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Fewer Americans are dying from infectious diseases but it all depends on where you live

The overall chances of dying from an infectious disease are decreasing in the U.S., but the probability can vary greatly from county to county, …

Public Health

The U.K. Bans Microbeads From Many Products

Microbeads bite the dust.<p>Earlier this week, the British government banned manufacturers from using microbeads—tiny plastic balls that offer the …

New Jupiter-like planet is largest yet discovered orbiting two stars

Spotted using data from the Kepler space telescope, the gas giant, dubbed Kepler-1647b, has one of the longest orbits recorded for a transiting planet<p>A gas giant 3,700 light years away is the largest planet yet to be found orbiting two stars, scientists have revealed.<p>Dubbed Kepler-1647b, the …

Astronomy

Begin Again director John Carney criticizes Keira Knightley's acting

Keira Knightley has been nominated for two Oscars, two BAFTAs, and two Screen Actors Guild awards for her performances in films like <i>Pride & Prejudice</i> …

“It actually has me concerned, and I’m an expert”: Major cell phone radiation study reignites cancer debate

New research from the National Toxicology Program links radio-frequency radiation to tumor formation in rats<p>Federal scientists released partial findings Friday from a $25-million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted …

Why Bone Broth is So Good for Us

Broths and stocks have been part of almost every culture’s culinary tradition for centuries; from Vietnamese pho to Italian brodo to American chicken …

Synthetic 'second skin' uses science to make you look younger

Want to erase those crow's feet or shrink those eye bags? In the future, rather than getting injections or going under the knife, you may be able to solve those cosmetic problems by painting on a second skin.<p>Researchers at Harvard and MIT have created a transparent, silicone-based polymer that can …

Skin Care

The return of doctor house calls: Convenient, but at what cost?

An alert popped up on Dr. Sam Kim's smartphone: a 7-year-old with a cough. Would you be comfortable seeing this patient?<p>Kim clicked yes and hopped in his car on a recent Saturday morning. Black bag in hand, white coat donned, he knocked on the door of a home on a tree-lined street in La Canada …

Stretchable, glowing capacitors used to make a touch-sensitive robot

A hydrogel sandwich provides some interesting electrical properties.<p>For many of us, the term "robot" still evokes an image of R2D2 or a …

Nanotech

Microsoft’s Xbox chief hints at console hardware upgrades

Microsoft's Xbox chief Phil Spencer has hinted that the company will offer optional hardware upgrades for the Xbox One in the future. Speaking at an Xbox spring showcase event last week, Spencer revealed that Microsoft plans to make the Xbox One more like a PC. "We can effectively feel a little bit …

Why Hotels Put a Chocolate On Your Pillow

Have you ever wondered why hotels put a chocolate on your pillow?<p>Have you ever been lucky enough to stay in a really nice hotel? If so, you were likely nicely surprised by a wrapped mint, chocolate, or chocolate mint, cleanly set on the pillow upon your arrival. It's a nice, small gesture, and it …

Netflix Is Making Binge-Watching Easier on Your Phone

Netflix is rolling out an app update for the iPhone and iPad Wednesday that will make it easier for people to binge-watch. When users are watching a …

Gravitational waves: Einstein was right - and this announcement is the scientific highlight of the decade

Physicists and astronomers are agog. On Thursday, experimenters will report the first detection of a phenomenon that has been long predicted:bursts of gravitational waves generated by cosmic collisions of black holes.<p>Sadly it is not unknown for hyped-up scientific claims to be mistaken or …

Physics

Aldi is fixing its biggest weakness, and that should terrify Whole Foods

The grocery chain is expanding organic-food brands, removing some artificial ingredients from its products, and adding more gluten-free items in hopes of attracting more health-conscious shoppers.<p>Aldi became one of the world's biggest food retailers by offering comparatively very low prices. Its …

8 Things Your Homeowners' Insurance Won't Cover

Even a fully-loaded policy has some gaps.<p>If you snooze soundly at night knowing your beloved house is 110% covered by homeowners’ insurance, better …

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis