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What turns you on? For women, it appears to be intellectual stimulation!

Jean Balchin Jan 22, 2018

It appears as if the old adage might be correct – the best way to turn on a woman might be through her mind. Canadian scientists from McGill University have discovered that intellectual stimulation is more linked to women’s sexual arousal than men’s. Published last week in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study involved two groups (20 … Read More

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Investigation raises concerns over animals trials

Jean Balchin Jan 12, 2018

An investigation conducted by THE BMJ has revealed significant concern about how researchers misrepresents the results of animal studies to obtain funding and approval for human trials to test a new tuberculosis vaccine. Tuberculosis Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease usually caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Tuberculosis generally affects the lungs, but can also affect other parts of the body. According to Mayo Clinic, … Read More

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Holy Batman! Giant extinct burrowing bat discovered in New Zealand

Jean Balchin Jan 11, 2018

The fossilised remains of a giant burrowing bat that lived in our fine land of New Zealand millions of years ago have been found by a UNSW Sydney-led international team of scientists. Near the town of St Bathans in Central Otago on the South Island was found teeth and bones of the extinct bat. The remains were recovered from 9 … Read More

Revenge – sweet from the age of six

Jean Balchin Dec 20, 2017

Both chimpanzees and  six-year-old children love seeing punishment doled out, even if it costs them, according to a paper published online this week in Nature Human Behaviour. These findings reveal new insights about the evolution of peer-punishment as a means to enforce social norms and ensure cooperation. We know from previous research that humans and some animal species experience … Read More

Breast cancer screening is reaching Pasifika women too late

Jean Balchin Dec 15, 2017

A recent study published in the New Zealand Medical Journal has revealed a number of differences between Pasifika women and New Zealand European women diagnosed with breast cancer in New Zealand. The team found that Pasifika women in New Zealand are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer when the disease is already relatively advanced. The research team examined records of breast … Read More

Healthy eating linked to happiness in children

Jean Balchin Dec 14, 2017

“I’ll start eating healthily… tomorrow.” We’ve all said it, and inevitably, we’ve all fallen prey to that tempting slice of pizza or that luscious slice of chocolate cake. But it’s clear that a healthy diet has its benefits, and recently, an international team of researchers have found a link to better self esteem for kids … Read More

Mmmmm … the science behind your latte!

Jean Balchin Dec 13, 2017

Coffee-lovers, rejoice! Scientists may have discovered the ideal speed for pouring espresso into milk, according to an international study run by Princeton University, published in Nature Communications this week. Using liquids that mimic espresso and milk, the researchers tested a variety of pouring speeds and found that the second liquid needed to be added at faster than around 21cm per … Read More

Fossils show dinosaurs were ticked off by parasites too!

Jean Balchin Dec 13, 2017

A 99 million-year-old fossil found in Myanmar has revealed that out feathered dinosaurs were riled with ticks just like modern animals. The team of European researchers, lead by Ricardo Pérez-de la Fuente from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, unearthed the ticks found several specimens in pieces of amber, including one entangled with a dinosaur feather, another engorged with blood … Read More