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How the Calif. Drought Will Hit Your Wallet

April 17, 2014 1:06 pm | by Arizona State Univ. | News | Comments

With California experiencing one of its worst droughts on record, grocery shoppers across the country can expect to see a short supply of certain fruits and vegetables in stores, and to pay higher prices for those items. A professor has recently completed research on which crops will likely be most affected and what the price boosts might be.

Bionic Ankle Mimics Biology

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by MIT, Rob Matheson | News | Comments

An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across...

Diabetic Heart Attacks, Strokes on the Decline

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Mike Stobbe | News | Comments

In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: heart attacks, strokes and other...

Reservoir to Flush Millions of Gallons Because of Urine

April 17, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Steven DuBois | News | Comments

Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the...

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Obesity Amplifies Bone, Muscle Loss

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Florida State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have identified a new syndrome called "osteosarcopenic obesity" that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity.

Trials of the Cherokee Evident in Skulls

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by North Carolina State Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have found that environmental stressors– from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War– led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

Ants Inspire Help for Human Evacuees

April 17, 2014 7:00 am | by Inderscience Publishers | News | Comments

An escape route mapping system, based on the behavior of ant colonies, could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack. The system builds a map showing the shortest routes to shelters, and provides regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via smartphones.

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Research Finds Brain Changes in Pot Smokers

April 16, 2014 1:21 pm | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.

Coffee is Getting Less Green

April 16, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Univ. of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

The proportion of land used to cultivate shade grown coffee, relative to the total land area of coffee cultivation, has fallen by nearly 20 percent globally since 1996. Researchers say the global shift toward a more intensive style of coffee farming is probably having a negative effect on the environment, communities and individual farmers.

EPA Recommends Too Much Bleach for Water Purification

April 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by ACS | News | Comments

The EPA’s recommendations for treating water after a natural disaster or other emergencies call for more chlorine bleach than is necessary to kill disease-causing pathogens and are often impractical to carry out, a new study has found.

Food Texture Impacts Perceived Calories

April 16, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Chicago Press Journals | News | Comments

Food is a personal thing; we savor some tastes and despise others. But how does the way we chew and eat our food impact our overall consumption? According to a new study, people perceive foods that are either hard, or have a rough texture, as having fewer calories.

Stadium Acoustics Can Damage Hearing

April 15, 2014 12:17 pm | by Inside Science News Service, Brian Owens | News | Comments

Exposure to noise levels equivalent to 85 dBA— a decibel scale that accounts for how sensitive the human hearing system is to different sound frequencies— for eight hours could lead to permanent damage over time. For every 3 dB above that, the safe exposure time is cut in half. The noise in the stands during a football or soccer game can easily hover around 80 to 90 dBA.

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Coke’s Soda Sales Down for First Time in 10 Years

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Candice Choi | News | Comments

The world's biggest beverage maker says that its global sales volume for soda fell for first time in at least a decade. The drop was offset by stronger sales of noncarbonated drinks, such as juice, and overall volume rose 2 percent.

No Debate: Cutting Salt Lowers Strokes, Heart Attacks

April 15, 2014 12:00 pm | by The Conversation, Francesco Cappuccio | News | Comments

The debate over salt intake has filled the pages of health magazines and newspapers for years. Now, a new study suggests that a 15 percent drop in daily salt intake in England between 2003 and 2011 led to 42 percent less stroke deaths and a 40 percent drop in deaths from coronary heart disease.

Scientists Examine World's Most Popular Drug: Caffeine

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by ACS | Videos | Comments

In a new video, researchers look at the science behind the world's most popular drug, caffeine, including why it keeps you awake and how much is too much.

Researchers Redirect Sunlight to Urban Alleys

April 15, 2014 7:00 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

Egyptian researchers have developed a corrugated, translucent panel that redirects sunlight onto narrow streets and alleyways. The panel is mounted on rooftops and hung over the edge at an angle, where it spreads sunlight onto the street below.

Many Too Lazy to Protect Online Security

April 14, 2014 12:04 pm | by Victoria Univ. of Wellington | News | Comments

Around 80 percent of home computer users who admit they don’t take measures to protect their online security cite laziness as the reason.

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Green Space Keeps You from Feeling Blue

April 14, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison | News | Comments

If you start feeling better as spring begins pushing up its tender shoots, you might be living proof of a trend discovered in data from a new survey: the more green space in the neighborhood, the happier people reported feeling.

'Body Hack' App Lets You Shortcut Jet-Lag

April 11, 2014 12:00 pm | by Univ. of Michigan | News | Comments

A different kind of jet-lag mobile app, released by mathematicians, reveals previously unknown shortcuts that can help travelers snap their internal clocks to new time zones as efficiently as possible.

Fracking Discussed at Alcohol Summit

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Josefa Velasquez | News | Comments

New York's alcoholic beverage industry was on display at a summit this week organized by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to focus on bolstering the business. Local winery owners took the opportunity to call for a ban on hydraulic fracturing, saying the gas drilling technology could contaminate the water crucial for alcohol production and destroy the industry.

Fruits, Veggies Increase Healthiness Even in Small Amounts

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Amanda Avery | News | Comments

Not many people achieve the recommendation of five portions of fruits and vegetables per day – the current average intake is just under four. But, the reduced risk of dying from cancer and heart disease is associated with any increased intake of vegetables and fruit over and above one portion per day. So the more you eat, the more you reduce your risk.

Fatigue Linked to Junk Food Diet

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by UCLA | News | Comments

A new psychology study using mice provides evidence that being overweight makes people tired and sedentary— not the other way around.

U.N. to Consider Geoengineering

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Karl Ritter | News | Comments

The U.N.'s expert panel on climate change is under pressure this week as it considers whether geoengineering, a controversial idea, should be part of the tool kit that governments use to keep global warming in check.

FDA: Sweetened Honey Isn't Honey

April 11, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration is taking steps to ensure that shoppers who buy honey are getting the real deal. New guidance issued this week would prevent food companies from adding sugar or other sweeteners to pure honey and still calling it "honey."

Update: Space Artifact Auction Does Better Than Anticipated

April 10, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An Apollo 11 lunar surface checklist sheet was among the coveted items— sold at an auction of space exploration artifacts— that fetched for more than the pre-sale estimate.

Neanderthals Had Happy Childhoods

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of York | News | Comments

Archaeologists are challenging the traditional view that Neanderthal childhood was difficult, short and dangerous. A research team is offering a new and distinctive perspective that suggests that Neanderthal children experienced strong emotional attachments with their immediate social group, used play to develop skills and maintained a significant role in their society.

Cooling Fluid is Potentially Dangerous

April 10, 2014 7:00 am | by LMU Munich | News | Comments

According to EU guidelines, the new compound R1234yf should, in the future, be used as the refrigerant in air-conditioning systems for automobiles. But the compound is inflammable, and chemists have shown that combustion of the cooling agent leads to the formation of the highly toxic carbonyl fluoride.

Tech Leaders Can Woo Congress by Investing in Training

April 9, 2014 12:00 pm | by Associated Press, Lisa Leff | News | Comments

Hillary Rodham Clinton says that if Silicon Valley executives want to persuade Congress to let them hire more high-skilled professionals from abroad, they will have a better case if they also fund college-based training programs for U.S. workers.

Responsible Research is a Matter of Debate

April 9, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Copenhagen | News | Comments

A study has revealed that research scientists place great emphasis on behaving responsibly, but they disagree on what social responsibility in science entails. Responsibility is, in other words, a matter of perspective.

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