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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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November 22 2014

Scientists discover a gene that makes certain people bad at relationships


If it seems you are permanently single while everyone else around you is in a relationship, blame your DNA.

Scientists have identified a ‘singleton gene’, and found that those who have it are 20 per cent more likely to be single than others.


Related: High heels may enhance a man’s instinct to be helpful

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November 22 2014

Banking culture primes people to cheat


A study of investment managers and traders at a major international bank suggests that the financial industry's culture encourages dishonest behaviour, but that the individuals themselves are not inherently dishonest.

The reputation of the financial sector has taken a bashing in the wake of the 2008 global financial meltdown, and after scandals involving the manipulation of interest rates, fraudulent deals and rogue traders losing billions of dollars.


Related: Liberals are more emotion-driven than conservatives

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November 22 2014

Magic shoes: How to hear yourself instantly happy


Perception-skewing shoes can make you feel slimmer, happier and full of energy by retuning your body's soundtrack.

Such footwear sounds fantastical, but these shoes are just one of a number of new experiments revealing how the noises we make have an immediate and profound effect on the way we experience our bodies, on our emotions and our behaviour. The trick here is not in the shoes themselves, but in the way they change the sound of my footsteps.

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November 22 2014

What Texting Does to the Spine


Sixty pounds is roughly the weight of four adult-sized bowling balls. Or six plastic grocery bags worth of food. Or an 8-year-old.

It is also, according to a new calculation published in the journal Surgical Technology International, the amount of force exerted on the head of an adult human who is looking down at her phone.

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November 22 2014

Blind From Birth, But Able To Use Sound To 'See' Faces


The area of the brain that recognizes faces can use sound instead of sight. That recent discovery suggests facial recognition is so important to humans that it's part of our most basic wiring.

A brain area that recognizes faces remains functional even in people who have been blind since birth, researchers say. The finding, presented at the Society for Neuroscience meeting this week, suggests that facial recognition is so important that evolution has hardwired it into the human brain.

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