Pasta lovers had reason to celebrate yesterday, as headlines declared that the often-demonized carbohydrate could "help you lose weight." But is this mainstay of Italian cuisine really good for your waistline? The headlines were referring to a new meta-analysis, published yesterday (April 3) in the journal BMJ Open, that found that eating pasta was not linked with weight gain when it was consumed as part of a "low-glycemic-index" diet. (Foods that have a low glycemic index release sugar slowly into the bloodstream. Pasta has a relatively low glycemic index compared with other refined grains, such as white bread.) The researchers analyzed data from 29 studies with a total of nearly 2,500 people who either consumed pasta as part of a low-glycemic diet or ate other carbohydrates that had a higher glycemic index. After about 12 weeks, those in the pasta groups lost, on average, about half a kilogram, or 1.1 lbs., compared with the groups that ate the other carbohydrates. But the new … [Read more...] about Can Eating Pasta Really Help You Lose Weight?
Daily news 2 April 2018 WILD-caught seafood is usually an environmentally friendly thing to eat. But a few species have greenhouse-gas footprints as large as that of beef. Because those high-footprint species are growing in popularity, greenhouse gas emissions from the world’s fisheries have risen sharply over the past two decades. The extra effort needed to catch depleted species is also contributing to the rise. Robert Parker at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, and his colleagues pulled together country-by-country data …To continue reading this premium article, register or login for free for unlimited access. Existing users, please log in. … [Read more...] about Shrimp and lobster are as bad for the climate as eating beef
My cat isn’t interested in much beyond naps and Fancy Feast chicken pâté — but that’s not the case with your little animal pal in TendAR. The augmented reality mobile game is the latest from indie studio Tender Claws, and it stars an adorable guppy that eats your feelings and craves information from the real world. But it’s much more than just a new take on a Tamagotchi. TendAR will be available in July for Android devices. TendAR actually starts out as an “emotion fortune-telling app” that you can take to parties and play with other people. You hold your phone up and scan a friend’s face, and the app will detect the emotions in their expression. You then capture these feelings — which appear as colorful blobs — and get a comedic little readout for your trouble. “As the narrative of the game evolves, you learn that it’s the character, the guppy, that’s an AI algorithm that’s deciphering these … [Read more...] about This guppy is more than an AR Tamagotchi — it eats your feelings, too
In what Swedish plant scientist Stefan Jansson declares “maybe” a historic event, he cultivated, grew, and ate a plant that had its genome edited with CRISPR-Cas9. Umeå University, where Jansson studies how trees know it’s autumn and how proteins allow plants to harvest light, released a 5 September press release about his meal, a pasta dish that included 300 grams of cabbage he grew from seeds that had been genetically modified with CRISPR-Cas9. The revolutionary technology vastly simplifies the editing of genes, and has triggered many debates about whether its plant products should be considered a genetically modified organism (GMO) and subject to regulation. As noted by Science Daily and other media outlets, Jansson enjoyed the lunch with Gustaf Klarin, host of a Radio Sweden gardening show, which broadcast it earlier this week (in Swedish). “To our delight—and to some extent to my surprise—the meal turned out really nice,” Jannson … [Read more...] about Did a Swedish researcher eat the first CRISPR meal ever served?
More than 99% of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s drugs have failed, leading many to wonder whether pharmaceutical companies have gone after the wrong targets. Now, research in mice points to a potential new target: a developmental process gone awry, which causes some immune cells to feast on the connections between neurons. “It is beautiful new work,” which “brings into light what’s happening in the early stage of the disease,” says Jonathan Kipnis, a neuroscientist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Most new Alzheimer’s drugs aim to eliminate β amyloid, a protein that forms telltale sticky plaques around neurons in people with the disease. Those with Alzheimer’s tend to have more of these deposits in their brains than do healthy people, yet more plaques don’t always mean more severe symptoms such as memory loss or poor attention, says Beth Stevens of Boston Children’s Hospital, who … [Read more...] about Alzheimer’s may be caused by haywire immune system eating brain connections