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Male Birth Control On The Horizon

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Science. Is. Awesome.

Fellas, rejoice. The fine scientists over at Texas A&M University have announced that they are hot on the trail of a new birth control pill... wait for it... wait for it... for men! The team discovered that a compound called JQ1 acts as an inhibitor to sperm production and also sperm mobility, two features necessary for male fertility. "JQ1 prevents both," says Qinglei Li, an assistant......read more

Good Mood Foods

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Comfort food is real, say scientists

Happy news for lovers of berries, tea, and chocolate. New research finds that the natural ingredients in these foods bear a striking chemical similarity to a widely used mood-stabilizing drug, and may have some of the same benefits."Molecules in chocolate, a variety of berries and foods containing omega-3 fatty acids have shown positive effects on mood," said Karina Martinez-Mayorga, Ph.D.,......read more

How Our Spaces Shape Our Thoughts

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For the sake of your relationships, be careful where you sit

A recent study out of the University of Waterloo, in Canada, confirms our suspicions that our emotional states are strongly influenced by our surroundings. Sure as awe-inducing vistas can inspire creative thought, so too can environments that are less peachy provoke similar feelings. In this particular experiment, individuals who sat at a wobbly chair and table predicted that celebrity......read more

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: What's the Deal?

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Scientists weigh in on the hurricane-supersizing effects of global warming

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which left a devastating trail of destruction, power failures and flooding in its wake, people all over are wondering whether the "Frankenstorm" is related in any way to climate change. Has global warming helped create the conditions that make freak storms like Sandy happen? Writing for Climate Desk, Chris Mooney asked a handful of climate scientists this......read more

Flood Balloon Could Plug Subway Tunnels

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Scientists are developing a "subway tampon" to halt underground flooding

For coastal communities, the new reality of a changing climate means dealing with the effects of rising seas and massive storms. Just ask New Yorkers. Fortunately, there are smart people around the world dreaming up ways to defend against storm surges and flooding. At West Virginia University, researchers are at work on a seemingly simple engineering concept aimed at halting floodwaters in......read more

Digital Globes: A New Way to View Earth

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With improving technology and falling prices, the globe of the future is here, now

Move over, dusty plastic globe, the globe of the future is taking over. According to a Mark Vanhoenacker report at the New York Times, digital globes are becoming better designed and more accessible, bringing limitless educational and entertainment possibilities for places of work, study and play: Until recently, cost and technical limitations have largely confined these modern spheres to......read more

The Scientific Accident that May Change the World (of Batteries)

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Graphene super capacitor could make batteries obsolete

Researchers at UCLA have hit upon on a scientific breakthrough that promises to change the way power is stored. The research team has found a way to create a non-toxic, highly efficient super capacitor that can be charged quickly and will hold more electricity than standard batteries. What's more, the team may well have found a way to make that process scale up to mass-production levels. The......read more

Scientists Agree (Again): Climate Change is Happening

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97% of scientists agree that humans are causing climate change. Tom Zeller Jr. examines the gap between scientific consensus and public perception

Tom Zeller for The Huffington Post: Public opinion on the topic of climate change is notoriously fickle, changing -- quite literally sometimes -- with the weather. The latest bit of evidence on this: Yale's April 2013 climate change survey, which found, among other things, that Americans' conviction that global warming is happening had dropped by seven points, to 63 percent, over the preceding......read more

Not All Climate Change is Equal

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Wonky ocean temperatures attest to the unpredictable nature of climate change

Just in case the abnormal weather events around the world didn't tip you off, the term "global warming" is actually a misnomer that doesn't really describe the effects of climate change. And if you are to believe a new oceanographic study, "climate change" may not adequately do the trick either. Hannes Baumann, one of the report's authors, prefers "global weirding," because the effects are so......read more

Soccket, the Energy-Harnessing Soccer Ball

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Uncharted Play's regulation-size soccer ball converts kicks and headers into off-the-grid power $99.00

The Soccket by Uncharted Play harnesses the kinetic energy built up by kicking it around then converts it to useable electricity. Thirty minutes of play can power an (included) LED lamp for up to three hours. More than just a cool novelty gadget, the Soccket has enormous potential in resource-poor areas of the developing world with limited access to electricity. After obtaining some invaluable......read more

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