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Run to Starbucks, get less cancer?

At first glance, this new droplet of research linking caffeine mixed with exercise to protection against skin cancer in mice seems like grounds for excitement.

July 30, 2007 — JR Minkel

In 12 million years, we're dead

I know there are disasters just over the horizon--terrorism, climate change, the rapture--but some ends to the human race are so profoundly unavoidable that they deserve further scrutiny, even if it's just to satisfy my need for some kind of secular eschatology...

July 26, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Would your favorite 17th, 18th or 19th-century scientist be a creationist today?

Odds are: Not bloody likely. Shout out to Phil at Bad Astronomy for alerting me to a ridiculous, recent op-ed from The Boston Globe. Conservative columnist Jeff Jacoby puts forward a little thought experiment where he evaluates the chances of a long-deceased, young-Earth creationist, who happened to possess possibly the greatest scientific mind of all-time, getting employment as a professor in a scientific discipline at a modern university...

July 25, 2007 — Nikhil Swaminathan

When being wealthy means being sick

cc Malias Generally health outcomes are better for the wealthy--they tend to be better educated and have access to healthcare and higher-quality food.

July 24, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Libya frees 6 jailed medics

Five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor returned to Bulgaria today after serving eight years each of life sentences for allegedly deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with HIV...

July 24, 2007 — JR Minkel

Want to survive a plane crash? Sit in the back.

I'll probably get docked a week's pay for saying this, but Popular Science Mechanics is getting better all the time. When was the last time you can remember a science magazine doing enterprise journalism?...

July 20, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows of sustainable paper

I promise not to give anything away, just wanted to highlight a few facts about the impending mega-release: its first printing will consume 16,700 tons of paper (which, depending on whose estimates of tree per piece of paper you believe, equals roughly 400,800 trees), according to Scholastic...

July 20, 2007 — David Biello

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