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Fiber has surprising anti-aging benefits, but most people don’t eat enough of it

<i>Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with any advertisers on this site.</i><p>Fiber gets well-deserved credit for keeping the digestive system in good working order — but it does plenty more. In fact, it’s a major player in so many of your body’s systems that getting enough can actually help …

Nutrition

Real Solutions for Plastic Problems

“There’s a great future in plastics” – a famous line from the 1967 film "The Graduate" – turned out to be a prophetic statement. A ubiquitous part of 21st-century life, plastic is visible for some uses like product packaging and less for others like toothpaste and clothing. Plastic also constitutes …

Pollution

London terror attack: Seven victims killed, three suspects shot dead by police

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least seven people have been killed and 48 injured in a terror attack in central London, with police shooting three suspected assailants dead.<p>The attack began late Saturday night, when a white van stuck pedestrians on London Bridge, Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley …

What is a ketogenic diet?

If you’ve ever considered following a diet, make sure you have all the facts first. BBC Good Food and nutritional therapist Kerry Torrens take a …

Do carrots really help your vision?

<i>Heirloom carrots; Credit: Photo by Larry/muyyum via Flickr Creative Commons</i>Natalie Jacewicz | NPRMany lifelong carrot eaters feel a little …

How to Visit Tanzania and Avoid the Crowds

Step one? Don't be afraid of the rainy season.<p>The acacia-filled savannas of Tanzania are among the most biodiverse spots on earth, and you are almost guaranteed to see the Big Five. But you’ll also face skepticism from travel vets, as this classic has become the go-to place for first- and …

15 Foods a Nutritionist Always Keeps in Her Fridge

Healthy eating is my foundation, and I like to think of a well-stocked fridge as pre-production for everyday life. Having the right mix of nutritious …

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7 Of The Strangest Objects Seen On Mars

For thousands of years, people have gazed into the night sky and wondered about the planet Mars. After Earth, Mars is the planet with the most …

Why cities may save our climate

Hundreds of cities are proving local action matters when it comes to the environment<p>2016 was supposed to be the year when politicians finally addressed climate change. In an election where pretty much nothing went according to plan, it’s not surprising that other topics upstaged clean energy and …

Climate

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How the Universe Could Annihilate Itself at the Speed of Light

Time now for a very cute video about a rather terrible prospect—the very grim possibility of the universe spawning a lethal bubble of pure vacuum …

A Warm Winter Is on the Way for Much of the U.S., Forecasters Say

Residents all across the southern U.S. should expect winter to be warmer and drier than usual, federal forecasters said Thursday.<p>Forecasters from the …

The probe soared 2,600 miles above Jupiter at 130,000mph, five years after leaving Earth to survey the giant planet<p>A spacecraft has skimmed the clouds of Jupiter in a record-breaking close approach to the giant planet. Juno activated its whole suite of nine instruments as it soared 2,600 miles …

Astronomy

The Milky Way Reflected Onto the Largest Salt Flat in the World

In a bid to find a perfectly dark sky, <b>Daniel Kordan</b>, a photographer from Russia, made a trip to the <b>Altiplano</b> region located in the west central South …

Air pollution could be to blame for hundreds of traffic accidents, warn researchers

Air pollution could be responsible for hundreds of car accidents a year, according to the London School of Economics.<p>A study looking a five years of data showed that when levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) rise just one microgramme per cubic metre, the number of collisions rises by two per …

How fungi kill millions globally

<b>(CNN) —</b> What do you think of when you hear the word fungi? Mushrooms? Athlete's foot? General mold?<p>Whatever comes to mind, the fact is that when most of us think of fungal infections, we think of something mild and unpleasant at best.<p>But these tiny organisms can be fatal and kill an estimated 1.5 …

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An ocean of threats must be tackled to protect the world's 'blue economy,' U.S. undersecretary says

They are the lifeblood of our planet, responsible for more than half of the oxygen we breathe. They regulate the climate, provide a major source of protein for 3 billion people, and millions of livelihoods — including 1 of every 6 jobs in the United States — are connected to the marine …

Earth’s wilderness could be lost by 2050, tenth already destroyed – study

Biologists have drawn alarming conclusions about mankind’s unsustainable use of land and resources, finding that, since the early 1990s, our planet …

Second Asteroid In A Month Sails By Without Us Detecting It First

Do you want extinction? This is how you get extinction.<p>Know what's really comforting? When a completely unobserved asteroid snuck up on Earth at the end of last month and went whizzing by our planet like a golf ball, without so much as a "Fore!" from any of our detection systems. And it happened …

Space

The World Is Unprepared For The “Truly Staggering” Warming Of The Oceans

Fisheries and corals are in grave danger, hurricanes are increasing, and toxic algae blooms are on the rise. The world is ignoring the oceans at its peril.<p>In late August, President Obama announced he would create the world’s largest marine sanctuary around Hawaii–an area that contains 7,000 species …

Wildly effective marketing has led Americans to eat way more protein than they actually need

Walk down any aisle in any grocery store and you won’t miss it: protein is everywhere. Packaging for everything from snacks to cereal boast that they’ve been stuffed with the muscle-building nutrient. There are seven grams in each serving of “Cheerios protein,” 10 in a Kind nut bar, and 15 in a …

Scientists are digging through the biggest collection of human waste in the US to figure out why we’re so unhealthy

In the freezers of Arizona State University’s Human Health Observatory (H2O) lab are rows upon rows of jars, some white, some translucent with black chunks of solid inside. Together they hold something you would not want anywhere near the inside of your icebox: The biggest collection of sewage …

Can Science Crack The 'Hardest' Question?

Opinions may diverge initially — but once we start to think about it, no question is harder than figuring out the origin of everything.<p>The more popular phrasings go something like, "Where did the world come from?" or "Why is there something rather than nothing?" This is the question of creation, of …

California is about to find out what a truly radical climate policy looks like

California has long prided itself on being a world leader on climate change — and with good reason.<p>Within the United States, California is No. 1 (by far) in solar power and No. 3 in wind power. It boasts the third-lowest carbon dioxide emissions per capita behind New York and Vermont. Since 2000, …

Climate

The Milky Way's 'dark twin' might help us solve one of the biggest mysteries in science

This twin, called Dragonfly 44, is a bit smaller than the Milky Way — about 60,000 light-years across — and has pretty much the same mass.<p>But this twin has a dark secret.<p>Using the most powerful telescopes on the planet, a team of scientists found that almost the entire galaxy, about 99.99% of it, …

Climate change means that your seasonal allergies could become year-f*cking-round

Climate change-related news is rarely uplifting, but this just sounds miserable. A new study has concluded that, because of a changing climate, "the …