Baylor study: Cellphones can damage romantic relationships, lead to depression
Published Sep 30, 2015 - 9:12:06 AM
Research from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business confirms that cellphones are damaging romantic relationships and leading to higher levels of depression.
How to make better cookies with science (video)
Published Sep 28, 2015 - 7:16:21 AM
Chocolate chip cookies are nearly universally adored. People like them in all sorts of textures, sizes and tastes. So how can you make your perfect cookie? Using science, of course. October 1 is National Homemade Cookies Day, so for this week's Reactions episode, we partnered with Science News magazine's Bethany Brookshire (@scicurious) to take a bite out of baking with the scientific method.
HRC President Calls on Drug Manufacturer to Roll Back Unconscionable Price Hike
Published Sep 22, 2015 - 7:59:11 AM
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Chad Griffin today issued an open letter to Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli, calling on him to rescind his outrageous 5000 percent price increase for Daraprim, a drug used to treat people with compromised immune systems, including those living with HIV.
Celebrities get ANGRY about climate change in Angry Birds Friends!
Published Sep 19, 2015 - 11:56:42 AM
Raise awareness for climate change and help plant trees by participating in the Champions for Earth Tournament in Angry Birds Friends.
WMC 10-Year Emmy Study: Women Lacking in Writing, Directing, Producing, Editing Nominations
Published Sep 18, 2015 - 11:10:24 AM
In the past decade, women have received only 22 percent of the Primetime Emmy nominations for writing, directing, producing, and editing, according to an investigation by the Women’s Media Center.
Sorry, flushable wipes aren't flushable (video)
Published Sep 18, 2015 - 10:26:40 AM
People who want that fresh feeling after wiping their behinds have increasingly been relying on flushable wipes. But sewer managers and homeowners have been crying foul—literally--as more and more pipes get clogged. Are flushable wipes to blame?
A look into why the horrifying is so very intriguing
Published Sep 17, 2015 - 2:41:57 PM
It's an age-old question that's also very timely as we approach the season of haunted houses, scary movies and encounters with Halloween zombies and ghouls stopping by to beg for candy. Why is horror so popular? Why does something strange or even repulsive still make us want to look? Gary Vaughn, a University of Cincinnati associate professor of English, digs into the underlying themes of the popular TV show, "American Horror Story: Freak Show" to explore these questions. Vaughn is among the UC faculty to be well represented at the conference of the Midwest Popular Culture Association/Midwest American Culture Association which takes place Oct. 1-4, at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza Hotel downtown.
Study finds people's conservative and liberal traits show up in their Twitter vocabulary
Published Sep 17, 2015 - 2:01:43 PM
A study of nearly a million tweets from over 10,000 Twitter users has found that liberals swear more, conservatives are more likely to talk about religion, and liberals use more individual words like 'me' while conservatives opt more for the group-oriented 'us.'
Free e-Book Offers Tips for Reducing Breast Cancer Risk at Nearly Any Age
Published Sep 8, 2015 - 6:12:51 AM
Surprisingly, preventing breast cancer can begin as early as age 2. Eating right, being physically active and keeping weight in check – even at a young age – can substantially lower breast cancer risk.
Moths! Photos Document Stunning Winged Wonders of Madidi
Published Sep 3, 2015 - 9:03:48 AM
WCS has released a stunning gallery of images of some of the moths uncovered by the groundbreaking Bolivian scientific expedition, Identidad Madidi. A staggering 10,000 species of moths may live in Madidi National Park – considered the most biodiverse protected area on the planet. The moths were found in the montane savannas and gallery forests of the Apolo region.
Stanford scholar discovers previously unknown Magna Carta scribe
Published Sep 2, 2015 - 9:02:01 AM
Eight hundred years ago, one of the world's most important documents was born. Issued by King John of England in 1215, the Magna Carta ("Great Charter") acknowledged the rights of citizens and set restrictions on the power of the king. The Magna Carta has influenced the structures of modern democracies, including the writ of habeas corpus of the U.S. Constitution.
50 Groups Call On Federal Insurance Office to Review Affordability of Auto Insurance in Low-Wealth Communities
Published Sep 1, 2015 - 11:15:57 AM
The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) must establish a strong affordability standard for low- and moderate-income Americans, according to nearly 50 organizations from 23 states and DC that jointly submitted comments to FIO Monday. The groups called on FIO to move forward with its proposal to collect data directly from insurance companies and review the cost of basic liability auto insurance for tens of millions of financially strained drivers.
Burning Man’s Fashion Is Wild, but There Are Rules
Full story: NY Times
What is a "complete breakfast"? (video)
Published Aug 31, 2015 - 12:41:12 PM
It's the most important meal of the day. Or is it? Breakfast has been the topic of much debate. For years, we were told to eat a complete breakfast. But what does that even mean? Should a complete breakfast include eggs, or should you avoid them altogether? Does any of this apply to brunch?
Can't be without your smartphone? You may be a nomophobe
Published Aug 27, 2015 - 2:23:34 PM
Study participants were asked to respond to the following statements on a scale of 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree). Total scores were calculated by adding the responses to each item. The higher scores corresponded to greater nomophobia severity.
Soda Industry Spending Against Public Health Tops $100 Million
Published Aug 25, 2015 - 7:35:02 AM
Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, and the American Beverage Association have spent at least $106 million to defeat public health initiatives at the federal, state, and local levels since 2009, according to an analysis conducted by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The actual amount spent by the soda industry is assuredly much greater, since campaign finance and lobby expenses are not available in 10 out of the 23 jurisdictions that have considered policies aimed at reducing sugar drink consumption.
Ways to stay awake without caffeine, including one which involves cats! (video)
Published Aug 24, 2015 - 11:30:53 AM
You're tired and you need an energy boost, but you don't want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this Reactions video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips -- one of which involves cats -- to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup.
How does Febreze work? (video)
Published Aug 17, 2015 - 11:08:36 AM
Almost all of us have used some type of odor eliminator like Febreze to un-stink a room. These sprays can work wonders, but how do they actually work? Do they really remove the smell or just mask it? We explain the chemistry of odor elimination in this week's Reactions video.
Patrick Stewart’s new Fox News parody ‘Blunt Talk’ is now streaming online
Full story: Raw Story
Sierra Magazine Announces 2015 Rankings of America's Greenest Colleges and Universities
Published Aug 11, 2015 - 3:55:27 PM
Today, Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities. Each of the schools ranked in the top 20 have displayed a deep and thorough commitment to protecting the environment, addressing climate issues, and encouraging environmental responsibility.
How do optical illusions work? (video)
Published Aug 6, 2015 - 10:09:28 AM
Optical illusions are deceptive and mind-boggling. What's going on inside our heads when we see things that appear to be moving but aren't, and when we view other, similar visual tricks? In this collaboration between the American Chemical Society and Inside Science TV, we explain how optical illusions work, so you can understand the science behind the trickery.
First-Of-Its-Kind Publication Provides Schools With Guidance to Ensure Safe and Supportive Environments for Transgender Students
Published Aug 3, 2015 - 8:39:00 AM
Today, five national organizations introduced Schools In Transition: A Guide for Supporting Transgender Students in K-12 Schools, a first-of-its-kind publication for school administrations, teachers, and parents about how to provide safe and supportive environments for all transgender students, kindergarten through twelfth grade.
Consumer Reports Shines Light on Car Insurance Quote Secrecy, Prices Are Rife With Inequities and Unfair Practices
Published Jul 31, 2015 - 9:33:47 AM
The amounts drivers pay for their car insurance premiums are based on confounding algorithms that increasingly have more to do with socioeconomic factors than driving habits, according to extensive research conducted by Consumer Reports.
Your Cat Is Talking To You, But What Are They Saying?
Published Jul 24, 2015 - 12:25:06 PM
Yes, you read the title right. If you have a cat, it's trying to send you signals via meowing, rubbing, and purring. But what are they saying? Learn how to interpret your feline friend in this installment of "The Science of Us."
Stanford researchers find mental health prescription: Nature
Published Jul 22, 2015 - 1:22:17 PM
Feeling down? Take a hike.
A new study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression.
How do fireflies glow? (video)
Published Jul 21, 2015 - 7:03:38 AM
Warm summer nights wouldn't be complete without the beautiful glow of fireflies. But until recently, we didn't really understand how fireflies produced their glow. Now Bruce Branchini, Ph.D., from Connecticut College and colleagues at Yale University have recreated the firefly's glow in the lab.
The chemistry of wine (video)
Published Jul 20, 2015 - 9:04:31 AM
If you're stumped in the wine aisle of the store, then you're not alone. Every bottle has unique nuances of taste and smell. How can something made of grapes smell buttery or taste like grass? Learn about the complex chemistry behind wine and then impress your friends at your next party thanks to Reactions. Check out our wine chemistry primer here:
Consumer Reports Will No Longer Recommend Liquid Laundry Detergent Pods Because of High Rate of Accidental Poisonings of Children
Published Jul 17, 2015 - 10:27:41 AM
Consumer Reports today announced that it would no longer recommend liquid laundry detergent pods because of the continued high-rate of accidental poisonings of young children attributable to those products. The organization now strongly urges households where children younger than 6 are ever present to refrain from purchasing them.
Attention Beachgoers: Fecal Contamination Affects Sand More Than Water
Published Jul 16, 2015 - 9:28:37 AM
"No swimming" signs have already popped up this summer along coastlines where fecal bacteria have invaded otherwise inviting waters. Some vacationers ignore the signs while others resign themselves to tanning and playing on the beach. But should those avoiding the water be wary of the sand, too? New research in the ACS journal Environmental Science & Technology investigates reasons why the answer could be "yes."