Gerard Pinzone writes: "A drug that exploits the benefits of a component in wine proved safe and showed signs that it might improve blood sugar control in people with the most common form of diabetes, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Monday. The compound, dubbed SRT501, can be absorbed in the body more easily than the red wine compound resveratrol, the company said." While this particular study involved diabetes sufferers, the goal is to mimic the beneficial effects of calorie restriction without dieting. (A Slashdot worthy article indeed!) "Mice on a high-fat diet and treated with resveratrol also performed better than untreated mice at a similar weight in an endurance test. The drug treated mice ran almost twice as far in a treadmill exercise test compared to the placebo group." Click on the 'Mouse Marathon Video' link to see the results.
Gerard J. Pinzone writes: A little over ten years ago, oceanographer John Martin proclaimed, "Give me a
half tanker of iron, and I will give you an ice age."
These inflammatory words centered around a theory known as
the iron hypothesis.
Martin professed that by sprinkling a relatively small amount of iron into
certain areas of the ocean, one could create large blooms of algae. He believed
the growth in algae could take in so much carbon from the atmosphere that they
could reverse the greenhouse effect and cool the Earth. Years after his death, a
series of experiments proved his theory and raised the possibility of using this
technique to combat global warming.