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soda health risks

Want to live longer? Stop drinking soda

September 6th, 2019

Most people already know that regularly drinking soda can have negative health consequences. Whether you prefer sugar or artificial sweeteners in your soft drinks, guzzling cans of cola on a daily basis is obviously not as beneficial as, say, just drinking water. Still, you might not think that a soda habit could have a direct …

air pollution

Air pollution can kill you, even when it’s considered ‘safe’

August 22nd, 2019

The air quality in many major cities around the world falls well below acceptable limits, and the death toll is rising. However, a new study shows that even when air quality meets or exceeds established guidelines, it may still be dirty enough to claim lives, suggesting that we’re not doing nearly enough to protect ourselves …

opioid painkillers

Experts say wisdom teeth removal is leading to opioid addiction

August 21st, 2019

If you’ve ever had your wisdom teeth removed you know how painful the days immediately following the surgery can be. Over-the-counter painkillers are often not powerful enough to offset the intense aching, and for decades, dentists have prescribed opioid painkillers to keep wisdom teeth patients comfortable during the brief recovery process. Now, as America’s opioid …

obesity cancer risk

Being overweight is even more of a cancer risk than previously thought

August 12th, 2019

The risks of being obese are fairly well documented, and while it’s true that a person who is significantly overweight can better their odds of living longer with exercise, avoiding tobacco, and other healthy lifestyle choices, losing weight is oftentimes the best thing an obese person can do. When it comes to cancer, it seems …

pole reversal

It took an incredibly long time for the Earth’s poles to flip

August 8th, 2019

If you’re looking for some kind of apocalyptic scenario to get anxious about, the Earth’s poles flipping is as good a nightmare as any. Scientists know that our planet’s poles have indeed flipped in the past, but how long it took for that to happen has long been a topic of debate. Cheesy sci-fi movies …

frogs in salad

People keep finding frogs in their packaged salads

August 5th, 2019

It sounds like an urban legend — a friend of a friend who knows someone who once took a bite of a live frog that had somehow found its way into their salad bowl — but discovering animals mixed in with pre-packaged salads has actually become something of a trend. In fact, there have been …

animal human hybrid

Scientists in Japan get clearance for growing human-animal hybrids

July 31st, 2019

Genetic modification can be a touchy subject in scientific circles, especially when the life form being modified is an animal. Researchers fear that the consequences of rogue scientists “playing God” will lead us down a scary path, and they may be right, but the Japanese government just took a careful step forward by approving the …

ploonets

Moons that escape their planets are now called ‘ploonets’

July 11th, 2019

Late last year, astronomers decided that moons which orbit other moons should get their own special name. The label “moon-moon” was offered — and promptly ridiculed because of how silly it sounds — but the name appears to have stuck, for better or worse. With that problem solved, some have turned their attention to another …

avengers popularity

Scientists try to explain why everyone loves the ‘Avengers’ movies

July 6th, 2019

The Marvel movies are some of the most successful Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Sure, Avengers: Endgame can’t seem to beat Avatar for the all-time crown, but hey, you’d be hard-pressed to find another collection of properties capable of pulling in numbers like the Avengers and its associated origin stories. But why are they so popular? …