Cassidy Mayeda
at 09:36 AM Aug 22 2017

The shivers, the shakes, the chills—we've all experienced a fever at one time or another. When we take our temperatures and the thermometer reads anything above 99 degrees, many of us immediately believe we are afflicted with some kind of infectious microbe. But, in fact, having a fever doesn't always signal infection. Yes, contagions like strep throat or the flu, are the most common reason for an elevated temperature, but it's surely not the only one. More uncommon ailments like brain injury, reactions to legal and illegal drugs, and even cancer can raise your body temperature above its natural level. But don't freak out, yet. Knowing what the causes are and how they can occur can help you make the most informed decision about your elevated body temperature.

Marlene Cimons
at 09:36 AM Aug 22 2017
Science // 

You already know your cat and/or dog walks around leaving its own carbon footprint, and you probably have some idea that a Western dog pollutes more than a Bangladeshi family. Now witness the true scale of the problem!

Kendra Pierre-Louis
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Science // 

Your bartender was right, according to a study released today in the journal Scientific Reports. When it comes to whiskey, a touch of dilution improves the solution. Diluting your whiskey with water makes it more flavorful, especially if it's Scotch.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017

Look, do what you want with your pubic hair. Shave it off, give it a coconut oil hair mask, braid it, bedazzle it, whatever. Do what makes you feel good. But for heaven's sake, be safe when you're doing it.

Jeremy Deaton
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Science // 

Henry David Thoreau once said that a glass of beer would “naturalize a man at once — which would make him see green, and, if he slept, dream that he heard the wind sough among the pines.”

Mary Beth Griggs
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017
Nature // 

Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is a barred-spiral, making its way through space like a twirling baton with streamers on each end, carefree. It's a shape that we all know and love. Nothing wrong with that, barred spirals are great. But other galactic shapes are far more mysterious and intriguing to astronomers.

Sara Chodosh
at 12:34 PM Aug 18 2017

There's a decent chance you'll get some kind of cancer at some point. If you're a man, your odds are one in two. If you're a woman, one in three. Your risk of dying from cancer is only slightly lower: one in four and one in five, respectively.

 
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