April 18, 2014
Do You Walk Enough?

April 18, 2014

Sad Desk Lunch: Is This How You Want To Die?

How to avoid working through lunch, and diseases related to social isolation.

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April 17, 2014
Our Gullible Brains

Can a person be bright? Cold? Soft? Sweet? When the psychologists Solomon Asch and Harriet Nerlove posed these questions to a group of 3- and 4-year-olds in 1960, the response, on the whole, was skeptical. “Poor people are cold because they have no clothes,” one child said. By second or third grade, though, children could understand the psychological meanings of these so-called double-function terms and how they relate to the physical world.
Read more. [Image: Rami Niemi]

Our Gullible Brains

Can a person be bright? Cold? Soft? Sweet? When the psychologists Solomon Asch and Harriet Nerlove posed these questions to a group of 3- and 4-year-olds in 1960, the response, on the whole, was skeptical. “Poor people are cold because they have no clothes,” one child said. By second or third grade, though, children could understand the psychological meanings of these so-called double-function terms and how they relate to the physical world.

Read more. [Image: Rami Niemi]

April 16, 2014
The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms

How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world’s stalls.
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The Private Lives of Public Bathrooms

How psychology, gender roles, and design explain the distinctive way we behave in the world’s stalls.

Read more. [Image: Shutterstock]

April 15, 2014
Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

Women have high hopes for the deep pockets of visiting gringos, but advocacy groups caution that their expectations might be dashed.
Read more. [Image: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

Sex Workers Are Excited for the World Cup Because They Think It Will Make Them Rich

Women have high hopes for the deep pockets of visiting gringos, but advocacy groups caution that their expectations might be dashed.

Read more. [Image: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters]

April 15, 2014
'I Never Told Anyone Not to Vaccinate'

In a veiled apology this week, Jenny McCarthy again illustrated that health science and culture are inextricable. Vaccination is among the few definitive tenets of disease prevention, but because of rampant misinformation, fear, and scientific illiteracy, rare infections have come back to life. What’s to be done about that.
Read more. [Image: AP]

'I Never Told Anyone Not to Vaccinate'

In a veiled apology this week, Jenny McCarthy again illustrated that health science and culture are inextricable. Vaccination is among the few definitive tenets of disease prevention, but because of rampant misinformation, fear, and scientific illiteracy, rare infections have come back to life. What’s to be done about that.

Read more. [Image: AP]

April 14, 2014
The New Sex Education Focuses on Preventing Violence

The trend in instilling the importance of healthy relationships and mutual respect, not just how to use condoms
Read more. [Image: Summerskyephotography/flickr]

The New Sex Education Focuses on Preventing Violence

The trend in instilling the importance of healthy relationships and mutual respect, not just how to use condoms

Read more. [Image: Summerskyephotography/flickr]

April 14, 2014
Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.
Read more. [Image: Felipe Dana/AP]

Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

In many parts of the world, women are having more Cesarean sections than medically necessary. Recent abuses of pregnant women in Brazil have sparked a small, vocal movement of activists who want mothers to have more say in the delivery room.

Read more. [Image: Felipe Dana/AP]

April 11, 2014
Avoiding Black Plague Today

Though it calls to mind medieval massacre, the deadly infectious disease known simply as plague is still around. New research on how the disease spreads helps us better understand the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people, and how to continue to keep it in check.
Read more. [Image: Lattanzio Gambara/National Gallery of Art]

Avoiding Black Plague Today

Though it calls to mind medieval massacre, the deadly infectious disease known simply as plague is still around. New research on how the disease spreads helps us better understand the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people, and how to continue to keep it in check.

Read more. [Image: Lattanzio Gambara/National Gallery of Art]

April 11, 2014
Reproductive Math in the Slums

Ten kids, a baby, and a plywood shack in Brazil.
Read more. [Image: Olga Khazan]

Reproductive Math in the Slums

Ten kids, a baby, and a plywood shack in Brazil.

Read more. [Image: Olga Khazan]

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