Moderate drinking may not ward off heart disease
Many people believe that having a glass of wine with dinner--or moderately drinking any kind of alcohol--will protect them from heart disease. But a hard look at the evidence finds little support for that.
That's the conclusion of a new research review in the May 2017 issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.
Over the years, studies have found that adults who drink moderately have lower heart disease rates than non-drinkers. That has spurred the widespread belief that alcohol, in m...
Quake hits Armenia
The “Survey for Seismic Protection” Agency of Armenia recorded a magnitude-2.3 earthquake in the country, on Tuesday at 10:49am local time.
The epicenter of this tremor was 18 kilometers west of Stepanavan town in Lori Province.
The hypocenter of the quake was 10 km beneath the surface.
This seismic activity measured magnitude 3, at the epicenter.
The earthquake was felt in Zorashen and Sarapat villages, where it measured magnitude 3.
Young elephant fights with crocodile
An elephant was filmed fighting for its life with a crocodile that latched onto the pachyderm’s trunk.
The incident occurred at a national park in Malawi, reported UPI.
The video shows a crocodile jump out of the water latch its jaws onto the trunk of a young elephant approaching the water with its herd.
The adult elephants quickly get into formation to get between the fight and the younger members of the herd, and one of the larger elephants steps forward once the youngsters are safe t...
The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve yo...
The Japanese practice of forest bathing is proven to lower heart rate and blood pressure, reduce stress hormone production, boost the immune system, and improve overall feelings of wellbeing.
Forest bathing—basically just being in the presence of trees—became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982 when the forestry ministry coined the phrase shinrin-yoku and promoted topiary as therapy. Nature appreciation—picnicking en masse under the cherry blossoms, for e...
Killing flu viruses with help from a frog
Frog mucus is loaded with molecules that kill bacteria and viruses, and researchers are beginning to investigate it as a potential source for new anti-microbial drugs. One of these "host defense peptides," courtesy of a colorful tennis-ball-sized frog species (Hydrophylax bahuvistara) from southern India, can destroy many strains of human flu and protect mice against flu infection, researchers report April 18 in the journal Immunity.
This peptide is far from becoming an anti-flu drug, but this ...
Spayka will invest $ 20 million in construction of new greenhouses
Spayka will invest $ 20 million in the construction of new greenhouses in Armenia in 2017. Currently, the company owns 35 hectares of greenhouses, where it grows tomatoes and cucumbers. By the end of the year it is planned to build another 20 hectares of greenhouses and create about 200 new jobs, said Karen Baghdasaryan, the head of the project management department of Spayka.
According to him, the first greenhouse complex of Spayka was built in 2014. It grew radish for exports to Russia. In a ...