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Counting Calories? You Might Not Want to Trust Food Labels

<b>If your dieting self has ever tried to piece together one whole chip from several fragments to determine what a food label’s “about six chips” looks like so you stay within a 130-calorie serving, this one’s for you.</b><p>Who decided that one ounce of chips is the standard serving anyway? Large bags of …

Nutrition

In Saturn’s Rings, a Portal to the Planet’s Interior

In addition to being spectacularly beautiful, Saturn’s rings act as a cosmic seismograph: They keep a record of the shifts and vibrations happening deep within the giant world. These internal movements pull ever so gently on the ring particles and alter their orbits around Saturn, creating visible …

Astronomy

10 Mind-Blowing Facts About Black Holes

They're thought to be what anchors galaxies — some of the largest objects in the universe.<p>And what happens past their event horizon, also known as the point of no return, can only be speculation since we will never get a chance to see it with our own eyes and live to tell the tale.<p>Despite decades …

GMO Facts: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Learn About These GMO Facts<p>Later this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture may approve the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden, the first genetically modified apples to hit the market. Although it will probably be another two years before the non-browning fruits appears in stores, at least one …

Agriculture

Ask Your Weird Animal Questions: What’s a Pink Fairy Armadillo?

Wildlife<p><b>Are there very few pink fairy armadillos, or are they just good at hiding?</b><p>When you write about weird animals all the time, it takes something really special to make you ask, “What <i>is</i> that?”<p>The pink fairy armadillo is native to central Argentina. Photograph by Nicholas Smythe via Getty<p>That’s …

The animal that regrows its head

Could a sea creature with unusual regenerative powers show humans how to do the same? Tracey Logan reports.<p>In a windowless lab at the University of Galway in Ireland, there’s a fish tank containing an extraordinary creature. Perched on blue cocktail sticks like lollipops, rows of seashells are …

Biology

Scientists Coax Human Embryonic Stem Cells Into Making Insulin

A team of Harvard scientists said Thursday that they had finally found a way to turn human embryonic stem cells into cells that produce insulin. The long-sought advance could eventually lead to new ways to help millions of people with diabetes.<p>Right now, many people with diabetes have to regularly …

What Your Watch Says About You

A taxonomy of timepieces and how to wear them<p>It has been said that you can tell a lot about a person by her hands, but you can tell even more about her by her watch. Ask any successful woman and she'll say that in our speeded-up world, time has become the ultimate luxury. We'd like to argue, …

Kiss & Make Up With Anne Hathaway: We Dare You

She won an Oscar, got married, and was hazed by the mean girls. But Anne Hathaway is going to keep on living. Plus, see her full fashion shoot here.<p>We've all done it. Watched an awards show—red carpet, speeches, audience reactions—and judged, and judged, and judged. And it's fun, right? Sitting on …

Milky Way Mysteries Mapped

Changing Planet<p>The Hubble Space Telescope snapped this finely detailed image of the beautiful spiral galaxy NGC 6384, an island of stars thought to resemble our own Milky Way galaxy. Credit: ESA/NASA<p><b>Ever look up and wonder how many stars are out there in the night sky, and where did all these stars</b> …

Cheetahs and pumas may have hunting strategies down to a science

It's not easy being a lean, mean killing machine. Whether a fleet-footed cheetah or a lie-in-wait puma, a hunting feline's survival balances on the point between how much energy they lose in hunting for a meal and the energy they gain from actually eating it. Now, two new studies in the journal …

Wildlife

The latest on soy and breast cancer: What you need to know

Could your daily soy lattes up your risk of breast cancer or lend a protective effect?<p>So far, the research has been conflicting. While some studies have shown that soy can increase tumor growth at the cellular level, other research has found that soy may actually have a protective effect. However, …

It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

Humans' stunning diversity of facial features evolved to make recognition easier, a study says.<p>From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people, researchers reported on Tuesday.<p>The shape …

Scientists discover a new origin of oxygen on Earth and in space

Scientists have discovered a new way to make molecular oxygen (O2) from carbon dioxide (CO2) -- no green plants involved.<p>Their findings could alter our understanding of the Earth's early atmosphere and how oxygen might form on other planets with carbon dioxide in their atmospheres.<p>In a paper …

Chemistry

16 Makeup Tricks Every Woman Should Know

From the editors of Cosmo.com, quirky beauty hacks to make getting ready easier.<p><b>1. Turn a pencil eyeliner into a gel formula with the help of a match or lighter.</b><p>Hold your black, green, burgundy, etc., kohl eye pencil (which typically creates a thin, harder to apply line), under the flame for …

Best Trips 2014

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, sustainably minded—and, of course, superlative in the world of travel today.

Travel Photography

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun - And May Exist On Alien Worlds Too

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun - and there could be a lot more of it out there.<p>Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical …

Beyond Death: The Science of the Afterlife

This question is more than a mind-bender. For thousands of years, certain people have claimed to have actually visited the place that, Saint Paul …

First-Ever Human Trial Of An Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Treatment Set To Begin

The treatment will make use of a biology breakthrough that occurred just eight years ago.<p>A Japanese patient with severe eye disease is set to become the first person to be treated with induced pluripotent stem cells, <i>Nature News</i> reports. Cells of this type have been considered promising for future …

Stem Cells

NASA planning to send billions of laser pulses from space to create 3-D map of Earth’s forests

A trio of lasers will be sent down from the International Space Station to discover more about the carbon cycle<p>NASA is building a laser-based contraption for the International Space Station, whose mission is to create a 3-D map of the Earth's forest, and unlock mysteries of forests' role in the …

Neanderthals and modern humans co-existed in Europe for several thousand years

A new study, published in the journal Nature, suggests that humans and Neanderthals could have lived side by side in Europe for up to 5,000 years, much longer than previously believed.<p>William Davies, who wrote on editorial accompanying the paper, says the new research supports the theory that the …

Will Genetic Alterations Modify Human Society?

<i>“Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.”</i> – Fictional geneticist in the 1997 film Gattaca.<p>As a side effect of science fiction novels, many of us find ourselves with an outlook of the future that’s …

Whale Encounters in Arctic Svalbard

Changing Planet<p>Whales came close to being extirpated from the waters around Svalbard after Europeans harvested them for three centuries for blubber and baleen. One species, the bowhead, also known as the Greenland right whale, was reduced from perhaps 50,000 to fewer than a hundred individuals in …

Can eating meat be eco-friendly?

<b>Every year we raise and eat 65 billion animals, that's nine animals for every person on the globe, and it's having a major impact on our planet. So what meat should we eat if we want to be eco-friendly carnivores? Is it better to buy beef or chicken, free range or factory farmed? As Dr Michael</b> …

Agriculture

8 Follow-Worthy Personal Projects on Instagram

With over 200 million users, Instagram provides the opportunity to follow and like images from your favorite photographers, celebrities, brands, and …

Bats 'fly by polarised light'

<b>Bats use the pattern of polarised light in the evening sky to get their bearings, according to a new study.</b><p>As well as having unusual echolocation skills and their own magnetic compass, bats are now the first mammals known to make use of polarised light.<p>Other animals with this ability include birds, …

Nature Communications

Scientists are cracking puberty's genetic code

The timing of a woman's first period is way more complex than we thought<p>Humanity is one step closer to understanding what triggers all the mysterious changes that take place in women during puberty. By looking at genetic variants in over 180,000 women of European descent, an international group of …

Dogs feel jealous of rival pets, study finds

To legions of dog-owners, the finding will come as no surprise: it does not take much to make a dog feel jealous.<p>Researchers in the US studied 36 dogs and found that most were indifferent when their owners ignored them and read aloud from a children's pop-up book. But when the owners showered their …