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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

It's easy to take clean, safe water for granted. It just flows out of taps continuously — even in drought-ridden California.<p>But for hundreds of millions of people around the world, clean water is a luxury. In many places, even patients in hospitals and kids at school don't have water that's safe to …

Need A Hand? Don't Worry, The Ghanaians Got Your Back

I finally reached the outskirts of my community after a 5-mile, uphill bike ride from the town where I go to buy groceries.<p>Hot, exhausted and loaded down with rice, bananas and mangoes, I didn't have the energy to go the final few hundred yards to reach the compound where I live.<p>Luckily, I didn't …

Manhattan

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

Air pollution comes from many sources — power plants, industrial production and fires, to name a few. In Pittsburgh, the most polluted city east of California, according the American Lung Association, avoiding dirty air while outdoors can be difficult, if not impossible. But a new device, available …

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How Partitioned Grocery Carts Can Help Shoppers Buy Healthier Foods

Eating healthy is easier said than done. Same with buying healthy food. Research finds that putting in partitions in grocery carts can increase the likelihood shoppers buy healthy fruits and veggies.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Eating in a healthy way can be time-consuming or expensive. It's …

Second Opinions Are Often Sought, But Their Value Isn't Clear

Actress Rita Wilson, who was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy, told <i>People</i> magazine in April that she expects to make a full recovery "because I caught this early, have excellent doctors and because I got a second opinion."<p>When confronted with the diagnosis of a serious …

Delayed Umbilical Cord Clamping May Benefit Children Years Later

A couple of extra minutes attached to the umbilical cord at birth may translate into a small boost in neurodevelopment several years later, a study suggests.<p>Children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher social skills and fine motor skills than those whose …

Indonesian Military Chief Defends 'Virginity Tests' For Female Recruits

Indonesia's top military commander defended a requirement that female recruits undergo an invasive "virginity test" to determine whether they are morally suited for the armed forces. His remarks follow a letter from Human Rights Watch condemning the practice.<p>"So what's the problem? It's a good …

Blogger Is Hacked To Death In Bangladesh After Promoting Secular Thought

For the third time this year, a blogger has died after a brutal attack on a street in Bangladesh. The writer Ananta Bijoy Das was killed by men wielding machetes. He wrote for the same blog founded by Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-American who died in a similar attack in February.<p>CNN reports, "Das, 32, …

Short On Sleep? You Could Be A Disaster Waiting To Happen

Missing out on sleep pretty much guarantees feeling crummy the next day. But it can also lead to dangerous or even disastrous decision-making. Sleep-deprived operators failed to prevent the Chernobyl nuclear power plant meltdown and the Exxon Valdez oil spill.<p>And during the Civil War, some …

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Liberte, Egalite, Gastronomie? France Rallies To Defend Its Food's Honor

What do the French do when their economy and identity are under assault? Throw a dinner party, of course – a global one.<p>From Madagascar to Washington, D.C., more than 1,000 French chefs on five continents hosted multi-course gastronomic dinners last Thursday in celebration – and defense – of …

One Scientist's Race To Help Microbes Help You

The rate of recent discoveries about the human microbiome has been dizzying. And Rob Knight wants to crank up the pace.<p>One of the top scientists in a field that's discovering possible bacterial influences on everything from diabetes to depression, Knight was also co-founder of a massive citizen …

Gestalten + Pulpo Oda Light

Though the stalwarts of the publishing world continue to release works worth reading, it's Berlin-based Gestalten that earned our near-constant attention in 2014 with countless impressive volumes published under their name. Yet, their most recent release lacks pages entirely. The Gestalten + Pulpo …

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The Psychological Comforts of Storytelling

Why, throughout human history, have people been so drawn to fiction?<p>When an English archaeologist named George Smith was 31 years old, he became enchanted with an ancient tablet in the British Museum. Years earlier, in 1845, when Smith was only a five-year-old boy, Austen Henry Layard, Henry …

This Is Your Brain on Good Storytelling | Inc.com

Whether you're trying to maintain an audience's attention, sell your product, interest an interviewer, or pitch a journalist, great storytelling is key. The ability to spin a yarn that captivates others can have magical effects for your company and career. No wonder there's no shortage of advice …

Buddhist monk is world’s happiest man

<i>Via: msn news</i><p><b>As he grins serenely and his burgundy robes billow in the fresh Himalayan wind, it is not difficult to see why scientists declared</b> …