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Christopher Kassotis, PhD

Science Points to More Than Food Making Us Fat

You eat smartly, you exercise, you ask advice from your doctor.  Yet, you still seem to be fighting the battle of the bulge.  Sound familiar?  I don’t use the f word lightly; but I included it in the title of this post because apparently our battle against fat may be about more than simply calories […]

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Family Vacation Exploring WonderWorks Tennessee

What looks like an “upside down house” to my youngest daughter finally drew us inside on a rainy day in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We spent most of the day exploring the 35,000 square foot WonderWorks building, and the kids still couldn’t get enough!  The place is a mesmerizing mix of science, sports, virtual reality and […]

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Volunteering at American Museum of Science and Energy

Get my FREE newsletter here! Where can your family have a hair-raising experience doing safe science experiments, meet world-famous scientists and explore a secret city?  All this and more is available to discover at the American Museum of Science and Energy in East Tennessee! It may be one of the Knoxville area’s best-kept secrets. I’ve […]

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5 Truth-Is-Stranger-Than-Fiction Films not at the Oscars

Red carpet glamour, superstar ballads and acceptance speeches get us all choked up each year when we watch the Oscars. Amidst all the larger-than-life gestures, we hopefully gain some bit of knowledge and understanding about global concerns. Movies are meant to make us think, of course. We also heard several acceptance speech messages reminding us […]

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A Scientist Grandmother’s Legacy for Our Grandchildren

She’s the most influential woman you may never have heard of.  She raised four children, became a grandmother and earned her doctorate in zoology around the time some people might think of retiring. Nearly to the day of her passing this mid-December at 87 years old, Dr. Theodora Emily Decker Colborn  was working on solutions […]

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Sofa Cushion Forts, Kids’ Gear & Toxic Flame Retardants

Sofa Cushion Forts, Kids’ Gear & Toxic Flame Retardants Indoors in the wintertime, my kids can entertain themselves for hours in the living room, building forts and castles with the foam cushions of our sofa and love seat.  There’s lots of jostling and even the occasional, “that is not a trampoline” reaction from me as […]

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Cancer Survivor Reveals Science Behind Fracking Health Risks

By now you’ve probably heard the term fracking.  Maybe it sounds like a necessary part of American progress, helping tap into oil and gas reserves that were previously unreachable.  Maybe it has the strange ring of a term used in the environmental movement, one to which you don’t relate.  Whether or not you’ve heard of […]

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BPA Study in Primates Reveals Danger to Unborn

BPA Study Reveals Danger to the Unborn Could a pregnant mother’s exposure to tiny amounts of hormone disrupting bisphenol A affect the future health of her unborn child?  A pioneer in BPA study says new research gets as close as ethically possible to testing the man-made substance on women, revealing danger to the unborn. Curators’ […]

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Nationwide Interest Grows in Mizzou Fracking Research

*The following post is brought to you by Toxic Baby. People from as far and wide as New York to Texas and from Oregon to Tennessee gathered to discuss the health implications of #MizzouFrackingResearch on endocrine disrupting chemicals found in water near hydraulic fracturing sites.  Hosted by @FlourSackMama, we were joined by scientists Susan Nagel, […]

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