My picks from ScienceDaily


Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time To Find A Cure For Major Diseases:

Not using your computer at the moment? You can now donate your computer’s idle time to cutting-edge biomedical research aimed at finding a cure for HIV, Parkinson’s, arthritis, and breast cancer.

1.02 Billion People Hungry: One Sixth Of Humanity Undernourished, More Than Ever Before:

World hunger is projected to reach a historic high in 2009 with 1,020 million people going hungry every day, according to new estimates published by United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Brain Detects Happiness More Quickly Than Sadness:

Our brains get a first impression of people’s overriding social signals after seeing their faces for only 100 milliseconds (0.1 seconds). Whether this impression is correct, however, is another question. Now an international group of experts has carried out an in-depth study into how we process emotional expressions, looking at the pattern of cerebral asymmetry in the perception of positive and negative facial signals.

Three To Six Months To Lose Weight Gained In Pregnancy Is Normal:

Once the baby arrives, many new mothers want to return to their former weight quickly – just like film stars who appear in the media in bikinis just weeks after giving birth. But according to the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG), women should not put themselves under too much pressure straight away. In information published June 19 on Informed Health Online, the Institute also warns that overdoing early weight loss attempts could have a negative impact on breastfeeding.

Having A Higher Purpose In Life Reduces Risk Of Death Among Older Adults:

Possessing a greater purpose in life is associated with lower mortality rates among older adults according to a new study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center.

Insects’ Sex Scents Can Save Lives:

By identifying and also finding methods to prepare the substances, pheromones, that certain insects secret either to attract to them other individuals of the same species, potential sex partners, or to warn each other about enemies, scientists can save many human lives primarily in the third world.

Banning Certain Fishing Gear Can Help Save Reefs From Climate Change:

Banning or restricting the use of certain types of fishing gear could help the world’s coral reefs and their fish populations survive the onslaughts of climate change according to a study by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other groups.

Antibiotics-resistant Gulls Worry Scientists:

The resistance pattern for antibiotics in gulls is the same as in humans, and a new study by Uppsala University researchers shows that nearly half of Mediterranean gulls in southern France have some form of resistance to antibiotics. The study is being published June 18 in the journal PLoS One.

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