Warming Walden

More than 150 years later, researchers are using Thoreau’s records to gather evidence of how the climate has warmed in the area of Walden Pond, in Concord , Massachusetts, a few miles from Boston.

City Vs. Country Birds

Biologists are comparing country bumpkins and city slickers…among birds. Find out how our feathered friends compare in the age-old debate.

Image: Black Flowerpiercer, courtesy of Paul Martin

Bug-Built Batteries Can Equal Lithium Ion’s Power

Researchers using genetically engineered viruses to build a better rechargeable battery have now shown that the technology can perform as well as commercially available high-power lithium-ion batteries, but can be produced using less energy and fewer toxic chemicals.

Image courtesy: Georg Fantner

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Night Shift Health

Should working or playing odd hours come with a warning label? Maybe it should now that a new study is showing how living outside “normal” hours is hard on your body.

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Make Mushrooms Taste Like Bacon

Sunita Reed has learned a recipe that has her and others at ScienCentral fairly astonished: how to make mushrooms taste like bacon. In this ScienCentral Video, Sunita Reed and Chef Elliot Prag mix up some umami flavor.

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Pollution Gives Asthma to the Unborn

Pregnant women go to great lengths to ensure good health for their unborn babies: cutting out things like alcohol or caffeine while adding certain recommended foods. But evidence is mounting for a risk factor that moms-to-be can’t easily control: where they live during pregnancy.

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Diabetes Drug Linked To Alzheimer’s

Research published today is suggesting that a commonly prescribed drug to control blood sugar might increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. But, as this ScienCentral News video explains, it also suggests that using the drug in combination with insulin might reduce the risk.

Heart Attack Test

Researchers say they have a test that can tell if you’re having a heart attack in just minutes rather than the current test that takes hours. And as this ScienCentral News video explains, they discovered it by studying patients who need heart attacks.

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Food Flavor Mystery Solved

We’re all familiar with sweet, salty, bitter and sour tastes. But how many of us have heard of umami (pronounced oo-MAH-mee)? The so-called “fifth taste” is found in soups, meats, seafood and cheese.

Under the Sea 3D: Seas Under Siege

Under the Sea 3D is the new IMAX 3D film now opening in theaters across the country. In this ScienCentral video, filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall discuss the amazing underwater wildlife they caught on film, as well as the problems faced by these creatures due to climate change.


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