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Some sea slugs sever their own heads, grow whole new bodies

Some sea slugs sever their own heads, grow whole new bodies

Science
March 8 (UPI) -- For at least two species of sea slug, decapitation is no big deal. After purposefully severing its head, a sacoglossan sea slug can regrow its entire body, heart and all. Scientists observed the phenomenon -- detailed Monday in the journal Current Biology -- while studying the development of the marine invertebrates, from eggs to adult sea slugs. Advertisement In the lab, researchers noticed the head of a sacoglossan sea slug moving around without its body. "We were surprised to see the head moving just after autotomy," lead author Sayaka Mitoh, a doctoral candidate at Nara Women's University in Japan, said in a press release. "We thought that it would die soon without a heart and other important organs, but we were surprised again to find that it regenerated the whole b...
New U.S. dietary guidelines emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat

New U.S. dietary guidelines emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat

Health
Dec. 29 (UPI) -- New dietary guidelines released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services urge increased consumption of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meat. They also advise people in the United States to reduce salt and saturated fat levels in their diets, officials said. Advertisement However, the Trump administration opted not to adopt new recommendations on alcohol consumption, initially drafted in June, after lobbying from the industry, according to reports. At least initially, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, a panel of nutrition experts that advises the USDA and HHS, suggested that the government revise its definition of "moderate drinking" for men down from two drinks per day to one. The definition of mo...
‘The whole world celebrates’ on-camera birth of panda cub

‘The whole world celebrates’ on-camera birth of panda cub

Technology
Officials at the National Zoo are jacking up their internet capabilities as a new giant panda cub is sparking fresh rounds of pandemic-fueled panda-maniaBy ASHRAF KHALIL Associated PressAugust 22, 2020, 5:18 PM4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleWASHINGTON -- A brand new giant panda cub is sparking pandemic-fueled panda-mania, and officials at the National Zoo said traffic on their livestream spiked 1,200% over the past week. “I'm pretty sure we broke the Internet last night,” National Zoo Director Steve Monfort said Saturday. The zoo's ever-popular Panda Cam traffic has been crashing since venerable matriarch Mei Xiang's pregnancy was announced this past week. When she actually gave birth Friday evening, zoo officials said they had a hard time g...
Nearly half of consumers don’t understand whole grain labels on foods, study finds

Nearly half of consumers don’t understand whole grain labels on foods, study finds

Health
Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Up to half of all U.S. consumers are confused by the labeling on food products such as cereal, bread and crackers, causing them to make fewer healthy choices when shopping, according to a study published Monday by the journal Public Health Nutrition. Consumers asked to identify the healthier options based on whole grain content made the wrong choice 47% of the time for bread, up to 37% for crackers and 31% for cereal, the researchers said. Advertisement The findings suggest that product labels, particularly as they relate to grain content, are confusing to consumers, researchers said. "The general public has heard [that we should] eat more whole grains and, knowing this, food manufacturers sometimes design their packages to make consumers think [their products] have more ...
Coronavirus: Whole of Italy on lockdown as doctors face ‘tsunami’ of patients

Coronavirus: Whole of Italy on lockdown as doctors face ‘tsunami’ of patients

World
The whole of Italy is being put on lockdown as the country tries to stop the spread of coronavirus.All public gatherings will be banned, sports events including football matches are suspended, and movement is being severely restricted across the nation in a bid to contain COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. People were frantically buying up food and other essentials at supermarkets shortly after the announcement, Italian media reported. Italy is Europe's worst-hit nation in the outbreak with 463 virus-related deaths, an increase of almost 100 in a 24-hour period, and more than 9,000 confirmed infections in just over two weeks.Until 3 April, around 60 million people will effectively be under quarantine by the strict measures which had already been introduced in northern and som...