Environment

12 Ways To Deal With A Climate Change Denier – The BBQ Guide

Photo credit: How to deal with your Typical Climate Change Denier who turns up to the summer barbecue. Flickr/Andrew Kenworthy, CC BY-NC-SA

The end of the year is nigh and it’s a time for Christmas and New Year parties and gatherings. In the southern hemisphere that means barbecues and beaches. In the northern hemisphere it’s mulled wine and cosy fireplaces.

But for all of us, it probably means we’ll be subjected to at least one ranting, fact-free sermon by a Typical Climate Change Denier (TCCD).

You know the drill. Make an offhand remark about unusual weather, and five seconds later someone’s mouthing off about how the internet says that climate change is a bunch of rubbish.

Health and Medicine

Common Painkillers Could Decrease Skin Cancer Risk

Photo credit: Recent research suggests that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may help prevent certain skin cancers. Nicolas Lannuzel/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Common over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, can decrease risk of developing squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published today in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the most common types of skin cancer.

The results mean these drugs may have potential as skin cancer preventative agents, especially for high-risk people, said study co-author Catherine Olsen.

Health and Medicine

The Compound Behind All Those Stories About Red Wine Being Good For You

Photo credit: The grape escape. Red wine by Shutterstock

If you’re a teetotaller, your friends have likely tried to convince you to taste red wine by swearing on its multiple health benefits. These benefits have been credited to a compound found in red wine: resveratrol. But claims for this compound have been a subject of major debate – while some argue that it can prevent cancer and promote heart health, others say there is no proof.

Plants and Animals

Watch A Bizarrely Long Parasite Emerge From This Praying Mantis

Photo credit: Screen shot via MPGunner8

Horsehair worms parasitize arthropods in order to complete their life cycle. The larvae live in bodies of water like puddles, ponds, or streams until they are ingested by arthropod hosts who were just searching for a drink. Over the next several weeks or months (depending on the species), the worms steal all of the nutrients they need from the host, maturing and growing to lengths upwards of 2 meters. Eventually, the parasite affects the host's brain, driving it to seek out a body of water.

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