Sugar-free sweeteners might make you fat, new research suggests.
In a study to be published today, American researchers found that rats fed yogurt sweetened with zero-calorie saccharin later consumed more calories and gained more weight and body fat than rats fed yogurt sweetened with sugar.
One theory as to why this happens is that, when we eat something sweet, the body thinks it’s about to take in calories and certain physiological responses kick in. But if there aren’t a lot of calories, the system gets confused. The result? People may eat more, or burn fewer calories than they otherwise would have.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a link between drinking diet sodas and metabolic syndrome — a collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes, the New York Times reports.
The study tracked over 9,000 people and their health for nine years.
The research discovered those who drank one can of diet soda a day were 34 percent more likely to develop metabolic syndrome than those who didn’t.
Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit performs a series of microgravity experiments with water spheres and effervescent antacid tablets. In the second of four videos, Pettit inserts a tablet into a 50-millimeter sphere and observes the fizzy results
It’s a bit long, so I’ll just link to it instead of listing them here, but here are two lists; one with all the Gods that Christians don’t believe in, and one with all theGods that Atheists don’t believe in…
As you know, here at TPM we’ve been really curious what happened in the Republican caucus in Washington state. For probably the first time in all the primaries and elections I’ve ever watched, the folks running the election decided to stop counting the votes with 13% of the votes uncounted. And this wasn’t a 70-30 blow out, but a tight race where the two top vote getters were separated by less than 2% of the vote. Then this morning, state party chair Luke Esser decided to declare McCain the winner.
Now, when we were watching this last night and I was trying to examine the tea leaves this morning, I was assuming they’d come forward with some story that there was some hang up with the votes or some mechanical issue. Whether it would be true is another matter. But you’d think they’d at least come up with a good story.
But state party chair Luke Esser said that he just thought it was the right thing to do. According to Esser, sometime overnight Esser did some sort of back of the envelope statistical analysis of the the margin of McCain’s lead (1.8%) and the number votes left uncounted (13%) and decided that Huckabee didn’t have a chance and he’d shut the thing down and declare McCain the winner.
Dear Oppressive Governments, how are you going to keep your peasants uninformed and in the dark if knowledge as wide and deep as the Wikipedia can now fit on an iPhone?
The Midwest Independent Transmission System (MISO), the organization in charge of the power lines, has to approve every new project that will connect to existing power lines. And MISO is only used to dealing with coal-plant-sized projects. Thus, the current regulations say that they must dedicate 2 years of their time to every project that will connect to the grid.
Not only that, but they’re only allowed to process one application at a time.
This worked fine back when they were approving coal plants. Two years was plenty of time, and there weren’t enough giant fossil fuel plants to fill their docket.
But a system that worked fine for fossil fuel has completely broken down in the face of distributed wind energy. People filing an application with MISO to build a medium to large scale wind project (of which there are currently over three hundred) have a heck of a wait in front of them.
The last six years have been a golden age of American apprehension and mistrust. Thanks to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, all of America was united, standing shoulder to shoulder in sheer, unrelenting fear. But tragically, that atmosphere of panic and confusion has begun to fade, and without another terrible attack to bond us as a nation, we are dangerously close to entering a post-post-9/11 era.
We cannot allow that to happen.
We must all do whatever we can to preserve America by refocusing our priorities back on the contemplation of lethal threats—invisible nightmarish forces plotting to destroy us in a number of horrific ways. It is only through the vigilance and determination of every patriot that we can maintain the sense of total dread vital to the prolonged existence of a thriving, quivering America.
Our country deserves no less than every citizen living in apprehension.
Fear has always made America strong. Were we ever more determined than during the Yellow Scare? When every Christian gentleman lived in mortal terror of his daughter being doped up on opium and raped by pagan, mustachioed Chinamen? What about the Red Scare, when citizens from all walks of life showed their pride by turning in their friends and associates to rabid anticommunists? Has America ever been more resolute?
The interesting question is why a company that claims to know how to program would pay anything for Yahoo, much less a P/E ratio of more than 60.
Google unseated Yahoo at a cost of about $20 million in financing, simply by being effective software developers and tasteful interface designers. We can infer from this offer that Microsoft expects its own programmers to be only 1/2000th as effective, dollar for dollar, as Google’s. In comparing Vista to XP and dividing by the amount of coding effort that went into Vista, it would be tough to argue with this conclusion.