Category Archives: Science

Want to Lose Weight? Eat Chocolate

Nearly all my life I’ve believed that chocolate is a miracle food and I’ve welcomed the increased scientific research, such as the Cocoa Genome Project. Now a recent study is linking chocolate consumption to lower body mass indexes: For the … Continue reading

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The GOP’s Secret Weapon- the Flag?

The American flag – an iconic symbol of “the republic for which it stands.” But could the republic’s flag be responsible for creating more Republicans? Amazingly enough, new research suggests yes: Seeing an American flag can shift voters towards Republicanism … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics: Obama and Medical Marijuana

For those hoping that the Obama Administration would usher in an era of change in the federal government,there is more disappointing news. Instead of “change,” the Obama Administration is continuing an anti-science policy of lies to the American people: U.S. … Continue reading

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Autism Again Linked to Antidepressants

A new study has been published linking prenatal use of antidepressants to autism spectrum disorders, CNN reports: Children whose mothers take Zoloft, Prozac, or similar antidepressants during pregnancy are twice as likely as other children to have a diagnosis of … Continue reading

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Japan, Earth’s Axis Shifted

Some staggering facts are coming in as to the scope and power of the Japanese earthquake: The powerful earthquake that unleashed a devastating tsunami Friday appears to have moved the main island of Japan by 8 feet (2.4 meters) and … Continue reading

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Study: One Quarter of Antidepressant Users Never Diagnosed With Depression, Anxiety Disorders

A study released by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry that reveals some shocking statistics about the manner in which antidepressants are prescribed in the United States. From Reuters: More than a quarter of Americans taking antidepressants have never been diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Massive Solar Flare Caught on Video

Captured on Thursday, February 24, this solar flare is considerably smaller than the Class X flare on Valentine’s Day, but still significant, Space.com reports: Thursday’s solar flare erupted from a new spot on the sun called sunspot 1163, according to … Continue reading

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New Autism Test for Infants

There is a new study out concerning early detection of autism: Researchers believe that analyzing how a child’s brain works while they are an infant may suggest various risk factors of whether or not an autism disorder may develop. For … Continue reading

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Happy Darwin Day!

Alongside The Principia and The Wealth of Nations, no other book had a more instant and wide impact as Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. Today, on what would have been his birthday, Jonathan P. Smith writes Defending Darwin … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Thomas Edison!

We all know we can thank Thomas Edison for the lightbulb, the motion picture camera, the phonograph, and NBC television but less well known is Edison’s love of nature and trees. He planted the first Banyan tree in the United … Continue reading

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Are Antidepressants Causing Autism?

I wondered earlier this week if there was a link between autism and the mother’s history of antidepressants, or if researchers have ever considered this hypothesis. The Google results were… interesting. For one thing there was very little research I … Continue reading

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Magical Mysteries

Some very interesting news for star gazers, as the Crab Nebula has shot off some gamma-ray flares: The Crab, long-considered such a steady celestial light that it was used to calibrate other sources, has now had three flare-ups where it … Continue reading

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The Warmer it Grows, the More it Snows

It seems everywhere you turn in the last few weeks, from Minneapolis to Paris, some place somewhere is getting pounded by an unusually strong winter storm. As usual, the under-informed have made it a point to cite these storms as … Continue reading

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The Genome’s “Dark Matter”

Two new studies have been published by Nature and Science highlighting new discoveries in genomes: It’s an effort that few people thought necessary a decade ago, when the Human Genome Project’s near-completion was marked by a White House ceremony where … Continue reading

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As If It Wasn’t Going To Be Dark Enough Already

Do you remember where you were 456 years ago this Tuesday?  Because if you can you will no doubt remember that it was the last time you saw a full lunar eclipse occur on the eve of the Winter Solstice. The … Continue reading

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The Spy in Your Pocket

Here’s a disturbing smartphone investigation from the Wall Street Journal: Few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe

Amazing video of a solar eruption sending shock waves across the surface of the Sun. This video is far too short, but what it lacks in length it compensates in awe factor.

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Cheese. In. Spaaaace!

By now you’ve probably heard about the success of the first commercial spacecraft to reach Earth’s orbit and return safely. “Mind-blowingly awesome” is how SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk described the day’s events shortly after the company’s Dragon capsule … Continue reading

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The Known Universe In 90 Seconds

This video was made with images from the Hubble telescope and placed in 3-D according to our perspective. Pretty cool.

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NASA’s New Life Form a Bust?

The scientific method strikes again. Last week, NASA announced they had discovered a microbe that was based on arsenic. As is the way of science, this discovery is open to peer review and the scientific community is now crying foul. … Continue reading

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See You on the Dark Side of the Moon

Lockheed Martin is pushing for a new manned Moon mission: The Obama administration may have axed NASA’s ambitious manned moon exploration plans for even an even more ambitious deep space exploration agenda, but for those developing the technologies that will … Continue reading

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Climate Change Hero: Ronald Reagan

I’ve hesitated to comment on this topic, but… I’m a conservative who accepts the science of climate change. Some people may find it hard to believe, but conservative environmentalists do exist and, in fact, we have a notable history. Having … Continue reading

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A Room with a View

From Wired, this incredible picture of Italy and Sicily was taken from the Space Station’s Cupola. Be sure to check out the other cool earth by night photos in the collection.

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The Cocoa Genome Project

Finally! Cocoa genome will lead to chocolate that can improve your health: Chocolate capable of fighting heart disease and offering other major health benefits could be available within five years following work by scientists to unlock the genetic code of … Continue reading

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Magical Mysteries

The liquid column “is created by a delicate balance between gravity, which pulls the liquid back to the bowl, and inertia, which in physics, refers to the tendency of the liquid or any matter, to continue moving in a direction … Continue reading

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