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Doctors Worry as Cancer Study Reveals Dark Side of Complementary Medicine

“I understand the very human desire to wonder whether there is a better way.”<p>Presented as an alternative to conventional medical treatment, the …

Cancer

Louisville, Kentucky: How a City Used Technology to Fight Air Pollution

They're now known for bourbon and clean air.<p>Louisville, Kentucky, is world-renowned for the best horse racing, bourbon whiskey, and baseball bats. …

Pollution

What Is Kratom? How the Plant Could Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

But a federal ban could stunt research.<p>While Kratom is heavily discussed in niche communities on YouTube and Reddit, the herbal drug is still …

Medicine

Kilauea Volcano May Take Two Years to "Wind Down," Government Report Says

It's time to plan ahead.<p>Hawaii’s Volcano Kilauea has catalyzed several new or unusual natural phenomena, from volcanic tornadoes to launching lava …

Kilauea

Mars Rover Needs a Name! Here’s How to Enter the ESA’s Naming Contest

Move over, Boaty McBoatface<p>Before the European Space Agency (ESA) can send its rover to Mars in 2020, it’s going to need a name. The agency has …

Mars Rover

Link Between Teen Binge Drinking and Memory Issues Explained in New Study

There's a reason they're so forgetful.<p>America’s adults consume billions of drinks every year, and its teenagers aren’t too far behind: 11 percent of …

Binge Drinking

'Atacama Alien' Study Sparks Furor Over Unethical Treatment of Human Bodies

"It was clearly nonsense from the get-go, but the public loves this crap."<p>Like many ancient artifacts, the tiny, bizarrely shaped Atacama skeleton …

Anthropology

ADHD Drugs Aren't Doing What You Think, Scientists Warn 'Smart Pill' Users

"Young people are using this drug as a performance-enhancing agent."<p>About an hour before any organic chemistry final, there’s usually a student …

The Brain

NASA Reveals How Its Groundbreaking Parker Solar Probe Will "Touch the Sun"

The science behind why it won’t melt.<p>The Parker Solar Probe is not only one of NASA’s most ambitious missions, but it seems to defy logic. The …

Astronomy

CDC Says Raw Turkey Linked to Salmonella in 26 States — What to Know

Cooking it might not be enough.<p>While eating raw turkey is obviously a bad idea, it’s important to be careful when simply <i>handling</i> an uncooked bird. …

Environmental Health

Yeast Scientists Weigh in on "Mr. Yeasty," the Mysterious Viral Sensation

"She screamed when she first saw him!"<p>A new god has risen, and his name is Mr. Yeasty. But he’s probably not 100 percent yeast.<p>In less than a week, …

Symbiotic

Teen Study Illuminates the Link Between Social Media Use and ADHD

This isn't good.<p>Whether it’s to fight FOMO or play Fortnite, teens are tethered to their phones. Smartphone addiction has become so bad that even …

Mental Health

FDA Outlook on Plant-Based 'Milk' Is Bleak: "An Almond Doesn’t Lactate"

Unless your nuts have mammary glands, they're not making milk.<p>Anyone who’s sick of the alternative-milk hype can chalk up FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott …

Beverages

Astronaut Scott Kelly Battled a Gallon-Sized Ball of Urine and Acid on ISS

Asked by Reddit to name the creepiest thing he’s ever dealt with in space, former astronaut and retired US Navy captain Scott Kelly didn’t hold back. …

Personal Hygiene

A Scientist Clarifies the Link Between Eating Beef Jerky and Mania

Fans of cured meat, take note.<p>Eating lots of hot dogs and beef jerky is perhaps not the wisest choice for physical health, but until recently, doing …

Mental Health

Blue Origin's Mission 9 Touchdown Previews How Future Space Trips Will End

Blue Origin’s New Shepard space system passed another major test on Wednesday: a high-altitude, mission abort trial that saw both its passenger …

Space Exploration

America's Ozone Problem Has Now Spread to Its National Parks

Humans can't leave good things alone, huh?<p>Who doesn’t like escaping into the wilderness to get some fresh air reset their brain from the stresses of …

Ecology

This One Simple Trick Can Reduce Opioid Prescriptions

It's all about the power of suggestion.<p>The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis that continues to claim lives at an accelerating rate. …

Medicine

Oldest Ever Baby Snake Discovered Frozen Inside an Amber Coffin

"Just about everything about snakes is a mystery."<p>Snakes are muscle-noodles that have been biting and thriving for at least 140 million years. And …

Zoology

US Alcohol Study Shows Increased Likelihood That You Drink Way Too Much

"The reaction I get often is: Oh really? I didn't know that."<p>Even if you think your alcohol consumption qualifies as reasonable, speaking to Dr. …

Public Health

Loner Study Reveals the Biological Reason Isolation Isn’t Always a Problem

Going it alone might help some species survive.<p>Most of us have been taught that a preference for being alone is a bit of a red flag, even if research …

Psychology

Memory Study Casts Doubt on the First Thing You Recall From Your Childhood

Your first memory is probably a lie.<p>Recently, BBC Radio 4 listeners were invited by a team of scientists to go to a website and describe their …

The Brain

Kilauea Hurled a Basketball-Sized Lava Bomb at a Boat, Injuring 23 People

Volcanic explosions continue to rupture around Hawaii's Big Island.<p>It seems like the ongoing Kilauea volcano eruptions will never end. Since May 3, …

Geology

Amid Vibrio Outbreak, CDC Explains the Truth Behind the "Oyster Rule"

"Eighty percent of Vibrio infections occur between May and October."<p>Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy some fresh seafood by the water — …

Oysters

Weed Munchies Traced Back to a Hormone Surge That Changes Eating Patterns

It's a game changer for cancer patients with low appetites.<p>Anyone who’s ever done a bong rip or read old scientific studies on weed knows that …

Cannabis

Wildlife Experts Weigh in on Japan's Obsession With Smuggled Pet Otters

They make bad pets, anyway.<p>Look, we all know otters are cute as heck, with their big eyes and sharp little teeth. But just because an animal is cute</b> …

Wildlife

UK Bioethicists Explain How Designer Babies Could Be 'Morally Permissible'

Genetic manipulation doesn't have to be unethical.<p>The Nuffield Council on Bioethics, one of the UK’s leading advisory agencies, released a landmark …

Genetics

Discovery of Multiple New Moons Means That Jupiter’s Total Is No Longer 69

We regret to inform you.<p>It took a year to map their orbits, but a dozen new and lost moons have been discovered in transit over Jupiter, including …

Astronomy

Rubbing Testosterone Gel on Men Made Them Crave Luxury Goods in Weird Study

Scientists pinpoint a link between testosterone and social status.<p>Millennials swaddled in Supreme and gearheads salivating over the Tesla Model Y …

Psychology