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85% of Tampons Contain Monsanto's 'Cancer Causing' Glyphosate

Glyphosate, a widely popular herbicide that has been linked to cancer by the World Health Organization's cancer research arm, was detected in 85 …

Agriculture

DNA Damage from CRISPR Has Been ‘Seriously Underestimated’

The breakthrough gene therapy has hit some major stumbling blocks in the last few months that threaten its status as a therapy.<p><i>This article is part of</i> DNA/IDK <i>, a semi-regular column exploring how genetic modification is shaping the future.</i> <b>Follow along here</b> <i>.</i><p>When CRISPR was first revealed to the …

Genetics

Scorching Scandinavia: Record-breaking heat hits Norway, Finland and Sweden

<i>(This story, originally published Tuesday afternoon, was updated Wednesday morning with more data.)</i><p>An intense heat dome has swelled over Scandinavia, pushing temperatures more than 20 degrees above normal and spurring some of the region’s hottest weather ever recorded. Even as far north as the …

Arctic Circle

Memories Can Be Altered in Mice. Are Humans Next?

Science & Innovation<p>Ongoing experiments that may one day treat a variety of mental conditions have experts debating the promise and the perils.<p>Can you remember how you felt the first time you rode a bike? What about your first kiss—or your first heartbreak? Memorable moments and the emotions they …

The Brain

Yet More Evidence that Viruses May Cause Alzheimer's Disease

For decades, the idea that a bacteria or virus could help cause Alzheimer’s disease was dismissed as a fringe theory. But not so much anymore. On …

Neuroscience

This Surprising Factor May Raise Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Outside of your genetic makeup, few things are definitively linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain conditions. Unlike heart …

Medical Research

Costa Rica Becomes the First Nation to Ban Fossil Fuels

Sustainability has become the focus of the world over the last decade, and many countries have made great strides in their efforts to combat climate …

Costa Rica

The Most Used Vegetable Oil Could Be Worse for Your Health Than Sugar, Study Suggests

We're used to being told that if we want to be healthy, we need to stay away from sugar. But new research suggests that another ingredient used in …

Nutrition

This video of a Greenland glacier fracturing is a close, scary look at sea level rise

The video captures a 4.5 mile section of ice breaking off of Greenland’s Helheim glacier<p>In just 30 minutes at the end of June, four-and-a-half miles of icebergs fractured off of Greenland’s Helheim glacier in an icy churn. Researchers managed to catch it on camera, and they’ve released a sped-up …

Antarctica

The world has never seen a Category 6 hurricane. But the day may be coming.

As a ferocious hurricane bears down on South Florida, water managers desperately lower canals in anticipation of four feet of rain.Everyone east of …

Climate Change

Don't Use Spray Sunscreen

I love sunscreen. I wear it everyday—even in the winter, even when it’s overcast. Applying sunscreen regularly is one of the few things you can do to …

Skin Care

Hidden in plain sight: what the recycling crisis really looks like

More than 200 tonnes of material is tipped into the receivers hall daily<p>Glass is processed back to sand, which is used in civil projects such as road construction and concrete<p>This facility receives more than 800 tonnes of waste a day, around 12-15% of Sydney’s household mixed waste<p>The workers hand …

Sustainability

Heat Maps Reveal Record-Breaking Temperatures Across the Globe

This week was brutal.<p>Cities across the Northern Hemisphere witnessed exceptionally high heat this week, with records breaking in North America, …

Global Warming

Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There?

It could be the coolest new neighborhood on the planet—or a peek into the Orwellian metropolis that knows everything you did last night.<p><b>TORONTO—Even with a chilly mid-May</b> breeze blowing off Lake Ontario, this city’s western waterfront approaches idyllic. The lake laps up against the boardwalk, …

Smart Cities

We Have No Idea How Bad the US Tick Problem Is

When Rick Ostfeld gets bitten by a tick, he knows right away. After decades studying tick-borne diseases as an ecologist at the Cary Institute of …

Public Health

Meet The “Kratom Warriors” Who Say This Plant Will End The Opioid Epidemic

Is kratom the answer to the opioid crisis — or the start of a new one?<p><b>By the time Courtney True</b> found the Reddit thread about kratom in December 2016, she hadn’t touched an opioid for 48 hours. She was in bad shape — stomach cramps, diarrhea, jitters, hot sweats, cold sweats, and body aches that …

Medicine

8 Gross Things Your Body Does That Mean You Got A Good Night’s Sleep

Bodies in general are kinda gross. As a seasoned hypochondriac, I try not to think about all the processes my body goes through on the regular, …

Sleep

Scientists can 3D print human heart tissue now. The future is here

Long term, the goal of 3D bioprinting is to be able to 3D print fully functioning organs which can be used to replace the failing biological organs …

3D Bioprinting

A huge stretch of the Arctic Ocean is rapidly turning into the Atlantic. That’s not a good sign

Scientists studying one of the fastest-warming regions of the global ocean say changes in this region are so sudden and vast that in effect, it will soon be another limb of the Atlantic Ocean, rather than a characteristically icy Arctic sea.<p>The northern Barents Sea, to the north of Scandinavia and …

Global Warming

China Just Handed the World a 111-Million-Ton Trash Problem

Few people consider used plastic to be a valuable global commodity. Yet China has imported 106 million tons of old bags, bottles, wrappers and …

Coral reefs ‘will be overwhelmed by rising oceans’

Scientists have uncovered a new threat to the world’s endangered coral reefs. They have found that most are incapable of growing quickly enough to compensate for rising sea levels triggered by global warming.<p>The study suggests that reefs – which are already suffering serious degradation because the …

Climate Change

Marine plastic: Hundreds of fragments in dead seabirds

<b>New footage of the devastating impact of plastic pollution on wildlife has been captured by a BBC team.</b><p>Seabirds are starving to death on the remote Lord Howe Island, a crew filming for the BBC One documentary Drowning in Plastic has revealed.<p>Their stomachs were so full of plastic there was no room …

Pollution

Antarctica is losing ice twice as fast as anyone thought

Over the last 25 years, melting Antarctic ice has added nearly 3 trillion tons of water to the ocean, enough to fill Lake Erie six times over. That’s …

These meat and fish choices hurt the environment most

Which food type is more environmentally costly to produce—livestock, farmed seafood, or wild-caught fish?<p>The answer is that it depends, according to …

University of Washington

9 "Gross" Things Your Body Does That Are Actually Signs That You’re Healthy

It's important to pay attention to your body, and watch out for signs that things are changing or becoming uncomfortable, since these symptoms can be …

Wellness

For Animals, Plastic Is Turning the Ocean Into a Minefield

MagazinePlanet or Plastic?<p>From getting stuck in nets to eating plastic that they think is food, creatures worldwide are dying from material we made.<p><b>On a boat off Costa Rica,</b> a biologist uses pliers from a Swiss army knife to try to extract a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nostril. The turtle …

Pollution

A geneticist says this simple test could show how many carbs you should be eating

Carbs are getting a lot of airtime, and new research seems to be constantly turning what we have believed about them for years on its head.<p>Recently, studies have found that it might be better to eat carbs at night than in the morning, and that eating pasta regularly in a diet could actually aid …

Whale dies from eating more than 80 plastic bags

A whale has died in southern Thailand after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags, with rescuers failing to nurse the mammal back to health.<p>The small male pilot whale was found barely alive in a canal near the border with Malaysia, the country’s department of marine and coastal resources said.<p>A …

Thailand

There's new evidence that Silicon Valley's favorite diet has benefits that go beyond weight loss

Diets that sound too good to be true are often just that. But a plan called intermittent fasting that frees its followers from calorie and carb cutting is quickly gaining traction in Silicon Valley. Scientific research suggests its followers are on to something big.<p>Popularized by Bay Area health …

'Holy grail of cancer research': doctors positive about early detection blood test

Blood tests called liquid biopsies show signs of finding 10 different types of cancer at an early stage<p>A blood test for 10 different types of cancers could one day help doctors screen for the disease before patients show symptoms, researchers at the world’s largest gathering of oncologists have …

Cancer