Tuesday, February 20, 2018 by: Frances Bloomfield Tags: alien life, aliens, astrobiology, badmedicine, goodscience, life, Space, space exploration, Viruses, weird science (Natural News) Viruses exist in their trillions on earth, but could there be viruses just flitting about in the far reaches of space? That’s a question a team of microbiologists have put forth for consideration. According to them, viruses may hold the key to answering the age-old question of whether or not life exists outside of the Earth. “Viruses arguably have coexisted with cellular life-forms since the earliest stages of life, may have been directly involved therein, and have profoundly influenced cellular evolution,” the researchers wrote in their paper, published in Astrobiology. “Viruses are the only entities on modern Earth to use either RNA or DNA in both single- and double-stranded forms for their genetic material and thus may provide a model for the putative RNA-protein … [Read more...] about Not just little green men: Alien life may also come in the form of viruses – will our astronauts be prepared?
(Natural News) If you’re still eating processed foods, the latest study in the British Medical Journal should be enough to steer you away from this dangerous habit. That’s because French researchers have found that the skyrocketing rates of cancer deaths can be pinned on the popularity of processed foods like sodas, sugary cereals, and ready-made meals.Ultra-processed foods are loaded with chemical additives and are a far cry from a home-cooked meal. The more of these foods you eat, the higher your risk grows of getting any type of cancer. This is believed to be due to the higher amounts of sugar in these foods as well as the low content of fiber and vitamins.In addition, the procedures used in manufacturing and the chemicals and additives used to enhance flavor and prolong shelf life are contributing to the risk. For example, processing food creates carcinogenic compounds like polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and acrylamide.The study’s lead author, Dr. Mathilde … [Read more...] about Skyrocketing cancer rates driven by processed food, warn researchers
(Natural News) The presence or absence of oxygen can determine whether or not a planet can support life. It’s a strategy that many alien life hunters continue to use until this day. It holds true for our very own planet. However, a recent study has put forth the bold suggestion of looking for two other gases when seeking out signs of life. These gases, reports Space.com, are methane and carbon dioxide.“We need to look for fairly abundant methane and carbon dioxide on a world that has liquid water at its surface, and find an absence of carbon monoxide,” David Catling, co-author of the study, told Newswise.com. “Our study shows that this combination would be a compelling sign of life. What’s exciting is that our suggestion is doable, and may lead to the historic discovery of an extraterrestrial biosphere in the not-too-distant future.”The idea behind this came from no other place than the Earth. Specifically, the Earth billions of years ago when its … [Read more...] about Beyond oxygen: Looking for possible alien life that may not require an atmosphere with oxygen
What is the xiphoid process? Symptoms Causes Diagnosis Treatment Takeaway The xiphoid process is a small extension of bone just below the sternum. Discomfort in the xiphoid process can be painful as it can affect the lower ribcage, breastbone, and several major muscles located around the abdomen and diaphragm. The name xiphoid derives from the Greek word for "straight sword" as the structure has a sharp tip, resembling a sword. It is also known by other names including the metasternum, xiphisternum, and xiphoid cartilage. In this article, we discuss symptoms, causes, and treatment options for xiphoid process pain. The xiphoid process is a tiny bone structure located at the center of the chest, just below the lower part of the sternum. At birth, the xiphoid process is formed from cartilage that eventually develops into bone. During a person's early life, the xiphoid process rarely causes any discomfort given its soft cartilage structure. However, as it hardens, it can cause some … [Read more...] about What you need to know about the xiphoid process
(Natural News) According to a recent study, following a healthy diet and exercising “can be more effective at controlling type-2 diabetes than medication.”Researchers from the University of Glasgow observed 1,500 type-2 diabetes patients who attended a National Health Service (NHS) lifestyle course. They were then compared to a group who did not.Based on their findings, the scientists determined that individuals who finished the 16-week regime were not required to increase the number of diabetes pills that they had to take. The people who exercised were also 50 percent less likely to “see their condition progress to the extent that they needed to take insulin.” (Related: Type 2 diabetes diet: What to eat, what to avoid and how to get healthier with every meal.)Those who finished the course lost an average of 7.94 kilograms (kg) within the three years after they finished it. Meanwhile, those who did not only lost 0.91 kg. … [Read more...] about HIGHER quality of life with LESS medication: A review of research reveals, again, that diet and exercise are BETTER THAN DRUGS at controlling type-2 diabetes