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Can a good night's sleep prevent a cold?



People who get less than seven hours of shut-eye nightly are three times more likely to catch a cold than those who get eight or more hours, according to a new study.

January 12, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

Confirmed: Peanut butter is culprit in 400 U.S. salmonella cases

Turns out it was the peanut butter. The typhimurium type, if you must know. Minnesota health officials confirmed today that the salmonella strain -- also known as a serotype -- found in a 5-pound container of King Nut peanut butter on Friday is the same as the strain that has wreaked havoc in 410 people in 43 U.S.

January 12, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Where the buffalo roam, so may brucellosis

Paying ranchers to let bison roam in areas typically used for cattle grazing — rather than killing the giant animals — could reduce the risk that the bison will transmit a bacterial disease to cows, ecologists say.

January 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Perigee moons, and other Twitter musings--Follow us!

ScientificAmerican.com —in the form of the author of this blog post—had a great experience this weekend. Despite the fact that it was cloudy and snowing heavily much of Saturday night in western Massachusetts, we got to see this month’s perigee moon, the largest and brightest of 2009.

January 12, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

Detroit Tour, Part 1: General Motors

Part one of a tour of the Detroit Auto Show. Tomorrow we'll be hitting up Toyota and Honda, and then in parts three and four you'll see news from Ford, Chrysler, BYD, Fisker, Tesla, VW, Mercedes and more!

January 12, 2009 — Hank Green

Is that olive oil organic? Check with the ladybugs

Organic isn't only winning over the eco-chic set. It turns out that ladybugs (a.k.a. coccinellids ) also have an affinity for the sustainable. 

Researchers from the University of Granada in Spain have discovered that friendly pest-chomping ladybugs prefer pesticide-free olive orchards to conventional ones, paving the way for them to be used as markers of organic crops.

January 12, 2009 — Katherine Harmon

Dirty Google searches: Researcher hits search engine for CO2 emissions

Companies marketing their products and services are going green, whether they're selling cars, computers or televisions. One need look no farther than last week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, where new products carted out invariably had a smaller carbon footprint than anything introduced a year ago.

January 12, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

CDC's Gerberding resigns; temporary FDA commish named

Two developments from the land of presidential transition: Julie Gerberding resigned as chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after six-plus years in the post, and Frank Torti, principal deputy commissioner at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), becomes the agency's acting commish next week to pave the way for new Obama administration appointees.

January 12, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Tonight's perigee moon in photos

If you're watching the snow come down in the northeastern U.S., like we are here at 60-Second Science, you probably can't see tonight's perigee moon, which we posted about earlier.

January 10, 2009 — Ivan Oransky

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