Why the teen birth rate keeps dropping

Why the teen birth rate keeps dropping

Polls show that most Americans think teenage pregnancy is either as common as it used to be or more frequent. They’re wrong. Since 2000, the total teen birth rate, as defined by the number of live births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 19, has gone down by nearly 45 percent. Among 15- to 17-year-olds, that… Image Credit: Thinkstock

How science fiction inspires the future

How science fiction inspires the future

The central message of Tomorrowland is that optimism about science and its role in the future is preferable to the fashionable despair of dystopia and destruction. And what better symbol of American scientific progress and idealism than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)? While much of Tomorrowland is concerned with the more pulpy and outlandish… Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

How to best cope with death, according to science

How to best cope with death, according to science

It’s a natural part of life, yet death can still often leave us feeling confused, shocked, and deeply saddened. We all go through it at some point or another, and everyone handles grief differently — some falling into depression, and others remaining buoyant — but it is possible to get past it, according to research. For… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Sipping on chamomile tea helps women live better, longer

Sipping on chamomile tea helps women live better, longer

In the search for the fountain of youth, our culture has become obsessed with anti-aging supplements and fad diets touted for boosting longevity. However, the secret to a long and healthy life has been around for thousands of years in an herbal brew. According a recent study published in the journal The Gerontologist, drinking chamomile tea… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Does science know all of marijuana’s secrets?

Marijuana continues to be a hot topic of discussion in medicine and science as well as in politics and society. For decades, we have known marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means that it proves no scientific or medical benefit thus it is illegal to grow, use, or sell. Well, that was until a few years back when states began legalizing marijuana first for medical use and now for both medical and recreational...

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

Coffee may help men with erectile dysfunction perk up

As rates of overweight and obesity, and their resulting disorders, continue to rise in the U.S., chances are rates of erectile dysfunction will, too — sorry guys. Previous research has found these links to be pretty solid, especially among people with diabetes. Yet, even though these risks exist, there are steps a man can take to… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

Calling all stutterers: These scientists want your spit

When Josh Ukrainetz was 3 years old, he was diagnosed with a stutter. Today, 10 years later, he’s speaking fluently and offering his saliva up to the University of Alberta for study. It’s a small gesture of gratitude for the years of help he received, but a great contribution to a research effort determined to find… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

Why Google is building a smart teddy bear

A world full of smart teddy bears and artificially intelligent toys may soon be upon us, courtesy of Google. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published a Google patent application for dolls capable of detecting and looking at users when spoken to as well as perceiving voice commands. The patent describes robots that would… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Why 90s babies may be 'Generation Fat'

Why 90s babies may be 'Generation Fat'

According to a recent British study, individuals born in the 1990s are between two to three times more likely to be obese than individuals born between the 1940s through 1980s. The situation is similar in the U.S., and experts have reiterated their warning that if something is not done now to tackle widespread obesity there will… Image Credit: Thinkstock

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Furiosa and Max just ruined Jurassic World

Avengers: Age of Ultron was quite good, but Mad Max: Fury Road crystallizes exactly how much we’ve been settling for in recent years. Mad Max: Fury Road will make you want to take up arms in old and exhausted fights with all the ecstatic fervor of a War Boy hopped up on feral blood. We don’t… Image Credit: Village Roadshow Pictures