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  • Is common food additive to blame for rising rates of bowel disease?

    Is common food additive to blame for rising rates of bowel disease?
    Consumption of emulsifiers, additives widely used in the production of processed foods, promotes inflammatory bowel disease and a cluster of obesity-related diseases known as metabolic syndrome, and may have contributed to the sharp rise in these...
  • Eco-summit in Naperville focuses on region's river network

    Eco-summit in Naperville focuses on region's river network
    The region's rivers are on the mend. That's good news for those who live in northern Illinois, and downstream too. The improvement isn't dramatic, however. There is still work to be done, much of it aimed at reversing the side effects of growth,...
  • Why you crave junk food after smoking marijuana

    Why you crave junk food after smoking marijuana
    Researchers from Yale University believe they have deciphered the neurological mechanism that causes the "munchies," that inexplicable urge to eat that has led generations of marijuana users to consume untold numbers of nachos, Twinkies and Doritos. The...
  • Where's the poop? Ants keep a tidy indoor toilet, scientists find

    Where's the poop? Ants keep a tidy indoor toilet, scientists find
    While an ant nest may not look much like a human home, they do have at least one feature in common: toilets. A team of researchers studying ant pooping patterns have discovered that ants like to deposit their business in specific corners of the nest....
  • Penguins have only two types of taste genes; no wonder they gulp their food

    Penguins have only two types of taste genes; no wonder they gulp their food
    It may not be worthwhile taking your penguinĀ to Umami Burger, but it might do fine at a Seder. Penguins don't have the genetic ability to sense the meaty, savory "umami" taste, and they wouldn't flinch at a peck of bitter herbs either, according to a...
  • Sea turtle nest already spotted in South Florida

    Sea turtle nest already spotted in South Florida
    A female leatherback turtle weighing hundreds of pounds crawled onto Singer Island one night last week, becoming the first known sea turtle to lay eggs in South Florida this year. Nesting season officially begins March 1, when seasonal lighting...
  • DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray

    DNA indicates long-ago Southland wolf was actually a Mexican gray
    The only wolf ever documented in Southern California may have been a victim of mistaken identity nearly a century ago. The 100-pound male wolf was pursuing a bighorn sheep in the Mojave Desert's rugged Providence Mountains in 1922 when a steel-jaw...
  • Mexican gray wolf population peaks in American Southwest

    Mexican gray wolf population peaks in American Southwest
    There are now more Mexican gray wolves roaming the American Southwest than at any time since the federal government began reintroducing the endangered predators. An annual survey released Friday by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows at least 109...
  • Sea lions desperate for nourishment dying off in alarming numbers on California coast

    MOSS LANDING, Calif. It's 7:30 a.m. PST at the Marine Mammal Center, and the sea lion pups are famished. For the last five weeks, volunteers have been desperately trying to nurse back to health more than a hundred sea lions found along the state's beaches...
  • Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds

    Happy face or angry face? A dog can tell the difference, study finds
    Word to the wise: Don’t play poker with your dog. He can read your face like a book. A new study shows that man’s best friend is remarkably good at discerning happy expressions from angry ones – even when he’s only looking at...
  • Three books that detail the biology of love

    Three books that detail the biology of love
    "I think I can stop taking my antidepressant," a friend told me. She recently started dating someone whom she refers to as her "human drug." It turns out there may be science to prove that. In honor of Valentine's Day, we rounded up some insights from...