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For more than 30 years, scientists have been intrigued by brown fat, a cell that acts like a furnace, consuming calories and generating heat. Rodents, unable to shiver effectively to keep warm, use brown fat instead. So do human infants, who do not shiver very well. But it was generally believed that humans lose brown fat after infancy, no longer needing it once the shivering response kicks in.
That belief, three groups of researchers report, is wrong.
Originally posted by Darth_Prime
i can just see all the diet freaks now with this information....
watch the rush of news stories of "death by hypothermia"
or "hypothermia the new diet fad"
and then will get a ban on cold water
[edit on 12-4-2009 by Darth_Prime]