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Why Organic Food Might Be Worth the High Price

The most infamous fact about organic food is that it’s expensive—about 47% more expensive, according to a recent analysis from <i>Consumer Reports</i>. But a …

Agriculture

The science behind why you sometimes end up dating terrible people

They're not the kind of people you want to spend much time with. This raises the obvious question - to put it bluntly, why over evolutionary timescales haven't these people died out?<p>One possibility is that their traits actually confer short-term advantages in the mating game. Dark Triad people are …

Psychology

The brain's 'on-off switch' for human consciousness is even more intriguing than we thought - ExtremeTech

The brain’s ‘on-off switch’ for human consciousness is even more intriguing than we thought<p>By on December 2, 2015 at 7:50 am<p>This site may earn …

The Brain

The Countries With The Highest Levels Of Poverty For Retirees [Infographic]

A recent report showed that 12.6 percent of people aged 65 and over in OECD countries are living in relative income poverty. That is defined as an income below half the national median equivalised household income. Older women are at greater risk of poverty than men with “the older old” (75 and …

Demographics

Network of artificial neurons learns to use language

A network of artificial neurons has learned how to use language.<p>Researchers from the universities of Sassari and Plymouth found that their cognitive …

The Poverty Line -- A False Target

Growing up in poor neighborhoods and then running social service programs for 20 years, I heard countless stories about millions of people living in poverty. The percent of those in poverty never seems to change much, hovering around 15 percent, or more, of our population. The poor are depicted as …

Taxes

Minnesota exposes one troubling reason America locks up so many black people

In "The Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration," Coates notes that in 2000, one in 10 black males between the ages of 20 and 40 was behind bars. That was 10 times the rate for white males in the same age group.<p>A decade later, Coates writes, one-third of black male high-school dropouts …

Poverty Rate

New scary-looking fish species comes from the ocean's dark depths

<b>(CNN) —</b> Now and again, marine scientists plumbing the dark depths of the sea pull out a new fish species that is just out-and-out ugly.<p>The latest discovery looks like a hunchbacked, rotting old shoe with spikes, a scraggly mustache and a big mouth with bad teeth. And it has a long, angular fishing …

Zoology

6 welfare myths we all need to stop believing

Stigma runs deep when it comes to government programs designed to aid low-income individuals and families.<p>Need-based assistance in the U.S. — such as …

6 reasons why summer will kill us all: From flesh-eating beach bacteria to pools full of poop

We’re sticky, uncomfortable and swimming in pee. Time to cancel summer!<p>I am under the impression (please don't correct me if I'm wrong) that summer is only fun if you have too much confidence. Like if you went to the confidence vending machine and put in enough money for one can of confidence but …

Environmental Health

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How To Know For Sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of …

Emotional Intelligence

'Female viagra': FDA panel backs Flibanserin with safety restriction

A coalition of women’s groups and the drug’s manufacturer advocated for approval of the pill, Flibanserin – but others advised agency to remain cautious<p>Government health experts are backing an experimental drug intended to boost the female sex drive, but stress that it must carry safety …

The Brain

There's New Evidence for an Alternate Theory of the Origin of Life

How the building blocks of life helped build each other.<p>Four billion years ago, primordial Earth was a hellish wasteland, and life as we know it didn't exist. But scattered across a radiation soaked, asteroid-pummeled planet, steaming cauldrons of cosmic chemicals were busy cooking up life's …

Biology

'Housing first': What L.A. can learn from Utah on homelessness

Sam has been living in an encampment under the 101 Freeway for the last six years. He is 63, has a bad heart and drinks a lot. He came to Los Angeles from Utah, where he became homeless at age 50 after losing his job. If he'd chosen to stay put, he'd probably be better off.<p>Utah announced recently …

Evolution: Why are most of us right-handed?

Right-handed people are dominant worldwide – but why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>We humans don’t typically agree on all that much, but there is at least one thing that an impressive amount of us accept: which hand is easiest to control. If you use one hand for writing, you probably use the same …

The Brain

The Psychology Of Why So Many People Are Anti-GMO

Scientists say that GMOs are just fine. But the public thinks otherwise. Are our fears rational?<p>Think of a science denier, and you might picture someone arguing that climate change isn’t real or vaccines cause autism. But the biggest chasm between scientists and the public is actually over GMOs: …

Chikungunya is on the move

A crippling virus has slipped its bonds in Africa and Asia and is invading whole new continents faster than people can learn to pronounce its name. …

Public Health

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Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

Researchers Find Missing Link Between the Brain and Immune System

<b>Implications profound for neurological diseases from autism to Alzheimer’s to multiple sclerosis.</b><p>In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of …

'Germs' Beat Vaccines At Their Own Game: Anti-Malarial Probiotics Show Promise

This website is for information purposes only. By providing the information contained herein we are not diagnosing, treating, curing, mitigating, or …

Science Seeks to Unlock Marijuana Secrets

As the once-vilified drug becomes more accepted, researchers around the world are trying to understand how it works and how it might fight disease.<p>There’s nothing new about cannabis, of course. It’s been around humankind pretty much forever.<p>In Siberia charred seeds have been found inside burial …

The Doctor Who Thought Bed Bugs Spread Smallpox

Old, completely unethical studies tried—and failed—to pin the virus on the bloodsucker<p>When my book <i>Infested</i> published last month and I started revisiting some of its stories during interviews, I was reminded of those I didn’t include in the final version. Some just didn’t pan out, and others didn’t …

Do you have a male or female brain? The simple test that investigates your 'gender personality'... and the answer will surprise you

• <b>A person's brain often reflects their gender. However their hands can also indicate if their brain is more female or male</b>• <b><br>Why are some skills or</b> …

New insight into how brain makes memories

Every time you make a memory, somewhere in your brain a tiny filament reaches out from one neuron and forms an electrochemical connection to a …

New brain science shows poor kids have smaller brains than affluent kids

New research that shows poor children have smaller brains than affluent children has deepened the national debate about ways to narrow the achievement gap.<p>Neuroscientists who studied the brain scans of nearly<br>1,100 children and young adults nationwide from ages 3 to 20 found that the surface area of …

The Brain

18 Signs of High Emotional Intelligence

“Emotional intelligence is the “something” in each of us that is a bit intangible. It affects how we manage behavior, navigate social complexities, …

Why DO humans have such large penises? Difference in size between men and great apes may be a way of keeping cool

• <b>Video discusses differences in penis and testicle size in humans and apes</b>• <b><br>It explains that chimps have large testicles due to increased competition,</b> …