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Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

For all their talk about evidence-based medicine, a lot of doctors don't follow the clinical guidelines set by leading medical groups.<p>Consider, for example, the case of cataract surgery. It's a fairly straightforward medical procedure: Doctors replace an eye's cloudy lens with a clear, prosthetic …

Mexican girl wrongly seized, sent to US reunited with family

When a woman in Texas claimed that Alondra Luna Nunez was her long-lost daughter, the girl's real parents in Mexico say they presented more than a dozen documents from baptismal records and a copy of her birth certificate to family photographs. They were sure it was enough to demonstrate her true …

'Fresh Off The Boat' Is Bold, Funny And Not Afraid To Take On Race

"Fresh Off the Boat" is good -- at times, very good. Without question, it's one of the best new shows of the broadcast network season: funny, well-acted and promising on a number of levels.<p>But I will confess to more personal concerns about "Fresh Off the Boat." My husband, who was born in Malaysia …

Why Ants Handle Traffic Better Than You Do

Could studying ants reveal clues to reducing highway traffic jams? Physicist Apoorva Nagar at the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology thinks the answer is yes.<p>Nagar says he got interested in the topic when he came across a study by German and Indian researchers showing that ants …

Ants

5 can't-miss apps: Scannable, Adobe Lightroom and more

Adobe Lightroom<p>Qork<p>Timeline - News in Context<p>'Words on Tour'<p>Evernote Scannable<p>Between Google describing new plans for its modular smartphones and the …

World Cup Didn't Help Brazil's Economy and the Olympics Won't Either

The 2016 Olympics will be no panacea for Brazil’s faltering economy if last year’s World Cup is any guide. Contrary to government projections, Brazil …

Tutorial: Photographing and Processing the Orion Constellation

Here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to photograph and process one of the most colorful parts of the night sky, the Orion constellation. It will …

PDX

Project info<p>PDX is the airport code for Portland, Oregon (USA), a wonderful place I met ten years ago. I chose to honor the uncomplicated nature of Portland by creating a straightforward photo essay using only the images I created on a single drive that started in the afternoon and lasted one hour …

Crocodile Bile Expert Suspects Toxic Pesticide In Mozambique Tragedy

The Zimbabwean pharmacologist who proved in the 1980s that crocodile bile is not poisonous says that any speculation on its involvement in the Mozambique beer tragedy is “nonsense.”<p>Norman Z. Nyazema, Ph.D., now a professor of pharmacology at the University of Limpopo in South Africa, told …

Toyota Oculus Rift app uses virtual reality to explain distracted driving

TeenDrive365 simulator challenges people to drive safely amid traffic noises, text messages and virtual friends in the car<p>Wearing an Oculus Rift virtual reality headset while driving? That’s unlikely to end well. But Toyota’s new app for the device aims to raise awareness of the dangers of …

Japan urges US publisher to remove comfort women from textbooks

Foreign ministry request to McGraw Hill over wartime sex slaves comes after Japanese publisher said it would delete passages<p>Japan has taken its campaign to rewrite its wartime history into the classroom with demands that a US publisher remove “inaccurate” descriptions of tens of thousands of women …

Inside the final season of 'Parks and Recreation'

So this is what the end of Pawnee looks like. Hugs upon hugs, each longer than the last. Announcement after announcement that another actor—Henry …

London personality maps show where nice, nasty and arty are most at home

Regardless of crime and income levels, people are happiest living in an area that matches their personality, claim researchers<p>The bustling streets and tourist attractions of central London and Westminster draw crowds from far and wide, but according to a survey by psychologists, they are home to …

The Photoshop Playbook: 50 Short Video Tutorials on Fundamental Skills in Photoshop

Back in 2013, Adobe began posting a series of short video tutorials on YouTube called the “Photoshop Playbook.” The series has since grown to contain …

Naia Reborn: See the Surprising Face of a First American

Researchers and artists have reconstructed the face of a teenage girl who lived 12,000 years ago in Mexico, and it's not the kind of face a person might typically associate with Native Americans.<p>The remains of the girl, nicknamed Naia (after the Greek term for a water nymph), were recovered from an …

A New Antibiotic That Resists Resistance

The British chemist Lesley Orgel had a rule: Evolution is cleverer than you. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have repeatedly proven him right.<p>Since humans started making antibiotics for ourselves in the 1940s, bacteria have evolved to counteract our efforts. They are now winning. There are strains of …

Demoralisation in the ranks of researchers

I’d be hard-pressed to hazard a guess as to what stage of the academic scientific career is most harmed by the ongoing decline in support for scientific research in the US and other countries. Here in the US, postdoctoral fellows are certainly paying a heavy price, with very limited openings for …

Career Development

Want Your Marriage To Last? Start With A Huge, Cheap Wedding

Before and after, there's the bachelor/bachelorette party, the rehearsal dinner and the day-after brunch. There's the photo booth, which is a definite necessity these days. And what couple doesn't have a website designed to share with the world the first time they laid eyes on each other?<p>"The whole …

Weddings

Why Pygmies Aren't Scared By The 'Psycho' Theme

In many ways, music and emotion almost seem interchangeable.<p>Try listening to the <i>Star Wars</i>' Cantina Band song without smiling, or to the <i>Psycho</i> soundtrack without feeling a little tense.<p>But what if you had never heard Western music before. Would these songs still make you feel the same way?<p>Scientists …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

The truth about coffee and tea: Which is really better for your health?

<b>(Maksim Shmeljov via Shutterstock)</b><p>The age-old question is finally answered<p>Larry Schwartz<p>November 10, 2014 9:37pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It’s an age-old question: What’s better for you, coffee or tea? Even back in the 18th century, inquiring minds wanted to know. King …