PLoS ONE News and Media Round-Up

Increasing your vegetable and fruit intake could improve your appearance, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of St Andrews in Scotland observed 35 participants who increased their fruit and vegetable intake over a 6 week period. They noticed significant changes in the skin’s yellow and red coloring, due to the absorption of carotenoids. To measure the impact of this change, undergraduate students then viewed images of those individuals with increased pigmentation and reported the subject’s appearance as more attractive and healthy. You can read more about this article at NPR, The Huffington Post and ABC News.

Fossil remains found in China’s Yunnan Province provide evidence of a prehistoric human species researchers are calling the “Red Deer Cave people”, as they were thought to feed on an extinct species of native deer. According to radiocarbon dating, this population lived just 14,500 to 11,500 years ago, and that these remains possess both modern (H. sapiens) and archaic (putative plesiomorphic) traits making the findings rather unusual. National Geographic, The Guardian and The History Channel covered this study.

In January of 2011, Daryl Bem of Cornell University published a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology suggesting the existence of precognition, or the ability to predict future events. Dr. Bem invited other scientists in the field to replicate the study, to encourage scientific credibility. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stuart Ritchie independently replicated the study three times, and were unable to replicate the results. The Chicago Tribune The Guardian and MSNBC covered this story.

No other animal can bite as powerfully as the crocodile, according to a new study covered by National Geographic, The New York Times and The Huffington Post. For the first time, scientists from the University of Florida used a transducer, a device that converts pressure into an electrical signal, to record bite forces and tooth pressures in all 23 existing crocodilian species. They found that the Crocodylus porosus, or the saltwater crocodile, bites with 3,689 pounds of force, the highest recorded of any living creature.

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