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Yesterday some Big News hit the internet: Diet Sodas Linked With Health Risks (this link courtesy of Reuters Health). Now according to the press release, diet sodas are linked with increased risk for heart disease and diabetes; specifically that adults who drank one or more sodas a day had a 50% increased risk of ‘metabolic…

Although I wasn’t initially aware of this myth, a technician in my lab informed me that an oft-quoted scientific myth is that a duck’s quack doesn’t echo. Now, as a student of acoustics, I found that hard to believe. And indeed, a research team at the University of Salford decided to actually test this theory…

You know all those times you wish you’d had a cute plastic wabbit to read you your email? Well, wish no more, for yout wildest dreams are fufilled! The plastic bunny with ears like TV antennae can read out emails and mobile phone text messages, tell children to go to bed, alert one to a…

Consider the case of Diet Coke. More fat people drink it than skinny people. That means that Diet Coke makes you fat, right? Well of course not, but this is the same ridiculous backwards logic used in this report that teens who have iPod full of raunchy music have sex at an earlier age than…

One only has to turn on a TV, or browse through any news site, to read the story of disgraced Tour de France winner Flloyd Landis. Landis, an American, was reported to have an abnormally high testosterone to epitestosterone ratio in one of his urine samples given right before the end of of the race.…

Energy drinks are ubiquitous these days. They have become a multi-billion dollar industry….even Nelly has a drink called “Pimp Juice” and Lil John has “Crunk” energy drink. Advertised to improve stamina, energy, and mental power….what’s not to love? By far the most popular of these drinks is Red Bull, which is a Austrian/Thai fizzy apple-flavored…