Elenita Cristofanetti

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Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

For more than 40 years, Oliver O'Reilly's shoelaces have been coming untied pretty much every day. And for most of those 40 years O'Reilly didn't think too much about it.<p>But then, about a decade ago, his daughter Anna was learning to tie her shoes, and O'Reilly decided his shoelace problem wasn't …

University of California

In The 1920s, A Community Conspired To Kill Native Americans For Their Oil Money

Generations ago, the American Indian Osage tribe was compelled to move. Not for the first time, white settlers pushed them off their land in the 1800s. They made their new home in a rocky, infertile area in northeast Oklahoma in hopes that settlers would finally leave them alone.<p>As it turned out, …

Sociology

Half a million people are going hungry in B.C., report says

The bank account is empty. There are two days left until payday. There are hungry children to feed and only crackers, peanut butter and a can of soup …

Allergic to life: the Arizona residents 'sensitive to the whole world'

A lot of things caused Susie pain: scented products, pesticides, plastic, synthetic fabrics, smoke, electronic radiation – the list went on. Back in “the regular world”, car exhaust made her feel sick for days. Perfume gave her seizures.<p>Then she uprooted to Snowflake, Arizona.<p>“I got out of the car …

Die Antwoord get down and dirty on new song ‘Bum Bum’

Die Antwoord have shared another new song from their forthcoming mixtape <i>Suck On This</i>.<p>“Bum Bum” follows on quickly from the South African rap group’s new single “Dazed & Confused”, released last week. It’s built around a sparse beat and looped refrain (<i>“even in my bum”</i>) and some great, typically …

‘The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church’

“The joy of love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.”<p>With those opening words, Pope Francis began the second apostolic exhortation …

Bataclan third gunman was on French security list

Foued Mohamed Aggad returned from Syria undetected and was reportedly subject of two warnings from Turkey before Paris attacks<p>French anti-terror police are investigating how a known jihadi was able to return to France undetected to carry out a massacre at the Bataclan concert hall in which 90 …

NFLD Tory fortunes hinge on coming clean over activist's suspicious death

<i>More from Michael Harris available here.</i><p>The last Conservative government in Canada could soon be gone when Newfoundlanders go to the polls in their …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Public Health

Not Teaching Parents About Early Brain Development Is A Massive and Damaging Public Health Failure

The biggest single public health deficit and failure in America today is the fact that almost no parents of newborn children have been told or taught that they can improve their child's learning abilities significantly by exercising their baby's brain in the first three years of life.<p>The basic …

Why It Was Easier to Be Skinny in the 1980s

A new study finds that people today who eat and exercise the same amount as people 20 years ago are still fatter.<p>There’s a meme aimed at Millennial catharsis called “Old Economy Steve.” It’s a series of pictures of a late-70s teenager, who presumably is now a middle-aged man, that mocks some of the …

Holistic Medicine

Mrs. Universe on Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women

For the longest time, Ashley Callingbull questioned her worth.<p>As an Enoch Cree Nation child growing up west of Edmonton, she was physically and sexually abused. She went hungry, gathering bottles with her mother to scrounge money for food. Classmates threw rocks at her, called her "dirty Indian" …

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

Lake Superior

Calcium From Supplements or Dairy Doesn't Strengthen Bones, Study Finds

A new study should put the final nail in the coffin for any lingering beliefs that calcium supplements are good for you.<p>The new study finds that people over 50 don’t get stronger bones either by taking supplements or from eating extra servings of calcium-rich foods such as dairy products.<p>The …

October 2015

The benefits of being selfish

None of us wants to feel like we’re being selfish.<p>We all know we should have empathy for others and be helpful. But when it comes to doing your best work, sometimes being selfish is <i>exactly</i>what you need to do.<p>Why you can’t say no<p>“The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet”CNBC liked …

Desalination event returns to San Diego

Global experts on water, meeting in San Diego at the end of August, will get a close up look at technologies pioneered in Southern California to ease …

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

Haiti's Unstoppable Outbreak

The nation has been battling a cholera epidemic since 2010—and it's still killing people. Why has no one been able to stop the spread of the disease?<p>In early February, when Jenniflore Abelard arrived at her parents’ house high in the hills of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, her father Johnson was home. …

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

Last winter

Crack

Loving Earth Can Sometimes Require Leaving It

It’s a good thing you can’t see human suffering in infrared wavelengths. That kind of pain is something seen in the visible, felt in the viscera. If …

War

Drone warfare: life on the new frontline

Safely ensconced behind flickering computer screens, military personnel are waging war in lands thousands of miles away. But is there a hidden human cost to remote-controlled combat?<p>Just a three-hour drive from Washington DC on the scenic Virginia coast, Langley Air Force Base is home to one of the …

Military

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

Unbelievable Stacks of Balanced Stones Seem to Defy Gravity

Artist Michael Grab of Gravity Glue is incredibly skilled at achieving beautiful harmony in the most surprising rock formations. His delicately assembled stacks, entitled <i>Balancing Rocks</i>, seem to defy gravity. However, he says that gravity is the only “glue” that holds his structures together.<p>The …

15 Of The Most Majestic Caves In The World

These stunning caves aren’t part of some fairy-tale world or horror movie – they can be found in some of the world’s most remote places in Asia, …

Etymology

Snow Leopard, China

You should be avoiding these products on drug-store shelves

We tend to think of them as emporiums of health, stocked with potions, powders and pills that promote well-being.<p>But a surprising amount of shelf space in drug stores is actually devoted to items which may not provide the health benefits we think they do, products for which the evidence base is not …