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The Mystery of Kangaroo Adoptions

When you spend six years watching kangaroos, you start to see some strange things. From 2008 to 2013, Wendy King, a doctoral student at the University of Queensland, and her colleagues studied wild grey kangaroos in a national park in Victoria, Australia. All told, King and her colleagues studied …

Cute Animals

The truth about dark chocolate

Dark chocolate sold in the U.S. is often a little more like milk chocolate than manufacturers might want to admit.<p>An investigation by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) conducted earlier this year found that a lot of dark chocolate contains milk — even when it says it doesn't. A new consumer …

Computer Chips Can Now Be Made From Wood

Just call them wood chips<p>The woods are lovely, dark, deep, and filled with potential computer components.<p>In a paper published in <i>Nature Communications</i> this week, researchers announced the construction of computer chips made from wood.<p>But don't expect to see hipsters advertising hand-carved artisan …

7 new insect species found in the Maritimes

A two-year study conducted by scientists at the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre in Sackville found seven pollinators, never before recorded …

The US supreme court has ruled that even the least morally defensible executions are allowable. But there’s some hope in the court’s dissents<p>You might think that the Eighth Amendment, which forbids “cruel and unusual” punishments, clearly prohibits death penalty regimes like those currently in …

Eighth Amendment

Behold, Hypnotic Sand Paintings That Will Turn Your Brain Into Goo

Are you stressed? Bored? Exhausted? Misunderstood?<p>We highly recommend taking a brief moment to recharge, watching as this talented sand artist unfolds colorful, mind-bending shapes and forms before your eyes. Pretty hypnotic, no?<p>The captivating process is the work of Joe Mangrum, an artist who was …

Clocks to read 11:59:60 tonight as time lords add leap second

Software could crash and markets suffer as a leap second is added to world time at midnight tonight<p>Airlines, trading floors and technology companies are braced for chaos today as world timekeepers prepare to add a leap second to global clocks.<p>Immediately before midnight dials will read 11:59:60 as …

The Strange Link Between Junk Food and Depression

Of our many modern diseases, one of the biggest burdens on society is an unexpected one: depression, according to the World Health Organization. And …

Less invasive test for lung cancer expected in 2016 - Futurity

The Percepta test, when used in conjunction with bronchoscopy, identified 97 percent of lung cancers, compared to 75 percent for bronchoscopy alone.

Economics professor: We're no closer to happiness than we were in the 1950s

<i>Lord Richard Layard is professor emeritus of economics at the London School of Economics. He was founder-director of its Centre for Economic Performance and now heads CEP's Wellbeing Programme. His work on unemployment, childhood, mental health, and wellbeing has influenced policy in Britain and</i> …

Trends in Energy Intakes by Type of Fast Food Restaurant

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Trends

New Nitro Tapping System Claims to Make Cold Brew Coffee Even More Delicious

At this point, does cold brew coffee need any additional introduction? The tasty iced coffee alternative brewed from cold water has gone from …

When You Smile, It Changes How You See Others

Smiling changes how the brain processes other people's emotions. As the Louis Armstrong song goes, "When you're smilin', the whole world smiles at …

Mood Boosting Happy Foods

In so many ways, we are what we eat—and the "what we eat" in that sentence can also help us in terms of boosting our moods.<p>Jenna Hollenstein, C.D.N., is a certified nutrition ambassador for Just Salad—a New York City-based restaurant that offers healthy, customized salads, wraps, smoothies, and …

Results of largest ever genetics study of a single population could also help refine dates for major events during human evolution<p>Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.<p>Scientists reached the conclusion after …

Evolution

Tiffani Thiessen on What Saved by the Bell’s Kelly Kapowski Would Serve You for Dinner

Nineties girls know that there’s no one cooler than Kelly Kapowski, a fact that was recently reaffirmed when the cast of <i>Saved by the Bell</i> visited <i>Late</i> …

The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Psychology

Naked Titan Viewed For First Time

As Saturn swans into sight for stargazers, the sun blasts its largest moon.<p>Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, looks more like Venus and Mars than astronomers ever suspected—at least when it comes to suffering a severe strike from the solar wind.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a flyby of Titan in December …

Astronomy

Researchers Discover An Ancient Replica Of Our Solar System

The finding is good news for the search for intelligent alien life<p>Deep within the bowels of our Milky Way Galaxy, there is another solar system that is like a miniature replica of our own. Except this planetary system is just a tad older — by about 7 billion years.<p>Using images and data collected by …

Movement to Take Down Thousands of Dams Goes Mainstream

A dam in Delaware comes tumbling down; last year 71 others did too.<p>This spring, for the first time in more than two centuries, American shad, striped bass, and river herring may spawn in White Clay Creek, a tributary of the Delaware River in northern Delaware. Early one morning last month, a …

Washington State

10 New Rules of Lean Eating

Our expert nutritionist shares his advice for melting fat faster—and easier—than ever

Nutrition

5 Secretly Healthy Cupcake Recipes

Cupcakes are the new kale.<p>Not even halfway through January and your dedication to your #healthy2015 resolution is already waning (along with your tolerance for winter)? The key to staying strong is not depriving yourself of goodies, but rather turning indulgences into better-for-you treats. You <i>can</i> …

How to Get the Benefits of a Cleanse Without Actually Doing One

The word "detox" makes us think restriction, hunger, and mood swings. We asked health experts how to skip all that and get straight to the good stuff.<p><b>1. Start your mornings with a glass of room-temperature lemon water.</b> (Room temperature is important, since cold foods and drinks can shock your …

Wellness

Astronomers Spy "Bullet" Galaxy Blasting Through Other Galaxies

A speedy space collision rips gas from a fast-moving galaxy.<p><b>What's New</b><p>A distant galaxy pierced another group of galaxies like a bullet, astronomers report, in a cosmic collision some 1.4 billion light-years away.<p>Observations from Europe's XMM-Newton X-ray space telescope reveal that the bullet …

Universe

14 Foods You Should NEVER Eat

Put these on your do-not-buy list.<p><i>This article was written by Leah Zerbe and Emily Main and repurposed with permission from</i> Rodale News<i>.</i><p>What's the one food you refuse to eat? Peas? Tofu? Liver and onions? Whatever it is, it's probably because you don't like the way it tastes, not necessarily …

Nutrition

Mark Zuckerberg: Some Bigger Company Should've Built Facebook First

In a live Q&A session held in Bogotá, Colombia, Zuckerberg was asked how he manages not to "get bored" at work.<p>Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook at the age of 20, answered with a smile, "I just feel really lucky."<p>He said "a lot of luck" is involved when building something as big as Facebook, and …

How Bread, Beer, And Soy Sauce Changed The Human Microbiome

Digesting yeast is no mean feat<p>Something funny happened when people began consuming beer and wine. That something funny—perhaps there are others, but we will not comment—was that the little critters that live inside healthy human guts seem to have adapted. Certain bacteria species that commonly …

How To Get a Flat Stomach—Fast!

Follow this easy plan & lose that stubborn pooch<p>When patients arrive in the E.R., I have literally a few seconds to decide what's wrong and how I can help. Know which vital sign I check first? Their weight. The most important indicator of how people will manage a health crisis is how much belly fat …

Nutrition