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Researchers observed association between standing and insulin sensitivity – standing more may help prevent chronic diseases
Insulin is a key hormone in energy metabolism and blood sugar regulation. Normal insulin function in the body may be disturbed by e.g. overweight, leading to decreased insulin sensitivity and increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Researchers have noticed that standing is associated with better insulin sensitivity. Increasing the daily standing time may therefore


A Second Major Seasonal Virus Won't Leave Us Any Choice
This pandemic will eventually be over, and the Delta surge—in which most of those not yet vaccinated against the coronavirus could become infected—may well be America's last destructive wave. But just because we're eager to move past the virus doesn't mean it's finished with us. In our large, open, and globally connected society, getting to zero COVID, the goal that Australia and New Zealand have
'What I saw that night was real': is it time to take aliens more seriously?
The Pentagon has been quietly investigating unidentified flying objects since 2007. The fact that they think they might exist is good news to those who claim to have seen them In June, the US government published a long-awaited report into UFOs. Although the report did not, as many had hoped, admit to the existence of little green men, it did reveal that not only were objects appearing in our ski
UK vaccine volunteers to help prepare for next virus at new Pandemic Institute
The Liverpool site will work with other international centres to research the threat of emerging disruptive diseases A new scientific institute which aims to prevent future pandemics might have been able to save thousands of lives by accelerating vaccine development had it existed before December 2019, its researchers believe. Liverpool's new Pandemic Institute will include a new human challenge
Kathryn Paige Harden: 'Studies have found genetic variants that correlate with going further in school'
The behaviour geneticist explains how biology could have an influence on academic attainment – and why she takes an anti-eugenics approach Kathryn Paige Harden argues how far we go in formal education – and the huge knock-on effects that has on our income, employment and health – is in part down to our genes. Harden is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, where she lead
How the cruel death of a little stray dog led to riots in 1900s Britain
Novelist campaigns for statue of terrier experimented on by scientists to regain its place in a London park An animal in peril can inflame British public opinion like nothing else. Nearly 120 years ago, the fate of one small brown dog caused rioting in the streets of London, to say nothing of the protest marches to Trafalgar Square and questions asked in parliament. Now the astonishing, little-kn
Why Americans Die So Much
America has a death problem. No, I'm not just talking about the past year and a half, during which COVID-19 deaths per capita in the United States outpaced those in similarly rich countries, such as Canada, Japan, and France. And I'm not just talking about the past decade, during which drug overdoses skyrocketed in the U.S., creating a social epidemic of what are often called "deaths of despair."
Algebra: the maths working to solve the UK's supply chain crisis
The calculations behind filling supermarket shelves are dizzyingly complex – but it all starts with the x and y you know from school Nando's put it succinctly on its Twitter feed last month: "The UK supply chain is having a bit of a mare right now." Getting things on to supermarket shelves, through your letterbox or into a restaurant kitchen has certainly become problematic of late. It's hard to
Post-illness symptoms like long Covid are probably more common than we think | Megan Hosey
Clinicians tend to pay less attention to how patients with severe illness do once they are out of mortal danger, or once symptoms extend beyond an arbitrary time frame In recent months, long Covid has received a great deal of media and public attention. Research has found that as many as one in four of those infected with Covid – perhaps millions of people in the US alone – suffer from chronic lo
Nearly 70,000 may die waiting for adult social care before Johnson plan kicks in
Exclusive: Labour says analysis exposes 'gaping flaw' in PM's plan to resolve social care crisis Nearly 70,000 people in England are likely to die waiting for access to adult social care before the changes revealed this week by Boris Johnson come into force, reveals analysis that Labour says "exposes a gaping flaw" in the plan. Criticism has continued to mount after the prime minister announced a
'What If the Thing You're Waiting for Never Arrives?'
During the first year of the pandemic, we at least had something to wait for: Effective vaccines were the gift that would theoretically deliver us back to normalcy. But the vaccines arrived, and the pandemic is still very much here. Many countries don't have the doses that their residents need, and even the nations with wide availability, such as the U.S. and the U.K., haven't reached a vaccinati
Early CT scans deliver huge fall in lung cancer deaths, study shows
Experts say screening smokers and ex-smokers would significantly reduce mortality rate from disease Screening smokers and ex-smokers could dramatically reduce deaths from lung cancer – Britain's biggest cancer killer – a major new study has found. Low-dose computerised tomography (CT) scans can detect tumours in people's lungs early and cut deaths by 16%, according to the UK Lung Cancer Screening
The Pentagon's Army of Nerds
T he Pentagon is not the most inviting place for first-time visitors, and it was no different for Chris Lynch. When he rode the escalator out of the Pentagon metro station, Lynch was greeted by guard dogs and security personnel wearing body armor and toting machine guns. He lost cell service upon entering the building and was forced to run through more than a half mile of hallways to make his mee
Tongue Posture Is a Big Business With Little Evidence
When Kimberly Sheldon was 47, she says made the biggest mistake of her life. That was in 2018, when she says that a dentist explained to her that cutting the tissue under her tongue would help her jaw pain, gum recession, and occasional headaches. Her issues, he said, could be due to the fact that the back of her tongue couldn't reach the roof of her mouth. With a quick laser slice, a $600 charge
An Ode to Squirrels
Tim Lahan W hy are you squawking at me, little messenger? Why are you up in that tree, clenched, flicking your tail in a fury and showering me with imprecations? What have I done to upset you? Well, I think I know. You're vexed by my dullness. You see me lumping along the sidewalk, a blockish biped, with five sleepy senses and a private Truman Show rain cloud over my head, and my insensibility ou
Give staff shares and their moods will rise and fall in synch | Torsten Bell
Stock schemes are a nice perk but they inevitably link workers' happiness with the fluctuating price Investor types like to pretend that trading shares is an emotion-free science. Apparently, it's a serious business and definitely not a socially acceptable form of gambling for the upper-middle class. Back in the real world, it's called playing the stock market for a reason, and lots of emotion wa
The Bends
When the doctor sliced open the body, soft still to the touch, apprenticed to expression, when the flesh was pulled back between index and thumb revealing the armor of breastbone, imagine he who saw the heart froth, the heart bubble over like soda water. Then think of grief leaving the body, flitting like salt to the nearby sink, and joy like atoms joining in air toward another living promise. Un
Scientists Find Tissue Deformities in Seafood Linked to Deepwater Horizon Spill
Abnormal Oysters Researchers have discovered more evidence that oil spills can have long lasting impacts on marine life even more than a decade after a spill. Scientists have found that Eastern oysters from the Gulf Coast region affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster of 2010 have a much higher rate of metaplasia — a condition in which tissue forms abnormally — than Eastern oysters i
What are dormant volcanoes good for? Copper mining
This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink. Oxford scientists have proposed what they believe is a more sustainable approach to copper mining: digging deep wells under dormant volcanoes to suck out the metal-containing fluids trapped beneath them. The status quo: Currently, most copper mining is done via open pits. Drills and explosives blast away rock near the surface, w
Sydney's 'haves and have-nots': poor access to green space in LGAs of concern
The Covid-induced lockdown is amplifying disadvantage in areas already struggling from poor long-term health outcomes Follow our Covid live blog for the latest updates NSW Covid vaccination rate by postcode – check your suburb NSW restrictions ; border restrictions Vaccine rollout tracker ; get our free news app ; get our morning email briefing The Sydney lockdown has exacerbated inequity in the
FY 2022 National Defense Authorization ACT (NDAA), H.R. 4350 will create a Permanent Office for UAP Research, Provide Annual Reports until 2026, update on any efforts underway on the ability to capture or exploit discovered unidentified aerial phenomena
Ruben Gallego Amendment as has been added to our National Defense Authorization Act: WASHINGTON, DC —Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) today announced the passage of his amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) concerning unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP). "It is in the national security interest of the United States to know what is flying in our skies. Whether emerging tech from stra
Psychopathy Screening for Leadership
Futurology, For a long time, everyone has believed that we cannot effectively move policy forward because leadership is unresponsive to anything but their own needs at best. I propose implementing a hard requirement filtering out individuals failing a psychopathy test via MRI to ensure leadership positions are not occupied by an identifiable class of dangerous people.
New Deepfake Tool Turns Livestreamers Into Someone Else in Real Time
Real-Time Deepfakes Deepfake technology is shockingly sophisticated, allowing companies to create advertising clones , countries to imitate political rivals , and turn 50-year-old men into attractive young women . Now, livestreamers are using a new deepfake software to change their face in real time. DeepFaceLive is an open-source AI software that can transform your face into someone else's on vi
Is reality real? These neuroscientists don't think so.
Is there an external reality? Is reality objective? Is the information your senses are feeding you an accurate depiction of reality? Most neuroscientists and scientific leaders believe that we can only comprehend a sliver of what is true reality. Although we assume our senses are telling us the truth, they're actually fabricated to us. Considering senses are unique from person to person, and thro
What do Putin and Bieber have in common? A lot, if you think they look alike
A study finds that people associate personality traits with faces. People thought to have similar personalities were viewed as looking alike; people thought to look alike were viewed as having similar personalities. The research holds a surprise for Vladimir Putin and Justin Bieber. Humans are so good at identifying faces that we see them in places where they do not exist, such as on the moon or
Giant Claw Spotted at SpaceX Rocket Facility
The Claaawwwww A pair of massive claw-like structures have been sighted at SpaceX's launch site. It's fueling speculation that they might be a part of the company's Mechazilla rocket catching system. The claws were initially spotted by NASASpaceFlight photographer Nic Ansuini. The structure was being worked on by engineers near the construction site for Mechazilla's catch arms. However, it's uncl
New Study Finds a Single Neuron Is a Surprisingly Complex Little Computer
Comparing brains to computers is a long and dearly held analogy in both neuroscience and computer science. It's not hard to see why. Our brains can perform many of the tasks we want computers to handle with an easy, mysterious grace. So, it goes, understanding the inner workings of our minds can help us build better computers ; and those computers can help us better understand our own minds. Also
The Prophet of Nothingness
In Joy Williams's 1988 novel, Breaking and Entering , a drifter named Willie finds himself, inexplicably and as if against his will, saving people. A young man is struck by lightning and Willie gives him CPR. An elderly couple drives off a boat ramp and Willie pulls the door open. Willie isn't actively looking to help anyone; he just kind of falls into it. As Williams writes, "He had never had a
Gut flora composition and function may impact susceptibility to konzo, a neurological disease caused by world staple crop cassava
Differences between gut flora and genes from konzo-prone regions of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) may affect the release of cyanide after poorly processed cassava is consumed, according to a study with 180 children. Cassava is a food security crop for over half a billion people in the developing world. Children living in high-risk konzo areas have high glucosidase (linamarase) microbes an
Glow-in-the-dark milky seas of maritime lore really exist – satellite proves it
For centuries, sailors have been reporting strange encounters like the one below. "The whole appearance of the ocean was like a plain covered with snow . There was scarce a cloud in the heavens, yet the sky … appeared as black as if a storm was raging. The scene was one of awful grandeur, the sea having turned to phosphorus, and the heavens being hung in blackness, and the stars going out, seemed
A Film That Draws You Into a Frightening—And Compelling—Psyche
In The Card Counter , William Tell (played by Oscar Isaac) keeps his emotions under strict control. He's a poker player, and the slightest facial expression could give away his hand. William's life is equally circumscribed: He travels around the country from casino to casino, subsisting on low-stakes games and doing nothing to draw attention to himself. Every time he checks into an anonymous mote
Är det farligt att förvara mat i plastburkar?
Svar av Anna Rotander, forskare inriktad på mikroplaster, Örebro universitet När plastmaterial används finns en risk att små partiklar – så kallade mikroplaster och nano­plaster – skavs av. Hur dessa överförs från förpackningar till livsmedel är fortfarande ett tämligen outforskat område, men utöver de rön om mineralvatten som du nämner vet vi bland annat att även mikroplast i köttprodukter kunnat
Impaired T cell function precedes loss of natural HIV control
A small subset of people, known as controllers, are able to suppress HIV naturally, without the need for medication. A small percentage of controllers ultimately lose the ability to suppress the virus. Researchers have found that aborted control is likely due to HIV-specific T cells losing the ability to replicate and kill infected cells, which can happen years before.
Team sequences shea tree genome to support breeding and conservation efforts
The shea tree is best know as a source for a multimillion-dollar ingredient used in cosmetics, personal care products, pharmaceuticals and chocolate. But for hundreds of thousands of African families living in the 'shea belt' it is also a crucial source of nutrition and income. Despite its increasing demand, the slow-growing shea tree is being threatened by other cash crops and its preservation mo
Free radicals linked to heart damage caused by cancer
A new study in animal models shows that the presence of a cancer tumor alone can lead to cardiac damage, and suggests the culprits are molecules called free radicals interacting with specific cells in the heart. Adding specific types of antioxidants to food consumed by fruit flies with tumors reversed the damage to their hearts — a finding suggesting that harm caused by free radicals was the like
Mothers' diabetes may induce premature aging of neural tissue leading to birth defects
About 300,000 to 400,000 fetuses per year from mothers with diabetes develop neural tube defects — when the tissue that eventually forms the brain and spinal cord fails to form properly — which can lead to miscarriage or profound disability. Now using studies in mice, researchers have identified the mechanism behind these structural birth defects, which they say is due to the neural tissue aging

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