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For the love of chocolate:

by Marissa de Crom, FYI

Want to cut your risk of heart disease in half? Try eating a little chocolate each day. That’s right chocolate lovers, indulge! Consuming moderate amounts of the popular treat is associated with reduced incidence of coronary heart disease (CHD), as reported in a study recently published in the journal Clinical Nutrition. Chocolate – and dark chocolate in particular – contains high amounts of flavonoids, a major class of antioxidant plant chemicals called polyphenols. Previous research points to chocolate flavonoids reducing blood pressure and protecting against cardiovascular disease.
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Posted in News October 11th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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ERIS AND PLUTO FIND COMMON GROUND

Analysis by Ian O’Neill, DiscoveryNews

They may have their differences, but it seems that dwarf planets Eris and Pluto have a lot more in common than just their planetary status.

The larger Eris orbits the sun at a distance three-times that of Pluto, so it may not seem possible that we’ll ever get a glimpse of what its surface is made of. But scientists from Northern Arizona University (NAU) have shown that even this lonely object can be probed from afar.

At the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences conference held in Pasadena this week, NAU professor Stephen Tegler presented the results of a two-year study that combined laboratory ice work and observations from two U.S. telescopes.
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Posted in News, Science, Space October 11th, 2010 by ceejaydp
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