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Cornell Food Researcher's Downfall Raises Larger Questions For Science

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 2:07pm

Brian Wansink made a name for himself producing pithy, palatable studies that connected people's eating habits with cues from their environment. His data manipulation now serves as a cautionary tale.

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Food Regulation: "Only The Brave Dare Eat The Fare"

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 10:06am

Thanks to a group of men known as the Poison Squad, our food is a lot safer than it was a century ago. But how safe is it, really?

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Fuel Efficiency And Smog In Arizona

Wed, 09/26/2018 - 4:14am

The EPA is holding hearings on a proposal to relax fuel efficiency standards. Arizona has come out in opposition — the state has a bad smog problem and was counting on the fuel rules to help fix it.

Study: Roundup Weed Killer Could Be Linked To Widespread Bee Deaths

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 7:06pm

Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin posit that glyphosate destroys specialized gut bacteria in bees, leaving them more susceptible to infection and death from harmful bacteria.

(Image credit: Vivian Abagiu/College of Natural Sciences at University of Texas in Austin)

Archaeologists Discover 'Huge' Ancient Building In Egypt

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 2:25pm

Experts say the ruins are part of a residential community in what was the ancient capital city of Memphis. They also found a Roman bath and an ornate basin perhaps used for religious rituals.

(Image credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities/AP)

Building A Better Mosquito Trap — One Scientist Thinks He's Done It

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 1:08pm

A researcher in Australia has invented a low-tech, insecticide-free trap that might be able to reduce bites from a particularly pesky mosquito in some neighborhoods.

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Space Mining — Learning How To Fuel An Interplanetary Gas Station

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:03am

Real space travel will necessitate interplanetary gas stations on the moon, or on asteroids. A Colorado university has launched the first degree program in "space mining."

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Airports At Water's Edge Battle Rising Sea Levels

Tue, 09/25/2018 - 4:01am

Many major airports are on low-lying coastal land where flooding is getting worse. They're building walls, berms and other barriers to try to keep planes and people moving.

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Judge Restores Grizzly Bears' Protections As Endangered Species

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 9:20pm

The ruling blocks planned hunting of grizzlies. Judge Dana Christensen said the federal government didn't use the best available science when it took them off the threatened-species list last year.

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Environmentalists Concerned That More Coal Ash Ponds Will Spill Into Rivers

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 4:36pm

Environmental groups are closely watching coal ash storage ponds in North and South Carolina as rivers swollen by rain from Hurricane Florence continue to rise.

Via Truck And Helicopter, Mountain Goats Find New Home

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:19pm

The National Park Service is transporting hundreds of wild mountain goats via truck and helicopter from Olympic National Park to the North Cascades in Washington state.

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Mosquitoes Genetically Modified To Crash Species That Spreads Malaria

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:14am

Scientists demonstrate that a "gene drive" can rapidly spread a genetic mutation through a species, perhaps providing a potent new weapon against malaria. But there are plenty of skeptics.

(Image credit: Andrew Hammond)

Science Reveals How Fruit Keeps A Lid On Ripening Until The Time Is Right

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 10:01am

Humans have harnessed the ripening power of the plant hormone ethylene for centuries, but a recent discovery of how a plant controls the hormone may lead to more precise human control of ripening.

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Can't Get Comfortable In Your Chair? Here's What You Can Do

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 3:56am

Chair design shifted dramatically about a hundred years ago, and it hasn't been good for our backs. Our daily lives are filled with chairs that make our posture worse. Luckily, we've got hacks.

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Teens Sleeping Too Much, Or Not Enough? Parents Can Help

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:00am

Though teenagers need about nine hours of rest a night, most get only seven and are suffering. A new survey suggests their parents are struggling, too. Here's how to improve the quality of teen sleep.

How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 4:25pm

"The language of type can be immensely clarifying," says author Merve Emre. In The Personality Brokers she describes how a mother-daughter duo started a multi-million dollar "people sorting" industry.

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Study: Since The 1970s, Drug Overdoses Have Grown Exponentially

Sat, 09/22/2018 - 6:54am

The research suggests that the ongoing opioid crisis may be part of a larger epidemic going back decades. The study also shows more users take multiple drugs — many of which are more potent.

Remembrance For Walter Mischel, Psychologist Who Devised The Marshmallow Test

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:31am

Walter Mischel had an idea that became a pop culture touchstone. He wanted to see if preschoolers seated in front of a marshmallow could delay their gratification. What did the experiment really mean?

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Puerto Rico's Tap Water Often Goes Untested, Raising Fears About Lead Contamination

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 3:09pm

People in Puerto Rico don't trust the water supply, and with good reason. Local systems aren't adequately tested for contaminants, including lead.

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Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs From Stem Cells

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 1:00pm

A Japanese research team made immature human eggs from stem cells that were derived from human blood. The technique brings scientists a step closer to being able to mass-produce human eggs.

(Image credit: Courtesy of Saitou Lab)

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