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Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding Peanuts as an Infant Reduces Allergy Risk

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding Peanuts as an Infant Reduces Allergy Risk

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Avoiding...

The science behind the way certain food allergies develop has evolved, and that there are new guidelines in place to help navigate these new ideas that suggest that avoiding peanut consumption may not translate to avoiding an allergy.  A 2015 study  published in the New England...

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes Than Others?

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes Than Others?

Why Are Some People More Tasty to Mosquitoes...

Science reveals that a variety of factors make us more palatable to mosquitoes, from the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in our breath to the color of clothing we’re wearing (darker colors attract mosquitoes more than lighter ones). But in the end, much of the variation in mosquito...

Coffee Doesn’t Give You the Jitters, Alcohol Makes You Blush: Thank Your Genes

Coffee Doesn’t Give You the Jitters, Alcohol Makes You Blush: Thank Your Genes

Coffee Doesn’t Give You the Jitters, Alcohol...

Genetic differences influence how we respond to certain medicines and chemicals. Ever wonder why certain people turn beet red after a glass of wine or others can drink multiple espresso shots and not feel the least bit jittery? Our genes code for the enzymes that metabolize these substances...

Seeing Science in the Everyday: Glow Sticks That Detect Cancer

Seeing Science in the Everyday: Glow Sticks That Detect Cancer

Seeing Science in the Everyday: Glow Sticks...

The same science behind glow sticks and the crime scene chemical luminol – which glows blue in the presence of blood – is now being used to develop cutting-edge tools to detect cancer and other medical diagnoses.

How Genetically Related Are We to Bananas?

How Genetically Related Are We to Bananas?

How Genetically Related Are We to Bananas?

We’ve long known that we’re closely related to chimpanzees and other primates, but did you know that humans also share more than half of our genetic material with chickens, fruit flies, and bananas?

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Lactic Acid Buildup Causes Muscle Fatigue and Soreness

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Lactic Acid Buildup Causes Muscle Fatigue and Soreness

Science Fact or Science Fiction? Lactic Acid...

What does science say about whether lactic acid is indeed the culprit in muscle fatigue and what’s known as delayed onset muscle soreness?

What’s on the Y Chromosome Handed Down From Father to Son?

What’s on the Y Chromosome Handed Down From Father to Son?

What’s on the Y Chromosome Handed Down From...

Among the many things parents hand down to their children are 23 pairs of chromosomes – those thread-like structures in the nucleus of every cell containing the genetic instructions for every person. Here’s a look at the Y chromosome and the role it plays in deciphering ancestry.

Bodily Functions Explained: Spicy Food Reaction

Bodily Functions Explained: Spicy Food Reaction

Bodily Functions Explained: Spicy Food Reaction

Spicy food contains chemicals that trick the body into cranking up its internal air-conditioning system, triggering responses from head to toe and involving everything from the respiratory to the circulatory system.

Flashback:  The First ECG

Flashback: The First ECG

Flashback: The First ECG

Willem Einthoven found the beat and built a machine that could measure the electrical current a heart creates. It weighed 600 pounds. An electrocardiogram — called informally an ECG or EKG — measures the small electric waves that a human heart creates. It’s been doing it for more than a century....

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