ovarian tumours by 91%
Breastfeeding is thought to help as it delays ovulation, when eggs are released.
World’s oldest woman dies
Tokyo: The world’s oldest woman — Koto Okubo — has passed away in Kawasaki, Japan at the age of 115. According to the Kawasaki Municipal Government, Okubo, who was born on Dec. 24, 1897, died on Saturday at a local nursing home, the Japan Times reported. Okubo assumed the title of the oldest woman alive in December after the death of a 114-year-old woman in the US and reportedly enjoyed spending time with her son, who lives at the same nursing home. The reason for the death has not been disclosed. ANI
Belly fat differs from thigh’s
Washington: The genes active in a person’s belly fat are significantly different from those in his or her thigh fat, researchers say. The findings of the new study could shift the way we approach unwanted belly fat - from banishing it to relocating it. Men tend to store fat in the abdominal area, but don't usually have much in the way of hips or thighs. Women, on the other hand, are more often pear-shaped - storing more fat on their hips and thighs than in the belly. Belly fat is associated with higher risks of heart disease and diabetes. ANI
Around galaxies, a lot of gas
Washington: Galaxies have an enormous appetite for fuel, particularly fresh gas, but astronomers have now provided direct empirical evidence for their flows, using new observations from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Led by Nicolas Lehner, research associate and professor, University of Notre Dame, the team’s observations using Hubble's ultraviolet Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, show large quantities of cool gas with very low quantities of heavy elements in the gaseous cocoons surrounding modern galaxies. - ANI
Hobbit falls victim to video piracy
Wellington: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which cost an estimated $663 million to make and has been dubbed the most expensive movie ever produced, was put up for free and illegal download by a website. The website offered 230 versions of Peter Jackson’s movie on the net on Saturday, Stuff.co.nz reported. - ANI
Mexico’s dead got makeovers
Washington: Death didn’t mean the end of beauty for pre-Hispanic civilisations, as the ancient Teotihuacans exhumed their dead and painted them with cosmetics in periodic remembrance rituals, a study claims. Experts analysed the remains of cosmetics in the graves of prehispanic civilisations in what is now Mexico on the American continent. In the case of the Teotihuacans, these cosmetics were used as part of the after-death ritual to honour their city’s important people. - PTI
Shakespeare can boost morale
Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that serious literature catches the reader’s attention and triggers moments of self-reflection
Using scanners, scientists monitored the brain activity of volunteers as they read pieces of classical English literature both in their original form and in a more dumbed-down modern translation
More “challenging” prose and poetry set off far more electrical activity in the brain than the pedestrian versions
Experts studied the brain activity as readers responded to each word, and noticed how the brain "lit up" as the readers encountered unusual words.
They found poetry, in particular, increased activity in the brain’s right hemisphere, an area concerned with ‘autobiographical memory’.