Do Diet Drinks Help with Weight Loss ?

Intuitively the answer should be yes. Soft drinks contain sugar and substituting the sugar for a zero calorie sweeteners should theoretically make you lose weight. But the evidence is not that clear that artificial sweeteners help you lose weight. A recent BMJ meta-analysis reviewed the evidence and while the overall study was negative, there were some interesting points to be drawn from the data. Read the full story here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/columnists/christopher-labos-do-diet...

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#519 Animal Architects

Don't make the mistake of thinking that humans are the only species that's mastered architecture. There are bugs out in this world that form huge, self healing structures out of their own bodies. And there are other bugs that form fountains of thousands - all to destroy a pizza in just a few hours. Move over, pirhanas. The black soldier fly larvae are here. This week, we talk to Olga Shishkov and Sulisay Phonekeo about…

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Matachia!

One of the coolest spiders I saw in NZ was quite small, and fairly inconspicuous. Matachia is NZ endemic genus of desid spiders which have a characteristic web architecture and retreat. There are several species of Matachia in NZ. Bryce McQuillan helped us find these in Christchurch, along the Avon River (just about here), in low branches above the bank.   Here you can see a Matachia poking out of her retreat, which is in…

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