Steven Houser

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Startup creates renewable hydrogen energy out of sunlight and water

California startup HyperSolar and University of Iowa researchers have teamed up to make renewable energy in a way that draws inspiration from plants. …

Clean Energy

Whistling Sling Bullets Were Roman Troops' Secret Weapon

Some 1,800 years ago, Roman troops used "whistling" sling bullets as a "terror weapon" against their barbarian foes, according to archaeologists who …

This Is the Best Exercise to Erase Your Belly Pooch, Says Science

Start planning a goodbye party for your tummy.<p>In the weight-loss game, not all fat is created equal. And if you're trying to lose that belly pooch you just <i>know</i> is hiding a six pack, stomach fat is a particularly stubborn beast.<p>But never fear: A recent study just found that one workout is …

Exercise

Goodbye to Allergies? Scientists Discover How to Trick Body's Immune System

If you suffer from allergies or asthma, you may be able one day to say goodbye to all those temporary treatments and over-the-counter drugs. …

One Minute of Intense Exercise Is Basically All You Need, Says Science

It's not that we don't know we need to work out; it's just that the alternatives (eating, sleeping, bingeing <i>Gilmore Girls</i> episodes from the couch) are so much easier. Between holding down full-time jobs, taking care of kids, doing all of the boring, behind-the-scenes grown-up stuff (we see you, …

Call this number to 'talk to a random Swede'

Sweden has a new phone number, and anyone, anywhere in the world can call it to "talk to a random Swede."<p>That is <i>sooooo</i> Sweden.<p>The country's tourist …

19 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Literally Do Anywhere

Who needs the gym?<p>Sure, there are days when you want to grab some 10-pounders and bang out a solid strength session—or even get your CrossFit on. But then there are times when you’ve got nothing but your sports bra, six-feet of space, and a burning desire to sweat like nobody’s business.<p>That’s …

Exercise

'Superstar doctor' fired from Swedish institute over research 'lies'

Paolo Macchiarini was once feted as a medical superstar, known as a trailblazer in the field of stem cell research who had revolutionised windpipe surgery and a personal doctor to VIPs – he claimed to have operated on everyone from Pope Francis to the Obamas.<p>But on Wednesday Macchiarini’s employer, …

Michelle Obama

9 Food Rules to Help You Lose That Belly

If that's something you're interested in.<p>Having lost the best part of 14 pounds after just three weeks on our "Amateur to Athlete" experiment with Pete Fraser Fitness, I've already picked up a few lessons on which habits and routine tweaks can help you stay on a diet and get better …

Nutrition

The country's largest private health insurer throws a 'tantrum' over lower profits

UnitedHealthGroup, the country's largest private health insurer, has discovered that sick people tend to go to the doctor. And that means bills to pay. And that's bad for the company's bottom line.<p>So UnitedHealth said Thursday that because of the "continuing deterioration" of its profits from …

Health Care

There's No Such Thing as a Free BBQ: Kickbacks Cost Physicians Too

By Tim McCormack and Molly Knobler<p>On October 29th, pharma giant Warner Chilcott pled guilty to a felony healthcare fraud charge, agreeing to pay $125 million to settle allegations that it had paid illegal kickbacks to doctors and engaged in other illegal marketing behavior to sell its drugs …

Corruption

Ancient river network discovered buried under Saharan sand

Radar images of the Mauritanian desert have revealed a river stretching for more than 500km and suggest plants and wildlife once thrived there<p>A vast river network that once carried water for hundreds of miles across Western Sahara has been discovered under the parched sands of Mauritania.<p>Radar …

Earth Science

Colorado to vote on single-payer state health-care system

Colorado voters will decide next year whether this state should be the first to pay for comprehensive health care for residents.<p>Proponents of a …

NASA Releases Images of Enigmatic Ancient Earthworks

NASA imagery is shedding new light on a set of ancient earthworks that date back 8000 years. The geometric figures crossed into the steppe in …

Ancient 6,300yo ‘eco house’ found near legendary Stonehenge monument in UK

Archaeologists in the UK have discovered a building near Stonehenge, which is over a thousand years older than the world famous relic. Now environmentalists are worried that a new tunnel road could severely damage the site.<p>The prehistoric construction was built around 6,300 years ago, archeologists …

Lithium-Air Battery Breakthrough May Mean Game Over For Gasoline

The lithium-air battery is the holy grail of energy storage only better.<p>Now, thanks to a breakthrough made by scientists at Cambridge University, it may also be a lot closer to commercial reality than previously believed.<p>First things first. What is a lithium air battery?<p>A battery has three basic …

Clean Energy

Transparent solar cells could turn your windows into power sources

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they're practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.<p>Previous claims toward transparent solar panels have been misleading, since the very nature of …