Author: Supeding

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Brain Math: Monkeys Do Arithmetic Like Us

It’s increasingly harder to deny computers are more logical (at least deductively) than human brains, and math is long considered the epitome of logical reasoning. Having built computers, we understand fairly well how is it they do math....

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What’s it take to be a master juggler?

Featured here is the Vladmir Tsarkov, the “Electric Juggler,” who despite his stage name doesn’t feature electricity in his act. His act is impressive, and when he does mistime a catch, he graciously recovers–quite...

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Walk or run in rain? (Minute) Physics answers!

I remember at some point watching the Mythbusters episode where they “bust” that running in the rain will get you less wet than walking will. From that moment on, I’ve always patiently walked under the nearest...

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Miracle Pill: Aspirin – how does it work?

Aspirin goes by many names: Bayer Aspirin, Ecotrin, acetylsalicylic acid, etc. It’s acknowledged everywhere as the go-to pill for headaches and pain. Long ago, Hippocrates noted that willow bark powder can ease pain. The compound, known...

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Whey protein powder and shakes cause acne

Whey protein powder and protein shakes are popular dietary supplements for athletes and body builders. Whey is milk serum, the liquid left over from curdling milk to make cheese. Milk ingestion is known to be...

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Chef Scientist: master umani, the savory taste

Umani described the “savory taste,” joining the ranks of sweet, sour, bitter, and salty. The taste is considered distinct from saltiness since tongue sensory cells have distinct receptors for L-glutamate, a non-essential amino acid...

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Science of Productivity

ASAPscience feature video. Takeaway points: Willpower is limited (“ego-exhaustion”) Starting a project makes it easier to complete (Zeigarnik effect) Deliberate practice beats longer practice Suggestions: Write down progress Stop multitasking Take small breaks Keep...

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Platelets kill parasites in humans.

Parasitic infection can be terrifying; the thought of another organism eating you from within conjures the chest-busting scenes from the Alien series. Most malaria deaths, an estimated 655,000 annually, result from the parasite Plasmodium falciparumi,...

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Marijuana health risks – Weed causes psychosis!

There’s a strong association between illicit drug use and psychosis. Traditionally, researchers envision three possibilities: Drugs cause psychotic diseases People suffering from psychotic diseases self medicate Another factor increases occurrence of both drug use and psychosis...

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Vitamin E Reverses High-Carb, High-Fat Diets

Carbohydrates get a quite a bit of bad media coverage; Atkin’s and ketogenic diets limit carbohydrate intake for efficient weight loss, at a price. High carbohydrate, high fat diets are known to induce cardiovascular...

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Cold Sores and Herpes: How to avoid infection

Cold sores (fever blisters) are small, fluid-filled blisters that usually present on the lips more frequently when distressed or under physiological strain. They usually heal in 2 weeks and may burst and scab. Cold...

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Say Hello to the Immune-Boosting Diet

Intense exercise can be suppress the immune system and leave athletes especially vulnerable to infection for a 3-12 hour window. Recent research suggests that diet can counteract some of those effects. Inadequate macro-nutrient intake can be...

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Want to lose weight? Try sleeping more

A calorie deficit is hard to maintain (just ask anyone on the Atkins!), but more and more research is suggesting that losing weight gets even harder without sufficient sleep. The American Heart Association in...

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Hangover cures backed by science

  In summary, eat fat/carbs before drinking to slow absorption of alcohol. Drink excess water to counteract the diuretic effects of ethanol (and prevent headaches). Darker drinks have congeners that exacerbate the body’s detox...