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Where And When To Watch The Orionid Meteor Shower This Week

The annual event peaks on Thursday<p>The annual Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak in the wee hours of Thursday, October 22. The Orionids are thought to be caused by the debris of Halley's Comet slamming into the Earth's atmosphere. The meteor shower will be best seen just before sunrise, …

8 Amazing Things Will Happen To Your Brain When You Keep Writing Every Day

Adam Hughes<p>IT Director Read full profile<p>Many of us were introduced to daily writing in high school, when an English teacher forced us to keep a …

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American Academy of Pediatrics to End Affiliation With Monsanto

Months after her initial contact with the AAP Segedie received some good news: The American Academy of Pediatrics has agreed to sever ties with Monsanto byᅡᅠthe end of 2015. It is Segedie's hope that the AAP will scrutinize partnerships in a different way now<p>Monsanto is becoming a …

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The real story behind China’s alleged conquest of African farmland

The year is 2006. Deep in the African bush, drums beat while dancing women lead a delegation of Chinese officials to a set of soft armchairs lined in rows inside a large tent. Outside, a brass band strikes up the national anthem of Mozambique as newly elected President Guebuza steps up to a …

How nematodes ‘customize’ the crops they eat

Invisible to the naked eye, nematodes that parasitize plants are a huge threat to agriculture, causing billions of dollars in crop losses every …

4 ways a recycled bar of soap is creating change in Uganda

<i>By Erin Zaikis, founder of Sundara Fund</i><p>Chances are you’ve got a few of ‘em in your bathroom right now. But for many of the world’s poor, a bar of …

Six hours' sleep a night is enough, say scientists

Getting an average of six hours’ sleep is no less shut-eye than our ancestors had, a new study has suggested.<p>Although long working hours, television …

How Solitude Can Change Your Brain In Profound Ways

A little time alone can go a long way in spurring your creative thinking and strengthening relationships.<p><i>Editor’s Note: This article is one of the top 10 business lessons of 2015. See the full list here.</i><p>I recently got back from a week of solitude in a house off Buzzards Bay in Massachusetts. I was …

The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain

Neuroscientists are probing the idea that intestinal microbiota might influence brain development and behaviour.

A Doctor Explores the Surprising Geography of The Human Body

Book Talk<p>A tour of anatomy reveals the science behind the practice of placenta-eating and dissects the facial expressions of “The Last Supper.”<p>Gavin Francis is not a traditional traveler. The landscape he explores is human anatomy, his maps are x-rays. “I journey through the body as I listen to my …

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Look for Orionid meteors this month

Details on the annual Orionid meteor shower. How and when to watch. In 2018, the peak morning is probably October 21. But start watching now, before …

This catalog records genetic differences of 2,500 people

The 1000 Genomes Project Consortium has collected information on genetic differences from the DNA maps of more than 2,500 people, representing 26 …

El Niño strengthening

“This baby is too big to fail,” said NASA climatologist Bill Patzert. “Over North America, this winter will definitely not be normal.”<p>The latest …

Your smartphone can detect bipolar disorder

Sensors in any smartphone can monitor mood changes and diagnose mental health issues like bipolar disorder<p>Italian researchers have found that smartphones can be used to diagnose and manage mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, just by using their inbuilt sensors as a proxy for sudden …

Why did the clocks change this weekend? What is Daylight Savings Time and why do we still use it?

<b>The clocks went back this weekend, giving us all a blissful extra hour in bed. From Sandringham Time to why we even have Daylight Saving Time in the first place, here's everything you need to know about the autumn time change.</b><p>When did the clocks go back?<p>This morning at 2am, the UK reverted to …

The Brown Revolution: Why Healthy Soil Means Healthy People

The Plate<p>The Brown Revolution is happening. If the last time you talked about soil was to call something as boring as dirt, heed what Leonardo da Vinci said: “We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than we know about the soil underfoot.” That was 500 years ago and soil experts agree …

Americans are increasingly dependent on just two crops, and it’s putting us all at risk

Corn and soy are in nearly every meal that Americans eat. From high-fructose corn syrup sweetening sodas to soy-based livestock feed transformed into steaks and nuggets, a few major crops dominate the US food chain. Now, new research highlights just how worrisome this trend is for the country’s …

I Had My Whole Genome Sequenced -- And so Should you

Have you ever wondered about the genetic material that makes you, well, you? Have you wished to see a full blueprint of your DNA?<p>I have. On Monday, October 5 in Baltimore, I had the unusual opportunity to see it for the first time. My wife and I, along with 38 other attendees at the "Understand …

These Gorgeous Photos Get You Up And Close And Personal With Bees Before They’re Gone

Each fuzzy hair, and sometimes a tiny scrap of pollen, is clearly visible, using a technique that stitches together dozens of extreme closeups into a …

20 Pasta Recipes to Make this Fall

So long, fresh tomatoes and super ripe zucchini. We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more<p><b>So long, fresh tomatoes and super-ripe zucchini.</b> We've moved onto some rich fall flavors now, and are craving squash, pork ragu, mushrooms, and more. …

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7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

10 New Fall Books That Should Be On Your Nightstand

I can't wait to get my hands on all of these books! From the soul-soothing words of Brene Brown to the historical observations of Margo Jefferson, there's something here for everyone.<p><i>Rising Strong</i> by Brene' Brown -- Getting back up after failing is the theme of Brown's newest book of inspiration. …

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Yogi Berra, Yankee Legend, Remembered in Pictures

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The USA’s top historical sights

A lot of people think of the United States as a young country with little in the way of history. Sure, the country’s only been a country since 1776, but before that there was the colonial period and before <i>that</i> there were centuries of Native American cultures. And, of course, there's its more modern …

The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

Three awesome new features added to Google Photos

During its Nexus event Tuesday, Google also announced a few big updates to Google Photos , the photo storage service it debuted earlier this year. Sharing is improved, you can display photos on your TV and there's a new tool to organize your photos.<p>Already a great tool for organizing every photo …

The Best 12 Books Coming Out This October

The weather is taking a turn (and threatening a full-blown hurricane if you’re on the East Coast), but there’s no shortage of books offering up the same dose of comfort as a warm blanket or bowl of hot soup. These juicy plotlines will have you happily holed up inside. From novels about …

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How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …