Student - 11 december 2015

Puberty

Roundworms live 30 to 40 percent longer if they are dosed with mianserin, researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in California have discovered. The substance extends their youth specifically. The ultimate elixir of life. And it gets better: mianserin is an antidepressant! But before we get too excited – we are talking about worms here. The effects on humans are not clear. Anyway, who wants to extend puberty?

Smile

Can you measure humour? Yes, say mathematicians at the University of Alberta. Nonsense words seem to be funnier the lower their entropy, which means the more unpredictable they are. This emerged from a study among students, who cracked up at words like snunkoople or quingle and barely smiled at octeste or heashes. The students got credits for participating. Now that’s a laugh. 

Q

American researchers at North State University have made a new material: Q carbon. It’s harder than diamond, it’s magnetic and it lights up if you apply energy. So far they can only produce it in extremely thin layers. But the diamond industry should can gird its loins. Q diamonds are a man’s best friend.

Blue

All blue-eyed people are descended from the same ancestor. Who lived six to ten thousand years ago, concluded Danish researchers after studying ‘blue-eyed DNA’ from all around the world. They’ve all got a mutation at exactly the same place in their DNA, which ensures that they do not make much melanin and are therefore blue-eyed. Where that ancestor lived is not known.


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