Maybe youâ€™ve heard of maltitol or sucralose by reading through ingredients on a variety of products and wondered what they were. You may be more familiar with the names Maltisorb, Malisweet or Splenda which are the commercial names or â€œstreet namesâ€ of these artificial sweeteners. But what just are they and what do they do?
Answers on this will vary on who you ask. With maltitol, it is used as a sugar replacement to give foods a lower carb rating. It also does not promote tooth decay. It IS however a carbohydrate, so in large amounts there is no weight loss value, and maltitol is known... Read More
Next time your friends call you a cockroach, don't be mad. You're apparently one tough cookie. Scientists are truly amazed at the amazing resilience of the lowly cockroach. Not only are they the most likely species to survive a nuclear disaster, they can do it without even thinking about it, or at least without a head. For weeks....
What makes these bulldogged beetles and other insects able to survive decapitation while we two legged types can't survive the day without a cappuccino? It a body thing, explains Joseph Kunkel, physiologist and biochemist at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.... Read More
S*** is happening. I recently wrote about the oldest newspaper in the world that just stopped printing and has gone to a web based format exclusively. Well, according to multiple news agencies, a TV station, owned by Clear Channel, (KFTY-TV 50) in Santa Rosa, California has "cancelled its nightly newscasts and is soliciting programming from locals------from independent filmmakers to teachers and Sonoma County politicians."
That's right baby, a TV station has gone "citizen". After 26 years of nightly local news, the "unprofessionals" are taking the wheel. 13 people in the news department were... Read More
Circumcision is the ablation of the penile foreskin which covers the glans. It may involve physicians or nurses for medical purposes like phimosis, penile cosmetic surgery or cancer, but it was first practiced for religious reasons, essentially by the Jews and Muslims.
HIV was discovered in 1986 among the gay community of San Francisco and is now a global health problem with 4.1 million new cases/year and 2.8 million deaths/year.
It has massively spread in Asia and Sub-Saharian Africa.
The hypothesis that male circumcision could protect from HIV infection is mentioned in several scientific... Read More
On Friday the 9th of February, 2007, like the King announcing a Royal Competition, open to any man across the Kingdom who can catch and slay the mystery beast who has been terrorizing the villagers and slaying the livestock, flamboyant English entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson announced a $25 million U.S. dollar prize to any individual or group who can come up with a method of reducing carbon dioxide emissions by one billion tons per year for ten years.
Accompanied at his press conference by Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States and Crispin Tickell - a former British diplomat - they... Read More
For far too long the battle between ninjas and pirates have disrupted the natural equilibrium of the Earth. Ninjas, the shadowy creatures of the night, are killing machines known for their stealth and skill. Pirates, lovable hooligans roaming the seven seas, are infamous for their booty and peg legs. No credible sources exist detailing when or why the war began. Some say it resulted from globalization while many blame the beauty of a single woman. What is clear is the drastically declining number of pirates since the eighteenth century puts us all on the plank.
In 2006 worldwide piracy attacks... Read More
Kidney, liver, heart, and lungs are some of the typical organ transplants people receive when needed, but uterus transplants have been almost unheard of until now. Although the first uterine transplant was completed on a woman from Saudi Arabia in 2000, it failed about 3 months later and had to be removed. There have been no further attempts for such a transplant, until now.
Currently, doctors from a New York hospital are screening potential women to participate in what they hope will be the first fully successful uterus transplant. The most likely candidates for such an operation are women... Read More