Roundworm infections found to increase fertility in women


A study of 986 Bolivian women found that on average, a lifetime infection with a type of roundworm named Ascarius lumbricoides led to an extra two children in the family. Their paper, published in the journal Science, suggests that the worm is altering the host’s immune system, making it easier to become pregnant — in effect, the parasite increases female fertility. The researchers hope this discovery will lead to “novel fertility enhancing drugs.”

Space food: what’s on the plate of astronauts

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Many of you reading this hope to one day be able to explore outer space; the thrill of discovery, entwined with the peace and solitude that only the silent void can provide. It’s awesome stuff, I’m completely on board. But as it usually goes, great adventures come with great sacrifices.

Canadian study questions the efficacy of helmet legislation

For each and every cyclist.
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Researchers studied the link between cycling helmet legislation and recorded head injuries in various parts of the country. Their findings put into question the efficacy of helmet legislation, and the researchers suggest that the best way to protect cyclists is for the government to provide infrastructure tailored to their needs.

Study finds most women are gay or bisexual — a personal take

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The study recorded the biological responses (a fancy wording for arousal) of a sample of 345 women who watched videos of nude males and females. And the data is quite surprising: 82% of participants responded sexually to both men and women.

Rich but not happier — why economic growth doesn’t always translate to happiness

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It’s easy to assume that with economic gain comes happiness — we live in capitalism, after all. But science comes to prove us all wrong yet again, and shows that the link between economics and happiness is much more complicated that we thought. Money can’t buy happiness, it seems.

Sweden tests the six hours work day, with impressive results

Just as once reducing the work day from 12-11 hours to 8 allowed the workers much needed rest and personal time, Sweden experiments with reducing the day to 6 hours work, to improve productivity and quality of life.
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A group of elderly-care nurses working at the Swedish Svartedalens elderly home participated in the first controlled trial of shorter work hours the country held for a decade now. In February, the they switched from an eight-hours to a six-hour working day for the same wage, in an effort to improve productivity and quality of life.

Raise’em right! Only we’re not – modern parenting may hinder brain development

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Several cultural beliefs and modern social practices may hinder children’s mental, moral and emotional development, finds a study by an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

Nestle Pays $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of Drinking Water Worth $80,000,000


To say that Nestle is an unethical company would be an understatement – the company’s history is riddled with practices such as child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing, mislabeling and recently, abusing water resources. Operating under a permit that expired back in 1988, the company drew 27 million gallons (100 million liters) of water from 12 springs in

How long does food stay fresh? Learn what expiration dates really mean

Oh, the horror.
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Experts did the math and they estimate that $165 billion worth of perfectly edible food gets tossed each year, due to it passing it’s expiration date. But most of these dates are largely made up.

What gives coffee its distinctive color and flavor

Raw (left) and roasted (right) coffee beans.

Coffee beans undergo several processes before they become the familiar roasted coffee we all know. The coffee beans we’re used to seeing, the brown ones with a delightful flavor, are roasted. Raw coffee beans have a different color and smell very differently. So what makes roasted coffee look, smell and taste so different from raw coffee? The answer lies in chemistry