'Al dente' fibers could make bulletproof vests stronger and 'greener'
(American Chemical Society) Bulletproof vests and other super-strong materials could soon become even tougher and more environmentally friendly at the same time with the help of extra firm, or 'al dente,' fibers. Researchers report in ACS' journal Macromolecules an innovative way to spin high-performance polyethylene fibers from natural fats, such as oils from olives and peanuts. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 9, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

'Falling Fruit' Map Helps Foragers Find Their Next Free Meal
The ways we get our food these days sure have changed a lot, with technology dramatically affecting the way we catch or grow our next meal.  So isn't it about time foraging was changed too? An interactive crowd-sourced map called Falling Fruit allows urban foragers to map out and review locations around the world where the public can find free fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in their area. There are also listings for free markets and dumpsters that potentially contain edibles -- 2,181 dumpsters, to be exact. The volunteer-run nonprofit, based out of Boulder, Colorado, currently boasts 1,317 different types ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

'Falling Fruit' Map Helps Foragers Find Their Next Free Meal
The ways we get our food these days sure have changed a lot, with technology dramatically affecting the way we catch or grow our next meal.  So isn't it about time foraging was changed too? An interactive crowd-sourced map called Falling Fruit allows urban foragers to map out and review locations around the world where the public can find free fruits, vegetables and herbs growing in their area. There are also listings for free markets and dumpsters that potentially contain edibles -- 2,181 dumpsters, to be exact. The volunteer-run nonprofit, based out of Boulder, Colorado, currently boasts 1,317 different types ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - November 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

New resource will help growers manage the olive fruit fly
(Entomological Society of America) A new, open-access article in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management aims to support California olive producers with an overview of the olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae), which has become the key pest of olives since its introduction in 1998. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 22, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Mission Day 14: Mad Respect, AKA Don't Kill Bob
This post should really be titled, "MAD, MAD, MAD" respect. Respect for what, you may ask? For lifelong astronauts? For scientists and support staff who spent winter in Antarctica? For service people aboard submarines and ships who do this isolation thing all the time? Absolutely, but I've respected the heck out of those folks for years. This is brand new respect we're talking about here. Over the last two weeks -- two weeks already! -- I've come upon a profound pile of respect, basically a mountain of respect, for people who feed families of six or more in underdeveloped countries. It's an all-day long, and half-the-ni...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - September 15, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ending the Big, Fat Debate
Achieving a clear understanding of the health effects of dietary fats requires a challenging slog through a thick tangle of opinions. These days, it's rare to get through any given news cycle without contentions about dietary fat, expert and otherwise, coming at us from every quarter. The preoccupation, especially intense now, has a rather long lineage. Call to Action: Let's End the Big Fat Debate It is time to end the big, fat debate- by focusing less on nutrients, and more on foods. Some of the most nutritious foods are extremely low in fat (e.g., broccoli, spinach, blueberries) and some, high (e.g., walnuts, almonds...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - July 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Fish And Veggies Can Help Adults Live Even Longer
Older adults who eat plenty of fish and vegetables may live longer than people who don’t, a large Swedish study suggests. Among more than four thousand 60-year-old men and women, those with the highest blood levels of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), which come from fish and plants, were significantly less likely to die from heart disease or any cause over about 15 years than those with the lowest levels. “The study supports current dietary guidelines that advise having sufficient intake of both fish and vegetable oils in a heart-healthy diet,” senior study author Dr. Ulf Riserus, a nutrition researcher at Uppsala Uni...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 26, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Time Is Ripe To Explain The Difference Between Fruits And Vegetables
You say tomato, we say aggravation. The debate over what constitutes a fruit or a vegetable can get old in a hurry. But a new video from SciShow breaks it down in an easy-to-digest way. Host Hank Green starts by warning viewers not to flaunt their expertise, before tactfully dropping his knowledge about how fruits and vegetables are classified. The clip is good fun -- and you'll finally learn why a strawberry isn't really a berry. "Botanically speaking, a fruit is a seed-bearing structure that develops from the ovary of a flowering plant, whereas vegetables are all other plant parts, such as roots, leaves and stems," ac...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - June 25, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Bethenny Frankel Says Men Don't Know That We're Crazy And Avocados Make Us Glow
You can start watching The Real Housewives of New York again (which premieres tonight on Bravo), because Bethenny is back. Seriously, if anyone can bring true realism to a ‘reality tv show’ (not that we’ve ever watched Real Housewives, The Bachelor, or reality shows in general of course…) it’s Bethenny Frankel. She’s also keeping it real with her new book out today -- I Suck At Relationships So You Don’t Have To -- whose title speaks for itself. Like the episode The Opposite on Seinfeld, Bethenny – like George Costanza – aims to have you do the exact opposite of everything she’s ever done in dating. Fr...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Glimpse Into a School Lunchroom in France
When my husband and I first moved to Paris, I spent some time substitute teaching while I figured out what I was going to do with the new life I found myself in. I'll never forget how I dreaded being on lunchtime supervision because I saw that fish was on the menu that day. I had been a teacher for long enough to know that there were going to be a lot of elementary school kids plugging their noses and telling me they didn't like fish. This was going to be a long supervision period. Those kids proved me so wrong that I was left in disbelief. They were actually asking for seconds, and I was the only one scrunching up my n...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can olives help guard against dementia?
Brooks HaysFRANKFURT, Germany, March 19 (UPI) -- A new study looks at the ability of a very specific part of the diet -- olives -- to protect against neurological symptoms like memory loss. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting against memory loss with olives
(Goethe University Frankfurt) What are the substances contained in olives, that protect against Memory loss? This is what a Hessen-based group of researchers from the Goethe University Frankfurt, the Technical University of Darmstadt and Darmstadt company N-Zyme BioTec GmbH intends to find out. The three-year project 'NeurOliv' is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 19, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Cholesterol: I Told You So!
Big Brother has finally come around to what I’ve been telling my patients for almost 30 years – stop worrying about cholesterol in your diet! The influential Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the nation’s top nutrition panel, has now admitted they were WRONG about cholesterol. And they have now proclaimed this former dietary evil as no longer a “nutrient of concern.”1 They were slow – and, of course, wrong for decades – but at least they got there in the end. That means eggs are back on the menu for millions of Americans – yolk and all – although my patients have been enjoying their e...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - March 2, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Dr. Al Sears Tags: Heart Health Nutrition cholesterol diet heart disease Source Type: news

5 Ways to Have a Better Relationship With Food
We'd bet you spend quite a bit of time and effort nourishing your relationships, whether it's with your significant other, your pals, your parents, your kids, or all of the above. Relationships take work and the more work you put in, the more it becomes clear that your efforts are rewarded with strengthened bonds. But what about your relationship with food? This relationship impacts not only nutrient intake, but for many it's closely tied to -- and impacts -- other relationships (including that with our own body.) Because our relationship with food is so important to health, wellness, and happiness, we wanted to share ou...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Using the glycemic index to stave off holiday weight gain
As the holiday season gets underway, you might wonder why you feel compelled return to the office cookie tin or to sample the party’s dessert platter more often than you probably should. The glycemic index—a measure of how fast carbohydrates are turned into sugar—offers an answer (see “How the glycemic index works”). The cakes, cookies, and candies tempting you have a high glycemic index. As I write in the December Harvard Women’s Health Watch, foods with a high glycemic index are likely to provide a rush of energy, but leave you hungry and craving food within a few hours, setting the vicious cy...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - December 10, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Beverly Merz Tags: Diet and Weight Loss Healthy Eating glycemic index Source Type: news