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Bernando LaPallo and the Recipe for a Long Life

Bernando Lapallo plans to celebrate his 113th birthday this year. The supercentenarian resident of Arizona lives to inspire people everywhere that they too can grow old, even very old, if only they live clean and healthy lives. “Bernando continues to shop for himself, cook, bathe, shave without any assistance from anyone to help him in…

February 9, 2014: Cycling and Climbing Through a Sufferfest, Surviving a Traumatic Brain Injury and More

Join radio host Boyd Matson every week for adventure, conservation and green science. This week, they endure a 750-mile climbing and biking Sufferfest, crash during Olympic snowboard halfpipe training leading to a traumatic brain injury, try to save the Great Barrier Reef from dredging, launch the “coolest” space mission ever, chase Shackleton’s legacy across frigid Antarctic waters, enjoy the restorative health benefits of a 30-million person crowd, celebrate with winners’ dominant body language, and investigate 10 deaths high in a Russian mountain pass.

No Break for South Sudan: Clinic Goes Up, Violence Rains Down

As South Sudan struggles with recent violence and a tense ceasefire, Alaskans of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project reach out to their long-time friends in Africa, and continue to support the clinic that makes Old Fangak a haven for the sick, displaced, and injured.

Can We See the Invisible, Together?

About three years ago, I was staring at a monitor wall of 2 million crowdsourced “clues” to identify archaeological tombs in Mongolia when three people in black suits walked up and stopped in their tracks.  Two of them were from the Department of Defense, and the third was a gruff young doctor named Eliah Spencer…

5 Animals With Spectacular Sniffers

Dogs aren’t the only creatures with outstanding sniffers: Fruit flies, honeybees, and even rats can detect disease in people.

Synthetic Chemical From Bears Could Stall Onset of Diabetes

A synthetic chemical similar to bear bile—the bitter, yellow-green liquid drained from bear gallbladders and certain livestock—may one day help treat diabetes in people.

The Scoop on Termite Poop: Five Cool Facts

From a power source to a cancer fighter, learn about the many uses of termite poop.

How Do Blind Mole Rats Avoid Cancer?

Studying the rodents’ remarkable cancer resistance may lead to new treatments for people.

Your Suggestions for Urine—Please Don’t Try This at Home

Can urine really treat jellyfish stings? See our readers’ wacky suggestions for urine—and why many aren’t a good idea.

A Cure for Madagascar

Representatives from the surrounding countryside gather together with scientists and doctors and public health administrators in Namanabe Hall to discuss threats to humans in the region. In addition to locusts, people talk of plague and dengue fever and chikungunya, of malaria, typhoid, tuberculosis, and intestinal worms. Madagascar is a rough place to live.

Geography in the News: Hot Chocolate

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com LOVING HOT CHOCOLATE A new type of chocolate came on the market around 2010. Chocolate makers boasted that acticoa, which is packed with antioxidants, slows the aging process and prevents wrinkles. If true, this is even one more reason to eat this…

Read Francis Crick’s $6 Million Letter to Son Describing DNA

Read the letter that sold at auction for just over $6 million. Francis Crick, one of three researchers awarded a Nobel Prize in 1962 for discovering the structure of DNA, wrote a letter in 1953 describing the finding to his 12-year-old son, who was away at boarding school.

Geography in the News: Dengue Fever Threat Much Greater

By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM and Maps.com DENGUE FEVER Reports of dengue fever were rare in Florida until 2009 when physicians began diagnosing cases around Key West in individuals who had not traveled outside the state. National Public Radio recently reported that, with mosquito season under way in 2011,…

Omega-3s Prolong Life: Harvard Study

Just how much eating fish is good for you has been a question of debate for some time, and now a new study adds some more data to the pile. Older adults who have high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids — as found in fatty seafood — “may be able to lower their overall…

Newsflash: Lightning May Cause Headaches

Talk about shocking results: Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study suggests.