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Posted on Apr 19, 2014 READ MORE


The Naked Mole Rat Is Nature’s Most Hideous Superhero

When you feel no pain, resist cancer and show no signs of aging during your unusually long life, does it really matter that you look like an angry scrotum?

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



Human Dietary Supplement Linked to Longer Life in Mice

An over-the-counter supplement designed to ease osteoarthritis prolonged the lifespan of lab mice by nearly a tenth, scientists said Tuesday.

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‘Climate Change Is Impacting People’s Lives, Now. Not at Some Time in the Future’

Some contrarian climate scientists have claimed that developing clean energy sources is unwise for these countries—insisting incorrectly that dirty energy is the future. Most of us are smarter than that.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



Guess What, Creationists? There’s Major New Evidence the Big Bang Happened

A recent landmark discovery adds to our understanding of how the universe was born.

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Study: Blood Test Can Predict Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers in the United States say they have developed a prototype blood test that can tell with 90 percent accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s disease within three years.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



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A Few ‘Unhealthy’ Foods That Are Actually Good for You

It seems like every time experts claim something is detrimental to your well-being, they have to retract themselves the following day. Here are a few things you’ll be delighted to reincorporate into your diet.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Satire: Bill Nye Science Guy Debates GOP Rep. Gohmert on Gravity

David Gregory’s “Meet the Press” hosted a debate between Bill Nye the Science Guy and Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert on whether gravity is just a theory.

Posted on Feb 19, 2014 READ MORE


Science Guy Bill Nye Debates Creationist Ken Ham

Emmy Award-winning science evangelist Bill Nye says he wanted to debate creationism guru Ken Ham because science literacy in America is both important and under siege.

Posted on Feb 5, 2014 READ MORE



Study Claims Existence of ‘Caffeine Use Disorder’

A study out of American University is unleashing upon the unsuspecting public yet another type of disorder to acquire—and this one seems pretty easy to get.

Posted on Jan 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Nature Is Trying to Tell Us Something

While it’s cold in much of the U.S., Australia has been sweltering through record-breaking heat. One player at the Australia Open said her plastic water bottle began to melt.

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Alchemy Is More Important Than Scientists Initially Thought

Scholars are acknowledging that alchemy actually led to noteworthy experiments; the CIA allegedly hired out a torture villa in Poland; meanwhile, sugar may soon power tablets, phones and more. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Moyers Discuss Science and Democracy

The noted astrophysicist says you cannot be a full participant in a democratic society unless you have a base understanding of science that Americans have not achieved.

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New Test Could Make Antidepressants Safer

Antidepressants are wildly popular in the United States, where one in 10 people take them. The problem is that they sometimes cause what’s called suicidal ideation—thoughts of suicide.

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Can Sex Make You Smarter?

Having trouble remembering key things due to the stress of the everyday grind? Forget your ginkgo biloba tablets, have some sex instead.

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Swedes Lead the Way in Womb Transplants

Nine women who were born without a uterus or lost theirs to cancer have been given relatives’ wombs in an attempt to conceive children. Dr. Mats Brannstrom, the head of this groundbreaking new experiment, predicts optimistically that all nine will soon be getting pregnant.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the New ‘Cosmos’

Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.

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Everyone’s Getting Fatter, So Why Do We Still Believe Anything We’ve Been Told About Diets?

Obesity has “more than doubled” and diabetes quadrupled in the U.S. since the government issued advice as to what a “healthy diet” contains. So why on earth are we still taking in the faulty science? And where did these deadly misconceptions come from?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE



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Rise in STDs Attributed Almost Entirely to Males

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found an 11 percent rise in syphilis and a 4 percent increase in gonorrhea cases in 2012 in the U.S. But what does the XY chromosome have to do with these sexually transmitted diseases?

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Scientists’ Advice for This New Year’s Eve: Have a Drink, Boost Your Immune System

A study released this month found a possible connection between moderate drinking and the ability to fend off germs. In other words, feel free to savor that glass of champagne as you toast to a healthy new year.

Posted on Dec 31, 2013 READ MORE


Chomsky Corrects 9/11 Truther

In case you missed it, here’s Noam Chomsky addressing the assertion by members of the 9/11 Truth movement that the Bush administration was involved in the attacks and that the “facts” about Building 7 constitute the smoking gun.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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The Verdict Is In: We Simply Can’t Tickle Ourselves

It is widely known in the scientific world that tickling oneself is an impossibility. But what if you were fooled into believing that it wasn’t you doing the tickling?

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 READ MORE



The Economics of Middle-Class Identity

As the recession forces many of us to frequently change jobs and work in servile positions, defining whom we are becomes increasingly difficult; Karl Marx is considered by some to be the world’s most influential scholar; meanwhile, animals can speak, scientists find, but they don’t say much beyond the basics. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Breast Milk Protein Fights HIV

Scientists have discovered why only a small percentage of babies contract HIV when breastfed by mothers who have been infected with the virus; Taiwan’s new police uniforms are extremely frightening; and David Petraeus is using his new position in academia to promote profiteering health care and fracking industries. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 28, 2013 READ MORE



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Say Goodbye to Your Antibiotics

We’ve reached the limits of medicine’s effectiveness. Thanks to overmedication and the abuse of antibiotics in the agriculture industry, there are infections that can no longer be treated with antibiotics. And there’s nothing left to do except maybe hope for the best.

Posted on Oct 26, 2013 READ MORE


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Far Out Forecast: Diamond Rain

Scientists have found that diamonds may be raining down on Saturn and Jupiter. But before anyone decides to set up camp in outer space, they should be warned that these precious stones are not “forever” on these planets.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE


Desperation Drives Some Scientists to Consider Climate Hacking

The idea of terraforming Earth is abhorrent to most scientists, but the consequences of climate change may be such that we have no alternative.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Can Stress Lead to Dementia?

A new study discovered a link between everyday stressors and brain diseases, such as dementia, that manifest themselves in later years. But try not to let that stress you out.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Shutdown: NASA Says Ta Ta for Now on Instagram

The space agency waved a cheeky goodbye from the social image site Tuesday, saying “we won’t be posting or replying to comments during the U.S. government shutdown.”

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How to Grow a Nose (Video)

Money may not grow on trees, but in China noses can be grown on foreheads.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Anti-Depressants May Increase Diabetes Risk

Scientists in the U.K. have found evidence to link type 2 diabetes with anti-depressants, but there’s still no proof of causality. With one in 10 Americans estimated to be on these medications, and nearly a tenth of the nation suffering from diabetes, the possible correlation should prompt concern.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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As the World Warms, More Americans Put Their Heads in the Sand

Even as scientists report a consensus of certainty that human activity fuels global warming, polls show fewer Americans now believe so.

Posted on Aug 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Scientists Still Don’t Really Know Why Some People Are Left-Handed

We know people have been left-handed since humans painted caves, but the origin of this mutation—genetic, chemical or other—remains a mystery.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Scatter, Adapt, and Remember

Author Annalee Newitz is convinced that humans will survive a mass extinction, “because the world has been almost completely destroyed at least half a dozen times already in Earth’s 4.5-billion-year history, and every single time there have been survivors.”

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE



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The Ancient Brain, Modern Times and the Atomic Bomb

August is a great month for celebrating human stupidity. On Aug. 6, 1945, we all but disappeared Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, and then did it again, three days later, at Nagasaki. And now we barely seem to care.

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Dolphins Are ‘People’ Too

In countries such as Hungary, Costa Rica and Chile, dolphins have been recognized as nonhuman persons. India’s government recently followed suit and is now starting to close down dolphin parks and has prohibited catching and importing the marine mammals for entertainment purposes.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE



Impoverished Countries Less Accepting of Homosexuality

Studies show nations such as Ghana and El Salvador reject gays far more than their more affluent counterparts; Wisconsin legislators are trampling on investigative journalism; meanwhile, the modern manufacturing industry manages to be both a tremendous economic driver and a tough business in which to get a job. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 7, 2013 READ MORE


Prairie Dog Language Translated: They Think We’re Fat

Using a “Rosetta Stone” technique, Dr. Con Slobodchikoff and his students have deciphered the language of prairie dogs and discovered that they can say things like, “there’s a fat human coming and he’s wearing green.”

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 READ MORE



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Stephen Hawking Boycotts Israel

Perhaps the most famous living scientist is backing out of a major conference in Jerusalem over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. Stephen Hawking came under pressure from an international campaign, but says he made the decision after hearing from his contacts in Palestinian academia.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Popular Monsanto Product Linked to Major Health Problems, Study Says

Cancer, Parkinson’s and infertility—these are just some of the diseases and health problems that a new study says may be linked to heavy use of the world’s most popular herbicide.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Zack Kopplin Schools Conservative Economist Stephen Moore

On the latest episode of “Real Time with Bill Maher,” the 19-year-old college student and science education activist showed how one should handle a conservative pundit who rattles off inane talking points in order to advocate for science spending cuts.

Posted on Apr 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Scientists Manipulate Cells With Computerized DNA

Researchers at Stanford University used genetic material to develop substances akin to “biological computers” that can monitor and possibly one day take control of cells into which they’ve been injected.

Posted on Mar 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Why We Should Be Cooling, Not Warming

The Earth would be in a cooling phase if it were not for the effect of rising quantities of atmospheric carbon dioxide, say scientists who have reconstructed the climate of the last 11,000 years.

Posted on Mar 9, 2013 READ MORE



Two Rats, One Mind

Scientists connected the brains of a pair of rodents—one in Brazil, the other in North Carolina—via computers; an Italian jeans maker has trademarked the word “Jesus” thus holding exclusive rights to clothes bearing Christ’s name; meanwhile, a police officer is on trial in New York on suspicion of planning to rape, torture and cannibalize women. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Lawmaker Pushing Anti-Abortion Bill Claims Babies Are Organs

The GOP isn’t known for being the party of science—far from it, in fact—so when one of its own reaches a new low in scientific stupidity, it’s worth noting.

Posted on Feb 18, 2013 READ MORE


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