When it comes to the bare necessities of health, misinformation runs rampant. Just last week, a major newspaper reported on the apparent danger of Jungle Book-themed animal crackers sold at Walgreens. Their reasoning? Dangerously high levels of acrylamide, a chemical naturally formed during the baking process and by cooking certain vegetables,...

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Americans are pretty skeptical when it comes to new technologies impacting their lives, but the vast majority can get behind one group: NASA. This week, President Trump signed a law calling for close to $20 billion in funding for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and laid out a road map for...

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Every generation has its food and exercise fads. Juice diets, jazzercize, cabbage soup-- at one point low fat diets were the go-to way to lose weight, only to be replaced by low carb diets. There's a new crowd out there redefining what it means for food to be “healthy.” Namely, that...

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March 14th, or 3/14 is Pi Day! Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference (the whole length around) to its diameter (distance across the middle, from one edge to the other). It’s the same value – 3.14159….. – for every single circle, no matter how large or small. It’s one...

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If stories about pesticides in your food seem to be popping up left and right, it’s likely because activists with the Environmental Working Group just released this year’s “Dirty Dozen” list. The annual guide identifies which fruits and vegetables are the biggest danger to your health. Its reasoning? Pesticides. The thought of strawberries and...

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With more major news sources devoting attention to the reproducibility crisis, the issue of transparency in science is forcing its way into the public eye. And not a moment too soon, considering President Trump ordered EPA scientists to stop talking to the media during his first week in office. Oy. But the President certainly...

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Disproving a hypothesis is an important part of developing scientific knowledge. After all, we can’t all be right all the time. Often, a single study or a handful of studies uncover some correlation between two variables. It’s up to the scientific community to discover whether observed trends are the result of direct causation...

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Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved three varieties of potatoes genetically improved to resist mold. Most people are familiar with the Irish Potato Famine, when upwards of 1 million people died from starvation and disease after Ireland’s potato crop failed for several years. But we would guess...

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Short answer: no, absolutely not. Long answer: Activists point to glyphosate, the pesticide that many GM crops have been modified to withstand, as a cause of cancer, obesity, allergies, behavioral problems…just about every ailment under the sun. The popular narrative exists despite decades of scientific research failing to even associate glyphosate with a single human health...

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According to the Environmental Working Group, those scoundrels at the FDA are allowing toxic amounts of lead to poison lipstick lovers nationwide! Not so fast. After all, “according to EWG…” is not the same things as “it’s true that…” Last year, the FDA issued guidelines detailing how much lead is safe in lipsticks and...

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