Having Your Appendix Removed Significantly Lowers the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Having your appendix removed could lower the risk of getting Parkinson's disease by 20 percent, says a team of researchers in a new study. Using medical data from a large-scale Swedish database, a team led by scientists from the Van Andel Research Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan, were able to tease out a connection between a condition that affects less than one percent of the population and an organ long assumed by researchers to be of little use. The find also sheds new light a compl

Find Your Polling Place Using This Hall & Oates Hotline

Midterm elections are coming up next week. Hopefully, you already know where your polling place is or have cast your early ballot. If you don’t know where it is and need a little help, Hall & Oates is here.


Make Better Pumpkin Seeds by Brining Them in Beer

I do not enjoy carving pumpkins. As you can see from the above Jack-o-lantern, my artistic skills are quite limited, and I usually get very bored halfway through. I do, however, enjoy roasting pumpkin seeds, and then eating pumpkin seeds, while everyone else is still carving bulbous squashes. I believe my activity is…


Elephants Count Similar to How Humans Do, Study Shows

Asian elephants seem to know their numbers, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of Ethology. Lead author Naoko Irie and colleagues at SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) trained a 14-year old elephant named Authai to use a touch panel in order to test her mathematical abilities. Presented with elephant-friendly images like bananas, apples and watermelons, Authai’s job was to touch the picture contai

Here’s the Best Way to Feed a Cat

Most of us feed our cats with bleary eyes at dawn after they’ve scratched a hole through the door, but there is another way. How you feed a cat, it turns out, can change its behavior.


Buy Yourself a New Year’s Eve Outfit Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the day you shop at the Halloween pop-up store. Grab some wigs for 75% off. Get cheap makeup. But most importantly, buy yourself a New Year’s Eve costume. I don’t mean go to a costume party on New Year’s Eve; I mean go to a regular party in the fantastic outfit you bought for $5 on November 1.


Soil Takes Decades to Catch Up to Climate Changes

(Inside Science) -- Soil bacteria respond dramatically to changes in climate, but the full impacts aren't felt for at least half a century, according to new research. The findings suggest that today's climate conditions will continue to cause upheaval in the soil for decades. A team of Chinese and American researchers analyzed data from soil samples collected in recent years from 144 sites in Tibet, the U.S. and Canada. Next, they used statistical models to look for correlations between t

Watch: How to Vote Even If You’re Turned Away on Election Day

You know it’s important to vote. We know that you will enthusiastically show up to the polls this year. However, there are voter suppression tactics (and sometimes just clerical errors) that can prevent you from casting your ballot.


Prize-winning Photographs Reveal the World of Tiny Things

Check out the beauty of the microscopic world with these images from the 2018 Nikon Small World Competition.

Elephant Birds, Biggest Ever, Were Creatures Of The Night

They were enormous, the biggest of the big, and, say authors of a new study reconstructing bird brains, the elephant birds of Madagascar were also nocturnal. The new research reveals surprising details about the animals, their habitats and their closest evolutionary kin. Before they went extinct in the last millennium, Madagascar's elephant birds were the biggest birds ever to walk the earth. Earlier this year, researchers determined that the largest of the flightless birds weighed 650k

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