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Healthy Antibacterial Tips

These days, antibacterial products are everywhere. Soaps, tissues, sponges, cutting boards, and even countertops and toilet seats are laced with germ killers and touted as key to keeping your family and home healthy.<p>But are they necessary? Regular soap and water removes microorganisms from the skin …

Centers for Disease Control

Why Kindness Is Contagious, According To Science

Seeing someone perform an act of kindness can warm your heart. That feeling has a name -- it's called <i>moral elevation</i>, and it's that warm-and-fuzzy-on-the-inside sensation you get when you're in the presence of true human goodness.<p>The feeling helps to explain why kindness is, quite literally, …

Psychology

The best idioms from around the world, ranked

<i>The following were sourced from</i> I’m Not Hanging Noodles On Your Ears and Other Intriguing Idioms From Around the World <i>by Jag Bhalla (National Geographic Books, 2009).</i><p>25. Ear-nectar<p>Origin: Indian. Meaning: A sweet noise or sound.<p>24. Can’t stop being the owl.<p>Origin: Italian, French. Meaning: Can’t …

Mona Lisa

This is what sunset looks like on Mars

The Curiosity rover's high-resolution camera has returned pictures of a dusty sunset on the Red Planet.<p>The Curiosity rover has been sending back data and photos since it landed on Mars nearly three years ago. Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of rocks in those images.<p>But finally, for the first time, …

Home Remedies for Allergies Straight from Your Kitchen

Spring heralds warmer weather and explosions of color as flowers blossom and fruits ripen, but for many people the joys of spring also mean runny …

Alternative Medicine

Probiotics Could Help Defeat Seasonal Allergy Symptoms

By: Cari Nierenberg<p>Published: May 04, 2015 01:09pm ET on LiveScience.<p>Probiotics, or "good bacteria," may be helpful to people with seasonal allergies, a new review suggests.<p>Researchers analyzed the results from more than 20 previous studies and found that hay fever sufferers may get some benefits …

Larry Wilmore
Wedding Cake

The 5-Step Recipe For Making Homemade Ketchup Is Easier Than You Think

Get ready to toss the ketchup that's been in your fridge for the past few months. YouTuber Dave Hax released a video last week showing us how to make a homemade version of everyone's favorite condiment, and things might never be the same.<p>Using an onion, brown sugar, some tomato paste and a few more …

Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immunotherapy

45 Ways the Drones Are Taking Over

Drones can fly to places where humans cannot reach and capture breathtaking footage, but that's far from the limit of their amazing abilities.

Drones

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Nutrition

Poland Developing Liquid Body Armor

Oobleck versus bullets<p>Liquids are great at absorbing bullets' energy. Fired underwater, an AK-47 can only send a bullet a few feet forwards, while in the air the same bullets would easily fly over 1,000 feet. This is great news for secret agents looking to avoid henchmen by swimming underwater, but …

Cook Rice Differently To Reduce Its Calories

Researchers say it can curb obesity in countries where rice is a staple<p>Rice, the base for cuisines all over the world, contains a lot of starch. That makes it delicious but also high in calories. While that may a boon for people who struggle to ingest enough calories each day, it’s becoming a …

8 Surprising Ways You're Slowing Your Metabolism

Fire up your natural calorie burn ASAP.<p><i>This article was written by Paige Greenfield and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>Yeah, yeah, yeah, you've heard it all before—all you need to speed up your metabolism is to build more muscle, drink lots of ice water, and try to spend less time sitting, …

9 Sensational Sides That Will Dress Up Any Dish

Side dishes are often an afterthought, but they can be just as memorable as the main course. These sensational sides will have people scrambling for seconds.<p><b>1. Roasted Broccoli with Chipotle Butter</b><p>Build a meal around this flavorful broccoli. The florets are tossed in a sweet, spicy, and smoky …

Murmuration over Utrecht

Today’s “Caturday” video features a large flock of starlings -- a murmuration -- performing their spectacular aerial ballet in the sky over Utrecht, Netherlands. This is likely one of the last such performances until November, so catch it while you can!<p>Large flocks of birds flying in a tight group …

Photos Of School Lunches From Around The World Will Make American Kids Want To Study Abroad

More than one-third of kids in America are obese or overweight. In 2013, the National School Lunch Program, a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools, served 5.1 billion lunches, Bloomberg reports. The quality of these lunches must somehow correlate to the …

Bevy Wants to Gather All Family Photos In One Place

In the never ending quest to take control of our vast and proliferating photo collections, a new hardware-software combo called Bevy has now emerged.<p>Just launched from Lineage Labs, Bevy is a device paired with both mobile app and desktop Mac or Windows apps that families can use to gather, …

Apps

8 Habits That Help You Live LONGER

Make these a part of your life now so you can reap the benefits for decades to come.

KQED

Mark Pennington’s students often read on their laptops. Pennington, who’s a reading specialist in Elk Grove near Sacramento, Calif., sees a need to …

Teaching

The 7 Easiest Ways Ever to Improve Your Diet

You won't even notice these changes—swear!<p>Of course you know that eating healthy is a lifelong goal—but that doesn't mean that it takes ages to make it happen. In fact, there are tons of quick, easy ways to be sure you're eating well that basically involve zero effort. Here are a few to get you …

Why eating late at night may be bad for your brain

That dinner you’ve been putting off until late at night or bowl of ice cream you can’t resist before bedtime could mess with your head.<p>Experts studying our body’s internal clock have discovered eating at the “wrong time” of the day, especially munching when you should normally be sleeping, may …

3D Printing

Smoking's Death Toll May Be Higher Than Anyone Knew

"We've known for a long time that smoking kills. We do think, though, that it's important to get an accurate estimate of just how many people are killed." - Eric Jacobs, epidemiologist, American Cancer Society<p>The U.S. surgeon general lists 21 deadly diseases that are caused by smoking. Now, a study …

Public Health
Public Health
Sam Adams

Entropy Defied: Researchers Unboil An Egg

Unscrambling eggs is still impossible, an example of entropy in action. But boiling eggs is no longer the one-way process it used to be. Scientists in California and Australia have figured out how to turn solid albumen, the white of an egg, back into a useable liquid.<p>“We have invented a way to …

Australian Universities