Today’s Startling Coffee Study of the Day is: “Drinking coffee burns hepatic fat by inducing lipophagy coupled with mitochondrial β‐oxidation,” Wen‐Xing Ding, Hepatology (2013).
Everyone loves a counterintuitive scientific paper, unless they don’t like it. Here’s a new counterintuitive scientific paper: “Artiﬁcial sweeteners produce the counterintuitive effect of inducing metabolic derangements,” Susan E. Swithers [pictured here], Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism, epub 2013. The author, at Purdue University, explains: “The negative impact of consuming sugar-sweetened beverages on weight and other […]
“Overweight [sic] and obesity are some of the most common health and social problems. Millions of people suffer from overweight [sic], which is considered to be a main cause for diseases and early death. “ So what’s to be done? The quote above comes from a new US patent (Feb. 19th 2013) which offers a […]
A faculty member at the University of Bristol alerts us to the multiple singular literary merits of this announcement of a coming event: Obesity surgery and the management of excess: exploring the body multiple 25 April 2013, 4 pm — Canynge Hall, Room LG.08 Speaker: Professor Karen Throsby – Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of […]
A lively debate has recently taken flight within the pages of the prestigious natural sciences journal Naturwissenschaften. It all centres around the question of whether Raphus cucullatus, a.k.a. the (now extinct) Dodo might have been waddlingly plump or sprightly slim. Here are some example papers from either side of the debate : • The end […]
This month’s Semiotics Exercise is to write a 50-word semiotic interpretation of the imagery and title of the book Fat Ladies in Spaaaaace. It must be exactly 50 words long, but can be in the language of your choice. Here is a photo of the book cover: [via @KateHarding] BONUS EXERCISE: Write a 55-word semiotic interpretation […]
Scientists like to tell what they have observed. Some scientists, sometimes, also offer up an amusing, possibly wild guess about exactly what it means. Sometimes a reporter writes up the possibly wild guess as if it were attached to reality by some sturdy chain of reasoning. A March 24, 2011 CNN report tells about a […]
New Scientist’s Feedback column cogitates: On 30 January, we reported on the fat content of Cadbury’s Mini Rolls. Now Rod Costigan sends us his thoughts about another Cadbury product, Fry’s Turkish Delight. The packaging of this “exotic taste sensation” boasts that it is “60 per cent less fat*, and always has been”. Rod says he […]