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Sweet, Sweet Straw: Scientists learn to produce sweetener from straw and fungi

Sweet, Sweet Straw: Scientists learn to produce sweetener from straw and fungi

The calorie free sweetener erythritol is widely used in Asia; it is also gaining popularity in Europe and America. At the Vienna University of Technology, a new cheap method has been developed to produce erythritol from straw with the help of mould fungi Continue reading

Do we yawn to cool the brain? Yawning frequencies of people vary with temperature of the season

Do we yawn to cool the brain? Yawning frequencies of people vary with temperature of the season

Common belief is that yawning helps to increase the oxygen supply. However, previous research has failed to show an association between yawning and blood oxygen levels. Continue reading

Amputee candidate takes next step

Amputee candidate takes next step

22 June 2012 Last updated at 05:35 ET By Neil Bowdler Health reporter, BBC News A woman who wants to swap her right hand for a bionic prosthetic will undergo exploratory surgery in September to determine if the amputation can go ahead. Nicola Wilding, 35, from Surrey, lost the use of her right hand in a car crash 12 years ago. Continue reading

Projections of future population trends that do not explicitly include education in their analysis may be flawed

Projections of future population trends that do not explicitly include education in their analysis may be flawed

ScienceDaily (July 28, 2011) — Future trends in global population growth could be significantly affected by improvements in both the quality and quantity of education, particularly female education. Projections of future population trends that do not explicitly include education in their analysis may be flawed, according to research published in the journal Science. Continue reading