NASA Twins Study Shows Year In Space Changed Astronaut's DNA
Scientists now know that spending a long time in space changes astronauts' bodies all the way down to their DNA. Scott Kelly spent 340 days on the International Space Station while his twin brother, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, stayed on Earth.
DNA samples taken from both brothers after Scott returned to Earth showed distinct genetic changes for Scott that began as soon as he went into space. Some changes in Scott's gene expression also continued for a time after he returned to Earth.
Scott Kelly also showed what doctors called a "meltdown" in his muscle mass. One researcher described it as the equivalent of a 20-year-old turning into a 60-year-old in three months. NASA will publish a detailed report on the Twins Study next year.
People Who Daydream Are More Intelligent: Study
Research shows that if you catch yourself with a wandering mind on a regular basis, it might just be because your brain is bored of being good at everything.
“People with efficient brains may have too much brain capacity to stop their minds from wandering,” Eric Schumacher, a Georgia Tech associate psychology professor and co-author of the study, says.
The research was conducted with the help of over 100 participants, all of whom were asked to submit to an MRI. While the scan was being conducted, the research team asked each individual to focus their attention on a single, boring point. Inevitably their minds began to wander and even as their eyes were locked in one place, their thoughts were free to explore.
Readings of brain activity patterns were performed on these individuals and the data began to show a pattern. The brain patterns that were apparent in those who were daydreaming were also associated with other types of brain activity. The scientists then conducted tests to determine intelligence and creativity in each of the subjects, while also asking each of them to fill out a survey detailing how often they find themselves with a wandering mind.
The results were a strong correlation between those who daydream and higher intellectual capability, pointing to a link between strong-minded people and the habit of daydreaming. The researchers might be making a bit of a leap, but they believe this is because smarter individuals have more efficient brains and therefore find themselves with extra brain power that inevitably gets spent on random thoughts.
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Scientists Are Developing Lower-Fat Pigs to Make Healthier Bacon
For most meat-lovers, bacon is a guilty pleasure, considering that it’s not exactly the healthiest breakfast option out there. But it’s just so damn good, so many have been trying to find ways to partake in less fattier “bacon” options—coconut bacon, DIY bacon salt, and bacon-tasting mushrooms, for example. Little did we know that scientists have been trying to develop healthier bacon, too—and that their results have changed the lives of breakfast lovers forever. A paper published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says that Chinese scientists have reportedly created 12 pigs via genetic engineering that have approximately 24% less body fat than their natural counterparts.
Ok, so maybe they didn't just do this for healthier bacon—according to NPR, the scientists created the pigs with the hope that they would suffer less in cold weather and save farmers money. "This is a big issue for the pig industry," lead researcher Jianguo Zhao of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing said, according to NPR. "It's pretty exciting. They could maintain their body temperature much better, which means that they could survive much better in the cold weather."
The low-fat pigs have a gene that burns fat, allowing them to regulate their body temperatures more effectively—something that NPR notes could save farmers millions while preventing piglets from dying in the cold. "This is a paper that is technologically quite important," R. Michael Roberts, a professor in the department of animal sciences at the University of Missouri who edited the paper for the scientific journal, told NPR. "It demonstrates a way that you can improve the welfare of animals at the same as also improving the product from those animals—the meat."
Zhao wrote in an email to NPR that he believes the genetic modification "will not affect the taste of the meat" as the breed of pig used for the study is "famous for the meat quality."
But will we be seeing low-fat bacon in the United States anytime soon? Roberts told NPR that he doubts it, as the FDA likely wouldn't approve it for sale. "I very much doubt that this particular pig will ever be imported into the USA—one thing—and secondly, whether it would ever be allowed to enter the food chain," he said.
Study: Beer Is Giving You Man Boobs
Boys, if you’re a big fan of beer we’ve got bad news for you. The hops used in your favorite drink could be giving you man boobs. That’s because hops contain a high amount of phytoestrogen – a plant-derived chemical that is similar to the female sex hormone estrogen. Several studies have shown that these tasty little hops can have an estrogenic effect on a man’s body. To put it another way, it boosts the levels of female sex hormones in your body. The plants are commonly used as an herbal remedy for menopause for the same reason.
- Would you rather have man boobs than give up beer?
- Does your wife or girlfriend like your man boobs?
Wisconsin man locked in beer cooler stays and drinks
A Wisconsin man turned a Kwik Trip into an all-nighter.
According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, an unidentified Marshfield, Wisconsin, man got locked inside a cooler at a local convenience store Tuesday night and rather than call for help, decided to stay and drink.
The manager of a Kwik Trip in Marshfield, reported the incident after the intrepid man was discovered at 6:13 a.m. on Wednesday. The 38-year-old man was locked in a beer cooler all night.
The man told police he went to Kwik Trip to buy beer and got stuck inside when the beer cooler was locked at about 11:50 p.m. Tuesday. The man said he decided he might as well just stay inside the cooler and drink the beer.
If the man had only knocked on the glass door employees would have heard him and let him out.
At about 5:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, a customer told Kwik Trip employees there was a man inside the cooler. When employees opened the door, the man left without paying for the beer.
The Kwik Trip manager told police the man drank an 18-ounce bottle of beer and three cans of a malt beverage. Apparently, he also fell over a stack of 30-can beer packs, breaking three of them open.
The man was issued a citation for retail theft.
Walgreens Is Making Narcan Available Over The Counter-All Walgreens drug stores are now carrying a nasal spray that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.
The drug store chain said yesterday that Narcan is available at all of the more than eight-thousand Walgreens stores. Nasal spray will be available in the pharmacy section, without a prescription, in all 45 states that allow it. In a statement, the company said "By stocking Narcan in all our pharmacies, we are making it easier for families and caregivers to help their loved ones by having it on hand in case it is needed. As a pharmacy we are committed to making Narcan more accessible in the communities we serve."
Narcan is used by emergency responders and is also sold directly to drug users and their families. The nasal spray can save the life of someone who has overdosed on opioids such as prescription painkillers or heroin if it's administered quickly enough.