Angus Chen

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Taste Buds Dull As People Gain Weight. Now Scientists Think They Know Why

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Doctors have known that as people pack on the pounds, their sense of taste diminishes. New research in mice helps explain what's going on: Inflammation brought on by obesity may be killing taste buds.


Like It Or Not, Personal Health Technology Is Getting Smarter

Monday, March 05, 2018

Tech evangelists say consumer electronics that sense, stream and interpret vital signs will lead to better health and lower costs. But skeptics say reliability and privacy issues still loom.


News Brief: NYC Fire Kills At Least 12, Doug Jones Certified As Winner In Alabama

Friday, December 29, 2017

A fire in the Bronx in New York City has left at least 12 people dead. Also, Doug Jones has been certified as the winner of Alabama's Senate election and Liberians have elected a new president.


Is It A Good Idea To Pay Villagers Not To Chop Down Trees?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Governments dole out millions each year. Researchers debate whether the payouts actually work. A new study from Uganda offers some answers.


Just Thinking You're Slacking On Exercise Could Boost Risk Of Death

Thursday, July 20, 2017

People who think others are more active tend to have shorter lifespans, even if they're actually getting the same amount of exercise. The social comparison could kill motivation, researchers say.


Can Snapchat's New 'Snap Map' Bring The World Closer Together?

Thursday, July 06, 2017

From cute puppies in Guatemala to daring teens in Jordan, the feature lets users share video clips and photos from their daily lives. Is that a good thing — or is it just making us all voyeurs?


C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The bacterium C. difficile causes one of the most common infections in hospitals and nursing homes. After climbing for decades, the rate of new infections is now falling.


A Good News Story About Diarrhea — With One Surprising Exception

Monday, June 19, 2017

A new report points to great progress in reducing deaths from diarrheal diseases. But as the low-income world sees progress, rates are inching up in wealthy countries, including the U.S.


Lead Dust From Firearms Can Pose A Silent Health Risk

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Department of Defense has increased protections for military personnel from exposure to lead from firearms. It can be a health problem for people using recreational shooting ranges, too.


Bison Or Brian? From A Calorie Perspective, Cannibalism Didn't Pay For Paleo Humans

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Archaeological records show ancient humans sometimes ate each other. A new study suggests that hunting and eating other humans cost too much effort to be a regular thing. So why'd they do it?


Forcing People At Vending Machines To Wait Nudges Them To Buy Healthier Snacks

Friday, March 31, 2017

Buy an unhealthy snack and these vending machines take away 25 seconds of your life you'll never get back. Healthy fare drops instantly. Research suggests this "time tax" helps us make better choices.


Win $1 Million For Your Bright Idea To Fix The World

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A Swedish billionaire wants you to think of a better way to run the world — and get rid of problems like violence and extreme poverty.


Looking Into The Horse Milk Story That The Dalai Lama Told John Oliver

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The spiritual leader says he brought down Mongolia's rate of alcoholism by encouraging a switch from vodka to horse milk.


Report: Environmental Hazards Kill 1.7 Million Kids Under 5 Each Year

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Indoor and outdoor air pollution is one of the most extreme threats to children's health — and is on the rise, according to the World Health Organization reports.


Your Name Might Shape Your Face, Researchers Say

Monday, February 27, 2017

Do you look like a Joy? Genes and culture may make it more likely that names and faces align. But researchers say people also may adjust their expressions to match social expectations of their name.


Cannibalism: It's 'Perfectly Natural,' A New Scientific History Argues

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

It's gruesome, but from a scientific standpoint, there's a predictable calculus for when humans and animals go cannibal, a new book says. And who knew European aristocrats ate body parts as medicine?


A $40,000 Drone Failed To Lift Off. But There Was A Silver Lining

Monday, February 13, 2017

A drone test in a remote Amazonian village in Peru failed. And that, says one of the testers, was the best possible outcome.


1,000 Years Ago, Corn Made This Society Big. Then, A Changing Climate Destroyed It

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Mississippian American Indian culture rose to power after A.D. 900 by farming corn. Now, new evidence suggests a dramatic change in climate might have led to the culture's collapse in the 1300s.


Long Before There Was 'Fake News,' There Were 'Fake Photos'

Sunday, February 05, 2017

The pictures of 19th-century Egypt and other scenes, in an exhibit at the Clark Art Institute, don't always show the truth.


Not Getting Enough Sleep? Camping In February Might Help

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Living most of life indoors can get your body clock out of phase. A fairly painless way to synch it is to spend a weekend camping, researchers say. Even the dim light of winter will do.