Category Archives: Health

I Wanna Live Forever

If you’re one of those people who look the universe in the eyeball without flinching, choosing to accept uncomfortable truths when they are supported by the implacable judgment of Science, then you’ve probably acknowledged that sitting is bad for you. … Continue reading

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Good news and bad news last night, as the House passed health care reform. The good news is: the House passed health care reform. The work isn’t completely done yet, of course. The House had already passed a heath care … Continue reading

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Defending Science Isn’t Always Pretty

This month’s issue of WIRED features a great story by Amy Wallace: “An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.” It’s an overview of the anti-vaccination movement in the United States, a topic that should be … Continue reading

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Our Health Care Problems Are More Vivid When Presented in Colorful Graphical Video Form

Talking about health care provides a great opportunity to link to this video by Peter Aldhous, Jim Giles and MacGregor Campbell — the last of whom was once Tom Levenson’s advisee. (Also via Bioephemera, who at least was kind enough … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Tom Levenson on the Iraq War Suicides and the Material Basis of Consciousness

For his second guest post, Tom follows in our proud tradition of fearless eclecticism, mixing neuroscience and current events with a bit of materialistic philosophizing. His first post was here, and his third is here. —————————————————————— Burrowing into tragedy: a … Continue reading

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Cheap, Crappy Calories

You know what’s a really big problem? The Farm Bill. The quintennial piece of legislation that steers billions of dollars into subsidies for farmers who mass-produce the raw materials of which junk food is made. Yeah, I know, not exactly … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink, Health | 17 Comments

Sex in space!

No, this isn’t one of those bait-and-switch titles. It really is about sex in space. Via Deepen the Mystery, a Guardian story on the hazards of sexual encounters on long-duration space missions. They should be out-of-this-world experiences. But US experts … Continue reading

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