Why You Love Cheese – The Scientific Explanation


If you’ve ever sat around wondering why it is you love that hunk of cheese you’re eating so much, researchers have figured out that it may just be your genes: Some people are genetically wired to prefer fatty foods, according to the Independent.

A gene already linked to obesity also is the cause of your fat food preferences, the researchers said. But don’t let that knowledge be an excuse to overindulge. Instead, use it to your advantage, to plan and eat high-quality, high-fat foods that actually are good for you.

The truth is not all fats are created equal: some do harm while others are vitally important for optimal health. And that’s where flawed science has sabotaged your diet and health. The facts are: Eating fat does not make you fat; saturated fat does NOT cause heart disease; and most importantly, eating “low-fat” foods is NOT healthy eating.

Despite what you’ve been told, saturated fats are important to an overall, balanced diet. Not only that, the replacement fats in vegetable oils that you may be consuming in the belief that they are better for you have actually been found to increase mortality risk from all causes, including coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease!

Today, saturated fats found in real foods like avocados, pastured eggs, seeds, nuts, butter, olives, grass-fed meats, coconut oil and raw cacao have finally been vindicated as foods that have many important health benefits. A properly balanced, disease-fighting, healthy high-fat diet comprises 75 to 85 percent of your total calories.

Smoking Set to Be Banned Across Philippines


A nationwide smoking ban is set to take place across the Philippines, according to the Independent. The rules, drawn up in an executive order by the country’s president, will end smoking in all public places, indoor and outdoor — even in private vehicles.

This good news — that at least one country in the world will soon be smoke-free — follows on the heels of a recent study which found that smoking damages your DNA for decades, and increases your risk of several diseases. Researchers have known that smoking alters your DNA methylation, but this particular study demonstrated how long those changes last and how widespread they may be.

These changes link gene expression from methylation to both the development of cancers and the expression of cardiovascular disease. In pregnant women, it also affects the development of chronic disease when the child grows to adulthood.

Nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes, and smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. If you want to quit smoking, you can begin by reading through my comprehensive free nutrition plan to get started eating right, developing a well-rounded exercise program that includes a high-intensity interval workout and engaging in a healthy emotional outlet such as meditation or relaxation techniques like turbo-tapping, an emotional freedom technique that can help clear out emotional blockages that can keep you from fighting the urge to smoke.

Recognizing things that trigger your urge to smoke and preplanning healthier and alternate distractions also can help.

France Opens Its First Supervised Injection Site For Drug Users


The new center will allows drug users to inject with clean syringes and under supervision.

France inaugurated its first supervised injection facility for drug users on Tuesday, setting aside years of acrimonious debate over the merits of a strategy that has slowly gained traction since the Swiss embraced it three decades ago.

 

France’s Socialist government pushed legislation permitting supervised injection centers through parliament last year. The world’s first such facility opened in the Swiss city of Berne in 1986.

Health Minister Marisol Touraine described the move as a milestone in French public health strategy. Many European neighbors including Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway and Spain already run such centers.

A new study on female orgasms proves Freud wrong once and for all.


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In his ‘Three Essays on the theory of Sexuality’ Sigmund Freud argued that there were two types of female orgasms – vaginal and clitoral – the latter of which was seen as ‘infantile and immature’.

A series of studies on the subject of the female orgasm, by Stuart Brody and Rui Miguel Costa, reignited the outdated concept, and added to the theory by arguing that ‘clitoral’ orgasms were linked to ‘immature psychological defence mechanisms’ and poorer relationship quality.

The implications were quite severe: the research argued that women who orgasm by clitoral stimulation were mentally unfit.

However, new research published by neuroscientist and founder of Liberos, Nicole Prause, provides compelling evidence that vaginal and clitoral orgasms are the same, refuting previous studies on the subject.

Prause and her team asked 88 women between the age of 18 and 53 to answer detailed questions about their usual and most recent orgasm experiences, as well as depression and anxiety.

The participants were then asked to view ‘neutral’ and ‘sexual’ films, and were asked to increase or decrease their sexual arousal or to respond ‘as usual’.

Results showed that most women (64 per cent) reported both clitoral and vaginal stimulation are part of their usual methods for attaining orgasm.

Interestingly, those that did report clitoral stimulation was mainly responsible also demonstrated greater control over their sexual arousal.

Prause told ResearchGate:

The clitoris and vagina can be distinguished in the somatosensory cortex, or the motor homunculus on the outside top part of the brain. Some people misinterpreted this as evidence that these areas can independently generate orgasm. There is not actually any evidence that can occur. Further, vaginal intercourse always displaces the clitoral (its legs extend down towards the vaginal opening), so it is impossible to make this distinction when penetrative intercourse is involved for vaginal orgasms.

 

Poland Unveils Glow-In-The-Dark Bicycle Path That Is Charged By The Sun.


bikepath2-768x459Cycling is one of the most eco-friendly ways to travel, and thanks to this solar-powered bike lane that glows in the dark, it just got even more so. If you ever plan on visiting Poland, be sure to bring your bike. That way you won’t miss out on trekking the luminous bike path which is completely self-sustaining, as it’s charged by the sun.

The Starry Night bike path is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after it’s been charged by the sun. This improves the aesthetic appeal and safety of the path.

Located near Lidzbark Warminski, the bike path is illuminated by phosphor, a synthetic material that lights up after it’s been charged by the sun. The starry-looking path was inspired by Studio Roosegaarde and was created by TPA Instytut Badań Technicznych Sp. z o.o,

Said Igor Ruttmar, president of TPA Sp. z o.o., “The material we used for the track gives light for over ten hours. That means the road can radiate throughout the whole night and reaccumulate light the following day

Reportedly, the bike path is meant to improve the safety of people biking at night. The fact that it’s so beautiful is an added bonus.

Though the luminophores, or “particles” in the bike lane material can emit a variety of colors, the designers behind the project picked blue to best fit in with the surrounding landscape. Next Nature Network relays that a priority was to ensure the lane was as sustainable as possible, as well as cost-effective, that way it did not need to cost more than traditional bike paths.

The Starry Night bike path used from the Van Gogh-themed lane is actually quite different than the one installed in Poland. Reportedly, Studio Roosegaarde’s bike lane was lit by LEDs powered by as solar array and “light-collecting paint”. TPA Sp. z o.o’s bike lane, however, doesn’t require any power source other than the sun.

Because the bike lane is still being tested, it is unknown how long the fabulous-looking path will continue to last. For now, it’s one more reason to visit Poland if the opportunity is presented.

 

New Lighter, Tougher, and Bendable Concrete Aims to Revolutionize Roads


Scientists in Singapore have created a new type of concrete that bends, but is more durable and sustainable than the typical concrete.

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University (NTU)-JTC Industrial Infrastructure Innovation Center have created a new type of concrete that is flexible and more durable than regular concrete. They call it ConFlexPave.

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NTU Assistant Professor Yang En-Hua with ConFlexPave. 

According to its inventors, ConFlexPave can greatly reduce the weight and thickness of precast pavement slabs, making them lighter and easier to transport and install — thus, halving the time needed for road work and new pavement. Also, because it is more sustainable, it requires less maintenance compared to conventional concrete.

Aside from cement, water, and sand (the components that make concrete hard and strong), ConFlexPave also consists of special synthetic fibers, which give this new type of concrete the ability to flex and bend under tension, and at the same time enhance skid resistance.

Because of the special materials used to create ConFlexPave, it costs slightly more than regular concrete. But Dr. Yang En-Hua (leader of the research project) claims it is actually economical. He says, “…if you look at it over the entire lifecycle and take into account the manpower reduction since it is easier to install, you can actually save more.”

Dr. Yang sees the potential of ConFlexPave in mitigating earthquake damage to any infrastructure.

New Toothpaste Leaves Dentists Without Work


The Japanese researcher Kazue Yamagishi is responsible for the revolutionary invention for maintaining personal hygiene. Her discovery is a kind of toothpaste with incredible properties! Namely, her paste fills all the holes and cracks in the teeth, and restores the tooth enamel at the same time.

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The properties of this new paste make a lot of manipulations by your dentist unnecessary. The tooth paste contains similar components with the tooth enamel, but it is in a liquid form. Therefore, its form will make it easy for you to apply it using your toothbrush.

The researcher managed to obtain the formula of the new paste by a series of experiments with hydroxylapatite, or otherwise known as crystalline calcium phosphate, which is the main component of the tooth.

As soon as the paste is applied to the teeth, it causes a dilution of the acid on the surface of the teeth. After three minutes, the paste starts to crystallize and gets fastened to the structure of the natural enamel.

Incredible, isn’t it?