​Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?

Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin? » 4/16/14 9:30am Wednesday 9:30am

New Hepatitis C 'Cure' Hailed as a Breakthrough, Costs $1000 a Day

An international study involving 380 patients has seen 90% of patients "cured" of Hepatitis C in the course of 12 weeks. Experts are calling the treatment a turning point in the treatment of the pernicious disease, which wreaks havoc on the livers of those it infects. Too bad it costs over $80,000 for a course of… » 4/13/14 10:00am Sunday 10:00am

The Science of Anatomy is Undergoing a Revival

Two decades ago, when I was starting my PhD studies at the University of California in Berkeley, there was talk about the death of anatomy as a research subject. That hasn’t happened. Instead the science of anatomy has undergone a renaissance, sparking renewed interest among researchers and the public alike. » 4/12/14 9:00am 4/12/14 9:00am

Chili's Cancels Fundraising for Anti-Vaccination Autism Group

Chili's had planned to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, an organization that claims vaccines "trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children." This evening, Chili's announced it will be canceling the event based on feedback received from its guests. » 4/06/14 7:54pm 4/06/14 7:54pm

Chili's Will Donate 10% of Customers' Checks to Anti-Vaxxers on April 7

Chili's intends to donate 10% of its customers' checks on April 7th to the National Autism Association, in honor of National Autism Awareness month. The problem? The NAA claims on its website that vaccines can trigger or exacerbate autism in "some, if not many, children." Dammit not this again. » 4/05/14 5:35pm 4/05/14 5:35pm

For a Sharper Mind in Middle Age, Try Running in Your 20s

Reason #34,857 that exercise is important: getting your pulse up when you're 25 can make for a better brain at 45, according to a newly published study out of the University of Minnesota, the first to examine how exercise in young adulthood affects cognition later in life. » 4/03/14 10:04pm 4/03/14 10:04pm

African Ebola Outbreak Is a Growing Crisis

An outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in several African countries has claimed the lives of at least 80 people. Frighteningly, it has now spread to a major city. Officials are now enacting measures to bring the outbreak under control, including the introduction of health and travel restrictions. » 4/02/14 3:20pm 4/02/14 3:20pm

This Liquid Turns Drinks Orange In The Presence Of Date Rape Drug GHB

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed the first fluorescent sensor for the date rape drug γ-Hydroxybutyric acid, more commonly known as "GHB." The liquid, when mixed with a beverage spiked with GHB, causes the drink to turn bright orange in color. » 4/02/14 8:50am 4/02/14 8:50am