Hannah's Headlines- 8/24/2017

Research: Poop Ingredient Could Extend Life-The good news is researchers have found a compound that helps extend life; the bad news is it’s in our poop.

The even worse news for this scientific find is, it’s what makes our bowel movements stink. Indole is an organic compound in the gut and it travels to the bowels. Emory University School of Medicine associate professor Daniel Kalman explains that indole can alter the way we perceive stress, knocking down it’s negative effects. Health span is defined as the capacity to live better for longer. One way that happens is to have the capacity to handle stressors. Another way is to resist normal aging. Given our data showing the stress sensitivity, we reasoned health span, in general, might be improved.”

So far Kalman and the team are not recommending the use of indole, or even how that would be possible. When the research is concluded, there may be an idea floated. Source: Digital Trends

The Newest Kit Kat Flavor Is Cough Drop

We’ve heard of some strange Kit Kat flavors before – like melon, grilled potato, and wasabi – but the newest flavor in Japan has to be one of the most bizarre: Cough drop.

Why on earth? Makers say the candy bar contains “real throat lozenge powder,” so it can actually soothe your sore throat. Not what we’re usually looking for in a chocolaty treat, but okay. In Nestlé Japan’s press release, they say the new cough-drop is made by kneading throat lozenge powder into the bar’s white chocolate layers and that they have a “fresh and invigorating flavor.”

Aside from the flavor itself, we’re also confused by the packages, which feature the face of Yasutaro Matsuki, a soccer commentator. But the release of the limited-edition Kit Kats is actually tied to FIFA World Cup matches. So fans can cheer for their team and then eat Kit Kats to make their throats feel better. But we’re just going to stick to regular Kit Kats and skip the cough syrup.

Source: Extra Crispy

Today is national peach pie day and national waffle day

Researchers Say They're Close To Peanut Allergy Cure

In case you missed it, there's a new study published in the journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health which suggests that a cure for peanut allergies may be on the horizon. Apparently, a new treatment has kept patients free from allergic reactions to peanuts for over a four-year period.

The report followed up a previous study that found a combination of probiotics and peanut protein significantly increased tolerance to peanuts in children who were allergic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, food allergies among children in this country increased 50% between 1997 and 2011. 

More research on the findings will happen in Australia. But don't get too excited yet - the treatment will not be available to patients and doctors for at least five to 10 years.

Source: Science Alert

Science Says This Is How Long You Should Dunk An Oreo

While some researchers are out there trying to find a cure for cancer, our favorite scientists of the week are the group of Ph.D.s from Utah State University’s Splash Lab who used their brilliant minds to answer one of society’s biggest questions: How long is the perfect amount of time to dunk an Oreo cookie in milk. And according to these mechanical engineers, the answer is: four seconds.

Tadd Truscott runs the lab and says the question about the ideal dunking time “kept coming up” with his colleagues. So after discussing their opinions and arguing a little, they did milk stress tests for “several hours a day, for two weeks” to come up with an answer.

The engineers assumed most of us are looking for that “Goldilocks state” with our Oreos and milk. We don’t want a disintegrated pole of cookie goo, and we don’t want a barely damp Oreo either. So they wanted to find out for once and for all how long an Oreo can last before falling apart.

And through scientific experiments, the team found the cookie soaks up 50% of possible fluids in just one second. By the fourth second, it’s “reached maximum absorption,” so it’s “best eaten then.”

So now we know, with Oreos, it’s the four-second rule. If you push it to five, you’ll end up with a mushy cookie and nobody wants that!

Source: Grub Street

Cats Inherit $300,000 Trust Fund From Late Owner In New York

A pair of New York cats are living in the lap of luxury as real-life Aristocats after their affluent owner left them $300,000 in her will.

Ellen Frey-Wouter, who died at the age of 88 with no children to inherit her $3 million estate, stipulated that $300,000 of her estate go to a trust fund for her cats, Troy and Tiger.

The felines, which are now cared for by two of Frey-Wouter's former health care aides, have all of their food, grooming, veterinary care and other expenses covered by the trust fund.

A Tennessee man named Leon Sheppard Sr. made similar headlines in 2013 when he died and left his $250,000 fortune and his 4,270 square foot home in a gated community to his cats, Frisco and Jake, instead of any of his five children, 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Link: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2017/08/23/Cats-inherit-300000-trust-fund-from-late

Dad creates app so son can't ignore his text messages

A father has developed a cellphone app to encourage his teenage son to be more responsive to his texts.

Two weeks ago, Nick Herbert, a United Kingdom-based product manager, launched ReplyASAP--an app that allows users to send urgent messages to others that cannot be ignored without the sender knowing.

The recipient then gets a notification that the text has been read. Herbert, 45, said he developed the app so parents could immediately reach their children.

Ben, Herbert's 13-year-old son, enjoys playing Xbox and soccer with his friends. During the summer, Ben doesn't always reply to texts and often keeps his cellphone on silent.

"There's been a few occasions where I've tried and tried and still nothing," Herbert said, adding that he's logged into his son's "Find my iPhone" account just to get a hold of him. "It's generally a culmination of, how can I get in contact with him if I need to?"

Herbert's solution was ReplyASAP. Currently available to Android users, parents can download the app for free, then connect with their child once it's downloaded on the child's phone.

Messages can be sent in real time or scheduled to go out at a later date. Once the message is sent, a page will appear over whatever the recipient is looking at on the phone.

"An alarm will continue to sound until the child presses one or two buttons that are across the screen," Herbert explained. "In order to carry on with what they're doing, they have to press one of the buttons that tells the parents that they've seen the messages."

An iOS version will be released soon. The first connection is free, but to connect with more than one person, it costs $1.27.



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