Mark Haub was making a point about how much more important calorie intake is to your weight and overall health than nutritional value. For 10 weeks, Haub went on an 1800-calorie-per-day diet that consisted of junk food: chips, twinkies, donuts, cookies, etc. Since his calorie intake was less than his output, he lost weight. His BMI went from the “overweight” category (28.8) to “normal” (24.9). His body fat dropped from 33.4% to 24.9%.
Surprisingly, even his cholesterol numbers improved. His “bad” cholesterol went down 20% and his “good” cholesterol went up 20%.
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There’s a very resilient callery pear tree just a few yards away from Ground Zero. When the tree was found in the World Trade Center Plaza on September 11, 2001 it was a burned, twisted, torn apart tree trunk that stood at only 8 feet tall. With a little TLC, the tree has been able to flourish. By 2009, the tree had grown to 30 feet tall, and started blossoming again.
Then, in March 2010, New York City was hit by severe weather. Intense winds uprooted the tree and knocked it down. Amazingly, the tree still survived.
Elkhorn coral in the Caribbean are dying from bacterial infections. The coral reefs are coming into contact with human fecal matter and contracting the same diseases that were affecting human beings. Researchers have discovered that Serratia marcescens, a bacteria that causes respiratory infections and UTI's, is causing a symptom called "white pox" when it infects coral. Septic systems have allowed for sewage to leak into the ocean in the Caribbean and in the Keys, allowing for the coral to come into contact with human diseases.
Britton Hill in northwestern Florida is the highest point in the entire state. There’s even a monument in Lakewood Park on top of the hill to mark the state’s highest point. However, the hill is only 345 feet high. Many of Florida’s skyscrapers overtake Britton Hill in total height. In fact, Florida’s tallest non-natural point, the Four Seasons Hotel in Miami is 789 feet tall. That’s well over twice as high as Britton Hill.
The condition that causes babies to be born without fingerprints, known as adermatoglyphia, has only appeared in four families in the world. One of those families agreed to partake in scientific research about the condition. In that family 9 of 16 people had no fingerprints. The researchers were able to isolate the gene that had the relevant mutation, SMARCAD1.
This mutation has been labeled as “immigration-delay disease” because the lack of fingerprints makes it hard to cross borders. Other than the lack of fingerprints and less sweating, immigration-delay disease doesn’t have any other side-effects.