Monday, 12 January 2015

News Round-up

It's Monday, it's raining (probably) and you're procrastinating. Why not grab your morning coffee, stick a "do-not-disturb" generic-brand adhesive note to your office door, and chill a while with the best of last week's news.

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Researchers Hit Paydirt As New Antibiotic Is Found In Soil

All of the bacteria and microbes we know about are the ones we can grow in labs. Hidden away in the murky soil beneath our feet is a wealth of potential - bacteria we know are there but can't grow. Scientists have managed to isolate a new antibiotic from these elusive bacteria which will be useful in fighting antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as MRSA (picutred). Read more on Nature.

An Avocado A Day May Keep The Doctor Away

A daily dose of avocado may help clear away bad cholesterol a new study has found. Volunteers on a moderate-fat diet with a daily avocado had lower bad cholesterol levels than those without the avocado and those on a low-fat diet. Pass the guacamole! More on Science Daily.

Female Ejaculation: Urine For A Treat

Squirting during sex seems to be coming from the bladder, according to a study looking into the origins of female ejaculation. Researchers, who performed ultrasounds on women before, during, and after masturbation, found that the bladder filled during arousal and was empty following ejaculation, leading them to conclude that urine plays a major role. They also identified a second type of white ejaculate, in a much smaller volume, coming from glands called the Skene glands. This does not contain urea, and may be considered "true" female ejaculate. Read New Scientist and I Fucking Love Science for more. Sploosh.

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