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General anesthetics affect cellular proteins to knock us out. Some do so better than others, especially the noble gas Xenon. (Shutterstock)

Science lesson: How anesthetics work, and why xenon’s perfect

How do anesthetics work, and what makes for an ideal anesthetic? It's not as mysterious as once believed, and there's a gas that ticks all the boxes for a perfect anesthetic: xenon.
Chocolate milk is well supported by research as ticking all the boxes for an effective exercise recovery drink. tracy benjamin/Flickr

Health Check: here’s what you need to know about protein supplements

The decision to use protein supplements is based more on marketing claims than anything else. They offer few real performance benefits that an athlete’s normal diet isn’t already delivering.
Impala drink at a waterhole in South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Milk used in paint nearly 49,000 years ago could have come from their early antecedents. EPA/Jon Hrusa

Paint gives clues about the ingenuity of ancient culture

It may have been a cultural tradition to use tempera paint that contained traces of milk on bodies according to a discovery at Sibudu Caves in KwaZulu Natal.
An excess of the one of the two amino acids in the artificial sweetener aspartame is a significant concern for people with phenylketonuria. Hugo Wetterberg/Flickr

Why artificial sweetener can be dangerous

When you buy a diet coke, or any other consumables containing the artificial sweetener aspartame, you’ll see a warning against consuming the product if you have phenylketonuria, an inherited metabolic…
Here I come, carrying seeds of life. skynoir

Building blocks of life could be formed on comets

No one knows how life began on Earth. But for it to happen, some simple chemical building blocks would have been needed. Many scientists argue the Earth’s violent past, with its massive volcanoes and regular…

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