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Archived Since:June 8, 2008

Blog Post Archive

The Food Babe says she’s won a victory over Kraft. The Science Babe says she’s ruining mac and cheese.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

The battle of the "babes" continues. Food blogger Vani Hari (who goes by "The Food Babe") is celebrating a victory over Kraft, which just announced that the artificial dyes in its quintessential mac and cheese product will be replaced by natural alternatives, such as paprika.Read full article >>

Sage grouse won’t get federal protection in Nevada, California

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In a decision that could reverberate across the West, the Obama administration announced Tuesday that it will not designate a small population of greater sage grouse in Nevada and California as endangered.Read full article >>

Record-smashing atomic clock is the most accurate ever

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A super-accurate atomic clock just got more accurate. Thanks to new modifications, a record-setting strontium atomic clock is now so stable that it could theoretically "tick" for 15 billion years -- the age of our entire universe -- without gaining or losing a second. That's much more accurate than America's master clock.Read full article >>

What making puppy eyes with your dog says about evolution

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You and your favorite dog may be locked in an oxytocin feedback loop -- a chemical boost for the both of you that leaves both parties better at bonding and reading social cues -- every time you lock eyes. And it's no mistake, either:...Show More Summary

Thought extinct for decades, a rare monkey is captured on film for the first time

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Thanks to the power of Internet crowdfunding, a monkey long lost has now been found.In 2014, primatologist Lieven Devreese put out a plea on Indiegogo: He needed $2,500 to go on an expedition to the Republic of Congo. His mission was to catch a glimpse of a monkey he wasn't even sure existed anymore. Show More Summary

High school, middle school kids now use more e-cigs than tobacco: CDC

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The number of middle and high school students using electronic cigarettes tripled between 2013 and 2014, according to government figures released Thursday, a startling increase that public health officials fear could reverse decades of efforts combating the scourge of smoking.Read full article >>

Documentary explores how couples deal with Alzheimer’s

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When Barbara Klutinis and her husband joined an Alzheimer’s support group for couples, she heard stories that she thought others should hear, too. So Klutinis — who had taught movies and made only short experimental films after switching careers from an airline steward — used her own pension funds to produce her first full-length documentary. Show More Summary

100 volunteers fail to rescue a beached whale shark after hours of struggling

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When a whale shark -- the world's largest species of fish -- washed up on a beach in Ecuador on Monday, more than 100 volunteers worked to save it.  But their efforts to push the notoriously docile shark back into the water failed, leaving the creature dead.Read full article >>

That heavy snorer next to you may be killing brain cells

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The dangers associated with night-time breathing disturbances, such as obstructive sleep apnea are well known: increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and diabetes, not to mention sometimes dangerous daytime drowsiness, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.Read full article >>

Scientists finally figure out what makes your knuckles crack

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GOOD NEWS. Scientists think they know what makes knuckles crack. I know, right? How did we not know that already? It turns out the subject has actually been a topic of debate for more than half a century. In a study published Wednesday in PLOS, researchers report that they finally just threw those ivory ticklers into an MRI to see what was going on. Show More Summary

Dark matter is really dark, but not totally dark: Scientists are dialing in the darkness

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A few weeks ago, we reported that dark matter — the mysterious, quite unknowable stuff that makes up a large portion of the mass of the universe — was even darker than previously thought. Now the same researchers involved in that study report that dark matter may be super-duper dark, but it isn't totally dark. Show More Summary

NASA’s New Horizons sends back its first color image of Pluto and Charon

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In July, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will make its closest pass of Pluto, giving us a look at a whole new class of planet in a little-known region of our solar system. It still has millions and millions of miles left to go, but on...Show More Summary

Anti-vax mom changes her tune when all 7 of her children come down with whooping cough

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In the ongoing skirmishes between public health officials and vaccine skeptics, I'm scoring this one for the pro-immunization forces. A Canadian woman who had declined to have her children immunized against pertussis, better known as whooping cough, has changed her position now that all seven of her children have come down with the disease. Read full article >>

Famous mountain lion P-22 has made himself right at home under a Los Angeles porch

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Cats don't care about what you want them to do. This is what it means to be a cat. So of course a famous mountain lion who crawled under a Los Angeles home has stayed put, despite humans' best efforts to get him out.Read full articl...

Drone vs. chimp battle captured on video

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Take that, future robot overlords! During a filming session at the Dutch Burgers' zoo, this camera drone got a little too close to a group of chimpanzees. One intrepid individual -- in a great example of tool use, which chimps are pretty great at -- used a branch to knock the drone to the ground.Read full article >>

Everything ages, even your brain. Don’t worry so much. It’s probably not Alzheimer’s.

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Your muscles age. So do your joints and bones. You recognize this, try to do what you can and adapt to what you can't change.But when it comes to the brain, people tend to worry more. Will I lose my ability to live on my own? Is frequently forgetting where I put my keys a sign of impending dementia?Read full article >>

Rosetta’s comet is ‘remarkably non-magnetic’

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the object that the European Space Agency's Rosetta orbiter is currently studying, doesn't seem to have any magnetic activity. That suggests that magnetic pull wasn't an important factor in the formation of our solar system's comets and planets. The findings were published Tuesday in Science.Read full article >>

Scientists are creating the first maps of the universe’s dark matter

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We have basically no idea what dark matter is, even though it might make up most of the cosmos. But scientists have figured out where it is, and they're mapping it in portions of the visible night sky. Above, you can see the first piece...Show More Summary

Popular diets may carry risks that are unexpected and not worth taking

last monthHealth : The Checkup

Are you one of the millions who have tried the high-protein, low-carb Atkins plan to lose weight or gone paleo for more energy? Do you stick with foods labeled fat-free to lower cholesterol or buy only gluten-free products because your stomach is sensitive? Those widely publicized regimens seem so promising. Show More Summary

Better spring cleaning through chemistry

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Cleaning up your space can help you feel more energetic and less stressed. The springy weather we're having can do the same, so why not double down on your spring cortisol boost and clean up a bit?[Spring has sprung, so does science say love is in the air?]Read full article >>

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