The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the FDA.
An Oregon county commission has ordered an incinerator to stop accepting boxed medical waste to...
Vermont could likely be the first state in the country to require labels on genetically modified...
A changing climate is increasing the accessibility of U.S. Arctic waters to commercial activities such as shipping, oil and gas development and tourism. That’s raising concerns about the risk of oil spills. Now, a report says a full suite of proven oil response tools is needed to address potential oil spills in U.S. Arctic waters, but not all of them are readily available.
Google has a challenge for U.S. nonprofits. The tech giant is asking nonprofit groups to propose ideas for how to use the Web-connected eyewear Google Glass in their work.
Just asking ourselves whether we will engage in sustainable shopping behavior can increase the likelihood of following through— especially when there's an audience.
LEDs have the potential to be used for both indoor lighting applications and in wound healing therapy, taking the place of lasers, according to research.
A study has cast doubt on claims vitamin D helps with fat loss after a meta-analysis of 12 high-quality vitamin D randomized control trials showed it had little impact on adiposity or obesity measures.
We inherit the idea that animal domestication involved isolation of captive animals from wild species and total human control over breeding and animal care from Darwin. However, recent research on the domestication of donkeys, camelids pigs, cattle, sheep and goats suggests that neither intentional breeding nor genetic isolation were as significant to the process as traditionally thought.
Hawaii is so critical to the nation's modern corn-growing business that the industry's leading companies all have farms there, growing new varieties genetically engineered for desirable traits, like insect and drought resistance. But these same farms have become a flash point in a spreading debate over genetic engineering in agriculture.
People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told to change their passwords following an administration-wide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw.
A recent study offers insight into how a federal transportation security officer’s thought process can influence decisions made during airport baggage screening. These findings are helping the TSA improve the performance of its security officers.
Muscle weakness is a common symptom of both long-time alcoholics and patients with mitochondrial disease. Now, researchers have found a common link: mitochondria that are unable to self-repair.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation of New York is commemorating the 44th Anniversary of Earth Day with a weeklong series of events around the state.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is taking place April 20-26, 2014. MLPW provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.
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.
An associate professor of media arts and sciences gets about 100 emails daily from people across the world interested in his bionic limbs. He designs— and wears— bionic leg prostheses that he says, “emulate nature,” by mimicking the functions and power of biological knees, ankles and calves.
Portland officials say they are flushing away millions of gallons of treated water, for the second time in less than three years, because someone urinated into a city reservoir.
In the midst of the diabetes epidemic, a glimmer of good news: heart attacks, strokes and other complications from the disease are plummeting.
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.
Researchers have identified a new syndrome called "osteosarcopenic obesity" that links the deterioration of bone density and muscle mass with obesity.
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.
A small study of casual marijuana smokers has turned up evidence of changes in the brain, a possible sign of trouble ahead, researchers say.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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