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Addicted to Oreos? You truly might be

Oreos are as addictive as cocaine, at least for lab rats, and just like us, they like the creamy center best.<p>Eating the sugary treats activates more neurons in the brain’s “pleasure center” than drugs such as cocaine, the team at Connecticut College found.<p>“Our research supports the theory that …

What Is American?

My wife and I have one son who is "other", another who is "white", and a daughter who is "Latina."<p>At least that's how the schools classify them.<p>We don't bother to change this classification because it really doesn't matter. On top of that, we actually think it's hilarious.<p>I was always excited when …

Native Americans

Gut bacteria 'may be obesity weapon'

<b>Bacteria living in our guts seem to be affecting our waistlines and harnessing them could lead to new ways of shedding the pounds, US research suggests.</b><p>The human body is teeming with thousands of species of microbes that affect health.<p>A study showed that transplanting gut bacteria from obese people …

Microbiology

Was Your Chicken Nugget Made In China? It'll Soon Be Hard To Know

Here's a bit of news that might make you drop that chicken nugget midbite.<p>Just before the start of the long holiday weekend last Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture quietly announced that it was ending a ban on processed chicken imports from China. The kicker: These products can now be sold …

Audit OKs Chinese poultry plants

U.S. officials have given the thumbs-up to four Chinese poultry plants, paving the way for the country to send processed chicken to American markets, according to <b>audit reports</b> obtained by POLITICO.<p>The audit reports expected to be made public Friday show that the Chinese processing plants passed …

Obama’s Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable

Re­pub­lic­ans have long blamed Pres­id­ent Obama’s sig­na­ture health care ini­ti­at­ive for in­creas­ing in­sur­ance costs, dub­bing it the …

Health Care

Siri just started a beef with Google Glass

Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri has been known to have a quirky personality for a long time, offering off the cuff responses to a variety of unconventional requests. Now it appears that Siri is eager to take some jabs at Google Glass, as it responds with subtle and not-so-subtle putdowns on …

Obama awards Medal of Honor to Afghan war veteran

WASHINGTON— PresidentObamaon Monday awarded Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military citation, making him the fifth living veteran of the Afghanistan or Iraq conflicts to be awarded the medal for acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty.<p>At a<p>White …

Military

The Astonishing Decline of Homelessness in America

... and why this quiet trend is about to reverse itself<p>Despite a housing crisis, a great recession, rising income inequality, and elevated poverty, there is some good news among the most vulnerable segment of American society. America’s homeless population – an estimated 633,000 people – has …

US states banned from exporting their trash to China are drowning in plastic

Being green is getting a lot harder for eco-friendly states in the US, thanks to the country’s dependency on overrun Chinese recycling facilities. Recycling centers in Oregon recently stopped accepting clear plastic “clamshell” containers used for berries, plastic hospital gowns and plastic bags, …

Sustainability

3D Printing Goes Mainstream Retail

Just another day at UPS: Photocopy the ol' resume, ship back shoes to Zappos, print a car part.<p>About a month ago, a UPS store in eastern San Diego started offering a new service: 3D printing. Six weeks ago, store owner Burke Jones says, "I didn't know anything about 3D printing."<p>"I'd love to take …

3-D printing booms, triggers rush for patents

It printed a gun that shot six times before falling apart. It crafted jewelry, custom prosthetics and spare machine parts. And, perhaps unbelievably, it spit out living embryonic cells.<p>3-D printing, limited only by our imagination, is undergoing a patent boom. Goldman Sachs recently cited 3-D …

3D Printing

Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

The Brain

Researchers Finally Ask Henrietta Lacks's Family If They Can Study Her Cells

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>It's taken 62 years, but researchers finally asked Henrietta Lacks's family for consent to use her …

Why we keep clothes we never wear

A study found that 85% of women have clothes in their wardrobe that don't fit. Is discarding a pair of jeans that are two sizes too small an admission of failure we'd rather avoid?<p>Every woman's wardrobe is part active and part inactive. We have clothes that we wear, and clothes that are unworn. …

Learn How to Make Solar Panels

Plenty of people have been looking into installing solar panels in an effort to combat rising energy costs. When most of these people see the prices …

More About The 40-Year-Old Picture That Makes People Smile

About 10 days ago, we posted a story about an almost 40 year-old photo that was taken by Joseph Crachiola. A former news photographer in the Detroit suburb of Mount Clemens, Mich., Crachiola had happened upon five children playing not far from his newsroom at the <i>Macomb Daily</i> and shot the above …

Thighs the limit: how to cure 'chub rub'

Whenever I see a gorgeous plus-size girl sauntering down the street in a skirt or a dress on a hot summer's day the first thought that passes through …

Move Over Google Glass — GlassUp Is A Less Creepy And Much Cheaper Pair Of AR Specs

Right now Google Glass sits at the apogee of geeky, wearable technology. Last month, interviewing a Glass-wearing Robert Scoble, Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman memorably debunked it in his opening question as “that thing on your head. ” Getting non-techie people to view Glass as anything other than …

3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

3D Printing

Rawlemon’s Spherical Solar Energy-Generating Globes Can Even Harvest Energy from Moonlight

The solar energy designers at Rawlemon have created a spherical, sun-tracking glass globe that is able to concentrate sunlight (and moonlight) <b>up to</b> …

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City in US to Ban Plastic Bags

Following in the footsteps of San Francisco, Seattle, and other cities around the world, the Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban single-use …

Los Angeles

To really get smart, Apple’s Siri may need a human touch

In a recent study by Butler University, Apple’s iOS personal assistant Siri scored only 16.3 on an intelligence index out of 100 and ranked below Bing, Yahoo, Google, WolframAlpha … and answers engine ChaCha.<p>“If the metric is providing users with a high quality answer within seconds, Siri’s at the …

What A Pioneering Photog Taught Us About How We Sleep

Ted Spagna’s time-lapse pics provided information and visuals that sleep researchers had never seen before.<p>In an era when big data and sensors are at the forefront of technology, it feels like we have a measurement for everything: What we ate, how many likes, who bought what. But when it comes to …

Photography

The Fairphone is an Openly-Designed Conflict-Free Smartphone

Buying a mobile device these days can feel like signing a pact with the devil – and to make matters worse, it’s difficult to determine where the …

Android Phones

Air Shower : Washer and Dryer Shower System Reduces Bath Towel Washing

<b>Air Shower</b> is a concept shower system that combines both washer and dryer so that when you step out of the shower, you’ll be warm and dry. The air …

Jeff Skierka's Nostalgic Mixtape Table is Made from Reclaimed Wood!

Seattle designer Jeff Skierka’s new Mixtape Table appeals to the 80’s child in all of us. The handmade wooden table harkens back to the days of high …