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Friday, April 29, 2016

Nicotinamide riboside (NR) is pretty amazing. It has already been shown in several studies to be effective in boosting metabolism. And now a team of researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Integrated Systems Physiology (LISP), headed by Johan Auwerx, has unveiled even more of its secrets. An article written by Hongbo Zhang, a PhD student on the team, was published today in Science and describes the positive effects of NR on the functioning of stem cells. These effects can only be described as restorative.

As mice, like all mammals, age, the regenerative capacity of certain organs (such as the liver and kidneys) and muscles (including the heart) diminishes. Their ability to repair them following an injury is also affected. This leads to many of the disorders typical of aging. read more


When Malaysian farmer Ibrahim Basir's business partner informed him he needed to check on his herd of goats last Friday, Ibrahim got the surprise of his life.

One of the females had given birth and the newborn kid was dead, possibly trampled by its mother. Disappointing, but that was not the surprise.

It was the baby goat's face … and legs … and body. There was something eerily human about its appearance.

"When I went to check, I was quite shocked but fascinated too as its face, nose, short legs and even the condition of its soft body seemed like a human baby, but the light brown fur covering its whole body resembles that of a goat," Ibrahim, 63, told Straits Times.

Despite its human features, the kid did not have an umbilical cord.

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Police shot a man dressed in a onesie panda outfit after he entered a Baltimore TV station and demanded the contents of a flash drive be aired or he would detonate a bomb strapped to his chest. The 25-year-old, who was hospitalized in serious condition, was actually strapped to candy bars. The station never aired the contents of the drive, which a WBFF-TV security guard described as having to do with government conspiracies. Station news director Mike Tomko spoke to the man: "He talked to me and was wearing what appears to be a full body white panda suit, surgical mask and sunglasses. He had a flash drive, said he had information he wanted to get on the air. He compared it to the information found in the Panama Papers." read more


Donald Trump has given up on winning historically literate voters. Consider the theme of his major foreign policy speech Wednesday: "America first."

This slogan is most associated with aviator Charles Lindbergh, who spent a great deal of time in the late 1930s gushing at how wonderful the Third Reich was. Before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Lindbergh helped form "America First" committees that campaigned to keep the U.S. from fighting the Axis Powers. Lindbergh rose to become a demagogue and accused President Franklin Roosevelt of colluding with a Jewish lobby and Britain to drag America into World War II. read more


While most college undergraduates are spending their free periods on Facebook, two remarkable students have used their spare time to pioneer an invention that may change the very way we communicate. Navid Azodi and Thomas Pryor, sophomores at University of Washington (UW), have created lightweight gloves that can translate sign language instantly. Think of it as a Google Translate for your hands. read more


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