It's been a long time since I posted one of these, so here are a few from the world of science.Fruits and Veggies reduce likelihood of contracting the flu
- specifically, those containing quercetin, a chemical relative of resveratrol, found in red onions, grapes and red wine, brocolli, tea, and blueberries. The first study involved inoculating mice with the flu virus and determined that mice given quercetin were less likely to contract flu. A second study was conducted with humans, but stressful exercise was substitute for the flu virus inoculation because a previous mouse study linked increase susceptibility to the flu with stressful exercise. Bottom line: eat your fruits and veggies.High protein breakfast better for dieters
- In particular, high-quality protein early in the day results in a more sustained feeling of fullness, reducing the dieter's likelihood of snacking. In the study eggs and lean Canadian bacon were used as the protein source in the mornings, although the linked article suggests yoghurt, and low-fat cheese and other low-fat dairy products, can be used as well for variety.Gender differences in antidepressants
- A recent study found that women were 33% more likely to get relief from depression after using Celexa than men. The national study discovered that the gender bias persisted even after accounting many possible complicating factors, but have no explanation for the results. Future research may focus on hormonal differences that may account for some of the gender effect.Steve MacLean to head Canadian Space Agency
- The former astronaut has been selected to direct Canada's space program.Google turns 10
- on September 4th, Google celebrated it's 10th year in existence.Focused ultrasound simulates virtual barriers
- A team of Japanese researchers have developed a system that uses focused ultrasound to give users the impression of the an arbitrarily-shaped surface. The system may be useful for applications ranging from 3D modeling to gaming.