captures energy from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

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Nov 22
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Are the UK’s Sex-Ed Efforts ‘Doomed to Fail’?

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Are the UKs Sex-Ed Efforts Doomed to Fail?

So says one woman's group, which claims that the Department of Education's proposals to revise the way sex is taught in schools place too great an emphasis on self-control.

In fact, says the End Violence Against Women Coalition (EVAWC), the DfE's guidance is "squeamish", given just one mention of pornography and scant references to menstruation.

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Nov 21
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Scientists Found Another Reason to Eat More Fish and Vegetables

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Scientists Found Another Reason to Eat More Fish and Vegetables

We already know that fish and vegetables are part of a heart-healthy diet. But a new study adds yet another reason for that connection. A compound found in fish called trimethylamine N-oxide, or TMAO for short, may lower your risk for heart issues caused by hypertension. Working with rats, researchers have made a connection between low doses of TMAO and a reduction in heart thickening, as well as an overall reduction in heart failure risk.

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Nov 20
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Will You Ring Shame Me?

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Will You Ring Shame Me?

And if you do, who are you really shaming?

A woman recently took to Facebook after discovering an engagement ring that her boyfriend had purchased and placed in a nightstand ahead of a planned proposal.

According to MSN, the woman's Facebook post read as follows: "Found this in the BF's nightstand. Not a fan. Please roast and then tell me how to tactfully say no you need to go get something different."

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Nov 19
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Screen Time May Not Be Bad for Children’s Sleep Quality

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Screen Time May Not Be Bad for Children Sleep Quality

If you decided to cut off your kids’ screen time after news that it interrupts sleep, you may have lost your best argument. A new study finds that screen time doesn’t interfere with sleep in children, after all.

The study used surveys of caregivers who oversee more than 50,000 children, asking questions about how many hours the kids in their care slept. There were also questions about screen time, which researchers then used to draw a correlation between screen time and sleep habits. The results showed very little sleep loss among children who spent more time on their screens during the day. For every hour a child spent playing video games, using a mobile device, or sitting in front of a TV set, that child lost only three to eight minutes of sleep compared to children who didn’t have that extra hour of screen time.

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Nov 18
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Women Less Likely than Men to Receive Bystander CPR

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Women Less Likely than Men to Receive Bystander CPR

A pair of studies presented at the a recent American Heart Association conference looked into why as well as potential avenues for correcting that problem.

Sarah Perman of the University of Colorado School of Medicine and her study co-authors decided to use Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing service from Amazon, to ask people to provide feedback (for $1 each) to the following question:  “Do you have any ideas on why women may be less likely to receive CPR than men when they collapse in public?”

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Nov 17
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Which Coffee Roast Is Best for Brain Health?

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Which Coffee Roast Is Best for Brain Health?

That warm cup of coffee that kickstarts your brain every morning may have even more long-term brain benefits. A new study links coffee consumption to cognitive health. Specifically, scientists believe it may help protect you against developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

Although previous studies have made the connection between coffee and reduced Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s risks, a new team of scientists wanted to see if the type of roast made a difference. They tested light, dark, and decaffeinated dark roasts to see if one was more effective than the others. They were looking for the prevalence of phenylindanes, which are both found in coffee and known as being good for brain health. The theory was that the level of the compounds, not the roasting process itself, is the key. The research, published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, points out that phenylindanes prevent the protein fragments common in both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

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