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Vitamin D Probably Isn't The Panacea Some Make It Out To Be

Vitamin D has been thought to help with arthritis, fight off depression and even reduce cancer risk. But according to a recent, thorough examination of the available research, vitamin D is looking a lot less like the magic remedy some have claimed it to be.


Four Popular Coffee Myths, Debunked By Science

You crave it in the morning, you wait in long lines for it and I’m drinking it while I write this: Coffee is everywhere. But that means misinformation about it is everywhere too. Coffee doesn’t rob you of water, sober you up or keep your children short, so let’s grind up these myths and brew a hot pot of truth.


Yelp Is Awful For Everyone Involved

“Your review on Yelp is destroying my business,” he says to me, clearly clenching his teeth, “How long do I have to suffer because of your negative review?” A few weeks ago, I got a phone call from a contractor because of a review I’d left. What ensued was a weirdly emotional conversation that ventured between harassment and a plea for empathy.


MedNexus Is A Medical Search Engine With Actually Useful, Evidence-Based Sources

“Dr Google” will make you think that your mild cough is actually cancer, but MedNexus wants to change that. It’s a medical search site, but instead of just matching popular sources, you get information that’s vetted and useful, from published studies to trustworthy articles on virtually any health topic.


Improve Your Memory Of An Event By Replaying The Scene In Your Head

Remembering the details of events seems easy enough. You’d think that when important things happen, we’d just think about them enough and the memory would sink in. Unfortunately, we still forget all kinds of things, but BBC points out that replaying a scene in your head immediately after it happens can help reinforce it.


What Research Says Happiness Really Is

There’s a lot of philosophical debate over what it actually means to “be happy,” but if you’re looking for concrete answers, it can leave you wanting. Here’s what scientific research says happiness is, and — perhaps more importantly — what it isn’t.


Career Spotlight: What I Do As A Botanist

Plants are such a ubiquitous aspect of life — its very foundation, really — that you may rarely think about their scientific research. Botany has the potential to bear fruit in so many fields that affect our day to day lives, from medicine to agriculture to environmental sciences.


Australia's Chief Scientist Explains Why We Need To Prioritise Science Research

Professor Ian Chubb holds the office of Chief Scientist for Australia. In the following article, Chubb responds to the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. According to Chubb, our nation needs to get its research priorities right — and it’s up to the science community to make the case for more investment.


Why It's Time The World Embraced Wikipedia

Wikipedia is frequently considered an unacceptable and unreliable source of information. It’s been criticised as “a mish-mash of truth, half truth, and some falsehoods”. The same sentiment is expressed in many course documents at universities and schools. Here’s a compelling argument why you might want to embrace wiki-style sites and leave your prejudice at the door.


How To Research Like A Journalist When The Internet Doesn't Deliver

The internet is full of information, but sometimes what you’re looking for needs a different approach. Whether you’re looking for public records, family trees, or really old archives, it’s time to do some offline digging like an old-school journalist. Here’s how to get started.


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