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The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

The man who accurately predicted 4 market crashes told us 3 more dates to worry about this year

Sandy Jadeja is a technical analyst and chief market strategist at Core Spreads.<p>Technical analysts look at charts to pinpoint patterns in various markets and asset classes. From that, they forecast which direction prices are likely to move.<p>They can't tell you the reasons why there will be a big …

What will happen to global warming when we get the next big El Niño?

I'd like to declare a new season.<p>The back end of January is now the traditional time when we find out that the year we just had was one of the hottest on record.<p>I've no idea what we'd call this season, but it's upon us once again and it's becoming repetitive. It's been going on for a decade or more.<p>…

Giant Deep-Sea Oarfish Found off California Coast

Wildlife<p>This giant oarfish was found dead off Catalina Island Sunday. Photo: CIMI<p><i>Updated on October 16, 2013 at 11 am.</i><p>A deep-sea creature that is rarely seen, and was likely the inspiration for sea serpent tales among mariners of yore, has resurfaced.<p>On Sunday, staff of the Catalina Island Marine …

5 Surprising Facts About Otzi the Iceman

Scholars continue to be amazed by the ancient man found frozen in the Alps.<p>A report that Ötzi the Iceman has 19 genetic relatives living in Austria is the latest in a string of surprising discoveries surrounding the famed ice mummy. Ötzi's 5,300-year-old corpse turned up on the mountain border …

Long Weekend Bliss in Mexico City

I tend to get very animated about new discoveries. Like the best chocolate cake (EVER!) from Delirio, a delicatessen in Roma, Mexico City. Bites of this cake, called Tarta Helena, melt in your mouth and linger there. I wanted to find Chef Monica Patiño, give her a high five, and beg for the …

Beautiful Skull Spurs Debate on Human History

A 1.8-million-year-old skull blends features of a number of early human species.<p><b>A newly discovered skull, some 1.8 million years old, has rekindled debate over the identity of humanity's ancient ancestors. Uncovered at the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus in Georgia, "Skull 5" represents the most</b> …

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Genetically Modified or Organic Farming: Which Will Sustain a Growing Nation?

<i>In a place where population growth is moving incredibly fast, added pressure on farmers in India in the wake of crushing debt and failed crops calls for a new agricultural approach. Genetic modification and organic farming present promising solutions. Young Explorer Andrew Flachs will investigate</i> …

Could People Hibernate? Lemurs Give Clues

<b>Ever wished you could hibernate? Ask a fat-tailed dwarf lemur how it’s done.</b><p>These mini-primates have a talent that could help save human lives. Fat-tailed dwarf lemurs are the only primates that can hibernate, according to a new study published in the journal <i>PLoS ONE</i>. And lemurs are unique in that …

I Heart My City: Arianna’s Milan

<b>Arianna Malacrida</b> hails from a small town just outside Milan, but decided to make the move to the big city while studying media and communications. After spending a lot of time couch surfing, she settled on a flat in the Porta Genova neighborhood and started sharing her insider intelligence about …

5 Myths About China and the Environment

<b>Text and photos by Sean Gallagher</b><p>I have spent the past seven years traveling across China, documenting some of the most pressing crises affecting the world’s most populous nation. I’ve climbed glaciers, ridden across deserts, crawled through wetlands, and walked through sandstorms, all in an effort …

Did Life on Earth Come From Mars?

Two scientists present new data on great cosmic questions.<p><b>Did life begin on Mars and then travel to Earth for its blossoming?</b><p><b>A long-debated and often-dismissed theory known as "panspermia" got new life in the past week, as two scientists separately proposed that early Earth lacked some chemicals</b> …

November 2012

The Science Behind Bigfoot and Other Monsters

The authors of a new book apply the scientific method to the study of some very elusive creatures.<p><b>Does Bigfoot exist? What about the Loch Ness monster? Or the Yeti? Or Mokele Mbembe, the Congo dinosaur?</b><p>There's ample circumstantial evidence for all these creatures: eyewitness accounts, blurry …

Shark-like Tails Sped Ancient Sea Monsters Through Oceans

A new study finds that mosasaurs were not as slow as scholars once thought.<p><b>Sea monsters lying in wait for unsuspecting prey sounds scary enough. But slap on a tail that let them run down their dinner—much like today's great white sharks—and mosasaurs could truly be considered one of the ancient</b> …

Did a Comet Really Kill the Mammoths 12,900 Years Ago?

Did the planetary upheaval 12,900 years ago come from the heavens—or Earth?<p><b>Why did mammoths, mastodons, and other mega-beasts vanish from North America?</b><p>Was it because:<p>1) humans killed them;<p>2) they couldn't hack the climate after the Ice Age ended; or<p>3) an exploding comet ignited continent-wide …

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What Nawaz Sharif's win means for Pakistan's neighbours

<b>Nawaz Sharif's astonishing victory at the polls is certain to be welcomed by neighbours and other countries in the region hoping for a more stable Pakistan - but much will depend on how effectively he is able to work with the Pakistani army, writes Ahmed Rashid.</b><p>Mr Sharif was twice prime minister in …