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New Study Traces a 40 Million-Year Battle Between Primates and Pathogens

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The human body has developed numerous defense mechanisms for fighting against infection. Sneezing, inflammation and even a runny nose are all attempts by your body to rid itself of harmful pathogens. One lesser known defense mechanism is “nutritional immunity”: your body’s ability to protect its iron stores from invading bacteria. Iron plays an essential role in delivering oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. About 70% of the iron in the body is found in red blood cells. The

Harvard MRI Study Shows That Meditation Rebuilds Brain’s Gray Matter In Just 8 Weeks

Most people are aware that meditation has a number of benefits: lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and a decrease in tension-related pain are just a few of these benefits. But while the psychological benefits of meditation have long been acknowledged, scientists were still somewhat in the dark about the specifics of how meditation affects the brain. Until now, that is. Scientists from Harvard University just published a study that examined the effects of meditation on the physical structures of the brain

Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)

Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California not only encountered

This Google-Owned Firm Is Building Some Insane Robots, Including A Robo Karate Kid (Video)

Last December, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when they purchased the robotics firm Boston Dynamics. The acquisition led to all kinds of speculation about what Google was going to do with this new robotic wing of its business. Well, there’s at least one cool project Boston Dynamics has been working on recently: a 6ft 2in, 330-pound robot with exceptional levels of balance and maneuverability. They call it the Atlas bot. The robot is a joint project between Boston Dynamics, the

Did You Know… Reheating Your Pasta Makes It Significantly Less Fattening

This might sound crazy, but letting your pasta cool down and then reheating can actually make it significantly less fattening. The findings were uncovered by Michael Mosley on the latest episode of BBC 2’s health program Trust Me, I’m A Doctor. The reason that high-carb foods like pasta are so fattening in the first place is because carbohydrates are broken down and absorbed as simple sugars. So when you eat them, your glucose levels spike, prompting your body to produce insulin to balance those blood sugar levels

Scientists Just Created A New Material- A Spoonful Can Suck Up All the Oxygen In A Room

Scientists from the Department of Physics, Chemistry and Pharmacy at the University of Southern Denmark have created oxygen-absorbent crystals that can easily and conveniently store and release oxygen at high concentrations. Although humans require oxygen to survive, the air we breath is only 21% oxygen, the other 79% being comprised almost entirely of nitrogen. However, there are plenty of instances where it’s necessary to have oxygen available in considerably higher concentrations, such as lung patients with oxygen machines and fuel

Germany Just Scrapped ALL Their Tuition Fees- Can We Can Get A Break Here in the US??

While the average college graduate in the United States is graduating with about $30,000 in student loan debt, Germany has decided that even much lower levels of tuition are simply unacceptable. The state of Lower Saxony, in northwest Germany, was the last of the country’s 16 states to do away with tuition fees. Dorothee Stapelfeldt is a senator in Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city. She is also head of Hamburg’s Department of Science and Research. She spoke to The Times about the

Facebook Just Manipulated the Emotions of 700,000 Users Without Informing Them

When you sign up for Facebook, you have to agree to a whole laundry list of fine-print terms and conditions (which almost nobody ever reads). One of the things you consent to is Facebook’s Data Use Policy, which gives Facebook the right to use your info for, “…troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.” Well, it seems that Facebook has taken full advantage of the “research” portion of that agreement. A study published two weeks ago in the Proceedings of the National Academy of

New Discovery: The Black Death Was Not Spread By Rats, Must Have Been Airborne

In the autumn of 1348, The Black Death came to Britain from east Asia. By the next spring, it had killed 6 out of every 10 people in London. It has long been thought that the plague spread via flea-infested rats, but a new discovery has prompted scientists to revise this theory. Amidst pre-construction excavations for a train line in Charterhouse Square (to the north of the City of London) about a year ago, workers discovered 25 skeletons which were found

Breaking Down Cancer’s Defenses So Your Body Can Destroy It

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Researchers from the University’s Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute recently discovered how the protective barrier around pancreatic cancer cells functions. The researchers then used a drug to break down this barrier, allowing the body’s own T-cells (which attack harmful cells in the body) to destroy the cancer. Initial tests of this method yielded almost total elimination of the pancreatic cancer cells within a week. The researchers are hopeful that the method will be able to be used for other forms of

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