Melanie Ann Stadler

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Michelle Obama causes outrage in Saudi Arabia by not wearing headscarf

First Lady draws criticism for not wearing headscarf in highly conservative country<p>In a show of solidarity with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama cut short his visit to India and led a parade of American dignitaries in Riyadh on Tuesday to pay respects after King Abdullah's death.<p>But it was the …

What Blood Shows Scientists About Suicide Risk

A new study of bipolar patients brings researchers closer to creating a blood test for suicidal thoughts.<p>Suicide was responsible for more deaths than motor vehicle crashes were in 2009, but it's not always easy for doctors to tell when someone is at risk. A new study from the Indiana University …

Psychedelic Drugs Don't Make People Crazy, Study Says

Researchers even found some associations between psychedelic drugs and fewer mental health issues.<p>Contrary to what some anti-drug campaigns will have you believe, dropping acid probably isn't going to make you depressed or psychotic. In fact, psychedelics might actually be associated with better …

Baby talk: newborns recall words heard in the womb, research shows

Don't save the baby talk until you've got a newborn to coo at: new research offers provocative evidence that an unborn fetus can not only hear sounds from the outside world, but is actually capable of recalling specific words in the days following birth.<p>In a study out of the University of Helsinki …

Why Do We Pathologize Gender Nonconformity?

What Chelsea Manning's gender dysphoria reveals about the limits of psychiatric diagnoses<p>Chelsea Manning, the former intelligence analyst recently sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks, made headlines this week when she announced that she wished to change her …

FYI: What's The Point Of Sex?

Lots of animals reproduce asexually. Why not humans?<p>This may seem obvious. But in evolutionary terms, the benefits of sexual reproduction are not immediately clear. Male rhinoceros beetles grow huge, unwieldy horns half the length of their body that they use to fight for females. Ribbon-tailed …

Japan's newest rocket fails to lift off | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s first new rocket in 12 years failed to lift off on Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to hopes that Japan may be able to take a larger share of the growing, multi-billion dollar satellite launch industry.<p>It was the second setback for the Epsilon rocket this month.<p>An earlier …

Why other queues always seem to move faster than yours

Whether it is supermarkets or traffic, there are two possible psychological explanations for why you feel the world is against you, explains Tom Stafford.<p>Sometimes I feel like the whole world is against me. The other lanes of traffic always move faster than mine. The same goes for the supermarket …

Psychology

I Met The World's Smartest Dog

Chaser isn't just learning objects by name: she's beginning to understand the basic structure of human language.<p>"Chaser, this is Dan. Chaser! This is <i>Dan</i>," said Deb Pilley, a classical musician who goes by the name Pilley Bianchi professionally and signs her emails as "Pill." Pill is the daughter of …

Weather could be controlled using lasers

Scientists are attempting to control the weather by using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.<p>Experts from around the world are to gather at the World Meteorological Organisation next month to discuss how powerful laser pulses can be used to generate changes in the …

key lime pie popsicles

[Welcome to <b>Popsicle Week</b>, wherein I admit that I had something of a popsicle incident this summer, wherein incident = gotta a little carried away, …

Poppadums with Chile-Spiked Onion and Avocado Pomegranate Dip from 'Indian Cooking Unfolded'

My only experience eating poppadums has been in Indian restaurants, with a couple of chutneys served alongside. The crackers have always seemed ethereally light and magically crisp. I never would have thought to serve them at home, and knew nothing about preparing them. This dead-simple appetizer …

Easy Lime Buttermilk Scones Recipe

These easy peasy buttery scones are a cinch to mix with a pastry cutter and in the oven in 15 minutes.<p><b>Notes:</b>A heavy duty handheld pastry cutter (or dough blender) with blades makes easy work of cutting the butter into the flour. I like OXO brand dough blender, available in kitchen stores and online.<p>…

Fresh berries, cultured cream, and a stack of pancakes—what's not to love? The recipe, by Josephine of A Tasty Love Story, on the blog tomorrow! Photo © Josephine Malene Kofod