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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

<i>Slow cooker split pea soup with ham is traditional winter comfort food made easy. Just toss everything in a Crock pot and walk away. You're …

Cooking

Bake the perfect blueberry muffin

We’ve all done it: Baked a blueberry muffin that emerged from the oven in a state of utter purple-itude, the berries a wet mass at the bottom of the …

Breakfast

How Good Gut Bacteria Could Transform Your Health

Scientist Jeff Leach is studying gut microbes that have the potential to improve our weight, mood, allergies, heart and more.<p>Barefoot and coated in …

Microbiology

French historian Henry Rousso nearly deported from US

<b>A French historian on his way to a conference in Texas was detained for 10 hours by US border officials and threatened with deportation.</b><p>Officials at Texas A&M University said Henry Rousso was going to be returned to Paris as an illegal alien "due to a visa misunderstanding".<p>The university stopped …

Immigration

Marsquakes Could Be The Key To Life On Mars

New research hints at how hydrogen ends up in rocks<p>Quakes on Mars could have helped the tiniest forms of microbial life survive beneath the planet's surface. New information about how hydrogen is formed in rocks here on Earth by seismic activity hints that the same processes may have taken place on …

Baby with three genetic parents is born

Fertility doctors using a brand new technique to eliminate inherited disease have helped a woman deliver a baby with three genetic parents.<p>The child who is now five months old, has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a small amount of genetic code from an unknown female donor. The method was …

Molecular Biology

Turns out Australia isn't where you think it is

The country happens to be located on one of the world's fastest-moving tectonic plates, traveling about 2.7 inches north per year.<p>That's almost three times as fast as the plate on which the US is positioned, which only travels around one inch per year.<p>According to Dr. Lucia Perez-Diaz from the …

Earth Science

What a Moroccan crater reveals about a rare double whammy from the skies

David Baratoux, <i>Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)</i> and Hasnaa Chennaoui Aoudjehane, <i>University Hassan II Casablanca</i><p>Morocco, and particularly its southern desert, is scattered with treasure that came from the skies: meteorites. These extraterrestrial rocks are up to 4.5 billion years …

Good fathers sing simple songs

The female Chinese Hume Warbler is attracted to males who sing simple songs, as opposed to the more common preference among birds of choosing males …

This Is the First Mammal to Be Killed Off by Human-Caused Climate Change

Scientists believe the disappearance of a small rodent from the Great Barrier Reef marks the world’s first recorded extinction of a mammal primarily …

Climate Change

Five Age-Appropriate Denim Skirts to Wear All Summer

You might have owned a denim skirt or two in middle school, but the modern versions are not the same as when you covering your trapper keeper in Lisa Frank stickers. The following five stores have denim skirts in stock that look especially age-appropriate when paired with delicate jewelry (maybe a …

Clothing

The Memory Illusion

In my book <i>The Memory Illusion</i> I cover a wide spectrum of ways in which our memories can betray us, and why you may not be who you think you are. In …

First Rodent Found with a Humanlike Menstrual Cycle

Mice are a mainstay of biomedical research laboratories. But the rodents are poor models for studying women’s reproductive health, because they don’t …

Why Sleeping Through The Night May Not Be 'Natural'

It's undeniable that we need proper sleep not only to maintain our physical and mental health but also to function in our everyday lives. We consider eight uninterrupted hours of rest the marker of a healthy lifestyle -- but is that really all that constitutes "proper sleep"?<p>Some scientists and …

Arianna Huffington

Forget calorie counting — this is the real secret to weight loss

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but everything you know about weight loss may be wrong.<p>In his new book, “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets …

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

Biology

Risky Rats Give Clues on Brain Circuitry Behind Taking a Chance

When people make risky decisions, like doubling down in blackjack or investing in volatile stocks, what happens in the brain?<p>Scientists have long tried to understand what makes some people risk-averse and others risk-taking. Answers could have implications for how to treat, curb or prevent …

Neuroscience

February shattered global temperature records by an unsettling amount

February smashed a century of global temperature records by “stunning” margin, according to data released by Nasa.<p>The unprecedented leap led …

Climate Change

Here's More Evidence That Depression Affects The Entire Body

In case you needed more proof that mental health = physical health.<p>Here's yet another friendly, scientific reminder that mental health conditions are not within your control. Depression is an illness that can affect your entire body -- potentially on a cellular level, according to a recent …

Ancient DNA identifies 'early Neanderthals'

<b>The oldest "nuclear DNA" from a human has identified some early representatives of the Neanderthal lineage.</b><p>The well-preserved ancient remains from the "Pit of Bones" site in Spain have been known for more than three decades.<p>They are about 400,000 years old, but their relationships to Neanderthals …

Archaeology

Spring Denim Trends 2016: What to Shop, What to Stop Wearing

Fact: Blue jeans will never, <i>ever</i> go out of style. At its core, a good pair of denim is timeless, boundary-transcending, and able to anchor almost any outfit you can imagine. That said, slight switch-ups do happen from season to season. To prepare you for spring 2016, we touched base with a whole …

To quit smoking, it's best to go cold turkey, study finds

Just rip off the bandage; dive into the freezing water; close your eyes and take it. For cigarette smokers who waver at the edge of a decision to quit and consider strategies to ease the transition, a new study finds that the all-in approach is more likely to work than wading in slowly.<p>In a …

Annals of Internal Medicine

Newly Discovered Dinosaur Helps Explain Rise Of Tyrannosaurs

Eighty million years ago, tyrannosaurs were the top predators in Asia and North America.<p>And scientists say a newly discovered dinosaur from Uzbekistan helps to explain their rise.<p>In a paper published Monday in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, researchers said they have found a …

Who killed off Australia's big birds?

New evidence suggests 50 000 years ago humans were cooking large eggs<p>When the first modern humans reached the shores of Australia, they set foot in a world that was completely unlike anything they had ever seen before. More than 98 million years ago, the Australian continent started drifting apart …

This 'Giant' Iceberg is Actually Shorter Than This Ship

It’s a stunning photo. A 3,300-ton ship appears like a two-story house next to a giant skyscraper of ice. But there’s more to the photo than meets …

Flightless bird with giant head roamed swampy Arctic 53m years ago

Gastornis was also discovered in Wyoming but scientists confirm finding of fossils on Ellesmere island as bird thought to migrate during dark Arctic winters<p>A giant, flightless bird with a head the size of a horse’s roamed the Arctic 53m years ago when the icy wilderness was more like a swamp, …