Fascinating science news is out in Scientific American’s October 2015 issue…
The Vicissitudes of Sex…Biologist Steven Hecht Ozack has studied various fertility records, prenatal test, induced abortions and U.S. Census data points, to discover that sex-ratios or odds of a fetus or baby being a girl or boy waver at the various stages of gestation.
An Antidote to Murder…a Columbian scientist, Rodrigo Guerrero Velasco, employs epidemiological/public health strategies “to identify sources of homicide and reveal social policy changes that might make a difference.”
Sleep On It! By Robert Stickhold
It seems sleep deprivation not only interferes with normal body functions such as hormonal activity and immune defense, but also is associated with weight gain and development of type 2 diabetes. Also, restricted sleep impacts our brains’ abilities to manage emotional memories (particularly negative ones). Better sleep also enables us to better remember things that are important to us and our futures. Fascinating!
The Eat Gene…by Richard Johnson and Peter Andrews
A genetic mutation (crippled uricase) in an ape species millions of years ago is hypothesized to be a “thrifty gene” that enabled our ancestors to store fat and survive food shortages. Today, however, it may be a factor in weight gain, diabetes, and obesity.
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