Potatoes Are Bad, But Seafood Is Good

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I took some time this weekend to pen a few articles about diet and nutrition. Perhaps you’ll find one (or both) helpful.

First, much to my dismay (and a hefty helping of skepticism) is a study on potatoes. See, potatoes are supposed to be kind of good for you. They’re bursting at the seams with antioxidants, essential vitamins, fiber, potassium, and magnesium, just to name a few. What’s more, potatoes are also gluten-free (of course) and low in calories, provided you don’t pile too much butter and cheese on top. Additionally, at just 110 calories, one medium potato has no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

However, according to new research, if you eat four or more servings per week, you’re on the fast track to high blood pressure, aka hypertension.

Let’s face it, ANYTHING and EVERYTHING at some point has been blamed for high blood pressure, cancer, heart disease, etc.

Interestingly, however, this study found no risk from eating potato chips. Hmmmm. I’m sure they’ll find a loophole though.

The other study I reported on provided some good news, thankfully.

I have a friend whose mother is sadly suffering from dementia. So any time I find research on the subject I try to cover it for her.

This new study found that people who ate more seafood had reduced rates of decline in the semantic memory, which is memory of verbal information. They also had slower rates of decline in a test of perceptual speed, or the ability to quickly compare letters, objects and patterns.

I’m not a big seafood eater, but since I’ve started wandering into a room and forgetting why I was there, I think I may need to start giving it another shot. Even fish sticks were included in this study. I think I can handle those, as long as there’s a ton of ketchup on the side.

Give the articles a read and see if they help you out. But as with any health report you read, ALWAYS consult your doctor or dietician before making changes to your diet. Do not rely solely on what you read on the Internet.

Secondly, eat what you love. Just do it responsibly. Only you and your doctor know what’s going on inside your body.

Blinky is Done!

Finally finished Blinky yesterday. Man is he heavy! No clue how I will ever be able to hang him. See, he’s painted on a piece of drywall. And drywall is where you hang paintings. So I’m in a bit of a quandry with this one ROFL.

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They Just Found The Building Blocks Of Life On Rosetta’s Comet!

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While it’s not quite Marvin the Martian, ESA has announced that ingredients regarded as crucial for the origin of life on Earth have been discovered at the comet that ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft has been probing for almost two years. Bryon Sosinski/Facebook

Scientists announced on Friday that the Rosetta spacecraft has detected crucial ingredients for life on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, which it has been probing for almost two years.

They include the amino acid glycine, which is commonly found in proteins, and phosphorus, a key component of DNA and cell membranes.

“This is the first unambiguous detection of glycine at a comet,” said Kathrin Altwegg, principal investigator of the ROSINA instrument that made the measurements, and lead author of a new study published in Science Advances. “At the same time, we also detected certain other organic molecules that can be precursors to glycine, hinting at the possible ways in which it may have formed.”

Click here to read my full article on STEAM Register.

Kepler-62f – Distant Exoplanet Could Sustain Life

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Kepler-62f, shown here in an artist’s rendering, is far enough from its star that its atmosphere would need a high concentration of carbon dioxide to maintain liquid water on the planet’s surface. NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

In 2013, University of Washington astronomer Eric Agol and his colleagues announced they had discovered perhaps the most Earth-like planet yet using data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope.

The planet, known as Kepler-62f, is located about 1,200 light-years from Earth and is the outermost of five planets orbiting a star that is smaller and cooler than the sun.

Because there was insufficient data on the planet’s composition, atmosphere, or the shape of its orbit, experts were unsure if the planet was potentially habitable. Therefore, a team of researchers decided to dig a little deeper to find out if the planet could indeed support life.

Read my article on STEAMRegister.com to learn more.

‘Screaming’ Moths Are A Toxic Warning For Bats

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One of two tiger moths studied is pictured. Joseph Scheer

Most bats love insects, but some of them don’t taste so good and can even be poisonous for the flying mammals. So how do bats know which ones are toxic and which ones are tasty?

For the tiger moth, this natural defense mechanism comes in the form of acoustic warning signals — a behavior called acoustic aposematism.

Birds and some mammals use visual aposematic signals such as bright or contrasting patterns to advertise their toxicity. Bats, on the other hand, don’t rely on vision at night, so their primary method of hunting is echolocation. Therefore the moths developed an acoustic signal to deter the bats.

Cool huh? Click here to read my full article on STEAM Register.com.