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The invisible downside of cheating in life

People who take shortcuts can trick themselves into believing they are smarter than they are, says Tom Stafford, and it comes back to bite them.<p>Honesty may be the best policy, but lying has its merits – even when we are deceiving ourselves. Numerous studies have shown that those who are practised …

Psychology

The Real Relationship Between Conservation and Rising Water Rates

Changing Planet<p>A number of articles have been published recently which report on rising water rates across the U.S., pointing fingers firmly at dropping national water demand – and the efficient fixtures and behaviors driving that drop – as the reason.<p>While this discussion brings much-needed …

Sustainability

A real stand against antibiotic resistance starts at the farm, not the hospital

The US government made history on September 18th when President Obama signed an executive order establishing a task force to combat antibiotic resistance at the federal level. The order outlined general goals such as tracking the use of antibiotics and creating incentives for drug development. Some …

Medicine

A giant in New York. Lonesome George returns from the dead

Lonesome George, the world’s most famous tortoise, goes on display at the American Museum of Natural History. He might be dead, but he will not be forgotten<p>When I first met Lonesome George, I will admit he didn’t leave much of an impression. But there was a story about him that did.<p>Lonesome George …

Giving birth and boozing? The risks of drinking during pregnancy

With new research published about the harms of binge drinking while pregnant, what is the evidence for how much, if any, is too much alcohol?<p>Deciding whether to drink alcohol during pregnancy is a confusing business. Anecdotally, viewpoints on the matter range from testimonies of “I drank through …

Pregnancy

Meat, Shmeat

<b>Scientists nowadays can grow meat—well, at least, something sort of like meat—in the laboratory.</b><p>Lab-grown meat has been around at least since 2000, when the NSR/Touro Applied BioScience Research Consortium managed to produce edible fish filets from goldfish cells; and in 2001, NASA—in hopes of …

Agriculture

How 2 genes synch your body's circadian clock - Futurity

The discovery of how two genes keep the circadian clocks in all human cells in time and in proper rhythm with the 24-hour day was a "long time …

The End Of Anonymity

Technology that matches faces to names can already single out criminals. What happens when it can identify anyone?<p><i>Click here to see how a useless photo turns into an identifiable face.</i><p>Detective Jim McClelland clicks a button and the grainy close-up of a suspect—bearded, expressionless, and looking …

Drunk your water? Now eat the bottle it came in

Edible water container made of gelatinous membranes has been likened in appearance to a jellyfish or a breast implant<p>An edible “water ball” designed to replace plastic water bottles has been shortlisted as one of five ideas that could radically change the world.<p>The product, named “Ooho!”, consists …

Biodegradation