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News Mash: NIght shift work is bad for you…As bad as a hit on the head!

Working night shifts?

Bad…

For your health, so says Science.

And since I work night shifts?

“Dang & blast!” So says me.

Ugh.

[via DailyMail]Night shifts can damage your health: Odd sleep cycle can cause problems in DNA

  • The researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days
  • Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day
  • When following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’

By Fiona Macrae

Working night shifts throws the body into chaos, scientists have warned.

They showed that a topsy-turvy sleep cycle causes havoc deep inside DNA.

This could help explain everything from why jet lag makes us feel so lousy to why shift work is linked to a host of health problems from obesity to diabetes.

The Surrey University researchers delayed the bedtime of 22 healthy men and women by four hours a day for three days, until they were going sleep when they would normally wake up and vice versa.

Blood tests showed that when sleeping normally, 6 per cent of their genes were timed to be more or less active at certain times of the day.

For instance, some genes involved in defending the body against disease worked harder during the day than at night.

But when following a night shift-like pattern of sleeping during the day and being awake at night, this rhythm was ‘profoundly disrupted’.

Researcher Dr Simon Archer told the BBC: ‘Over 97 per cent of rhythmic genes become out of sync with mistimed sleep and this really explains why we feel so bad during jet lag or if we have to work irregular shifts.’

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Not only that…

But add to the fact that I often skip sleep altogether, on days that I am off, so I can get my sleep cycle back in sync with normal people?

Apparently just as bad, if not more so…

Than getting hit in the head:

[via DailyMail]A lack of sleep ‘damages the brain in a similar way to being hit on the head’

  • The study results confirm the importance of a good night’s sleep
  • Lack of sleep is associated with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and MS

By Daily Mail Reporter

Someone stop the world

Ever feel like you’ve been hit on the head after a bad night’s sleep? According to scientists, the thought isn’t as far-fetched as it seems.

A study found going without sleep for just one night causes changes in the brain similar to those that occur after a blow to the head.

The researchers said the healthy young men examined in the study showed a spike in the same chemicals which indicate brain damage.

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Hmmm.

When it comes to my job…

And my life?

Apparently there is just no winning on this score for me.

I am so screwed right now…

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My job?

Apparently is giving me brain damage.

*blinks*

Figures.

Ugh.

kiss me

News Mash: Infographics Reveals Who You Want to Date, Kissing Them Tells You If You’re Right!

When it come to dating sites…

Who are the ‘most popular’ singles out there, people want to date?

The answer may surprise you:

[via The Blaze]Are You a Desirable Single? Infographics Claim to Reveal Exactly Who Men & Women Want to Date ~Oliver Darcy

A study conducted by an online dating site — released earlier this month — appears to reveal who the “most desirable singles of 2014″ are.

Researchers at PlentyOfFish say they processed messaging data from more than 81,000 user profiles and 1.8 million messages from the 25 to 35 age group to “discover the leading indicators that will determine which singles are more likely to receive a message.”

“Women are no longer interested in the bad boy who doesn’t want to settle down, and men are increasingly seeking out educated women who are financially independent,” a blog post announcing the research said. “But to a large degree, male and female attractions still follow traditional gender roles; Women still place high importance on a man’s income and men still give precedence to a woman’s age and body size.”

[Click HERE To See the Study's Results!!!]

the perfect man:

Study Reveals Exactly Who Men & Women Really Want to Date

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But regarding the actual dating of people in…

REAL LIFE?

What is the best, sure-fire way to find you the perfect match, despite who your brain (above) tells you, is your perfect mate?

Science says, the best way is in the kissing:

[via DailyMail]Science of the snog: What’s the quickest, way to find the right partner? Kiss as many people as possible!

Forget poring over internet profiles and microscopic examination of online photos of potential partners.

A quicker, more efficient way to find the perfect mate is to simply go on loads of dates – and snog as many as possible.

‘Philematology’ is the science of kissing – and it’s full of clues to help us find the right person for us.

We think of kissing as an expression of love or lust, but research at Oxford University found one big reason that we kiss our partners is that, biologically, we need to size up our future mates.

A kiss transmits tastes, smells, sounds and touch signals that all affect how you both perceive each other afterward – and whether you want a repeat performance.

Women tend to be attracted to male partners with a different immune system than their own and subconsciously detect this via smell during a smooch.

If the DNA mix isn’t right, your neurons start sending loud ‘Back away! Person reversing!’ signals.

You might not know why you’ve suddenly gone off the person you’ve been lusting after for months but most of us obey what nature’s trying to tell us.

…[Read More]

Sure…

OK.

Gonna have to go with Science on this one.

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It’s gotta be a better way to find true love…

Than a stupid infographic, right?

Jeez.

my blood pressure feels better already

News Mash: So, the sun affects you directly, but not the weather? Oh…Um, OK.

Climate science?

Totally baffled.

Apparently ‘solar lulls’ coincides (coincidentally–CRAZINESS!!)…

With bitterly cold winters.

And Climate Science has no idea why.

Seriously.

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No…

Idea….

Why.

[via BBC] Has the Sun gone to sleep?

Scientists are saying that the Sun is in a phase of “solar lull” – meaning that it has fallen asleep – and it is baffling them.

History suggests that periods of unusual “solar lull” coincide with bitterly cold winters.

Rebecca Morelle reports for BBC Newsnight on the effect this inactivity could have on our current climate, and what the implications might be for global warming.

…[Read More]

Yeaaaah.

Crazy how that works, isn’t it?

The ‘big heater in the sky’ gets turned on a low setting and ‘POOF!’ suddenly everything is colder.

Who would have seen this one coming?

*shakes head sadly*

But you know something else, in regards to the sun, that many (before now) didn’t see coming?

How the sun apparently DIRECTLY affects your…

Blood pressure.

Huh?

I’m sorry, say what now?

[via Today]Ahhh. Sunlight may lower your blood pressure ~by Maggie Fox

Here’s why sunbathing feels so good: It may lower your blood pressure, British researchers reported Friday.

Just 20 minutes of ultraviolet A (UVA) sunlight lowered blood pressure by a small but significant amount in 24 volunteers, they report in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Further checks suggest the sun does this by increasing levels of nitric oxide, a chemical linked to blood flow.

The effects are so strong they may help explain why people who live in the darker north, like the Scots, have higher rates of death from heart disease, Richard Weller of the University of Edinburgh and Martin Feelisch of the University of Southampton say.

“We are concerned that well-meaning advice to reduce the comparatively low numbers of deaths from skin cancer may inadvertently increase the risk of death from far higher prevalent cardiovascular disease and stroke, and goes against epidemiological data showing that sunlight exposure reduces all cause and cardiovascular mortality,” they concluded.

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Fascinating.

And wow, if this is true?

The people of China have gotta be TICKED:

[via Telegraph]Smog in China prompts authorities to display sun on giant screens ~By Agencies

Facing the worst air pollution levels in months, residents of Beijing have turned to massive digital screens to see the sun setting through the thick smog.

my blood pressure feels better already

The screens are usually used to promote tourist destinations, but have been re-tasked because of pollution levels more than 25 times higher than what the World Health Organisation (WHO) judges as safe.

The screens also carry slogans saying “protecting atmospheric environment is everyone’s responsibility”.

The US embassy in Beijing, which regularly measures air pollution in the city, said that conditions on Friday were “very unhealthy”, which might cause “significant aggravation of heart or lung disease and premature mortality in persons with cardiopulmonary disease and the elderly”.

On Thursday, the embassy found that pollution levels had reached “hazardous” conditions in which “everyone should avoid all physical activity outdoors”.

…[Read More]

The sun and sunlight.

Whether on a global climate scale, or a personal one?

Affects us.

Maybe it’s time for climate science to stop being quite so ridiculously dismissive of the art it plays in our lives.

Just a thought.

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News Mash: What’s been spotted on the surface of the moon and Mars?

What wedge-shaped…

And has a bunch of weird, dot-like lights on its edges?

Oh, nothing to be concerned with…

It’s just a mysterious object spotted on the moon!

*blinks*

And yes, I said…

MOON!

[via DailyMail]What is this mystery object spotted on Google Moon? Bizarre wedge-shaped ‘craft’ appears on the lunar surface

  • The triangular anomaly has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge
  • UFO websites have likened it to an alien lunar base or spaceship
  • It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E
  • Finder claims to have spotted similar mystery structure in Antarctica

By Daily Mail Reporter

Is it part of an alien spaceship nestled under the dust of the moon, or a secret moonbase occupied by humans?

Speculation has exploded over these controversial images which appear to show something unexplained on the surface of the moon.

This triangular anomaly with rows of seven light-like dots along its edge has been tracked down on the Google Moon viewer

The triangular anomaly, spotted on Google’s map of the moon, has rows of seven light-like dots along its edge that have been likened to an alien base or spaceship.

It can be found on the Google Moon viewer at coordinates 22042’38.46N and 142034’44.52E.

‘Is is just a weird looking crater? or is it something else?,’ he asks.

‘It is really there, not faked and I have no clue what it is. I found nothing else like it in any of the other craters.’

According to website Tech and Gadget News: ‘The gigantic shape actually looks like the leading edge of an immense, triangular space ship, similar to, so far, super secret stealth aircraft technology, but is much larger than any airplane ever built on Earth.

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As if they wasn’t freaky enough?

And believe you/me, that’s pretty freaky…

It can’t beat the jelly donut -like object that “appeared” out of nowhere, on the surface of Mars:

[via TheBlaze]Scientists Stunned Over Latest Mars Mystery: ‘We Were Absolutely Startled’ ~

Though the couple billion-dollar Curiosity rover seems to get all the attention on the red planet these days, it’s one of the veteran rovers on Mars that captured an event that is stunning scientists and space fans alike.

sol3528 and sol3540

The crux of the issue surrounds these photos snapped by the rover Opportunity on two different missions.

The rock perched on the ground in the right photo in the side-by-side comparison was not there before.

“It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, that wasn’t there before, it can’t be right. Oh my god! It wasn’t there before!’ We were absolutely startled,” Steve Squyres with Cornell University and working out of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab said, according to Discovery News, comparing the rock to the size of a jelly doughnut.

The news came at CalTech where scientists met this week for “10 years of roving Mars,” an event honoring the rovers Opportunity and Spirit, which is now defunct.

…[Read More]

Weird, huh?

Me thinks someone out there is fooling with us.

And, yeah…

One good guess, on who it might be.

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News Mash: Need for ‘happiness’ is a mth…Happiness is overrated!

Everyone wants to be happy…

But do people really know, what it takes?

To truly BE so:

[via WomensHealthMagazine]12 Happiness Myths—Debunked ~ BY Casey Gueren

It doesn’t come from success, it can be bought, and other shocking truths about achieving bliss

A few things—like chocolate, chick flicks, and clean sheets—are almost guaranteed to boost your mood. But when it comes to achieving true happiness, there are a ton of misconceptions. Shawn Achor, author of the upcoming book Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change, clears up some of the most common myths about finding bliss.

Myth #1: It’s genetic

It’s true that some people may be predisposed to being happier, but like most things, your genes tell only half the story. “You can teach yourself optimism and happiness just like you teach yourself a new language,” says Achor. “You’ll be just your genes unless you make positive habits in your life.

Myth #2: Career success makes you happier

Getting that corner office doesn’t guarantee bliss, says Achor. “You can raise your success your entire life, and your happiness will be the same.” His research did find, though, that if you work on improving your happiness in the present, your job success in the future increases. “Happiness actually fuels success—not the other way around,” says Achor.

Myth #3: Happiness is based on external circumstances

Most people think it’s impossible for them to be content while their career/relationship/social life is at a low point. “We found that only 10 percent of your long-term happiness is based on the external world, while 90 percent is based on how your brain processes the world,” says Achor. And that’s good news because, while you may not be able to change your circumstances, you can change the way you perceive them.

…[Read More - See All 12 HERE!]

Not only that…

Should happiness be the ultimate goal?

Surprisingly…

No.

[via LATimes]Happiness is overrated: It’s better to be right, study finds ~By Karen Kaplan

As part of an unusual experiment, the husband was instructed to “agree with his wife’s every opinion and request without complaint,” and to continue doing so “even if he believed the female participant was wrong,” according to a I'd agree with youreport on the research that was published Tuesday by the British Medical Journal.

The husband and wife were helping a trio of doctors test their theory that pride and stubbornness get in the way of good mental health. In their own medical practices in New Zealand, they had observed patients leading “unnecessarily stressful lives by wanting to be right rather than happy.” If these patients could just let go of the need to prove to others that they were right, would greater happiness be the result?

Enter the intrepid husband. Based on the assumption that men would rather be happy than be right, he was told to agree with his wife in all cases. However, based on the assumption that women would rather be right than be happy, the doctors decided not to tell the wife why her husband was suddenly so agreeable.

Both spouses were asked to rate their quality of life on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the happiest) at the start of the experiment and again on Day 6. It’s not clear how long the experiment was intended to last, but it came to an abrupt halt on Day 12.

“By then the male participant found the female participant to be increasingly critical of everything he did,” the researchers reported. The husband couldn’t take it anymore, so he made his wife a cup of tea and told her what had been going on.

That led the researchers to terminate the study.

Over the 12 days of the experiment, the husband’s quality of life plummeted from a baseline score of 7 all the way down to 3. The wife started out at 8 and rose to 8.5 by Day 6. She had no desire to share her quality of life with the researchers on Day 12, according to the report.

Still, the team was able to draw some preliminary conclusions.

“It seems that being right, however, is a cause of happiness, and agreeing with what one disagrees with is a cause of unhappiness,” they wrote. They also noted that “the availability of unbridled power adversely affects the quality of life of those on the receiving end.”

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And?

Coming from someone…

*points to self*

Who is right 99.9% of the time?

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This study?

Is  SOOOOOOOO…

Not wrong.

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News Mash: Your brain, bad habits and how long it takes to form new ones!

When it comes to being the best person you can be…

Just so you know?

Your brain is a real bastard…

In that it does it darndest to prevent it:

[via Cracked]5 Ways Your Brain Tricks You into Sticking With Bad Habits ~By

Bad habits can ruin your life. Whether you’re gorging on Haagen-Dazs or dressing up like a Power Ranger and flaying hobos every night, you know on some level that things have to change, or disaster will follow. But no matter how badly you want your life to be different, things just keep plowing on the way they are. Why?

Because your brain has a long list of diabolical mechanisms intended to keep your habits exactly as they are.

#5. Your Brain Thinks Your Future Self Is a Different Person

You knew you had to be up at 7 a.m. for a big exam. But there you were, at one in the morning, watching every minute of a double feature on cable including Timecop and a second showing of Timecop. On a conscious level, you knew you were screwing yourself. But on a subconscious level, you always think of the tomorrow version of you as a completely different person. That guy can deal with the consequences; the night version is watching some f****** Jean-Claude Van Damme.

Well, don’t feel so bad. Science says that this feature is built into your brain.

Brain scans have shown that different parts of our brain light up when we’re thinking of ourselves versus when we’re thinking of other people. That part makes sense — your brain is partitioned out into separate regions for yourself and for everyone else because you have to look out for yourself first. But where it gets weird is that in some people, when they’re asked to think about their future selves, the region that lights up is the one reserved for other people.

In other words, if someone asks you to think about what you’ll look like in 20 years, your brain treats it as though you’re trying to picture some bizarre stranger. Now think about what that means in terms of your ability to fix what’s wrong in your life. What motivation do you have to abstain from your 14th peanut butter doughnut today just to help out some droopy manimal in the future? Logically, you understand that you’re endangering the person you’ll become, but subconsciously, your brain doesn’t have the sympathy to spare for that poor slob, and just wants to enjoy the doughnut.

#3. Your Willpower Is a Finite Resource

Of course, what is probably more likely to trip you up during your 10 weeks of learning to be the type of person who jogs every morning isn’t some uncontrollable circumstance, but your own lack of motivation. Specifically, this shows up as the sense that, because you’ve been so good with the jogging, you owe it to yourself to take a break.

Once again, scientists can get this same result in the lab — exercising your willpower in one instance simply makes it more difficult to exercise it in the next. There’s even a term for it now: willpower depletion. It is every bit as depressing as it sounds.

For instance, in one study, scientists asked one group of students to memorize a two-digit number, and another group a seven-digit number. They then offered both groups a choice between cake and fruit salad. Amazingly, the students who memorized the longer number were twice as likely to choose the cake. It’s as though the simple act of remembering five extra digits was enough to reduce their willpower to a trembling white flag.

Then you have this study, which tried it from the opposite direction: Volunteers were shown a plate of freshly baked cookies and a plate of radishes. Half of them were instructed to take a cookie, and the other half were instructed to take a radish. All were then asked to complete a difficult geometric puzzle. Bizarrely, those who had been told to take a radish gave up on the puzzle after only eight minutes, while those who were told to take a cookie stuck with it for a full 19 minutes.

Even though no physical effort was involved, simply being forced to resist cookies actually depleted the volunteers’ will to solve a puzzle, because apparently we never really stop being toddlers.

…[Read More - See All Five Ways HERE!]

But…

On the flip-side?

Oh, my friends…

There are ways to work around your often very contrary brain.

The trick is?

Knowing how it WORKS:

[via BrainPickings]How Long It Takes to Form a New Habit ~by

“We are what we repeatedly do,” Aristotle proclaimed. “Could the young but realize how soon they will become mere walking bundles of habits, they would give more heed to their conduct while in the plastic state,” William James wrote. But how, exactly, do we rewire our habits once they have congealed into daily routines? We already know that it takes more than “willpower.”

When he became interested in how long it takes for us to form or change a habit, psychologist Jeremy Dean found himself bombarded with the same magic answer from popular psychology websites and advice columns: 21 days. And yet, strangely — or perhaps predictably, for the internet — this one-size-fits-all number was being applied to everything from starting a running regimen to keeping a diary, but wasn’t backed by any concrete data. In Making Habits, Breaking Habits: Why We Do Things, Why We Don’t, and How to Make Any Change Stick (public library) — which also gave us this fascinating read on the psychology of self-control — Dean, whose training is in research, explores the actual science of habits through the existing empirical evidence on habit-formation. He cites one influential study that gives a more concrete answer to the elusive question of how long it takes for a new habit to take root:

In a study carried out at University College London, 96 participants were asked to choose an everyday behavior that they wanted to turn into a habit. They all chose something they didn’t already do that could be repeated every day; many were health-related: people chose things like “eating a piece of fruit with lunch” and “running for 15 minutes after dinner.” Each of the 84 days of the study, they logged into a website and reported whether or not they’d carried out the behavior, as well as how automatic the behavior had felt.

This notion of acting without thinking — known in science as “automaticity” — turns out, perhaps unsurprisingly, to be a central driver of habits. And it helps illuminate the real question at the heart of this inquiry: How long did it actually take for people to form a habit? Dean writes:

The simple answer is that, on average, across the participants who provided enough data, it took 66 days until a habit was formed. As you might imagine, there was considerable variation in how long habits took to form depending on what people tried to do. People who resolved to drink a glass of water after breakfast were up to maximum automaticity after about 20 days, while those trying to eat a piece of fruit with lunch took at least twice as long to turn it into a habit. The exercise habit proved most tricky with “50 sit-ups after morning coffee,” still not a habit after 84 days for one participant. “Walking for 10 minutes after breakfast,” though, was turned into a habit after 50 days for another participant.

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The best way to defeat ANY enemy?

Know it well.

“If ignorant both of your enemy and yourself, you are certain to be in peril.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Even IF the enemy…

Is yourself.

The same sage advice

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News Mash: When it comes to music and your child’s intelligence? Science contradicts itself!

So…

Let me see if I get this, Science.

What you are telling me here?

Is that while LISTENING to classical music will make your child smart…

[via DailyMail]Playing classical music to your child can improve their listening skills later on in life

  • Playing classical music to young children boosts their concentration and self-discipline as well as their social skills
  • The Institute of Education, University of London examined a scheme that introduces children to classical music in assemblies and classes
  • Teachers said it increases pupils’ listening power, musical knowledge, aspirations and in some cases improved their English

By Sarah Harris

Playing classical music such as Beethoven and Mozart to young children boosts their concentration and self-discipline, a new study suggests.

Youngsters also improve their general listening and social skills by being exposed to repertoires from composers including Ravel, Shostakovich and Mendelssohn.

In addition, they are likely to appreciate a wider range of music in later years, according to a study from the Institute of Education, (IoE), University of London.

…[Read More]

Your child learning to actually PLAY…

Complex, musical pieces?

Will. Not.

[via TheGlobeAndMail] Music won’t make your kids smarter, Harvard researchers say ~by Dave McGinn

If you’ve got your kid in piano lessons because you think it will make her smarter, Harvard researchers have some bad news for you.

Despite widespread belief to the contrary, there is little to no evidence to conclude that music improves intelligence.

“More than 80 per cent of American adults think that music improves children’s grades or intelligence,” Samuel Mehr, a doctoral student in the Harvard graduate school of education, said in a statement. “Even in the scientific community, there’s a general belief that music is important for these extrinsic reasons. But there is very little evidence supporting the idea that music classes enhance children’s cognitive development.”

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Oh, yeah…

Sure.

Makes perfect sense to me.

*shakes head sadly*

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News Mash: Science is sometimes just chock-full of ‘duh’ findings! Here are a few…

Despite the fact that in most instances…

The obvious, common sense-like conclusions to most questions are NOT wrong?

Science will have you know that what you believe, KNOW, is NOT the truth…

Until they freakin’ say it is:

[via LiveScience]Duh! The 13 Most Obvious Findings of 2013 ~By Stephanie Pappas

Common sense is no replacement for science; plenty of “everyone knows” knowledge has had its legs cut out from under it by a well-designed study. Nevertheless, some research turns up results that don’t exactly shock and awe.

Such no-duh research usually has a serious underlying purpose, from the study of why people cheat to the roots of racism. Researchers have to understand the basics of everyday phenomena in order to understand them, after all.

Here’s a sampling of the unsurprising research of 2013 — with a few notes on why scientists bothered.

1. The Western diet is bad for you

Wait … fried Snickers bars and hot dogs aren’t the foundations of a well-balanced diet? The “Western diet” of processed and fried foods with a side of sweets and red meat increases the likelihood of premature death, researchers reported in April in The American Journal of Medicine, to the surprise of no one.

The study was slightly different than other research into how Twinkies can kill, in that it assessed overall health in old age rather that the effect of diet on specific diseases. [7 Foods You Can Overdose On]

2. Sleeping beauty is no myth

News bulletin: Baggy eyes, puffy skin and a bleary expression do not make for a hot look. Research published in September in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine reveals the better you sleep, the better you look.

Obvious on a day-to-day basis, no doubt — and the reason make-up was invented. But this study went beyond the morning after to find that several months of good sleep make a difference in a person’s appearance. The participants were patients being treated for sleep apnea and heavy snoring, breathing problems that can disrupt sleep without a person knowing it. After treatment, independent raters judged the participants as younger and more attractive compared with photos taken before treatment.

3. Racists are close-minded

Few would associate racism with open-mindedness. A study published in January in the journal Psychological Science reveals that, sure enough, racism produces a closed mind.

People prompted to believe racial stereotypes by reading a false scientific study became less open-minded. Interestingly, this close-mindedness led to less creativity overall, even in activities having nothing to do with race. Rigid, categorical thinking underlies both racist beliefs and a lack of creativity, the researchers said.

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Because while driving…

Taking your focus AWAY from driving, and slapping it firmly on something else?

Always seems like a reasonable, safe thing to do.

I cannot tell you how surprised I am to hear that *gasp*

Science has discovered that is actually not the case: (/sarc off)

[via YahooNews]Distracted driving bigger problem for novice drivers ~By Gene Emeryschocking science claim

Even experienced drivers face a dangerously-high risk of getting into an accident while manipulating a cell phone.

Those are some of the findings from a newly-released study that monitored 151 licensed U.S. drivers – 42 novices and 109 experienced drivers – to log what they were doing just before an accident or a near-miss.

The most controversial element of the study is expected to be another finding: The act of just talking on a cell phone didn’t increase the risk of a crash, regardless of a driver’s experience.

Instead, it turns out the things that allow a driver to talk – such as dialing or reaching to get to a ringing phone – posed the real danger.

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Really?

*looks around*

Really, science?

Can’t you focus your reasearch, oh I don’t know, on studies a TAD more productive?

How Long Can A Shrimp Run On A Treadmill?

Noteworthy find from the study: “NSF spokeswoman Maria Zacharias said the shrimp study tested the effects of bacteria on mobility and that shrimps were a good way of figuring that out. “It’s not as if the study was done as entertainment to see shrimps running around on a treadmill,” she said.” Suuure. Right.

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Huh.

Alrighty, then…

Guess that answer is a big, fat…

“No.”

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News Mash: A thousand times stronger than human muscle & can…Climb walls?

Hmmm.

One just has to wonder…

If Scientists intentionally go out of their way, to freak people out with new robot technology:

[via ZeeIndiaNews]New robotic ‘muscle’ thousand times stronger (than human muscle)

Washington: Scientists have developed a new robotic ‘muscle’, thousand times more powerful than a human muscle, which can catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself – faster than the blink of an eye.

Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in US demonstrated a micro-sized robotic torsional muscle/motor made from vanadium dioxide that is able to catapult very heavy objects over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds.

“We’ve created a micro-bimorph dual coil that functions as a powerful torsional muscle, driven thermally or electro-thermally by the phase transition of vanadium dioxide,” said study leader, Junqiao Wu.

“Using a simple design and inorganic materials, we achieve superior performance in power density and speed over the motors and actuators now used in integrated micro-systems,” Wu said.

What makes vanadium dioxide highly coveted by the electronics industry is that it is one of the few known materials that is an insulator at low temperatures but abruptly becomes a conductor at 67 degrees Celsius.

This temperature-driven phase transition from insulator-to-metal is expected to one day yield faster, more energy efficient electronic and optical devices.

However, vanadium dioxide crystals also undergo a temperature-driven structural phase transition whereby when warmed they rapidly contract along one dimension while expanding along the other two.

This makes vanadium dioxide an ideal candidate material for creating miniaturised, multi-functional motors and artificial muscles.

…[Read More]

Cause, come on…

Seriously?!

Why is this crap even necessary:

[via cnet]Crablike robot walks on walls, ceilings with magnet feet ~by

Here’s what we all long to see — a robot crawling along the ceiling.

That may or may not give you goosebumps. But if you’re an engineer, a magnetic wall-crawler developed at Osaka City University in Japan could prove useful when inspecting bridges and other structures.

The awkwardly named Bridge Inspection Robot Equipping Magnets (BIREM) can move as fast as 7.8 inches per second. Imagine that skittering up your wall.

Operated by remote control, BIREM moves on four wheels, each with eight spokes that are capped with powerful magnets.

Its flexible body allows the crab-inspired bot to bend at the middle so it can transition from a vertical surface to a horizontal one easily.

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Robots that are stronger than people…

And can climb walls and on ceilings?

Yeah…

Brilliant idea?

*shakes head sadly*

That thought does not peaceful dreams make.

Wow.

All this new robotic technology?

Is going to end so well for us, isn’t it?

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News Mash: Your cat recognizes your voice… Just doesn’t care!

For all you cat lovers out there?

You’re gonna love this:

Your cat DOES recognize your voice.

[via DiscoverMagazine] Contrary to what your cats would have you believe, they do recognize your voice. ~By Seriously Science

Vocal recognition of owners by domestic cats (Felis catus).

“Domestic cats have had a 10,000-year history of cohabitation with humans and seem to have the ability to communicate with humans. However, this has not been widely examined. We studied 20 domestic cats to investigate whether they could recognize their owners by using voices that called out the subjects’ names, with a habituation-dishabituation method. While the owner was out of the cat’s sight, we played three different strangers’ voices serially, followed by the owner’s voice. We recorded the cat’s reactions to the voices and categorized them into six behavioral categories. In addition, ten naive raters rated the cats’ response magnitudes. The cats responded to human voices not by communicative behavior (vocalization and tail movement), but by orienting behavior (ear movement and head movement). This tendency did not change even when they were called by their owners. Of the 20 cats, 15 demonstrated a lower response magnitude to the third voice than to the first voice. These habituated cats showed a significant rebound in response to the subsequent presentation of their owners’ voices. This result indicates that cats are able to use vocal cues alone to distinguish between humans.”

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As for all you NON-cat lovers out there?

Yeah…

You’re just not that impressed.

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Cause knowing cats DO recognize…

But often ignore you anyway?

Is a fact that does not endear, and in fact only reinforces the belief by non-cat lovers…

That cats can be jerks.

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And if you were honest, cat lovers?

You’d admit it too.

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News Mash: Humans are not the smartest in the animal kingdom…But who is?

Unfortunately…

I work in a field (criminal justice/law enforcement), which everyday proves THIS (below) statement true on so many different levels:

Humans are not smarter than animals.

No. Freaking. Kidding me with that statement!

Wow.

[via physorg]Humans not smarter than animals, just different, experts say

Humans have been deceiving themselves for thousands of years that they’re smarter than the rest of the animal kingdom, despite growing evidence to the contrary, according to University of Adelaide experts in evolutionary Smartbiology.

“For millennia, all kinds of authorities – from religion to eminent scholars – have been repeating the same idea ad nauseam, that humans are exceptional by virtue that they are the smartest in the ,” says Dr Arthur Saniotis, Visiting Research Fellow with the University’s School of Medical Sciences.

“However, science tells us that can have cognitive faculties that are superior to beings.”

He says the belief that humans have superior intelligence harks back to the Agricultural Revolution some 10,000 years ago when people began producing cereals and domesticating animals. This gained momentum with the development of organised religion, which viewed human beings as the top species in creation.

“The belief of human cognitive superiority became entrenched in human philosophy and sciences. Even Aristotle, probably the most influential of all thinkers, argued that humans were superior to other animals due to our exclusive ability to reason,” Dr Saniotis says.

While animal rights began to rise in prominence during the 19th century, the drive of the Industrial Revolution forestalled any gains made in the awareness of other animals.

Professor Maciej Henneberg, a professor of anthropological and comparative anatomy from the School of Medical Sciences, says animals often possess different abilities that are misunderstood by humans.

“The fact that they may not understand us, while we do not understand them, does not mean our ‘intelligences’ are at different levels, they are just of different kinds. When a foreigner tries to communicate with us using an imperfect, broken, version of our language, our impression is that they are not very intelligent. But the reality is quite different,” Professor Henneberg says.

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And if you are smart enough…

And yes, well HONEST enough, to acknowledge the above article to be true?

One must then ask themselves…

Just WHICH animal could be considered the superior brain on the planet?

Huh, well…

Guess it depends on who you ask?

[via io9]What animal do you think might be as smart as a human? ~Annalee Newitz

Crows and ravens use tools, while octopuses seem to communicate by changing the color patterns on their skin. Many apes have learned to use sign language, and can have rudimentary conversations with their human companions. And then there are the social insects, like ants, who may be dumb as individuals but as colonies are able to farm, build cities, and wage wars. Plus there are many more.

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News Mash: Bacteria-Killing Protein Could Help Fight ‘Superbugs’ But Create… Zombies?

Oh, Science.

You’re just bound and determined to make “The Walking Dead” a reality…

Aren’t you?

[via Medical Daily] Bacteria-Killing Protein Could Help Fight Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

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Imagining a world where previously conquered illnesses — most profoundly the bubonic plague — reemerged as a major health issue could be horrifying for some, and unfortunately, it could one day become a reality, as bacteria develop stronger resistance to antibiotics. Thankfully, there’s hope in sight: In a recently published study, researchers describe the discovery of a protein that could kill these so-called superbugs and usher in a new era of antibiotic treatments.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report in September, bringing attention to three particularly antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Clostridium difficile, Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, and Neisseria gonorrheae. In the report, the CDC emphasized the importance of reducing antibiotic misuse or overuse — either one allows allows bacteria to become increasingly resistant, and these three strains are already resistant to most, if not all, antibiotics. Other bacteria that were labeled as a threat, albeit not as urgent, included various strains of Salmonella, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumonia, and tuberculosis.

The October breakout of Salmonella Heidelberg offers a perfect example of a real-world scenario, highlighting the urgency of developing new antibiotics, and reducing the chances of current antibiotics becoming obsolete. Seven strains of the bacteria, which was traced back to three Foster Farms processing plants in California, sickened 389 people, and caused 40 percent of them to be hospitalized — 20 percent more than a typical Salmonella outbreak, Barbara Reynolds, a CDC spokeswoman, told USA Today. The reason for so many hospitalizations: antibiotic resistance.

Bacteriophages Fight Off Bacterial Infection

“To stay ahead of bacterial resistance, we have to keep developing new antibiotics,” Dr. Udi Qimron, of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Clinical Microbiology and Immunology, said in a statement. “What we found is a small protein that could serve as a powerful antibiotic in the future.”

The researchers knew that bacteriophages (phages) — viruses that infect and replicate in bacteria — are harmless to humans, and looked to employ them in a way that would fight off bacterial infection. “Ever since the discovery of bacteriophages in the early 20th century, scientists have understood that, on the principle of the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ medical use could be made of phages to fight viruses,” Dr. Qimron said in the statement.

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“Oh, you are freaking out for NOTHING!” You say.

Really.

Really?

What are “superbugs” but evolved bits of nasty, which WE created, due to our love of antibiotics…

Not to mention our decided lack of foresight into seeing that hammering our  body systems with foreign drugs might not end well for us.

Duh.

What is bacteria?

But living organisms just WAITING to evolve into bits of nasty, because the human race is too stupid to have a bit of foresight to see that fighting non-curable, deadly diseases, with amped up protein killers…

Might not be such a swell idea for us in the long run:

[via Science and Entertainment Exchange] What You Need to Know to Survive a Zombie Disease ~by The ExchangesurviveIn popular media, the zombie apocalypse is often depicted as an outbreak of an infectious disease, such as a mutated strain of mad cow disease (Zombieland, 2009) or a virus for biological warfare (The Crazies, 2010). Similar to real viruses and bacterial infections, the zombie disease in films like 28 Days Later (2002) and Day of the Dead (1985) is spread through contact, normally by a bite or contact with a bodily fluid (like blood) from the infected.

So what’s the first step in protection against the zombie apocalypse? Figure out what type of microbe is behind the infectious disease and how it spreads. Viruses and bacteria are two of the most common infectious agents and when you examine how each works, it is sort of scary. Viruses hijack cells to produce copies of themselves, which may burst out of the host cell – scary, right? Well, get this: bacteria can acquire new genetic material from other bacteria, viruses, plants, and yeast, meaning they can evolve suddenly and rapidly.

But what about other infectious agents – for example, prions? Prions are abnormally folded proteins that are thought to cause mad cow disease, as well as the human version, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. They cause infection by turning normal proteins into prions, setting off a chain reaction that eventually riddles the brain with holes. Also, fun fact: prions are resistant to heat, ultraviolent light, radiation, and sterilization. They also do not evoke an immune response, and while commonly thought to be transmitted by ingesting food (such as beef) infected with prions, it is possible for infection to occur from contact with bodily fluids.

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So what am I saying here?

When it comes to the possible, not-so-distant-future of the upcoming zombie apocalypse…

Let’s try to be a little more PROACTIVE and a lot less REACTIVE.

Ok, Science, can we do that, huh…

PLEASE?!

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News Mash: ‘Dry eye syndrome’ is bad, but ‘bleeding eye syndrome’? Much worse!

It’s a horrible problem to have:

Dry. Eye.

And?

Millions suffer from it:

[via Dailymail] Why are my blinking eyes so sore and watery? What causes dry eye syndrome and how to tackle it

  • Dry eye syndrome affects nearly five million Britons over 45
  • Not blinking enough, cold weather and hangovers can cause dry eyes

By Chloe Lambert

Sore, watery, uncomfortable eyes can be hugely debilitating. One of the most common causes is dry eye syndrome – which affects nearly five million Britons over the age of 45 and, despite its name, actually leads to more tears.

The condition can be triggered by everything from the weather to hormonal changes, and also can be a symptom of an underlying health problem.

Here the experts reveal what could be causing your eye trouble – and explain the ways to tackle it.

When the eyes aren’t producing enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly, we are said to be suffering dry eye syndrome. Symptoms include sore, irritated eyes, blurred vision, the feeling of having something in your eye and the eyes becoming very watery. They can also become red, but not always.

About 20 per cent of people in the UK suffer from dry eye syndrome, rising to 50 per cent in those over  65. Rosie Gavzey, an optometrist and trustee of The Eyecare Trust, explains: ‘As we get older the constitution of tears is just not quite  as strong so the eyes become dry.’

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Of course…

It’s not as bad as:

Bleeding. Eye.

Cause yes, that one?

Worse, SCARIER & OK, I can admit it…

Pretty freaking cool, medically speaking anyway.

I mean, WOW, how does the body pull THIS one off?

[via LiveScience] Medical Mystery: Man Sheds Tears of Blood ~By Marc Lallanillatrue blood casting call

A young man from Tennessee is living with an alarming medical condition — without warning, he begins to bleed from his eyes. And some of the best doctors in the country are completely stumped by his ailment.

What’s more confounding is that the condition is very rare, but some of the only other people known to bleed from the eyes — a condition called haemolacria — are also from Tennessee.

At age 22, Michael Spann was walking down the stairs of his home in Antioch, Tenn., when he was gripped by an extremely painful headache. “I felt like I got hit in the head with a sledgehammer,” he told the Tennessean. Moments later, Spann realized that blood was trickling from his eyes, nose and mouth. [The 13 Oddest Medical Case Reports]

The bleeding and headaches became a daily occurrence for Spann; now, about seven years later, they happen only once or twice a week. Though he’s hampered by a lack of health insurance, doctors in Tennessee and at the Cleveland Clinic performed an exhaustive series of tests, but were unable to pinpoint a cause or recommend a treatment, according to news reports.

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And?

Enough to give one nightmares.

But still…

DRY eye?

Uncomfortable.

*shakes head sadly*

You know…

Decidedly less ‘True Blood’ like cool.

But, ok…

Ouch.

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News Mash: What’s better, balloons or light bulbs, to bring you Wi-Fi?

Sometimes bigger?

Isn’t better.

A fact which can be seen…

When comparing two competing ideas when it comes to WiFi.

Take Google’s idea:

[via Gizmodo]Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi ~Casey Chan

If you go deep inside the desert or climb a mountain or find yourself in the South Pole or a remote farm or any place that can be considered “the middle of nowhere,” guess what? You have no internet. Well, Wired is reporting that Google wants to change all that by sending high-altitude balloons into the stratosphere to give the world Wi-Fi. Whoa.

Because of course Google would dream something as impossible and radical as cloaking the world in balloons 60,000 feet above sea level so that the entire world can get on the Internet. It’s something straight out of meetings about the future—something rooted in conversations between smart people who only ask each other, “but why not?”—something even Google itself admits is crazy by calling it Project Loon.

What is Project Loon, exactly? Only a plan to get hundreds—nay, thousands—of high-pressure balloons to circle the Earth and given internet to billions of people on Earth. It’s part of Google’s famed Google X Lab which is bringing the world Google Glass and self-driving cars. Wired reports:

It is an audacious proposal, and today in Christchurch, Google is holding a press conference with New Zealand’s Prime Minister to formally unveil it. Google will also stage Project Loon’s biggest trial yet: 50 testers in Christchurch within the 12-mile range of the balloons will see if they can get connected from the sky.

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And then compare it to these Chinese Scientists’ idea…

Of a far more approachable, accomplishable and a lot less air-polluting-like crazy idea of WiFi.

Hmmm…

Yeah:

[via Gizmodo]Chinese Scientists Invent Lightbulbs That Emit Wi-Fi ~Leslie Hornnow with wi fi

A group of Chinese scientists at Shanghai’s Fudan University have a bright idea: A lightbulb that produces its own Wi-Fi signal. According to Xinhua, the technology is called Li-Fi, and the prototype actually works better than the average connection in China.

As many as four computers placed near a Li-Fi bulb can connect to the net, using light frequencies rather than the usual radio waves. The bulb is embedded with a microchip that produces a signal, yielding rates as fast as 150 mbps—far faster than typical connection speeds in China, and about three times faster than the speed I’m getting right now. (Seriously, I just did a speed test.)

One of the perks of Li-Fi is that it’s affordable. Have a lightbulb and a Li-Fi kit? Boom—you have internet. Next month, researchers are showing off 10 sample kits at a trade show in China, and the country is moving in a direction that could make Li-Fi a practical and commercially viable asset—especially since, as Xinhua reports, Chinese people are quickly replacing old fashioned incandescent bulbs with LEDs.

Of course, there are still a few technical details—mostly dealing with microchip design and manufacturing—that would need to fall into place before Li-Fi becomes ubiquitous. So for now, Li-Fi remains an experiment with a bright future. [Xinhua via ZDNET]

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So…

Which do YOU think is better?

Yeah.

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Light-bulb moment”…

Doesn’t it?

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News Mash: New botox? Deadliest substance known to man! Meg Ryan…BEWARE!

Science, gawd love ‘em…

Has created, what they are calling?

The DEADLIEST substance known to man.

Holy. Crap!

[via Gizmodo]The New Deadliest Substance Known to Man Is Top Secret (For Now) ~Adam Clark Estes

Scientists recently discovered a new type of botulinum toxin (a.k.a. botox) that they believe is the deadliest substance known to man. Because they’ve yet to discover an antitoxin, researchers won’t publish the details of gene sequence due to security concerns—a first for the scientific community. Thank God.

When scientists say this stuff is deadly, they mean it. It takes an injection of just 2 billionths of a gram or inhaling 13 billionths of a gram to kill an adult. A spoonful of the stuff in a city’s water supply could be catastrophic. The toxin, which comes from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, blocks the chemical that makes nerves work, causing botulism and death by paralysis. In a comment accompanying a newly published journal article on the new botox, Stanford Medical School professor David Relman said the substance posed “an immediate and unusually serious risk to society.”

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Not that the news isn’t bad enough.

Yikes.

But the fact that this deadly substance…

Is a botox?

Does make me worry for certain portions of our populations:

[via LATimes]Meg Ryan is set to star in a new NBC comedy ~By Jessica Gelt

It’s been nearly 30 years since Meg Ryan had her own show on the small screen. But now she’s back. The star of “When Harry Met Sally” is set to take the lead in an as-yet-untitled comedy for NBC.

The half-hour, single-camera show was created by Marc Lawrence (“Family Ties”). Ryan will serve as executive producer alongside Jane Berliner for Universal Television and Lawrence’s Reserve Room Productions.

The last time Ryan was a lead on TV was in 1982, when she co-starred in “One of the Boys,” a comedy with Mickey Rooney, Dana Carvey and Nathan Lane. In 1985 she appeared on a show called “Wildside” that was canceled after a month. More recently she appeared on a number of episodes on Showtime’s “Web Therapy.”

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Don’t wanna be going all ‘Patient Zero‘ on us, by jacking with this stuff Meg Ryan…

Then proceeding to kill off the world, by spreading this deadly substance via face explosion. (Cause honestly, how many botox injections can one’s face take BEFORE it explodes from chemical overload? And do you really want to find out?)

Yes, it is a botox, and we ALL know how much you love your botox, Meg Ryan…

But this stuff is not for you:

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