Understanding what’s in an individual trauma kit might just save your life

(Natural News) When you encounter a life-threatening situation, conventional first-aid kits sometimes aren’t enough to deal with it. In this scenario, you will need an individual first aid kit or IFAK, which has specialized tools to deal with potentially fatal injuries such as exsanguination (bleeding out), airway obstructions, hypothermia, among others. Not all IFAKs are made equal. Their contents often…

When it comes to chocolate, darker is healthier: Experts find it can reduce heart disease risk factors in just a month

(Natural News) Let your sweet tooth rejoice: Eating dark chocolate is good for your cardiovascular health, says a recent study in the journal Nutrition. The research, a collaboration between the Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (IPC) in Portugal and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, revealed that just a few squares of dark chocolate – in particular, those with 90 percent cocoa content – can…

New metamaterial can silence sound

(Natural News) A new (and quiet) era of acoustics is opening up as engineers from Boston University have created a material that can silence noise without reducing airflow. In their study, which appeared in the journal Physical Review B, researchers led by Professor Xin Zhang and doctorate student Reza Ghaffarivardavagh of Boston University’s mechanical engineering department built what they called an…

New electrolyte interphase can increase lithium-ion battery life by 100%

(Natural News) In a few years, you could be shopping for mobile phones that pack more juice and last twice as long with a single charge than your current phone. In their study, which was featured in Nature Materials, engineers at The Pennsylvania State University have developed a way to extend battery life and performance using a novel technology….

Heavy elements in space – where did they come from?

(Natural News) An international team led by Goethe University in Germany has successfully converted xenon ions into the heavy element cesium. The results, which appeared in Physical Review Letters, was the first to replicate this phenomenon in a controlled environment. A matter of stardust Nucleosynthesis refers to the creation of atomic nuclei, or broadly defined, the elements. According…

Let’s talk about fruits, sugar, and their confusing connection

(Natural News) Most people know that fruit is nutritious, but is it a good choice for those who are trying to lose weight? It’s not something that everyone agrees on: Some believe that most fruits are loaded with sugar – which, of course, is not good when you’re trying to slim down. That said, the effect of sugar on…

Mushrooms boost brain health: Eat them twice a week to prevent dementia

(Natural News) With ever-increasing numbers of people dealing with Alzheimer’s and dementia, people are looking for ways to prevent themselves and their loved ones from having to face these horrific diseases. While traditional, medical treatments have little to offer, there are some natural treatments that have the potential to help protect against cognitive impairment. For…