Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory. A researcher at Oregon State Universtity points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice. The mice were given large doses of xanthohumol, a flavinoid found in hops. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their color. read more
A new study from the American Journal of Political Science indicates that different political affiliations may actually correspond with different body odors. The researchers, led by Brown University political scientist Rose McDermott, found that conservatives and liberals smell dissimilar. "It appears nature stacks the deck to make politically similar partners more attractive to each other in unconscious ways," researchers wrote. read more
Finally, some good news about the environment: The giant hole in Earth's ozone layer is shrinking. The atmospheric layer that protects Earth's inhabitants from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays is slowly rebuilding itself, according to a United Nations report published Wednesday. Scientists credit the recovery to the phasing out of chemicals used in refrigerators, air conditioners and aerosol cans in the 1980s. read more
Indiana Pacers Center Roy Hibbert was driving in Indianapolis when he took a picture of a local police officer giving a homeless man boots. Hibbert then posted that picture to social media and the picture was retweeted thousands of times. RTV6 in Indianapolis spoke to the homeless man pictured, Frank, about receiving the boots. "I've never met an unkind person on the street. They know I don't mean them any harm when I first started coming they'd lock their doors or park further back but now they drive up right next two me I'm not asking everybody if they give me something okay if they don't okay," he said. read more
COLUMBUS, Ind. - Columbus Police said they've never had anything like it - three churches vandalized in the same night.
Someone spray painted them on the outside. It's the words used, though, that have some people asking if this was more than a prank.
"It was just one word. It said Infidels!'" Father Doug Marcotte said.
arishioners saw that, along with the word "Qur'an 3:151" on their way into mass Sunday morning.
"It's certainly not a warm and fuzzy verse. It talks about the infidels, their refuge being the fire"
Specifically, that passage of the Qur'an reads: "We will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve for what they have associated with Allah of which He had not sent down [any] authority. And their refuge will be the Fire, and wretched is the residence of the wrongdoers." read more