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College Student Nearly Dies After Soy Sauce OD

When I first saw this story on LiveScience (via Consumerist), I did a double-take… It’s tough to believe that someone – even a college student – could be so foolhardy. “A young man who drank a quart of soy sauce went into a coma and nearly died from an excess of salt in his body, according to a recent case report. The 19-year-old, who drank the soy sauce after being dared by friends, is the first person...

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Study: 5-Hour Energy No Better Than Caffeine

LiveScience has the “buzz” on a recent study that compared 5-Hour Energy shots to plain ol’ caffeine with respect to brain activity during an attention-requiring task. No difference between the two was found. “Before the task, participants consumed 8 ounces of either water, water with caffeine, or water containing the energy drink 5-Hour Energy. The caffeinated drinks were adjusted so that they had the same...

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If Only the Pizza Was This Cool…

Here’s irony for you: so much technological awesomeness in support of something so ordinary. Allegedly, the “Domino’s DomiCopter” was able to deliver two large pizzas across the city of Guildford (outside of London) in only 10 minutes. I’m impressed by the technology, although I suspect that – in practice – “DomiCopters” will be more trouble than they’re worth (for example, I can...

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Does Ginkgo biloba Extract Cause Cancer?

Rhetorical fists are flying over a recent technical report released by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) on the toxicology and carcinogenesis of oral Ginkgo biloba extract in rats and mice. In one corner is the Center for Science in the Public Interest, which is advising consumers to avoid Ginkgo-containing supplements and energy drinks. The CSPI is also calling for an FDA ban. In the other corner are supplement industry leaders,...

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Dr. Miller’s Lack of Willpower

The internet is abuzz today, over this tweet from Dr. Geoffrey Miller, a psychology professor at the University of New Mexico (currently a visiting instructor at NYU). Dear obese PhD applicants: If you don’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you won’t have the willpower to do a dissertation. #truth. Dr. Miller has already deleted and apologized for the tweet, but only after the internet (deservedly) fell on his head...

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Kellogg Finally Settles FTC Lawsuit for $4 Million

The wheels of justice turn slowly… often painfully so. Back in 2009, Kellogg was sued by the FTC for deceptive advertising, over claims that its “Frosted Mini-Wheats” cereal would make kids more attentive in school. For example, according to a Kellogg press release (cited in the FTC complaint): Keeping ‘Em Full and Focused Kellogg recently commissioned research to measure the effect on kids of eating a...

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