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What Exactly IS Rye Whiskey, Anyway?

"Spice is in, and rye has a ton of spice."<p>Whether you love it or hate it, you can't deny that rye is having a moment.<p>The liquor that once flowed from the taps of many bars in New York City's early days (before becoming a "bastard whiskey" after prohibition, when tastes preferred lighter flavors of …

How Counterfeit Contact Lenses Can Make You Go Blind

Something to really be afraid of this Halloween<p>Everyone knows someone who gets really into Halloween. He spends hundreds of dollars on costumes, or she teases up her hair, but the effort is always impressive and ends up making the masquerader look like a completely different person (or species!). …

Eating red and processed meat isn't going to increase your risk of cancer by that much

Contextualizing the World Health Organization's cancer report<p>Yesterday, the World Health Organization threw everyone into a panic by releasing a report categorizing red and processed meat as cancer-causing agents. After reviewing 800 scientific studies, the WHO's International Agency for Research …

Before we drown we may die of thirst

The island nation of Kiribati is one of the world's most vulnerable to rising sea levels. But residents may have to leave well before the ocean …

Lifeform of the week: Corpse flower

Parasitic flowers of the genus Rafflesia are monstrous in size and diabolical in smell.<p>To kick off the Halloween weekend of candy consumption, …

Storytelling

New multiple sclerosis drug ‘can cut relapses by nearly 50%’

Patients welcome results for treatment from pharmaceutical firm Roche, which says it could also treat the primary-progressive form of the disease<p>A new drug for multiple sclerosis can cut relapses by almost 50% more than the current standard treatment, its manufacturer claims, raising the hopes of …

Multiple Sclerosis

CT scans are better at spotting clogged arteries

Noninvasive CT scans are far better at finding clogged arteries that can trigger a heart attack than the exercise stress tests most chest pain …

Medical Research

Plague has infected humans since Bronze Age, DNA study shows

Disease has been present for twice as long as previously thought, and was originally spread by human-to-human contact, not fleas, says new study<p>Plague has been a human scourge for more than twice as long as had previously been thought, new research suggests.

You Can Charge Your iPhone 6s Wirelessly, But Is It Worth It?

Popular Science experiments<p>September's iPhone 6S release added many features to take on the competition. A 12-megapixel camera, faster fingerprint sensor and 3D Touch impressed during our iPhone 6S review. But what wasn’t included in the body of the now-unbendable Apple phone is a feature found in …

Why smoking and drinking often go together

Past research shows that more than 85 percent of US adults who are dependent on alcohol are also dependent on nicotine, but why do the two go hand in …

Alcohol

Bloodletting Is Still Happening, Despite Centuries of Harm

Science & InnovationGory Details<p>In the shadow of India’s largest mosque, the gutters run red with blood.<p>It’s a bizarre scene, if you’ve never seen a modern-day bloodletting. First, men wrap patients’ arms and legs with straps as tourniquets, to control the blood flow. Then they use razor blades to …

Medicine

The Lone Star Tick May Be Spreading A New Disease Across America

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is a nasty disease.<p>"It's super, super scary," says F. Scott Dahlgren, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>"If you don't treat for Rocky Mountain spotted fever by the fifth day of illness, there's a really good chance you're going to …

FDA Approves Use Of Engineered Herpes Virus To Treat Cancer

The first of what may be many virus-based treatments<p>Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved the drug Imlygic to treat late-stage melanoma on the skin and lymph nodes. The drug, which relies upon a genetically engineered herpes virus to attack and kill the …

Asthma drug could rejuvenate ageing brains, study suggests

Scientists hope to start trials in dementia patients after rat study suggests drug reduces brain inflammation and encourages neuron growth<p>An inexpensive drug used to prevent asthma attacks in children and adults may help to rejuvenate ageing brains, according to a study in rats.<p>Researchers found …

Medical Research

Statins could stop flu jab from working properly and put elderly at risk, scientists warn

Statins work by cutting inflammation but they can also stop vaccines taking hold, scientists now believe<p>Statins can stop the flu jab from working properly making pensioners more vulnerable to dangerous strains of influenza in winter months, two new studies suggest.<p>Around 13 million people are …