Kelsey Kaiser

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A Scientist's Mission To Break The Itch-Scratch Cycle

Dr. Gil Yosipovitch is a leading scientist in the field of itch. He says he hopes to gain more respect for the debilitating power of chronic itch — and to get more doctors on the search for a cure.<p>Transcript<p>DAVE DAVIES, BYLINE: If you think itch is no big deal, it's probably because you've never …

Human Activity Really Is Melting Glaciers, Study Says

Time lapse photography of shrinking glaciers makes a powerful visual case for the impact of human-caused global warming. That's why, for example, it's used in former Vice President Al Gore's slideshow, An Inconvenient Truth, and by GlacierWorks, a nonprofit started by famed mountaineer and …

Climate Change

Why Some Cities Get Way Hotter Than Others During The Summer

Summer in the city can be brutal, but just how bad it gets depends on the city itself. Most cities are hotter than their surroundings, but some are more susceptible to this "heat island" effect than others. A new study, released July 9 in the journal Nature, has pinpointed why — and which cities …

Climate Change

Why hottest weather isn’t on longest day

Solstice 2017 – longest day for us on northern Earth – has passed. But the hottest weather for the Northern Hemisphere is still to come. The reason …

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

Feeding 9 Billion

Step One: Freeze Agriculture’s Footprint<p>For most of history, whenever we’ve needed to produce more food, we’ve simply cut down forests or plowed grasslands to make more farms. We’ve already cleared an area roughly the size of South America to grow crops. To raise livestock, we’ve taken over even …

Agriculture

Events In Your Past Determine Which Microbes Live On You

A scientist with a swab and a microscope could tell what school you went to<p>Trillions of microbes live in and on our body. We don’t yet fully understand how these microbial ecosystems develop or the full extent to which they influence our health. Some provide essential nutrients, while others cause …

New Test Could Diagnose Asthma With A Single Drop Of Blood

The test works by gauging the speed of white blood cells.<p>While some symptoms of asthma, like wheezing, are obvious, a diagnosis of asthma is not always clear cut, especially if they don't occur when patients are with their doctors, and involve trials of lung function and tests for allergies. But …

Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories'

Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood<p>It is the stuff of gothic science fiction: men in white coats in factories of blood and bones.<p>But the production of blood on an industrial scale …

Medical Research

Chinese residents line up for bags of fresh mountain air | CNN Travel

A Third Of School-Age Kids May Have Risky Cholesterol Levels

Of all the things parents worry about when it comes to their children's health, high cholesterol probably isn't very high on the list.<p>But roughly 1 in 3 primary school kids may already have borderline-high or high cholesterol, according to a large study to be presented this week at a meeting of the …

A Gigantic Volcano Telescope And Other Amazing Images From This Week

Advantages of glass bottles over plastic become clear

There's a reason wine and spirits are stored in glass: purity of taste. Plastic (and, to a lesser degree, metal) can impart various "flavors" into the liquids it comes into contact with. But that's just one reason that glass is an increasingly popular alternative to plastic and aluminum or …

Pollution

Mars One To Build Simulated Colony For One-Way Astronauts

People selected to live on the Red Planet will train inside an earthbound outpost. If they don't go crazy, they just might make the real trip.<p>Creating a permanent human settlement on Mars by 2025 will require serious training. To prepare its future astronauts for the task, the Netherlands-based …

Stock Markets

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and …

This Is Your Brain On No Sleep

If you’ve been skipping sleep, thinking you’ll make up for it on weekends, here’s some bad news. Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and Peking University have found that chronic sleep loss may actually lead to irreversible damage to and loss of brain cells.<p>“We live in a society where each …

Neuroscience

What Happens To Your Body When You Get Drunk And Stoned At The Same Time?

The science of the spins<p>The intoxicating effects of alcohol and of marijuana have been widely studied, but their combined effect—getting "cross-faded"—is woefully underexplored scientific territory. Here's a look at what we know about how pot and booze together affect the brain.<p>First, the basics: …

TEDx: You can do science too!

Recently, I had the privilege of speaking about citizen science at a TEDx conference. This 15 minute talk entitled “You Can Do Science Too!” explains what citizen science is all about, why it is becoming so popular, and how you can participate. If you enjoy the talk, please share!

Your Brain is Plastic

Accidental poisonings from e-cig liquid becoming more common

The case may still be out on the health risks of smoking e-cigarettes, but news is barreling in about the potential dangers of the liquids that these devices turn into vapor. According to <i>The New York Times</i>, the number of calls to poison control centers because someone imbibed or was otherwise …

Health

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Travel

Roller Coasters

Last week I wrote about the beauty in mathematics and how brachistrochrones might be used in roller coaster designs. I’m going to continue on the …

Why Roller Coaster Loops Are Never Circular

Many extreme roller coaster these days have vertical loops. Have you noticed that these loops are never circular? Why is this?<p>They all, also, seem to …

How mountains grow when continents crash

What are the full moon names?

Lists of common full moon names – both by month and by season – for both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.<p>Some almanacs like to give each month …

Astronomy

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …

Universe

Gravitational Waves: Einstein Was Right, Again, Maybe

Cosmologists hope for a field-rocking announcement next week.<p>What's the latest cosmology gossip? According to the Guardian, the field is awash with rumors that next week, American scientists will announce the detection of gravitational waves: incredibly small ripples carrying energy across the void …

Ask Anything: What Happens In Your Computer When You Turn It On?

No, the little mouse inside it does not start scrambling around.<p>Before a computer can load its operating system and locate drivers for its components, it must recognize that it has been turned on at all. This task falls to a relatively simple device known as the power-on reset circuit. “In its very …

Engineering The Ideal Olympian: Personalized Skeleton Sled

The secret weapon to winning<p>Of all the events at the Winter Olympics, the skeleton is perhaps the most terrifying. Athletes hurtle down the bobsled track on specially designed sleds, headfirst and at speeds exceeding 80 mph. Losing control could mean serious injury or death, so four companies have …