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Why Thanksgiving should be national ‘cheat day’

If you’re worried about all the extra calories you’ll likely consume on Thanksgiving, nutritionist Roberta Anding says don’t stress about it.

How creative sparks help humans make new tools

Many animals exhibit learned behaviors, but humans are unique in their capacity to build on existing knowledge to make new innovations.

Prenatal smoking shows up in little kids’ blood

Children whose mothers smoked while pregnant still carry molecular evidence in their blood at least to age 5, new research shows.

The weird science behind oobleck (water + cornstarch)

Oobleck, named for a gooey substance that fell from the sky in a Dr. Seuss story and ubiquitous at elementary school science fairs, is just a thick solution of cornstarch in water.

We like faces that show our culture’s top feelings

Different cultures value different positive facial expressions, and these differences arise in deep brain circuits that can predict who people like and dislike, new research finds.

This 20-carat gold is almost as light as air

Scientists have created a new type of foam from real gold. It is the lightest gold nugget ever created.

Why narcissists at work ignore your advice

New research reveals that narcissism is an epidemic among leaders who are often mischaracterized as “confident.” The study examines the relationship between narcissism and advice-taking at both state and trait levels.

Experts call for ban on deadly crib bumpers

Crib bumpers have caused significantly more infant deaths and injuries in recent years, prompting some experts to call for a nationwide ban.

Bigger screens can change how much we trust ads

The screen size of a smartphone can change how much we trust advertisements, which could influence what we purchase, researchers say.

The ‘real’ first Thanksgiving was a feast in Florida

This Thanksgiving, people across the US will load the dining room table with turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie—the way most of us imagine the Pilgrims did at the first Thanksgiving in 1621.

Mountains erode faster when climate changes

For the first time, researchers attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over more than a million years and discovered that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can, in the right circumstances, wear down mountains faster than plate tectonics can build them.

Weekend texts ask if you plan to binge drink

Sending young adults text messages might be an effective way to reduce binge drinking and alcohol-related injuries, a new study suggests.

Should you share meals with your coworkers?

Firefighter platoons that eat meals together have better group job performance than firefighter teams who dine solo, a new study shows.

No surgery required for new heart valve implant

Researchers have developed a prosthetic heart valve that doctors could implant through a small incision to treat mitral regurgitation.

Why do we worry about fat, but not sugar?

Most people pay more attention to fat rather than sugar when deciding if a food is healthy, a recent study with women suggests.

Common IVF hormone actually cuts birth rate

Too much of a hormone commonly used during in vitro fertility treatments actually decreases a woman’s chances of having a baby, report researchers.

Roving gene lets bacteria resist ‘last’ antibiotics

A gene that lets bacteria resist polymyxins—the last line of antibiotic defense we have left—has shown up in widespread bacteria samples from pigs and patients in south China, including strains with epidemic potential.

How early pocket Bibles got such thin pages

The first pocket Bibles were made in the 13th century, principally in France but also in England, Italy, and Spain.

Tons of dark matter hide in nearby dwarf galaxy

By measuring the mass of a nearby dwarf galaxy called Triangulum II, researchers may have found the highest concentration of dark matter in any known galaxy.

Can genetic engineering save Florida citrus?

New genetically modified citrus trees appear to appear able to fight back against the highly destructive citrus greening bacterium—and have the potential to resist canker and black spot, as well.