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October 18 2014

According to science, there’s no such thing as comfort food.


Heartbroken women in rom-coms, put down your pints of Ben and Jerry’s — turns out that, according to this study, comfort food is an illusion. To test this, the researchers had subjects watch sad movies and let them eat either a comfort food, an “equally liked noncomfort food,” a neutral food, or no food and then measured how their moods changed. They found that comfort foods did improve the subjects’ mood, but no more than other foods or no food. The scientists suggest that comfort foods are being credited for changes in mood that would have happened even without the food.

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October 18 2014

Losing weight quickly is just as good (or bad) as losing it gradually


When it comes to dieting, the conventional wisdom holds that losing weight gradually is more sustainable in the long run than losing weight quickly. But new results from a long-term clinical trial show that this is just another dieting myth.

Both fast and slow weight loss produced pretty modest results over the long term. But in some respects, the rapid weight-loss regimen tested in the study worked better than its slow-but-steady counterpart.

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October 18 2014

Reheating your pasta makes it significantly better for you


When pasta is cooled down, your body digests it differently, causing fewer calories to be absorbed and a smaller blood glucose peak. And reheating it is even better - it reduces the rise in blood glucose levels by a whopping 50 percent.

Most of us are aware that pasta isn’t the most slimming meal around, but it’s too delicious to avoid. It sounds like complete nonsense, but does simply letting your pasta cool down before reheating it make it less fattening?

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October 18 2014

Junk food diet worse for male brains


Stuffing down a burger and coke may be more harmful for men than women, if the results of a new mouse study apply to humans.

The detrimental impact of junk food seems to be connected to inflammation in the brains of male mice, with the brains of females protected by oestrogen.


Related: Are male brains wired to ignore food for sex?

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October 17 2014

Vegetative patients may be more conscious of the world than we think


Severely brain-damaged patients in a persistent vegetative state may be capable of being consciously aware of the outside world, scientists said.

A relatively simple test based on measuring patterns of brainwaves has revealed that some unconscious patients in a vegetative state have a “robust” network of brain activity that allows conscious thoughts, they said.

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October 17 2014

Giant kangaroo weighed 240kg, looked like a rabbit and walked like a human


Gigantic kangaroos that used to inhabit Australia resembled enormous rabbits and walked on two legs similar to humans rather than hopping, a new study says.

Scientists have theorised that the bone structure and sheer size of the now-extinct sthenurine kangaroos, which grew to more than two metres, makes it likely the animals were unable to hop, instead walking in a bipedal motion on two hind legs.


Alt: Extinct giant kangaroos didn't hop, they walked

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October 17 2014

Carnivores help trees thrive without thorns, study says


The presence of carnivores helps plants without thorny defences thrive, a study of life on the savannah reveals.

Researchers found that species without thorns thrived in areas favoured by carnivores because plant-eating animals deemed it too risky to graze at these sites.

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October 17 2014

Ancient fossils confirmed among our strangest cousins


More than 100 years since they were first discovered, some of the world's most bizarre fossils have been identified as distant relatives of humans, thanks to the work of University of Adelaide researchers.

The fossils belong to 500-million-year-old blind water creatures, known to scientists as "vetulicolians" (pronounced: ve-TOO-lee-coal-ee-ans).

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October 17 2014

Illuminating! Ancient Slab May Be Sundial-Moondial


A strange slab of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age, a new study finds.

The slab is marked with round divots arranged in a circle, and an astronomical analysis suggests that these markings coincide with heavenly events, including sunrises and moonrises.

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October 17 2014

Largest Pottery Workshop of Greek Antiquity Found


German archeologists have discovered the largest industrial quarter of the Greek world, during an excavation in Sicily.

Streching for more than 3,200 feet, the craft district relied on about 80 kilns for the production of ceramics.

“The largest one is 17 feet in diameter, making it the biggest kiln ever found in a Greek city,” Martin Bentz, an archeologist at the University of Bonn.

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October 17 2014

Britain's greatest treasure hoard reveals how goldsmiths fooled the Anglo-Saxon world


Scientists, examining Britain’s greatest Anglo-Saxon gold treasure collection, have discovered that it isn’t quite as golden as they thought.

Tests on the famous Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon treasure, a vast gold and silver hoard found by a metal detectorist five years ago, have now revealed that the 7th century Anglo-Saxon goldsmiths used sophisticated techniques to make 12-18 karat gold look like 21-23 karat material.

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October 17 2014

Metal solves mystery of flames that inspired Homer


IN SOUTHERN Turkey, there are fires that never go out. The flames have been alight for millennia, but the source of the methane that fuels them was a mystery – until now.

The seeping gas feeds dozens of half-metre-high flames at the site, called Yanartas, Turkish for "flaming stone". The flames are believed to have inspired Homer to create the fire-breathing Chimera in his Iliad.

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October 17 2014

Lighting cities with cheap, glaring LEDs is a dim move


This month three men shared the Nobel prize in physics for their invention of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). In its citation, the Nobel committee declared: "Incandescent light bulbs lit the 20th century; the 21st century will be lit by LED lamps."


Related: 'Holy grail' of lighting invented using LEDs that consume 85% less energy than traditional bulbs but are just as bright

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October 17 2014

Saturn's moon Mimas might have its own subsurface sea


There's more to Mimas than meets the eye. The wobbles of one of Saturn's smallest moons hint at an unusual make-up below the surface – perhaps even an ocean of water hidden underground.

Mimas isn't the first of Saturn's moon to show signs of being soggy. Enceladus spouts plumes of water at its south pole, perhaps seeded by a subsurface ocean.

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October 17 2014

Dark matter may have been detected – streaming from the sun’s core


An unusual signal picked up by a European space observatory could be the first direct detection of dark matter particles, astronomers say.

The findings are tentative and could take several years to check, but if confirmed they would represent a dramatic advance in scientists’ understanding of the universe.

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October 17 2014

Plasma 'bombs' and tornadoes detected on the Sun


The first detailed view of a poorly understood region of the Sun reveals plasma 'bombs', powerful tornadoes, and supersonic jets that may be the start of the solar wind.

These observations, reported in five papers in the journal Science, will help scientists determine how massive amounts of energy generated by the Sun are transported from its surface to its outer atmosphere.

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October 17 2014

New Exotic Particle Could Help Explain What Holds Matter Together


A new exotic particle has been hiding out amidst the gobs of data collected by the world's largest atom smasher, physicists have discovered.

The new particle, called Ds3*, is a meson — a type of unstable particle made of one quark and one antiquark. Quarks are subatomic particles and are the most basic building blocks of matter that make up protons and neutrons.

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