Cultures Magazine Launch Event - MWV84

submitted by: MicrobeWorld

Watch highlights from the Cultures Magazine Launch Event held on January 23, 2014 at American Society for Microbiology headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Cultures is a free, online, open-source publication available for viewing at www.asm.org/cultures.

Ecomindedness: Benefits of Urban SPIN Farming in the San Diego Community of North Park

submitted by: dylanjsack
The goal of this study is to show how urban small-plot intensive (SPIN) farming produces value in the San Diego community of North Park from the perspective of the community members involved, and the perspective of those who operate The Nectary, a local SPIN farm collective. Value is defined in terms of social and communal benefits, development of a land ethic, and in terms of economic viability. This is a participatory ethnographic study of three homeowners who are members of the...
Authors: Dylan Sack

Science Behind the News: Allergies

submitted by: nsf

Seasonal Allergies affect more than 40 million Americans each year. Plant biologist Dr. Kristina Stinson of Harvard University explains how allergies affect the body, and why warmer weather could lead to longer, more severe allergy seasons. "Science Behind the News" is produced in partnership with NBC Learn.

Provided by the National Science Foundation & NBC Learn

Health effect of the New Nordic Diet in adults with increased waist circumference: a 6-mo randomized controlled trial.

submitted by: skp
BACKGROUND: The regional Mediterranean Diet has been associated with lower risk of disease. OBJECTIVE: We tested the health effects of the New Nordic Diet (NND), which is a gastronomically driven regional, organic, and environmentally friendly diet, in a carefully controlled but free-living setting. DESIGN: A total of 181 centrally obese men and women, with a mean (range) age of 42 y (20-66 y), body mass index (in kg/m(2)) of 30.2 (22.6-47.3), and waist circumference of 100 cm (80-138...
Authors: Sanne Kellebjerg Poulsen, Anette Due, Andreas Jordy, Bente Kiens, Ken D Stark, Steen Stender, Claus Holst, Arne Astrup, Thomas Meinert Larsen

Zinc supplementation improves bone density in patients with thalassemia: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial

submitted by: efung
BACKGROUND: Patients with thalassemia major (Thal) frequently have low plasma zinc, which has been associated with low bone mass. OBJECTIVE: The objective was to determine the effect of zinc supplementation on bone mass in patients with Thal. DESIGN: Forty-two subjects (21 females aged 10-30 y) with Thal and low bone mass were randomly assigned to receive 25 mg Zn/d or placebo. Bone mineral content (BMC) and areal bone mineral density (aBMD) were assessed by using dual-energy X-ray...
Authors: Ellen B. Fung, Janet L. Kwiatkowski, James N. Huang, Ginny Gildengorin, Janet C. King, Elliott P. Vichinsky

Generating Electricity More Efficiently with Multiphase Thermoelectric Converter

submitted by: MFerreiraJr
The Multiphase Thermoelectric Converter is a direct thermal-to-electrical energy conversion system designed in order to harvest most of the waste heat energy efficiently into electricity. Conceptually, it works by ionizing hot coolant in order to force it F=q(v × B) to push its ions against moving magnetic fields doing useful work converting thermal energy directly into electric power at high efficiency with almost no moving parts. Essentially, it can be comprised of two sets of concentric...