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Cancer’s (not) smoking gun: BU, UCLA researchers say e-cigs still unsafe

Electronic cigarettes operate based on what seems to be a simple assumption: Tobacco products can cause serious health problems, so removing the tobacco and leaving the nicotine must be safer. However, according to an ongoing study between researchers at Boston University and University of California-Los Angeles, the answer may not be this simple and straightforward. […]

Turn off the tube: Researchers at Mass. General, Harvard School of Public Health say more TV leads to less sleep for children

“Turn off the TV!” We’ve all heard this classic parental command, and we’ve all been annoyed as children. However, a new study published in the May issue of Pediatrics shows that it is indeed important to turn the tube off from time to time for your health. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard School of […]

Study reveals decline in food quality due to rising carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere

As warnings about climate change are becoming increasingly dire, scientists now believe that the quality of our food is at risk due to the spread of greenhouse gases. Scientists at the University of California-Davis, carried out a wheat-field study and found that high levels of carbon dioxide prevents the conversion of nitrate into proteins in […]

MIT researchers show that particles in sneezes, coughs travel farther than expected

After a prolonged and chilling winter, there’s no better sight than that of flowers on that tree outside of your window starting to bloom. Yet for many, there’s a downside to this otherwise welcome vision: With that blooming comes inevitable allergy attacks from airborne pollen, and with those allergy attacks comes coughs and sneezes. But […]

Arguing over argumentation: BC survey finds science teachers wary of students’ abilities, standardizeds tests

Just like many other important fields these days, the nature of education is changing. Teachers and students alike are discovering new challenges to creating the best possible classroom experience. Those challenges are just as prevalent in science classes, and researchers have identified two of the major hiccups in science classrooms: firstly, the teachers’ perception of […]