Moon Smells Like Spent Gunpowder: Apollo Astronauts

Apollo astronauts describe the fresh lunar dirt smell as "spent gunpowder". Apollo 17's Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, who was one of the 12 astronauts to land on the moon, said that lunar powdery dirt smell was not "metallic or acrid", CBS News reported. According to Schmitt, he took 7 minutes to come up with the descriptive term of fired gunpowder smell, which was "probably much more implanted" in their memories than other comparable odors. Larry ...
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Clicking Pictures of Food at Restaurants Considered as Unacceptable Table Behavior

Twenty-two percent of diners consider "clicking pictures of food and posting them online" as unacceptable table behavior, reveals a new study. Chef Michel Roux Jr, who runs La Gavroche in London, said that it should be flattering but it annoys him when people take photos of their food as it's disrupts the people around them and it spoils that person's enjoyment of the meal, the Daily Express reported. According to the research by Rachel's organic dairy ...
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At Least 1,400 Children Sexually Exploited by Asian Criminal Gangs

Nearly 1,400 children were sexually exploited by Asian criminal gangs in Rotherham over a span of 16 years, reveals a report. Some of the victims were raped by multiple attackers and even doused with petrol and threatened with being set alight, the Metro reports. Professor Alexis Jay, a former senior social worker who authored the report into child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Rotherham since 1997, said the evidence handed over to police and social ...
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Risking Ultimate Price for the Ultimate Adrenaline Rush

Running, leaping and flying into the unknown are attracting a growing band of followers around the world, ready to risk life and limb for the ultimate adrenaline rush. From base jumping -- where devotees jump off a cliff or tower with a parachute -- to wingsuit divers who fly in a birdman jumpsuit, to highlining -- walking across a rope at high altitude -- the sky has become the limit for extreme sports. The death toll has also taken off. About ...
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New Statin Guidelines an Improvement: Study

A Yale University study has found that new national guidelines can improve the way statin drugs are prescribed to patients at risk for cardiovascular disease. The research, published Aug. 25 in the iJournal of the American College of Cardiology/i, also showed the new guidelines produce only a modest increase in the number of patients being given the drugs. Statins are a class of drugs that help lower cholesterol by blocking the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, ...
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EPO Associated With Reduced Risk of Brain Abnormalities in Preterm Infants

High-dose erythropoietin (EPO; a hormone) administered within 42 hours of birth to preterm infants was associated with a reduced risk of brain injury, as indicated by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This is according to a study in the August 27 issue of iJAMA/i. Survival of premature infants has improved over the past decades, but at the expense of an increase in the number of infants affected by long-term developmental disabilities. Premature infants are ...
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Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Associated With Obesity During Adolescence

ulliGrowth deficiency is a defining feature of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). liRates of excess weight/obesity are elevated in adolescents with partial fetal alcohol syndrome (pFAS), finds a new study. liFemales with FASD may be at a greater risk for excess weight/obesity than males during adolescence. /ul Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) refer to a range of disabilities, and include individuals with neurocognitive impairments ...
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Children’s Sipping or Tasting of Alcohol Reflects Parental Modeling

ulliA new study examines antecedent predictors of childhood initiation of sipping/tasting alcohol. liFindings indicate that initiation of sipping or tasting was less related to psychosocial proneness for problem behavior and more related to perceived parental approval for child sipping. /ulPrevious research had determined that whether or not a child sips or tastes alcohol is associated with the child's attitude toward sipping and with a family ...
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Linkoping University Researchers Discover Fever’s Origin

Fever is triggered by an onset of the signaling substance prostaglandin and is a response to inflammation. Researchers at Linkoping University in Sweden can now see precisely where these substances are produced - a discovery that paves the way for smarter drugs. When you take an aspirin, all production of prostaglandins in the body is suppressed. All symptoms of inflammation are eased simultaneously, including fever, pain and loss of appetite. But it ...
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Change in Tube Feeding Practice may Improve Nutrition for ICU Patients

While the importance of feeding patients through a tube, or enteral nutrition (EN), in an intensive care unit is well understood, underfeeding is still common. A practice of a certain amount of feeding per hour can be interrupted by tests, procedures, or emergencies. Changing to a volume-based system, which calls for a certain nutrition volume per day, could reduce underfeeding. Such a system was found to be effective in ICU patients according to a ...
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