Mysterious signs of worshiping of the winter solstice crop up around the world. —> Read More Here
Does exposure to cold weather really make you more likely to catch a cold?
No, it doesn’t. In fact, as a new YouTube video entitled Cold Weather Myths explains, research suggests just the opposite: frigid temps lower the risk of catching cold by stimulating the body’s production of infection-fighting immune cells known as granulocytes.
And you know how they say being wet in the cold, or failing to bundle up, can make you sick? According to the video, part of the “Healthcare Triage” series, those too are just myths.
The persistence of folk wisdom linking the common cold virus and winter is nothing to sneeze at. According to one survey cited in the 2012 book “Because I Said So!,” 38 percent of Americans believe being out in cold weather can make you sick.
Needless to say, the debate over how we catch colds probably isn’t going to end soon. But whether or not you put on your overcoat, one of the few indisputable facts about the common cold is that many of us will catch one. According to Harvard Medical School, Americans endure a billion colds annually.
Achoo to that! —> Read More Here
If a Samburu girl in northern Kenya marries before she has been ‘cut’ (circumcised), tradition dictates that her family must create a small opening in the fence around the village, and the disgraced girl is asked to leave through the hole.
Once she is gone, the opening is patched up, and she is forgotten forever.
In Kenya, female genital cutting (FGC)––the ritual removal of the external parts of a woman’s genitalia––is illegal, yet nearly 100 percent of the women in northern Kenya’s remote Samburu communities are circumcised, often by crude and informal means, when they are young girls.
FGC causes many physical and emotional problems for these women, but the effects of the practice extend way beyond the trauma of the girls who are forced to go under the blade. If they survive the process, once circumcised, sexual intercourse becomes unpleasant for both men and women in the relationship, leading to polygamous marriages. Men often have to travel in search of work, and as a result, the HIV virus is now spreading into the Samburu communities at an alarming rate.
A lyric for change
It is market day in Ngutuk Ongiron, a rural village in the Westgate Samburu community in northern —> Read More Here
Weekend Edition staff have been picking their favorite interviews from 2014. Editor Natalie Winston talks with NPR’s Rachel Martin about an interview with an evangelical Christian climate scientist.
NPR’s Rachel Martin takes a moment to talk about a new fish discovered in one of the deepest places on Earth.
Washington DC (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014
The proposed placement of ballistic missile interceptors on the US East Coast has the advantage of providing more time and distance to shoot down an enemy missile, but still has a lot of shortfalls and needs to be tested further, missile experts have told Sputnik.
“The argument for East Coast sites is that it opens up the battle space, meaning it provides more time and distance during whic —> Read More Here
Edinburgh, UK (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014
UK politicians are keeping their options open on whether to renew the UK’s nuclear weapons system known as Trident, Peter Burt, Research Manager with the Nuclear Information Service has told Sputnik.
“No party has yet formally committed to say how many new submarines they would build after the 2016 ‘Main Gate’ decision and the main factor driving this decision will be economic, not politic —> Read More Here
Berkeley CA (SPX) Dec 18, 2014
In a development that holds promise for future magnetic memory and logic devices, researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and Cornell University successfully used an electric field to reverse the magnetization direction in a multiferroic spintronic device at room temperature.
This demonstration, which runs counter to conve —> Read More Here
Moscow (Sputnik) Dec 18, 2014
Russia has no plans to deploy units of its Strategic Missile Forces on the Crimean Peninsula, Strategic Missile Forces Commander Col.Gen. Sergei Karakayev said.
“There are no plans to deploy military SMF units in the Crimean Federal District as there is no need. Today’s long-range ballistic missiles can strike any target anywhere in the world without bringing them to the borders of Russia, —> Read More Here
Washington (UPI) Dec 19, 2014
The science world has been mostly fixated on Mars and comets, but some scientists at NASA are starting to talk about Venus – suggesting a manned mission to our closest neighbor could be simpler and less expensive than a trip to Mars.
For some time, Mars has been the logical next step for the United States space program. It’s the closest planet with tolerable, Earth-like conditions. NAS —> Read More Here