Why can millions of hairs grow from our heads, and yet our palms and the soles of our feet are as bare as anything? It all comes down to a special molecule in our bodies, according to the scientists who have found it. The hairless regions of our skin secrete a special type of molecule known as an inhibitor. This particular one is a protein named Dickkopf 2 (DKK2). These effectively brick-up the WNT pathway, which is in charge of triggering hair growth in our bodies. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine believe certain animals have evolved to produce DKK2 in certain parts of their bodies, depending on what will best help different creatures to survive. "In this study, we've shown the skin in hairless regions naturally produces an inhibitor that stops WNT from doing its job," Professor Sarah E. Millar, an author of the study published in the journal Cell Reports , commented. Millar, who is a professor in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania … [Read more...] about Why does hair grow in some places and not others? Scientists have a new answer
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Poll after poll shows that things are really not looking good for Chesa Boudin . The latest, released Thursday by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and conducted by EMC Research, found that 67% of survey respondents were planning on voting “yes” on the District Attorney’s upcoming recall election, while just 31% said they would vote no. This follows three other polls that show, at best, support for Boudin trailing support for the recall by about 10%. Overall polls show him getting recalled by a significant margin. However, the polls’ results vary significantly. The Chronicle examined each of the major Boudin recall polls in detail, reaching out to several nonpartisan polling experts to get their opinions on the polls and what they can tell us about the election. Thad Kousser, Department Chair of Political Science at UC San Diego, said that all four polls “look like credible approaches” to surveying a representative sample of San Franciscans and capturing the political … [Read more...] about Another poll suggests trouble for Chesa Boudin in the recall. How reliable is the data?
close Video NASA explains mystery ‘rainbow’ on Mars Former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino joins ‘America’s Newsroom.’ NEW You can now listen to Fox News articles! NASA's InSight Mars lander is losing power due to dust on its solar panels. The agency announced Tuesday that science operations are expected to end later this summer. MARS INSIGHT LANDER RECORDS MASSIVE QUAKE By December, the InSight team expects the lander to have become inoperative. NASA said that it will keep using the spacecraft's seismometer to register marsquakes until the power is out. Then, flight controllers will monitor InSight until the end of the year. Later this month, the team will put the lander's robotic arm in its resting position for the last time. InSight landed on Mars on Nov. 26, 2018, the same year that a global dust storm took out Opportunity . TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: 'BLOOD MOON' PHENOMENON DAZZLES SKYWATCHERS … [Read more...] about NASA’s InSight Mars lander’s power diminishing, has months left
A new study by researchers has narrowed down the weight loss methods that actually work for people. We have all seen the strange diet hacks that claim to be able to help you lose weight while doing a combination of weird or restricting things. Experts at the University of Cardiff looked at data of 1,850 obese adults with an average age of 53, in order to determine which weight loss methods people have said work for them. Of the sample, 79% of people said they had attempted to lose weight over the previous year but 73.4% had not achieved “clinically meaningful” weight loss. So what are the best weight loss methods? Diets for weight loss Some diets might not help you with losing weight, so it is good to investigate them first ( Image: Getty Images) There are plenty of diets out there for people to try, but the key thing for losing weight is to end the day with a calorie deficit – meaning you burn more calories than you consume. Only 28% of people in the … [Read more...] about 4 weight loss methods that actually work, according to eye-opening new study
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un publicly rebuked his top officials on Wednesday for the second time since the reclusive tyranny admitted to a coronavirus outbreak for the first time. In the latest tongue-lashing, Kim referred to his henchmen as “immature,” which suggests some of them might not be getting much older. According to North Korean state media, Kim railed that “immaturity” among disaster response officials revealed “vulnerable points” in his government and increased the “complexity and hardships” facing the people. Kim denounced the “non-positive attitude, slackness, and non-activity of state leading officials.” North Korea observes 10 years of Kim Jong-un in power, April 10, 2022. (Rodong Sinmun/Government of North Korea) “The crisis facing us offered a test board to distinguish between the merits and demerits of all working systems of our state,” the dictator said, demanding “redoubled efforts” to stabilize the situation. “The … [Read more...] about Kim Jong-un Signals North Korea Purge with Second Scolding of Top Henchmen over Coronavirus
Kim Dong-ho The author is an editorial writer of the JoongAng Ilbo. Sudo Electric Technical High School located in Gaepodong, Gangnam in Seoul, has been one wonder after another. The principal’s room is called the “celebration room.” The room got its name because it is reserved for parties celebrating a student landing a job or receiving an award. Snacks and drinks are prepared, and the wall screen is lit up with congratulatory message from school principal Chang Dong-won. The student becomes the star of the day. The school is different from others in many ways. Its corridor walls are decorated with Van Gogh paintings. The paintings are not color prints of the masterpieces, but master imitation works. Students become familiar with great works of art. The corridors are decorated to give a gallery-like ambience. The school auditorium is called Sirius Hall, the gym is named after Chung Yak-yong, and the library was christened as the Hyeyoom Pavillion. Sirius is the brightest … [Read more...] about An electrifying eduction
OPERATION SMILING BUDDHA: 48 years ago today, India reached a historic milestone after successfully conducting its first-ever nuclear test in Rajasthan’s Pokhran in 1974. The codename of the nuclear test, which made India the sixth nation in the world to conduct a nuclear test back then, was Operation Smiling Buddha. The historic test was conducted under the supervision of the then director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Raja Ramanna. India, on May 18 in 1974, was also celebrating Buddha Purnima, because of which its first nuclear test was named Smiling Buddha. In the operation, a thermonuclear device was tested in the Pokhran firing range. Ever since the test, the yield of the device has been a topic of debate. However, as per news agency PTI, it is believed that the actual yield was around 8-12 Kilotons of TNT. Operation Smiling Buddha gained international attention because, with this successful achievement as a feather in their cap, India had become the first nation … [Read more...] about Operation Smiling Buddha: All You Need to Know About India’s First Nuclear Test at Pokhran in 1974
Few terms have been as abused as “cancel culture.” Its very existence is a point of controversy, despite the fact that large majorities both on and off campus feel pressured to censor themselves for fear of losing their jobs or reputations. But it’s a real thing—no matter how many ways its meaning has been wrongly distorted. On March 3, Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russian foreign intelligence, accused the West of attempting to “cancel” their government for its invasion of Ukraine, echoing claims made by Vladimir Putin about alleged American cancel culture. Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic workplace that led to his resignation were cancel culture. And, of course, former President Donald Trump has blamed cancel culture for just about everything — including the Jan. 6 committee’s decision to subpoena Roger Stone and Alex Jones. Ridiculous non-examples of cancel culture, such as these, provide all the ammunition … [Read more...] about Don’t Stop Using the Term ‘Cancel Culture’
Click here to read the full article. Dick Wolf does not take anything for granted. Not even his prowess as one of Hollywood’s most prolific producers. The lord of “ Law & Order ” has taken his television operations to new heights during the 2021-22 television season, which is about to conclude with no less than six Wolf-produced series in primetime’s top 10 rankings. More from Variety Broadcast Rankings: Most and Least-Watched Scripted TV Series of 2021-2022 Season 'Law & Order' and 'Law & Order: Organized Crime' Renewed for New Seasons at NBC 'FBI,' 'FBI: International' and 'FBI: Most Wanted' Renewed for Two New Seasons Each at CBS . Over a long conversation on a deck overlooking the ocean near his home in Montecito, Calif., last month, the 75-year-old writerproducer speaks at length about the changes in television and the revitalization of his Wolf Entertainment banner over the past half-dozen years. Wolf and his loyal team of … [Read more...] about TV at Unprecedented Scale: How Dick Wolf Rebounded to 198 Hours of Drama a Season
Home builders slowed construction on single-family homes much more than anticipated in April as inflation pushed up costs and rising mortgage rates made homes less affordable. Home builders broke new ground on new single-family homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.1 million in April, a 7.3 percent drop from the downwardly revised March rate, data from the Census Bureau showed Wednesday. The figures for February and March were revised down sharply. February single-family starts were taken down to 1.213 million from 1.221 million. March’s single-family starts went from 1.2 million to 1.87 million. The April figure is 8.3 percent less than the March figure prior to the revision and nearly 10 percent below the February preliminary figure. That illustrates how big the slowdown in construction has been over the last few months. The single-family market is most sensitive to interest rates. In April, rates on the traditional 30-year fixed mortgage climbed sharply, … [Read more...] about Housing Starts Plunge as Bidenflation Rampages Across U.S.