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Archive for August 2014

August 1, 2014

 

A computer hard drive

Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer's, a brain disorder associated with memory loss, is caused when plaque accumulates on neurons, killing the cells off and causing brain shrinkage.

August 4, 2014

 

Two hands reach out toward each other to form a heart shape gesture.

Marriage and Heart Health

A healthy, committed relationship helps you commit to a healthy lifestyle.

August 5, 2014

 

Lounging cat aims whiskers up in the air

Why Cats Have Whiskers

Whiskers help our feline friends navigate their environment and sense potential dangers.

August 6, 2014

 

A Chinese bowl and ladle

Diabetes: The Sweet & Sour Truth

Diabetes is not triggered by eating too much sugar; it's actually caused when the body cannot absorb glucose.

August 7, 2014

 

A cart full of tennis balls on a tennis ball court

Bouncing Balls

The more inflated a ball is, the less energy it coverts to heat, and the more energy it has to bounce.

August 8, 2014

 

crops in a severe drought

More CO2, Less Protein

Climate change may not only devastate food crops, but also diminish plants' nutritional value.

August 11, 2014

 

Stem glass filled with colored mixtures

Drugs in Our Midst

Chances are, you're consuming drugs without even knowing it.

August 12, 2014

 

Up-close shot of dog snout

Your Dog Likes Your Smell

Your dog "nose" you by smell, and your dog's favorite thing to smell is, of course, your scent.

August 13, 2014

 

display of colored marbles on Rock'n'Roller Coaster

Rock Insider

Neutron imaging technology may give us an inside look at stony mysteries from the deep sea to deep space.

August 14, 2014

 

A man jumps into a lake holding a #like sign

Social Media and Science

Scientists mine the Twittersphere to understand happiness trends.

August 15, 2014

 

A commercial storefront for PERSONALITY ANALYSIS services

Facebook Wants To Get To Know You

New studies use Facebook data to reveal links between word usage and personality.

August 18, 2014

 

woman buries head in frustration near her computer

Facebook Blitz

As a person's Facebook interactions increase, her emotional well-being decreases, according to new "blitz" survey.

August 19, 2014

 

microwave light pours out in mesh pattern

Is Microwaving Safe for Food?

It's time to zap the myth that microwaving food somehow damages or irradiates it.

August 20, 2014

 

Arm with IV

Infection-Chomping Viruses

Scientists harness the power of viruses to fight off deadly bacterial infections.

August 21, 2014

 

Elements of a galaxy from NASA photos

Colliding Galaxies

After growing increasingly distant, two galactic siblings—the Milky Way and Andromeda—will reunite (billions of years from now).

August 22, 2014

 

Alligator nest

Rejuvenating Your Skin

Daily moisturizers promising to rejuvenate dead and dull skin cells are over-selling themselves.

August 25, 2014

 

Pluto and its large moon Charon are depicted in this artistâs concept. The distant Sun appears as a very bright star. Prepared for NASA by Norman W. Lee and Stephen Paul Meszaros

Dwarf Planets

Astronomers made a big discovery in determining Pluto's dwarf planet credentials.

August 26, 2014

 

Horse with horseshoes gallops through muddy terrain

Hoofing It

Wild horses don't need horseshoes, but domesticated horses travel paved surfaces that wear down their hoofs at an uncomfortable rate.

August 27, 2014

 

The sun, peeking through the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, photographed from the International Space Station.

The Dark Side of the Universe

The curved and expanding universe has no other "side," per se.

August 16, 2014

 

Scientists See Through Mice To Medical Developments

New "clearing" technique allows scientists to see into an organism's cells without damaging tissue.

August 23, 2014

 

Indiana bats hibernating in a crevice.

The Bugs Will Love This

Research suggests White Nose Syndrome in bats will have bleak ecological and economic consequences.

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