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While it may seem a little Big Brother-y that our politicians can decide what we can use in our own showers, they did it for a pretty serious reason—because the beads are ending up in the ocean by the billions.
Our Christmas trees are genetically selected, pathogenically resistant, and pleasantly triangular due to scientific intervention.
Pregnant women supplement their diet with folic acid for their children’ brains, vitamin D for their children’s bones, iron for their children’s blood. Now, one more ingredient may be added to the list – phosphatidylcholine for social and attentive children with lower chances of mental illness later in life.
Its creators claim that Soylent is all nutrition, no junk, and no doing dishes. Here's what actual users think about its flavor and its implications for food consumption.
Genetic variants that cause a particular disease in one ethnicity may not in another, which complicates patients' motives for getting genetic testing.
Scientific researchers don't conduct experiments on animals whenever and however they feel like. They jump through hoops to minimize harm, and they modify their practices in response to external pressures.
Dayu Lin's lab is able to start, stop, and re-start bouts of aggression in the mouse, by manipulating 'aggression brake' cells in the brain. Lin’s group points out that it is no surprise that “given the high risk associated with fighting, the central nervous system has evolved an active mechanism to modulate its expression."
Are wearable devices just a trend or a game-changer for the future of health monitoring?
Darwin's On the Origin of Species is the most important book in the history of biology—everyone knows it—and yet few have actually read it; the outstanding obstacle is Darwin's language. But Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Modern Rendition brings to light Darwin's many insights while leaving behind bulky and convoluted prose.
The Zika virus has been declared a World Health Emergency by the World Health Organization. How much of a danger does the virus pose to you and your family?
There's a lot of marketing telling us that if we'd only consume more antioxidants we'd stay young forever. Where does this idea come from? How true is it?
Scientists face a unique problem of communication and the ways that they engage the public through publications presents a danger of misrepresenting breakthroughs in the field.
A brief summary of the current candidates’ opinions about the two aspects of science that most directly influence our lives: climate change and science funding. Read on – it may surprise you.
While the strength of the placebo effect has been steady in the rest of the world, its magnitude has steadily strengthened in the United States.
Nanobots may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but you may be receiving a prescription for them sooner than you think.
As fundamental as color is to our sensory experience, we may all actually see things very differently from each other. We can think of color vision in three layers: at the bottom, the biology of perception; above that, the way we talk about color; and at the top, how our color preferences emerge.
In movies and mythology, zombies are mindless un-dead humans, turning everyone in their path into zombies as well. Too bad they’re real – in protein form, that is.
The IARC says red meat is “probably carcinogenic” and that processed meat is “carcinogenic.” Just how worried should you be about the meats you are consuming every day?
The recent discovery of liquid water on Mars has inevitably raised the question of the possibility of life on the red planet.
Contemporary researchers have realized that their traditional approach of linking mutations to the human diseases they cause may not have been the lowest-hanging fruit. In response, many geneticists have shifted their focus, instead searching for helpful mutations that prevent diseases.
The internet quickly brought down Tim Hunt after a misogynistic "joke," but what now?