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Here’s a Fad Diet For You

His body mass index went from 28.8, considered overweight, to 24.9, which is normal. He now weighs 174 pounds. But you might expect other indicators of health would have suffered. Not so. Haub’s “bad” cholesterol, or LDL, dropped 20 percent … Continue reading

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Kids These Days: Rap Music, Marijuana Cigarettes and High IQs

The Flynn Effect is the observation that IQ scores are increasing over time. They’re still trying to figure it out. Flynn himself hypothesizes (plausibly) that everyday activities require more abstraction today than in earlier eras.  Demand for intelligence creates its … Continue reading

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My Sandy Timeline

Mid-April: I move to Hoboken, NJ with my 6-month pregnant wife and Bree and Max, my two 10-pound dogs. Some time in May: a relatively minor storm floods our parking garage and the nearby street. WTF? Lesson: Hoboken is really … Continue reading

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Nectar of the Sows

Slate on Milk: There are no written records from the period when humans invented agriculture, but if there were, they would tell a tale of woe. Agriculture, in Jared Diamond’s phrase, was the “worst mistake in human history.” The previous … Continue reading

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Math Problem Few Know Exists Solved. Nobody Understands Solution (yet?)

Nature has the scoop: The usually quiet world of mathematics is abuzz with a claim that one of the most important problems in number theory has been solved. Mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University in Japan has released a 500-page … Continue reading

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A Chiropractor Goes to Damascus

Much has been written (and published on this site) about the implausibility of chiropractic vertebral subluxation theory which proposes that a vertebral subluxation complex or a spinal joint dysfunction “may affect organ system function and general health.” Associated chiropractic gimmickry … Continue reading

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Today In “Holy Freaking Cow”

A bioengineer and geneticist at Harvard’s Wyss Institute have successfully stored 5.5 petabits of data — around 700 terabytes — in a single gram of DNA, smashing the previous DNA data density record by a thousand times. … Scientists have … Continue reading

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