Ladies, if you have been blowing off flossing (when you put that minty-stringy thing between your teeth, remember?) and visits to the dentist, new research from UC Berkeley may provide you with some life-saving motivation.

A new study from UC Berkeley shows that women who visit the dentist regularly have a lower risk for heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems. According to the research the risk can be lowered by as much as 30%. Sorry boys, unfortunately men did not reap the same benefits from dental care.

The study co-author Stephen Brown said that, “The finding may reflect differences in how men and women develop cardiovascular disease.” read more »

Sunday Shout-Out picks out the week’s stories that simply slipped our minds.

Fungi plus yeast equals cellulosic ethanol? Or: we can haz plant gas now? [EurekAlert]

Yep, it really is an exciting week for Berkeley’s biofuels research — like, three-year-$793,000-grant exciting. [SF Business Times]

Here’s a creepy query: “Does the idea of a realistically skinned robot dusting your knickknacks excite you? Or does the thought of a robot hand washing your delicates creep you out just a little?” [Gather Technology]

And simply because we’ve still got our knickers in a twist … [Daily Cal]

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