An Onion a Day Takes the Joy Away

first_imgYou’re happily slicing onions for your dinner when suddenly your eyes are burning and tears are streaming down your cheeks. You even have to step away! Why are onions such jerks sometimes? Well, turns out that onions are particularly good at absorbing sulphur which they use in a number of amino acids. When you cut an onion, you break open the cells. The enzymes meet the sulphur-rich amino acids and form unstable sulfenic acids, which then rearrange into a sneaky, volatile chemical causing a burning sensation when it comes in contact with your eyes. In order to keep your precious eyes from being damaged, your brain quickly triggers a response to rinse the offending irritant away. You are left with red eyes and tear-stained cheeks in the middle of preparing dinner.Too much chemistry for you? Well, let’s keep it simple. Onions are tear-jerkers nowadays for reasons other than the compounds present in them. With onion prices hitting historic highs, the government’s slow response in playing the leading role and the opposition having a field day in criticizing the government, it seems like the show will go on for quite a while, making it the latest blockbuster.Looks like emotions are at a high and everyone has an opinion about it. There are those who feel blessed as they have nothing to do with onions and garlic while there are others who can’t resist taking a dig, advising the former to eat avocado instead.In the meantime, the common man is silently watching the drama and is left wondering as to when exactly the humble onion will make a re-entry into his plate.Even though no knives are out, onions are still their natural, tear-inducing selves. Obviously, it is to do with their current inflated prices in the wholesale and retail market. The skyrocketing prices have cut into the budget of consumers, many having forsaken the beloved bulb for now.last_img read more

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Psilocybin combined with psychological support might correct pessimism biases in depression

first_imgPinterest Share on Facebook Email Share LinkedIncenter_img The psychedelic drug psilocybin could help alleviate depression by causing people to have a less pessimistic outlook on life, according to preliminary research published in Frontiers in Psychology.Previous research has found that depression is associated with unrealistic negative predictions of future life events. Scientists from the Psychedelic Research Group at Imperial College London were interested in whether psilocybin — the main psychoactive compound in magic mushrooms — could reduce these pessimism biases.In their study, 15 participants with treatment-resistant depression were administered psilocybin in two dosing sessions. Psychological support was provided before, during, and after each session. Share on Twitter The participants — along with group of matched, untreated non-depressed controls — completed measures of depression and predictions of future life events before and after the psilocybin sessions.Before the treatment, the depressed participants predicted they would experience an roughly equal number of undesirable events and desirable events in the future. The non-depressed participants, on the other hand, predicted they would experience more desirable events than undesirable events.But treatment with psilocybin appeared to alter the depressed participants’ predictions of future life events. After the psilocybin sessions, depressed participants expected more desirable than undesirable life events to occur, which was in turn associated with a reduction in depressive symptoms.“Before treatment with psilocybin, patients were excessively and unrealistically pessimistic when predicting the occurrence of future life events — and this pessimism was significantly correlated with the severity of their depressive symptoms. One week after treatment, the patients’ pessimism was alleviated and their depressive symptoms greatly improved; moreover, the magnitude of change in both variables was related – such that as their depression improved, so did their ability to accurately forecast their future,” the researchers explained.“No such bias nor change in forecasting was seen in a matched control group assessed over an equivalent time period. Taken together, these findings indicate that the psychologically supportive administration of psilocybin remediates negative cognitive biases characteristic of severe depression – enabling individuals to forecast their futures more accurately, unfettered by unrealistic pessimism.”The findings are promising, but need to be replicated with a larger sample of participants, the researchers noted.The study, “More Realistic Forecasting of Future Life Events After Psilocybin for Treatment-Resistant Depression“, was authored by Taylor Lyons and Robin Lester Carhart-Harris.last_img read more

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Ederson’s 83-yard assist for Sterling’s winner against Schalke thrills fans

first_imgEderson wowed fans on social media with his 87-yard assist for Raheem Sterling’s winner against Schalke on Wednesday.The Brazil international sent a well-executed floated pass over his opponent’s defence that found Sterling.That was Ederson’s second assist of the season that now takes him level with some esteemed stars.The Manchester City goalkeeper now has the same number of assists as Mesut Ozil, Anthony Martial and Arjen Robben this campaign.He, in fact, has set up more goals than Liverpool’s Naby Keita, Jorginho, Lucas Moura and Marco Verratti.Kyle Walker is now fearing Ederson will have better numbers than him at the end of the season.Walker said on Twitter: ‘When he tells you he’ll end up with more assists than you…and now you’re starting to get worried.’Gary Lineker was impressed as he said: ‘Never mind his goalkeeping, what a player Ederson is with the ball at his feet.‘Imagine playing against a keeper who passes it better than you.’Someone else said: ‘What a ball from Ederson, yet Alisson is still better?’City took the lead through Sergio Aguero against the Bundesliga side on Wednesday but went behind to two Nabil Bentaleb penalties.Leroy Sane then scored a stunning free-kick to equalise for Pep Guardiola’s side before Sterling came up with a late winner.last_img read more

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Be part of the Gallagher Premiership final

first_imgAfter 134 games see the Final Battle when England’s best clubs and top stars will face off in the most competitive showdown at Twickenham.Be there to see who will be competing to be crowned Gallagher Premiership Rugby Champions 2019.Not an audition. The Final Battle.Twickenham, June 1st, 2019. Glory Awaits.Search tickets now by clicking here.last_img

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Alvaro Morata enjoys beach break with heavily-pregnant wife Alice Campello as couple prepare for third child

first_img Rebekah Vardy scores an impressive penalty in six-inch heels Real or Fake? Shark Attacks Helicopter People Slammed By Massive Waves 4 FORMER Chelsea star Alvaro Morata was pictured sunning it up with his heavily-pregnant wife.Atletico Madrid striker Morata and wife Alice Campello were spotted holding hands on the beach.Alvaro Morata holds hands with his wife Alice CampelloCredit: Splash NewsMorata and Alice pucker up on the beach in Marbella, SpainCredit: Splash NewsMorata relaxed in the ocean after Atletico Madrid’s Champions League exitCredit: Splash NewsThe picture-perfect couple are expecting their third child.And they chose to holiday in Marbella, Spain as Morata relaxes after Atleti’s Champions League exit at the hands of RB Leipzig last week.Diego Simeone’s side went down 2-1 to the German side, with Morata coming off the bench in the 72nd minute. The former Juventus striker married Alice in 2017 and the happy couple already have twin sons.Boys Alessandro and Leonardo are two years old and will be joined by a new arrival.Italian model and fashion designer Alice, 25, has 2.3million Instagram followers who she updates with pictures of her young family.And the couple got engaged when Morata, 27, got down on one knee during a magic show in 2016.They went on to the tie the knot in the idyllic setting of Venice, with footballers such as Isco in attendance.The Moratas and their expanding brood split their time between Madrid and Alice’s homeland Italy.Alvaro Morata has to pull Kieran Trippier away from walking on Atletico Madrid’s crest on his La Liga debut 10 INCREDIBLE Space Launch Failures! Football player touch female referee s breast!center_img Amazing movies best funny animals Amazing Controlled Building Demolition You Probably Haven’t Seen Before Travel Diary // Vietnam 2017 Source: Soccer – thesun.co.uklast_img read more

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