Less Sleep = Higher Risk of Obesity & Diabetes

 

A recent study published in Science Translation

Medicine found that too little sleep—an insufficient amount to keep up with the body’s internal biological clock— could lead to a higher risk of obesity and diabetes. Although a short-term lab study, this research, conducted out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, discovered a bump in the concentration of glucose in the blood after meals (due to poor insulin secretion by the pancreas) as a result of prolonged sleep restrictions. The decrease in resting metabolic rate could end up adding 10 pounds a year to someone’s weight. With the lack of sleep college students put up with, it’s no wonder we’re all so familiar with the term “Freshman 15.” And while none of this information comes as a total surprise, it’s just another example of how important those extra hours of rest can be —especially with swimsuit season right around the corner.

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Virtual Sex

In a recent research paper out of New Zealand titled “Robots, Men and Sex Tourism” proposes that Amsterdam’s red light district will be full of “android prostitutes” by the year 2050. That’s right—sexbots. And while this futuristic concept may seem risqué, the proposal offers solutions to many of the problems sex work poses today. For one, android prostitutes are clean of sexually transmitted infections. Additionally, it would end the sex-worker trade, and the smuggling of underage women forced into slavery.  But it does raise one question: if you enjoy a rendezvous with a sexbot, is it considered cheating on your spouse?

For more, on this stimulating study, visit: sciencedirect.com.