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Keeping Heavy Metals Out of Beer and Wine

A frosty mug of beer or ruby-red glass of wine just wouldn’t be the same if the liquid was murky or gritty. That’s why producers of alcoholic beverages usually filter them. But in a study appearing in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers report that a material often used as a filter could be...

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How to Make the Push-Up Work for You

If you want to improve your golf swing, softball pitch, or tennis serve, the push-up is for you. The push-up is a highly adaptable exercise that can be tailored to help individuals with specific needs, say a team of UWaterloo researchers who studied a modified push-up, called a ‘push-up plus.’ The push-up plus, which consists...

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How Do We Conserve and Restore Computer-Based Art in a Changing Technological Environment?

Software- and computer-based works of art are fragile–not unlike their canvas counterparts–as their underlying technologies such as operating systems and programming languages change rapidly, placing these works at risk. These include Shu Lea Cheang’s Brandon (1998-99), Mark Napier’s net.flag (2002), and John F. Simon Jr.’s Unfolding Object (2002), three online works recently conserved at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, through a...

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Intervention Can Boost Rates of Exclusive Breastfeeding

Interventions which educate and support new mothers in West Africa to exclusively breastfeed (where infants are only fed breast milk) can significantly increase the practice, according to new research published in The Lancet Global Health. In a randomised trial of new mothers in Burkina Faso, led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM),...

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Women Should Be Offered a Choice of Treatment Options for Miscarriage, Study Shows

irst-ever comprehensive comparison of all treatment options for miscarriage demonstrates little to no difference in medical effectiveness in resolving an unsuccessful pregnancy between medical and surgical options. Various side effects among treatments were highlighted, including increased bleeding, anxiety, long waiting times and long recovery periods, evidence was not consistent UK national guidelines recommend natural delivery...

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Art Institute of Chicago Unveils Key Findings in African Art Thanks to Medical Technology

On February 16, the Art Institute of Chicago announced the results of significant new research on five terracotta sculptures–so named Bankoni after a village in present-day Mali where they were found. The objects date from between the 12th and 15th centuries. This places them “among the oldest surviving sculptures from sub-Saharan Africa and among the...

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Diagnosing ‘Art Acne’ in Georgia O’keeffe’s Paintings

Even Georgia O’Keeffe noticed the pin-sized blisters bubbling on the surface of her paintings. For decades, conservationists and scholars assumed these tiny protrusions were grains of sand, kicked up from the New Mexico desert where O’Keeffe lived and worked. But as the protrusions began to grow, spread and eventually flake off, people shifted from curious...

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How Your Smartphone Is Affecting Your Relationship

Smartphones have become a constant companion for many of us. In a recent study by the Pew Research Center, nearly 50 percent of adults reported they “couldn’t live without” their phones. Whether at the supermarket, in the doctor’s office, or in bed at night, it can be tempting to pick up the device and start...

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Oral Contraceptives Could Impair Women’s Recognition of Complex Emotions

The pill could be blurring your social judgement – but perhaps not enough so you’d notice. By challenging women to identify complex emotional expressions like pride or contempt, rather than basic ones like happiness or fear, scientists have revealed subtle changes in emotion recognition associated with oral contraceptive pill (OCP) use. Published in Frontiers in Neuroscience,...