Archive for February, 2008

What is a Gold Karat?

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Most gold jewelry isn’t made of pure gold. The amount of gold in a necklace or ring is measured on the karat scale. Pure gold is 24 karats. Bars of gold kept in Fort Knox and elsewhere around the world are considered to be 99.95 percent pure, 24-karat gold. As metals are added to gold [...]

Who knows, pigs might just fly…

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

A pig genetically modified in China to make it glow has given birth to fluorescent piglets, proving such changes can be inherited, state media said on Wednesday. The sow was one of three pigs who had fluorescent green protein injected into their embryos when they were bred in December 2006 by scientists in northeast China, [...]

Incest Not So Taboo in Nature

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

This recent story went wide: British fraternal twins who were adopted separately at birth later married without realizing they were brother and sister. Why does this make us so instantly and overtly squeamish? Lord David Alton of Liverpool — a member of British parliament — discussed the couple’s case during a government session on in [...]

New Form of Physical Therapy: Wii Games

Monday, February 11th, 2008

CHICAGO (AP) – Some call it “Wiihabilitation.”Nintendo’s Wii video game system, whose popularity already extends beyond theteen gaming set, is fast becoming a craze in rehab therapy for patientsrecovering from strokes, broken bones, surgery and even combat injuries. The usual stretching and lifting exercises that help thesick or injured regain strength can be painful, repetitive [...]

High heels may improve sex life

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Wearing higher heels – although perhaps not stilettos – may improve your pelvic floor muscles and in doing so boost your sex life, a study suggests. An Italian urologist and self-professed lover of the sexy shoe set out to prove that high heels were not as bad for women’s health as some suggest. The shoe [...]

Supplements reduce malaria toll

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Cheap dietary supplements could protect young children from malaria, research suggests. The study, published in Nutrition Journal, found giving children vitamin A and zinc cut incidence of illness by a third. Malaria remains a major killer in many parts of the world – in sub-Saharan Africa it is estimated to account for a million child [...]

Magnet Therapy Gets Boost from Real Study

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Magnetic therapy, long derailed as pseudoscience, has just gotten a boost from a biomedical study showing how magnets can reduce swelling. The study will likely impress manufacturers of magnetic devices, many of whom never dreamed these things could actually work and have been selling them merely to cash in on this $5-billion-a-year industry. But skeptics [...]

Obesity may be largely genetic

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Becoming overweight as a child is more likely to be the result of your genes than your lifestyle, claims a study. University College London researchers examined more than 5,000 pairs of identical and non-identical twins. Their American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study found that differences in body mass index and waist size were 77% governed [...]