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Human-Food Bonding Is Real, Science Says

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A recent study conducted by the Sharp Research Institute's Center for the Human-Food Bond concluded that a dynamic relationship exists between humans and food, suggesting that each has a profound influence over the other. The research indicates that when humans interact with food on a regular basis, they experience noticeable physiological changes, including reduced irritability, a decrease in blood pressure, and a feeling of general...

Paleontology Is Rife With Fraud, Experts Conclude

Experts at the Stanford Research Institute for Educational Advancement have released a report with a controversial conclusion about paleontology. After an exhaustive study of nearly 200 years of fossil evidence, they have determined that vertebrate paleontology--or more specifically, the study of dinosaurs--is rife with fraud. Fossil fraud is a huge problem in the paleontology industry, so discovery of a massive cover-up should come as no...

Feeling Ill? Your Gut Microbiota May Be To Blame.

Having a 'gut' feeling that something isn't right with your body? The answer may lie in your gut microbiota. Inside of each of our digestive tracts lives a complex, tight-knit family of diverse microorganisms. Commonly referred to as gut microbiota (or gut flora, if speaking to someone of below-average intelligence), these tiny fighting bacterium in our bellies are with us from birth, and are an integral part...

Can Groundhog Predictions Be Trusted? The Science of Groundhog Day.

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Groundhogs are known for their extreme psychic abilities on Groundhog Day. But what is the actual science behind their psionic prognostication? Every year on February 2nd, groundhogs across the world embark on the task of making the most accurate weather predictions known to science. Hundreds of spectators gather at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to await the emergence of a groundhog named...

What Is Really Going On With McDonald’s Mozzarella Sticks?

Cheese isn't what's missing from this McDonald's meal - what gives? People all over the world are reporting a serious problem with the mozzarella cheese sticks they are ordering from the famous fast food chain McDonald's. Angry mobs have taken to social media to complain about the fried cheese snacks that McDonald's recently added to their popular "McPick 2" menu. People are complaining that upon...

Human Surrogates for Clones of Dead Pets Now A Reality

Scientists think there is a market for human surrogates in the pet cloning industry. Giving birth to a clone of your deceased pet is now a reality, according to scientists at the North Korean cloning firm DPRKRCF. For the first time ever, the cloned embryos from a deceased dog have been implanted in a human surrogate. What’s more incredible—the embryos developed,...

Nootropics: What You Need To Know

Nootropics are really popular, but are they good for you? Biohacking is a fairly new practice that involves taking drugs to alter your body's biochemistry and the way your brain works. People are experimenting with different types of drugs called nootropics that are believed by some to improve cognitive performance. Derived from the Greek words nous, meaning "mind," and trepein meaning "bend," nootropics is a street name for any supplement...

Is Fluoride To Blame For Flint’s Water Crisis?

The government may not be telling you the true story about what is happening in Flint. Fluoridated water may be to blame for the recent trouble with the water supply in Flint, according to top scientists. The toxic effects that people are seeing and feeling may not only be due to lead poisoning, but could be the side effects of fluoride toxicity. Recent...

Wind Turbines: How Do They Work?

Have you ever seen a wind turbine? If so, you may have wondered what it is, what it does, and how it works. Wind turbines are essential to wind energy, an important alternative energy source and a rapidly growing industry. Wind energy currently comprises 4% of the world's total energy, which is significant for an alternative energy source. Solar power, by comparison, produces less than 1%...

Mantids Watch 3D Movies For Science

Through a series of new experiments, scientists at Newcastle University have confirmed that mantids can see images in 3D. Mantids were found to be able to see in 3D through a series of experiments in the 1980's, but the information gained was hardly useful due to the limited technology available at the time. The Newcastle University team reports that they developed tiny 3D glasses...