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America was built by obsessive compulsives

Author Joshua Kendall on how the personality disorder has helped shape our greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs<p>Thomas Jefferson, the third president and principal author of the Declaration of Independence, kept detailed accounts to track every penny he spent. Steve Jobs was famously fastidious about …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …

Environment: News & features

Environment

German cardiologist’s stem-cell papers attacked

The copious publications of high-profile German cardiologist Bodo-Eckehard Strauer — who has long claimed that stem cells derived from bone-marrow …

Research

In Fish Brains, A Clue To Why We Talk With Our Hands

In fish, the part of the brain that controls the pectoral muscles also controls the muscles required for producing sound, researchers have found.<p>We use hand gestures almost without thinking--even while talking on the phone, despite that the person on the other end can't see our wild gesticulations. …

Associated Press News

The Power of Gabby Giffords

Her language is so simple, but each word holds a world of emotion.<p>Clasping her husband Mark Kelly's hand, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords stutter-stepping onto the Music Tent stage at the Aspen Ideas Festival, where she drew three standing ovations.<p>The first came when she walked onto the …

Why smartwatches are the real future of mobile payments

<i>Skooks Pong is SVP of technology at Synapse.</i><p>It’s no secret that while smartphone adoption in the U.S. continues to rise – now accounting for 57 percent of the mobile market according to comScore – rollout of in-store mobile payments has been slow and fragmented. Some experts attribute it to …

Why must childbirth be such hard labour?

Anyone who has given birth to a baby, or watched someone else doing it, knows that it's a tight squeeze. The birth canal, framed by the bones of the …

Pregnancy

FYI: Does The Komodo Dragon Really Kill With A Bacteria-Filled Bite?

Surprising facts about the world's largest lizard.<p>Based on a single observational study from the 1970s, published in 1981 by biologist Walter Auffenberg, we've long assumed that Komodo dragons cause fatal infections in their prey by gifting prey with scary bacteria that lives in the mouths of the …