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Bizarre effects of a full moon: Fact or fiction?

Apr 01, 15 Bizarre effects of a full moon: Fact or fiction?

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“And when there’s a full moon, the murder rate rises and pregnant women go into labor and car accidents increase and…” Though many people believe these and similar claims of the moon's effect on our worldly conduct, a new study from UCLA puts a pin in that balloon.

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We’re getting older and younger at the same time

Apr 01, 15 We’re getting older and younger at the same time

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If you look at a long enough timeline, getting older is now an exercise in getting younger. According to new research, the people who turn 75 this year will, on the whole, be more intelligent, physically fit, and happier than the people who turned 75 roughly two decades ago.

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BP oil spill still killing wildlife, activists say

Apr 01, 15 BP oil spill still killing wildlife, activists say

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When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, it sent an estimated 124 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Five years later, wildlife in the region are still feeling the effects.

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Students design Rube Goldberg machine for Passover

Mar 31, 15 Students design Rube Goldberg machine for Passover

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At most seders, the story of Passover is read from a book around a table. This year, in preparation for the holiday, a group of engineering students from an Israeli university decided to put their talents toward building a machine that would tell the same story using a complex setup of dominoes, pulleys and weights.

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Glow-in-the-dark tampons track sewage leaks in rivers

Mar 31, 15 Glow-in-the-dark tampons track sewage leaks in rivers

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Tampons have been hailed by scientists as an effective way to identify pollution in rivers. A new study led by David Lerner, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Sheffield, helped identify specific households where pipes are misdirecting sewage into rivers rather than treatment plants.

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The dark science behind your nightmares

Mar 31, 15 The dark science behind your nightmares

Posted by in Mental Health, Science

The jolt of fear and terror felt as we run for our lives to escape danger quickly eases us back into consciousness in bed to help us flee the dreamscape. Nightmares tend to creep in and out at night in our lifetime, primarily during childhood, but why do they happen in the first place? Do we ever outgrow bad dreams?

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Scientists just figured out how to give us night vision

Mar 30, 15 Scientists just figured out how to give us night vision

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Chlorin e6, or Ce6, is a common component in cancer therapy and has recently been used in treating night blindness. Science for the Masses was interested in what the chemical could do for those who already had perfect vision. The result was astounding and could affect the way we currently approach night vision enhancement.

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Weak oversight is holding back edible insects

Mar 30, 15 Weak oversight is holding back edible insects

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On a rainy night in New York City last December, a man in a leather jacket stood alone in a dark parking garage just across from Penn Station. He held a briefcase tightly and wore a straw fedora that hid his eyes. Inside his case were samples of his specially milled cricket powder, created using a process that, if all goes right, could change the food industry.

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Science explains why CDs shatter upon spinning too fast

Mar 30, 15 Science explains why CDs shatter upon spinning too fast

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You might not expect this, since CDs and DVDs are made to be spun around, but if you rotate one of them very quickly it will shatter, appearing to immediately become a bunch of chunks of sharp plastic. But this process is not, in fact, an instant one.

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High-fat foods may actually change who you are over time

Mar 29, 15 High-fat foods may actually change who you are over time

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So often we hear about the negative effects of a high-fat diet: The more fatty foods we eat, the more we put ourselves at risk for diseases, such as obesity and heart disease. But do high-fat foods threaten our psyche, too?

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