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Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer Risk

Aspartame-Cancer Link Exposed: Increasing Your Cancer Risk | this curious life | Scoop.it
It seems the aspartame-cancer link has been exposed...again, with recent research revealing how various cancers are triggered by aspartame and diet soda.

 

'One can of diet soda each day can increase leukemia risk in men and women by 42 percent, increase multiple myeloma risk in men by 102 percent, and increase the risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 31 percent in men.'

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July was Earth's hottest month on record, NOAA says - BBC News

July was Earth's hottest month on record, NOAA says - BBC News | this curious life | Scoop.it
July was the hottest month on Earth since records began in 1880, according to US scientists.
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Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't Exist

Researchers Who Provided Key Evidence For Gluten Sensitivity Have Thoroughly Shown That It Doesn't Exist | this curious life | Scoop.it
Go ahead and smell your bread and eat it too.
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Health of Australians suffering as government again fails to address climate change – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Health of Australians suffering as government again fails to address climate change – Opinion – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | this curious life | Scoop.it
The health cost of continuing to ignore climate change and burn fossil fuels are huge. The government is failing in its responsibility to care for its citizens.
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One chart that explains Alphabet, Google's new parent company

One chart that explains Alphabet, Google's new parent company | this curious life | Scoop.it
Google has announced a massive organisational...
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Blindsided: Michael Lynagh

Blindsided: Michael Lynagh | this curious life | Scoop.it
Rugby Union great Michael Lynagh had plenty of pressure to deal with in his playing years. In April 2012, however, Michael was really under pressure when a burst vertebral artery caused a stroke - as he puts it, 'blindsiding' him. Indeed, it almost killed him.
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Orphaned Wallaby Hugging His Toy Bear Breaks Hearts Across The World

Orphaned Wallaby Hugging His Toy Bear Breaks Hearts Across The World | this curious life | Scoop.it
Orphaned Wallaby Hugging His Toy Bear Breaks Hearts Across The World
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Australian scientists have reportedly found a hangover cure

Australian scientists have reportedly found a hangover cure | this curious life | Scoop.it
The CSIRO, Australia’s peak science body, might have stumbled across the most sought of cures in human history - the hangover remedy. The scientists have been researching pears with Horticulture Innovation Australia to discover the hidden benefits...
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Antibiotic resistance — what is it and why is it a problem?

Antibiotic resistance — what is it and why is it a problem? | this curious life | Scoop.it
Antibiotic resistance is when bacteria are no longer sensitive to an antibiotic. Read about how antibiotic resistance is caused & what you can do to help prevent it.
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Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World

Watch Smoke From Wildfires in Alaska and Canada Circle the World | this curious life | Scoop.it
Unusually large wildfires can cause problems for everybody.
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Ancient Americans migrated in a single wave from Siberia

Ancient Americans migrated in a single wave from Siberia | this curious life | Scoop.it
Two new DNA studies shed light on the migration of ancient people into the Americas, including 'surprising' links to present day Australo-Melanesians.
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Science Has Finally Explained the Dad Bod

Science Has Finally Explained the Dad Bod | this curious life | Scoop.it
Is there any way to put this delicately? Men, when they have children, get fatter. We’ve known this for a while, and now the first nationally representative sample confirms it. In a study published in the American Journal of Men’s Health, researchers at Northwestern tracked the body mass index of...
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10 Ironically Named Criminals And Crimes

10 Ironically Named Criminals And Crimes | this curious life | Scoop.it
From the woman named Crystal METHany who got arrested for shooting a missile into a vehicle to the man arrested for drugs with the real surname of Cocaine, check out 10 ironically named criminals and crimes.

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Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost

Nanowires give 'solar fuel cell' efficiency a tenfold boost | this curious life | Scoop.it

Researchers make important step towards a solar cell that generates hydrogen.


Researchers have developed a very promising prototype of a new solar celll. The material gallium phosphide enables their solar cell to produce the clean fuel hydrogen gas from liquid water. Processing the gallium phosphide in the form of very small nanowires is novel and helps to boost the yield by a factor of ten. And does so using ten thousand times less precious material.


According to Bakkers, it's not simply about the yield -- where there is still a lot of scope for improvement he points out: "For the nanowires we needed ten thousand less precious GaP material than in cells with a flat surface. That makes these kinds of cells potentially a great deal cheaper," Bakkers says. "In addition, GaP is also able to extract oxygen from the water -- so you then actually have a fuel cell in which you can temporarily store your solar energy. In short, for a solar fuels future we cannot ignore gallium phosphide any longer."


GaP has good electrical properties but the drawback that it cannot easily absorb light when it is a large flat surface as used in GaP solar cells. The researchers have overcome this problem by making a grid of very small GaP nanowires, measuring five hundred nanometers (a millionth of a millimeter) long and ninety nanometers thick. This immediately boosted the yield of hydrogen by a factor of ten to 2.9 percent. A record for GaP cells, even though this is still some way off the fifteen percent achieved by silicon cells coupled to a battery.


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Inquiry recommends shake-up of care system

A Senate inquiry has recommended a shake-up of the out-of-home care system amid fears for the safety of children.
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Western guts have lower bacterial diversity

Western guts have lower bacterial diversity | this curious life | Scoop.it
Our western lifestyle, hygiene and diet may reduce the diversity of important gut bacteria.
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Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion

Why Mark Zuckerberg wants everyone to read this book about religion | this curious life | Scoop.it
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's 2015 New Year's...
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IBM's Watson could learn how to identify cancer and heart disease from X-rays and MRI scans

IBM's Watson could learn how to identify cancer and heart disease from X-rays and MRI scans | this curious life | Scoop.it
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Yes, Other Animals Do Have Sex For Fun - The Crux

Yes, Other Animals Do Have Sex For Fun - The Crux | this curious life | Scoop.it
Humans aren't the only ones to have sex for fun: probably all sexually reproducing species experience sexual pleasure.
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Catching honey possums in Torndirrup National Park

Catching honey possums in Torndirrup National Park | this curious life | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) are spending their mornings chasing down the tiny marsupials to study their sugary diets.
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Hanging wind turbines under bridges could power up to 500 homes

Hanging wind turbines under bridges could power up to 500 homes | this curious life | Scoop.it
In countries like Australia, where we have plenty of empty space, finding places to put wind turbines and solar panels isn't a huge deal. But for all the nations out there with way more population density, working out how to generate renewable...
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Agent Orange Act Was Supposed to Help Vietnam Veterans—But Many Still Don't Qualify

Agent Orange Act Was Supposed to Help Vietnam Veterans—But Many Still Don't Qualify | this curious life | Scoop.it
The 1991 law presumes veterans were exposed to the defoliant if they have certain diseases and “set foot” in Vietnam, but Navy vets and Air Force vets in Thailand say they were also exposed. Here’s our guide to groups seeking Agent Orange benefits.
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How Champion-Pony Clones Have Transformed the Game of Polo

How Champion-Pony Clones Have Transformed the Game of Polo | this curious life | Scoop.it
Perhaps the greatest polo player ever, Adolfo Cambiaso is planning to compete on a pony that died nearly a decade ago—a clone of his beloved stallion Aiken Cura. With more than 25 replicas of champion horses now in existence, Haley Cohen explores how the science came to polo.
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man's continuing attempt to establish dominion over nature: the commoditisation of life

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Armadillos are spreading leprosy in Florida

Armadillos are spreading leprosy in Florida | this curious life | Scoop.it
Cases of the rare disease are up in Florida and the armored critter seems to be the culprit.
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Solving the mystery of the invisible 'sea sapphire'

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How the copepods can switch from being multicolored to disappearing completely.

 

Some of the most spectacular colors produced by organisms are derived from periodic layered structures on the length scale of the wavelengths of visible light. Such photonic structures consist of regularly alternating layers of two transparent materials with different refractive indices, such that light reflected from the different layers undergoes constructive interference for some wavelengths and destructive interference for others.


A multilayer stack can act as a spectrally selective reflector when the optical thickness nd (the product of the physical thickness d and the refractive index n) of the layers falls within the wavelength range of visible light, resulting in the observation of distinct colors. The most efficient reflector arrangement is the quarter-wave stack, where the optical thickness of both layers is equal to the one-fourth of the wavelength of the reflected light.


One of the most striking examples of such photonic structures are the male sapphirinid copepods, small marine crustaceans that produce a variety of different colors, but only when the incident light is at specific angles to the animal’s dorsal surface. Thus, the copepods “flash” light of a specific color, but as they move they become transparent and suddenly seem to almost completely disappear (a movie showing this behavior is available at http://www.liquidguru.com/octopod-copepod/). The goal of this study is to understand the structural basis for both the variability of the colors and the strong angular dependence of the reflected light.


Members of the copepod family Sapphirinidae are found between the ocean surface and a depth of 300 m. Their reflectivity and color are thought to play a role in interspecies communication and mate recognition in the open ocean. The iridescent colors of the males of each species are closely related to their distribution in the epipelagic zone and are thought to provide increased visibility against the ambient background. Species with warm colors (i.e., with longer wavelengths) are usually found in shallow waters, whereas species with blue colors are usually found in deeper waters, where the spectrum of the filtered solar light is primarily in the blue-green range.


Even within the Sapphirinidae family, the Sapphirina metallinamales, the main focus of this study, are exceptional in the variety and brilliance of their colors. The multilayer reflectors responsible for the colors in S. metallina are composed of stacks of anhydrous guanine crystals separated by cytoplasm, similar to those found in iridescent fish scales, silver spiders, and chameleons. In contrast to the crystals found in chameleons, the guanine crystals in the sapphirinids, as well as those in fish and spiders, are thin plates. The exceptionally high refractive index along the axis normal to the biogenic plate crystals provides high index contrast relative to the cytoplasm. Unlike the guanine crystals in fish and spiders, the sapphirinid crystals are perfectly regular hexagons in an extremely ordered arrangement (1). Earlier studies reported that the measured thickness of the crystals did not match the expected reflectance (or reflectivity) calculated assuming an ideal multilayer system. Furthermore, no connection was found between the thickness of the crystals and the copepod colors.


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