For the first six months of life, the WHO recommends exclusively breastfeeding. Even so, infant formula continues to be extremely popular. The majority of formulas resemble cow’s milk but have been changed and augmented for human infants. The most recent addition to infant formula is human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs). Because HMOs are not digested, they do not truly feed infants. Rather, they support the body’s immune system, both in the gut and throughout the body. Due to the complexity of their architecture, little is known about how they operate. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here