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The Sweet Science of Chocolate

The Sweet Science of Chocolate

Everybody loves chocolate, but did you know that small daily doses of dark chocolate are good for your health? Read the story and watch the video to learn about the precision engineering and chemistry behind the beloved treat.

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Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

Cats, Chemicals, and Consumer Power

How daily exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals affects people and pets.

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Scientists Want to Know How Much Fish You Ate Last Night

Scientists Want to Know How Much Fish You Ate Last Night

The amount of fish that Americans eat is a crucial variable in determining water-pollution limits, limits that may be based on outdated data in some states.

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Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Kickstarting Science: Crowdfunded Research Explores Potential Health Impacts of Coal Trains

Scientists and researchers are turning to new and innovative online funding methods to pay for their projects. And the public is buying in.

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To Drink, or Not To Drink

To Drink, or Not To Drink

A new bacteria testing kit has the potential to save millions of lives, one glass of water at a time.

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Fire Safety without Harm

Fire Safety without Harm

Last week, scientists and regulators from more than 20 countries gathered in San Francisco to discuss the latest research on flame retardants. The conference lasted four days, but the theme of the meeting was clear from just a few talks: Do we need toxic chemicals to achieve fire safety?

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Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

Richard Misrach’s Cancer Alley: Documenting the Poisoning of America’s Wetland

In the new exhibition on display at Stanford's Cantor Arts Center, "Revisiting the South: Richard Misrach's Cancer Alley," the Berkeley photographer takes a hard look at the environmental consequences of our dependence on petroleum.

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Nerve-Stimulating Headband May Prevent Migraines

Nerve-Stimulating Headband May Prevent Migraines

Migraines affect about 30 million Americans, but anti-migraine medications are often ineffective or cause unpleasant side effects. New research indicates that migraines may be prevented by wearing a headband that stimulates the nerves around the eyes and forehead.

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Arsenic and Old Wells

Arsenic and Old Wells

Six years after the EPA's new arsenic rule for drinking water went into effect, poor communities in the San Joaquin Valley—who can’t afford the costs of complying with the stricter standard—face the highest risk of exposure to unsafe arsenic levels.

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Vaccine Waivers, Informed Consent and Public Health

Vaccine Waivers, Informed Consent and Public Health

Starting in 2014, California will require parents to see a health practitioner to learn the risks and benefits of vaccination before opting out of the state's immunization requirements. Public health officials hope that when parents learn the difference between science-based evidence and the uninformed myths so prevalent online and in the mainstream media, they'll decide to protect their children from the real risks of infectious disease, rather than worry about unfounded theoretical risks.

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Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

Getting Back on a Bike: Exploring San Francisco on Two Wheels

I spent a sunny Wednesday cruising through the city alongside a great San Francisco native on a bike tour facilitated by Streets of San Francisco (SoSF) – which is not anywhere near a normal activity for me.

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Farmworkers Pay a Heavy Price for California's Bounty

Farmworkers Pay a Heavy Price for California's Bounty

California farmworkers work long days for about $7.50 an hour to pick fruit in orchards doused with nitrogen fertilizers. A UC Davis study released in March found that nitrates from fertilizers and dairy waste have contaminated groundwater supplies. Because farmworkers live near the fields they work in, they're at high risk for nitrate-contaminated drinking water.

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Phylo: Turning Biology Puzzles Into Interactive Games

Phylo: Turning Biology Puzzles Into Interactive Games

People often think of medicine as hard work, but an emerging group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs is looking to re-shape people’s perspectives and turn health, and health research, into a form of play.

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Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Food Increases Gut Size By Stimulating Stem Cells And Insulin

Stem cells in the gut of Drosophila divide in response to food.

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Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Sexual Satisfaction Linked To Successful Aging

Though aging was associated with an expected decline in physical health and sexual frequency, overall sexual satisfaction did not decline with age.

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The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

The Search for Alcoholism's Miracle Drug

Alcoholism is a very treatable disease, but still, there are some challenges.

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The Science of Pain

The Science of Pain

Pain is the most common reason for trips to the doctor's office. But how exactly pain works is still a mystery in many ways.

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Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

Cultural Pressure Encourages Poor Eating Habits In Immigrants

But the question remains, how do we make healthy eating cool?

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DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

DON'T PANIC (but a tiny bit of radiation was found in U.S. milk)

"Minuscule" amounts of iodine-131 was found in milk from Washington state.

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Don't Worry, Be Happy, Die Early

Don't Worry, Be Happy, Die Early

Happiness is tied to good health later in life, but childhood happiness does not predict longevity—in fact it does the opposite, according to a new report.

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