Category Archives: Science

Into the body of the protagonist

Via Futurity, researchers  at Emory University’s Center for Neuropolicy are exploring what happens to your brain when you read a novel. It’s a small study, but intriguing — and reinforces my sense that what we experience internally is, in some … Continue reading

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How stress makes you stupid

And what to do about it. From the article — quote from Nuno Sousa of the Life and Health Sciences Research Institute at the University of Minho in Portugal: [W]e’re lousy at recognizing when our normal coping mechanisms aren’t working. … Continue reading

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Easy to ridicule . . . yeah. I know.

For the past several days, I’ve been mulling an op-ed piece that ran in last Friday’s Wall Street Journal titled If I Don’t See It, It’s Not There. The piece is written by Steve Salerno, a former Men’s Health editor … Continue reading

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Leave our kids’ cholesterol ALONE

This topic is almost too upsetting for me to blog about, but I need to put my opinion out there in the hopes that somehow it might help influence peoples’ thinking on this topic. As you know if you’ve been … Continue reading

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Fluoride in Rochester, Part II

Jim Nugent, Water Quality Laboratory Manager at our Monroe County Water Authority, graciously answered the questions I emailed about our municipal fluoride policy. So allow me to share :-) First, the more factual bits. The county spends $88,000 on fluoridation … Continue reading

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Asymmetric tail-wagging responses by dogs to different emotive stimuli

Dontcha love the language academics use to title their papers? Saweeeeeeeet. lol The stuff inside this particular one is even better, though — as reported by the NY Times: When dogs feel fundamentally positive about something or someone, their tails … Continue reading

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T-Rex for dinner!

They’ve analyzed protein retrieved from a t-rex fossil and turns out — the dinosaur’s closing living relative is a chicken! Hooray! [tags] Tyrannosaurus rex [/tags]

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The body electric

I expected something different from Candace Pert’s latest book, Everything You Need to Know to Feel Go(o)d. For starters, the title’s a bit of a bait to the text’s switch. You aren’t going to find that promised Everything here. In … Continue reading

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Mainstream medicine . . . catching up

I hate to be the one who says “I told you so” but when the pointed commentary fits ;-) The news wires are carrying, today, this story about research showing a correlation between obesity and gut flora. They aren’t sure … Continue reading

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Long live bacteria

Here’s a tribute (by Lynn Margulis and Emily Case, in Orion) to the little critters. Some of the language of the piece is a bit much — you just can’t use “xenophobia” to characterize anyone’s attitude toward germs. LOL But … Continue reading

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