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Science Tips For Managing Stress At Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on Science Tips For Managing Stress At Thanksgiving

Sometimes people ask me if there is an evidence-based way to manage the stress of dealing with difficult relatives at Thanksgiving, and my short answer is "chloroform."

In modern hippie dippie wellness culture, that may not be the response people are seeking, they may want validation of essential oils or an app, but one thing most people don't realize is that stress is not about fads or even other people. We manage stress, we only think it manages us. 

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In A Pandemic World, Be Thankful For Pesticides

Posted by on Nov 23, 2021 in Chemistry | Comments Off on In A Pandemic World, Be Thankful For Pesticides

This year, you're going to pay 24 percent more for a turkey, a tough bite out of the wallet for poor people and a dose of reality for economists and armchair pundits who claimed prior to today's "stagflation" that higher prices are no concern.

Imagine how much higher prices would be if food suffered the yield losses that occur without modern pesticides. This year I am thankful for my health and my family but also science. Outside my house are signs thanking healthcare workers, delivery people, and farmers - and if they made one for science, including vaccines and pesticides, I'd own it.

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The Average Kid Is Up To 8 Hours Of Digital Per Day, But Is That Bad?

Posted by on Nov 22, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on The Average Kid Is Up To 8 Hours Of Digital Per Day, But Is That Bad?

Recent survey results of 118 eight-to-twelve year-old children examined total hours of media consumed, hours of video game play, and number of media used concurrently. Then the authors correlated those to things like behavior, sleep, and psychological issues.

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Military Veteran Deaths Went Up In 2020 As You’d Expect, But Less Than The General Population

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in Public Health | Comments Off on Military Veteran Deaths Went Up In 2020 As You’d Expect, But Less Than The General Population

Suicides and other mental health issues, as well as general deaths, went up during the pandemic in 2020 and veterans were not excluded. But they fared better than the general population, which is good news for Veteran's Day.

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Electric Car Batteries Are An Expensive, Energy Intensive Headache To Recycle – And That Is Not Going Away

Posted by on Nov 10, 2021 in Energy | Comments Off on Electric Car Batteries Are An Expensive, Energy Intensive Headache To Recycle – And That Is Not Going Away

Riding a wave of government mandates and subsidies, and ignoring that fossil fuel usage to create electricity is identical to what it was before a trillion dollars in additional subsidies for solar and wind alternatives, electric cars are now everywhere.

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Suspect Correlation: Eating Alone Linked To Heart Attacks In Women

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in Public Health | Comments Off on Suspect Correlation: Eating Alone Linked To Heart Attacks In Women

If we want people to trust disease epidemiologists during the COVID-19 pandemic - and the next pandemic after that, since this was the third one of just coronavirus in 17 years - then we have to start holding suspect epidemiologists accountable.

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Suspect Correlation: Eating Alone Linked To Heart Attacks In Women

Posted by on Nov 3, 2021 in Public Health | Comments Off on Suspect Correlation: Eating Alone Linked To Heart Attacks In Women

If we want people to trust disease epidemiologists during the COVID-19 pandemic - and the next pandemic after that, since this was the third one of just coronavirus in 17 years - then we have to start holding suspect epidemiologists accountable.

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4 Reasons To Let This Halloween Be A Treat For Kids

Posted by on Oct 29, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Let This Halloween Be A Treat For Kids

Children have a higher tolerance for thrills than most parents believe.  In 1989, when Disney returned to form with "The Little Mermaid", Ursula was among the scariest villains ever. She got impaled by the mast of a ship. That didn't bother kids a bit.

It's more often parents that are overthinking this stuff. I am not saying you should hand your 6-year-old a "Saw" DVD but for the second consecutive year we'll the usual apocalyptic worry about sugary treats plus concern about COVID-19. They'll be okay on both counts. 

Here are 3 reasons why we as a society need to dial it down on Sunday, and maybe every day after that. 

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Facial Recognition Is Finally Raising Questions About Government Accountability

Posted by on Oct 15, 2021 in Technology | Comments Off on Facial Recognition Is Finally Raising Questions About Government Accountability

For most of this century, anyone in London has been photographed and filmed an average of 300 times each day. Their reasoning to start such intrusive scrutiny was that England, Wales, and Scotland led the developed world in crime, and a tourist attraction like London needed extra monitoring.

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We Were Wrong About Daniel Craig As James Bond, Maybe We Were Wrong About His Stress Relief Also

Posted by on Oct 8, 2021 in Psychology | Comments Off on We Were Wrong About Daniel Craig As James Bond, Maybe We Were Wrong About His Stress Relief Also

When Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond, he took a lot of criticism. I will be honest, I was among the critics. I have read every book, seen all the films, I wear both Charvet and Turnbull  &  Asser shirts for no other reason than they were in the books (the French brand for villains, naturally, and then Turnbull for the man himself) and I was firmly on Team Clive Owen for the role.

Craig was clearly a Sean Connery and not a Roger Moore, who was most like the Eton-schooled Bond in the books. He was too short but author Ian Fleming was creating an idealized version of himself, much like Dan Brown fictionalized himself as an Indiana Jones for art history majors, yet I conceded there is no reason all spies had to be 6 feet and up. 

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