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HGTVGardens Has Moved

Thanks for your interest in putting the "G" in HGTV. Now you can find all of the great HGTVGardens content you love—from backyard chickens to popping …

Are Tea Bags Turning Us Into Plastic?

Some of the fancy new tea bags are made of fancy plastic. A fair price to pay for drinkable luxury?<p>emily.laurel504/Flickr<p>Updated June 4, 2013*<p>Here's what happened: I was making tea one day, waiting for my water to get hot, and I started reading the box. It touted the fact that the company didn't …

How Bayes’ Rule Can Make You A Better Thinker

Having a strong opinion about an issue can make it hard to take in new information about it, or to consider other options when they're presented. …

'Invisible whiskers' make crocs super sensitive - Futurity

U. MISSOURI (US) — Nerves on crocodilians’ faces are so sensitive that they can detect …

Scientists turn dreams into eerie short films with an MRI scan

A group of scientists from Kyoto has managed to successfully analyze and "record" the basic elements of what people see when they dream. The idea of recording dreams has been a mainstay in science fiction, but also a frequent goal for researchers. As <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> writes, this group designed …

Ban pesticides linked to bee deaths, say MPs

<b>The UK government should suspend the use of a number of pesticides linked to the deaths of bees, a committee of MPs has said.</b><p>Members of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee are calling for a moratorium on the use of sprays containing neonicotinoids.<p>Britain has refused to back an EU ban on …

Brain Scans Predict Who's Likely To Be A Repeat Offender

In research published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, scientists found brain scans can predict with startling accuracy the likelihood that criminals will run afoul of the law again. The results require serious legal and ethical debate before being introduced into the criminal …

Freezing Food Doesn't Kill E. Coli And Other Germs

Think that freezing food kills <i>E. coli</i> and other nasty microbes? Think again.<p>That's the lesson from the new <i>E. coli</i> outbreak caused by frozen chicken quesadillas and other snacks that has sickened 24 people in 15 states.<p>Freezing does slow down the microbes that cause food to spoil, but it's pretty …

Volcano event lines up with pre-dino die-offs - Futurity

COLUMBIA U. (US) — New evidence from around the world links the abrupt disappearance of …

Bees Emerging After A Hard Winter

After a winter that many beekeepers have described as particularly hard on their hives, Eric Mussen, extension apiculturist at the University of California, discusses the plight of the modern honeybee and the threats the tiny pollinators face from disease and pesticides.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

'Drunk Tank Pink' Finds Clues To Behavior

In his new book <i>Drunk Tank Pink</i> Adam Alter, an assistant professor of psychology and marketing at NYU, explains how subtle cues, such as the sound of someone's name or the color of a room, can influence behaviors and thoughts. Alter discusses the book, and his research on the psychology of …

Scientists Can Pluck Images Out Of Your Dreams

A new method can visualize with 60 percent accuracy what you're seeing while you sleep.<p>With just an fMRI, an algorithm, and the internet, researchers from Kyoto, Japan predicted with 60 percent accuracy what a person was dreaming about, <i>Smithsonian</i> magazine reports. The idea, like the process, isn't …

Brain scans decode dream content

A team of Japanese neuroscientists has used brain scanning technology to read the content of people's dreams.<p>Yukiyasu Kamitani of the ATR …

news from the borders of mental illness

When the psychologist Peter Chadwick explained that he was trying to research psychosis he was given short shrift by one of his patients. "You're …