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The Aztec Oceania Tour


On September 2013, the Aztec traveled to New Zealand and will be continuing their tour of

Oceania until February 1, 2015. Aztecs Conquest and Glory explores the origin, mythology, society, daily life, religion, and beliefs of the Aztec, a civilization that reached its apogee in the sixteenth century at the time of the Spanish Conquest. The exhibition takes visitors on a trip back in time and sheds light on how this warrior nation came to dominate Mesoamerica to the extent that its influence still prevails in modern-day Mexico.

A joint effort by Mexico’s National Anthropology and History Institute (INAH) and the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in Wellington, Aztecs Conquest and Glory will remain at the latter until February 9, 2014 before moving on to the Melbourne Museum (April 4 – August 10, 2014) and the Australian Museum in Sydney (September 13, 2014 – February 1, 2015).


Just in time for New Years! Fat Busting Agave Product


A substance obtained from the agave plant –the same one used to produce tequila– could help combat cancer, obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes, according to Mercedes Guadalupe López-Pérez, a professor at the Research and Higher Studies Center (Cinvestav) in Irapuato. The substance is called fructan and is a non-digestible sugar molecule that goes straight to the large intestine, where it is disposed of without causing weight gain or affecting blood sugar levels.

Experimental studies are currently being conducted on rats. After eight weeks on a 10% fructan diet, the rats lost weight, says López-Pérez. Rats and humans share the GLP-1 gastrointestinal or incretin hormone, which regulates as much as 70% of the body’s insulin. Consuming fructans accelerates the production of GLP-1, which is also associated with satiety.

The studies conducted by Cinvestav also indicate that fructans can help boost the immune system, reduce the bacteria that cause intestinal infections, relieve constipation and reduce the risk of colon cancer. Also, rats fed with fructans absorbed more calcium from their diet.


Books Bring Droves to Guadalajara

Nobel laureates Ada Yonath, Shimon Peres and Mario Vargas Llosa were among the authors, thinkers and politicians in attendance at the 27th Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL).

From November 30 through December 8, the editorial world’s second-largest event drew 600 authors, 20,000 publishers from 42 countries and over 700,000 visitors.

French poet Yves Bonnefoy was awarded the FIL Romance-Language Literature Prize in the presence of writers like Alessandro Baricco, Camilla Läckberg, Etgar Keret, Gonçalo Tavares, Colm Tóibín, Jöel Dicker, Dani Umpi, Paula Parisot, Aleš Šteger, Use Lahoz, Rosa Montero, Javier Cercas, beach favourite Nicholas Sparks, Ildefonso Falcones, Forrest Gander and Leonardo Padura, to name just a few.

This year’s guest country was Israel and next year the honors will go to Argentina. Over the 27 years it has been running, the FIL has attracted some 10 million visitors.

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