RESEARCH OF THE WEEK
Researchers figured out a way  to extract and test ancient human DNA from cave dirt.
Via ghrelin, hunger may promote the growth of new brain cells .
Grandma’s optimal post-workout meal : salmon.
Vegetarianism is a risk factor  for gallstone disease.
Human brains in the presence of urban environments can’t relax , even if the humans they’re attached to grew up in cities.
Homo naledi, a primitive hominid with ape-like features, co-existed with anatomically modern humans .
Colder weather promotes  faster adaptations in organisms.
Professional male tennis players are more likely to buckle under pressure  than female ones.
Stroke and dementia risk go up with diet soda consumption, according to a recent observational paper  (which cannot establish causation).
NEW PRIMAL BLUEPRINT PODCASTS
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INTERESTING BLOG POSTS
Babies know best .
People who eat more sodium and potassium than recommended have lower blood pressure .
A new paper exonerating saturated fat is triggering  the usual suspects.
Noakes: not guilty .
A worm that eats plastic .
Edible CRISPR  could replace antibiotics.
Maybe Otzi just froze to death .
New translations of ancient engravings at Turkey’s Gobekli Tepe reveal  that comets struck the Earth around 11,000 BC and probably triggered a mini-ice age that changed the course of human history.
THINGS I’M UP TO AND INTERESTED IN
A list that makes me wish I had more time to read: The books that changed these 10 adventurers’ lives .
Research I’m having trouble believing: The first humans to reach North America may have been  Neanderthals or Denisovans 130,000 years ago.
I can relate: “Only after sixty my true life began .”
News I found interesting: Cremation of obese corpse starts funeral home fire .
I know a few people who could use this: Cartilage-mimicking hydrogel .
One year ago (Apr 30 – May 6)
COMMENT OF THE WEEK
“Awesome ideas…I extend my life by counting my birthdays in dog years!”
– I’ll add that to the next one, Pastor Dave .