Just One Season Of American Football Can Damage The Brain

There has been a lot of discussion on the effect routine concussions have on American football players, with some recent research suggesting that up to 40 percent of retired National Football League players could be suffering from traumatic brain injury, or TBI. A new study now suggests that football players are damaging their brains even without receiving a concussion. As reported in Science Advances, medical researchers have witnessed structural changes to the brain due to routine hits that happened over just one …

Life-Threatening Experiences Lead To Long-Lasting Changes In Animals Brains

Predators can inspire fear that causes long-lasting changes to the brains and behaviors of wild animals, helping them remember and avoid such life-threatening events in the future.  Researchers describe this as an “animal model” of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that suggests the condition may not be a maladaptive dysfunction, but rather a phenomenon that occurs in nature to enhance survival against perceived threats. Retaining a powerful and long-term memory of a life-threatening encounter is “clearly evolutionarily beneficial” if it helps an individual …

These Trivia Questions Will Stump A Computer, But Can You Answer Them?

Computers certainly aren’t dumb. However, if you’ve ever talked to a chatbot or a virtual assistant, you’d be forgiven for occasionally thinking so. For all their brainpower, machines are still surprisingly clunky and awkward in the art of conversation, especially when it comes to answering questions To overcome this weakness, computer engineers at the University of Maryland have been feeding machine learning algorithms questions designed to challenge them, hoping they will become better trained at communicating with humans using language. As …

University bans hamburgers ‘to help environment’

And it will try to increase the number of students studying climate change. Scientists say beef is more damaging to the environment as cows produce more methane and require more land and water than other livestock. The college’s new head, Prof Frances Corner, said: “The growing global call for organisations to take seriously their responsibilities for halting climate change is impossible to ignore. Related Topics New Cross Sustainability Food Plastic pollution Meat Climate change Goldsmiths, University of London Plastic Original …

Brexit enforcer Cummings farm took 235,000 in EU handouts

Boris Johnson aide, a strident critic of Brussels, is accused of hypocrisy over payments Boris Johnsons controversial enforcer, Dominic Cummings, an architect of Brexit and a fierce critic of Brussels, is co-owner of a farm that has received 250,000 (235,000) in EU farming subsidies, the Observer can reveal. The revelation is a potential embarrassment for the mastermind behind Johnsons push to leave the EU by 31 October. Since being appointed as Johnsons chief adviser, Cummings has presented the battle to …

This Vodka Is The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone’s First Consumer Product

There is a new brand of artisan vodka called ATOMIK. It’s been described as fruity and you can definitely call it exclusive – in fact, there is only one bottle of the tipple and it’s not yet available for purchase. Apparently, it tastes great in a martini. But its exclusivity isn’t the point. The vodka is made from water and grain collected and grown in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. It is the very first consumer product to come from the area …

Why Do Animals Sometimes Kill And Eat Their Own Young?

Drama broke out at Leipzig Zoo, Germany, on Monday when a lioness called Kigali ate her two young cubs without any apparent explanation.  The cubs were just 3 days old and hadn’t yet been named. A spokesperson from Leipzig Zoo told Deutsche Welle that Kigali was grooming the pair when she apparently snapped – and ate them.  – This might sound like it flies in the face of the natural order – after all, shouldn’t a parent do all they can to protect the lives …

The Keto Diet Might Be Bad For Your Heart, A New Study Finds Betches

In a recent turn of events, science has found diets that favor the “cavemen” way of eating might not be the best health bet. What a shame, considering the Paleo and its stricter high-fat cousin, the Ketogenic diet, have both quickly risen the ranks to become two of today’s trendiest diets. So then I, of course, did further research. Roseburia and Bifidobacteria are key bacteria that impact overall health of the host (us). In obese individuals, the levels of Bifidobacteria …

World’s largest frogs can move rocks half their weight

In fact, the researchers were studying something completely different (they were studying the diet of Goliath tadpoles) when “we heard about the breeding behavior of the Goliaths and decided to investigate if it [were] true or not,” said study senior researcher Mark-Oliver Rödel, curator of herpetology at the Natural History Museum in Berlin. [15 of the Largest Animals of Their Kind on Earth] The 7.3-lb. (3.3 kilograms) Goliath frog is native to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. To learn more about …

For women like me, postponing the menopause would be a blessing | Sonia Sodha

Scientific advances that prolong fertility can only be a benefit to many would-be mothers Let us imagine for a moment that we lived in a world where male fertility dropped off a cliff by the time men hit their mid 40s, leaving a group of men who wanted to have children but couldnt. When would science have produced a fix? I am going to hazard a guess that it would have been quite some time ago. But it has taken …