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Whales and dolphins live ‘human-like’ lives

They work together, talk to each other and use tools. A new study links the complexity of Cetacean culture and behavior to the size of their …

Research

Greening the Earth could fight climate change as efficiently as cutting fossil fuels

Planting trees, revitalizing soil, and other natural environmental actions could prove as effective in fighting climate change as ceasing all oil use …

Ecology

Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers

Three-quarters of flying insects in nature reserves across Germany have vanished in 25 years, with serious implications for all life on Earth, scientists say<p>The abundance of flying insects has plunged by three-quarters over the past 25 years, according to a new study that has shocked …

Ecology

Vegan Lifestyle: The Seed - Mind & Body

<i>What do we turn to for both everyday sustenance and seasonal celebration? Food. Ellen Kanner explains how we can impact our spiritual lives as well</i> …

American LGBT Tolerance - Politics

The Tolerance Trap <i>(New York University Press, 2016), by Suzanna Danuta Walters, explains we have settled for a watered-down goal of tolerance and</i> …

Propagandopoly: Monopoly as an Ideological Tool - Politics

Monopoly is a game in which anyone from a child to a grandma can become a ruthless property mogul. Sold in over 114 countries, the game was first …

Board Games

There are fungi living inside your gut, and they're probably pretty important

Bacteria aren’t our only helpful parasites.<p>In the past couple of years, you’ve likely heard much talk about the bacteria that live inside your digestive system, what scientists and doctors now call the gut microbiome. All that buzz is for good reason. Researchers have found that these tiny bugs can …

World Egg Day: How good is it for your health? Know the facts about your favourite food

Salmonella bacteria are mostly found in egg yolk but the egg whites are also contaminated. So, it is advisable not to have raw or undercooked …

Have Scientists Found a Way to 'Turbocharge' the Human Brain?

In preliminary research, people learned faster and made fewer mistakes when a particular brain region was electrically stimulated.<p><i>In brief:</i> <i>What if you could improve your mental aptitude and performance by directly stimulating specific parts of the brain? That's what a team of researchers from</i> …

The Brain

Steinhardt Museum of Natural History

Israel's first dedicated natural history museum is home to 5 million specimens and still growing.<p>Before the addition of this 100,000-square-foot, …

San Francisco’s Air Quality Matches Beijing’s

Air quality in San Francisco sank to the level of smog-choked Beijing this week, as soot from more than a dozen wildfires in California’s wine …

Who Promotes Islamophobia? - Media

<i>On January 7, 2015, two gunmen stormed the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. They took the lives of twelve men and women, but</i> …

Is There a Business Model for Serious Journalism in the Age of Trump? - Media

Donald Trump has a bully’s nose for the vulnerable and the defenseless, and he sees the American media as both. The White House’s vicious attacks on …

The Paleolithic Diet and Modern Hunter-Gatherer Tribes - Food

<i>The human body’s innate mechanisms for healing and immunity extend beyond the mending of cuts and broken bones or recovery from colds and flu. Given</i> …

Public Banking Goes to Pot - Economy

In October 2016, a couple from Philadelphia traveled to Sebastopol, Calif., a quiet outpost some 50 miles north of San Francisco, to buy pot. They’d …

The Simplest Way to Tackle Poverty - Economy

There was a brief moment in time when both the Republican and Democratic nominees for the U.S. presidency supported a guaranteed minimum income (GMI).<p>…

Better Wages, Better Workers - Economy

<i>The debate over minimum wage has been a long one in America’s recent history. Many employees cannot live on the salary afforded to them by their</i> …

Taking a Stance on Food Waste - Community

<i>While one in six people in the United States faces hunger, 40 percent of our nation’s food goes to waste. No one objects more strongly to this</i> …

LED Streetlights Are Giving Neighborhoods the Blues - Science and Technology

You may have noticed them going up in your town’s streets and parking lots: a new generation of pole-mounted lights that pour down a cool torrent of …

Logical Answers to Political Problems - Politics

<i>A number of public policy institutions in America are unsatisfactory. They cannot all be tackled at once. But in his book,</i> Five Easy Theses <i>(Houghton</i> …

Fighting Fracking to Save the Land - Environment

Fracture: Essays, Poems and Stories on Fracking in America <i>(Ice Cube Press, 2016) edited by Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout combines the</i> …

National Park Response to Grizzly Bear Attacks - Environment

National Parks Beyond the Nation <i>(University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), edited by Adrian Howkins, Jared Orsi, and Mark Fiege, explains that the idea of</i> …

National Parks

Aging and Addicted to Opioids - Mind and Body

When Bert Mitchell remembers his motor-vehicle accident in February 2003, the 67-year-old can still see the two tractor-trailers jackknifed ahead of …

Predicting Antidepressant Efficacy - Mind and Body

For some in the grip of depression, drugs like Zoloft and Lexapro can be godsends that restore normality to reeling lives. But for others, such drugs …

Use Your Attention Wisely - Mind and Body

<i>We’ve all heard about the benefits if clearing unneeded stuff from your surroundings, but what about the stuff in your head — the psychological</i> …

Boycott Trump - Economy

<i>Photo by iStock/br-photo</i><p><i>This piece is reprinted with permission by</i> TomDispatch.<p>In normal times, Dee from New York would have ordered her copy of <i>The</i> …

Artificial Scarcity - Economy

If we can free ourselves from the artificial perception of scarcity, we could meet our real emotional and spiritual needs.<p>Scarcity is one of the …

The Peanut Allergy Epidemic - Food

<i>In</i> The Peanut Allergy Epidemic: What’s Causing It and How to Stop It <i>(Skyhorse Publishing, 2015), Heather Fraser explains the phenomenon of a</i> …

Back to the Kitchen: Escaping Processed Food - Food

<i>Mixing food writing and history, adding a dash of cookbook,</i> Grow Food, Cook Food, Share Food <i>(Oregon State University Press, 2013) by Ken Albala,</i> …

La Serenata - Food

I opened the door of La Serenata around 5:30 as usual. It was a cold winter evening in early 1959, and the restaurant's thick garlicky warmth was …