Health

Trying to burn belly fat? Intermittent fasting may be hindering progress, study suggests

Intermittent fasting diets may add years to your life: study A new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University finds diets that involve intermittent fasting may add years to your life. Studies have linked fasting to improved metabolism, decreased blood pressure and improved control of blood sugar levels. Hoping to rid yourself of unwanted belly […]

Did Texas lift coronavirus mask mandate too soon? Experts weigh in

Avoid indoor gatherings this St. Patrick’s Day, CDC warns

Coronavirus ‘fatigue is winning’ as decline in cases, deaths stalls, CDC’s Walensky warns

Politics

Johnson plans to delay $1.9T COVID relief bill by having all 600 pages read

Sen. Ron Johnson, R- Wis., said in an interview Wednesday that he plans on delaying the vote on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill by requesting that Senate clerks read what he called a 600-700 page “Democratic boondoggle.” http://feeds.foxnews.com/~r/foxnews/politics/~3/kVcQDIadb7U/johnson-plans-to-delay-1-9t-covid-relief-bill-by-having-all-600-pages-read

Cuomo rips de Blasio, NYC amid apology over sex harassment claims

Only Republican to vote to approve police-reform bill says he pressed wrong button

Susan Collins says she’ll back Biden pick Deb Haaland for Interior secretary

Science/Nature

Then and now: A ‘megadrought’ in California

The latest update from the US Drought Monitor in December 2020, showed that much of the country’s western states were gripped by extreme or exceptional drought, with Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, Colorado and western Texas being the worst affected. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56225862

Science/Nature

Human origins: ‘Little Foot’ fossil’s big journey out of Africa

“The main hypothesis is that in modern humans, these vessels are involved in thermoregulation – preventing our brain from becoming too hot. With Little Foot, the brain was the same size as a chimpanzee’s. It was only later in evolution that the brain grew dramatically. But at some point, something had to change in the […]

Science/Nature

Brunt Ice Shelf: Big iceberg calves near UK Antarctic base

Estimates put it at around 1,270 sq km. Greater London is about 1,500 sq km; the Welsh county of Monmouthshire is roughly 1,300 sq km. That’s big by any measure, although not as large as the monster A68 berg which calved in July 2017 from the Larsen C Ice Shelf on the western side of […]