Logical reasoning: An antidote or a poison for political disagreement?

New research exploring American liberals and conservatives shows that regardless of political affiliation, tribal instincts kick in and people’s ability to think logically suffers when it comes to arguments related to their political belief systems. When confronted with the unsound reasoning of opposing groups, people become better able to identify flawed logic. Source: Logical reasoning:…

Harmful compounds might be formed when foods containing the sweetener sucralose are heated

Sucralose is a sweetener authorized in the European Union as E 955. The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has assessed the current data situation on the stability of sucralose and the formation of possibly harmful chlorinated compounds at high temperatures. Source: Harmful compounds might be formed when foods containing the sweetener sucralose are…

Travel through wormholes is possible, but slow

A Harvard physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through which travel is possible. But don’t pack your bags for a trip to other side of the galaxy yet; although it’s theoretically possible, it’s not useful for humans to travel through, said the author of the study,…

Low-intensity ultrasound can change decision-making process in the brain, research shows

This is a peer-reviewed empirical study conducted in animals (macaque monkeys) The study shows how low-intensity ultrasonic waves can be used to generate or suppress electrical signals in the brain, modulating normal brain function. The process is reversible. This study applies to counterfactual thinking, and does not suggest you can directly change someone’s personality Source:…

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination

Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination Heart Failure improved with Antioxidant Combination “””the measure of function in large blood vessels and of inflammation improved with treatment. Similarly, the presence of biologically available nitric oxide, a compound that helps blood vessels dilate, also increased.”” Over-the-counter Antioxidant Cocktail Improved Vascular Function in Certain Patients with Heart Failure…

Poverty leaves a mark on our genes

In this study, researchers found evidence that poverty can become embedded across wide swaths of the genome. They discovered that lower socioeconomic status is associated with levels of DNA methylation (DNAm) — a key epigenetic mark that has the potential to shape gene expression — at more than 2,500 sites, across more than 1,500 genes.…

Common food additive may weaken defenses against influenza

Research conducted in mice suggests the food additive tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) — found in many common products from frozen meat to crackers and fried foods — suppresses the immune response the body mounts when fighting the flu. In addition to increasing the severity of flu symptoms, the study found evidence that tBHQ exposure could reduce the…