Weekend Links

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment:

The Unconscious Rules of Personal Space – The rules of personal space run deep under the surface of consciousness. We act and react in an elaborate, animal dance, and only extreme examples—like the Trump handshake—catch our conscious attention.

Salt: The New Sugar? – It seems as if salt should lead to weight loss, not weight gain. But a more complex metabolic picture is coming into focus.

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story? – When we read to our children, they are doing more work than meets the eye. “It’s that muscle they’re developing bringing the images to life in their minds.”

The chemistry behind how dishwashers clean – Huge piles of washing up can be daunting – but luckily, dishwashers can make light work of it. What’s in the colourful dishwasher tablets that helps them get your dishes sparkling and clean? This article and accompanying graphic takes a look at some of the key components.

The Top Five Mysteries of the Human Gut Microbiome – Human genome science has led to some important medical insights over time. Now it’s moving over for the microorganisms. Because, although every human is nearly identical genetically, each person carries around a massively different variety of microbial genes from bacteria, fungi, viruses, and archaea—genes that are collectively called the microbiome.


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