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Written By: grant on March 3, 2015 No Comment

Live Science grants us deep insight into the biochemistry of the bar pickup, revealing that prospective partners look a whole lot better after they’ve had one drink than they do after two:

In the study, 40 students at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom volunteered to get a little tipsy. To see how […]

Written By: grant on February 25, 2015 No Comment

L.A. Times examines the biochemical power that love – or at least the “love hormone” oxytocin – has to neutralize alcohol and beat alcoholism:

…[N]ew research finds that, in male rats at least, oxytocin also blunts the inebriating effects of moderately heavy doses of alcohol. It does so, the study found, by suppressing the […]

Written By: grant on February 24, 2015 No Comment

SONG: “White Coffee and Omelets.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Cut Sugary Drinks; Add Coffee, Eggs“, Laboratory Equipment, 20 February 2015,as used in the post “Breakfast is championed (at last)”.

ABSTRACT: Yeah, this is a song about high-cholesterol food as deus ex machina. The first thing that […]

Written By: grant on February 21, 2015 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment preaches the (newly embraced) health benefits of a cholesterol-laden, high-caffeine breakfast, championing the joys of coffee and eggs, hold the sugar, not the salt:

Recommendations this week from a government advisory committee call for an environmentally friendly diet lower in red and processed meats. But the panel would reverse previous guidance on […]

Written By: grant on December 19, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily takes a look at propolis, the sticky putty-like stuff honeybees use to seal up their hives. There are all kinds of health claims made about it, but one study shows that it can boost hair growth:

People from ancient times had noticed propolis’ special properties and used it to treat tumors, inflammation and […]

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Written By: grant on November 18, 2014 No Comment

Sorry, was that overdramatic? Science Daily is calmer in reporting that University of California researchers have found that Triclosan, the stuff that makes antibacterial soap work, causes liver fibrosis and cancer:

“Triclosan’s increasing detection in environmental samples and its increasingly broad use in consumer products may overcome its moderate benefit and present a very […]

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Written By: grant on November 7, 2014 No Comment

Yes, New Scientist comes up with another headline you just can’t beat:

Congratulations testicles, you make more unique proteins than any other tissue in the body.

The proteins in our cells and tissues are responsible for everything from repair and maintenance to the production of signalling chemicals. You might expect that the brain, being our […]

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Written By: grant on June 30, 2014 No Comment

OK, maybe “spilling” is a little imprecise, but Scientific American has the details on how to use a blood plasma extract to clean E. coli out of drinking water:

The elegant method, devised by Teruyuki Komatsu and co-workers at Chuo University, Tokyo, begins by depositing microtubes made from alternating layers of human serum albumin […]

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Written By: grant on April 15, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has the skinny on how we might wind up using fast-growing, high-density tobacco to save the planet from global warming – by creating bioethanol:

In the course of the research, which has been echoed by the journal Molecular Breeding, tobacco plants of the Virginia Gold and Havana commercial cultivars have been grown. The […]

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