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Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Childbirth

Fix Your Knees, Get Bigger & Stronger

Here's what you need to know...<p>Stretching sometimes makes things worse.<br>• If your knees hurt while doing squats, box squats are a perfectly viable …

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How to Burn Stubborn Body Fat

Here's what you need to know...<p>Targeting stubborn body fat and "spot reduction" are two different things. It's possible to get rid of stubborn body …

Are We Totally Screwed? What Antarctica's 'Collapsing' Ice Sheet Means for Us

The past two weeks have brought one disturbing story after another about the future of the largest ice sheet on the planet — the vast frozen expanse …

Arizona legislature sends ‘anti-gay’ bill to Republican governor Jan Brewer

The Arizona legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.<p>The 33-27 vote by the House Thursday …

Small fraction of US army women want combat jobs, survey finds

Only a small fraction of army women say they’d like to move into one of the newly opening combat jobs, but those few who do say they want a job that takes them right into the heart of battle, according to preliminary results from a survey of the service’s nearly 170,000 women.<p>That survey and others …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

The 'dissenting' clerics killed in Afghanistan

<b>The last decade has seen a little-reported but systematic campaign by insurgents to silence Afghan clerics who disagree with their tactics and ideology.</b><p>More than 800 religious scholars who confronted the Taliban by calling their insurgency un-Islamic and unlawful have been killed.<p>The most recent …

Afghanistan

Indonesia's reaction to spying: no feigned outrage but surprise and anger

Spying, we are often told, is an area of endeavour where the truth of what is going on, and what those in positions of power know to be going on, is too unpalatable for the public.<p>Therefore, according to this argument, when the truth leaks out – as it did this week through Guardian Australia and …

How dare God disagree with Richard Dawkins

Charles Moore reviews An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins (Bantam Press)<p>John Henry Newman wrote the greatest spiritual autobiography in English, his Apologia. In it, he recalls that, when young, he lived under the ''detestable doctrine’’ of predestination. He believed he was saved, which made …

Scientists set to prepare strongest warning that warming man-made

OSLO (Reuters) - Scientists meet on Monday to prepare the strongest warning yet that climate change is man-made and will cause more heatwaves, droughts and floods this century unless governments take action.<p>A truck engine is tested for pollution exiting its exhaust pipe as California Air Resources …

Climate Change

Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought

As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s <i>apis mellifera</i> population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the …

Insects

Full-Time Vs. Part-Time Workers: Restaurants Weigh Obamacare

Many businesses that don't offer health insurance to all their employees breathed a sigh of relief earlier this month when they learned they'd have an extra year to comply with the new health care law or face stiff penalties.<p>President Obama delayed the requirement for businesses with 50 or more …

Gene Machine

A pipe that copies DNA using the heat of a lightbulb.<p>Biology's equivalent of an office copier is a PCR machine. PCR, short for polymerase chain reaction, is now a staple in crime-scene forensics, heredity tests, and organism hijacking. It's a mind-boggling feat. Among billions of base pairs that …

Send in the clones and the bioethicists

Biologists have cloned human embryos to create stem cell colonies for the first time, raising concerns about "clone" babies someday becoming possible.<p>Clones — the word just sounds scary — even to folks who had the good sense to skip <i>Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones</i> and its scarily dull …

Scientists Make Human Stem Cells Through Cloning

"Our finding offers new ways of generating stem cells for patients with dysfunctional or damaged tissues and organs," study researcher Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health & Science University, said in a press release. "Such stem cells can regenerate and replace those damaged cells and tissues and …

Embryonic stem cells: Advance in medical human cloning

<b>Human cloning has been used to produce early embryos, marking a "significant step" for medicine, say US scientists.</b><p>The cloned embryos were used as a source of stem cells, which can make new heart muscle, bone, brain tissue or any other type of cell in the body.<p>The study, published in the journal …

Genetics

Scientists Create First Cloned Human Embryo

The process that created Dolly the sheep in 1996 has now been proven successful in humans.<p>Human cloning has arrived. For the first time, scientists have made an embryonic clone of a person, using DNA from that person's skin cells. In the future, such a clone could be a source of stem cells, for …

Jodi Arias Hearing Awash in Tears as Travis Alexander's Family Speaks

Jodi Arias cried through the first day of death penalty hearing today as the siblings of her slain ex-boyfriend told the jury they didn't want to …