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Following the Family Tradition, Chris Darwin is Leading the Fight to Protect Animals from Extinction

  Chris Darwin, a wildlife advocate, discusses the environmental impact of eating meat: Great, great grandson of Charles Darwin says we must change our diet to prevent more wildlife dying off. Chris Darwin, 56, had come to London from his home in Australia for a groundbreaking conference attempting to tackle the growing crisis of the […]

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Climate Scientists Grading Climate Journalism

Climate news is always also food news: While the internet puts information at our fingertips, it has also allowed misinformation to sow doubt and confusion in the minds of many of those whose opinions and votes will determine the future of the planet. And up to now scientists have been on the back foot in […]

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Can Potatoes Grow on Mars?

Growing potatoes on Mars may sound like a fantasy straight out of sci-fi drama The Martian – in which a marooned astronaut survives on the red planet by tending spuds. But it’s also the focus of an experiment by theUS space agency, Nasa, which is teaming up with the Peru-based International Potato Centre (CIP) to […]

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Overeating? Maybe It’s Your Cluttered Kitchen!

Hunger is not the only reason we eat sweets. Often we eat as a way to celebrate, or sometimes we reach for food when we’re sad or bored. And a study published this month in the journal Environment and Behavior points to another factor that can nudge us to eat: clutter. “The notion that places — such as cluttered […]

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High Fiber Diets Battle Breast Cancer?

If the advice to eat more fiber seems easy to ignore, you’re not alone. Most Americans don’t get the 25 to 38 grams a day that recommended, depending on age and gender. But if you’re skimping on fiber, the health stakes are high, especially if you’re a teenage girl. A study published Monday in the […]

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People Are STILL Denying Climate Science

Is organised climate science denial finished? After global heat records were continually broken over the last decade, and as sea levels rose and scientists reported the accelerated melting of polar ice sheets, you might be forgiven for thinking the debate over climate change had shifted. No more arguing over the science? It’s more about the […]

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The Hangover Patch?

“Eh…” says The London Nutritionist dietician Jo Travers (who I’m paraphrasing ever so slightly). Shortly before sticking a Be On 1 patch on the inside of my left arm for my own experimental bender, I’m getting the lowdown from her on what exactly the benefits of these sticky squares could be. “Yes, drinking alcohol can potentially deplete […]

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The Science of Hangover Avoidance

“Some of the dizziness you can feel after champagne is due to both the brain getting [a little] less oxygen and also the [effects] of the alcohol at the same time,” explains researcher Boris Tabakoff at the University of Colorado, Boulder. All the bubbles in sparkling wine are carbon dioxide. The C02 competes with oxygen in our bloodstream, […]

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Do GMOs Actually Exist?

GMOs, like other cultural constructs — think of gender, or race — do have a basis in reality, of course: We can roughly define “male” or “Asian,” but when we try to regulate these divisions, all kinds of problems crop up. And definitions of “GMOs” are much messier — “nerd” might be a roughly equivalent category. You know what a nerd is, […]

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Australian Tobacco Experiments Point Toward Growing Food on Mars

Scientists have identified a DNA sequence in an ancient Australian tobacco plant that enables it to survive in the country’s remote Outback. The discovery could offer clues to growing plants someday in another harsh environment—on the planet Mars, they said. Nicotiana benthamiana, known as pituri to indigenous Aboriginal tribes who use it as chewing tobacco, […]

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