Why Farmers Feed Magnets to Cows
I had a “cow magnet” as a kid. It didn’t attract them — it was for them to eat. Surprisingly carefree about her dietary choices.Photo by Luke Stackpoole on Unsplash. Recently, I was fidgeting with some favorite toys of my childhood: magnets. I had collected a bunch of magnets, from the typical small magnets enclosed in colorful plastic, often given to kids as toys, to a few neodymium magnets that have to be handled with care lest they crush a finger.Read full story
Why Tumbleweeds Tumble, and the Dangers They Pose
There’s a biological reason; it’s not just for ambiance in cowboy Westerns. I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known…Photo by Luismi Sánchez on Unsplash.Read full story
Biotech Is Trying to Resurrect Extinct Species. Here's Why - and the Challenges We Face.
There’s more reasons to create Jurassic Park than for the tourists. Trust me, we’re not trying to restore a wooly mammoth for the ivory.Photo by Christopher Alvarenga on Unsplash.Read full story
Bacteria Can “Learn” New Skills, Even Without Inheriting Them
What this means for antibiotic resistance and the rise of superbugs. Just consider this guy to be a bacterium, with knowledge raining down on him. Use your imagination!Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash.Read full story
How Food Preservatives Can Disrupt Our Gut Microbiome
These additives could contribute to throwing our guts out of whack — or even making us sick. "Yes, it's preserved... but is it good for me?"Photo by Micah Tindell on Unsplash.Read full story
Why Can't Babies Drink Water?
Another piece of evidence that shows humans actually aren’t very good at reproducing. Milk: good for baby. Water, not so much.Photo by Lucy Wolski. Babies are adorable. As a new parent, I can confidently say that, despite the explosive pooping, the random bouts of crying, and the inability to help with filing their tax forms, they are incredibly cute, especially in tiny footie pajamas.Read full story
New Research Shows Simply Adding More Fiber Isn't the Answer to Better Gut Wellness
A new study dives into the benefits — and limitations — of gut supplements. Is this man making pickles for taste, or is he after prebiotics for his gut microbiome?Micah Tindell on Unsplash.Read full story
The Social Security Website Has Hours. This is By Design.
A website that is only open during business hours? Here’s the likely reason for this craziness. “11:30 PM on a Saturday? You can’t need to access Social Security, no old person is awake this late!”Tim Mossholder on Unsplash.Read full story
New Science Suggests That We Inherit Our Parents’ Trauma
For some of us, the struggles of our parents may literally be in our DNA. Oh, great, another thing to freak out first time parents — passing damage onto your kids.Photo by Thought Catalogue/Unsplash.Read full story
Latest: Older Siblings May Help Reduce Asthma, Improve Microbiomes
Got a younger brother or sister? Maybe you can brag about saving them from asthma. It’s black and white but don’t worry, they’re alive! Healthy, even, thanks to colonizing each other!Photo by Caroline Hernandez/Unsplash.Read full story
New Research: How Our Gut Microbiome Changes as We Age
Loss of stability, greater personalization — and what we can do to stay healthy. Still captivating on the outside, but how's that microbiome looking?Photo by Ravi Patel on Unsplash.Read full story
Whether Sloths Mistake Their Own Arms for Branches, and Other Adorable Sloth Myths
Are these animals really dumb enough to fall out of trees due to their own incompetence?. Sloooooowly…. caaaaaarefully….Photo by Meg Jerrard/Unsplash. Sloths are one of the internet’s favorite animals, along with capybaras and baby elephants. There’s something undeniably cute about them; maybe it’s their always-squinting faces, or maybe it’s just how slowly they move in all their actions?Read full story
The Carnivore Diet Revolves Around Avoiding Lectins. They May Be a Surprising Key to Health.
Poisonous lectins? Anti-nutrients? Do we still not know how to properly EAT?. According to carnivores, the worst thing in this picture… is the lettuce?Photo by Szabo Viktor on Unsplash.Read full story
New Research on Eggs Plus Microbiome: No Heart Attack Risk, But Some Gut Bacteria Drive Inflammation
Does microbiome + eggs = heart attacks? The truth is a bit more complex. Eggs are one of those foods that, like coffee, seem to flip back and forth on the “is it healthy” scale. They’re bad for you! No, they’re good for you! They increase risk of heart attacks because of high cholesterol! No, they’re fine for cholesterol!Read full story
Experts: Fecal Swabbing Could Rescue the Microbiomes of C-Section Infants
The healthy, doctor-advised move may be to give babies a taste of their own medicine, the little shits. If a baby is ever suspiciously happy, it's time to check the diaper.Filip Mroz/Unsplash.Read full story
Opinion: Examining the Environmental Impact of Celebrity Private Jets Versus Paper Straws
How much pollution is produced by a private jet - and how many paper straws it would take to equal it. How does this comparison actually measure up?@jasonhickel on Twitter. Climate change is a scary concept, and one that often feels just too big for us to handle. It’s one thing to try and recycle, to start a compost heap, to buy local, but how do these everyday actions measure up against scary, abstract things like “carbon emission targets”?Read full story
Scientists Just Announced the Fifth Person is Cured of HIV. Are We Ready to Cure Millions?
To cure HIV, it takes more than just pills - although you might need these to suppress your immune system.Image by Christina Victoria Craft. In the science news headlines recently, there’s buzz about HIV. Specifically, about two cases that were presented at the International AIDS conference, which took place in Montreal, Canada on July 27, 2022.Read full story
The Truth Behind the Myth of “Suck Out the Venom” From a Snakebite
Will snake venom kill you if you swallow it? What if it's just in your mouth?. A snake! Don’t bite me… but is a kiss allowed?Photo by Prasad Panchakshari/Unsplash. It’s a fairly well-known bit of advice, one that we’ve heard from cartoons and old television shows: if a poisonous snake bites you, you (or a companion with you) needs to suck out the venom.Read full story
The Hayflick Limit Tells Our Cells When to Die. Here's Why That's a Good Thing
Telomeres, the Hayflick limit, and how we may someday overcome the mortality of our cells. This picture is, apparently, a metaphor for “growth.” And it has cells in it! Double win!Photo by Suzanne D. Williams/Unsplash.Read full story
Reading Science Headlines? Look for the Underlying Causes
How smart science readers can look beyond the initial correlation. I hope she's reading the latest science news. It's important to stay up to date.Victoria_Art/Pixabay. There’s a challenge that comes with reading scientific news articles; I like to see it as a hidden strategy. The headline and the article will often discuss the direct discovery, but the interpretation and underlying true cause is often left up to the reader.Read full story