The Disappearing Spoon author Sam Kean takes on the megalodon myth
Published Sep 2, 2014 - 8:48:19 AM
Best-selling author Sam Kean stops by Reactions this week to debunk the myth of the Megalodon, the 50-foot super shark that, despite what "Shark Week" may lead you to believe, is long extinct.
The HPV vaccine could save the life of your child
Published Sep 2, 2014 - 8:14:33 AM
As the school year starts in full swing many parents wonder if their child should receive the HPV vaccine, which is recommend for girls ages 11-26 and boys 11-21. There are a lot of questions and controversy around this vaccine, but many pediatricians say it comes down to protecting people from a leading cause of death.
Survival Entertainment, Friend or Foe? An exclusive interview with Cody Lundin
Published Aug 28, 2014 - 11:44:57 AM
An opportunity recently presented itself to ask Dual Survival's Cody Lundin for a formal interview of which he graciously accepted. Lundin is a professional survival instructor with over 25 years of experience. He has also worked within the television industry since the 1990's both behind and in front of the camera. I hoped to learn more about Survival TV from his perspective, or as he later coined it, Survival Entertainment. I expected Cody to be honest; he always is, sometimes brutally.
Ninety-Four Years Ago Today Women Won the Right to Vote; Newly Discovered Letters Will Help Show How
Published Aug 27, 2014 - 10:47:48 AM
On Aug. 26, 1920, with the formal adoption of the 19th Amendment, women won the right to vote. Now, a newly discovered collection of Susan B. Anthony letters will help show how.
Consumer Federation of America: Insurance Companies May be Raising Your Rates for No Reason
Published Aug 27, 2014 - 10:28:34 AM
Insurance experts at the Consumer Federation of America are warning consumers. According to J. Robert Hunter, Director of Insurance at CFA and former Texas Insurance Commissioner:
World Dog Day: Keep your dog healthy in mind and body
Published Aug 26, 2014 - 10:41:00 AM
August 26th is World Dog Day, a chance to celebrate the bond between humans and dogs. Dogs have lived with humans for thousands of years as our companions, guardians of our homes, and assistants in our work and daily lives. Science is increasingly delivering evidence for what is already accepted by many people: the health and happiness of humans is intrinsically linked to the health and happiness of dogs. All the more reason to have a good look at why our faithful companions sometimes exhibit unhappy behavior that can be a nuisance at best, and dangerous at worst.
Humans Need Not Apply (Video)
Published Aug 20, 2014 - 11:36:33 AM
Humans Need Not Apply
New Book, "Capitalism v. Democracy' Exposes the Death of Campaign Finance Reform -- Blame It on the Supreme Court
Published Aug 20, 2014 - 9:11:24 AM
The U.S. Supreme Court's many attacks on campaign finance reform have turned democracy into a system that favors the wealthy and marginalizes ordinary citizens, Georgia State University College of Law Associate Professor Tim Kuhner writes in his new book, "Capitalism v. Democracy."
This Labor Day, Americans Urged to Save Wildlife, Keep Meat Off the Grill
Published Aug 20, 2014 - 9:07:38 AM
This Labor Day weekend, the Center for Biological Diversity is urging people to help save wildlife by turning their end-of-summer cookouts into extinction-free barbecues. Labor Day is one of the top meat-consumption days of the year, giving it one of the biggest environmental footprints of any American holiday.
Report: Ticked Off -- Summer Pests like Ticks, Mosquitoes & Toxic Algae Worsened by Climate Change
Published Aug 20, 2014 - 9:03:10 AM
Toxic algae outbreaks like the one that poisoned drinking water in Lake Erie are just one of many summer threats being worsened by manmade climate change, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. Ticked Off: America's Outdoor Experience and Climate Change explains how deer ticks, tiger mosquitoes and fire ants are getting a boost from warmer temperatures and milder winters – and in the case of poison ivy, from carbon pollution itself.
Daughters provide as much elderly parent care as they can, sons do as little as possible
Published Aug 19, 2014 - 7:04:36 AM
Parents are better off having daughters if they want to be cared for in their old age suggests a new study, which finds that women appear to provide as much elderly parent care as they can, while men contribute as little as possible.
Parenting Beyond Pink and Blue: How to Raise Your Kids Free of Gender Stereotypes
Published Aug 15, 2014 - 12:26:20 PM
From the first day of their lives, most boys and girls are treated differently. Those differences begin with a pink versus blue nursery, clothes with laces rather than ribbons, sports equipment or dance lessons, and on and on right through to "manly" careers versus "feminine" jobs.
Shark Week debunked: "Shark week is once again making things up" (VIDEO)
Published Aug 13, 2014 - 2:08:15 PM
Shark Week used to be educational. Now it's filled with fake documentaries about "Megalodon" and "Submarine." Here's what you need to know before you watch The Discovery Channel series.
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Depression Is a Disease and It Can Be Deadly
Published Aug 12, 2014 - 7:58:20 AM
The news of Robin Williams' apparent suicide highlights just how common this tragedy is. According to Brandon Gibb, professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Binghamton University (SUNY), it is estimated that someone in the United States dies by suicide every 13.3 minutes. Gibb's research focuses on risk factors for depression and suicide in children, adolescents and adults. He is also a suicide survivor, having lost his father to suicide.
Stanford biologist explains science of origin stories of Captain America and the Incredible Hulk
Published Aug 12, 2014 - 6:42:22 AM
Captain America and the Incredible Hulk are two of our most iconic comic book superheroes, but little is known about how they came to possess their superpowers. Stanford biologist Sebastian Alvarado has the answer: epigenetics.
School violence, gun-related injury among top 10 child health concerns nationally
Published Aug 11, 2014 - 7:56:45 AM
Childhood obesity remains the top health concern for children in 2014, but when asked about national concerns, adults put school violence and gun-related injuries in the top 10, according to a new University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
Social Media Alert: Online Phishers Are 'Farcing' Your Brains Out, and You're Helping Them
Published Aug 5, 2014 - 7:18:17 AM
"Phishers," the crafty perps who scam us via email, are trolling social media sites to steal vast amounts of personal data and then use it to fleece us. Whereas Facebook recently manipulated our emotional states in service to an online study, phishers exploit us by using the emotional influence of others in our social networks. "Farcing" is what researchers call it and it's on the rise. The attack may not end with you, however. Once the phisher friends you, each of your friends may receive a request and think the phisher is a real person — a "friend's friend." In this way, such attacks become virulent in a very short time through a process of upward contagion, in which the phisher steals information from your real online friends, then their online friends, and so on.
Can You Trust That App? UCSB researchers receive $1 million to study smartphone security issues
Published Aug 1, 2014 - 8:55:46 AM
You're on your smartphone, browsing through Facebook. In a fit of productivity, you search for, say, a project management app to help you use your non-Instagram and cat video time more effectively. You download and install the first one you come across … only to find that it doesn't do anything. No reminders, no calendar, no clock, nothing.
National Immunization Awareness Month: Planned Parenthood Encourages Parents to Vaccinate their Children for HPV
Published Aug 1, 2014 - 8:33:03 AM
In recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month (August), Planned Parenthood is encouraging parents to get their children, both boys and girls aged 11-12, vaccinated for the human papillomavirus (HPV). The month reminds all people to protect their health by getting immunized against infectious diseases.
Nation's Top Ten Consumer Complaints
Published Jul 31, 2014 - 8:06:44 AM
Do-not-call violations and other telemarketing abuses were the fastest-growing complaints in 2013, according to the latest report from the annual survey of state and local consumer protection agencies conducted by Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the North American Consumer Protection Investigators (NACPI). Forty agencies from twenty-three states responded to the survey about the complaints they received last year.
The Cheesecake Factory 'Leads' the (Fanny) Pack at 2014 Xtreme Eating Awards
Published Jul 30, 2014 - 12:30:42 PM
Three of nine Xtreme Eating Awards for 2014 were "won" by The Cheesecake Factory, though the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest says the 150-outlet mall fixture could have easily swept the entire list. The chain's Bruléed French Toast, a plate of custard-soaked bread, topped with powdered sugar and served with maple-butter syrup and bacon, would require one to swim laps for seven hours to burn off its 2,780 calories. The meal also has almost five days' worth of saturated fat (93 grams), 2,230 milligrams of sodium (more than a day's worth), and 24 teaspoons of (mostly) added sugar. To put that load of sugar into context, the American Heart Association recommends a daily limit of nine teaspoons of added sugar for men and six for women.
Every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a car
Published Jul 29, 2014 - 8:01:25 AM
Babies and young children can sleep so peacefully that it may be tempting to leave them alone in a car while you run a quick errand. This, however, must never be done. It can lead to heatstroke, serious injury, and death. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. It has claimed the lives of more than 600 children since 1998, and that number grows close to 40 more each year.
Top Water Saving Tips for American Households
Published Jul 29, 2014 - 7:42:04 AM
Curbing water use in American households could be as easy as making simple changes to your daily routine and installing a few water-efficient appliances, a recent article suggests. Among these actions are reducing shower times and toilet flushes, doing only full loads of laundry, and installing WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products, just to name a few.
Why Do Dogs Smell Each Other's Butts? Chemical communication explained (video)
Published Jul 28, 2014 - 10:44:37 AM
Here at Reactions, we ask the tough questions to get to the bottom of the biggest scientific quandaries. In that spirit, this week's video explains why dogs sniff each other's butts. It's a somewhat silly question with a surprisingly complex answer. This behavior is just one of many interesting forms of chemical communication in the animal kingdom.
Ooolation Singers to Perform Music from Around the World in Lee Vining
Published Jul 28, 2014 - 10:08:18 AM
Malcolm Dalglish and the Ooolation Singers will perform on the patio at the U.S. Forest Service Scenic Area Visitor Center in Lee Vining on Sunday, August 3rd at 7:00 pm.
Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam
Published Jul 24, 2014 - 9:10:21 AM
The Center for Research on Electronic Commerce (CREC) at The University of Texas at Austin is working to protect consumer data by using a company's spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project.
Rising Temperatures Can Be Deadly for Dogs
Published Jul 24, 2014 - 8:53:33 AM
The "dog days of summer" are here, but don't let the phrase fool you. This hot time of year can be dangerous for your pup, says a Kansas State University veterinarian.
Study reveals 'unhappiest' cities in the U.S.
Published Jul 23, 2014 - 8:17:55 AM
New research identifies the unhappiest cities in the U.S., but finds that some young people are still willing to relocate to them for a good job opportunity or lower housing prices.