Everybody Talks About the Weather, but It's Not Easy to Predict
I remember my first-grade teacher, Ms. Neely, telling our class that "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb." I now understand that this old saw is based on the fact that winter turns to spring during the month, but I grew up outside Syracuse, N.Y., where even late March tends to be quite leonine, so it baffled me endlessly as a child.
As Bird Flu Concerns Rise, Herbal Remedies Sell Out
HONG KONG — A popular herb called ban lan gen, or blue root, has been flying off pharmacy shelves across China as local governments encourage people to consider traditional remedies to ward off the latest bird flu virus.
Infant Death Rate Declines 12% in U.S. as Preterm Birth Reduced
The number of U.S. children who died in 2011 within a year of birth in 2011 declined 12 percent from 2005, as fewer babies are born prematurely, health authorities reported.
Delayed Weaning May Reduce HIV in Milk of Breast-Feeding Mothers
NEW YORK — HIV-infected women who breastfed without supplementing their infants' diets with other fluids or foods for the first six months of life had lower levels of the AIDS virus in their milk, a study in Zambia showed.
Bitcoin and the grand illusion of money
There was a great piece in the satirical news source the Onion a few years ago in which it "reported" that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke experienced a moment of existential panic during a congressional hearing as he paused, shook his head and said, "It's just an illusion. Just look at it: meaningless pieces of paper with numbers printed on them. Worthless."
Why your brain loves that new song
When jazz legend John Coltrane first heard Charlie Parker play the saxophone, the music hit him "right between the eyes," he once said. According to neuroscientists, Coltrane was exactly right. When we hear music that we like, even for the first time, a part of the brain's reward system is activated, a new study has shown. The region, called the nucleus accumbens, determines how much we value the song-even predicting how much a person is willing to pay for the new track.
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