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Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in Landmark Case

A French farmer who can no longer perform his routine farming duties because of permanent pesticide injuries has had his day in court, literally, and the perpetrator of his injuries found guilty of chemical poisoning. The French court in Lyon ruled that Monsanto’s Lasso weedkiller formula, which contains the active ingredient alachlor, caused Paul Francois to develop lifelong neurological damage that manifests as persistent memory loss, headaches, and stuttering during speech.


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This is how the world might look with a bionic eye

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The Lethality of Loneliness
We now know how it can ravage our body and brain

"Sometime in the late ’50s, Frieda Fromm-Reichmann sat down to write an essay about a subject that had been mostly overlooked by other psychoanalysts up to that point. Even Freud had only touched on it in passing. She was not sure, she wrote, “what inner forces” made her struggle with the problem of loneliness, though she had a notion. It might have been the young female catatonic patient who began to communicate only when Fromm-Reichmann asked her how lonely she was. “She raised her hand with her thumb lifted, the other four fingers bent toward her palm,” Fromm-Reichmann wrote. The thumb stood alone, “isolated from the four hidden fingers.” Fromm-Reichmann responded gently, “That lonely?” And at that, the woman’s “facial expression loosened up as though in great relief and gratitude, and her fingers opened.”..."

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If you had to "sacrifice" one of your fingers, which would you "sacrifice"? 
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If Kidnappers Chop Off One Of Your Fingers, Here's Which Finger You Should Sacrifice

"According to the assistant chief of hand surgery at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, the little finger does a disproportionate amount of gripping, while all the other guys are its helpers:

The other three digits—the index, the thumb and the middle finger—they fine tune where the tool goes. So if you have your little finger amputated, you're going to lose a significant amount of grip strength when holding everyday small objects. When you talk about utensils—like knives and forks—most of that stuff is fine manipulation rather than strength, so you're typically using the other three digits. You use the thumb, the index and the middle fingers in order to hold a spoon, or to hold a fork, or even to hold a pen and write things.

Take this test: Try doing pull-ups without using your little fingers, and then do the same without your first fingers, and you'll get an idea of how disabling it is to lose the pinky. A New York Times writer described the experience in 2008. It's not fun."

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Biologists Make a Computer From a Living Cell That Can Detect Cancer


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Biologists Make a Computer From a Living Cell That Can Detect Cancer


"...The Stanford researchers' genetic logic gate can be used to perform the full complement of digital logic tasks, and it can store information, too. It works by making changes to the cell's genome, creating a kind of transcript of the cell's activities that can be read out later with a DNA sequencer. The researchers call their invention a "transcriptor" for its resemblance to the transistor in electronics. "We want to make tools to put computers inside any living cell—a little bit of data storage, a way to communicate, and logic," says Drew Endy, the bioengineering professor at Stanford who led the work."


h/t: +Derya Unutmaz 


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New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts
Men are programmed to like breasts, but it isn't for the reasons scientists once thought


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New Theory on Why Men Love Breasts
Men are programmed to like breasts, but it isn't for the reasons scientists once thought


"Why do straight men devote so much headspace to those big, bulbous bags of fat drooping from women's chests? Scientists have never satisfactorily explained men's curious breast fixation, but now, a neuroscientist has struck upon an explanation that he says "just makes a lot of sense."

Larry Young, a professor of psychiatry at Emory University who studies the neurological basis of complex social behaviors, thinks human evolution has harnessed an ancient neural circuit that originally evolved to strengthen the mother-infant bond during breast-feeding, and now uses this brain circuitry to strengthen the bond between couples as well. The result? Men, like babies, love breasts.

When a woman's nipples are stimulated during breast-feeding, the neurochemical oxytocin, otherwise known as the "love drug," floods her brain, helping to focus her attention and affection on her baby. But research over the past few years has shown that in humans, this circuitry isn't reserved for exclusive use by infants.

Recent studies have found that nipple stimulation enhances sexual arousal in the great majority of women, and it activates the same brain areas as vaginal and clitoral stimulation. When a sexual partner touches, massages or nibbles a woman's breasts, Young said, this triggers the release of oxytocin in the woman's brain, just like what happens when a baby nurses. But in this context, the oxytocin focuses the woman's attention on her sexual partner, strengthening her desire to bond with this person.

In other words, men can make themselves more desirable by stimulating a woman's breasts during foreplay and sex. Evolution has, in a sense, made men want to do this."


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Doctors Detect Obesity Bug on Breath
Certain microbes that line the intestines, detectable on the breath may contribute to excessive weight gain, researchers find


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Doctors Detect Obesity Bug on Breath
Certain microbes that line the intestines, detectable on the breath may contribute to excessive weight gain, researchers find


"Obesity has its obvious manifestations; it's a disease that is difficult to conceal. And now, doctors say they can even smell it on your breath.

Doctors from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles say certain gas-emitting microbes living in the human gut might determine one's propensity for packing on too many pounds; and the presence of methane and hydrogen on one's breath from these microbes is closely related to excess body weight and body fat.

These doctors concede that overeating and a lack of activity are the primary causes of obesity. Yet other factors — namely, the abundance or reduction of certain microbes that line the intestines, detectable on the breath — also may contribute to excessive weight gain.

Their work will appear online March 28 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

Hungry microbes"


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Cold Sore Virus Linked with Memory Problems


"Certain infections, including the one that causes cold sores, may increase the risk of thinking and memory problems in older adults, a new study suggests.

People in the study who'd suffered more viral and bacterial infections in the past, including infection with herpes simplex type 1 virus (HSV1), which causes cold sores, were at increased risk of scoring below average on a test of cognitive abilities, the researchers said.

The results held even after the researchers took into account factors that could affect people's test scores or brain function, such as age, education level, high blood pressure, diabetes and alcohol consumption.

The findings add to a growing body of evidence linking infections with cognitive function. For instance, previous studies have linked herpes infection with an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease in people with certain genetic mutations.

However, the new study found only an association, and cannot prove these infections were cause of cognitive impairment. It's possible other factors not accounted for by the study could explain the link, said study researcher Dr. Mira Katan of Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. Larger studies in different populations are needed to confirm the results, Katan, a neurologist, said."


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Chocolate prevents stroke: study
Enjoy chocolate guilt-free this Easter — or better yet eat it lying down, say scientists from Glasgow University


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Chocolate prevents stroke: study
Enjoy chocolate guilt-free this Easter — or better yet eat it lying down, say scientists from Glasgow University


"A new study shows that eating just a single chocolate bar improves blood flow in the brain and may cut the risk of stroke.

The researchers from Glasgow University measured the speed of blood flowing through the biggest artery in the brain while subjects ate chocolate lying down and found that the chocolate improved blood flow and altered carbon dioxide levels.

Study leader Professor Matthew Walters said the results were consistent with other beneficial qualities of chocolate.

"Consumption of a normal chocolate bar was associated with a change in stiffness of the blood cells," Walters told the UK's Daily Mail.

"Our data is consistent with a direct effect of chocolate on the brain blood vessels."

Flavonoids and heart health: Australian long-term study is world first"


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