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Solar Tech Could Enable World’s First Underground Park

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Verena Dobnik | News | Comments

Inspired by the High Line's success, planners— including a NASA engineer— are now looking deep under Manhattan at a proposal to create the Lowline, billed as the world's first underground park. Street-level solar collectors would be used to filter the sun about 20 feet down to bedrock, turning the dank, subterranean space into a luminous, plant-filled oasis.

Obama Administration Wants New Smog Standard

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Dina Cappiello | News | Comments

A stricter smog standard proposed by the Obama administration joins a string of historic— and...

Explosions Could Light Up Particle Hunt

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Oxford | News | Comments

Online volunteers are being asked to spot tiny explosions that could be evidence of particles...

Conflict Helped Man Evolve, Collaborate

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) | News | Comments

Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes,...

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Apps Help You Go Home for the Holidays

November 26, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Justin Pritchard | News | Comments

Traveling by plane, train or automobile can be a headache. Mixing in Thanksgiving can make it a throbbing migraine. Technology provides some pain relief in the form of apps to let you know which roads are clogged, what gate your flight leaves from and whether trains are running on time.

Science Can Improve Airplane Boarding

November 26, 2014 7:00 am | by The Conversation, Jason Steffen | Videos | Comments

‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured. There’s stressful security, the madding crowd and the scrum at boarding. But take heart: there are scientifically proven ways to improve the boarding process or at least speed it up so it can be over and done with more quickly.

Thanks, Helium, for Lifting the Holiday

November 26, 2014 7:00 am | by Associated Press, Malcolm Ritter | News | Comments

It'll never rank up there with turkey and pumpkin pie, but, for millions of Americans, the Thanksgiving experience just wouldn't be the same without helium. It's the stuff that makes Snoopy, Spider-Man, Papa Smurf and other huge balloons sail high above the crowd at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

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Double Arm Transplant Patient Ready to Hug

November 25, 2014 2:18 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A former college professor who underwent a double arm transplant last month at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston said today that the best thing about the operation is that he's able to hug his loved ones again.

Long-delayed Calorie Labeling Rules Now in Effect

November 25, 2014 8:10 am | by Associated Press, Mary Jalonick | News | Comments

Consumers will soon know how many calories they are eating when ordering off the menu at chain restaurants, picking up prepared foods at supermarkets and even eating a tub of popcorn at the movie theater. Today, the FDA is announcing long-delayed calorie labeling rules, requiring establishments that sell prepared foods and have 20 or more locations to post the calorie content of food "clearly and conspicuously" on their menus.

What Happens When You Eat Too Much Turkey?

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | Videos | Comments

The season of giving is often also the season of over-indulging at the dinner table. As Thanksgiving approaches, chemists take a look down at our stomachs to find out what happens when you overeat.

Babies Remember Good Things, Forget Bad

November 25, 2014 7:00 am | by Brigham Young Univ. | News | Comments

Parents who spend their time playing with and talking to their five-month-old baby may wonder whether their child remembers any of it a day later. Thanks to a new study, we now know that they at least remember the good times.

Doubling Saturated Fat in Diet Does Not Affect Blood

November 24, 2014 8:40 am | by The Ohio State Univ. | News | Comments

Doubling, or even nearly tripling, saturated fat in the diet does not drive up total levels of saturated fat in the blood, according to a controlled diet study. However, increasing levels of carbohydrates in the diet during the study promoted a steady increase in the blood of a fatty acid linked to an elevated risk for diabetes and heart disease.

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Phone Counseling Helps Heavy Drinkers Quit Smoking

November 24, 2014 7:00 am | by Yale Cancer Center | News | Comments

Smokers who drink heavily have a tougher time quitting cigarettes than smokers who drink moderately or not at all. However, a multi-center study found that modifying tobacco-oriented telephone counseling to help hazardous drinkers can help them quit smoking.

Olive Oil Can Improve Heart Health

November 21, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Glasgow | News | Comments

Regular consumption of olive oil can drastically improve heart health– especially in people who do not normally eat a Mediterranean diet, according to new research. The study was set up to examine the effect of phenolics, natural compounds found in plants including olives, on heart health.

Running Keeps You Young

November 21, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Colorado Boulder | News | Comments

A new study shows that senior citizens who run several times a week for exercise expend about the same amount of energy walking as a typical 20-year-old. But older people who walk for exercise rather than jog expend about the same amount of energy walking as older, sedentary adults, and expend up to 22 percent more energy walking than the 20-something crowd.

Global Obesity Costs $2 T Annually

November 20, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Danica Kirka | News | Comments

A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute, released today, says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually— nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism.

City to Add Climate Change Labels to Gas Pumps

November 19, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Kristin Bender | News | Comments

Climate-change warning labels are coming to gas pumps in Berkeley, Calif., a city with a long history of green and clean policies. The Berkeley City Council has voted to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn consumers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.

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Parents Say Unvaccinated Kids Should Be Excluded from Daycare

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Univ. of Michigan Health System | Videos | Comments

Seventy-four percent of parents would consider removing their kids from daycare if other children were unvaccinated, while 41 percent of parents say under-vaccinated kids should be excluded from daycare.

Breakfast of Champions: Turmeric

November 19, 2014 7:00 am | by Monash Univ. | News | Comments

Adding just one gram of turmeric to breakfast could help improve the memory of people who are in the very early stages of diabetes and at risk of cognitive impairment. The finding has particular significance given the world’s aging population.

Climate Change Didn't Cause Collapse of Bronze Age

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Bradford | News | Comments

Scientists will have to find alternative explanations for a huge population collapse in Europe at the end of the Bronze Age as researchers have proven definitively that climate change— commonly assumed to be responsible— could not have been the culprit.

San Diego Reconsiders Recycling Water

November 18, 2014 2:00 pm | by Associated Press, Elliot Spagat | News | Comments

Dismissed only a few years ago by residents of California's second-largest city, San Diego is joining other California cities that are taking a closer look at recycling wastewater for drinking as the state suffers from severe drought.

Low-cal Diets Slow Aging

November 18, 2014 7:00 am | by NYU Langone Medical Center | News | Comments

The adage “you are what you eat” has been around for years. Now, important new research provides another reason to be careful with your calories. Neuroscientists have shown that calorie-reduced diets stop the normal rise and fall in activity levels of close to 900 different genes linked to aging and memory formation in the brain.

How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Bacteria

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by BioMed Central | News | Comments

As many as 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10 second kiss, according to research that also found that partners who kiss each other at least nine times a day share similar communities of oral bacteria.

Recipe for Long-life in Lizards: Live Slow, Die Old

November 17, 2014 2:00 pm | by Tel Aviv Univ. | News | Comments

Doctors tell us that the frenzied pace of the modern 24-hour lifestyle— in which we struggle to juggle work commitments with the demands of family and daily life— is damaging to our health. But while life in the slow lane may be better, will it be any longer? Yes, if you’re a reptile.

Calculator Adds Up Heart Risks

November 17, 2014 8:46 am | by Harvard School of Public Health | News | Comments

A simple lifestyle quiz, Health Heart Score, gives individuals an easy way to estimate their 20-year risk of developing cardiovascular disease based on simple lifestyle habits. The free Web-based survey also gives users practical tips for improving their scores by incorporating heart-healthy habits into their daily lives.

Global Research IDs Emissions from Meat Trade

November 14, 2014 2:00 pm | by Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers have estimated the amount of methane and nitrous oxide that countries release into the atmosphere when producing meat from livestock, and assigned the emissions to the countries where the meat is ultimately consumed. They found that embodied, or "hidden," emissions in beef, chicken and pork have increased by 19 percent over the past 20 years.

Men May Have Evolved Navigation Skills to Find Mates

November 13, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Utah | News | Comments

A study of two African tribes found evidence that men evolved better navigation ability than women because men with better spatial skills– the ability to mentally manipulate objects– can roam farther and have children with more mates.

Bilingual Brains Get Continual Workout

November 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Northwestern Univ. | News | Comments

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language.

Veggie Diet Extends Lifespan, Saves the Planet

November 12, 2014 2:00 pm | by Univ. of Minnesota | News | Comments

As cities and incomes increase around the world, so does consumption of refined sugars, refined fats, oils and resource- and land-intense agricultural products such as beef. A shift away from this trajectory and toward healthier traditional Mediterranean, pescatarian or vegetarian diets could not only boost human lifespan and quality of life, but also slash greenhouse gas emissions and save habitat for endangered species.

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