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Friday, April 08, 2011

Science News Roundup

There's just a bucket of interesting articles open I've been wanting to share, so here goes.

First, as someone who arrived early and whose husband also arrived early, the idea of predictors and treatments for preterm delivery sounds pretty good. The best part of this research is that not only is there a clear predictive factor (a short cervix) there's also a simple solution (progesterone gel). Better yet, the solution isn't even expensive or invasive! It's the best sort of medical science.

In other news, hominids love boats and we're really good at getting places in them. Turns out, in Crete, there are tools that are at least 130,000 years old. It was originally thought that humans first settled the islands about 9000 years ago, but not so. Instead, by intention or accident, someone (perhaps not even homo sapiens), got there and made tools way way earlier. That's just cool.

Also, it's likely that fasting for a day here and there may be good for you. There's a lot of caveats, but ultimately it looks like it reduces your cholesterol, risk of heart disease, and risk of diabetes. In a similar counter-intuitive fashion, running and jogging are not bad for your knees as previously thought. It turns out that that sort of exercise actually stimulates your body to repair minor damage to the cartilage. This goes well with the TED talk and NPR story on how humans succeeded by being good endurance runners. It wasn't that we were faster. Instead, we'd chase prey to exhaustion. And we'd do it together. Watch the TED talk. It's awesome.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

1 Comments:

  • Yeah, last article is another point in favor of the concept that cooperation and social relations being essential for the human race.

    By Blogger Chrisfs, at 5:24 PM  

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