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Artificial natural selection

Artificial natural selection: Can supplemental feeding domesticate mosquitoes and control mosquito-borne diseases? Abstract A new method is proposed for controlling mosquito-borne diseases. In particular,

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Vitamin B3 enhances bacterial killing 1000-fold

Nicotinamide, otherwise known as vitamin B3, enhances the killing of Staph. aureus in mice: In a systemic murine infection model as well as in murine and human peripheral blood, nicotinamide enhanced killing

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Synergistic effects of leucine and resveratrol on insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism

Synergistic effects of leucine and resveratrol on insulin sensitivity and fat metabolism in adipocytes and mice. Abstract (provisional)Background Sirtuins are important regulators of glucose and fat metabolism,

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Testing the Trivers-Willard Hypothesis Using Mothers’ Milk

In poor families, mothers’ milk is richer for daughters than sons: A test of Trivers-Willard hypothesis in agropastoral settlements in Northern Kenya. Fujita M, Roth E, Lo YJ, Hurst C, Vollner J,

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Nutraceutical with leucine and B6 causes fat-burning

Effects of a leucine and pyridoxine-containing nutraceutical on fat oxidation, and oxidative and inflammatory stress in overweight and obese subjects. Abstract Leucine stimulates tissue protein synthesis

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An early statement of the Dunning-Kruger effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive

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Male Circumcision and Health Care Costs

Some “doctor” by the name of Aaron Tobian claims that the declining rate of male circumcision in the US will cost untold billions in health care costs. Among his claims: In a report to be published

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Male Height Signifies Authority

High and mighty: Height increases authority in professional refereeing ABSTRACT Throughout the animal kingdom, larger males are more likely to attain social dominance. Several lines of evidence suggest

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Branched-chain amino acid supplementation promotes survival

Branched-chain amino acid supplementation promotes survival and supports cardiac and skeletal muscle mitochondrial biogenesis in middle-aged mice. AuthorsGiuseppe D’Antona, Maurizio Ragni, Annalisa

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Mycobacterial tattoo infections

Hipsters are hurting: Tattoo infections in U.S. linked to contaminated ink Aug 22 (Reuters Health) – Contaminated tattoo ink caused at least 22 skin and soft tissue infections last fall in four U.S.

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Superoxide and Longevity

A Mitochondrial Superoxide Signal Triggers Increased Longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans Author Summary Top An unequivocal demonstration that mitochondria are important for lifespan comes from studies

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Wilt Chamberlain: Running the Numbers

Did Wilt Chamberlain Really Sleep With 20,000 Women? The answer: it seems doubtful. But it was probably a very large number in any case.

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Women’s body movements are a potential cue to ovulation

Women’s body movements are a potential cue to ovulation Abstract Recent evidence suggests that the concept of ‘concealed ovulation’ in women should be reconsidered, as there appear to be certain

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Redness enhances perceived aggression, dominance and attractiveness in men’s faces

Redness enhances perceived aggression, dominance and attractiveness in men’s faces Abstract In a range of non-human primate, bird and fish species, the intensity of red coloration in males is associated

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Triclosan impairs muscle contraction

Triclosan impairs excitation–contraction coupling and Ca2+ dynamics in striated muscle Gennady Cherednichenkoa,1, Rui Zhanga,1, Roger A. Bannisterb,1, Valeriy Timofeyevc, Ning Lic,

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Parents also choose

Sexual selection under parental choice: Evidence from sixteen historical societies Evolutionary Psychology 10(3): 504-518 Menelaos Apostolou, Social Sciences, University of Nicosia, Nicosia, Cyprus, m.apostolou@gmail.comAbstract Asymmetrical

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids in the Prevention of Psychosis

Long-Chain ω-3 Fatty Acids for Indicated Prevention of Psychotic Disorders Context The use of antipsychotic medication for the prevention of psychotic disorders is controversial. Long-chain ω-3 (omega-3)

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The neurobiology of food intake in an obesogenic environment.

The neurobiology of food intake in an obesogenic environment. Abstract The objective of this non-systematic review of the literature is to highlight some of the neural systems and pathways that are affected

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