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Welcome to the Science category! Here you can find interesting blogs and forums about a wide variety of scientific topics. If you cannot find exactly what you're looking for, feel free to ask the community about your interests!
mebernstein
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The Food Court:This one is not for the birds

Sunflower seeds. Sesame seeds. Caraway seeds. Rye seeds. Pumpkin seeds. Surely, there must be an edible seed for everyone’s taste. Un-hulled sunflower seeds are a baseball player’s delight. Rye, caraway and sesame seeds dress up a variety of breads, inclu

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: New bandage is just like a scab

Before I rammed my knee into the sharp edge of my desk a few weeks ago, I hadn’t had a scab in years — decades, even. Scabs are unsightly, but they are really important in protecting an open wound against infection, and they stop the wound from bleeding.

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mebernstein
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Flowers & Power: Absorbing a new, environmentally friendly use for cotton

Check the dictionary for the definition of versatile. You won’t find “cotton” there, and that’s a shame.


Here are just some of the products that come from this worthy plant: textile and yarn goods, automobile tire cord, plastic reinforcing, fertilizer, fue

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
The Medical Bond: Welding tissues instead of getting stitches during surgery

For many types of surgery or for a bad cut on the skin, stitches are just fine. They bring the tissues together and speed up the healing process. But for some types of surgeries, you really need something better—something that will form a leak-proof, tigh

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
Flowers & Power: Fast pollution test could keep beaches open more often

Ah, nothing like heading out to the beach in the summer. The warm sun on your skin, the hot sand between your toes, the waves crashing around you.

Unfortunately, the water isn’t always as pristine as it seems at first glance. Sewage overflow from nearby tr

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court:  The time is ripe for a new way to preserve fruits, veggies

This can’t be true, but it does seem like bananas and avocadoes start ripening the moment you put them into your shopping bag. Within just a few days, these fruits and vegetables turn an overripe brown. It takes a keen eye to pick out these foods at the s

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
The Medical Bond: BRAIN initiative to better understand the brain

The typical human brain weighs less than 3 pounds, is pinkish-beige in color and has the consistency of gelatin. It’s a crinkly thing, with lots of folds on its surface. Not that impressive. It’s actually kind of yucky-looking, come to think of it, and it

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KatieCottingham
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Flowers & Power: Preserving China’s famous Terracotta Warriors and other relics

You never know what you’re going to find when you go digging. In 1974, a group of farmers digging a well stunned the world with their discovery of the now-famous Terracotta Warriors and Horses in China.

They unearthed over 8,000 soldiers and their associat

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: Using photosynthesis to make medicines and other useful substances

Plants are amazing chemical factories. They take sunlight and use it and carbon dioxide to make energy for themselves. They also make oxygen, which we breathe. But they also make substances that can help heal us. Traditional Chinese medicine, for instance

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court:  A new selection for the gluten-free menu

Here are some unpalatable statistics: A total of 1.8 million Americans have celiac disease and nearly as many –– 1.4 million –– don’t know they have it. And ponder this: Nearly five times as many people have celiac disease today than in the 1950s, with th

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
Flowers & Power: Scratchy, cheap jute fibers can make concrete stronger — sustainably

Jute, that scratchy, stiff vegetable fiber used to make burlap sacks and twine, could have a brand-new use in the near future. According to a study in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, it could serve as a sustainable strengthener for concrete a

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: This product of the olive is no snake oil

Olive oil, that cooking liquid so popular today with chefs at home and in restaurants, hasn’t always been a culinary staple. There was a time when one of the few places you would find it was as a partner with red vinegar in salad dressing. And then, somet

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: Hidden mold toxins lurk in some foods

Aside from some molds growing on “stinky” cheeses, molds are generally not good for human consumption. For example, we all know to stay away from bread with tell-tale green spots or white cottony threads on the slices. And we need to take special measures

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KatieCottingham
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Flowers & Power: Those used coffee grounds are good sources of healthful antioxidants

We’ve all heard how coffee is good for you. Recent studies have linked drinking coffee with a lower risk for developing many conditions, including type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. It also has more healthful antioxidants than v

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: Unholy smoke! Stay away from my wine

It’s pretty easy to fit the millions of people who drink wine into categories. They love red and hate white, or vice versa, or they like both kinds of wine. Taking it to another level, when it comes to the art of pairing wine with food, the group of wine-

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: Mussels help scientists fight tooth sensitivity

A substance in the sticky goo that mussels use to glom on to rocks and other surfaces could help ease tooth sensitivity. That’s welcome news to my ears — well, to my sensitive teeth!

Like 74 percent of the world’s population, I too have teeth that are sens

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KatieCottingham
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Flowers & Power: A sustainable way to make a whale-vomit substitute used in perfumes

Yes, whale vomit — although some experts suspect that this smelly, grayish, waxy intestinal secretion actually comes from the other end of the whale. It’s actually been known throughout the ages as an aphrodisiac, a medication and a food flavoring. But am

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: An explosion of nutrition and flavor

Believe it or not, in those simpler days long ago, there was a buzz of excitement when the cereal mavens first dropped a handful of plump raisins into a box of breakfast flakes. For decades, breakfast-eaters only had a choice of a bowl of milk-drenched oa

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: Celiac patients eating bread? Perhaps someday soon…

Scientists report that someday soon, celiac patients might not need to go down the special “gluten-free” aisle of the grocery store anymore. They are making progress toward a pill that could allow celiac patients to eat pastries, breads, cereals and other

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
Flowers & Power: Taking greenhouse gases out of the Internet

Scientists are taking steps to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions of the Internet and telecommunications industries? Huh? Who knew doing a Google search produced greenhouse gases, thereby contributing to climate change?

It turns out that the “informatio

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: Box wine: Cooler is better

To some people, it seems, the container is nearly as important as what it contains. Take beer and wine. Some time back, a bottle of a Portuguese rosé wine adorned book shelves across the United States.  The bottle –– it looks something like and upside-dow

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KatieCottingham
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The Medical Bond: Psychoactive substance exposes users to direct carcinogens

People have chewed or smoked plants to achieve “highs” almost since time began. Sure, some people use psychoactive substances recreationally to escape the pressures of their lives. But they are also sometimes an important part of religious ceremonies, all

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
Flowers & Power: Potentially toxic flame retardants found in many home couches

Every year, about 3,500 people die in fires in the U.S. Firefighters responded to almost 400,000 house fires in 2010. Common causes of house fires are overloaded electrical outlets, portable heaters, knocked over candles and smoking.

To help prevent house

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s_lemonick
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Flowers & Power: Diarrhea medicine ingredient expands from the pharmacy to the farm

A nutrient-rich clay long used to treat diarrhea might help to solve a problem related to the *ahem* other end of the digestive tract. A new report shows that the mineral attapulgite could be useful as a sustainable slow-release fertilizer, a key ingredie

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: Keeping ahead of the curve for better beer foam

There was a time, some of you will still remember, when you could count the number of well-known national breweries in the United States on the fingers of your mug-holding hand. I won’t do a commercial here and name them, but you know which ones I mean. M

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
The Medical Bond: Nanoparticles could treat traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) happens when there’s a bump or blow to the head, or when something (like a bullet) goes into the head. Every year, about 1.7 million people, including soldiers, auto accident victims and athletes sustain these injuries, which

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s_lemonick
New Contributor II
Flowers & Power: Putting the brakes on container ship pollution

Many Americans can still remember the high prices, long lines and rationing of the 1973 oil crisis. OPEC’s embargo only lasted five months, but the 1974 National Maximum Speed Law intended to reduce fuel consumption kept speed limits on many interstates a

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mebernstein
New Contributor II
The Food Court: Fake buffalo mozzarella is just cheesy, but help is on the way

If you look up the definition of cheese in a dictionary, you really should find the word “ubiquitous.” You won’t, alas, but you should because this dairy product is such an important ingredient in so many yummy dishes. Imagine mac ‘n’ cheese without the c

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KatieCottingham
New Contributor III
The Medical Bond: Uh-oh. Did I just touch poison ivy?

The leaves have turned, and there’s a chill in the air. Summer is over and fall is well underway. Fewer people are outside tending to gardens and lawns, which means fewer incidences of poison ivy, oak or sumac exposure. That’s a huge relief for the more t

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michaelwoods
New Contributor
Pressroom Perspectives: Helping journalists with expert comment

Get a comment. Use a quotation from an expert who discusses the significance of the discovery or the event. From my first days writing broadcast news for a small radio station in upstate New York through a long career as a newspaper science editor in the

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