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Does Champagne Actually Get You Drunk Faster?

Every time I spend New Year's Eve with my mom, she tells me the same thing: "Be careful with that Champagne, honey. The bubbles go straight to the head. And it won't be pretty tomorrow."<p>Thanks, Mom. Glad you're looking after me after all these years.<p>But is she right?<p>The internet will sure tell you …

Researchers Create New 'Memory' Metals That Could Improve Safety

Some metal alloys will "remember" a shape when you heat them to the same temperature they were originally shaped at. So a straight wire made from one of these "shape memory alloys" might change back into a spring when heated, or vice versa. But the alloys that exist today change shape at low …

The bitter truth about making a natural sugar substitute

Sugar in soft drinks and other processed foods may be bad for us, but cheating our taste buds has proved difficult — and the substitutes we do have (like the coal derivative found in Sweet'n Low) can sound even worse. A more "natural" solution is sweetener derived from plants like stevia, which has …

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water.<p>Take the case of one simple, essential chemical element: phosphorus.<p>Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers …

Which Drugs Actually Kill Americans [Infographic]

Hint: not pot<p>In 2010, there were 80,000 drug and alcohol overdose deaths in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's WONDER database. The database, maintained by the National Center for Health Statistics, keeps a tally of all the deaths listed on certificates …

Ford C-Max Solar Energi Concept: Using The Sun To Charge An Electric Car

A new concept uses solar power to directly charge a plug-in hybrid's battery pack.<p>Solar power has proven itself better for static charging than it has for on-vehicle use, even if Australia's Solar Challenge race has shown solar cars to be possible under certain, very specific conditions.<p>The trouble …