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Here's why you can't actually be a vegetarian

In case you’ve forgotten the section on the food web from high school biology, here’s a quick refresher.<p>Plants make up the base of every food chain …

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Holistic Medicine

Naked Titan Viewed For First Time

As Saturn swans into sight for stargazers, the sun blasts its largest moon.<p>Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, looks more like Venus and Mars than astronomers ever suspected—at least when it comes to suffering a severe strike from the solar wind.<p>NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a flyby of Titan in December …

20 Things You Should Throw Away for Better Health

When we talk about the steps you need to take to get healthier, they often involve buying new things: workout clothes, fitness equipment, ingredients …

Cleaning

Scientists drilling first deep ice core at the South Pole

"Most of the other places where we've worked the ice is -25 C to -30 C, and that's too warm for rare organic molecules and other trace gases that …

Food: How spicy flavours trick your tongue

Why does a hot curry burn your mouth? Veronique Greenwood explores why your tongue sometimes tingles in unexpected ways.<p>When you consider the tongue, what leaps to mind are the five canonical tastes – sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and umami. These sensations arise when receptors on the surface of …

Spices

Hundreds of birds covered in mystery 'goop'

<b>(CNN) —</b> The birds lay splayed across an otherwise serene California shore.<p>They're covered in a viscous substance that no one can identify.<p>More than 300 have been rescued, but at least 200 are dead, according to the California Fish and Wildlife Department.<p>So what's happened?<p>"It's a full-on mystery," …

Watch for These Top 5 Sky Events of 2015: Eclipses, Comets, and Planets

Starstruck<p>Lunar eclipses and the innermost planets will take center stage in the heavens.<p>Stay tuned, stargazers—the year ahead offers many heavenly delights, including a pair of lunar disappearing acts and a potentially surprising comet.<p>While scores of amazing astronomical phenomena are in the …

Astronomy

Explanation for Why Zebras Have Stripes Just Got More Complicated

It turns out the answer to why zebras have stripes isn’t so black and white. Some scientists thought they settled the question once and for all last year when they proposed that zebras developed stripes as part of evolutionary adaptation to help them ward off blood-sucking flies. But a new study …

Biology

Sea turtle finds her way back to birth beach, but how?

It's a sea turtle mystery that has stumped scientists for decades: How does the female sea turtle, which travels across thousands of miles of open ocean each year, still manage to navigate back to the same beach where she hatched to lay her eggs?<p>Keep in mind that there are no visual guideposts in …

Zebra stripes are not black and white | Henry Nicholls

Do zebra stripes have some kind of adaptive function? Intuitively, the answer has to be yes. But what is it? As yet another study claims to be homing in on the answer, I thought it might be helpful to sum up the most likely explanations.

Zoology

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents …

World Health Organization

Acceleration in sea level rise far larger than initially thought, study shows

The acceleration in global sea level from the 20th century to the last two decades has been significantly larger than scientists previously thought, …

Sea Level

Don't Panic, Just Look: Asteroid 2004 BL86 Will Fly Past Us

NASA says an asteroid about a third of a mile wide (500 meters wide) known as 2004 BL86 will pass within 745,000 miles (1.2 million kilometers) of Earth on Jan. 26. The space rock should be big enough and close enough for amateurs to spot using a small telescope or a powerful pair of binoculars — …

Astronomy

Birds in a lorry riddle finally solved by Stanford University

Would a lorry carrying pigeons change weight if they all decided to fly? Stanford University says yes<p>It is a head-scratching riddle which has troubled scientists and amateurs alike for generations: would a lorry carrying birds weigh less if they were all flying?<p>It may be natural to assume that …

Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

West Indies beat South Africa in record Twenty20 run chase

<b>West Indies completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history as they beat South Africa by four wickets in a thrilling game in Johannesburg.</b><p>Skipper Faf du Plessis's 119 from 56 balls helped the hosts to 231-7, the fourth highest T20 international score.<p>Chris Gayle led the reply with 90 from 41 …

Penguins offer U.S. a lesson in addressing climate change

It may seem unlikely, but penguins offer a crucial lesson for the United States' national security.<p>On the western Antarctic Peninsula, climate change is wreaking havoc on stocks of krill, tiny crustaceans that penguins eat. Adelie penguins are in decline in the region because they have not changed …

National Security

Malala awarded 'Children's Nobel' prize in Sweden

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Children's rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday received the World's Children's Prize 2014 in …

Elephant poaching deaths reach tipping point in Africa

<b>Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study says.</b><p>Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent.<p>They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could …

Seals Are Shrinking Because Of Climate Change

The primary inhabitants of South Georgia, a jagged little crust of snow and ice plopped nearly 900 miles north of Antarctica, are a small group of British scientists and seals. The scientists live there year-round, but every December, hundreds of thousands of Antarctic fur seals meet on the …

Starwatch: The July night sky

The Summer Triangle formed by Deneb in Cygnus, Vega in Lyra and Altair in Aquila occupies its rightful place high in Britain's S sky at our map times this month. Arcturus in Bootes is conspicuous as it sinks in the W and Capella in Auriga twinkles low down in the N. Sagittarius straddles our S …

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

Let me guess how you feel about your urine: Get that smelly stuff away from me as fast as possible?<p>A small group of environmentalists in Vermont isn't as squeamish. Instead of flushing their pee down the drain, they're collecting it with special toilets that separate No. 1 and No. 2.<p>Then they're …

Influenza: How the Great War helped create the greatest pandemic ever known | @GrrlScientist

The Great War helped create the influenza pandemic of 1918, which eventually brought an early end to the Great War<p>I had a little bird,<br>Its name was Enza.<br>I opened the window,<br>And in-flu-enza.

Methane release likely caused mystery crater on Yamal peninsula

A science team measured methane concentrations up to 50,000 times standard levels inside the crater.<p><b>UPDATE July 31, 2014.</b> Stories are popping up fast …

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China Will Scrap 5 Million Cars to Ease Pollution

China plans to eliminate more than 5 million aging cars from its streets in a bid to improve air quality, Reuters reports.<p>In a report outlining a …

China

Weird Rocks Support New Model For Earth's Deep Mantle

Models of how the Earth's mantle works may need to change, thanks to two new studies that recreate the extreme conditions just above the planet's core.<p>The deep mantle, a region that lies 416 to 1,800 miles (670 to 2,900 kilometers) below the Earth's surface, is impossible to reach and hard to "see" …

Idea: Let's Name Storms After Climate Change Deniers

"Hurricane Marco Rubio ravages the East Coast."<p>Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana eight years ago today, killing at least 1,836 people. Now, a group of activists wants to know: Why place that morbid association on the people of the world named Katrina? A new petition argues that we should name storms …

Should we give the Longitude prize some latitude?

Ironically, given the provenance of the award, I struggled at first to work out my position on the Longitude prize.<p>Announced with great fanfare on Monday and on BBC2’s Horizon last night, the prize offers the public the chance to decide which of six major problems faced by the world today — …