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Antioxidant Use Still Small Mixed Bag

At a Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health forum on diet and health, Walter Willett, chair of the school's nutrition department, talked about benefits and risks associated with antioxidant supplements 

February 1, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Pluto Killer Thinks He Has New Ninth Planet

Caltech astronomer Mike Brown, the driving force for demoting Pluto, now claims evidence for a massive, distant replacement ninth planet in our solar system 

January 25, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Healthful Diet Switch Helps Even Late in Life

At a Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health forum on diet and health, Walter Willett, chair of the school's nutrition department, said that adoption of more healthful eating habits even late in life still has benefits 

January 19, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Roman Sanitation Didn't Stop Roaming Parasites

The University of Cambridge's Piers Mitchell, author of the 2015 book Sanitation, Latrines and Intestinal Parasites in Past Populations, talks about the counterintuitive findings in his recent paper in the journal Parasitology titled "Human parasites in the Roman World: health consequences of conquering an empire"

January 12, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Obama Notes Blocks of Gun Violence Research

In his announcement today that he was taking executive action to require more gun sellers to be licensed and to do background checks on gun buyers, Pres. Barack Obama also touched on the problems facing public health researchers who try to study gun violence and deaths 

January 5, 2016 — Steve Mirsky

Antievolution Legislation Shows Descent with Modification

Nicholas Matzke, an American evolutionary biologist currently at the Australian National University in Canberra, performed a phylogenetic-style analysis of dozens of antievolution education bills in various state legislatures to track their relatedness 

December 18, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Marion Nestle Talks "Soda Politics"

Marion Nestle, author of Soda Politics: Taking on Big Soda (and Winning), talked December 14 in New York City about Coca-Cola's attempt to fund research designed to find sugared soft drinks innocent in contributing to obesity 

December 16, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

Lifting the Visor on Virtual Reality

Ken Perlin, a New York University computer science professor and virtual reality pioneer, talks with Scientific American tech editor Larry Greenemeier about the state of virtual reality, its history and where it's heading 

December 15, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier and Steve Mirsky

Energy Secretary Talks Climate Challenge

A brief portion of the December 9 conversation during the climate talks in France between Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz and Scientific American’s David Biello 

December 14, 2015 — David Biello and Steve Mirsky

Vocal Cords Bioengineered from Starter Cells

Researchers took cells from donated vocal cord tissue and successfully grew them on a three-dimensional scaffold to produce new vocal cords that can produce sound 

November 23, 2015 — Steve Mirsky

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