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The unstoppable revenge of the mullet
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The unstoppable revenge of the mullet

“Business in front, party in the back”: a hairstyle considered so obnoxious that for years it verged on being an arrestable offence, the mullet has made the unlikeliest comeback of the century. From pop stars like Rihanna and Miley Cyrus to a surprisingly high proportion of the England rugby team, the short-front-long-back style has reinvaded the world’s TV screens and high streets. “My idols have always been David Bowie and Princess Diana, so the initial idea was to look like their lovechild,” said Sharon Daniels, 26, an Australian living in Brighton, England. “Shaz” was well ahead of the game, and when she first arrived in Brighton two years ago, only one other person around town was sporting her do. She knew because people kept sending her pictures of him. Now, the mullet is e...
Scientists discover new compound for male contraceptive pill
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Scientists discover new compound for male contraceptive pill

New research by the scientists at The Lundquist Institute spells out an innovative strategy that has led to the discovery of a natural compound as a safe, effective, and reversible male contraceptive agent in pre-clinical animal models. The findings were published in the journal Nature Communications. Despite tremendous efforts over the past decades, the progress in developing non-hormonal male contraceptives has been very limited. The compound is triptonide, which can be either purified from a Chinese herb called Tripterygium Wilfordii Hook F or produced through chemical synthesis. Single daily oral doses of triptonide induce altered sperm having minimal or no forward motility with close to 100% penetrance and consequently male infertility in 3-4 and 5-6 weeks. Once the treatmen...
Gender assumptions have harmful impact on climate adaption and resilience
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Gender assumptions have harmful impact on climate adaption and resilience

The findings of a recent study suggests that outdated assumptions regarding gender continue to hinder effective and fair policymaking, along with the action for climate mitigation and adaptation. Lead author of a new study, Dr. Jacqueline Lau from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University (Coral CoE at JCU) and WorldFish, said gender--alongside other identities like race, class, and age--has a powerful influence on people's experience of, and resilience to, climate change. She said the four most common and interlinked assumptions found are: women are innately caring and connected to the environment; women are a homogenous and vulnerable group; gender equality is a women's issue and; gender equality is a numbers game. "Although there is a global m...
Regular exercise could be an effective strategy to prevent type 2 diabetes
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Regular exercise could be an effective strategy to prevent type 2 diabetes

Exercising regularly has many health benefits, but did you know regular physical activity could prove to be an effective strategy to prevent Type 2 diabetes for people residing in relatively polluted regions? According to a new study regular physical activity is a safe diabetes prevention strategy for people, especially those residing in relatively polluted regions. The findings of the study were published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). The study, which is the first to investigate the combined effects of physical activity and pollution exposure on type 2 diabetes risk, was led by Dr. Cui Guo and Professor Lao Xiang Qian, Faculty of Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China, and Dr. Hsiao Ting Yang...
WHO investigators plan to scrap interim report on probe into Covid-19
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WHO investigators plan to scrap interim report on probe into Covid-19

A World Health Organization (WHO) team probing into the origins of coronavirus is planning to scrap an interim report on its recent mission to China amid mounting tensions between Beijing and Washington over the investigation and an appeal from one international group of scientists for a new probe, according to Wall Street Journal report. In an open letter, a group of two dozen scientists has called for an international inquiry. They have stated that the WHO team, which had last month completed a mission to Wuhan -- the origin of coronavirus had "insufficient access to adequately investigate possible sources of the new coronavirus, including whether it slipped from a laboratory". This comes after a team of WHO experts, which had launched a probe into the origin of the COVID-19 in Wuhan...
Study links birth weight to type 2 diabetes risk in adulthood
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Study links birth weight to type 2 diabetes risk in adulthood

A new study suggested that a birth weight of 2.5 kg or more is strongly linked to the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in adulthood. The findings of the study were published in the online journal 'BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care'. The birth weight is associated with lower circulating levels of insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1 for short, a hormone similar to insulin that affects childhood growth and energy metabolism in adults. Compelling evidence indicated that susceptibility to type 2 diabetes over the life course is determined jointly by risk factors in both early life and adulthood, said the researchers. To find out if there might be any association between adult circulating IGF-1 levels, birth weight, and the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, the researchers drew...
Custom diet, lifestyle changes key to optimising mental health: Study
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Custom diet, lifestyle changes key to optimising mental health: Study

While a balanced diet is advisable to provide the body all the essential nutrients, customized diets and lifestyle changes could be key to optimising mental health, according to new research including faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. "There is increasing evidence that diet plays a major role in improving mental health, but everyone is talking about a healthy diet," said Begdache, an assistant professor of health and wellness studies at Binghamton University and co-author of a new paper in Nutrients. "We need to consider a spectrum of dietary and lifestyle changes based on different age groups and gender," she said. "There is no one healthy diet that will work for everyone. There is no one fix." Begdache, who is also a registered dietitian, believes t...
Man builds an entire island for ex-girlfriend, island becomes hotspot for couples
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Man builds an entire island for ex-girlfriend, island becomes hotspot for couples

In the history of love, many have gone to extreme lengths to get back their lost love. But none have done something as extraordinary as Xu, a 30-year-old man from China. Xu built an entire island for his ex-girlfriend in a bid to win her back. The grand gesture was completed at the expense of all of Xu's savings. Unfortunately, it failed to win back his ex-lover. But all was not lost for Xu. His gesture failed to win back the heart of his ex-girlfriend but his creation has now become a hotspot for couples. The island, located in Hetou village in Yengde city, has now become a popular attraction among those looking for a romantic place to meet. After the couple called it quits in 2020, Xu moved to his hometown in the countryside to take care of his elderly parents. At that ...
SpaceX rocket explodes after landing in test flight
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SpaceX rocket explodes after landing in test flight

An unmanned SpaceX's Starship prototype on Wednesday exploded on the ground shortly after landing in a test flight, according to a SpaceX video online. After the flight, flames were seen to come out from the bottom of the Starship rocket Serial Number 10, or SN10, and it exploded minutes after landing.
SpaceX successfully tests Starship SN10 rocket after 2 failed attemp
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SpaceX successfully tests Starship SN10 rocket after 2 failed attemp

SpaceX successfully tested its Starship SN10 prototype rocket after two recent failed attempts. The rocket prototype was launched on Wednesday to an altitude of 10,000 kilometers and then landed back on the ground. However, the rocket exploded about six minutes after landing. The test launch is deemed successful because the goal was to gather information on how the flaps work to control the rocket when it is horizontal as it is falling back to earth.
Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators: Study
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Animals fake death for long periods to escape predators: Study

A recent study by researchers from the University of Bristol has found that many animals fake death to try to escape their predators. with some individuals in prey species remaining motionless, if in danger, for extended lengths of time. The study was published today in the science journal Biology Letters. Charles Darwin recorded a beetle that remained stationary for 23 minutes - however, the University of Bristol has documented individual antlion larvae pretending to be dead for an astonishing 61 minutes. Of equal importance, the amount of time that an individual remains motionless is not only long but unpredictable. This means that a predator will be unable to predict when a potential prey item will move again, attract attention, and become a meal. Predators are hungry and cann...
Aggressive intervention recommended to prevent pediatric diabetes, finds study
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Aggressive intervention recommended to prevent pediatric diabetes, finds study

Type 2 diabetes, once considered an adult disease, is increasingly causing health complications among American youth. A research review suggests physicians should work to more aggressively prevent pediatric diabetes. The results of the review were published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Because few pediatric Type 2 diabetes treatment options are available, prevention is unusually important. To improve health outcomes, the paper's authors recommend physicians conduct regular screenings of children and adolescents, adopt a high level of suspicion, and intervene early and often with families who have children at risk for prediabetes and T2 diabetes. "Pediatric type 2 diabetes is more progressive and aggressive than adult-onset Type 2 diabetes," said lead author Jay H. Shubroo...
Travelers booking hotels online should trust instinct more than algorithms
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Travelers booking hotels online should trust instinct more than algorithms

A recent study suggested that travelers looking to book a hotel should trust their gut instinct when it comes to online reviews, rather than relying on computer algorithms to weed out the fake ones. Research, led by the University of York in collaboration with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, shows the challenges of online 'fake' reviews for both users and computer algorithms. It suggests that a greater awareness of the linguistic characteristics of 'fake' reviews can allow online users to spot the 'real' from the 'fake' for themselves. Dr. Snehasish Banerjee, Lecturer in Marketing from the University of York's Management School, said: "Reading and writing online reviews of hotels, restaurants, venues and so on, is a popular activity for online users, but alongside this, ...
Greenhouse gas emissions associated with dietary guidelines vary between countries
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Greenhouse gas emissions associated with dietary guidelines vary between countries

Greenhouse gas emissions associated with national dietary guidelines advocating a healthy diet vary greatly between countries, with US guidelines having the largest carbon footprint and India having the smallest, according to a study involving seven countries. The study was published in the open-access Nutrition Journal. The variations result from differences in recommendations for and consumptions of individual foods within the six main food groups - protein foods, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, and oils/fats. Diego Rose, the corresponding author said, "Many countries provide recommendations about foods that people should eat for a healthy diet and previous simulations have shown that if the public were to eat according to their government's recommendations, their diets would be...
Study reveals high fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein
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Study reveals high fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein

Consumption of a high-fat diet may be activating a response in the heart that is causing destructive growth and could lead to a greater risk of heart attacks, according to new research. In a paper published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, researchers looked at the effect of feeding mice a high-fat diet on oxidative stress levels on heart cells. The team from the University of Reading found that cells from the mice had twice the amount of oxidative stress, and led to heart cells being up to 1.8 times bigger due to cardiac hypertrophy which is associated with heart disease. Named first author Dr. Sunbal Naureen Bhatti, from the University of Reading said, "Our research shows one way in which a high-fat diet can cause damage to the muscle cells that make up our h...