I think this is so relevant. You are indeed, at least to a significant extent, what you eat. There is so much research to show what a great impact the right foods can have on mood, and how the right nutrition can help stabilize emotional imbalances. 

To read more about how various foods may affect the biology of your brain and body, read this article from Dartmouth to find out more.

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As a cheese lover, I cannot begin to express my happiness over this research!

New study shows dairy is good for your metabolic health

It’s well known that dairy products contain calcium and minerals good for bones, but new research has shown that dairy consumption may also have beneficial effects on metabolic health and can reduce risk of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Curious about these impacts, researchers from CHU de Québec Research Center and Laval University studied the dairy-eating habits of healthy French-Canadians’ and monitored how dairy consumption may have an effect on their overall metabolic health. They published their findings today in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism.


Myrmarachne plataleoides

Myrmarachne plataleoides, also called the Kerengga Ant-like Jumper, is a jumping spider that mimics the Kerengga or weaver ant in morphology and behaviour. This species is found in India, Sri Lanka, China and many parts of Southeast Asia. Unlike the weaver ants, M. plataleoides does not bite people, and indeed seems rather timid. The body of the M. plataleoides appears like an ant, which has three body segments and six legs, by having constrictions on the cephalothorax and abdomen. This creates the illusion of having a distinct head, thorax and gaster of the weaver ant, complete with a long and slender waist. The large compound eyes of the weaver ant are mimicked by two black patches on the head. The males resemble a larger ant carrying a smaller one. The males use their long fangs like swords to fight off rivals. They can split their jaws, normally held closed, to unfold their fangs when required. The spiders live in trees and bushes where the weaver ants live in colonies. By mimicking the ants they are able to stay close to them and gain protection from predators.

photo credits: wiki, 2010 Jeevan Jose, Kerala, India is used here under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License

Sex in the Sink: gene swapping bacteria are making new superbugs (NBC News)

Bacteria appear to be having the microbial equivalent of inter-species sex in hospital sinks, swapping chunks of DNA that render them impervious to antibiotics, researchers reported Wednesday.

The findings may help explain the rise in drug-resistant “superbugs” in hospitals, and they suggest that they may sometimes be breeding on site, as opposed to being carried in by patients.

The team at the National Institutes of Health found carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) that appeared to have exchanged pieces of genetic material called plasmids that gave them resistance to antibiotics. CRE resist most, if not all antibiotics, and they are becoming more common: they are found in about 4 percent of hospitals now and 18 percent of long-term care facilities.

Yep…bacteria will do it anywhere

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

*Strike a pose*

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10 Near Indestructible Creatures!

That may hold the key to all anti-ageing science…

The smallpox virus retention controversy:

The introductory paragraph for the Wikipedia article on smallpox currently begins:

Smallpox was….

The reason, as you may be aware, is due to the fact that it was the first infectious disease to have been eradicated by humanity as of 1979. 

The trouble is this: two vials containing the final remnants of this terrible disease still remain in government laboratories in the US and Russia. Debate continues even now, 35 years after a smallpox-free world, as to whether or not we should extinguish this virus. 

Of course, some argue for destruction of the vials on the basis that they may still pose a threat if security is compromised. Surely no valid reason exists for keeping them intact?

Those who oppose them assert that we can’t fully confirm smallpox as eradicated and the vials may one day prove crucial for research. Another possibility is the emergence of bioweaponry based on the virus, which may require this research to counteract. 

Tumblr, what do you think?

Color Me Sad
Photograph by Nicolas Le Boulanger National Geographic

When Your Shot member Nicolas Le Boulanger sees his friend’s pet chameleon, housed in a terrarium, he can’t help thinking that it’s in the wrong place, even if it’s loved. “I wanted to [relate] the confusion that this animal seems to feel as it is separated from its natural environment,” he writes. “His look seems to call for help.” http://ift.tt/1mv0EnZ