Friday, 1 June 2018
Going (for) Green
A study suggests that green tea contains an ingredient (epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG) that is effective at breaking down plaque, perhaps reducing the risk of coronary heart disease and/or stroke (https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/jun/01/green-tea-may-help-reduce-risk-of-heart-attacks). Drinking such tea is not sufficient (herbal stores are already selling concentrated extract) but the molecule might be engineered to be more effective in plaque busting. Of course, it might also be helpful in treating or preventing some forms of dementia (where plaque is thought to play a role).
Visited , in Loughor, by a slightly battered Swallowtailed moth ( Ourapteryx sambucaria ).
A combination of night rain and day-time sun has resulted in more Bynea blooms. The Southern marsh orchid ( Dactylorhiza praetermissa...
A report has detailed how climate change is altering life in the warming seas around UK shores ( https://www.theguardian.com/environment...
There is intense interest surrounding a first study outside China, demonstrating that the widely-available CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing tool...