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Fruit should be eaten, not drunk

Apples and blueberries stand out in a long-term study of diabetes risk<p>A study published by the BMJ this week affirms one piece of conventional wisdom — that eating fruit is highly beneficial to your health — while refuting another — that fruit juice is just as good as the unprocessed stuff. …

You Built What?!: A Compact Mechanical Crossbow With the Precision of a Laser

Wrist-mounted weaponry brought to you by the letter Y<p>Last October, after hurting his knee playing hockey, Patrick Priebe was holed up in his apartment near Cologne, Germany, with nothing to do. He was sitting at his computer, staring at his keyboard, when the "Y" key caught his eye. Priebe didn't …

How to delete your Web accounts with JustDelete.me

Some Web sites make it difficult to figure out how to delete your accounts. JustDelete.me can save you time by providing direct links to the cancellation pages of numerous Internet sites.<p>Web companies don't want you to close out your accounts with them, which is understandable. If you leave, their …

Internet

4 Parasites That Want To Invade Your Brain

They just want a nice home! And to destroy you.<p>In the past month, two different 12-year-olds have made headlines after being hospitalized with an extremely rare, horrifying infection: the brain-eating amoeba.<p>Found mostly in warm freshwater lakes, rivers and hotsprings, <i>Naegleria fowleri</i> can travel …

Should Math Really Be A Required Subject?

The novelist Nicholson Baker makes a case against algebra<p>Nicholson Baker hates math.* The novelist and nonfiction writer spends almost eight pages of this month's <i>Harper's Magazine</i> making the case that compulsory algebra courses in American education are at best, wrongheaded, and at worst, downright …

515-Pound Halibut Caught By Marco Leibenow Near Norway May Be World Record (PHOTO)

One German fisherman may have just reeled in a world record.<p>According to fishing tour company Angelreisen Hamburg, Marco Liebenow was fishing off the coast of Norway when he managed to catch a 515-pound halibut in July.<p>Speaking on behalf of Liebenow, Angelreisen Hamburg's David Bottcher said that …

Lyme Disease Far More Common Than Previously Known

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 300,000 Americans are getting Lyme disease every year, and the toll is growing.<p>"It confirms what we've thought for a long time: This is a large problem," Dr. Paul Mead tells Shots. "The bottom line is that by defining how big the problem is we …

Copper linked to Alzheimer's disease

Mixed evidence on the role of copper in Alzheimer's<p><b>A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.</b><p>However, research is divided, with other studies suggesting copper may actually protect the brain.<p>The latest study in Proceedings of the …

Neuroscience

Burglars return stolen goods to group that helps sexual assault survivors

The returned loot came with a note saying, “We hope you can continue to make a difference in people’s lives”<p>In what could be the nicest (and strangest) story you'll read all day, a group of thieves who lifted several computers from a Los Angeles office building returned the stolen goods after …

Childhood Photos of the Biggest Stars of the NBA

Some of the biggest stars in the NBA started out as pretty adorable kids. They've all aged gracefully, especially Chris Bosh.<p>LeBron James<p>Chris Paul<p>Blake Griffin<p>Carlos Boozer<p>Carmelo Anthony<p>Dwyane Wade<p>Kobe Bryant<p>Dwight Howard<p>Chauncey Billups<p>Al Horford<p>Russell Westbrook<p>Jeremy Lin<p>Stephen Curry<p>And, of …

FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …

Why Dentists Should Fear Snails

She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.<p>"Why, I wondered, would I <i>enjoy</i> a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book <i>The Sound of</i> …

Outbreak Sickens Over 250 People Across Eight States

As of July 23, according to the report, more than 250 cases of cyclospora infections had been reported in several states, including Iowa, Nebraska, Texas, Wisconsin, Georgia and Connecticut.<p>Illinois and Kansas have also had one reported case each. However, it is possible the infections were …

Environmental Health

Parasite sickens 250 in Midwest; fresh produce suspected

More than 250 people have been sickened, mostly in the Midwest, by a rare parasite that may have contaminated fresh produce shipped across state lines, said federal health officials, who’ve stepped in to help coordinate the growing outbreak.<p>At least 118 cases of cyclospora infection have been …

Public Health

A Florida Man Woke Up In A Motel Room Speaking Only Swedish. Could It Happen To You?

A cheat sheet for the strange case of Michael Boatwright, the 61-year-old who reportedly forgot his native language.<p>Michael Boatwright, a Florida man found unconscious in a California Motel 6 months ago, woke up in a Palm Springs hospital in February speaking exclusively Swedish. News of …

Supplementing your disease: why multivitamins might be doing more harm than good

<i>The Atlantic</i> has this week published an excerpt from Dr. Paul Offit's <i>Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine</i>, which takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom underpinning the multibillion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Offit, who is credited with …

Pay For Your Next Meal With Your Face

The world's first facial recognition payment system lets you ditch your credit card.<p>Finland-based company Uniqul is preparing to release a payment system that uses facial recognition software to link a customer with his or her bank account. Instead of swiping a credit card to purchase goods (which …

Embryonic stem cells could help restore sight to blind

Scientists have shown that light-sensitive retinal cells, grown in the lab from stem cells, can successfully integrate into the eye when implanted …

SIM Cards Have Finally Been Hacked, And The Flaw Could Affect Millions Of Phones

Smartphones are susceptible to malware and carriers have enabled NSA snooping, but the prevailing wisdom has it there’s still one part of your mobile phone that remains safe and un-hackable: your SIM card.<p>Yet after three years of research, German cryptographer Karsten Nohl claims to have finally …

Cyberattack aims at government agencies in Asia, Europe

An e-mail claiming to be from the Chinese Ministry of National Defense actually contains a piece of malware that exploits a hole in Microsoft Office, says Trend Micro.<p>Government agencies across several countries are on the hit list of a targeted cyberattack, according to security vendor Trend Micro.<p>…

Verizon leak shows VZ Edge upgrade program: trade your phone in once you've paid off half of it

T-Mobile's been grabbing a lot of headlines lately with its consumer-friendly handset deals and upgrade programs, but it appears that Big Red has similar ideas. The folks at <i>Droid Life</i> have acquired a Verizon document detailing a new VZ Edge program that'll allow folks to trade in their phones once …

Obama's secret kill list – the disposition matrix

When Bilal Berjawi spoke to his wife for the last time, he had no way of being certain that he was about to die. But he should have had his …

FYI: Why Does Some Food Taste Bad To Some People And Good To Others?

People who have a lot of papillae—the bumps on our tongue, most of which house our taste buds—often find flavors overwhelming. They're "supertasters," and as such they add cream to their coffee and order food mild instead of spicy. Subtasters, on the other hand, have low papillae density and prefer …

The Hardest Thing To Find In The Universe?

What is rarer than a shooting star?<p>Rarer than a diamond?<p>Rarer than any metal, any mineral, so rare that if you scan the entire earth, all six million billion billion kilos or 13,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds of our planet, you would find only one ounce of it?<p>What is so rare it has never …

5 Stars: A Mosquito's Idea Of A Delicious Human

If mosquitoes used Yelp, they might look for their next meal by searching nearby for a heavy-breathing human with Type O blood, sporting a red shirt and more than a smattering of skin bacteria. Preferably either pregnant or holding a beer.<p>That's some of what we take away from a post today on the …

The Deadly Science Of Force-Feeding

We've all seen the video of Yasiin Bey, formerly Mos Def, undergoing the force-feeding procedure used at Guantanamo Bay Prison. Here's what such a procedure could do to your health.<p>Earlier this week, the <i>Guardian</i> published a video of rapper Yasiin Bey demonstrating a force-feeding procedure that …

Scientists outsmart dangerous bacteria using infrared light

Researchers in Vienna have developed a technique to quickly distinguish between strains of staph infection bacteria that can cause chronic infections and those that cannot.<p>The pesky bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), best known for causing staph infections such as MRSA, ranges …

Why Is Boeing's 787 Dreamliner Such A Piece Of Crap?

Amazing new plane keeps catching on fire. Here are the questions you've been asking and the answers you need.<p><i>This article was originally published on January 17, 2013.—Eds.</i><p><b>Q: What is the 787 Dreamliner and why do we care?</b> <b><br>A:</b> The Dreamliner is a massive jet from Boeing, the company's most …

The Week In Numbers: A Planet That Rains Glass, NASA's New Hunt For Life, And More

<b>63 light-years</b>: the distance from Earth to the blue exoplanet HD 189773b, which looks like a cozy place to live—except its surface temperature is 1,000 degrees Celsius and it rains glass. Sideways.<p><b>5.5 million square feet</b>: the floor space of the new world's largest building, which could fit 20 …