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What Is a Hangover?

Yippee! Let's poison ourselves with beverages that will make us violently ill! It was your battle cry last night, and today you're paying the price. But what is that hangover you're experiencing, exactly? More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

January 1st

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Nano-Particles Could Manufacture Cancer-Killing Drugs Inside Your Body [Science]

MIT researchers have built a nano-scale, drug-producing factory that could provide precision cancer tumor-killing inside your body. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 11th

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Holy Memorandum! The Secret to Bats’ Super-Efficient Flight Could Help Make Better Military Drones [Video]

When a team of biologists, physicists, and engineers at Brown University put their heads together to look at batwings, they discovered how wings on everything from military vehicles to batman could become 35 percent more efficient. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 10th

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Dental X-Rays Linked to the Most Common Brain Tumors [Science]

Cancer researchers have found that certain types of dental X-rays significantly increased the incidence of the most common type of brain tumor in the United States: meningioma. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 10th

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Why Woodpeckers Don’t Get Brain Damage From Pecking All Day [Science]

If a human tried chopping wood with his head, he'd lose at least one eye and sustain permanent brain damage. But woodpeckers do it all the live long day and sustain zero headular damage. How do they do it? More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 10th

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Tough Times Are Written in Your DNA; Good Thing You Can Erase Them [Science]

You've seen the reports that individuals with a lower economic and social status suffer from poor health more often than folks in higher tax brackets. Now, thanks to a multi-year study of rhesus macaques monkeys, researchers have found genetic changes caused by stressful environments are likely contributing to that poor health. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 9th

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Sephora’s New Site Is Crack for Beauty Junkies [Shopping]

Shopping for makeup should be fun. And it should not happen at Amazon. It's unnatural to buy your mascara at the same place where you lock in low prices for monthly toilet paper delivery. Happily, Sephora's website makeover ensures that you won't be tempted to mix eyeshadow with MP3 downloads. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 9th

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The Gorgeous Spiral Staircase You Can Put Literally Anywhere [Architecture]

Why should a staircase only be for getting to the next floor? The modular and portable nature of the Elementstair, which was inspired by water slides and designed by Floris Schoonderbeek, means you can have a stairway in your home that simply gives you a new point of view. Kind of a fancy version of standing on your chair a la Dead Poets Society. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 6th

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Scientists Find First Definitive Genetic Links to Autism [Science]

Scientists have uncovered several gene mutations that sharply increase the chances of developing autism. It's the first time researchers have pinpointed a specific genetic component with the spectrum of disorders, which includes Asperger's. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 5th

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We’ve Been Treating the Deadliest Form of Breast Cancer All Wrong [Cancer]

One of the worst things you can hear from you doctor is that you, or a loved one, has "triple negative" breast cancer. It stubbornly refuses to respond to the best treatments available, so doctors have to resort to chemotherapy. It strikes 16 percent of breast cancer patients, most of them younger than 40. But we may finally have figured out how to beat it. More »


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Kristen Philipkoski

April 4th

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