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November 23 2014

Can toenails ‘teach’ other body parts to regrow?


Researchers have identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues.

To find these elusive stem cells, scientists attached fluorescent proteins and other visible “labels” to mouse nail cells. Many of these cells repeatedly divided, diluting the fluorescence and labels among their increasingly dim progeny.

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November 23 2014

In Africa, Tracker Dogs Join War Against Elephant Poachers


MANYARA RANCH, Tanzania—On October 14, tracker dogs led game scouts to a group of armed poachers who were on the run after shooting and killing a well-known old elephant bull just outside Tarangire National Park. This was the latest in a string of successes by Tanzania's tracker dogs, which are proving to be an effective weapon in the bloody war on elephant poaching in East Africa.

"Apart from their incredible tracking abilities, dogs are wonderful to work with because they don't have any political agenda—they can't be compromised,".


Related: Text Alerts Cut Deaths By Elephants

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November 23 2014

A Bus Isn't The Only Thing That Can Be Powered By Poop


What can you do with human waste? Besides flushing it?

That's a question that came to mind when we read about the United Kingdom's first-ever "Bio-bus." It's a tour bus that runs between the cities of Bristol and Bath. The tank is filled with biomethane gas generated from food waste and human excrement.

And it turns out that the bus isn't the only example of poo power.

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November 23 2014

From Birth to Death, Diet Affects the Brain's Health


WASHINGTON — Sound body, sound mind, the saying goes. Now, scientists have found support for this adage in researching showing that poor diets may adversely affect mental health in all stages of life, from fetal development through old age.

Studies presented here today at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting find that the typical, modern Western diet, when consumed by the mother, may hinder the development of a baby's brain while still in the womb. That same diet can lead to depression among adolescents, and contribute to dementia and Parkinson's disease in older adults.

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November 23 2014

This Scottish Plant is Known To Stave Off Hunger and Thirst for Days


A centuries-old slimming remedy is all set to make a comeback after evidence of its use was discovered in old manuscripts during an archaeological dig. The heath pea is a long-forgotten fern-like wild Scottish plant with purple flowers that can apparently suppress hunger and thirst for weeks. Entrepreneurs are now interested in re-introducing the wonder-herb to the world as a dietary supplement that could produce drastic weight loss results.


Related: Mysterious Condition Makes Boy Never Feel Hungry or Thirsty

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November 23 2014

How the bacteria in your gut affects your cravings for food


We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting our mood and appetite. Now, new research suggests it might also play a role in our cravings for certain types of food.

How does the mini-brain work?

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November 23 2014

'Rise of saturated fat in diet does not raise fats in blood'


A new controlled diet study has found that increasing the levels of saturated fat in the diet does not lead to increased levels of saturated fat in the blood. However, increasing the amount of carbohydrates in the diet was found to raise the levels of a fatty acid associated with diabetes and heart disease.

Levels of palmitoleic acid were reduced with low carbohydrate intake and increased as the participants consumed progressively larger amounts of carbohydrates over the course of the study.

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November 23 2014

Trans Fats May Hurt Memory


CHICAGO — It might be difficult to carefully avoid all of the tasty foods that contain harmful trans fats, but now there's one more reason to try: A new study shows that this type of fat may damage memory in young people.


Related: Can coconut fat keep brains from aging too fast?

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November 23 2014

Viruses help keep the gut healthy


Ebola, flu, and colds have given viruses a bad rap. But there may be a good side to these tiny packages of genetic material. Researchers studying mice have shown that a virus can help maintain and restore a healthy gut in much the same way that friendly bacteria do.


Related: Body's bacteria may keep our brains healthy

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November 23 2014

Woman ‘spontaneously’ revives after 45 minutes without a pulse


They are calling it "a miracle."

Doctors at Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida have no way to explain how 40-year-old Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro survived after spending 45 minutes without a pulse and enduring three hours of attempts to bring her back from near-death on Sept. 23.


Alt: 'Miracle' Woman Ruby Graupera-Cassimiro Survives After 45 Minutes Without Pulse

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November 23 2014

Michele Lucas Believes Her 4-Year-Old Son Is A Reincarnated Marine


It's common for 4-year-old boys to pretend they are soldiers.

But one little boy in Virginia Beach, Virginia, claims he was actually once a Marine -- and his mother thinks he's telling the truth.


Alt: Why a Young Boy is Claimed To Be Reincarnated Marine
Related: Memories Transplanted With Organs

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November 23 2014

Has the mystery of the 'Log Ness Monster' been solved?


A recent spate of Nessie sightings has flummoxed experts and locals alike.

After an unprecedented 18 months without a “confirmed sighting”, several people have come forward in the past few weeks with reports of mysterious beasts emerging from the waters of Loch Ness.

So, more than 80 years after the first modern sighting of Nessie, has the monster made a comeback?

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November 23 2014

Real-Life 'Unicorn' Found; Deer Has Extremely Rare Deformity


It looks like it just walked out of a fairy tale, but this deer with a single, unicorn-like antler is the real thing.

Shot by a hunter in Celje, Slovenia, in August, the roe deer has an extremely rare type of antler deformity, likely caused by an injury early in the antlers' development. Such injuries are common in deer and often lead to antler abnormalities, including bizarrely shaped racks.

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November 23 2014

Hunting for a Real-Life Hagrid


Bigfoot, the Lochness Monster, fairies. Myths of strange creatures roaming the earth are plentiful, but one man is convinced they’re true when it comes to an ancient race of giants.

Jim Vieira isn’t convinced that giants once roamed North America, but he’s willing to stake years of research and his professional reputation on finding out.

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November 23 2014

Scientist Says Aliens Nuked Martians and We May be Next


Why do many of the photographs of the surface of Mars appear to be of structures that look like they’ve been destroyed and covered with dust? According to a new book by Dr. John Brandenburg, it’s because two ancient Martian civilizations were annihilated by other aliens using nuclear weapons. What’s worse, we could be next.


Related: Mars Photos May Show Orbiting Orb and Levitating Rock
Related: Mars 'Skull' Is Almost Certainly Just Another Rock

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November 23 2014

4 Possible Explanations for That Mysterious Flash of Light Over Russia


A meteor, a military launch — or something much more sinister?

The sky above Russia’s remote Sverdlovsk region erupted in light last Friday, and despite it having been captured on numerous video recordings—particularly dashboard cameras, it seems—no one seems to know what the flash of light was.

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November 22 2014

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain


As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality.

Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

During imagination, the researchers found an increase in the flow of information from the parietal lobe of the brain to the occipital lobe -- from a higher-order region that combines inputs from several of the senses out to a lower-order region.

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