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How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena

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17 Ways to Help Students With ADHD Concentrate Research shows that students with ADHD can concentrate better when they’re allowed to fidget (here's a link to the study). But what if this becomes a distraction for the rest of the class? We received hundreds of Facebook comments from teachers, parents, and students with great ideas for letting students quietly fidget, and here are some of our favorites:

Lethal Doses of Water, Caffeine and Alcohol Click to Enlarge Today’s graphic is a whimsical look at lethal doses of chemicals we consume on a regular basis. Whilst it may be more common to view chemicals in a black and white framing of ‘toxic’ or ‘non-toxic’, the reality is more of a sliding scale of toxicity. The admission of too much of any chemical into the body can cause toxic effects, and even death – the only variant from chemical to chemical is how much is ‘too much’. For some chemicals, the amount will be very low, whilst for others, it may be almost impossibly high.

Homework Help: Science for Kids Science is the study of the world around us. Scientists learn about their subject by observing, describing, and experimenting. There are many subjects and branches of science. Some study outer space like astronomy. Other sciences study life (biology) or the earth (geology) or even matter and energy (physics). Below are some subjects that you may be interested in or studying in class.

SPINACH IMPROVES MUSCLE PERFORMANCE! Popeye the sailor man! Finally Researchers have discovered what those of us over 50 knew all along...Popeye was right, eating a bowl of spinach a day makes your muscles "profoundly" more efficient. Recent studies confirmed eating just 300g of the vegetable reduced the amount of oxygen needed to power muscles by as much as five per cent when exercising. The secret is not in the iron as was previously thought, but in the abundance of nitrates in the vegetable. Monosodium Glutamate – An Undeserved Reputation? click to enlarge Monosodium glutamate, or MSG for short, has long been the villain of the food supplement world. In the UK, Chinese takeaways proudly display ‘No MSG’ signs beside their counters, and many websites will purport to tell you ‘the truth about MSG’. Numerous studies have been carried out examining the effects of MSG, but with all the conflicting information, it can be hard for consumers to know who to believe. MSG was first isolated from seaweed in Japan in 1908.

Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes These pictures of bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes in my gallery have proven quite popular, so it seems time to provide a story to accompany them. But this is not a short story, rather a convoluted one of fires and floods, of microscopic algae and the inspiring, remarkable and surprising beauty of nature. The story begins with alpine bushfires in Victoria, which started on 1st December 2006 when over 70 fires were started by a band of thunderstorms and lightning strikes which moved across the state. This was an early start to the fire season following an extremely dry autumn and several years of drought conditions before that.

11 Reasons Why You Should Drink Coffee Every Day There really can't be any adult in this great big world that has never tried coffee. It's consumed everywhere, and judging by the amount of Starbucks locations in the United States alone, (in 2012, there were 10,924!) we love our caffeine. And that's fine. In fact, there are many advantages to being one of the 54 percent of Americans over 18 who drink coffee everyday. Coffee can be pretty amazing for your brain, your skin and your body. Raspberries, Weight Loss, & The Galaxy – The Chemistry of Raspberries Raspberries, like all fruits, contain a complex mix of organic compounds. Unlike many fruits, however, raspberries have the less common distinction of lending their name to the compound that is a major contributor to their aroma – and one of the compounds that contributes to their flavour has also been detected in the centre of our galaxy. So, does the centre of the galaxy taste faintly of raspberries?

The Secret Language of Plants Up in the northern Sierra Nevada, the ecologist Richard Karban is trying to learn an alien language. The sagebrush plants that dot these slopes speak to one another, using words no human knows. Karban, who teaches at the University of California, Davis, is listening in, and he’s beginning to understand what they say. The evidence for plant communication is only a few decades old, but in that short time it has leapfrogged from electrifying discovery to decisive debunking to resurrection.

Reishi Medicinal Mushroom Enhances Chemotherapy: Chinese Study - Medicinal Mushroom Info Reishi (Ganoderma Lucidum) medicinal mushroom can help fight cancer and improve the quality of life of cancer patients, says a review of five randomized controlled trials. Reishi is commonly used and recommended by Asian physicians and alternative medicine experts because of its immune system boosting effects. Pre-clinical trials have suggested that Reishi has potential anticancer properties. The reviewers Jin, Ruiz, Sze and Chan decided to find out if Reishi would really be called a natural cancer cure.

What Makes Jam Set? – The Chemistry of Jam-Making click to enlarge If you’ve ever tried your hand at jam-making, you’ll know that it’s something of a tricky process. A number of factors need to be just right to achieve a perfectly set jam – and chemistry can help explain why. There are three key chemical entities that go into jam-making: sugar, pectin, and acids.

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