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Jun 5, 2009 - quirky, Science    13 Comments

The truth about space travel and curry

Gone are the days when parents used to tell their children, “Eat an apple a day, and keep the doctor away.” A new research, obviously carried out by a desi, says that you can ward off dementia and Alzheimer’s if you eat curry two or three times a week. How is that for a diet plan, eh?

Professor Murali Doraiswamy, of Duke University in North Carolina, said there was evidence that people who eat curry meals regularly have a lower risk of dementia. The key ingredient is curcumin, a component of the spice turmeric. Curcumin appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques – thought to cause dementia – in the brain.

If you are a desi living in the West, now is the time to invest in that curry house. Chances are that you will strike gold.

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While we are at weird scientific announcements, Astrobiologist Dr Lewis Dartness revealed that living without gravity would cause space travelers’ bones and muscles not to develop properly, leaving them stunted and weak.

Not only that, body fluid will float up to the brain to give human heads a permanently swollen look and the outer space residing human race of the future will also be “pretty chubby” As there would be no dust around, human will morph into hairless beings.

In short, if the Star Trek franchise led you to believe that Captain Kirk (specially the version played by Chris Pine) is a handsome fellow with a normal sized head full of hair, scientific evidence says otherwise. Long-distance space travel will leave us humans short, fat and bald. I wonder if anyone will aspire to be astronauts anymore?

Chris Pines looks far far away in the space as Captain Kirk

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Jan 26, 2009 - Science    22 Comments

The oldest first time father !

He probably is the oldest first time father and it seems everyone is happy about it. In Wellington, New Zealand, an indigenous reptile regarded as one of the last living remnants of the dinosaurs has become a father for the first time at the age of 111, yeah that’s a hundred an eleven years.

Henry the tuatara and his younger mate Mildred produced a dozen eggs last year at the Southland Museum on New Zealand’s South Island.

Tuatara curator Lindsay Hazley said Wednesday Henry has lived at the museum’s special enclosure for Tuatara since 1970 and had shown no interest in sex until he recently had a cancerous growth removed from his genitals. He got caught enjoying the company of three females last year and one of them hatched the eggs.

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Jul 4, 2008 - Science    3 Comments

Watermelon – the natural Viagra

While going through the newspaper in the morning, I came across this in DT. Later, I found the same news here and thought I should share it with my five loyal readers. Fresh watermelon is as good, if not more, as Viagra! I am sure I do not need to tell people what Viagra is.

According to scientists in Texas, fresh watermelon has a similar effect to taking Viagra, but men would have to eat at least six slices to have the same effect as one Viagra tablet – and it’s not as ‘organ-specific’.

Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, director of TexasA&MUniversity‘s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre.

“Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon breeding at North CarolinaStateUniversity, said anyone taking Viagra shouldn’t expect the same result from watermelon.

“It sounds like it would be an effect that would be interesting but not a substitute for any medical treatment,” he said.

The nitric oxide can also help with angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, according to the Texas study.

Why do I have a feeling that watermelon sales would see a boost across globe after this revelation? Viagra may not be an OTC (Over the counter) drug in most European countries, but watermelons can be easily bought at the corner Shoppe and at a much lower price. Move over mangoes, watermelons are the new kings in fruit kingdom and they are here to stay.

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