selected stories

with a grain of salt

Here's the thing about all those stories claiming you can keep yourself from getting (disease of your choice) by eating (fill in food of your choice)

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getting their balance back

The Segway was supposed to change the world. And it did, just not in the way anyone expected.

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I made this

You want this glue gun? From my cold, dead hand.

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Steven Johnson is OK with his amygdala

The author of Emergence is back with a new book: Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life.

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the occupational hazards of an infovore

Sure, the explosion of ready-to-serve information fuels all sorts of creativity. It might also be making some of us crazy.

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why are Canadian prescription drugs so cheap?

The answer: because the Canadian government says they should be. And a few other reasons.

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spam laws

Excited about that new law against spam? Don't get your hopes up.

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happy birthday, MetaFilter

The site's now 4-years-old. Matt Haughey looks back.

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some rights reserved

Traditional copyright feel a little bit too snug? A new organization is looking to provide a more flexible arrangement.

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a clearer picture of acne

It's estimated between 75 and 90-percent of teenagers develop some sort of acne. A natural part of growing up, right? Maybe not.

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"I'm more comfortable being a primate"

Dr. Tatiana has some advice: keep an eye on the dolphins.

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zonked out like a ground squirrel

You might not think of squirrels as one of the more interesting animals. I mean, it's not like you're going to see some guy wrestle squirrels on Animal Planet anytime soon. But one type of the furry animal is turning out to be very interesting to scientists.

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mmm, weeds!

"Wildman" Steve Brill looks at Central Park and sees a salad bar.

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getting crunched

Doctors blame lawyers. Lawyers blame insurance companies. Insurance companies blame, well, everyone else. The medical malpractice insurance industry needs therapy.

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