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New study: Women’s tears contain pheromones that turn men off

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

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Is males’ attraction to trucks and balls genetically based?

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

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New study: a wandering mind creates unhappiness

A serene Buddha in Ubud, Bali. Photo: Sally Kneidel My long-time friend Therese Fitzgerald is an ordained Zen priest who works as a spiritual mentor and meditation teacher. She’s also director of Dharma Friends; her husband Arnold Kotler is publisher

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10 Tips for Holiday Stress and Depression

Confrontive dad arrives for the holidays A friend told me yesterday about his parents arriving at his home for the holidays. His wife was taking a shower when the parents arrived. His father said, “Where’s your wife? She should be

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Review of “The Cove,” an A+ documentary of Japan’s dolphin slaughter

Ric O’Barry, star of “The Cove” Crazy I heard Bruce Springsteen say once that the people we remember are the people who care enough to be crazy.  I thought about that when I saw the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove.”  It’s

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Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Cancer, Film review, Food, Going Green (co-authored with Sadie Kneidel), Going Green: A Wise Consumer's Guide to a Shrinking Planet, Health, Health effects of eating meat, Japan, Marine mammals, Southeast Asia, Wildlife, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

New studies: fast-food “kids meals” loaded with calories and fat

Happy meal helps kids, says the fast-food box. Is that so? Not according to recent medical studies. Kids whose homes or schools are near a fast-food restaurant are more likely to be obese, according to a 2010 study in the

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Laws flaunted: flourishing pet trade threatens orangutan survival

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.

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Posted in Animal welfare / animal rights, Asia, Borneo, Deforestation, Eco-travel, Ecosystems, Endangered species, Human behavior, Overconsumption, Rain forest, Resources, Southeast Asia, Sumatra, Sustainable Living, Wildlife, Wildlife habitat, Wildlife survival Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We were made to run barefoot, says new study from journal Nature

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

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Why do girls fear snakes and spiders more than boys?

Text by Sally Kneidel, PhD Photos by Alan Kneidel See Alan’s blog at http://goodbykneidel.blogspot.com Photo of gopher snake by Alan Kneidel I love snakes. Every time I take a walk around the neighborhood, I stop and examine every squashed snake

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Natural daylight may improve children’s eyesight

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%

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Our other blog, Veggie Revolution, focuses more on food than this one does, especially the environmental, health and humane aspects of our food choices. That blog was started in 2005 and continues today, while the blog you're reading now began in 2009. Some of the newer posts are on both blogs, but Veggie Rev has at least 260 more posts than this blog, including Sadie's travels to Morocco. In the sidebar of Veggie Rev, you'll see links to each year that can take you back to all the posts for a particular year.

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