The Ice Caps Are Melting. Will They Ever Disappear Completely?

The statistics are grim. Collectively, the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets lose around 466 tons of ice a year on average. That’s more than 1.1 billion tons every day. The water from those liquefying ice sheets pours into the oceans, inching sea levels higher and higher. There’s little sign that the melting of the ice […]

What Are Macronutrients and Why Do People Keep Talking About Them?

“Are you tracking your macros?” This fairly common question among health aficionados today may not have made sense to nutrition-savvy people of the past. Macros, short for macronutrients, are the building blocks of any diet. Break down any food into its basic molecular components and you’ll find the proteins, fats and carbohydrates that give us […]

Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Work As Well in Patients With Obesity?

When researchers began to develop what they hoped would be an effective COVID-19 vaccine, they already knew that H1N1 influenza – a novel virus, like COVID-19 – more severely affected patients with overweight or obesity. Patients with a body mass index of 30 or above had a higher risk of hospitalization and death from H1N1. This […]

10 Best Fish Oil Supplements for Sale

Omega-3s are an important part of overall health and bodily function. These fatty acids are commonly found in fish and other sea creatures, but they’re also found in certain vegetables and oils. Many people get their Omega-3s via supplements, since not everyone eats fish or even enjoys it. The only real drawback to fish oil […]

Apophis: Doomsday Asteroid, or Just a Passing Space Rock?

The asteroid Apophis sits atop a shortlist of potentially dangerous objects that could one day hit Earth. And in March, the aircraft carrier-sized asteroid will make its final close path to Earth before 2029, a year when astronomers once wondered if it would strike our planet. We now know Apophis won’t hit Earth anytime soon, […]

What Does Wind Chill Mean, Exactly?

You know the forecast is bleak when, in the winter months, two sets of digits appear on your local TV weather report. One set of numbers is the daily temperature. The other, colder digits show the wind chill — something the meteorologist might describe with the phrase feels like. Though the phrase makes for a […]

What Your Sense of Humor Says About Your Mental Health

What makes you laugh the hardest? We’re talking side-splitting, spittle-spraying, I-can’t-breathe laughter here. For some people, hearing a friend wryly recount how they almost face-planted on the sidewalk might do it. Others might take a more antagonistic approach, preferring jokes that involve insulting someone else. Then there’s just some things that almost anyone would find […]

The Star Hopping Strategy that Could One Day Save Humanity

Some 5 billion years from now, the Sun will be running low on supplies of hydrogen for fusion. So it will begin burning helium, a process that will force it to expand into a red giant. That’s not good news for us. The Sun’s expanding waistline will first engulf Mercury, then Venus and finally, in […]

Think Cities Have Pothole Problems Now? Just Wait

Midwesterners like to joke there two seasons: Winter and road repair. But potholes aren’t just frustrating to commuters. They’re also a big and costly challenge that engineers face. Extreme heat or cold, water, stress and the good old passage of time all hold the potential to morph roads until they can’t take it anymore, causing […]