Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 1:10 pm
Even extreme stress doesn't have to get you down.
That's the message from brain scientists studying the relationship between stress and problems such as depression, anxiety and post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
Researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans presented studies showing how stress caused by everything from battlefield trauma to bullying can alter brain circuitry in ways that have long-term effects on mental health.
One symptom of profound internal conflict on the part of the American population is the presence of opposing reality shows. No, really. That's why we have shows about the perils of overeating and shows about the beauty of cupcakes; shows about the dangers of hoarding and shows about the thrill of using coupons to accumulate more paper towels than you could use in a lifetime of pouring coffee directly onto your countertop.
We learned two things this morning: First, experts from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission believe that the softball-sized eyeball that washed up in Pompano Beach, Fla. belongs to a swordfish.
Supertasters are the Olympic athletes of gastronomy, able to detect subtle differences in flavors that other people never register. That talent may make for more than a discriminating palate, though. It may also warn them about attacking germs, and help them defend themselves against sinus infection.
This notion isn't as bizarre as it may seem. Bitter tastes have long been considered a danger signal in foods, warning about potential toxins in potatoes and other vegetables. If the potato's bitter, don't eat it.
Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 12:31 pm
In what's being called a "historic agreement," Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond have hammered out a deal will allow Scotland to decide if it wants to secede from the United Kingdom. The question will be settled in a 2014 referendum.
Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 9:23 am
More than 7 million people were watching as Felix Baumgartner sat at the edge of his space capsule yesterday 24 miles off the ground and got ready to jump, in what was known as the "Red Bull Stratos" project, better known as the "space jump." I saw it myself; he opened the door, and there was something there that certainly seemed to be space.
You may know that there's a Marvel's S.H.I.E.L.D.show in the works for ABC, but there was some very big news over the weekend about who might take the lead in it. If you've seen The Avengers, you know that this is kind of a surprising development — if you haven't seen it, be cautious about reading about this news quite yet. [Deadline]