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Video: The legal battle over CRISPR

CRISPR could potentially engineer super crops, make designer animal models for research and even snip out genetic diseases. Experts say that billions of dollars are at stake.

dateJan 09, 2017 in Other
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Video: Does cough syrup really work?

What do you do when you have a bad cough? If you reach for the yummy, cherry-flavored cough medicine, you're not alone. Every year, people spend billions of dollars on these over-the-counter remedies. But do any of them work?

dateJan 03, 2017 in Other
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Video: This is your brain on alcohol

It's almost time to ring in 2017. And since most New Year's celebrations include alcohol, Reactions' latest episode explains the chemistry behind its effects - drunkenness, frequent bathroom breaks and occasionally poor decision-making.

dateDec 27, 2016 in Other
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Video: Do you burn more fat in the cold?

With the holidays in full swing, all of those feasts and festivities can lead to a few extra pounds. But the winter season also brings something that could help with weight loss—cooler temperatures.

dateDec 22, 2016 in Other
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Video: Cooking with cast iron: Fact versus fiction

Cooks around the world prize their cast-iron cookware, which has many advantages over its aluminum siblings. But there are a few myths surrounding cast-iron cooking and care, and a bit of chemistry knowledge can go a long ...

dateDec 15, 2016 in Other
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Video: Are we running out of vanilla?

Vanilla is more than a standby ice cream flavor. It's used to flavor approximately 18,000 food products worldwide and in nearly every sweet you can think of. But a shortage of vanilla beans and a rising demand for them means ...

dateDec 13, 2016 in Other
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Video: Can I still eat this?

An estimated 133 billion pounds of food gets thrown out every year in the United States, so understanding when your food goes bad is important to help reduce waste. Unfortunately, consumers can't just check the expiration ...

dateNov 29, 2016 in Other
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Did comets kick-start life on Earth?

The origins of life on Earth are still shrouded in mystery. One compelling possibility is that comets delivered the building blocks for life eons ago.

dateNov 23, 2016 in Other
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Video: When turkeys explode

There are three times more cooking fires—the most common cause of house fires—on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year. And the thousands of "turkey-fryer explosion" videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen ...

dateNov 21, 2016 in Other
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Video: How bacteria make it rain

The oceans are covered with a thin film of organic matter and bacteria, many of which launch out of the water and go airborne. But these little particles do more than just take flight—these microbes can actually make it ...

dateNov 10, 2016 in Other
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What the 'cold fusion' debacle has revealed

"Cold fusion" has a serious legacy problem. Back in 1989, researchers announced that they had demonstrated the phenomenon—a nuclear reaction producing excess heat at room temperature—that promised to revolutionize clean ...

dateNov 09, 2016 in Other
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The buzz about edible bugs: Can they replace beef?

The idea of eating bugs has created a buzz lately in both foodie and international development circles as a more sustainable alternative to consuming meat and fish. Now a report appearing in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and ...

dateOct 26, 2016 in Other
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Selecting the right house plant could improve indoor air

Indoor air pollution is an important environmental threat to human health, leading to symptoms of "sick building syndrome." But researchers report that surrounding oneself with certain house plants could combat the potentially ...

Science to the rescue of art

Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflowers" are losing their yellow cheer and the unsettling apricot horizon in Edvard Munch's "The Scream" is turning a dull ivory.

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