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Are Airplanes Really a Microbial Playground?

Crying babies, chronic snorers — they're the usual targets of our displeasure when we fly. But, the real villains of the sky might be germs. Flyers are packed into a cramped metal tube for hours on end where movement is limited. It seems like a microbe's playground. Show More Summary

Coffee: A Most Enigmatic, Ubiquitous Beverage

Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder around 850 AD in what is now Ethiopia. It soon spread around the globe and is currently consumed by billions of people every day. But as the drink gained in popularity, it also gained a bad rap. Show More Summary

Scientists Gave Monkeys Ayahuasca and It Helped Their Depression

In a 1973 study, scientists at the University of Chicago fitted cocaine-dependent rhesus monkeys with stainless steel catheter harnesses, allowing them to self-administer PCP to until they were “highly intoxicated.” This type of research...Show More Summary

No Easy Fix

A 40-year-old woman transforms her life after weight-loss surgery, only to see the pounds return and her life spiral downward.

Fever of the Rat

Back in the 1980s, S.O.S. calls after midnight were common in the field of infectious disease. And as soon as my pager started to trill, I turned on my bedside lamp and dialed—often within thirty seconds. One night, I connected to an intern I’ll call Paddy. Show More Summary

Quest for a Peaceful Death

A cancer doctor studies the connection between spirituality and end-of-life care.

Urine Could Help Determine How Old You Really Are

For doctors, looking at a person’s birth date doesn’t tell them much. Sure, a person might be 75 on paper, but genes, lifestyle and environment all play into health. So it's important to get a good understanding of how old our bodies...Show More Summary

Fasting and Exercise: A Perfect Pair?

Athletes training for endurance competitions tend to eat a lot, especially carbohydrates, which produce glucose to fuel the muscles. Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps took in 12,000 calories a day during the 2008 Summer Olympics, for example. Show More Summary

Accelerating clinical research through mobile technology

Researchers face a number of challenges when conducting a clinical study.1 Investigators spend considerable time and money recruiting and screening viable participants. If recruitment takes too long, important studies can get scrapped before they are even started. Show More Summary

Sponsored: Forget Where Your Keys Are Again?

It seems simple right, leave your keys in the key bowl on the kitchen counter and you won’t lose them? Simple? Yes. Do we keep to this routine daily? On occasion. Keys these days seem to grow a pair of legs and find themselves their own “safe spot”, and on a regular basis. Show More Summary

First Video of DNA Organization Settles Scientific Debate

For all its precise helical structure, the DNA inside our cells is a mess. When a cell isn't preparing for the process of splitting itself in two, our DNA lies in a massive tangle inside the cell nucleus; a strand more than six feet in length jumbled like an earbud cord. Show More Summary

Study Adds Weight to Benefits of Genetically Engineered Crops

A review of the research on genetically engineered corn concludes that the benefits appear to outweigh the drawbacks. In a meta-analysis, where researchers synthesize the findings of many studies, researchers from the University of Pisa...Show More Summary

Red Wine Could Yield a Better Toothpaste

Red wine colors your tongue, but your teeth may not mind a little juice of the vine. Sipping moderate—keyword, moderate—amounts of wine on a regular basis can be good for your colon, heart, immune system and mental health. Wine, after...Show More Summary

Antibiotics: Stay the Course?

Researchers debate whether we should finish our antibiotic prescription.

10 Ways Space Changes the Body

Scott and Mark Kelly are identical twin brothers. Though that alone does not make them unique, what does is the fact that they are also both astronauts. In order to take advantage of the Kellys’ unique situation, NASA scientists decided...Show More Summary

A Functioning Fake Womb

Healthy sheep are born from an artificial placenta.

Chemicals in Non-Stick Pans May Contribute to Weight Gain

More than 38 percent of American adults and 17 percent of American children are obese. And while there are numerous ways to shed pounds, it’s often difficult for many people to keep them off. It turns out some common items regularlyShow More Summary

Do Science With Your Loved Ones This Valentine's Day!

Together, you can participate in any of these projects centered around the heart, love and care. Cheers! The SciStarter Team Health eHeart Study  Prefer to stay inside? Join 1 million participants in the Health eHeart Study to join the fight against heart disease. Get started! Location: Online Only   Beats Per Life What is the secret to a long life? Lots

Man's Chronic Pain Disappears After Vigorous, Cold-Water Swim

Those polar plunge nuts—you know, the people who strip to their skivvies in February and jump into freezing water—might be on to something. According to doctors from the United Kingdom, a 28-year-old man who had been complaining of persistent,...Show More Summary

Huntington's Disease Reveals a New Weapon to Fight Cancer

Scientists have found a silver lining to Huntington’s disease. The malady causes nerve cells in the brain to break down; there is no cure. But if there’s one redeeming quality to this fatal genetic illness it’s this: Medical data has shown that people with Huntington’s are 80 percent less likely to develop cancer than the general population. Show More Summary

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