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June 11 2015

Vietnamese farmers make solar-powered boat


A solar-powered boat has been successfully created by four farmers in Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam.

The idea to start making the boat came from the need to save money on fuel costs.

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June 11 2015

This Biotech Startup Wants to Brew Yeast That Smells Like Perfume


Yeast labs have a distinctive smell—a bready scent familiar to bakers and brewers. But the frozen test tube of yeast I held at Ginkgo Bioworks had a fragrance crisp and pear-like. It was definitely yeast, but it had been genetically engineered to smell like no yeast has ever smelled.

Its headquarters—or foundry, as the company calls it—is nestled in an industrial strip of Boston harbor, within walking distance of a brewery and a design center.

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June 11 2015

Smell, evolution and the sex brain: why we're monogamous and use perfume


The sense of smell plays a vital part in sex throughout the animal kingdom. It brings males and females together and hastens the ripening of eggs and sperm. In mammals, the so-called “secondary olfactory system” is responsible for stimulating the sex brain.

Homo Sapiens is the only species among the 5,500 kinds of mammal to maintain monogamous family relationships – or at least serially so – and to live in densely populated areas. This combination is extremely rare in nature.

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June 11 2015

Surgical anesthesia in young children linked to effects on IQ, brain structure


Children who received general anesthesia for surgery before age 4 had diminished language comprehension, lower IQ and decreased gray matter density in posterior regions of their brain, according to a new study. The authors of the study recommend additional studies to determine anesthesia's precise molecular effects on the brain and contribution to diminished brain function and composition.

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June 11 2015

Researchers Find Textbook-Altering Link Between Brain, Immune System


In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

That such vessels could have escaped detection when the lymphatic system has been so thoroughly mapped throughout the body is surprising on its own, but the true significance of the discovery lies in the effects it could have on the study and treatment of neurological diseases ranging from autism to Alzheimer’s disease to multiple sclerosis.

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June 11 2015

Eating human brains helped Papua New Guinea tribe resist disease, research shows


Research involving a former brain-eating tribe from Papua New Guinea is helping scientists better understand mad cow disease and other so-called prion conditions and may also offer insights into Parkinson’s and dementia.

People of the Fore tribe, studied by scientists from Britain and Papua New Guinea, have developed genetic resistance to a mad cow-like disease called kuru, which was spread mostly by the now abandoned ritual of eating relatives’ brains at funerals.

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June 11 2015

Sauerkraut Could Be The Secret To Curing Social Anxiety


Can you eat your way to an anxiety-free existence?

It might sound outlandish, but the idea that your diet can have a huge effect on your emotions has become the focus of an exciting new area of psychological research. The latest addition to this growing body of research comes from psychologists at the College of William & Mary, and finds a link between a diet high in fermented foods and reductions in neuroticism and social anxiety.

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June 11 2015

Do Creativity And Schizophrenia Share A Small Genetic Link? Maybe


The genetic underpinnings of psychosis are elusive and diffuse. There are hundreds of common genetic mutations scattered throughout the human genome that each bump up by just a tiny bit the risk of developing a mental illness like schizophrenia. Many people carry some set of those genes, but most don't end up with a psychotic disorder. Instead, a study suggests, they might be getting a small creative boost.


Alt: New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

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June 11 2015

Cat parasite linked to mental illness, schizophrenia


Everyone loves cuddling with kittens. But there can be a little-known danger lurking behind that furry little face and that innocent-sounding meow: a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii).

T. gondii is the most common parasite in developed nations, according to Schizophrenia Bulletin. The cat-carried parasite can infect any warm-blooded species, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 60 million people in the U.S. may have it.

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June 11 2015

Health may hinge on being cheerful during stress


How we react to stressful situations may play a key role in our long-term health, new research suggests.

In a study measuring adults’ reactions to stress and how it affects their bodies, researchers found that adults who fail to maintain positive moods such as cheerfulness or calm when faced with the minor stressors of everyday life appear to have elevated levels of inflammation. In addition, women can be at heightened risk.

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June 11 2015

Chimps can vary their smiles like humans


A new study has revealed that chimpanzees have the same types of smiles as humans when laughing, which suggests these smile types evolved from positive expressions of ancestral apes.

The new findings from the University of Portsmouth suggest that chimpanzees' communication is more similar to humans than was previously known.

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June 10 2015

Chimpanzees found routinely drinking alcohol in wild


Scientists have discovered a group of booze-loving apes who may hold the key to why humans enjoy drinking alcohol.

Experts say they have found the first empirical evidence of “long term and recurrent ingestion of ethanol” among apes in nature.


Alt: Wild Chimps Glug Alcohol Using Homemade Tools

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June 10 2015

New research: Danish nasal filter more than halves symptoms of hay fever


Getting through the pollen season can now become easier for some of the approximately 500 million people worldwide who suffer from sneezing and a runny nose, watery eyes and drowsiness during the allergy season (seasonal allergic rhinitis).

This is indicated by a controlled trial carried out by researchers from Aarhus University. The trial, which took place over two days, included 65 people with grass pollen allergies who were not receiving any medical treatment at that time. They were either equipped with a nasal filter or a placebo device.

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June 10 2015

Baby born from ovary frozen in mother's childhood


A woman in Belgium is the first in the world to give birth to a baby using transplanted ovarian tissue frozen when she was still a child, doctors say.

The 27-year-old had an ovary removed at age 13, just before she began invasive treatment for sickle cell anaemia.

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June 10 2015

75-million-year-old dinosaur blood and collagen discovered in fossil fragments


Scientists have discovered what appear to be red blood cells and collagen fibres in the fossilised remains of dinosaurs that lived 75 million years ago.

Traces of the soft tissues were found by accident when researchers at Imperial College in London analysed eight rather shabby fossils that had been dug up in Canada a century ago before finding their way to the Natural History Museum in London.

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June 10 2015

Glimpsing prehistory in today’s Amazon rainforest


In a newly published article in Science Magazine, contributing correspondent Andrew Lawler reports in detail the evolving crisis of events and issues surrounding the recent activities of isolated forest tribes inhabiting the deepest regions of the Peruvian rainforest. What could be described as “throwbacks” to a largely bygone prehistoric era, these people have maintained a traditional “hunter-gatherer” lifestyle, separate from the modern economies that surround them in both Peru and Brazil.

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June 10 2015

New article: The Ideal of "The Odyssey"


The Iliad and The Odyssey of Homer continue to be touchstones of the Western canon, with new translations appearing it seems every few years, and an ongoing cottage industry of criticism and interpretations, to which of course this essay belongs. That this is true should not be a surprise, given the remarkable nature of these works, which provide the same kind of jolt as finding an M16 in a dig at Troy. I don’t claim the qualifications to step into this stream of academic criticism, but I do humbly offer an interpretation of several themes in The Odyssey seen through the overall theme of self-remembering that has been used in other essays in this series. I don’t claim that this was in fact Homer’s intent in “writing” it, but there are I think too many congruities for it to be an accident.

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