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New evidence links ultra-processed foods with a range of health risks | Science Daily

Two large European studies published by The BMJ today find positive associations between consumption of highly processed (“ultra-processed”) foods and risk of cardiovascular disease and death. The researchers say further work is needed to better understand these effects, and a direct (causal) link remains to be established, but they call for policies that promote consumption of fresh or minimally processed ... Read More »

Research confirms gut-brain connection in autism | Science Daily

People with autism often suffer from gut problems, but nobody has known why. Researchers have now discovered the same gene mutations — found both in the brain and the gut — could be the cause. The discovery confirms a gut-brain nervous system link in autism, opening a new direction in the search for potential treatments that could ease behavioural issues ... Read More »

Circadian clocks: Body parts respond to day and night independently from brain, studies show | Science Daily

Can your liver sense when you’re staring at a television screen or cellphone late at night? Apparently so, and when such activity is detected, the organ can throw your circadian rhythms out of whack, leaving you more susceptible to health problems. That’s one of the takeaways from two new studies by University of California, Irvine scientists working in collaboration with ... Read More »

New way to protect against high-dose radiation damage discovered | Science Daily

Radiotherapy, a common treatment for cancer, is one of the most effective ways to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumours. Around 50% of patients with tumours located in the gastrointestinal cavity (liver, pancreas, colon, prostate, etc) receive this type of treatment, which has increased cancer survival rates over the past decades. However, intensive radiation therapy not only damages tumour cells, ... Read More »

New causes of autism found in ‘junk’ DNA | Science Daily

Leveraging artificial intelligence techniques, researchers have demonstrated that mutations in so-called ‘junk’ DNA can cause autism. The study is the first to functionally link such mutations to the neurodevelopmental condition and the first clear demonstration of non-inherited, noncoding mutations causing any complex human disease or disorder. The research was led by Olga Troyanskaya in collaboration with Robert Darnell. Troyanskaya is ... Read More »

This writer spent 4 years working as a fake violinist. Her memoir explains post-9/11 America. | Vox

Sounds Like Titanic, a debut memoir by Jessica Chiccehitto Hindman, is the definition of an overdeliver. It starts off with a killer premise. Hindman describes her four years working as a concert violinist, from 2002 to 2006. But the twist is that her music was never actually audible. At her first performance, she realized that she had been hired to ... Read More »

Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors | BBC

A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook’s use of an application to “spy” on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws”. The report, which is more than 100 pages long, also ... Read More »

Lamborghini Restored FIA President Jean Todt’s Miura SV | Road and Track

Lamborghini got into the period correct nut-and-bolt Polo Storico restoration business in 2016, offering to bring vintage Lambos back to original factory condition in the actual factory where they were first assembled. The latest vehicle to get the Polo Storico treatment is this gorgeous 1972 Miura SV, belonging to none other than FIA president (and former Scuderia Ferrari and Peugeot ... Read More »

ROCK OUT IN A PERFECTLY RESTORED RANGE ROVER FOR JUST $170K | Wired

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has a rich heritage of building cool cars, and lately, it’s started up a new tradition of turning that patrimony into patrimoney. Three months after Jaguar relaunched the 1950s-era XKSS, its SUV-slinging sibling has started “Range Rover Reborn,” a program to revamp cars it built in the 1970s for life on today’s roads. The XKSS program involves ... Read More »

INSIDE THE SHOP TURNING ANCIENT RIDES INTO SLEEPER SUPERCARS | Wired

REBUILDING A VINTAGE car is a labor of love, and most people crazy enough to do it aim for a just-left-the-factory look and historical accuracy. Jonathan Ward doesn’t give two honks about historical accuracy. When the CEO and lead designer at Icon isn’t building crazy-expensive Toyota FJs and Ford Brocos to die for, he’s making old cars look … old. ... Read More »