How Makeup Works

Humans have been wearing makeup for a few thousand years now and yet, here in the US the chemicals used in them are still not understood and not really regulated. Delve into the history of makeup and the psychology and feminist theory around it.

The Duality of Caffeine

Caffeine is a heck of a drug - at the same time it's both good and bad for you. Learn the good, bad and ugly about this everyday stimulant in today's episode.

Does the FDA Protect Americans?

The FDA was the first consumer protection agency in the US. Since 1906, it's been issuing regulations meant to protect Americans from tainted food, ineffective drugs and pacemakers that don't work. But is the FDA too cozy with industries it regulates?

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read a ton of great articles. Here are the best of the bunch.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain.

The Guardian's science writer, Ben Goldacre, who also runs the Bad Science blog across the pond, recently posted about a disgraced anesthesiologist from Massachusetts named Dr. Scott S. Rueben. Few things evoke Goldacre's vitriol more than fraudulent scientists -- his post on Reuben is titled "Scumbag." The Wall Street Journal reports that between 1996 and 2008 Reuben published 21 medical studies on pharmaceutical painkillers, including Vioxx and Celebrex. Dr. Reuben was, until very recently, the chief of acute pain at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, so when he published his studies, people listened. The problem is that Reuben allegedly made up much of the data he cited in the studies to suit his conclusions. Precisely why he would have done this appears to have been a matter of money. A financial link between Reuben and Pfizer, maker of Bextra, on which Reuben published favorable studies, has been found.

For thousands of years, societies across the globe have used herbs as medicine. While this practice continues today, the FDA does not regulate these potent substances. Find out why the FDA can't regulate herbal supplements in this HowStuffWorks podcast.