Gitanjali Srinivasan

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The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …

Environmental Health

Climbing On Mount Denali

Conserving Africa's Wildlife Through Photography

How often do we see exquisite imagery of animals that isn't a “When Animals Attack” special? Photographer Nick Brandt says, “The emphasis has generally been on capturing the drama of wild animals IN ACTION, on capturing that dramatic single moment, as opposed to simply animals in the state of …

Wildlife

Ras Labs Is Testing Futuristic Muscle Material That Could Make Robots Feel More Human

Synthetics startup Ras Labs is working with the International Space Station to test “smart materials” that contract like living tissue. These “electroactive” materials can expand, contract and conform to our limbs just like human muscles when a current moves through them – and they could be used to …

Space

10 Things To Do To Change Your Life Forever

<i>“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”</i><br>~ John F. Kennedy<p>The one constant thing in …

Scientists: To keep mites away, leave your bed unmade every day

While it may be better for your mental health to make your bed, it could be better for your physical health to leave it a complete mess, say scientists.<p>Those who have a horror of creepy-crawlies may want to stop reading now, because here's why: Leaving it unmade, according to scientists who spoke …

Sleep

Mix'd is a dating app for dance music fans

<b>Tinder for clubbers.</b><p>If your Tinder dates are letting you down because of their sorry music taste, then help is at hand in the form of a new dating …