Candace Kakowchyk

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Study of Holocaust survivors finds trauma passed on to children's genes

New finding is clear example in humans of the theory of epigenetic inheritance: the idea that environmental factors can affect the genes of your children<p>Ewan Birney: Why I’m sceptical about the idea of genetically inherited trauma<p>Genetic changes stemming from the trauma suffered by Holocaust …

Genetics

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

Reader Recs: World’s Best Hiking Trails

Eager to spend some time in the great outdoors?<p>We asked our Nat Geo Travel Facebook fans to share their favorite trails, and their responses will have you lacing up your hiking boots before you know it.<p>Don’t believe us? Read on:<p>We kick things off in Badlands National Park with a kid-friendly …

9 gorgeous landscapes you’ll only find in Turkey

HISTORY IN TURKEY RUNS DEEP. We’re talking incredible UNESCO World Heritage Sites, well-preserved ruins and art from pretty much every major …

National Parks

I’m OCD. My partner’s ADD. Here’s what happens when we travel.

I am a diagnosed Obsessive-Compulsive and my husband Shawn has Attention Deficit Disorder. As such, our vacation preparations unfold differently: I …

How Turing helped me to crack cancer code

Jack Andraka said Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing had helped him to believe that he had a place in the science world<p>A teenage science prodigy who fought homophobic abuse to invent a groundbreaking cancer test at the age of 15 said he was inspired by the Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing.<p>Jack Andraka, …

Crustacean shells rival plastics for keeping food fresh - study - TRFN | Reuters

ROME, Jan 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Packaging made from recycled crustacean shells could reduce the need for plastic wrappings to preserve fresh vegetables, reduce oil consumption and give food a longer shelf-life, a Spanish study said.<p>Chitosan, a bioplastic made by isolating organic matter …

Environmentalism

The Science of Why We Learn to Love Foods We Used to Hate

Not to be mean, but you’re a “benign masochist.” We all are to some extent. It’s a natural human trait, and it helps explain why we learn to love …

Amusement Parks

Can saving axons keep nerves alive? - Futurity

New research highlights how nerves—whether harmed by disease or traumatic injury—start to die.

Medicine

5 Airlines That Fly to Europe for Cheap (for Real)

No-frills carrier Ryanair made the news this year by announcing the launch of transatlantic flights starting at just $15. It's a deal that sounds much too good to be true, and indeed, that $15 price tag fails to factor in the passenger taxes ($200 or so) and other fees like luggage and seat …

European Travel

Successful Petition Strips Kraft Products of "Kids Eat Right" Logo

A partnership between The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Kraft Foods ended abruptly after a group of dietitians complained about Kraft placing the group's "Kids Eat Right" logo on their Kraft Singles. The <i>Chicago Tribune</i> reports that a number of dietitians signed the petition, which claims …

Auroras in motion

Sergio Garcia Rill created this video from 4,450 aurora photos! Take 3 minutes to watch this green and ghostly time-lapse of the Alaskan northern …

Astronomy

What comfort food reveals about our past - Futurity

Comfort food can be anything—pie, pasta, pickles, whatever. New research explains why we reach for certain dishes when we're feeling low.

This ancient 'remedy' actually kills MRSA - Futurity

Researchers test a 10th century potion on "superbug" bacteria. They report that it works as well, if not better, than today's antibiotics.

Antibiotics

What to Eat for an Upset Stomach

Got an upset stomach? Quit your bellyaching and eat one of these healing foods, like fennel and peppermint.<p>We've all been guilty—at least once or a dozen times—of overindulging. Whether it was one too many saucy Buffalo wings, a slice of chocolate cake that was a <i>little</i> too big, or we overdid it …

Alternative Medicine