Feeling the Bern

July 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment




Odd news from around the world

The grass-topped houses of Scandinavia: “Real-life grass-topped buildings that look just like the Hobbit homes of Middle Earth. The cosy, turf-topped properties are traditional in many countries in Europe, including Iceland, Sweden and Norway. These snug retreats not only resemble their on-screen counterparts but also have a range of environmental benefits. Grassy coverings help to absorb rain water, provide insulation in winter and help to cool the home during summer. They are so popular that there is even an annual competition to find the most beautiful green roof designs, hosted by the Scandinavian Green Roof Association (SGRA). Best of all, the picturesque lodgings blend right into the rolling, lush landscape, with many located right next to cascading waterfalls or in valleys between snow-capped mountains.

Could BEER help prevent cancer?: “New research suggests hops – the flower that makes beer and gives it its zesty taste – could help fend off breast cancer. The plant has long been tied to hormone levels, with studies showing it gives men ‘man boobs’ and soothes postmenopausal symptoms by boosting estrogen metabolism. And now, experts at the University of Illinois at Chicago claim that same process could activate chemicals that prevent tumors from developing. Researchers applied hops extract to two different breast cell lines to monitor its effect on the cells’ estrogen metabolism. As hoped, the researchers found one potent compound in hops – 6-prenylnarigenin, or 6-PN – increased the rate of estrogen metabolism, boosting a detoxification pathway in the cells. ‘We need to further explore this possibility, but our results suggest that 6-PN could have anti-cancer effects,’ lead research Professor Judy Bolton said”

Are fat people less intelligent than thin?: “Fat people are less intelligent than people with a normal weight, a provocative study claims. Overweight men and women have less grey and white matter in key areas of the brain. They also have greater impulsivity and ‘altered reward processing’, the study said. The researchers said that their findings could explain why overweight people make poor diet choices – they do not have the mental capacity to control themselves. Nor are they able to stop themselves from making poor choices when the do eat something. The theory is likely to prove controversial as weight loss campaigners have emphasised that each individual has different reasons for their struggle with their body. The research involved sophisticated brain images of 32 adults recruited from the city of Baltimore in Maryland, 16 men and 16 women”

Red-faced mother complains that her son’s birthday bunting spells ‘Tappy ratyr’ – only to be told it actually reads ‘Party party’: “Emma Curwen, 43, bought the 89p bunting from Aldi to decorate her home in Preston, Lancashire, ahead of her son Dylan’s 7th birthday party last Monday. She expected the decoration to read ‘Happy Birthday’ and was left confused when she hung up the string of letters and they spelt ‘tappy ratyr’. It was only after she posted a complaint to the supermarket that friends told her that the bunting wasn’t faulty and she had simply put the letters for ‘party party’ in the wrong order. Ms Curwen said that Aldi still responded to her complaint even though it had been her mistake”

Daisy the dog CRIES when the children are dropped off at school: “Daisy has been crying every school morning since September 2015. As the children pause to say goodbye, the pet barks and whimpers. The clip was filmed in California, and shows how the emotional pet reacts as the children make their way into school. The two children are videoed going past the car, stopping for a second to say goodbye to Daisy. Daisy lets out a couple of barks, almost as if it is saying its own farewell. Then follows a whimper, followed by a look of bemusement at why the children have left her. ‘Daisy, say bye,’ says the children’s mother from inside the car, but the dog is too busy whimpering away. The dog then lets out an over-exaggerated howl of sadness. ‘We’ll get them after school Daisy,’ concludes the woman.'”

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