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Cutting Emissions Is ‘Perfect Option’

Limiting climate change simply by cutting the use of fossil fuels is a much better option than ambitious bioengineering projects such as trying to limit the effects of the sun, researchers have found.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Insects Get Light Relief From Warming

As European summers get warmer, research reveals that lighter-colored insects are thriving—while milder winters in the Southern Hemisphere are restricting the growth of some shrubs and trees.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE



Buried Carbon Causes Deep Concern

Deep beneath the Great Plains of America, scientists have discovered a vast buried store of organic carbon that poses a potentially serious danger to the climate.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



A Troublesome Inheritance

Is there a topic more divisive than race? If so, perhaps it’s the pairing of science and race.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE


Bill Nye and John Oliver Host the Best Climate Change Debate Yet

The host of “Last Week Tonight” hit on an important factor contributing to some people’s insistence that climate change doesn’t exist.

Posted on May 22, 2014 READ MORE



Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on May 20, 2014 READ MORE



Ozone Rise Will Choke U.S. Cities

Poor air quality and health problems are expected to become the summertime norm across the country as ground level ozone rises 70 percent.

Posted on May 18, 2014 READ MORE



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Answers to the Top 10 Global Warming ‘Skeptic’ Arguments

Roy Spencer is one of the less than 3 percent of climate scientists whose research suggests that humans are playing a relatively minimal role in global warming.

Posted on May 10, 2014 READ MORE


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What Is Killing All the Starfish?

Scientists are making some headway in figuring out what is killing millions of sea stars in the waters off the Pacific Coast, from British Columbia to Mexico.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



Pig Bladder Implant Helps Regrow Lost Muscle

People who lost large amounts of muscle in wars or accidents were able to regrow it with the help of a pig bladder implant.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Science Shows Animals Have Feelings Too

Research demonstrates that dogs, cats and others release the same hormone that humans do when they’re in love; a blond man once convinced British intellectuals he was Asian and had been kidnapped from Taiwan; to deal with the climate crisis, we have to change our way of thinking. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Apr 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1 Million of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going

Federal funding for research on gun violence has been restricted for nearly two decades, but at least one doctor isn’t willing to give up on work that could save lives.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


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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.

Posted on Apr 8, 2014 READ MORE



‘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.

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2014 READ MORE



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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?

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 READ MORE



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.”

Posted on Oct 1, 2013 READ MORE



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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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