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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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Researchers seem to be close to a new therapy for obesity based on results from testing they have been conducting on mice and now monkeys.

In 2004, two Cancer Biologists, Arap and Pasqualini reported that they attached a cell-killing drug to a peptide that traveled to blood vessels in fat tissue. The treatment led to weight loss in mice.

In their most recent work that was published today in Science Translational Medicine, they repeated the experiments on obese monkeys. They used the the drug on 10 rhesus monkeys and compared them with 5 in the control group.

The conclusion... Read More

When you see meat, such as a juicy turkey on your Thanksgiving table, it would seem to be reasonable to believe that we'd start acting more aggresively and display more signs of cavemen behavior, such as aggression and assuming protective postures, in order to "keep our Thanksgiving kill.".

Kachanoff, a researcher with a special interest in evolution at McGill University’s Department of Psychology, thought the same. "He thought the sight of meat on the table would make people more aggressive, not less. After all, don’t football coaches feed their players big hunks of red meat before... Read More

If you use Facebook, and who doesn't, then your brain size correlates to how many Facebook "friends" you have. Actually it also correlates to how many "real friends" you have. Confused yet?

Researchers from University College London reported that certain areas of your brain have more "grey matter" the more friends you have on Facebook. The researchers also concluded that if you have more Facebook friends then you tend to have more "real world friends." The study did not take into account the total number of internet relationships that participants had. They limited their research... Read More

Technology is becoming more and more powerful as years move on. This is confirmed by a team of Swiss engineers who have built a plane flying using solar energy. This attempt is presently being conducted to ascertain whether this prototype plane running on solar power is viable or not. The prototype plane departed from an airport located in Switzerland shortly before 7am local time on Wednesday, 7 July 2010. For this reason, engineers in the Solar Impulse control room and pilot Andre Borschberg cheered loudly when the prototype plane passed the historic milestone.

This attempt is to check... Read More

An African's perspective. The American President, Mr Obama, finally met with BP officials in Washington. This is the first time they met over a course of 60 days of oil spill which according to experts, is now leaking at the rate of 60,000 barrels a day. This is two times the rate that was previously estimated. The disaster grows. Yet it is amazing that Obama and the CEO had not met or spoke previously.

The oil spill is a tremendous assault on the shores, environment and the citizens of America. Oil has been spewing into the sea for 2 months since the BP rig exploded. When Mr Obama met... Read More

In the outer rim of a 200 billion stars galaxy, a blue planet, earth, is traveling at a staggering speed of over 100,000 kilometers per hour. It would have disappeared in the vastness of space, if it were not for a mysterious and invisible force of gravity that keeps it orbiting, for all eternities, round a medium-size yellow sun, 150 million kilometers away.

Every 176 years, four other planets: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, are lined up on the same side of the sun. This was not known to the ancient astronomers and astrologers, whose picture of the universe did not include Uranus... Read More

Science and scientific – are there better words to win an argument and prove how right you are? After all, if something is scientific or based on science it must be true, or so the common wisdom goes. And yet, few words have been more misused and abused – sometimes out of ignorance, but too often intentionally, in a manipulative way. So what does scientific really mean? And how can we, the non experts, know if something is scientific or merely presented as such?

Let’s for instance, look at an ad for a shampoo claiming that it contains a certain chemical that was scientifically proven... Read More

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