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3200 Phaethon To Brush Past Earth In December: Why The Giant Is Asteroid Still A Mystery

Technically an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon will make close contact with Earth in December just before the Geminids meteor shower. Experts still aren't sure what exactly 3200 Phaethon is.

Space November 25, 2017

Flies Carry Hundreds Of Bacteria But Can Help Monitor Disease Outbreaks: Study

Like bees, flies are also pollinators that are important members of the ecosystem. Though they could carry hundreds of bacteria species, researchers believe they could potentially benefit public health monitoring.

Public Health November 25, 2017

Budweiser On Mars: The Challenges Of Making Beer In Space

Budweiser has taken the first concrete steps in their mission to become the first beer on Mars. What are the challenges that surround making beer in space?

Space November 24, 2017

'Big Bird': Galapagos Study Shows New Bird Species Developed In Just Two Generations

The "Big Bird” finch species came about after a cactus finch from Española Island flew over to Daphne Major and mated with a local species. There are now 30 members of this new species on the island.

Animals November 24, 2017

Dolly The Sheep Did Not Die Because She Was A Clone

A team of researchers studied cloned sheep's bones and found no signs of osteoarthritis, as was feared after Dolly's death. What makes Dolly such an important sheep?

Animals November 24, 2017

Nearly Half Of Cancers In United States Linked To Lifestyle Causes: Study

Research finds that over 40 percent of cancer cases and deaths may be attributed to preventable exposures such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Preventing exposure and increasing access to health care may reduce cancer cases and deaths.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 23, 2017

Stress Can Cause Us To Make Risky Decisions: MIT Study

Researchers from MIT found that chronic stress largely influences cost-benefit situations. Chronically stressed mice were more likely to choose high-risk, high-cost options than non-stressed mice.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 19, 2017

Cases Of Rabies Confirmed In Superstition Mountain Area

Several cases of rabid animals have been confirmed in a known hiking area in Superstition Mountain in Arizona. Since 1960, 90 percent of rabies cases in the country come from wild animals.

Public Health November 19, 2017

WATCH: Meteor Lights Up Night Sky In Finland

A live stream of the aurora borealis became even more incredible when a meteor passed and lit up the night sky. Fireball events were also seen in Germany, France, and the United States.

Earth/Environment November 19, 2017

'Fountain Of Youth': Amish Genetic Mutation Protects Against Aging

Certain members of an Amish community in Berne, Indiana possess an anti-aging genetic mutation that practically protects them from diabetes. Can a 'longevity' drug allow us to possess the same traits?

Healthy Living/Wellness November 18, 2017

Having A Pet Dog Leads To Longer, Healthier Life: Study

Researchers found that dog owners have lower risks of cardiovascular disease and death. Singles and owners of hunting dogs have the lowest cardiovascular disease risks.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 18, 2017

Puppies From Puerto Rico Test Positive For Leptospirosis

One of 10 puppies brought to the country from Puerto Rico after the hurricane tested positive for leptospirosis. What do you need to know about leptospirosis in pets?

Public Health November 17, 2017

Scientists Just Sent Messages To A Nearby Exoplanet: What Is METI?

A team of scientists and artists sent math tutorials and musical compositions on exoplanet GJ 273 in hopes of communicating with intelligent alien life. Are there possible repercussions to METI's interstellar communication?

Space November 17, 2017

11-Month-Old's Death Is First Recorded Pediatric Death From Cannabis Exposure: Report

An 11-month-old's death is the first recorded pediatric death related to cannabis exposure. Though other doctors are unsure of the results, authors hope to justify educating parents and considering cannabis exposure in pediatric myocarditis.

Public Health November 16, 2017

SpaceX Set To Launch Mysterious Zuma Mission: How To Watch

SpaceX is scheduled to launch the Falcon 9 and Zuma from Cape Canaveral after several delays. What do we know about the secretive Zuma mission?

Space November 16, 2017

This Fungal Parasite Turns Ants Into Zombies: Here Are Other Mind-Controlling Parasites

The zombie ant fungus evidently keeps ant brains intact so it can complete its mission for the fungi. Here are other interesting albeit creepy mind-controlling parasites.

Animals November 12, 2017

'Bug' Causes Smart Sex Toy To Secretly Record Customers: Privacy Breach In Smart Devices

Users of a smart sex toy reported finding secret recordings of their intimate moments captured by the app. Even toys and the medical industry aren't as protected from privacy breach as we think.

Security November 11, 2017

About 49 Million American Adults Used Tobacco In 2015: CDC

There were 48.7 million adults in the United States who used tobacco in 2015. Although cigarette-use has been declining in the country in recent years, they remain to be the most widely used tobacco product.

Public Health November 11, 2017

More Than Half Of Medical Cannabidiol Products Sold Online Mislabeled: Study

Researchers found that nearly 70 percent of CBD products online are either over- or under-dosed. They believe that mislabeling and discrepancy is a direct result of a lack of regulation on the products.

Medicine November 11, 2017

People In Japan And Spain Live Longer, Americans Spend Most On Health Care: Report

Japan, Spain, and Switzerland have the highest life expactancy rates among OECD countries while Latvia has the lowest. Does paying more for health care lead to higher life expectancy rates?

Public Health November 11, 2017

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