Has the library outlived its usefulness in the age of Internet? You'd be surprised
Published Apr 28, 2016 - 9:31:21 AM
U.S. institutions of higher education and U.S. local governments are under extraordinary pressure to cut costs and eliminate from institutional or governmental ledgers any expenses whose absence would cause little or no pain.
Why Will Prince's Autopsy (and Others) Take Weeks to Complete?
Published Apr 27, 2016 - 9:07:49 AM
Prince’s autopsy was conducted by A. Quinn Strobl, MD, FCAP, a member of the College of American Pathologists. The results are expected to take at least two weeks, perhaps as many as six full weeks. This tragedy has people asking again “Why do toxicology results take so long?”
Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Kinsey Study Finds Adults Who Wait to Have Sex Are Stigmatized
Published Apr 20, 2016 - 12:28:02 PM
When it comes to sex, the message historically has been it is better to wait. But how long is too long to wait to have sex?
You really can die of a broken heart – here’s the science
Published Apr 12, 2016 - 10:25:47 AM
When you think of a broken heart, you probably picture something out of a romantic movie or a cartoon heart, cracked like a fragile piece of china. Indeed, so-called “broken heart syndrome” has a certified place in popular culture, and has been eloquently used in films such as The Notebook. But while we certainly feel “heartbreak” during periods of emotional upheaval, can you actually die of a broken heart?
Better coffee through chemistry (video)
Published Apr 12, 2016 - 7:36:59 AM
It's one of the most popular beverages in the world, and many of us rely on it to stay awake every day. But not every cup of coffee is created equal. From the bean to the brew, science can help you get the perfect cup.
"Why do wasps attack?" and other chemistry questions answered (video)
Published Apr 8, 2016 - 7:36:44 AM
Why do wasps become more aggressive after you kill one of the hive members? The answer is the same reason why you should be wary of bees that smell like bananas. Here's another question: Why does some metal rust? This week, Reactions answers viewers' chemistry questions like these with some short and sweet chemistry.
No joke: Blondes aren't dumb, science says; new national study refutes damaging stereotype
Published Mar 23, 2016 - 8:12:47 AM
The "dumb blonde" stereotype is simply wrong, according to a new national study of young baby boomers.
The study of 10,878 Americans found that white women who said their natural hair color was blonde had an average IQ score within 3 points of brunettes and those with red or black hair.
UN appoints Red from the 'Angry Birds' as Honorary Ambassador for International Day of Happiness
Published Mar 21, 2016 - 10:36:54 AM
The United Nations today appointed Red, the leader of the “Angry Birds” mobile game characters, as an envoy to inspire climate action toward a sustainable and happier future for all.
“Alice, the Zeta Cat and Climate Change”: A fairytale about the truth
Published Mar 17, 2016 - 9:48:09 AM
On a school field trip to Potsdam’s Telegraph Hill, Alice runs after a white rabbit – and falls into a hole, sliding down the ventilation shaft of a climate research institute’s supercomputer. From here on follows a journey through the virtual world of computer models, from tropical rainforests to the ice of Antarctica. This is the rather unusual beginning of a new publication from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), in very free adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s philosophical children’s book classic “Alice in Wonderland”. More than 50 scientists provided their expertise for this work by Margret Boysen, which is being presented at this year's Leipzig Book Fair and is now available in book shops.
Weather Fluctuations Create Outdoor Recreation Opportunities and Hazards
Published Mar 17, 2016 - 9:35:16 AM
Recent warmer weather, coupled with heavy rain and snow, has created a recreation paradise for visitors to California’s outdoors. While this is a great time to enjoy our state’s natural beauty, it is imperative to take proper precautions and be aware of potential dangers. Below you will find some basic safety tips from California State Parks to help ensure a safe outdoor adventure:
We Know Nature Makes Us Happier. Now Science Says It Makes Us Kinder Too
Published Mar 16, 2016 - 8:11:06 AM
But, even though I’ve always believed that hiking in nature had many psychological benefits, I’ve never had much science to back me up … until now, that is. Scientists are beginning to find evidence that being in nature has a profound impact on our brains and our behavior, helping us to reduce anxiety, brooding, and stress, and to increase our attention capacity, creativity, and ability to connect with other people.
Planned Parenthood Encourages Women to Get Regular Checkups During Endometriosis Awareness Month
Published Mar 1, 2016 - 10:21:36 AM
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America encourages all women to prioritize their health by scheduling regular checkups. Endometriosis is a common health problem that affects more than five million women in the U.S, causing chronic pain and in some cases infertility. While there is no cure for endometriosis, for some women and teens the condition can be managed with hormonal birth control.
Why does stepping on a LEGO® hurt so much? (video)
Published Mar 1, 2016 - 8:10:37 AM
The sensation may be all too familiar – the intense, sharp pain in your foot caused by an unassuming LEGO® brick. Why does this tiny chunk of plastic cause so much pain? To answer this question, Reactions examines why we feel pain in the first place, as well as the material chemistry of LEGO® bricks.
SPLC Klan cases to be featured in Investigation Discovery series
Published Feb 29, 2016 - 11:44:42 AM
A new, three-part series on the Investigation Discovery network – “Hate in America” – will take an in-depth look at the SPLC’s fight against violent extremists.
Researchers Identify Drug That Could Treat Melanoma
Published Feb 29, 2016 - 8:17:19 AM
Less than a year after mapping the genetic landscape of melanoma, a researcher from the University of California, Merced, has identified a drug that could be effective in battling the deadly skin cancer.
Consumer Coalition Calls for In-N-Out Burger to Reduce Routine Antibiotics Use in Beef
Published Feb 25, 2016 - 9:40:30 AM
Public interest, environmental, food safety and consumer groups representing millions of consumers today announced a campaign calling on In-N-Out Burger, California's iconic hamburger restaurant chain, to stop selling beef produced with the routine use of antibiotics. These groups, including CALPIRG Education Fund, Friends of the Earth, Center for Food Safety, Consumers Union, along with author and activist Vani Hari, delivered a letter to the company’s corporate headquarters signed by more than 50 groups urging that the company commit to a strong antibiotics policy. CALPIRG Education Fund staff and volunteers also held public outreach efforts at In-N-Out restaurants and other locations to motivate the company to do its part to help protect the public from antibiotic resistance.
Mastering the Art of Ignoring Makes People More Efficient
Published Feb 25, 2016 - 9:30:30 AM
People searching for something can find it faster if they know what to look for. But new research suggests knowing what not to look for can be just as helpful.
Watch the chemistry of a burning match in ultra-slow motion (video)
Published Feb 23, 2016 - 11:38:19 AM
To fire up the grill or the gas stove, we often reach for a match. It turns out there's a lot of chemistry going on to make those little wooden wonders work. The best way to find out about the chemistry of burning matches is to watch it in ultra-slow motion.
CDC encourages following guidance to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus
Published Feb 23, 2016 - 11:22:12 AM
CDC has committed to sharing the latest information on Zika virus as it becomes available. On February 5, 2016, CDC published interim recommendations for protecting people against sexual transmission of Zika virus. This guidance was issued after lab confirmation of the first case of Zika virus infection in a non-traveler in the continental United States, which was linked to sexual contact with an infected partner.
California’s Ecological Abundance: Ecosystems of California, UC Press
Published Feb 18, 2016 - 11:47:33 AM
With forests and farmland, mountains and desert and almost 900 miles of scenic coastline, California’s vast terrain is both dramatic and varied.
Women's Media Center Releases 10-Year Review of Oscar Nominations & Gender
Published Feb 18, 2016 - 10:50:21 AM
Over the past decade, women account for just 19 percent of all non-acting Oscar nominations, according to a Women’s Media Center analysis.
Drivers sink $3 billion into pothole damage
Published Feb 17, 2016 - 11:16:37 AM
As snow and ice begin to thaw and crumbling roadways emerge, a new study from AAA reveals that pothole damage has cost U.S. drivers $15 billion in vehicle repairs over the last five years, or approximately $3 billion annually. With two-thirds of Americans concerned about potholes on local roadways, AAA cautions drivers to remain alert to avoid pothole damage, and urges state and local governments to fully fund and prioritize road maintenance to reduce vehicle damage, repair costs and driver frustration.
Stanford professor uncovers roots of George Orwell's political language
Published Feb 16, 2016 - 7:27:28 AM
In his new book on George Orwell, Stanford English Professor Alex Woloch writes that Orwell's anti-totalitarianism can only be understood in relation to his democratic-socialist political beliefs.
Addicted to love? It's not you, it's your brain. (video)
Published Feb 15, 2016 - 11:06:32 AM
Love can make you feel different things – sometimes happy, sometimes fixated, and sometimes down right sick. And it turns out that drugs almost work in the same way.
Forget chocolates. Give your sweetheart mushrooms this Valentine's Day, says Stanford scientist
Published Feb 12, 2016 - 7:20:19 AM
If you're tired of giving chocolates and roses on Valentine's Day, Stanford biologist Kabir Peay suggests that you consider mushrooms and other fungi.
Michael Moore's "Where to Invade Next" Official Trailer
Published Feb 10, 2016 - 8:20:32 AM
Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with WHERE TO INVADE NEXT: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.
Zika, Mosquitoes and How to Not Get Bitten (video)
Published Feb 8, 2016 - 4:14:23 PM
Diseases from mosquito bites kill hundreds of thousands of people every year worldwide. Now another mosquito-borne illness is making headlines: the once-rare Zika virus.
Kids! Take Part in the 2016 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest
Published Feb 4, 2016 - 11:40:13 AM
The 2016 Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open for submissions. The competition, an integral part of the 11th annual national Endangered Species Day celebration, provides school children in grades K through 12 an opportunity to learn about threatened and endangered wildlife while expressing their knowledge and support for conservation efforts through their artistic and creative talents.
(Trailer) GAYCATION with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel
Published Jan 31, 2016 - 10:20:17 AM
Ellen Page and her best friend, Ian Daniel, set off on a personal journey to explore LGBTQ cultures around the world. From Japan to Brazil, Jamaica and here in America, Ellen and Ian discover the multiplicity of LGBTQ experiences, meeting amazing people and hearing their deeply moving stories of struggle and triumph.
California Photographer Named Winner Wildlife Photo Contest
Published Jan 28, 2016 - 10:59:51 AM
Berkeley resident Jennifer Joynt's image of an American pika in Yosemite National Park earned the 2015 grand prize in the California Wildlife Photo of the Year contest. The image of the furry, diminutive critter was chosen as the winner of the yearlong contest presented by Outdoor California magazine and California Watchable Wildlife Inc., and sponsored by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and the State Coastal Conservancy.