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Kat Merck

Kat Merck is a freelance writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. An amateur naturalist who studied forestry and natural resources at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, she writes on a wide range of topics for local and national publications.
Macaroni

Boxed Macaroni and Cheese Contains Phthalates––Should You Still Eat It?

Toxic, hormone-disrupting chemicals are still finding their way into your food. The latest culprit? ...

Bacteria

The Bacteria in Your Gut Could Explain Your Mood

Scientists find a new link between human behavior and gut flora.

Forgetting

Forgetting Things Might Help You Make Smarter Decisions

Scientists have proven that being forgetful actually helps people make better decisions.

Coconut

So… Is Coconut Oil Bad for You or Not?

It's been hailed as a superfood for years, but now the American Heart Association ...

Asgardia

The First Proposed “Space Nation” is Accepting Applications

No one took a Russian scientist’s proposed space kingdom seriously, but it’s about to ...

Raven

Why You Should Never Cheat a Raven

Much like primates, ravens are fast learners when it comes to avoiding those who ...

Salt

Is Salt as Bad for the Heart as We’ve Been Told? Top Scientists Say No.

Researchers find that it’s not too much salt that causes health problems — it’s ...

Ovaries

3D-Printed Ovaries May Soon Help Fertility Issues for Many Women

Scientists have successfully produced baby mice with 3D printed ovaries, indicating big potential for ...

Sleep

Go Too Long Without Sleep And Your Brain Will Actually Eat Itself

Mouse studies show sleep deprivation leads to the brain devouring its own synapses.