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Scientists have discovered how mosquitoes can fly through a downpour—even though a single raindrop can weigh 50 times more than one of the insects. Georgia Tech researchers used high-speed videography to determine how this is possible. They found the mosquito’s strong exoskeleton and low mass render it impervious to falling raindrops.
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A mother’s health during pregnancy has measurable effects on her baby’s well-being, but a new study shows that her fitness before pregnancy matters too. Even before conception, a mother’s obesity may affect cognitive development in her baby-to-be.
If you find the prospect of staying thin while eating as much as you want appealing, scientists have news for you. New research from the University of California, Irvine found that certain brain chemicals with characteristics similar to marijuana might play a key factor in helping you shed pounds without any exercise.
Full story at The Week
Researchers have discovered a key cellular mechanism that may help the brain control how much we eat, what we weigh, and how much energy we have.
Full story at Futurity
Unfortunately, we don’t all have the self-discipline and determination it takes to cut back on cake and hit the gym. But fear not. There could be other ways to shift the fat and stay trim. Just to get this straight, if you overeat and under-exercise you will gain weight. However, growing evidence suggests that other factors also contribute to excess adiposity.
Via New Scientist
Soft drinks are the beverage of choice for millions of Americans. Some drink them morning, noon, night, and in between. They’re tasty, available everywhere, and inexpensive. They’re also a prime source of extra calories that can contribute to weight gain. Once thought of as innocent refreshment, soft drinks are also coming under scrutiny for their contributions to the development of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and other chronic conditions. Diet soft drinks, made with artificial sweeteners, may not be the best alternatives to regular soft drinks.
Full story at Harvard School of Public Health