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Fishing practices of ancient people could keep a coveted seafood on the menu

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I have one confession: I’m a bit of an oyster snob. I am Scottish so my oysters are usually the variety that is picked from the sea that day and served immediately, jetty and beach optional. Fresh and pure, save for a squeeze of lemon, an oyster is a true food delight that makes it very easy to forget the fact that it is essentially the ocean’s own sanitation factory. .

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People living in coastal native communities in the United States also consumed a lot of oysters – and did so sustainably. As we try to use nature’s tricks to clean up our oceans and eat seafood more sustainably, these practices could offer today’s Americans a kind of cheat code (but please please, no more oyster casserole. Ever.). Read all about it and more in today’s news Reverse Daily. And good weekend !

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In a new study, mice whose calories were reduced by 30% from what they usually eat lived 10.5% longer than a control group of mice without calorie restriction. Another group, which had the same calorie restrictions but were fed during the day, lived 20% longer than the control group.

The longest-lived mice in the study were placed on the same calorie restriction and fed only at night, the time active in nocturnal animals’ internal circadian clocks. They lived 34% longer than the control group. This diet also seemed to activate genes that were not activated in any of the other groups.

Although further study is needed, the benefits of a combination of calorie restriction and limiting feeding to optimal metabolic times could extend the lifespan of several species, including humans, said Joseph Takahashi, one of the authors. Reverse.

There could be a right and wrong time of day to eat, and using the short lifespan of lab mice, some researchers say they can see the lifetime benefits of eating at the right time.

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On April 27, a fireball shook the skies above the Mississippi, raining down meteorites that people are now collecting outside the town of Natchez. This is the fifth time a meteorite has hit the ground in Mississippi. The last recorded fireball dates back to 1950.

According to NASA, the meteorite was so bright that it was ten times more luminescent than the Full Moon. And some people succeeded not only to see the fireball, but also finding pieces of the space rock after it fell to Earth.

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Amidst the whirlwind of life, it can be easy to forget about the good times and focus on the bad. According to psychologists, one technique can reverse this glass-half-empty approach and improve happiness: savoring.

“Savouring is not an emotion, like happiness or enjoyment. Rather, it’s a process that can be used to regulate our positive feelings,” says Jennifer Smith, psychologist and director of research at the Mather Institute. Reverse.

Researchers like Smith describe tasting as an emotion regulation technique that aims to increase, sustainand deepen positive emotion.

“Savoring is the ability to be aware of the positive experiences in our lives and to intentionally engage in thoughts and behaviors to enhance our pleasure and other positive feelings,” Smith adds.

The idea is that stopping to savor a moment of joy can elevate our sense of well-being. Data suggests that the practice can help relieve depression, boost self-esteem, and increase life satisfaction.

Make the good times last.

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Written this week in the newspaper Nature Communication, an interdisciplinary group of researchers analyzed data and records from shell sites in North America and Australia to understand the historical harvesting practices that various indigenous groups used to harvest oysters. They discovered that these ancient methods were much more sustainable and kinder to the ecosystem than the oyster fishery managed by European settlers around 400 years ago.

Despite the misconception that the regions were only lightly fished before the arrival of Europeans, records show that the indigenous peoples used oysters as their main source of sustenance. They amassed millions to billions of seashells from some of the largest historic mounds, including in present-day California, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.

“Our data basically came down to ‘shit, that’s a lot of oysters,'” said Leslie Reeder-Myers, assistant professor of anthropology at Temple University in Philadelphia and co-author of the study. Reverse.

And yet, the destructive effects of the oyster fishery – and the collapse of many fisheries – didn’t really become apparent until the 18th century.

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“I was named after Wendy in Peter Pan“says Wendy Froud Reverse. “I grew up believing in fairies and my mother made them part of my childhood.”

You might not recognize the name Wendy Froud (née Midener), but in the world of practical effects, she’s a legend. Recognized in film and television as a pioneer of puppetry, Froud was sought after by directors like Jim Henson early in her career and created countless iconic creatures of television and film. Yet she remains an obscure name rarely accurately credited on movie sites or IMDb.

Despite what history may tell you, this ethereal, long-haired puppeteer with a Fleetwood Mac aesthetic played a crucial role in the birth of animatronics, providing puppet design for groundbreaking films The Empire Strikes Back, The Black Crystaland Labyrinth. A Froud original can cost $4,500, and her work has even earned her one of pop culture’s biggest nicknames: Yoda’s mother.

But in 1988, at the height of Froud’s career, the woman who made some of the world’s most beloved puppets seemingly disappeared. Uncovering the truth behind her rise and fall would require tracking down a woman who remained out of the public eye for 30 years, but her story says more about the hidden history of practical effects than it does about a woman’s time in Hollywood. .

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