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Want to boost your sex drive? Include these foods in your diet
Factors such as stress, tiredness and diet can adversely affect your sex drive. The foods you eat also have a direct impact on your hormones, which affects your mood to get intimate. I usually say diet comes first when it comes to getting all your nutrients. Very few foods contain vitamin D, Rob Hobson, the head of London-based Healthspan Nutrition, has been quoted by the Daily Mail as saying.
Disrupting sensitive soils could make climate change worse, researchers find
As a result, fewer carbon-rich lipid and wax molecules were decomposed and CO2 production dropped by a factor of 10. As a real-world check on their results, the researchers also examined soil from agricultural field sites in Oregon. Climate change is expected to make some regions wetter and others drier as weather patterns change. Areas that receive more rain - or more irrigation through farming - will contain less oxygen and therefore likely produce less CO2.
Project Lyra, a mission to chase down that interstellar asteroid
One such group is Project Lyra, which recently released a study detailing the challenges and benefits such a mission would present. Because of this, the team behind Project Lyra believe that studying 1I/`Oumuamua would be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Detailed study of interstellar materials at interstellar distances are likely decades away, even if Breakthrough Initiatives' Project Starshot, for example, is vigorously pursued. It could also enable a particularly attractive mission concept, which is to send tiny swarms of probes to rendezvous with the asteroid.
Nepal earthquake reconstruction won't succeed until the vulnerability of survivors is addressed
Alongside massive damage to the built environment, the terrible impact on the people of Nepal sent shockwaves around the world. Despite good intentions to rebuild Nepal to be more resilient, 30 months on little progress has been made. The Nepali government instituted a reconstruction program in October 2015 that identifies beneficiaries and entitles them to three instalments of compensation. Unfortunately, despite such efforts, there are still more than five million existing buildings standing after the earthquake that are not to code.
Open SESAME: a new light from West Asia
SESAME stands for Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. As they circulate and get deflected by magnets in the loop, they give off radiation called synchrotron light. The light can be used to study new drugs for cancer therapy and study of cultural heritage like bio-archaeology and also for investigating ancient manuscripts. There is always an excitement when you see the first light from a new set-up.
Evidence-based education needs standardised assessment
Standardised assessments, like NAPLAN, are powerful tools in building a strong evidence base for education policy and practice. Comparison of standardised assessments across systems, schools and classrooms can guide evidence-based policy and practice in many ways. Standardised assessment provides the best birds-eye view of where the system is working, and where additional attention is required. Most importantly, standardised assessment is part of the social contract between governments and populations, to provide a quality education for every child.
Friday essay: why grown-ups still need fairy tales
These smaller, everyday stories, combining the world of humans with fantastical creatures and seemingly impossible plots are now classified as fairy tales or folk tales. Fairy tales are also extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong. Despite these changes, it is apparent that fairy tales are still needed today, even for grown-ups. Throughout the year, she has been commemorated in articles with headings such as a troubled fairy tale, beyond a fairy tale, and just another fairy tale.
Wines and their labels: crafting narratives that speak to us
The first are ego-centred Jupiterian labels that develop stories about the wine itself, its greatness and history, and the savoir-faire behind its production. The second are consumer-oriented Bacchic labels, which evoke not only the wine but also the consumers who drink it and the benefits of doing so. A recent study of 166 wine labels from vineyards in Australia's Barossa Valley refined this typology by identifying four subtypes of ego-centred labels, each with its own illustrative theme.
Evolution caught in action! Scientists observe Galapagos finches develop new species
Scientists have for the first time observed evolution in a species of living beings. They have seen a new species of finches evolve within just two generations. The evolution was observed in species of Darwin's finches that are endemic to a particular island called Daphne Major, located in the Galapagos. The newly-evolved species has been named Big Bird by the scientists. Two of these bird species copulated and gave birth to a completely new species, in a phenomenon called species hybridisation.
Brain demonstrates key difference between humans and primates
The findings based on comparative analysis of human, chimpanzee and macaque brains revealed that elements which make the human brain unique, includes cortical circuits underlying production of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Our brains are three times larger, have many more cells and therefore more processing power than chimpanzee or monkey, Sousa said. Higher levels of expression of the gene MET, linked to autism spectrum disorder, was also found in the human prefrontal cortex compared to the primates' brain.
Researchers develop micro-robot to aid in delivering treatments
An international team of researchers has developed micro-robots that could soon be used to diagnose and deliver drugs in hard-to-reach areas of the human body. The robots were manufactured by coating tiny algae with magnetic particles and can smoothly swim in biological fluids, such as diluted blood and gastric fluid. We hope our discoveries will pave the way for the development of useful diagnostics or treatments, he said.
German Amazon workers stage 'Black Friday' strike
A labor union says workers at a half dozen Amazon distribution centers in Germany have walked off the job, the latest in a string of walkouts in a long-running wage dispute with the American online retailer at one of its busiest times. The union's been pushing since 2013 for higher pay for some 12,000 workers in Germany, arguing Amazon employees receive lower wages than others in retail and mail-order jobs.
Lack of food contributing to students' poor health and absenteeism
Teenagers whose families worry about money for food are more likely to be overweight, have poor mental and physical health, and miss school, according to new University of Auckland research. In 2007, 9107 students from 96 schools were surveyed, and in 2012, 8500 students from 91 schools participated. In 2012, 11 percent reported food security concerns 'often or always' and 33 percent reported food security concerns 'occasionally or sometimes'.
Flies' disease-carrying potential may be greater than thought, researchers say
Flies can be more than pesky picnic crashers, they may be potent pathogen carriers, too, according to an international team of researchers. The legs and wings show the highest microbial diversity in the fly body, suggesting that bacteria use the flies as airborne shuttles, said Schuster. The known route of transmission of Helicobacter has never considered flies as a possible vector for the disease, said Schuster. The potential, then, for flies to carry diseases may increase when more people are present.
To address hunger effectively, first check the weather, says new study
Too little rain, or too much, is often a driver of poverty and hunger, leading to poor nutrition and food insecurity among vulnerable populations. According to a new study, rainfall patterns also provide clues on how to most effectively alleviate food insecurity. Smallholder farms are small farms with limited resources that depend on the family for labor and on the operation's crops for food or income.
Are our lakes on the brink of suffocation?
By collecting key data, they were able to enhance their understanding of the lake's ecosystem and how it is likely to evolve over time. In the autumn, lakes undergo their annual water exchange as high winds, inflows from rivers and variations in water temperature mix up the water. A long-term shortage of oxygen could destroy the flora and fauna living in the lake's depths.
Jack the Ripper and the commodification of sexual violence
This use of a crime scene as a tourist attraction was nothing unusual at the time, but does mark the beginning of a ripper tourism industry that continues today. Much of the police archive relating to the Ripper case has been lost. Perhaps more shocking is how the images are marginalised and demeaned by the failure to acknowledge them for what they are. They are also victims of the Ripper's fame and have been forced into helping prolong his dark legend.
David Willetts interview: 'We need a broader view of what constitutes a good university'
In his new book, A University Education, he provides a defence of that policy following intense recent debate about it. David Willetts: I think actually the way that you can reflect and put in public support is different and I identify the ways we do. I wouldn't want to see a situation where poor kids stayed at home and rich kids went away to university.
Going underground: Cambridge digs into the history of geology with landmark exhibition
I think the maps are beautiful objects, tell fascinating stories and frame geology in a new light, said exhibition curator Allison Ksiazkiewicz. This was a new take on nature and a new way of thinking about the landscape for those interested in nature. It examined the geology of the Paris Basin and revolutionised what was considered 'young' in geological terms. Exhibitions Officer Chris Burgess said: Maps were central to the development of geology but disagreement between its leading figures was common.

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