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Teens: Energy Drink a Day May Not Give You Wings

Within one to two hours after consuming a Red Bull, or other energy drinks like it, that statement certainly seems to ring true. Studies have shown that alertness and cognitive functioning receive a temporary jolt. But what about habitual use of energy drinks? Well, that's less studied, especially among adolescents.

10 Problems With How We Think

We can never totally escape our biases, but we can be more aware of them, and, just maybe, take efforts to minimize their influence.

Is Watching the Super Bowl Worth Your Life?

Alcohol, excitement, stress, prolonged sitting, and fatty foods combine to create an unwholesome atmosphere like no other.

'They All Look Alike': The Other-Race Effect

Prejudiced and non-prejudiced people are equally likely to fall victim to the other-race effect.

An Earthquake Hazard Where We Least Expect It

In the long term, a life-changing earthquake in America's heartland is almost certainly inevitable.

Are There 'Laws' in Social Science?

Richard Feynman: "Social science is an example of a science which is not a science... They follow the forms... but they don't get any laws."

Super Size Me? Science Teacher Loses 37 Lbs. Eating at McDonald's

Last fall, John Cisna -- a science teacher from Des Moines, Iowa -- ate nothing but McDonald's for 90 days and wound up losing 37 pounds! Hold the mustard! How the heck can that be right?

Coca-Cola's Adorable Lies About Polar Bears

Coca-Cola is by no means the first company to ignore inconvenient animal behavior facts, so we shouldn't be too hard on them. To Coke's credit, they do support polar bear research and conservation efforts. 

5 Easy Tips for Denying Scientific Consensus

Faced with unfortunate facts or inconvenient truths? Here's a handy guide for denying scientific consensus. 

6 Ways a Poor Night's Sleep Messes with You

Have you ever considered all of the ways just a single poor night of sleep may be messing with you?

Oldest Known Early Human DNA Recovered

The more scientists discover about our prehistoric ancestors, the further they seem to fall down Alice's Rabbit Hole. Things just get curiouser and curiouser.

The Three Values of Science

Richard Feynman was struggling with an existential crisis only a member of the Manhattan Project could truly experience: "Put another way, what is the value of the science I had dedicated myself to--the thing I loved--when I saw what terrible things it could do? It was a question I had to answer."

 

We Can Learn from Those Who Hear Voices

Within some non-Western cultures, voice hearing is valued and it would not be seen as indicative of any illness at all. 

Science Should Not Suppress Ideas, No Matter How Crazy

The suppression of uncomfortable ideas may be common in religion or in politics, but it is not the path to knowledge, and there's no place for it in the endeavor of science.

Hilariously Stupid Science Questions

"There's no such thing as a stupid question." We'd now like to present eleven more, courtesy of the same esteemed panel of "logic-dodging" jokesters over at Reddit that came up with the original list. 

Are Global Footprint Estimates Accurate?

Ecological footprint measurements, as currently constructed and presented, are so misleading as to preclude their use in any serious science or policy context. 

Switched [Sex] at Birth

Gender, like so many things, is occasionally in a gray area. And that's okay.

How Toxic is Nicotine?

Thanks to some scientific sleuthing courtesy of a dedicated toxicologist, nicotine may have to surrender its infamous position.

The Flimsy Evidence for Flossing

While hundreds of flossing studies have been conducted, many are plagued by potential issues of researcher bias, as well as poor experimental design. In the past decade, three systematic reviews sought to navigate these muddy waters.

40 Years of Government Nutrition Data May Be Flawed

Americans severely under-report how much food they eat, and this has affected decades of nutrition data. 

Spoof Paper Accepted to 157 Open Access Journals

Since open access publishers are effectively paid up front, the more papers they accept, the more money they make.

Should Olympic Athletes Train Like Our Paleo Ancestors?

Since our ancestors supposedly would rest on days after big hunts, where as many as 8,000 calories might be expended, athletes should be sure to rest after huge training days.

Can You Be an Elite Athlete?

Athleticism is commonly believed to rely on two factors: genetics and practice. Which is most important? 

The Power of Forgiveness

For most Americans, the Amish way of forgiveness is difficult to comprehend. It's sourced deeply within their way of life, which is grounded in compassionate, unyielding faith.

Study Challenges 'Safe' Levels of Sugar Consumption

Americans should be aware that sugars subtly creep into their diets through fruit juices, caffeinated beverages, sweetened breakfast foods, and especially sodas. They can, and do, add up.

Drilling Holes in Heads: A Brief History

Take a moment to rub the top of your skull. With a little motivation -- and the aid of a drill or pick -- one could easily unlock the squelchy pink organ encased within. 

The Surprising Truth About Modern Eunuchs

Everyone should be aware that a multitude of men are either chemically or surgically castrated for a variety of reasons in contemporary Western society.

In the Future: A Nasal Spray to Treat Alzheimer's?

Perhaps the most obstructing barrier to treating neurological conditions is quite literally a barrier.

The Silence of the Whales

Drifting in the deep, the hulking, yet streamlined mammoth unleashes a string of sound, a booming, but delicate song. 

Why You Should Never Hit Your Dog

Positive punishment is the classic Skinnerian notion in which a stimulus is applied with the aim of reducing an unwanted behavior. 

Too Fat to Fornicate?

Obesity rates are rapidly rising in the United States, so that also means larger pant sizes, wider seats, and more and more overweight people having sex.

Dreaming of Galaxies. Here's to James Webb.

James Webb will grant a peerless gaze at the universe the likes of which we've never seen.

Time to End Eyewitness Testimony?

"The accuracy of our memories is not measured in how vivid they are nor how certain you are that they're correct."

The Venutian Dinosaur Fallacy

The original observation was effectively a lack of an observation. The conclusion was dinosaurs

Life...As We Don't Know It

You've undoubtedly heard the maxim "Life finds a way." Well, if life has indeed found a way on one of the other trillions of planets in our Milky Way Galaxy, it would likely not be our way.

We Don't Sleep Like We Used To

41 million Americans sleep fewer than six hours each night. But it wasn't always this way. 

How scientists can believe in God

Are all true scientists destined to become atheists? The answer is no, or at least that doesn't seem to be the case judging by statistics.

Science Is a Pain in the Butt. Embrace It.

Science is often awkward and frustratingly uncertain and mindbogglingly complicated. It is also what enriches our lives.

Seeing Earth from space: How true awe changes you

Experiencing the "overview effect" appears to be transformational. Studies show that feelings of awe make subjects more patient, less materialistic, and more willing to volunteer to help others.

Is Scientific Genius Extinct?

Due to arduous competition for limited scientific funds, the pie-in-the-sky ideas that may potentially hide brilliance underneath, are often ignored, abandoned, or simply never undertaken in the first place.

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