Discovered: Red wine just keeps getting better, an unexpected link between Google and GDP, old people are using more drugs than ever and water can now float on oil.
- Something found in red wine could make us skinny. The wonder-drink just got even more wondrous! Resveratrol, the magic ingredient found in red wine, might also be the secret to fighting obesity. "Piceatannol actually alters the timing of gene expressions, gene functions and insulin action during adipogenesis, the process in which early stage fat cells become mature fat cells," researcher Kee-Hong Kim explained. Resveratrol is converted to piceatannol in our bodies, after consumption. "In the presence of piceatannol, you can see delay or complete inhibition of adipogenesis," he continued. Just another excuse to get boozy tonight, guys. [Purdue University]
- The unexpected link between Google and GDP. Countries with higher GDP's tend to Google things about the future rather than things about the past. Interesting. But what does it mean? Does it say something about how prosperous countries think. Forward thinking societies have more financial success? Maybe? "Firstly, these findings may reflect international differences in attention to the future and the past, where a focus on the future supports economic success," explains researcher Tobias Preis. So possibly just a cultural difference thing. Or: "Secondly, these findings may reflect international differences in the type of information sought online, perhaps due to economic influences on available Internet infrastructure," he continues. So an availability thing. Ok? Google knows so much about the world! [Scientific Reports]
- Old people are doing more drugs than ever. At least in England. A survey of 2,009 people aged 65 and 1,827 people aged 55-65 found the lifetime use of weed, amphetamines, cocaine and LSD in 50-64 year olds had increased since 1993. Specifically, in 50-64 year olds, drug use had increased from 1.0 percent in 1993 to 11.4 percent in 2007. "Our data suggest at the very least that large numbers of people are entering older age groups with lifestyles about which we know little in terms of their effects on health and would benefit from further monitoring," said researcher Robert Stewart. Researchers only expect the numbers to go up. Guess that's what happen when hippies age. [Age and Aging]
- Water floats on oil. What the what? But! Density rules say it should be the other way around! Turns out, it depends on both the size of the water droplets and the type of oil. In the case where surface tension is strong enough, this property outweighs density. Boom. Conventional wisdom shattered. Beyond blowing our minds, this discovery might prove helpful for cleaning up oil spills, explain the researchers." This result can lead to a new and advanced mechanism in processing oil/water mixtures, such as biodegrading process of unwanted oils, including vegetable oils, sand oil tailings and oil spillages," the authors said. [American Chemical Society]