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Kiwis May Help Lower Blood Pressure
2011-11-16 06:16:38

Researchers from Norway, led by Mette Svendsen of Oslo University, may have discovered a natural way to help reduce blood pressure. They conducted a study on 50 men and 68 women with an average age of 55, and had lightly elevated blood pressure in the range of 128/85. Some participants were told to eat three kiwis a day while others were told to eat an apple a day, and not change anything else about their diets. The researchers remotely monitored the blood pressure of the men and women via...

2009-03-17 08:55:00

According to scientists, a giant sea monster fossil found in the Arctic could pack a bite that would make T-Rex look pathetic. This Jurassic era marine reptile, dubbed "Predator X," would have been nearly 50 ft long and would have had a bite force of 33,000 lbs per square inch according to the Natural History Museum of Oslo University. "With a skull that's more than 10 feet long you'd expect the bite to be powerful but this is off the scale," said Joern Hurum, professor of vertebrate...

2008-11-06 12:00:00

Among the growing numbers of species to be hit by global climate change, it appears that lemming populations are declining due to wetter winters in southern Norway, researchers said. Scientists found that numbers of the animals no longer vary over a regular cycle, as they did until a decade ago. Writing in the journal Nature, researcher Nils Stenseth of Oslo University and colleagues from Norway and France found that a reduction of lemmings was causing predators such as the Arctic fox to eat...

2008-04-25 15:00:00

Experts say the bones of two Viking women found in a buried longboat have dispelled 100-year-old suspicions that one was a maid sacrificed to accompany her queen into the afterlife. Tests of the bones showed that the broken collarbone of the younger woman had been healing for weeks, indicating that the break was not part of a ritual execution as suspected since the 72 ft long Oseberg ship was discovered in 1904.Per Holck, professor of anatomy at Oslo University studied the two women who died...

Word of the Day
  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.