Articles by Chelsea Whyte

Amanda Shaw playing violin at Earth Fest, New Orleans, 2009
Trying to Learn a New Tune? Take a Nap to Speed Up the Process
Jun 25, 2012 17:47 PM E
If you're trying to memorize a tune, listen to it in your sleep to speed up the learning process, say researchers at Northwestern University.
Old people in love
Declining Testosterone Not Normal Part of Aging
Jun 25, 2012 16:44 PM E
It's commonly accepted that men experience a drop in testosterone as they age, but a new study finds that obesity and depression may be the real cause.
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Pests Mutate to Feed on Genetically Modified Crops
Jun 22, 2012 22:40 PM E
Corn and cotton biotech crops - those that have been genetically modified to kill plant-eating critters - are fighting a new wave of persistent pests that are adapting to the toxins meant to destroy them. And with much of the world's cotton crops relying on the biotechnology to ward off insects, farmers could be in for trouble.
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Mutations on X Chromosome Cause Rare Form of Epilepsy
Jun 22, 2012 21:50 PM E
A rare form of epilepsy called double-cortex syndrome is caused by mutations on a gene located on the X chromosome, according to new research by Susanne Bechstedt and Gary Brouhard of the Department of Biology at McGill University, who discovered how the mutations cause a malformation in the human brain.
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Nano-infused Paint Detects Strain in Planes and Bridges
Jun 22, 2012 20:11 PM E
The "smart paint" is infused with carbon nanotubes, which can be read with a laser beam and give data back about small deformations or strains on buildings, bridges, or even planes.
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Scientists Serve Up World's Healthiest Meal
Jun 22, 2012 19:08 PM E
Toss out those rice cakes, there's a new healthy meal plan in town. The folks at Leatherhead Food Research, an independent research company in the United Kingdom, have used 222 food health claims approved by the European Commission to create the world's healthiest meal.
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Protein Discovered That Regrows Injured Nerves in Limbs
Jun 21, 2012 21:15 PM E
The DLK protein only works in peripheral nerves - those that provide the sense of touch and drive muscles that move arms and legs, hands and feet - but this research may lead to the possibility of triggering nerve regeneration in the central nervous system, notorious for its inability to heal.
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NASA Discovers Ice in Huge Crater on the Moon's South Pole
Jun 21, 2012 20:40 PM E
New data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft show that frozen water makes up as much as 22 percent of the surface material in the Shackleton crater, which is 12 miles wide and permanently dark due to the tilt of the lunar axis.
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Innate Gear-Shift Gives Cheetahs Their Speedy Stride
Jun 21, 2012 20:01 PM E
How exactly cheetahs get more speed than greyhounds, which are similar in body type, lies in the number of stride they take, which increases as they run faster, acting like a 'gear shift' that gives them a boost.
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Calorie Burning Compound in Apple Peel Reduces Obesity in Mice
Jun 21, 2012 18:25 PM E
An apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away, as long as you eat the peel. New research from the University of Iowa has shown that a waxy substance in apple peel, called ursolic acid, can reduce obesity, pre-diabetes and fatty liver disease in mice.
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Traffic Noise Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Attack
Jun 21, 2012 16:32 PM E
Traffic doesn't just add to air pollution, it creates noise pollution. And even if you don't notice the sound, it can take a heavy toll on your body and lead to a higher risk of heart attack for those living in loud areas, according to a new study by the Danish Cancer Society.
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Swiss Chemical Process Makes Sustainable ‘Green Jeans’
Jun 20, 2012 21:21 PM E
It takes a lot of water and chemicals to make the 2 billion pairs of jeans produced around the world each year, and with a new chemical process, the wastewater and greenhouses gasses that process creates could be drastically reduced.
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Penguin Populations Plummet Due to Rising Temperatures
Jun 20, 2012 20:29 PM E
The disappearance of sea ice carries with it important food sources for penguins, as well as breeding grounds.
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Fat-free Salad Dressing Limits Health Benefits of Vegetables
Jun 20, 2012 18:45 PM E
You might think going for the fat-free salad dressing is the healthiest option, but without a little fat, your body can't absorb important nutrients from vegetables.
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