Those of you who spend hours at the gym with the aim of burning as many calories as possible may be disappointed to learn that all the while your nervous system is subconsciously working against you. Researchers have found that our nervous systems are remarkably adept in changing the way we move so as to expend the least amount of energy possible. In other words, humans are wired for laziness.
"We found that people readily change the way they walk--including characteristics of their gait that have been established with millions of steps over the course of their lifetime--to save quite small amounts of energy," says Max Donelan of Simon Fraser University in Canada. "This is completely consistent with the sense that most of us have that we prefer to do things in the least effortful way, like when we choose the shortest walking path, or choose to sit rather than stand. read more
If you're like me, you like beef. Some weeks I'll consume a beef product every day for lunch. Beef is delicious and one of the best sources of protein and testosterone-boosting cholesterol and fat. And did I mention it's delicious?
But if you're also like me, you don't want to spend that much money on food. And if you've been paying attention to your grocery bill, the price of beef has gone up dramatically this year.
I know a lot of guys who, when they hear the word "steak," only think of strips, rib eyes, T-bones, and tenderloins; they think these high-end cuts constitute the entire universe of beef. Consequently, they deny themselves the enjoyment of regular steak because they think they can't afford it. read more
In a move that Star Trek's Mister Scott would approve of, Scottish distiller Ballantine's has developed a glass for sipping whisky in zero gravity. The Space Glass applies some clever physics to recreate the experience of drinking spirits from a glass on Earth and might well be a more attractive proposition for astronauts and future space tourists than using plastic bags and straws.
The conquest of space may be adventurous, but it lacks a certain elegance. After a hard day space walking and general science experimenting, it isn't easy to kick back and relax while floating in a tin can drinking fruit juice through a straw out of a plastic bag. In fact, one common complaint by International Space Station (ISS) crews is the lack of anything Earthlike in their environment. read more
Surveillance video captured the unidentified woman walking the girl to an aisle and seemingly instructing her to steal one of the bottles from 24/7 Liquors in Pembroke Park, Florida.
Video shows the woman walk away while the child stays behind and grabs a bottle of booze. The girl is seen struggling to hide a large bottle behind her back before returning to swap it for a smaller bottle. She walks toward the front of the store with the new bottle behind her back and then slowly backs out the front entrance while her companion stands in line to pay for something small.
The blood of young people may hold compounds that benefit the brains of older people with Alzheimer's disease, so scientists are now looking at whether transfusions may help people with the condition.
Research in animals has shown that the blood of the young may counter some of the effects of aging in older brains. For instance, it might help to improve learning and memory, as well as generate new brain cells. Now, the scientists want to see if the benefits hold true in people. read more