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New evidence shows the sugar industry suppressed studies linking sugar to heart disease and cancer

For decades, sugar lobbyists have been taking aim at studies linking sugar and cancer.<p>When a study last year found that mice on sugar-heavy diets were more likely to develop breast cancer, the Sugar Association, one of the biggest sugar lobbying groups in the US, called it "sensationalized." The …

Diabetes

This Gene-Editing Breakthrough Could Change Life on Earth

The discovery of the gene-editing technology CRISPR came, in part, from Jennifer Doudna, a biochemist at the University of California, Berkeley. “It’s very profound," she told NBC News. "It means that we can control human evolution now."<p>With collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier, Doudna was able to …

Forty More Genes for Intelligence Discovered

Researchers said Monday they have found 40 new genes linked with intelligence, but they say their finding doesn’t show any clear genetic pattern for intelligence.<p>Instead, it shows that intelligence is possibly even more complex than anyone thought, and not easily explained. And it means specially …

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

DNA acts like electrical wire to replicate itself

DNA’s ability to act like an electrical wire plays a part in how it replicates, new research shows.<p>In the early 1990s, Jacqueline Barton, professor …

Geoffrey Raisman obituary

Neuroscientist who carried out pioneering research on how damage to the central nervous system might be repaired<p>In 1969 Geoffrey Raisman, who has died aged 77, introduced the term “plasticity” to describe the ability of damaged nerve tissue to form new synaptic connections. He discovered that …

The great mystery behind Albert Einstein’s theory may finally be over

Astronomers are testing an idea developed by Albert Einstein about a century ago to resolve a longstanding puzzle over what is driving the …

Physics

Learn How to Get Paid to Read, Including Writing Book Reviews and More

Want to get Paid to Read? Here are a few ways you can get paid to read:<p>Book Reviews<p>Many magazines and newspapers accept book reviews that relate to …

Here's how the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub picked scientists as part of its plan to cure all diseases

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, launched in September 2016 and run by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan, set out with the ambitious goal "to cure, prevent or manage all disease during our children's lifetime."<p>As part of the $3 billion initiative, the …

Mark Zuckerberg

How human beings evolved from this disgusting creature

Meet the Saccorhytus, your oldest ancestor and your newest nightmare.<p>This week a team of paleontologists described a new link in the chain of human …

One of the Oldest Questions in Biology Is Finally at Its End: Why Do Organisms Reproduce Sexually?

Biologists have been speculating on the reason why such a complicated process for reproduction, sex, became the most common mode for advanced …

Scientists Can Now Sequence DNA With a Smartphone

It was not so long ago that sequencing even tiny snippets of DNA was a costly, cumbersome process that required access to a state-the-art lab. Today, …

The 6 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Buying a TV

So you're shopping for a new television. You enter a big box store and find yourself standing in front of a synchronized wall of flashing monitors, a …

4K Ultra HD

State Farm isn't cutting rates fast enough and could be fined billions, insurance regulator says

The California Department of Insurance says State Farm is not moving fast enough to lower its rates for homeowners and renters and it could face billions of dollars in fines if it doesn't speed up the process.<p>The threat of hefty fines, sent Friday to State Farm, escalates an increasingly bitter …

Health Care

This app uses a game to fight depression

A game-based app for phones and tablets called Project: EVO seems to help older adults with depression feel better by targeting underlying cognitive …

Yes, It’s Your Parents’ Fault

We live in a culture that celebrates individualism and self-reliance, and yet we humans are an exquisitely social species, thriving in good company and suffering in isolation. More than anything else, our intimate relationships, or lack thereof, shape and define our lives.<p>While there have been many …

Psychology

Your Self-Consciousness Is Killing Your Creativity

<i>“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”―</i> <b>Harvey</b> …

How scientists actually could bring dinosaurs back to life

On Jan. 6, 2000, a wild mountain goat named Celia was crushed to death by a falling tree on the cliffs of the Spanish Pyrenees — thus beginning her …

Drop Everything: The US Virgin Islands Will Pay You to Visit in 2017

In a dream world, every kitchen has an unlimited ice cream machine, your wardrobe updates itself instantly for every season and you get paid to take a vacation. While we can’t guarantee those first two perks any time soon, we may have a life hack for the last part. Get ready: The US Virgin Islands …

A Debate On The Pros And Cons Of Aging And Death

At age 74, I have already experienced many of the indignities of aging and before very long will also confront the inevitability of death. Although neither prospect is particularly pleasant, I strongly believe in the normality and necessity of both. Claims that science will soon prevent aging and …

Yes, your stomach really can explode from eating too much

As the festive season approaches, our attentions turn to Christmas dinner. But it is also the season of overeating and feeling stuffed. So, before you reach for just one more roast potato, let’s consider what really goes on in our digestive system when we consume large amounts of food.<p>Our digestive …

Wellness

7 Mental Health Resolutions, Straight From a Psychologist

As someone who deals with anxiety on a daily basis, I am doing my best to focus on improving my mental health. I plan to start working with a therapist to develop better management tools for anxiety and stress, which can sometimes be so bad it can be paralyzing. Because I don't want anything to …

Is marijuana legalization in California the beginning of the end of the war on weed?

The door to legalized marijuana in California cracked ajar in 1996, when voters approved the Compassionate Use Act, which allowed doctors to recommend cannabis to their patients.<p>In November, the door flew open as voters approved Proposition 64 by a wide margin, a measure that legalizes marijuana …

Cannabis

Gym Showdown: Free Weights vs. Machines

If you want to get stronger, some kind of resistance training is the way to go. So when you walk into the gym, should you start loading plates onto a …

5 unexpected sources of bias in artificial intelligence

Kristian Hammond Contributor<p>As chief scientist and co-founder, Kris focuses on R&D at Narrative Science. Kris is also a professor of computer science at Northwestern University.<p>We tend to think of machines, in particular smart machines, as somehow cold, calculating and unbiased. We believe that …

Viruses Find a New Way to Hijack Cells

A virus that causes crippling birth defects has been shown to do something else: It changes thousands of messages coming from DNA that control normal …

Beloved Science Icon Bill Nye's 61st Birthday Is Today

Happy birthday Bill Nye!<p>Bill Nye celebrates his 61st birthday today, kicking off the start of what is sure to be an exciting year for the bow …

How Computers Made Humans Better at Chess

The World Chess Championship is nearing its close, with the final tie-breaking match between Norway’s Magnus Carlsen and Russia’s Sergey Karjakin set …