Omega-3s and the Brain: Fish Intake Linked to Higher IQ and Better Sleep

According to a new study from the University of Pennsylvania, published this week in Scientific Reports, children who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4.8 points higher, on average, than those who consume fish less frequently or not at all.

Previous studies showed a relationship between omega-3s, the fatty acids in many types of fish, and improved intelligence, as well as Omega-3s and better sleep. But they’ve never all been connected before. This work, conducted by Jianghong Liu, Jennifer Pinto-Martin and Alexandra Hanlon of the School of Nursing and ‘Penn Integrates Knowledge’ Professor, Adrian Raine, reveals that sleep might be the potential missing link between fish intake and intelligence.

For the study, a cohort of 541 9- to 11-year-olds in China, 54 percent boys and 46 percent girls, completed a questionnaire about how often they consumed fish in the past month, with options ranging from “never” to “at least once per week.” They also took the Chinese version of an IQ test called the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised, which examines verbal and non-verbal skills such as vocabulary and coding.

“Lack of sleep is associated with antisocial behavior; poor cognition is associated with antisocial behavior,” said Raine. “We have found that Omega-3 supplements reduce antisocial behavior, so it’s not too surprising that fish is behind this.”

SpaceX rocket launch spooks Californians with eerie glowing trail (VIDEOS)

The launch of a SpaceX rocket into orbit from California on Friday – the 18th and final launch of 2017 for SpaceX – left behind a trail of mystery and wonder as it soared into space. The Falcon 9 booster lifted off from coastal Vandenberg air force base, carrying the latest batch of satellites for Iridium Communications. Cars stopped on freeways in Los Angeles as millions across the US southwest watched in awe.

Spectacular footage of a glowing, billowing streak was widely seen throughout southern California and as far away as Phoenix, Arizona. Calls came in to TV stations and emergency services as far afield as San Diego, more than 200 miles south of the launch site, as people were spooked about what caused the strange sight.

Here’s the event as seen from Anaheim, Los Angeles, 160 miles southeast of Vandenberg:

The view from Phoenix, Arizona, which is 500 miles east-southeast of Vandenberg, was equally spectacular. Note that the reporter in the chopper was in the air to cover a traffic accident, not the SpaceX launch:

In this last video we want to show you, reporter Jeff Platt for KBAK-KBFX Eyewitness News was actually covering the SpaceX launch, providing commentary on the event from lift-off to space from his vantage point in Bakersfield, California, which is 95 miles northeast of Vandenberg. Platt is reduced to saying, once the trail fans out into ‘maximum-spectacular’ mode, “At this point I really couldn’t tell what exactly is happening [pause]… space travel isn’t exactly my line of expertise.”

Arctic Circle Diamonds Collaborates with Anastacia to Raise Money for Cancer Research

Arctic Circle Diamonds, ethical jewelry brand, became partners with Anastacia to create a limited-edition bracelet range for charity purposes.

The brand will work together with Positive Luxury to design a collection of 100 bracelets that will be available for purchase. The receipt of all funds will go to Cancer Research UK to fund the research of breast cancer.

Anastacia, who beat breast cancer twice, said that she felt really passionate about doing something to help others fight this horrible disease. She added that by donating money, it is possible to raise necessary funds to assist to improve the survival rates.

The singer worked with the brand on the creation of a bracelet that had been decorated with diamonds that were ethically sourced.

The representatives of the brand said they were happy to work with Anastacia and Positive Luxury to raise money for such an important case. Arctic Circle Diamond promotes positive lifestyle with its jewelry. The company used only Fairtrade Silver and Gold.

The collection of bracelets will be available from October 26.