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Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

Cell Phones Monitor Water, Soil on African Farms [Q&A]

As a middle school student in Tallahassee, Florida, Kelly Caylor built a weather balloon for the science fair. Decades later, he's distributing high-tech environmental sensors, or "pods," throughout sub-Saharan Africa...

April 10, 2015 — Kerry Klein

The Quest for Better Broccoli Starts with More Science

Everyone knows that broccoli is good for you. What was not known—until researchers examined how broccoli was prepared for distribution—is that frozen broccoli lacked the cancer-fighting nutrients that the fresh vegetable provided...

March 30, 2015 — Tom Grumbly
The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

The World On A Plate: A Look At Diets Around The Globe

From culture to religion, social status to political leanings, a lot can be learned from what's on a plate. In What I Eat: Around The World In 80 Diets, photographer Peter Menzel and his wife, writer Faith D'Aluisio, take a fascinating look at diets of people around the world...

February 17, 2015 — Layla Eplett
Sugar Industry Secretly Paid for Favorable Harvard Research

Sugar Industry Secretly Paid for Favorable Harvard Research

Newly uncovered documents reveal that a sugar industry trade group initiated and paid for the studies, examined drafts and laid out a clear objective to protect sugar’s public reputation...

September 13, 2016 — Melissa Bailey and STAT
Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands...

October 15, 2014 — Lawrence D. Wagman & Sandra M. Brown

Is Our Focus on Obesity Holding Back Public Health?

What causes obesity? Advertising junk food to kids? Cheap soda? The demise of physical education in public schools? Too much screen time? Or maybe, it's one of the little boxes in this Obesity System Influence Diagram, developed in 2007 by British researchers for their government's Foresight Project: Holy cow, I believe are the words you're [...]..

February 12, 2015 — Patrick Mustain

Artificial Sweeteners May Have Despicable Impacts on Gut Microbes

I find it ironic that Thanksgiving coincides with American Diabetes Month. In honor of that irony, two recently published studies have suggested a possible link between what you eat, how it impacts the behavior of the microbes living in your gut, and type II diabetes...

November 26, 2014 — Sheena Faherty
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