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Female tears affect men’s desire. Photo: wikimedia commons An old friend told me once that she intentionally cries in conversations with her husband when she’s not getting her way.  She might want to consider a different tactic.  New evidence suggests that a pheromone in women’s tears turns men off rather decidedly. Two researchers at the […]

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Young chimps. Photo: Delphine Bruyere My husband and I raised one girl and one boy, close together in age. We tried hard to avoid gender-stereotyping our young kids in any way. They had the same toys, many of them gender neutral, for some time. Our son clung to the baseball fence, drooling As it happened, […]

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Most people are surprised to learn that unlawful traffic in wildlife and wildlife parts is the third biggest criminal activity in the world, after drugs and arms. The illegal hunting of great apes is so pervasive that it may threaten their survival even more than habitat loss does. Habitat loss is rampant these days, due […]

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This post now on Google News and on the syndicated BasilandSpice.com Pet trade threatens orangutan survival “Having a pet orangutan is a status symbol,” I was told by my Indonesian friend Ria, who lives and works in Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. Doesn’t matter if the animal lives in a small, dirty cage behind the house, which […]

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This post is now on Google News. Also on Basilandspice.com which is partnered with Newstex, TOPIX, EIN McClatchy-Tribune News Service and other media outlets. On Thursday April 29, the slick from the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico covered about 1,150 miles. By the end of the next day, the size of the oil […]

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Photo and text by Sally Kneidel, PhD This post now on Google News and on www.basilandspice.com New research from Harvard University suggests that running barefoot might be beneficial.  Says Daniel Lieberman of Harvard, “One shouldn’t be scared of barefoot or minimal shoe running or think it odd.  From an evolutionary perspective, it’s normal and, if […]

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This post now on Google News and on wwwbasilandspice.com In the last 30 years, the number of nearsighted Americans has increased dramatically, by 66%.  Nearsightedness, or myopia, is the inability  to focus on distant objects. In the early 1970s, 25% of Americans were nearsighted. Now, says epidemiologist Dr. Susan Vitale of the National Eye Institute, […]

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Boys exposed in the womb to chemicals called phthalates are less likely to engage in masculine play during childhood.  So says a study soon to be published in the International Journal of Andrology.  Masculine play was defined as playing with guns, cars, trucks and other toys typically favored by boys.  The greater the exposure during […]

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Remember that old song “If You Wanna Be Happy” by Jimmy Soul? The first verse goes like this: If you wanna be happy for the rest of your life Never make a pretty woman your wife So from my personal point of view Get an ugly girl to marry you Turns out that song is […]

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