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What causes a beer belly?

We know beer is pretty calorific, as are the snacks we crave to accompany it. But why does it specifically affect men’s guts? Greg Foot explains all.<p>When you drink beer, your liver has to go into overdrive to detoxify the alcohol. Now add a few packets of crisps to the equation, maybe some peanuts …

Alcohol

Inside China’s Genome Factory - MIT Technology Review

When he was 17 years old, Zhao Bowen dropped out of Beijing’s most prestigious high school. Like many restless young people in China, he headed south …

Genetics

The Shortest Science Paper Ever Published Had No Words, and Was Utterly Brilliant

Scientists are widely known for their inclination to drone on about esoteric topics in a language of jargon. But every so often, they can surprise us …

Bio-Hackers Pore Through A Child’s DNA For The Source of A Mysterious Disease

When Max Good was born, it was clear that something was off.<p>At first, he was a colicky baby. But then he wouldn’t make eye contact, revealing that he was almost 100 percent blind at birth. Occasionally, he would have seizures. Then feeding became so impossible and difficult that his parents, Paul …

The Neuroscience Of Superstition

With the Super Bowl in sight, we look at what makes some people accept superstitious beliefs and others reject them.<p>The Super Bowl is this Sunday, which means millions of fans and gamblers alike will spend the next 48 hours looking for signs from the universe about who’s going to win. If Seattle’s …

Welcome your primate overlords: One monkey controlled the movements of another via brain waves

In a development that could someday help paralyzed people regain movement, researchers used a monkey’s brain waves to control the actions of another …

How Nutrition In One Generation Can Change The Genetics Of The Next

A Cambodian case study finds that people developing diabetes today have parents who went hungry in the 1970s.<p>So many adults in Cambodia are getting diabetes at such a young age, it's unbelievable. "You can go to every village with me and see it," endocrinologist Lim Keuky told PRI. "When I go …

Khmer Rouge

The Scientific Complexity in a Seemingly Simple Snowflake - The Crux

By Daniel Tammet | January 21, 2014 12:19 pm<p>Outside it is cold, cold — ten degrees below, give or take. I step out with my coat zipped up to my chin …

Into Thin Air: Weight Loss At High Altitudes

In addition to a lack of oxygen, there may be another reason it’s called thin air--researchers have been exploring the relationship between weight …