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Cockroaches are evolving to have a sugar-free diet, posing problems for pest control

Cockroaches are evolving to have a sugar-free diet, posing problems for pest control

Apparently, humans aren’t the only animals going keto. The German cockroach (Blattella germanica), one of the most common pests in the world, is evolving to have a glucose-free diet. Unlike many humans, it’s not because they’re suddenly watching their figure; rather, German cockroaches have inadvertently outwitted human pest control tactics by evolving to dislike sugar, …

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How to go from eating mosquitos in Siberia to leading a NASA mission

Enlarge / Lindy Elkins-Tanton, second from left, and colleagues in Siberia. Scott Simper / ASU Lindy Elkins-Tanton is a Siberian-river-running, arc-welding, code-writing, patent-holding, company-founding, asteroid-exploring, igneous petrologist professor. At various times, she has been a farmer, a trainer of competition sheepdogs, a children’s book author, and a management consultant for Boeing Helicopters. She’s currently a …

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What Robin Williams’ widow wants you to know about the future of Lewy body dementia

The misdiagnosis occurred in May 2014 after Robin had been experiencing severe memory, movement, personality, reasoning, sleep and mood changes. The comedian had undergone multiple tests to identify his problem, most of which were negative. “None of the doctors knew that there was this ghost disease underlying all of this,” Schneider Williams told CNN in …

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How long does alcohol stay in your system? What you need to know.

The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention says two-thirds of adults in 2018 drank alcohol. How much obviously varies, but no one wants to end the day with a DUI because they mistakenly believed they were sober when that was not the case. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), an abundance …

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Swans from Esplanade euthanized after exhibiting bird flu symptoms

Officials from Boston’s Parks & Recreation Department say two swans living along the Charles River Esplanade have been euthanized after exhibiting bird flu symptoms.The Animal Care & Control Division responded to the Esplanade on Monday after receiving multiple calls about two sick swans.With the help of Boston firefighters, Animal Control Officer Patti Jones captured the …

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Should you get a COVID-19 booster shot now or wait until fall? Two immunologists help weigh the options

While COVID-19 vaccines continue to be highly effective at preventing hospitalization and death, it has become clear that the protection offered by the current vaccines wanes over time. This necessitates the use of booster shots that are safe and effective in enhancing the immune response against the virus and extending protection. But when to get …

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Can our mitochondria help to beat long Covid?

At Cambridge University’s MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Michal Minczuk is one of a growing number of scientists around the world aiming to find new ways of improving mitochondrial health. This line of research could help provide much-needed treatments for people with long Covid, as well as revolutionising our understanding of everything from neurodegenerative illnesses such …

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Will the Specter of Monkeypox Affect Pride Weekend in New York?

For L.G.B.T.Q. people in New York City, the last Friday in June is usually a joyful day. The streets come alive with the telltale signs of a celebratory weekend: music, dancing, kissing, the occasional trail of glitter confetti. But this year, on the cusp of the city’s biggest Pride events, the atmosphere had a different …

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A fitness trainer shares the 5 exercises she does every day to ‘look and feel younger’

We can’t turn back the clock as we age, but we can tailor our workouts to improve our quality of life and ability to do everyday activities. The secret? Strength training. Strength training keeps our muscles and joints healthy and limber, which becomes increasingly important as we get older because we lose muscle mass and …

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