Ker Metanoia Oliva

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Is Casual Sex Hazardous to Your Mental Health?

Casual sex gets a bad rep. Although most young people have at least one hookup under their belts, many fear this is detrimental to their …

Mental Health

Who's Afraid of the Metric System?

A historian explains why the U.S. still hasn’t adopted the global standard.<p>When former Rhode Island senator and governor Lincoln Chafee formally jumped into the presidential race on Wednesday, he made a splash. There are good reasons to take Chafee’s bid seriously, but his speech drew the most …

Rhode Island

Climate Change May Have Souped Up Record-Breaking Texas Deluge

Large swaths of Houston were underwater yesterday after more than 10 inches of rain fell on the city during a 24-hour window.<p>The bulk of the rain …

The Windsor Consultation and Sustainable Tourism

This month I had the privilege of serving as one of the co-chairs for the Windsor Castle Consultation "Imagine the Possible: Innovation for Urban Development, Sustainable Tourism and Culture.<p>The Consultation was coordinated by Dr. Diane Davis of the International Council for Caring Communities …

Sustainability

The Underwater Internet

A wireless world relies on more than cloud technology. Half-century-old cable stations are critical nodes where messages can still be delayed, censored, or intercepted.<p>In 1962, during a period of technological and political transition in the undersea-cable industry, the Keawaula cable station was …

Cold War

Deaths of 100 dolphins in Japan triggers speculation of earthquake

Expert plays down link between beached dolphins and earthquake after a similar incident in 2011, when 50 whales beached themselves on a nearby coast just six days before an earthquake<p>Virtually all the <b>156 dolphins that beached themselves</b>over the weekend on the coast of north-east <b>Japan</b> have died, …

Whales

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 …

Neuroscience

Security Agents Often Miss When Passports Don't Match Faces

Fake and stolen passports have become a huge international problem — and it turns out security agents, who should be able to catch them, have blind spots like the rest of us.<p>How big is the problem? Interpol estimates that 9,800 people tried to cross into Europe with false documents in 2013. Since …

U.S. strike reportedly kills key bomb-maker

A U.S. airstrike in Syria appears to have killed a key French jihadist who is part of the militant Khorasan Group, a U.S. defense official said Thursday morning.<p>The strike happened overnight Wednesday near Idlib, according to the official, who has access to the latest information about the …