Student - May 30, 2013

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Booking a budget flight? Do it at the weekend when tickets are 5 percent cheaper on average, according to research by Texas A&M University.

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Why is that? Business trips are generally booked on weekdays while the more price-sensitive tourists book during their weekends. Air companies know this and lower the price at the weekend. Take advantage of it.
Cola detector
Researchers from Alaska can tell from someone's hair how much cola they have drunk. They do it by measuring the levels of C13 in protein. This built-in carbon isotope turns out to be a usable biomarker for the sugars extracted from soft drinks. The method should expose the link between obesity and soft drinks. Because a lot of people lie about how much they drink.
Itch
American researchers have discovered the itch molecule. This neural conductor of itching is called Natriuretic polypeptide b (Nppb). The discovery brings a cure for chronic itching a bit closer. What we still need is something for switching off the itch reflex. Itching already?
IQ
The IQ test can be thrown in the bin. A visual test using moving black bars works just as well, American researchers at the University of Rochester have discovered. Smarter people don't see better but are better at processing what they see. Or, as a the great Dutch philosopher Johan Cruijff once said, you've got to see it to understand it. Got that?

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