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The Coffee


The coffee aficionados know their passion, apart from the health benefits, may also bring harm. To help them enjoy their favourite brew, the scientists from the University of Southampton and the University of Edinburgh decided to find out, how much coffee is just about right.

After going through years of scientific work and compiling the outcomes of 200 studies, they came up with the right amount. The coffee lovers should drink 3-4 cups a day, if they want to keep a doctor at bay. Such an amount, so the analysis, should prevent a number of plagues of our time,  from heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, gout, liver problems, even Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, to certain cancers. There is only one group of adults that should be careful when consuming coffee – pregnant women, who risk premature birth and other prenatal complications.

There are no cutting corners with the most consumed drink in the world. It can be safely included in a healthy diet, yet doctors still insist not to start drinking it to prevent disease and everything in moderation.


Cuddle up, snuggle in


Is wearing a pajama outside bedroom a faux pas, a quest for comfort or a fashion statement? A British department store decided to find the answer and conducted a research on this important matter.

What once was considered as a shameful act, just think of the characters in the old films sneaking out in nightgowns to pick a newspaper or a milk bottle, has now become a cosy style statement. As pyjamas have in recent years left our private parlours and wandered in public, it came as no surprise that whopping 13% of women respondents believe going shopping in their pj is perfectly acceptable.

We are probably all guilty of wearing the flapping nightgown during the weekends, but many even admitted putting them on every day before dinner. Nothing like cuddling up and snuggling in.

Happiness comes while we sleep


Happiness comes while we sleep, the French saying goes. Now the science has come to the same conclusion.

After surveying thousands of Britons the Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social Research found out that a healthy amount of sleep definitely brings a good life. On the top of their Living Well Index came sufficient amount of dozing, followed by sex life quality, job security and the sense of community belonging. The biggest impact on our feeling of happiness, however, brought a good night’s sleep. Contrary to popular belief, the money cannot buy happiness. Even the fourfold increase in income did not stand a chance against slumber.

The news just came in from the County of Keck
That a very small bug by the name of Van Vleck
Is yawning so wide you can look down his neck.
This may not seem very important, I know, but it
Is, so I’m bothering telling you so.

Dr. Seuss knew it well

Have guts?


Researchers recently revealed, compared with our ancestors, we have only half the microbes in our guts. Do intestine flora really matter? Some scientists believe so, pointing out a number of illnesses that intestinal microbes might prevent.

Indigenous populations residing in the last remote places of our planet may provide an answer.  From diabetes and obesity, to allergies and autoimmune reactions, a whole set of medical conditions pestering modern humans is unknown to them. Perhaps not only the diet of hunter-gatherers, but also the good bacterial in their guts make them healthy. While industrial agriculture has eradicated famine and antibiotics have proved to be the most successful tool of modern medicine, both also contributed to depletion of bacteria in the intestines, just the ones that help our bodies fight inner and outer intruders.

Do such microflora really make a difference, remains to be answered. The pharmaceutical companies, however, are already dreaming of a magic pill that might enrich our guts and make us slim, healthy and happy.

Emoji in the office


Returning from vacation, one might think it is a good idea to cheer up the office atmosphere by sending emojis around. If you are tempted to do just that, better listen at the researchers from Israel and Holland.

In the first such analysis they have tested over 500 participants from 29 countries, just to find out smileys do not induce friendliness, but rather decrease perceptions of competence. After being required to read work-related emails from a stranger and subsequently evaluate their warmth and professional ability, it turned out those with smiley emojis did not came through as more friendly, smiley faces even made them look more incompetent. Moreover, the study discovered there is a glimmer of sexism in emoji usage, when no gender of the email sender was disclosed, the recipients were more likely to presume a smiley icon was sent by a woman.


Reaching for the West


Long gone are the times when flying was considered a luxurious event. Now, the Chinese Airline is trying to bring back some of the good old time charm and glamour on board.

The uniforms designed by Laurence Xu  are a fusion of traditional Chinese symbols and modern western patterns. Presented at the Paris Couture Week, the Chinese are reaching for the West.

Dress to beat stress


Bright hues and light fabrics. Can a simple trick of wearing fun clothes really influence our mood and make us happy.

It is called a dopamine dressing. We all know that thinking happy thoughts and being a positive cure illness and lift the mood, so the same principle might be applied also on what we put on in the morning. The fashion industry is certainly betting on it. So, if we believe online dating sites, the colour of our clothes can bring or deter suitors. Even the science gives us some clues. The study when people were rating how attractive persons of different colour of t-shirt were, showed those in red were perceived as the most attractive ones. The researchers believe the reason behind is, people dressed in red felt more attractive and were radiating that feeling to others.

Whatever the reason, when we want to stand out, feel more attractive or make people like us more, we should think about bringing warm colours for the rescue. Luckily for us, yellow, orange and red hues are in.

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