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When men are afraid to pee: The bizarre, scientific reason why urinals cause stage fright

You’re shoulder to shoulder with a stranger at a urinal and nothing happens. Welcome to the phenomenon of “gaps”<p><i>They are weightless, colorless, and odorless … something you rarely recognize, and don’t give a second thought about when you do. And yet they structure your life, your relationships,</i> …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ken Burns’ stunning new documentary about cancer: “We’ve always been on the cusp of the cure”

Burns and director Barak Goodman talk to us about the ambitious and personal “Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies”<p>From Monday to Wednesday of this week, PBS will be airing “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” an exhaustive examination of what humanity knows about cancer—scientifically, …


The secret history of caffeine: Starbucks science and the back story of everyone’s favorite morning habit

Caffeine doesn’t give you energy. Here’s the amazing, real story of its discovery — and how it works on your brain<p><i>If I can’t drink my bowl of coffee three times daily, then in my torment I will shrivel up like a piece of roasted goat!</i> <i><br>— Johann Sebastian Bach and Christian Friedrich Henrici,</i> <i><br>Schweigt</i> …


Hot or not: packed lunch ideas for the microwave

The office microwave queue is a desperate, sad place. A lame blip in an otherwise predictably monotonous working pattern of tea-break-desk-loo-tea-break-desk-loo.<p>You know the score: you thought you’d timed it perfectly, but you arrive in the “kitchen” at 12.05 to find eight other chumps who have …


Margaret Atwood on Game of Thrones: ‘Real people, every murderous one’

With the fifth season of Game of Thrones beginning next month, acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood explains why she finds the show – inspired by literature and the real monarchs of our blood-soaked medieval history – so compelling, while five other famous fans share their devotion to Westeros<p>Once …

TV Series

Cheap, fruity, with a hint of arsenic: 30 California wines contain toxin – lawsuit

Class action suit alleges certain cheaper brands have levels of carcinogen up to five times higher than federal safety limits<p>Several prominent bargain wine brands could contain toxic levels of arsenic, a known carcinogen, at levels up to five times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency …


The world’s best falafel recipe comes from Egypt

A trip to Alexandria confirmed the best way of making falafel is not the most common. Try replacing chickpeas with superior fava beans, just like the Egyptians<p>A few years ago, I set out to discover who made the world’s best falafel. The dish had been a staple on the Leon menu in one form or another …

Food Preservation

Why people leave their bodies to medical research – and what happens

Helping find answers to hereditary diseases, training surgeons or wanting to leave an educational legacy are the reasons. But what sort of people donate bodies to science?<p>The first thing you notice as you walk into the operating theatre is the smell. There isn’t one. There’s no whiff of chemical …

Data Protection