CHINA IS BUILDING THE WORLD’S LARGEST RADIO TELESCOPE (FAST)


In Pingtang County, Chinese engineers are building the Five-Hundred-Meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope, or FAST. The telescope is under construction and is expected to be completed in 2016. It will be the world’s largest telescope, outdoing Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory by 200 meters.

 

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TOP THREE DESIGN FINALISTS IN NASA’S 3D PRINTED HABITAT CHALLENGE


The top three design finalists, in NASA’s 3D Printed Habitat challenge, for Mars, with more than 165 submissions, has been announced.

The competition is part of NASA’s Centennial Challenges program and is managed by America Makes, a partnership of organizations focused on accelerating capabilities and adoption of additive manufacturing technology.

The 30 highest-scoring entries were judged, displayed at the Maker Faire event. The first-place award of $25,000 went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office for their design, ICE HOUSE. Second place and $15,000 was awarded to Team Gamma. Third place was awarded to Team LavaHive.

Centennial Challenges Program Manager Monsi Roman, said:

“The creativity and depth of the designs we’ve seen have impressed us. These teams were not only imaginative and artistic with their entries, but they also really took into account the life-dependent functionality our future space explorers will need in an off-Earth habitat.”

The first-place award of $25,000 went to Team Space Exploration Architecture and Clouds Architecture Office of New York, New York, for their design, Mars Ice House.

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Second place and $15,000 was awarded to Team Gamma for their habitat design.

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Team LavaHive was awarded third place honors for their Mars habitat design.

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The top 30 submissions can be viewed here.

Source: NASA

NEW HORIZONS FINDS BLUE SKIES AND WATER ICE ON PLUTO


The first color images of Pluto’s atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.

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“Who would have expected a blue sky in the Kuiper Belt? It’s gorgeous,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), Boulder, Colorado.

The haze particles themselves are likely gray or red, but the way they scatter blue light has gotten the attention of the New Horizons science team.

“That striking blue tint tells us about the size and composition of the haze particles,” said science team researcher Carly Howett, also of SwRI. “A blue sky often results from scattering of sunlight by very small particles. On Earth, those particles are very tiny nitrogen molecules. On Pluto they appear to be larger — but still relatively small — soot-like particles we call tholins.”

Scientists believe the tholin particles form high in the atmosphere, where ultraviolet sunlight breaks apart and ionizes nitrogen and methane molecules and allows them to react with one another to form more and more complex negatively and positively charged ions. When they recombine, they form very complex macromolecules, a process first found to occur in the upper atmosphere of Saturn’s moon Titan. The more complex molecules continue to combine and grow until they become small particles; volatile gases condense and coat their surfaces with ice frost before they have time to fall through the atmosphere to the surface, where they add to Pluto’s red coloring.

In a second significant finding, New Horizons has detected numerous small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto. The discovery was made from data collected by the Ralph spectral composition mapper on New Horizons.

Water Ice on Pluto: Regions with exposed water ice are highlighted in blue in this composite image from New Horizons' Ralph instrument, combining visible imagery from the Multispectral Visible Imaging Camera (MVIC) with infrared spectroscopy from the Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA). The strongest signatures of water ice occur along Virgil Fossa, just west of Elliot crater on the left side of the inset image, and also in Viking Terra near the top of the frame. A major outcrop also occurs in Baré Montes towards the right of the image, along with numerous much smaller outcrops, mostly associated with impact craters and valleys between mountains. The scene is approximately 280 miles (450 kilometers) across. Note that all surface feature names are informal. Credits: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI

“Large expanses of Pluto don’t show exposed water ice,” said science team member Jason Cook, of SwRI, “because it’s apparently masked by other, more volatile ices across most of the planet. Understanding why water appears exactly where it does, and not in other places, is a challenge that we are digging into.”

A curious aspect of the detection is that the areas showing the most obvious water ice spectral signatures correspond to areas that are bright red in recently released color images.

“I’m surprised that this water ice is so red,” says Silvia Protopapa, a science team member from the University of Maryland, College Park. “We don’t yet understand the relationship between water ice and the reddish tholin colorants on Pluto’s surface.”

The New Horizons spacecraft is currently 3.1 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) from Earth, with all systems healthy and operating normally.

Source: NASA

Scientists map genes that extend life by as much as 60 percent if deleted


A 10-year effort to identify the genes responsible for ageing has led to researchers finding 238 specific genes that, when removed, significantly extend the lifespan of yeast cells in laboratory testing.

If the results of this genetic editing can be replicated in humans – which is a possibility, since many of the genes and genetic pathways involved are also found in higher life forms – we may be able to seriously boost human lifespans by turning off ageing processes. The researchers found that the life of yeast could be extended by as much as 60 percent in some circumstances.

“This study looks at ageing in the context of the whole genome and gives us a more complete picture of what ageing is,” said Brian Kennedy, president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in the US and lead author of the study. “It also sets up a framework to define the entire network that influences ageing in this organism.”

Together with researchers from the University of Washington, the Buck Institute laboriously examined the development of some 4,698 separate yeast strains, each featuring a single gene deletion. The researchers counted cells in each strain to track their respective replicative lifespan, monitoring how many daughter cells the mother cells could ultimately produce by cell division.

“We had a small needle attached to a microscope, and we used that needle to tease out the daughter cells away from the mother every time it divided and then count how many times the mother cells divides,” said Kennedy. “We had several microscopes running all the time.”

The process may have been excruciatingly delicate/time-consuming or something else, but it yielded results. The researchers identified 238 genes responsible for ageing in yeast, which when removed, extend the lifespan of individual strains. While scientists already knew a minority amongst these genes affected ageing, it’s the first time 189 of the others been linked to ageing processes, giving us the most comprehensive view yet of what the researchers call the “conserved mechanisms of ageing” in yeast.

While the duration of yeast lifespans might not ordinarily keep you up at night, there are a few reasons why perhaps it should. From a genetic perspective at least, the ingredient that helps make bread rise (and beer so compelling) shares more than a few things in common with you and me.

“Almost half of the genes we found that affect ageing are conserved in mammals,”said Kennedy. “In theory, any of these factors could be therapeutic targets to extend healthspan. What we have to do now is figure out which ones are amenable to targeting.”

The theoretical applications for combating ageing in people could be huge, provided researchers can indeed figure out which genomic targets are amenable to alteration.

Especially when you consider how effective some of the gene deletions were. In the most stunning result of the study, which is published in Cell Metabolism, researchers found that removing a particular gene called LOS1 extended the life of the yeast by 60 percent.

LOS1 is involved in the process of building proteins, but it’s also related to separate genes respectively concerned with caloric restriction and DNA damage control.

“Calorie restriction has been known to extend lifespan for a long time,” said Kennedy. “The DNA damage response is linked to ageing as well. LOS1 may be connecting these different processes.”

The 5 Traits of Great Future Leaders


 

 I love the saying “There’s no success without a successor.” It expresses the concept that you’re not just leading because you want to be the boss or have a nice title and the corner office; you’re leading because you want to create a legacy.

When working toward a legacy, one of the greatest responsibilities is identifying those with leadership potential to help your team in accomplishing that vision.

Finding leaders isn’t about finding those with the loudest or even the most reasonable voice, or even finding the one with most impressive skills. How often have you seen someone with great skills be promoted to a leadership position, only to see him become a harried, crazed person making outrageous decisions that demoralize the team? It happens, but it doesn’t have to happen to your team, when you understand how to spot people with the potential to become leaders, people who will help achieve the vision you’re working toward.

There are five traits of potential leaders that make them easy to spot:

1. They like people.

This is non-negotiable for leaders. Those who are following want to be around and be a part of things led by someone who likes them and is helping them succeed. People don’t want to be around someone who is clearly impatient with them and considers them a nuisance. In other words, they won’t follow someone who doesn’t like them.

2. They are possibility thinkers.

Challenges don’t stymie them. Potential leaders aren’t Pollyannas; they are willing to admit that problems exist. But even if solutions aren’t readily apparent, they can find the workarounds that help the team move forward toward the goals.

3. They communicate.

Leaders must have a desire to interact with others. Excellent communication skills can be learned, but leaders innately want to express vision, goals and tasks to others. Those whose go-to coping method is to silo themselves away from the community are not yet suited for leadership.

4. They are willing to learn.

Leaders are usually finding ways to learn and grow, and they are motivated to share that information. There will always come a point in a leader’s life where the vision they are pursuing requires them to learn and become more: a better communicator, a dynamic re-director or a stronger motivator.

5. They can catch a vision.

Leaders may not come with their own vision at first, but they can be inspired to catch an existing vision. Their determination to be possibility thinkers and willingness to learn will aid them in learning from a mentor how to create their own visions.

While some people have a natural bent toward being a leader, good leadership skills can be learned by people who have these five traits. You’ll grow as a leader as you identify these people and help them develop into all that they can be. I’ve discovered that one of the most satisfying parts of my life, both professionally and personally, has this process of finding and growing successors.

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Is this the future of hypersonic travel? Airbus’ vision for Concorde 2 that could take off vertically and fly from New York to London in just one hour


  • Two turbo jets would allow hypersonic craft to climb vertically at take-off 
  • Wing-mounted ramjets would take control to push it to its final speed

It looks like a futuristic craft from the children’s TV series Thunderbirds, but this sleek design could actually be for a Concorde-2 hypersonic airliner.

The designs are based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July, which describes a craft that climbs vertically into the air before breaking the sound barrier as it travels horizontally across the sky.

Dubbed Concorde-2 because it would be much faster and quieter than the retired supersonic jet, the plane is designed to have a top speed of Mach 4.5, meaning a journey from New York to London would take just one hour.

An aircraft dubbed 'Concorde Two' may resemble a spacecraft with an A-wing according to illustrations  based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July, which describes a craft that climbs vertically in the air before breaking the sound barrier as it travels horizontally

An aircraft dubbed ‘Concorde Two’ may resemble a spacecraft with an A-wing according to illustrations based on a patent awarded to Airbus in July, which describes a craft that climbs vertically in the air before breaking the sound barrier as it travels horizontally

Airbus hopes its planned hypersonic jet, which would travel at 4.5 times the speed of sound, could take people between two major cities faster than most daily commutes.

Its proposed one-hour journey time between New York and London would be more than three times faster than the original Concorde, which made its final flight in 2003. Standard airliners take around eight hours to complete the journey.

Airbus’ jet is described as ‘an air vehicle including a fuselage, a gothic delta wing distributed on either side of the fuselage, and a system of motors able to propel the air vehicle’.

These details have been taken into account in the computer-generated illustrations shown on Patent Yogi‘s YouTube channel, where the proposed craft is described as ‘the highest rollercoaster in the world’ because of the steep ascent and descent – and high speed – of its flight path.

 

The Airbus craft's proposed one-hour journey time between New York and London would be more than three times faster than the original Concorde, which made its final flight in 2003

The Airbus craft’s proposed one-hour journey time between New York and London would be more than three times faster than the original Concorde, which made its final flight in 2003
Airbus hopes its planned hypersonic jet could take people between two major cities faster than most daily commutes and it will be quieter than Concorde because it will create less of a sonic boom (illustrated)

Airbus hopes its planned hypersonic jet could take people between two major cities faster than most daily commutes and it will be quieter than Concorde because it will create less of a sonic boom (illustrated)

HOW WOULD IT REACH MACH 4.5?

The patent describes how three different types of engine, powered by different form of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h).

Two turbo jets would allow the jet to climb vertically at take-off, before retracting into the fuselage just before it reaches the speed of sound.

A rocket motor would then take it to an altitude of 100,000ft (30,000 metres).

The wing-mounted ramjets would then take control to push the jet to its final speed.

The patent describes how three different types of engine, powered by different forms of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h).

Two turbo jets would allow the aircraft to climb vertically at take-off, before retracting into the fuselage just before it reaches the speed of sound.

A rocket motor would take it to an altitude of 100,000 feet (30,000 metres). The wing-mounted ramjets would then take control to push the jet to its final speed.

Airbus says it has designed the craft’s aerodynamics to limit sonic boom, making it much quieter than Concorde, which some complained was too noisy when it flew over populated areas.

However, unlike with Concorde, the Airbus design will limit passengers to just 20. And it won’t be cheap.

‘In the case of civil applications, the market envisaged is principally that of business travel and VIP passengers, who require transcontinental return journeys within one day,’ the patent states.

A trip from London to New York could take just one hour if Airbus has its way. Pictured is a illustration of what it could look like from a recent patent application, inlcluding rotating fins

A trip from London to New York could take just one hour if Airbus has its way. Pictured is a illustration of what it could look like from a recent patent application, inlcluding rotating fins
The patent describes how three different types of engine, powered by different forms of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h) or 4.5 Mach (illustrated above)

The patent describes how three different types of engine, powered by different forms of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h) or 4.5 Mach (illustrated above)
The craft would take off vertically before breaking the sound barrier horizontally and making a steep descent again. Patent Yogi's YouTube channel, where the illustrations come from, have described Airbus's planned plane as 'the highest roller coaster in the world' because of its unusual proposed path

The craft would take off vertically before breaking the sound barrier horizontally and making a steep descent again. Patent Yogi’s YouTube channel, where the illustrations come from, have described Airbus’s planned plane as ‘the highest roller coaster in the world’ because of its unusual proposed path

Airbus claims the jet would be able to complete trips such as Tokyo to Los Angeles in just three hours.

The aircraft manufacturer says the hypersonic jet could also be used for military applications, working to transport soldiers at rapid speeds.

Another smaller aerospace firm called Aerion Corp has partnered with Airbus to develop another supersonic business jet – the AS2.

The jet is tipped to fly at 1,217 mph and would be made of carbon-composite material.

This compares to modern commercial long-haul jets typically cruise at speeds between 480 and 560 mph.

Brian Barents, co-chairman of Aerion Corp, told BizJournals he hopes the $120 million jet will come to market by 2022.

Aerion is talking to governing bodies in the US about the issue of noise regulations so it’s more likely the jet could fly over the mainland.

He believes a renaissance of supersonic civil travel is on the horizon.

But Airbus isn’t the only one vying to create hypersonic aircraft technology, with a new generation of planes expected to take to the skies in just over a decade.

Footage of the first British Concorde test flight at Filton in 1969
Airbus says it has designed the craft's aerodynamics (illustrated)  to limit sonic boom, making it much quieter than Concorde, which some complained was too noisy when it flew over land

Airbus says it has designed the craft’s aerodynamics (illustrated)  to limit sonic boom, making it much quieter than Concorde, which some complained was too noisy when it flew over land
Three different types of engine, powered by different form of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h) according to the patent (one image from it is shown)

Three different types of engine, powered by different form of hydrogen, would work together to propel the vehicle at speeds of 3,425mph (5,500km/h) according to the patent (one image from it is shown)

In July, US Air Force bosses revealed they hope to have a hypersonic plane capable of crossing countries in minutes by 2023 and that several tests of hypersonic projectiles have already been carried out.

Air Force Chief Scientist Mica Endsley told Military.com that the Air Force and Darpa, the Pentagon’s research entity, plan to have a new and improved hypersonic air vehicle by 2023.

Experimental unmanned aircraft developed for the US Air Force have already gone hypersonic during tests off the Southern California coast, flying at more than five times the speed of sound.

The Air Force said a craft known as the X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet engine and hit a speed of Mach 5.1 last year.

The new air vehicle could be used to transport sensors, equipment or weaponry in the future, depending upon how the technology develops.

Previously bosses had only said they hoped that missile systems would be available for testing in 2020.

Another smaller aerospace firm called Aerion Corp has partnered with Airbus to develop another supersonic business jet - the AS2 (illustrated). The jet is tipped to fly at 1,217 mph (1,959 km/h)

Another smaller aerospace firm called Aerion Corp has partnered with Airbus to develop another supersonic business jet – the AS2 (illustrated). The jet is tipped to fly at 1,217 mph (1,959 km/h)
Airbus says it has designed the craft's aerodynamics to limit sonic boom, which was a major problem for Concorde when it flew over land. A cross-section of the planned futuristic plane is shown above

Airbus says it has designed the craft’s aerodynamics to limit sonic boom, which was a major problem for Concorde when it flew over land. A cross-section of the planned futuristic plane is shown above
Passengers on the aircraft will be limited to 20 ( a possible seating arrangement is shown). Airbus says the hypersonic jet could also be for military applications, working to transport soldiers at rapid speeds

Passengers on the aircraft will be limited to 20 ( a possible seating arrangement is shown). Airbus says the hypersonic jet could also be for military applications, working to transport soldiers at rapid speeds

How to Overcome the Need to Control Everything


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“Can you deal with the most vital matters by letting events take their course? Can you step back from you own mind and thus understand all things? Giving birth and nourishing, having without possessing, acting with no expectations, leading and not trying to control: this is the supreme virtue.” ~ Lao Tzu

How many times have you suffered because of the need to control everything? How many times have you held your breath in anticipation of a favorable outcome? How many blind dates did you force yourself to go on because you had to know or you wanted a relationshipnow? If you’re anything like me, the answer is many. Let me guess… you also had the perfect plan in mind for how things would work out if it was the so-called right way – the job, the relationship, the house, the pregnancy, etc. And when it didn’t go your way, you simply kept fighting anything that stood in your way of the plan.

Looking back on my own life, I wish that instead of forcing things to happen, I had simply sat back and enjoyed the ride. I see now how much suffering I caused myself by being stubbornly addicted to my plan. It led to anxiety, negativity and discontent, all because I had to know and having a plan was my way of knowing. I was so dedicated to this plan that if it happened differently, I couldn’t even see or feel that it was actually what I wanted. The truth is, “When nothing is sure, anything is possible!” And sometimes the possibilities are ones that we couldn’t have ever imagined ourselves.

This deep-rooted fear around the unknowns of life impacts many. So much so that we haveresisted the journey and denied ourselves the right to enjoy life. Does this sound familiar?

Below you’ll find 7 simple ways that are mean to help you overcome the need to control everything and relax into life.

1. Realize that there are many paths to getting there.

Sometimes we are so set on our ideal way that we don’t realize many streams lead to the sea. In other words, just because it doesn’t happen one way doesn’t mean it’s not happening a different way.

“Say not, ‘I have found the truth,’ but rather, ‘I have found a truth.’ Say not, ‘ I have found the path of the soul.’ Say rather, ‘I have met the soul walking upon my path.’ For the soul walks upon all paths. The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed. The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

2. Notice if there is any area of your life where you are holding on too tight.

Hint: You know you are holding on too tight because you feel overwhelmed and under pressure about the outcome.

Write about it and release it onto paper. Zoom out and try to see the bigger picture. Is it possible that you have been looking at this situation through a narrow lens because of fear? What else is possible? Use your imagination.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond the winning.” ~ Lao Tzu

3. Start using the affirmation “I go with the flow of life and trust that things work out for me.”

Affirmations bring a new message to your subconscious mind. For years you might have been thinking, ‘this is how things should work out, and if they don’t work out this way then things are bad’. Create a new way of thinking about life by repeating this to yourself daily.

4. Be ok with NOT KNOWING.

Use the quote by Margaret Drabble “when nothing is sure, anything is possible” to remind yourself that not knowing is a beautiful thing and leads to life-changing experiences and discoveries.

5. Imagine yourself as an 80-year-old grandparent reminiscing about your life.

You already know how everything turned out in your life and you smile at the memories. The greatest memories and stories you will tell your children and grandchildren of your life will most likely be the surprises, the last-minute changes, and the random incidents that lead to something important. In the grand scheme of things, this is what life is really about!

6. Choose a new word(s) to support your life.

You may not have realized it, but there are words that we use to define the good and bad experiences in life, and we all want the good. For instance, perfect, skinny, fast, rich, safe are often ideals of what makes something good, while scary, long, painful, and shocking are considered bad. What if you choose a better word? What if you reached higher to replace perfect with exciting, scary with adventurous, fast with natural, and painful with healing?

7. Collect evidence from past experiences.

Make a list of times when you either had no idea what was going to happen or when you had a plan and things didn’t turn out how you wanted. List all the positives that came out of that experience. Notice how one door being closed led to a different opportunity.

Now take a moment to breathe and imagine you have freed yourself from your plan and trusted in the unknowns. Imagine enjoying your job or blind dates and finding that you had a good time and learned something about yourself even though that position or person wasn’t meant to be. With this level of acceptance, the possibilities are endless!

Coconut Oil Is Better Than Any Toothpaste According To New Study


Scientists studied the effect of coconut oil on the bacteria that are found in the oral cavity. Results have shown that coconut oil can destroy most of the bacteria in the oral cavity, but is particularly effective in killing Candida albicanis.

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Excessive levels of these bacteria are the result of improper diet and excessive consumption of processed foods and sugar. Candida albicanis in the oral cavity may cause symptoms such as chronic fatigue, recurrent fungal infections and indigestion.

Scientists point out that coconut oil can be an alternative to ordinary toothpaste, while carrying less risk for health consequences, unlike toothpaste. In fact, previous studies have shown that the toothpaste, especially those with a high content of fluoride can increase the risk of a variety of conditions.

Scientists point out that the study used a coconut oil of inferior quality. This means that 100% organic coconut oil would affect even better. Look for extra-virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, which has excellent healing properties.

Previous studies have shown that coconut oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties. This is why it can be used for oral hygiene and the prevention of gum disease.

25 Most Overlooked Ways to Lose Weight .


These one-second tweaks can help you get shredded in literally no time flat!

About 750 years ago, a British philosopher and scholar named William of Ockham came up with a theory that can best be summarized like this: Keep it simple, stupid.

His theory, known today as Occum’s Razor, basically says that the simplest path forward is usually the best. And while we’ll never know if William actually had ye olde abs, his view on philosophy is the same as our view on quick weight loss: If you just do the little things—take advantage of tiny overlooked tweaks to your daily routine—you could toss the rice cakes and running shoes once and for all. (Or at least not feel like you were a slave to them.) In fact, a swing of just 10 calories a day—about as many calories as you burn in 3 minutes of standing still—will make you a pound slimmer by this time next year.

So before you sign up for a complicated diet plan or commit to an expensive personal trainer, make sure you’ve taken advantage of these simple, effective and overlooked ways to strip off the pounds.

Order a “Coffee, Black”

A cup of coffee has nearly zero calories. A cup of coffee with cream and sugar has 80 calories. If you drink two cups a day, learning to take it black will save you 14 pounds in a year!

Go Full Fat

Not around your waist, but on your plate: A new report from the Credit Suisse Research Institute found that more and more of us are choosing whole-fat foods over skim, lite, fat-free or other modern monikers of leanness. And while many health organizations like the American Heart Association still want us to cut down on fat—particularly saturated fat—this full-fat trend may be a healthy rebellion against those decades-old credos, according to recent studies.

Choose Red Fruit Over Green

It’s the best fruit for weight loss. That means Pink Lady over Granny Smith, watermelon over honeydew, red grapes over green ones. The higher levels of nutrients called flavonoids—particularly anthocyanins, compounds that give red fruits their color—calm the action of fat-storage genes. In fact, red-bellied stone fruits like plums boast phenolic compounds that have been shown to modulate the expression of fat genes.

Steep Pu-Erh Tea

This fermented Chinese tea can literally shrink the size of your fat cells! To discover the brew’s fat-crusading powers Chinese researchers divided rats into five groups and fed them varying diets over a two month period. In addition to a control group, there was a group given a high-fat diet with no tea supplementation and three additional groups that were fed a high-fat diet with varying doses of pu-erh tea extract.

The researchers found that the tea significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations (potentially dangerous fat found in the blood) and belly fat in the high-fat diet groups. Although sipping the tea could have slightly different outcomes in humans, we think these findings are promising enough that it’s still well worth your while to fix yourself a steaming hot cup.

Make Every Day Casual Friday

Wear jeans to work wears away your belly. University of Wisconsin researchers found that people who wore denim to work took almost 500 more steps (about a quarter mile) throughout the day than they did on days when they wore more formal attire. Sure, you may feel more dapper in your suit, but losing extra belly fat is sure to make you see jeans in a different light and feel more confident—no matter what you’re wearing.

Shower Before Bed

If you normally bathe in the A.M., listen up. “A hot shower is great for ensuring a good night’s sleep because it can help relieve tension and relax sore muscles. Additionally, it can increase the level of oxytocin—a “love” hormone released by your brain—which can be very soothing,” says Falamas.

The heat from the shower also gives your body temperature a lift, resulting in a quick drop in temp when you get out and towel off, a dip that helps relax your entire system. A hot bath will also have the same effect.

Take A Whiff

Smelling fresh green apples, bananas and pears can curb appetite and make sugary desserts less appealing, studies have shown. The scientists suggest this is because the produce makes you subconsciously think about making healthier choices.

If a fruit basket on your desk attracts too many flies, try a simpler idea, like a shea butter-based scented lotion, which will have the same effect. (If you’re eating your apple instead of sniffing it, go for the red one.)

 

Become a Cereal Killer

Does your crazy-busy morning routine leave you with little time to do more than scarf down a bowl of cereal before running out the door? If so, put down the spoon and listen up! Research has found that eating oatmeal is more satiating than the cold stuff and can help you slim down.

Since the instant varieties aren’t always nutritional champions, it’s better to use the slow-cooking variety and whip up a bowl of drool-worthy Zero Belly oatmeal.

Take a Candy Daydream

A recent study found that fantasizing about eating an entire packet of your favorite candy before indulging may cause you to eat less of it. For the study, researchers asked participants to imagine eating 3 or 30 M&Ms, and then invited them to help themselves to some of the candies as a “taste test.” Those who imagined eating lots of M&Ms actually ate the least.

Schedule a Workout Date

It’s hard to squeeze in a workout before meeting friends for drinks, so you blow off…the workout, of course. A better idea: Tell your bud to meet you at the gym. You can socialize, get fit, and still hit the bar afterwards.

This trick works with spouses, too: A recent JAMA Internal Medicine study of nearly 4,000 couples found that people are more likely to stick to healthy habits like exercise when they team up with their partner.

Go Nuclear

While frozen produce has a nutrient density that’s often higher than fresh, canned foods don’t hold up. A study in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture found that for some vegetables, canning degraded as much as 95 percent of the vitamin C and damaged every B vitamin in the food. Nuke your frozen fruits and veggies instead.

Host a Melon Banquet

While all fruits are healthy, a handful of them reign supreme when it comes to frying fat and de-bloating your belly. University of Kentucky researchers found that eating watermelon can lower fat accumulation, while another group of great minds discovered that honeydew can banish water retention and bloating. Spend ten minutes chopping up these slimming fruits for the week ahead.

Enjoy them solo as a snack, throw them into yogurt or add them to salads.

Pregame Your Dinner

While it may sound counterintuitive, eating before going to a work dinner or happy hour can actually take off pounds.

A series of studies out of Penn State found that noshing on an apple or a broth-based soup prior to sitting down to a restaurant meal can reduce total calorie intake by 20 percent. With the average restaurant meal weighing in at 1,128 calories, saving 20 percent once a day could help you lose up to 23 pounds this year.

 

Play Betty Crocker

If you’ve let the time pass and you’re still craving something sweet, it’s okay to indulge—just do so mindfully and in moderation. Instead of munching on a few Oreos, whip up a single-serve dessert in the microwave. It only takes ten minutes.

According to Psychological Science research, people who prepare sweets themselves find them far tastier than those who watch someone else make the same recipe. The more satisfied you feel, the less likely you are to go back for seconds and the easier it will be to lose weight.

Make Perfect Fried Eggs

Impatience is the easiest way to ensure a tough, underwhelming egg. Instead, heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat and add just enough butter or olive oil to lightly coat the pan. Crack the eggs directly into the pan and let them sit, undisturbed, untul the whites fully coagulate, but the yolks are still wobbly, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Drink Chocolate Milk

“I drink low-fat, organic chocolate milk every day—usually after my morning workout,” says Elisa Zied, RDN. “Not only do I love the taste, but I also know it delivers a valuable mix of calcium and vitamin D that I might not otherwise get enough of.”

The drink also provides high-quality protein that’s filling and helps preserve lean muscle mass, which is something that tends to decline as we get older. Even though it has some added sugars, research suggests that low-fat chocolate milk is a great beverage to aid muscle recovery after a workout.”

Balance Your Salad

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Know Your Nuts

Research shows that omega-3 fats can help ward off depression and heart attacks, and walnuts contain an impressive 2.5 grams per ounce. A USDA study found pecans to display four times the antioxidant activity of almonds and nearly six times that of peanuts.
And compared to almonds, macadamias deliver about twice as many healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. Use the oil to burn fat, too!

Spread the Tahini

“Tahini is an oft-forgotten option for nut and seed butters, but it sits front and center in my fridge because it delivers major creaminess to sauces and smoothies and packs a powerful flavor punch,” says Willow Jarosh MS, RD co-owner of C&J Nutrition. “Although some advise against eating the spread because of its high omega 3:6 ratio, the super high intake of omega-6s in the average American’s diet isn’t due to things like tahini—it’s mostly from not eating a variety of fats or consuming the majority of fats from fried foods and packaged snacks.
As long as you’re also eating foods rich in omega-3s, your end-of-day ratio should be nothing to worry about. Plus, tahini is loaded with tons of healthy nutrients like copper, which helps maintain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant responses in the body. It also provides 6 percent of the day’s calcium in just one tablespoon.”

Play Video Games :)

Next time you’re jonesing for a dietary no-no, seek out a distraction. Most cravings only last about ten minutes; if you can just stay away from the kitchen and keep your mind occupied for that long, you’ll likely forget all about it, which can save you thousands of calories and subsequent pounds in the long run.
So call a friend, take a walk, stream John Oliver or play video games. Research has found that getting in touch with your inner gamer stimulates the brain’s reward system and reduces the desire to eat. It really doesn’t matter what you do to distract yourself as long as it doesn’t involve putting fork to mouth (finger foods count, too!).

Swap Whey for Veggie Protein

Zero Belly Diet test panelist Bryan Wilson, a 29-year-old accountant, lost 19 pounds and an astounding 6 inches from his waist in just six weeks on the program, and he attributes his success to the Zero Belly shake recipes. “I love the shakes. I added them to my diet, and almost immediately I lost the bloat,” Bryan said.
“I’m a sweet craver, and the shakes were an awesome alternative to bowls and bowls of ice cream I would have had.” Protein shakes are great ways to get a monster dose of belly-busting nutrition into a delicious, simple snack. But most commercial protein shakes are filled with unpronounceable chemicals that can upset our gut health and cause inflammation and bloat. And the high doses of whey used to boost protein levels can amplify the belly-bloating effect.
The Zero Belly solution: Try vegan protein, which will give you the same fat-burning, hunger-squelching, muscle-building benefits, without the bloat.

Sprinkle Some Ch-ch-chia

“Chia seeds aren’t just a pet, they’re a party in your mouth. I’m a huge fan of them because they’re chock-full of heart-healthy omega-3s, fiber, protein and calcium. Chia seeds are easily absorbed by the body, so they’re very nourishing and satiating. Every day I add them to my breakfast smoothie or pair them with yogurt or cottage cheese along with some blueberries.” – Sarah Koszyk, MA, RD, founder of Family. Food. Fiesta.

Make a Breadless Sandwich

In seconds: Lay a slice of Swiss cheese on a cutting board. Top with a slice of deli turkey and a spoonful of hummus or guacamole. Wrap like a jelly roll and eat.

Keep it Cool

A striking new study published in the journal Diabetes suggests that simply blasting the air conditioner or turning down the heat in winter may help us attack belly fat while we sleep. Colder temperatures subtly enhance the effectiveness of our stores of brown fat—fat keeps you warm by helping you burn through the fat stored in your belly.

Participants spent a few weeks sleeping in bedrooms with varying temperatures: a neutral 75 degrees, a cool 66 degrees, and a balmy 81 degrees. After four weeks of sleeping at 66 degrees, the subjects had almost doubled their volumes of brown fat. (And yes, that means they lost belly fat.)

Swap out the Quinoa

With ancient grains trending, this one will battle quinoa and teff for space at your table. Native to the Middle East, kamut, also known as Khorsan wheat, is rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, high in protein and low in calories.

A half-cup serving has 30% more protein than regular wheat (six grams), with only 140 calories. Eating kamut reduces cholesterol, blood sugar and cytokines, which cause inflammation throughout the body, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found. “This whole grain has plenty to offer,” says Moskovitz. “It packs in a good source of zinc, iron and B-vitamins, all of which will help keep your energy levels high so you can burn more calories throughout the day, aiding your weight-loss efforts.”