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How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

How Networks Are Revolutionizing Scientific (and Maybe Human) Thought

Science and common sense are alike grounded in human experience. Yet these ways of thinking about things are often in conflict. Sometimes the simplicity of most commonsense explanations can make it hard to win people over to the complexity and uncertainties of most scientific arguments.

December 12, 2014 — John Edward Terrell, Termeh Shafie and Mark Golitko

What if we all just stopped trying to lose weight? (video)

By focusing on weight, we may be missing the broader picture of what it means to be healthy. Brian Mattson is not the picture of health. Few would look at him and say: "There's a healthy fellow." But that's a shame, because Mattson is a pretty healthy guy.

May 22, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
What’s eating us?

What’s eating us?

As #SciAmFood week draws to a close, we’ve heard a lot about the food we consume, from not getting enough to astronaut nutrition (and getting too much) to tricking your brain about what it’s getting.

September 6, 2013 — Kevin Bonham
Calorie-burning fat and your brain

Calorie-burning fat and your brain

If you follow obesity news, you may have heard of a type of energy-burning "good fat" known as brown fat, which scientists think may have potential to battle a growing epidemic of excess body fat.

October 29, 2014 — Julianne Wyrick

Introducing: The Food Matters Crew

Do you ever wonder about the science behind your food? We do, too. Our group of writers serves up juicy topics like genetic engineering, gut bacteria and the chemical reactions that occur during cooking.

September 3, 2013 — See Arr Oh

For Diabetics, Healthy Habits Trump Medicine

Against the backdrop of a government shutdown precipitated by healthcare issues and the rollout of the insurance exchanges mandated by the Affordable Care Act, a conference called Diabetes + Innovation 2013 took place in Washington, D.C.

October 24, 2013 — Milly Dawson

Dr. Oz Is Cheering for the Wrong Team

Dear Dr. Oz: I caught the senate hearing earlier this week during which you answered for using "flowery language" to describe a number of weight-loss supplements that do not have (as you admit) the scientific backing for your claims.

June 20, 2014 — Patrick Mustain
Is your nose making you overeat?

Is your nose making you overeat?

Some people are drawn to the thick smell of bacon, sizzling and crackling in the skillet on a Saturday morning.  For others, it’s the aroma of freshly baked cookies on a Friday night or the smell of McDonald’s fries creeping in through the car window.  At this time of year, I find the scent of [...]

September 30, 2013 — Julianne Wyrick
Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

Fat Tuesday: Feed the Addict

When the substantia nigra is super charged by food restriction, or drugs, or both, you become super motivated to seek out more food, or more drugs… whatever floats the substantia nigra’s boat.

August 27, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik
The 4 Billion-Year-Old Story of Obesity

The 4 Billion-Year-Old Story of Obesity

In light of the upcoming celebration of ghosts, ghouls, and of course, the stomach ache-inducing over-consumption of candy, I thought I’d revisit this piece I started earlier this year.

October 30, 2013 — Patrick Mustain
Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

Lifestyle Choices Could Affect Gene Sequences That Code for Cancer

It's no secret that diet and exercise can directly impact our health. But for many people, genetic predisposition to disease - be it hypertension or diabetes or cancer - is often perceived as a risk that is out of their hands.

October 15, 2014 — Lawrence D. Wagman & Sandra M. Brown