Alchemy! Researchers Generate Functional Thyroid-Cells From Stem-Cells

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In the future, thyroid medication and the problems that necessitated it, may be a thing of the past.

Thanks to some groundbreaking work by Sabine Costagliola at the Free University of Brussels, our old friend the Stem Cell has slain yet another dragon.

What Sabine’s team did was to get stem-cells to produce 2 compounds only found in the thyroid.

They then grew these special cells in petri-dishes,…

EWG’s Dirty Dozen, Clean Fifteen & Hazardous 3 In An Infographic!

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Awhile back, we posted on the fantastic & comprehensive list put together by the Environmental Working Group of the fruit & vegetable produce that you should keep an eye out for. -Especially in-terms of amount & type of pesticides used-on & absorbed-by them.

What they help us do is…

Making The Complex A Little Simpler: The Number Needed To Treat

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A little while back, we told you about the great conference Wired put on with MDAnderson, called WIRED DATA | Life.

And one of the standout presentations of that conference was put-on by inveterate smartass, David Newman, of the site: The Number Needed to Treat.

Well, Wired has seen fit to remind us of David & Co-Founder Graham Walker’s work in a recent Science post.
 
What the NNT tries to do is take the highest-quality studies it can find and publish a ratings-system…

Video: Big Think With Michio Kaku, Debunking The Debunkers On Psychology & Dreams


 
dr. michio kaku on the science of dreams for big think youtube screenshotIn this video for BigThink, Dr. Michio Kaku talks a little bit about the science of dreams and its relation to psychology.

It turns out that many of the notions that Sigmund Freud had been chastised-for over time are actually correct assumptions, as proven with modern brain-scanning technology…

The Energy Project’s Tony Schwartz: Sleep Is More Important Than Food

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In his piece over at the HBR, business productivity expert and writer Tony Schwartz makes the argument that Sleep is more important than food.

I guess he has a point, sleep cannot be stored in bodyfat for times of famine.

He cites several informal surveys of his own with clients admitting they get 7 hours or less of sleep per night. -Which he then contrasts with more formal research stating that at least in one study, only 2.5% of the participants needed 7 hour or less.

Where there was no…

Video: Neo-Hippie Silverstoning-Aside, Why Exactly Do We Kiss?


 
vsauce why do we kiss video screenshot attachment Though not as cutely-illustrated as ASAPScience’s stuff, Michael Stevens of VSauce goes into some interesting depth and detours here about the science and evolution of kissing.

Some of what he covers in this vid include: Kissing is healthy for us, it’s probably been used as a “Taste Test” part of mate-selection for well; -ever, Don’t go all Silverstone but Kissing was probably used for the world’s first and maybe healthiest baby-food, and into the darker areas of science,…

Holy Super Mario! Brain’s Anti-Alzheimer Sewer-System Discovered!

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Scientists have known about one of the brain’s cleaning-systems for awhile. But they have long speculated there is more going on.

Well, technology has finally put the tools in-hand to prove them right.

Through a new technique called two-photon microscopy, the Rochester team was finally-able to observe what they always believed.

And their observations prove another point science has made for awhile: they can’t figure it all out yet, but good sleep is Absolutely-Crucial to good health…



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