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06 Jul

It’s only natural to assume that the future can have no effect whatsoever on what happens today, since it’s still ahead of us. For decades, though, physicists have worked to prove that what happens to particles in the future can actually impact particles today – an affect called retrocausality.

The theory is so fascinating, Einstein even tackled it. In the end, he disagreed, coining it, “spooky action at a distance,” but scientists aren’t so sure. Recently two physicists dug into the theory of retrocausality, with experts comparing particles to a blurry cloud, rather than billiard balls running down a table. As such, a particle may very well have the ability to impact the past as well as the future.

04 Jul

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst recently announced that they had discovered a link between the antimicrobial ingredient triclosan, used in hand soaps and toothpastes as well as other products, and cancer.

Specifically, the research group determined that the substance could have a negative impact on colonic inflammation and colon cancer by changing gut microbiota, the microbes which reside in human intestines.

The study, published in Science Translational Medicine, indicates that short-time treatment with low-dose triclosan resulted in low-grade colonic inflammation, and pronounced disease development of colitis and colitis-associated colon cancer in mice, said Guodong Zhang, who authored the study, in a press release.

02 Jul

As the world continues to anticipate and adjust to new expectations for how products are viewed, purchased, and delivered, it seems more of an achievable reality to get anything you want delivered anywhere at any time. For, naturally, any price.

A new offering announced by Sotheby's would seem to align to this overall trend -- though on a much larger scale.

The company, famous for its auctioneering services, will provide what is being billed as an "instant wine cellar" to customers in Hong Kong and New York, with all bottles delivered within 24 hours of having been ordered.

This could prove a perfect fit for those who, having recently bought a trophy home and having also invited hundreds of people over for a spurious housewarming, need a spur-of-the-moment cellar to complete the abode's overall atmosphere. After all, who would want to tour a friend's newly purchased luxury home if the wine cellar (there is a wine cellar, correct?) were, how shall one say, disappointingly lacking in substantive inventory?

30 Jun

Loneliness is no fun, but a new study shows it could be bad for your health. The European Society of Cardiology addressed loneliness and cardiovascular disease during its most recent annual nursing congress. They pointed to a study that links loneliness to poor heart health across all participants, regardless of other contributing factors.

Experts point out that feeling lonely was the determining condition, not living alone. Researchers reviewed data from 13,463 people who had been treated for various heart issues. The data combined information gathered from questionnaire answers and national registers and included information on whether patients smoked or had social support. To distinguish between those who simply live alone and those who regularly experienced loneliness, questions included, “Do you have someone to talk to when you need it?” and “Do you feel alone sometimes even though you want to be with someone?”

28 Jun

You’ve likely heard of white noise as a way to block out distracting sound. However, a new trend has experts recommending pink noise, which is a slightly higher-pitched version. And research indicates you may get a more restful sleep with a pink noise generator on your nightstand.

A 2017 study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience revealed that participants who used pink noise not only got more restful sleep, but they also demonstrated memory improvement. A previous study had already found memory improvement among younger adults who used pink noise during sleep. But this study showed the memory benefits of pink noise in older adults.

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