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Study: Young blood reverses some effects of aging

Blood from young mice improved learning and memory in older mice, and increased connections between their brain cells It is rumoured that the late Kim Jong-il would inject himself with blood from healthy young virgins in a bid to slow the ageing process. Remarkably, the North Korean dictator might have been onto…

Grim exhibition shows role of grave robbers in medical science

Museum of London exhibition opens this week with findings uncovered from the London Hospital’s burial ground It was the skeletons that apparently had four legs or three arms that startled the archaeologists, not the mere fact of finding masses of human bones in the back yard of one of London’s…

Obesity surgery is good for the heart: research

Bariatric surgery to help the obese shed weight also reduces risks of cardiovascular disease, according to a review published on Wednesday in the specialist journal Heart. Restrictive bands on the stomach or surgery to bypass part of the digestive tract are sometimes used to help morbidly obese patients lose weight…

Twins conjoined at the head separated in life-saving operation

Conjoined twin girls have been successfully separated the day after their birth during an emergency operation in London, their mother revealed on Thursday. The chances of Rosie and Ruby Formosa surviving a separation were deemed low by doctors, but now the pair are “bubbly babies” who are expected to lead…

Hundreds of plants and animals added to ‘threatened’ list

HYDERABAD, India — An island-dwelling cockroach and a tiny snail were declared extinct Wednesday while 400 plants and animals were added to a threatened “Red List” as global environment ministers met in India. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated its authoritative study on the state of biodiversity…

Re-insurer: Climate change played a role in natural disaster spike

Climate change played a role in a nearly five-fold jump in weather-related natural disasters in North America over the last 30 years, Munich Re, the world’s largest reinsurer, said on Wednesday. North America saw the world’s biggest increase in natural catastrophes between 1980 and 2011, ahead of Asia which had…

Scientists: Giant smashup created the Moon

A chemical quirk found in lunar soil backs a 37-year-old theory that the Moon was born from an apocalyptic collision between Earth and a huge space rock, scientists said on Wednesday. Way back in 1975, astronomers proposed at a conference that billions of years ago, our satellite was created through…

Canadians knew of geoengineering scheme to put iron sulfate in Pacific

As controversy mounts over the Guardian’s revelations that an American businessman conducted a massive ocean fertilisation test, dumping around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate off Canada’s coast, it has emerged the Canadian government may have known about the geoengineering scheme and not stopped it. The news combined, with Canadian obstructionism in negotiations over…

Scientists: Drunk birds sing in ‘husky bar voice’

Researchers studying the effects of alcohol on learning and the brain have found that the songs of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) become blurry and disorganized when they consume alcohol.  One scientist called this the bird’s “husky bar voice.” According to New Scientist, scientists also discovered that adolescent birds given alcohol do…

Skipping breakfast primes brain to seek high-calorie food, study finds

Brain scans show people who miss meal respond more positively to unhealthy foods than those who have eaten We are all told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – and now neuroscientists are starting to understand why. Skipping the first meal of the day not only…

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