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TV Chef Recipes ‘Unhealthy’ 2012-12-19

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Recipes by prominent TV chefs are less healthy than supermarket ready meals, Newcastle University researchers say.

Meals by Mr. Jamie Oliver, Ms. Lorraine Pascale, Ms. Nigella Lawson and Mr. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall were compared to those from Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco.

The meals in TV chefs’ cookbooks contained more calories, fat, saturated fat and sugar — but less salt.

The researchers said this was not about ‘bashing’ chefs as many campaigned to tackle obesity. (more…)

Reasons to Learn Another Language 2012-03-17

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Speaking two languages rather than just one has obvious practical benefits in an increasingly globalized world. But in recent years, scientists have begun to show that the advantages of bilingualism are even more fundamental than being able to converse with a wider range of people. Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age. (more…)

Invisibility Cloak at St Andrew’s 2011-08-10

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A student has developed an optical sphere which could be used to create an ‘invisibility cloak’.

Mr Janos Perczel, 22, an undergraduate student at St Andrews University in Fife, said that by slowing down light by way of an optical illusion, the light can then be bent around an object to ‘conceal’ it. (more…)

Latest Fertility Indicators 2011-08-08

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Scientists have discovered a new method that can help women know if their biological clock is ticking, and find out whether they are likely to have an earlier menopause and should not delay trying to conceive, or whether their fertile life will end later.

For the first time, a team of Scottish researchers from St Andrew’s has found how levels of a hormone, which can reveal how many eggs a woman has remaining, change throughout her reproductive life. (more…)

Religion Boosts Sport 2011-05-12

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At the Champions League final there is likely to be evidence of faith, with players making the sign of the cross and other religious gestures. But does belief really boost sporting performance, asks Mr Matthew Syed.

All eyes will be on Mr Lionel Messi, the world’s greatest footballer, when he walks out with Barcelona in The Champions League final. If you watch carefully, you may see him crossing himself as he strides onto the pitch.

On the opposing side, Manchester United striker Mr Javier Hernandez has been known to pray on the pitch. (more…)

How To Help Children Do Well 2011-04-21

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As children face their final month of revision before the exam season starts, many parents are looking for the words to motivate their offspring, but could they be mistakenly praising the value of ability over effort, asks Mr.Matthew Syed.

Take a glance at these expressions of encouragement:

  • ‘You learned that so quickly, you’re so smart!’
  • ‘Look at that drawing. Are you the next Picasso or what?’
  • ‘You’re so brilliant – you passed that exam without really studying!’

They come across as precisely the kind of confidence-boosting statements that should be given to children or, indeed, anyone else.

Such phrases are used in homes and classrooms every day, particularly with exams looming, but are they benign? or could they unlock the reason why so many children are failing at school and elsewhere? (more…)

Toddlers’ Self-Control Key to Their Future 2011-01-26

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It’s worrying news for any parent who’s struggled with a headstrong young child, but scientists claim that children who have low levels of self-control at age three are more likely to have health and money problems and a criminal record by the age of 32, regardless of background and IQ. (more…)

Plan to Redefine the Kilogram 2011-01-24

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In a laboratory vault outside Paris is a small cylinder of platinum–iridium alloy that serves as the standard for all mass measurements worldwide. By an 1889 international accord, the mass of this metal cylinder defines the kilogram.

But that may soon change. (more…)

Attractiveness linked to Health and Cleanliness 2010-12-13

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When it comes to partners, men often find women’s taste fickle and unfathomable, but ladies may not be entirely to blame; a growing body of research suggests that their preference for certain types of male physiognomy may be swayed by things beyond their conscious control—like prevalence of disease or crime—and in predictable ways. (more…)

New Solar Powered Air Con from China 2010-12-10

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China’s first solar-powered air conditioner that can also send excess electricity to the power grid began rolling off a Gree Electric Appliances production line today 2010-12-15.

The first 50 000 units will be sold in the American market. After that, the units will also be available for purchase in China, (more…)