Eight Wild Facts About Wild Turkeys
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 12:38:23 PM
So you thought there was nothing to know about turkeys except whether you liked drumsticks or white meat. Think again.
Culture factors into why we like or dislike people, new Stanford research shows
Published Nov 24, 2015 - 9:52:53 AM
Culture may play a key role in whether people "like" or "don't like" others, new Stanford research shows.
The differences are notable among Americans of European descent compared with people of Chinese origin.
On the lighter side of the polls: Americans say Trump Most Likely to Ruin Thanksgiving Dinner; GOP Opposes Obama on Turkey Pardons
Published Nov 23, 2015 - 8:37:30 AM
Donald Trump leads PPP's newest poll by a wide margin...on which candidate Americans think would be the most likely to say something inappropriate at the table and ruin Thanksgiving Dinner. 46% say they think Trump would be the candidate most likely to ruin Thanksgiving, as much as all the rest of the candidates combined. Hillary Clinton at 22%, Bernie Sanders at 7%, Jeb Bush and Ben Carson at 6%, Ted Cruz at 4%, and Marco Rubio at 1% round out the standings on who people think would be most likely to wreck the holiday.
The quest for tasty fake meat (video)
Published Nov 23, 2015 - 8:24:03 AM
Who doesn't drool over a Thanksgiving dinner of mashed potatoes, stuffing and most importantly, turkey? Well, vegetarians, for one. In the future, could Tofurkey and other fake or lab-grown meat products give the world more sustainable (and equally delicious) alternatives to beef, chicken and turkey? In this Thanksgiving-themed Reactions episode, find out how food chemists and other scientists are working to make fake meat taste as good as the real thing.
Help Count Birds for Science during Audubon’s Annual Christmas Bird Count
Published Nov 19, 2015 - 2:13:32 PM
Now in its 116th year, the National Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count will take place from December 14 through January 5. During the count, more than 72,000 volunteers from 2,400-plus locations across the Western Hemisphere record sightings of bird species with the data collected and submitted to Audubon for research on bird populations and environmental conditions.
Do vitamin supplements actually work? (video)
Published Nov 17, 2015 - 8:19:02 AM
You've seen them in late night commercials and at your local pharmacy--little pills that claim to cure your cold, help you wake up or maybe help you lose weight. Vitamin and mineral supplements are everywhere and generate billions of dollars in revenue in the U.S. each year. But do they really work?
WFP Launches Free App For Smartphone Users To Help Feed Syrian Refugee Children
Published Nov 16, 2015 - 10:23:20 AM
Smartphone users will now be able to help feed Syrian refugee children with a tap on their mobile phone thanks to the ShareTheMeal app, developed by the United Nations World Food Programme and launched in countries around the world today.
New PSA from Planned Parenthood and Refinery29 Urges Young People,and Their Parents to Talk About About Sex
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 12:19:59 PM
Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and Refinery29 debuted a short film starring actor Mae Whitman and her mother Pat Musick about the importance of parent-child communication about sex and sexuality. The film portrays Mae and her mother discussing the open and honest conversations they had about sex as she was growing up, as well as how Planned Parenthood can help parents and teens start and continue these crucial conversations.
Dangerously Hot Playground Temperatures Explored by Researcher
Published Nov 13, 2015 - 9:34:53 AM
Safety in playgrounds has improved substantially since many of us were children. But one area goes largely unaddressed, and it may be the most obvious.
Liam Neeson is the Voice of "Ice," a New Short Film in Conservation International's "Nature Is Speaking" Series (VIDEO)
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 10:46:47 AM
Today, Conservation International (CI) releases a new film in its award-winning "Nature Is Speaking" series. "Ice," voiced by Academy Award nominee Liam Neeson, highlights the plight of one of Earth's most important—and threatened—natural features in the face of climate change.
Flat Lining: One Third of 2015 Vehicles Missing Spare Tire
Published Nov 12, 2015 - 10:08:21 AM
Automakers’ decision to eliminate the spare tire may leave more than 30 million drivers vulnerable at the roadside, according to new research from AAA. Tire inflator kits, a high-cost alternative for consumers, have replaced the spare tire in millions of vehicles over the last 10 model years and, due to their limited functionality, cannot provide even a temporary fix for many common tire-related problems. AAA calls on automakers to put consumer interests first and halt the elimination of the spare tire.
Large National Study Shows Little Difference Between ‘Old’ and ‘New’ CPR in Cardiac Arrest
Published Nov 10, 2015 - 11:06:45 AM
Continuous chest compression, touted as the new way to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, was not an improvement over standard CPR, according to findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine today. The University of Alabama at Birmingham was one of eight United States and Canadian universities involved in the study, the largest such study of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest ever conducted.
Men Encouraged to 'Get Whacked for Wildlife' on World Vasectomy Day
Published Nov 9, 2015 - 9:35:42 AM
In honor of World Vasectomy Day on Friday, the Center for Biological Diversity is encouraging men around the country to “get whacked for wildlife” to highlight the pressure human population growth puts on wildlife and the role men can play in preventing unplanned pregnancies. Men who pledge to get a vasectomy for World Vasectomy Day will get a free “Get Whacked for Wildlife” T-shirt featuring a polar bear carrying a pair of scissors on the front and text on the back that reads: “With more than 7 billion people, we’re crowding wildlife off the planet. Vasectomies help.”
Vanilla yogurt makes us feel happy, suggests research
Published Nov 9, 2015 - 8:49:00 AM
We all know what it's like to take a bite of something expecting one taste and getting another - it can be an enjoyable or disgusting experience. New research published in Food Research International reveals that being pleasantly surprised or disappointed with a food product can actually change a person's mood.
Advocates Say "Hell No Barbie" to Stop Mattel from Spying on Kids
Published Nov 9, 2015 - 8:14:02 AM
Today, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) launched “Hell No Barbie,” a public education campaign about the dangers of Mattel’s new Wi-Fi enabled talking Hello Barbie doll. Hello Barbie records children’s private conversations and transmits them to cloud servers, where they are analyzed by algorithms, listened to by employees of Mattel’s partner ToyTalk, and shared with unnamed third parties. The doll’s responses are then tailored to reflect the child’s family, experiences, and likes and dislikes.
The science of the perfect grilled cheese sandwich (video)
Published Nov 3, 2015 - 7:31:19 AM
There's nothing like a gooey, melty, delicious grilled cheese sandwich. But with hundreds of varieties of cheese, how can you make the perfect one? Chemistry to the rescue! This week's Reactions looks at the chemistry of cheese and offers tips on making the absolutely perfect grilled snack.
Mummies, ghosts and vampires: a 'Spooking' of Chemistry special (video)
Published Oct 30, 2015 - 7:02:04 AM
Happy Halloween! It’s time to collect some serious sweets and impress your friends with an awesome costume. In this week’s spooky Speaking of Chemistry, Judy fills you in on the surprising science behind ghosts, vampires, and mummies. That’s a wrap!
A gender revolution -- minus the bigger paycheck
Published Oct 27, 2015 - 9:55:18 AM
Women are more likely than men to have a bachelor's degree and a white-collar job, yet continue to earn less than their male counterparts, finds a new study spanning two generations in the United States.
What happens when you're about to die? (video)
Published Oct 27, 2015 - 8:29:46 AM
As Halloween approaches, you may be watching more horror flicks. And afterwards, you might be imagining ghouls and axe murderers around every corner. The fear you feel as you watch a victim die, the screams you make when the killer jumps out on screen—these responses are surprisingly similar to those of the poor victim in the movie.
Don't Wear Decorative Contact Lenses without Consulting an Eye Care Professional, CDPH Warns
Published Oct 23, 2015 - 9:31:58 AM
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned consumers about the risks associated with wearing decorative contact lenses without proper consultation with an eye care professional.
Books: ‘Remaking the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge,’ 25 years and $6.5 billion later
Published Oct 22, 2015 - 5:44:50 PM
Replacing the eastern span of the Bay Bridge — a vital link between the East Bay and San Francisco — was originally projected to cost $250 million. By the time the span was completed, the project came in at $6.5 billion.
Gardening therapy helps women on long-term sick leave return to work
Published Oct 21, 2015 - 8:43:41 AM
Being and working in a garden combined with active job coaching can effectively help women on long-term sick leave return to work. A study conducted at Sahlgrenska University explored the reasons for the trend.
Study: Internet TV means more options, not viewing time -- even for binge watchers
Published Oct 21, 2015 - 8:42:09 AM
The option of watching television online will not influence the amount of time a person spends viewing TV, but it does make the experience more pleasurable, according to a new study from The University of Texas at Dallas.
Menopausal status a better indicator than age for mammography frequency
Published Oct 20, 2015 - 9:17:11 AM
In a study conducted to inform American Cancer Society breast cancer screening guidelines, UC Davis researcher Diana L. Miglioretti reports a screening mammogram once every two years is safe for postmenopausal women at average risk of breast cancer.
The 20 lb. cereal box
Published Oct 19, 2015 - 9:39:40 AM
Over 200 American kitchens were photographed to determine if the food sitting out on counters could predict the weight of the woman living in each home. The new Cornell study found that women who had breakfast cereal sitting on their counters weighed 20-lbs more than their neighbors who didn't, and those with soft drinks sitting out weighed 24 to 26-lbs more. The good news? Those who had a fruit bowl weighed about 13-lbs less.
New Stanford exhibition highlights power of reinterpretation, consultation with Native American communities
Published Oct 19, 2015 - 8:44:02 AM
In the late 1890s, the entrepreneur and former lieutenant governor of California, John R. Daggett, assembled an ethnographic collection of objects to illustrate the lives of Hupa, Karuk and Yurok communities in Northern California.
What's the deal with the gut microbiome? (video)
Published Oct 19, 2015 - 8:40:55 AM
Trillions of microorganisms inhabit our bodies. Scientists call this community the microbiome, and it's one of the hottest topics in research these days. Over the past decade, researchers have learned a lot about the genetics of these microorganisms and the molecules they produce, for better or worse. In this week's Speaking of Chemistry, host Matt Davenport talks with Harvard University researcher Emily Balskus, Ph.D., about the next big things our gut can tell us.
High Performing Chicago Cubs Head Into NLCS Matchup with Leadership, Confidence
Published Oct 16, 2015 - 2:55:16 PM
There is a new wind blowing in Wrigleyville, as front office leadership, coaching and management style has the Chicago Cubs functioning well, says Andy Clark director of Sports Management Programs at DePaul University.
How reward and daytime sleep boost learning
Published Oct 16, 2015 - 2:51:57 PM
A new study suggests that receiving rewards as you learn can help cement new facts and skills in your memory, particularly when combined with a daytime nap.