They had 97 study participants taste-test two types of of cookies and two types of chips, then take a survey about their perceptions of gluten-free diets. The abstract was published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (the full study text hasn’t yet been released), and we talked to researcher Caroline Dunn, M.S., R.D., to get the scoop on people’s top misconceptions about eating gluten-free. RELATED: 5 Surprising Foods That Contain Gluten Myth 1: It’s a Weight-Loss Guarantee A full 32 percent of study subjects agree that doctors prescribe a gluten-free diet specifically to bring about weight loss. “People who follow a gluten-free diet usually eliminate a lot of carbs, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see weight loss,” says Dunn.
I’m sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women, available to fulfill their every desire. Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil. It’s a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. This Brazilian town is inhabited and governed almost entirely by women, its population consisting of more than 600 mostly single women aged 20 to 25. Sons are sent away at 18, and spouses are banned from the town except on weekends.
After the Great Recession, which cost millions of Americans their jobs, the U.S. labor market has begun to heal. So far this year the United States has added an average of nearly 230,000 jobs per month. …
When was the last time you saw someone get up close and personal with a volcano? Probably never, except through the eyes of film fantasy, television documentaries, or the occasional adventure video game. Shifting all fantasy aside, take a look at some impressive images and video of a volcano in action.
Armchair astronomers can enjoy a cosmic double play tonight (Aug. 29), with back-to-back webcasts featuring faraway Neptune and a close-flying asteroid. The action starts at 8 p.m. EDT (midnight GMT Aug. 30), when the online Slooh Community Observatory will air a live four-hour show to mark an alignment of Neptune, Earth and the sun. Once that webcast ends at midnight EDT (0400 GMT), Slooh will cover the flyby of near-Earth asteroid 2002 CU11, nicknamed “Dodgeball” because of its frequent close approaches to Earth. The webcasts, which will both feature views from a telescope in the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, are also available at Slooh’s website, www.slooh.com.
Thousands of parrots, monkeys, iguanas, toucans, turtles and other rainforest animals are kept as exotic pets in Costa Rica, a practice putting some species at risk, according to experts. The Central American country, famous for its rich biodiversity, won plaudits from conservationists two years ago for banning sport hunting in a pioneering move to protect wild animals. “There are no precise figures, but we know it’s a problem of great magnitude, because a study by the environment ministry found that 25 percent of households have a parrot or a parakeet as a pet,” said Andrea Aguilar of the Instituto Asis, a key figure behind the conference. Aguilar’s institute runs a shelter for wild animals in La Fortuna de San Carlos, a lush region in northern Costa Rica that draws large numbers of foreign tourists with its famous wildlife and tropical vegetation.
After all, the National Candle Association reports seven out of 10 households use candles. A 2009 South Carolina State University study found that burning paraffin candles releases pollutants into the air, potentially affecting human health. Rob Harrington, a toxicologist and industry consultant, believes that it’s about perception.