When Hofstra University's departments of earth sciences and geology helped put together a teaching guide for GeoTeach to sort out the facts from science fiction in the "Jurassic Park" movies, they acknowledged that the filmmakers got many things right ... and a few facts wrong. For example, a Pteranodon -- the name itself means "wings with no ...Read more
In the 2008 movie "Baby Mama," Kate (Tina Fey), a working woman in her 30s, finds that she can't have a baby and hires Angie (Amy Poehler) as a surrogate. Angie, who's a junk-food junkie, is reprimanded by Kate: "I don't want my kid born addicted to high-fructose corn syrup!" "Really?" Angie replies, amazed that what she eats actually could ...Read more
If you go to the racetrack and hit the trifecta, you bet correctly on which horse would finish in first, second and third place. We don't think that betting on horses is generally good for your health, but if you did hit the trifecta, you hit on a very good bet.
For a long time, triclosan was thought to be a pretty good bet too, because it ...Read more
In Mel Brook's 1976 movie "Young Frankenstein," Fredrick Frankenstein (Gene Wilder), grandson of the original Dr. F., recaptures his erratically behaving Monster (Peter Boyle). He then tries to show the nervous townsfolk just how bright and good-natured his creature is by preforming a dancing and singing duet of "Putting on the Ritz." And, after...Read more
In the most memorable song from Disney's 1967 movie "The Jungle Book," Baloo the bear teaches young Mowgli the ins and outs of enjoying an exotic (but potentially menacing) prickly pear. Baloo sings: "Now, when you pick a paw paw or a prickly pear, and you prick a raw paw, next time beware. Don't pick the prickly pear by the paw. When you pick a...Read more
Dr. Francine Kaufman's 2006 book, "Diabesity" coined a new term that helped focus the nation's attention on the connection between the obesity epidemic and the increasing prevalence of Type 2 diabetes. Since then, most of you have come to understand that obesity is one of the major risk factors for everything from arthritis and heart disease to ...Read more
In the year 475 AD, in an actual Game of Thrones, Basiliscus seized power of the Eastern Roman Byzantine Empire after a revolt forced the emperor Zeno out of Constantinople. Now, if you want to seize power over your cardiovascular empire and take control of your blood pressure, research suggests you throw your support behind Lactobacillus!
When singer/songwriter/actor Demi Lovato was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 22, it came as a relief, and allowed her to deal with her condition. "When I focus on my treatment plan with my team and my support system, I'm able to not only maintain a healthy mind, but ... to maintain my sobriety."
Imagine, however, if you were diagnosed ...Read more
Paths of FearMrs. Connie Kerbs
Fear is a basic emotion everyone knows sometime. Through a wide variety of narratives, from the anecdotal to the extreme, this hearty collection offers a deeper understanding of this universal experience. Like the series it is a part of, this book is a thought-provoking...
When you think about how to make sure the most vulnerable fetuses, from a diverse group of people, including those who are transgender, can best have a safe journey through this world, you must rely on evidence-based/science-based data. And we're glad there's no ban that would block that or any other medically sound work.
However, new research ...Read more
The Cleveland Browns football team has averaged about four wins and 12 losses every year for the past 10 years. They're currently 0-15, after going 1-15 in 2016. See a pattern here? Sure you do, and it's not improving! It has even prompted one Cleveland fan to secure a parade permit to celebrate "the perfect season" on Jan. 6, 2018, if the team ...Read more
Biofuel; biotin supplements; biosphere: Which "bio" does the Food and Drug Administration recommend you avoid if you want to get a proper reading on a specific heart enzyme or a thyroid hormone test? The answer is vitamin B-7, also known as the water-soluble vitamin biotin. It's found in dietary supplements used for hair, skin and nail growth, ...Read more
In Kurt Vonnegut's 1965 novel "God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater," the main character, millionaire Eliot Rosewater, leaves New York City and establishes the Rosewater Foundation in Rosewater, Indiana, where he "attempts to dispense unlimited amounts of love and limited sums of money to anyone who will come to his office."
While rose water may not ...Read more
In 1971, Nashville superstar Jerry Reed hit the crossover charts with his No. 1 single "When You're Hot, You're Hot." It knocked the record industry out of its comfort zone. Country was supposed to stay country, after all. But it makes sense that a tune with that title would shake things up. After all, hyperthermia (when you're too hot) can make...Read more
In one of Homer Simpson's most memorable eating scenes, he's stuffing doughnuts in his mouth, using alternating hands for maximum speed. "Hey Homer, slow down! You're gonna choke or something!" says Lenny.
"Don't tell me how to eat doughnuts!" Homer protests as he starts gasping for air!
"Isn't there a first aid chart around here somewhere?" ...Read more
What do football Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax and NBA championship player and coach Pat Riley have in common? They all played multiple sports. Jim Brown played lacrosse, basketball and ran track at Syracuse University; Sandy Koufax played basketball and baseball at the University of Cincinnati; ...Read more
One of Denmark's most famous sons was storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. He authored "The Little Mermaid," "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." His tales always delight children and adults alike, probably because they make everyone feel smart and empowered.
Not far from Mr. Andersen's old haunts, researchers at the University ...Read more
He's eaten smoking-hot wings with actor Bob Saget, who began hiccupping uncontrollably; astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sneezed while talking about black holes with him; and comedian Ricky Gervais yelled into his napkin. His name is Sean Evans, and his YouTube series "Hot Ones" has more than 2 million subscribers. Seems watching people eat ...Read more
In the 1959 Peter Sellers movie "The Mouse that Roared," the British funny man plays three roles in a story about how an inconsequential European Duchy attacks and defeats America. Sellers' roles as Grand Duchess Gloriana, Prime Minister Count Rupert Mountjoy and game warden Tully Bascombe all contribute to the same result -- a riotous sendup of...Read more
Coffee, legend has it, was first discovered in 9th-century Ethiopia when a goatherd noticed his flock was behaving oddly after eating some reddish tree berries. When he took the berries to the local monastery, religious leaders deemed the beans unworthy and threw them on a fire. But, wouldn't you know it, the roasting beans smelled so good that ...Read more
On an episode of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," three of the crew go on an extreme diet from Park Slope Portions, a meal-delivery service. Scully (who's not on the diet) reminisces about diet pills from the 1970s. Terry, who's doing the diet, says "Weight-loss science has come a long way since then." He pulls out his pre-delivered lunch -- a carrot in a ...Read more