How Tunes Makes Your Beer Go Down Even Better

A study recently published in Frontiers in Psychology, purports that music makes beer taste better…

The research took 200 beer drinkers, split into groups, with some receiving an unlabeled beer in silence, some a labeled beer in silence, and others received a labeled beer served to music. It was found that individuals had greater enjoyment of their beverage while listening to music, especially so if the drinker was already familiar with the song being played.

 

Source: Study Shows Music Makes Beer Taste Better | Your EDM

Why Humility is The Key Function of Learning and Limitless Knowledge

Why be humble? After all, Aristotle said: ‘All men by nature desire to know.’ Intellectual humility is a particular instance of humility, since you can be down-to-earth about most things and still ignore your mental limitations. Intellectual humility means recognising that we don’t know everything – and what we do know, we shouldn’t use to our advantage. Instead, we should acknowledge that we’re probably biased in our belief about just how much we understand, and seek out the sources of wisdom that we lack.

The internet and digital media have created the impression of limitless knowledge at our fingertips…they have opened up a space that ignorance can fill.

Intellectual humility relies on the ability to prefer truth over social status. It is marked primarily by a commitment to seeking answers, and a willingness to accept new ideas – even if they contradict our views…

At the other end of the scale lies intellectual arrogance – the evil twin of overconfidence. Such arrogance almost always stems from the egocentric bias – the tendency to overestimate our own virtue or importance, ignoring the role of chance or the influence of other people’s actions on our lives…

In the realm of science, if necessity is the mother of invention, then humility is its father. Scientists must be willing to abandon their theories in favour of new, more accurate explanations in order to keep up with constant innovation.

Albert Einstein knew as much when he reportedly said that ‘information is not knowledge’… ‘Without humility, you are unable to learn,’ he notes.

Source: Overvaluing confidence, we’ve forgotten the power of humility | Aeon Ideas

Obesity Linked to Eight More Cancers

There’s yet another reason to maintain a healthy weight as we age. An international team of researchers has identified eight additional types of cancer linked to excess weight and obesity: stomach, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, ovary, meningioma (a type of brain tumor), thyroid cancer and the blood cancer multiple myeloma.

Limiting weight gain over the decades could help to reduce the risk of these cancers, the data suggest.

“The burden of cancer due to being overweight or obese is more extensive than what has been assumed,” said cancer prevention expert Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who chaired the IARC Working Group. “Many of the newly identified cancers linked to excess weight haven’t been on people’s radar screens as having a weight component.”

Source: Excess weight linked to eight more cancer types: Limiting weight gain may help to reduce risk of these cancers — ScienceDaily

Stress can Negatively Impact Conception

University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences epidemiologist Kira Taylor, Ph.D., and her UofL and Emory University colleagues, found that women who reported feeling more stressed during their ovulatory window were approximately 40-percent less likely to conceive during that month than other less stressful months. Similarly, women who generally reported feeling more stressed than other women, were about 45-percent less likely to conceive. The results of the study recently published in the journal Annals of Epidemiology.

Source: Stress negatively affects chances of conception, science shows: Highly-stressed women 40-percent less likely to conceive during ovulation window — ScienceDaily

What is the Deal With The Heavy Backpacks…Good for Your Child?

How Heavy is Your Kid’s Backpack?

It’s the start of a bright new school year, and our kids are packing up their exciting new textbooks…

When I see kids queuing up for the bus in my neighborhood, they look like little turtles with their giant backpacks.

I always had a backpack in school, but in seventh grade it got crazy…homework stopped being handouts and folders and started being textbooks…

According to the New York Times, heavy backpacks can cause back pain in young kids, …The AAP recommends that kids not carry more than 10-20 percent of their body weight, with a strong preference towards the 10-percent end of the scale…

…My mother once weighed my backpack and it came in at 30 pounds, which is more than my actual child weighs now.

That was 20 years ago, and even with all our technological advances since then, it seems like the heavy backpack issue is getting worse, not better…

Source: How Heavy is Your Kid’s Backpack?

Could Baby Simulators be Backfiring?

A teenage pregnancy prevention program involving a baby simulator does not appear to have any long-term effect on reducing the risk of teenage pregnancy, according to the first randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of this intervention, published in The Lancet. In fact, the study found that teenage girls who took part were more, not less, likely to become pregnant compared to girls who did not take part. Similar programs are reportedly delivered in 89 countries, and the authors of this Australian trial warn that the intervention is likely to be an ineffective use of public funds to prevent teenage pregnancy.

Source: Baby simulator program may make teenage girls more, not less, likely to become pregnant — ScienceDaily

Connection Found Between Early Language Skills and Depression

Children who experience low levels of language learning stimulation beginning at three years of age are more likely to experience language delays by first grade and are three times more likely to develop depression by third grade, new research indicates.

Childhood depression can lead to social, emotional and academic setbacks during childhood and later in life. However, little is known about what contributes to children’s developing depressive symptoms. Researchers from University of Missouri have determined that the level of language skills young children possess early in life can predict the likelihood they may experience depression.

Source: Early-life language stimulation, skills may prevent childhood depression: Children with language deficits are significantly more likely to experience depression by third grade — ScienceDaily

Teen Pregnancy Down to Record Lows Thanks To Social Media?

TEENAGE pregnancies have fallen to a record low because youngsters are too busy sexting to have sex in person. Experts say they spend so much time flirting online and sending raunchy social media m…

The rate of pregnancies among girls under 18 in England and Wales has dropped by 45 per cent since 2007 — the year iPhones hit the UK.

It stands at the lowest level since records began almost 50 years ago.

The estimated number of conceptions to girls under 18 fell to 22,653 in 2014 compared with 24,306 in 2013, a 6.8 per cent dip.

Better access to contraception is also believed to be a factor in the decline.

Source: Teen pregnancy rates plunge as youngsters are too busy sexting to get together in person – The Sun

Clown Industry In Serious Jeopardy Due to Bad Clowns

It’s proving to be a serious situation for professional clowns…

Joseph and Lisa Brown, better known as Jazz and Jojo, have made clowning a major part of their livelihood.

“We want to make kids laugh and adults laugh and ease worries away for the day…

For the Forsyth County couple, it’s upsetting to hear about people impersonating clowns and scaring children.

Now they say they’re scared to go out in public in costume.

Birthday parties, nursing homes, restaurants, the couple used to have as many as 10 gigs per week. Since the clown sightings, that number has dropped to zero.

“The phone’s not ringing and we have talked about seriously between the two of us well why don’t we just give it up,” admitted Joseph.

A tough decision to consider knowing why they do it in the first place: the kids.

Source: Triad Clown Couple Says Mysterious Sightings Have Crippled Business | WFMYNEWS2.com

Smallest Baby Ever Recorded Growing Healthy Say Doctors

Baby Emilia was delivered at 26 weeks after doctors feared she wasn’t getting enough nutrition, and at 8 ounces, some experts believe she’s the lightest preemie ever born.

“Even children with a birth weight of 14 ounces rarely survive,” he told CEN. “We have to thank Emilia as well for her own survival. She is a little fighter.”

Because of her premature birth, Emilia has an increased risk of hyperactivity and learning difficulties, but so far she shows no signs of serious disability.

Now, at 9 months old, she weighs 106 ounces and is becoming more robust.

Source: ‘World’s smallest baby’ thriving after premature birth | Fox News