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The credit and financing company Earnest recently analysed more than 10,000 American shoppers’ spending habits to address a pertinent question: When do consumers ditch IKEA? Turns out our taste in furniture changes significantly over time.
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Bubbles, toasters, and the internet—most aspects of everyday life are influenced by physics. British physicist Helen Czerski, author of "Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life," elaborates on the importance of bubbles (her specialty), the physics lessons taught by your toaster, and why it doesn't help to bang the bottom of the bottle if no ketchup comes out.
Submitted on January 10th 2017 by gladsdotter
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If you give a mouse a beer, he’s going to ask for a cookie—and another, and another. If you give a person enough beer, she might find herself wolfing down a plate of greasy nachos. But why does binge drinking make us binge eat as well? The reason may lie not in the stomach but in the brain, recent research suggests. A study published today in Nature Communications found alcohol activated brain cells that control hunger, sending drunk mice scampering for snacks even when they were not really hungry.
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Aging is often described as a risk factor for disease (Niccoli and Partridge, 2012). Indeed, the risk for hundreds of diseases, the so called age-related diseases, is increased with age and some of these diseases (such as Alzheimer’s disease) never occur in young people. I and others have argued that aging itself should be called a disease (Bulterijs et al., 2015; Gems, 2011, 2015; Lustgarten, 2016; Zhavoronkov and Bhullar, 2015). Interestingly, aging has been described as a ‘disease complex’ in the older literature (Perlman, 1953).
Submitted on January 10th 2017 by rawlings
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Making the move away from using fossil fuels for heating is a necessary part of creating a sustainable future, but it's often a difficult ask for many people when turning up a thermostat on a gas or electric heater provides instant, trouble-free warmth. If people are to be convinced to switch to more renewable sources, it makes sense that there need to be easy-to-use systems available to encourage them to do so.
Submitted on January 13th 2017 by ppp
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Explorers find disease-cursed City of the Monkey God and nearly lose their faces to flesh-eating parasite
Legend has it that the locals fled Honduras’ City of the Monkey God in the 16th century fearing that it had been cursed with disease. Five-hundred years later, a group of explorers excavating the lost city became the latest victims to incur the wrath of the monkey god when they nearly lost their faces to a rare flesh-eating parasite. “The parasite migrates to the mucous membranes of your mouth and your nose and basically eats them away,” Doug Preston, an author who documented the trip, said. “Your nose falls off, your lips fall off, and eventually your face becomes a gigantic, open sore.”
Submitted on January 13th 2017 by Chubros
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In one of its final acts, the Obama Administration released a report outlining how federal agencies should prepare for an ‘Armageddon’-sized impact. By Daniel Oberhaus.
Submitted on January 7th 2017 by AdelleChattre with 1 Related Links:
1. National NEO Preparedness Strategy [PDF] [Mirror this before Trump replaces it with a Rosie O’Donnell joke] Added by AdelleChattre on January 7th 2017.
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Some perfumers can distinguish individual odors in a fragrance made of hundreds of scents; tea-experts have been known to sniff out the exact location of a particular tea; and the NYC Transit Authority once had a employee responsible only for sniffing out gas leaks. But can anyone learn to smell with the sensitivity of those experts? Alexandra Horowitz shares three simple steps to a better nose.
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Researchers track eels on their journey across the Atlantic to settle a centuries-old migration mystery
In the early 20th century, Danish biologist Johannes Schmidt solved a puzzle that had confounded European fisherman for generations. Freshwater eels—popular for centuries on menus across northern Europe—were abundant in rivers and creeks, but only as adults, never as babies. So where were they coming from?
Submitted on January 9th 2017 by swift528491
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In a dream Brian Hanley told me about, he’s riding a bus when he meets a man in dark leather clothing. Next thing he knows, he is splayed across a tilted metal bed, being electrocuted. The dream was no doubt connected to events that took place last June at a plastic surgeon’s office in Davis, California. At Hanley’s request, a doctor had injected into his thighs copies of a gene that Hanley, a PhD microbiologist, had designed and ordered from a research supply company. Then, plunging two pointed electrodes into his leg, the doctor had passed a strong current into his body, causing his muscle cells to open and absorb the new DNA.
Submitted on January 11th 2017 by Pfennig88
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SciShow welcomes back Diana Six to talk to us about current news on the Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreak. Then, Jessi Knudsen Castañeda stops by and brings a familiar friend whose anatomy may help scientists develop better hypodermic needles.Published on Jan 11, 2017 · 35 minutes ago
Submitted on January 11th 2017 by b1ackbird
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Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed the Rocky Mountains from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. He shared the image with his social media followers on Jan. 9, 2017, writing, "the Rocky mountains are a step too high – even for the clouds to cross." Image Credit: ESA/NASA
Submitted on January 12th 2017 by gladsdotter
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