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News flash: young people are obsessed with their appearance

We're not sure we needed the BBC news to tell us this, but according to a recent survey, kids today are hung up on their looks. They asked 25,000 women aged 17 to 34 how they felt about their bodies, and the results are a little shocking (even to we hardened cynics): 51 percent of female respondents said they would consider undergoing plastic surgery to change their appearance. The same number said they had skipped a meal to lose weight (which, since this forces your body into starvation-alert carbo-conservation mode, is actually counter-productive), and about 10% said they "hated" what they looked like.

That number rises significantly when the survey expands to include women over 40, 70% of whom said they had been on a "serious" diet within the past year. The average woman over 40, the survey revealed, would like to weigh less than she did at 20. In a chilling vision of things to come, experts are now warning that eating disorders can strike people of any age, not just the younger set.

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Bone Broth 101
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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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