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Credit card purchases, unlike those made with cash, are traceable. Leaving the value of untraceability for criminal enterprise aside, do consumers choose one over the other based on traceability? A new study suggests we choose cash when we wish to “forget” a purchase.
Eat to beat it – disease, that is. I can’t walk and chew gum – multi-tasking Win-win, low price and high quality The best of our technology disappears
Welcome to another thoroughly worthless edition of the J-Man Chronicles, where you will learn absolutely nothing while at the same time being offended, grossed out, or hopefully both.
Another view of peer review Automating the lawyers As I grow old, I jettison the unnecessary Sleep is not just for humans and other living creatures
Bumble bees are prolific pollinators, vital in creating the crops we eat. A new study shows how co-evolution between the bees and the plants can reduce the deaths of bumble bees.
The mind-body problem is fake science Zombie pathogens have taken over my brain There is more to figs than the Newton Superstition, Enthusiasm, and Politics
Once a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising New Age experience, it's now an occasion for environmental activists to prophesy apocalypse, dish antitechnology dirt, and allow passion and zeal to trump reality.
Are hiccups a tell-tale warning? China and Fentanyl Artificial, Natural, or Processed Riding a bike is the best
Mega journals – peer-reviewed, open-access publishing of more than 2,000 articles annually – provided 6% of 2015’s scientific literature. Today, they publish nearly 25%. An opinion piece written in part by Dr. John Ioannidis, the researcher that everyone loves to hate or hates to love, considers the consequence of mega journals increasing dominance.
Are we plant blind? Artificial heart Thinking Out Loud to Yourself Academia, metaphorically speaking
Advances in technology will continue to affect our lives in myriad ways. Technology Review magazine recently picked ten of the potentially most important ones. Let's see what we have to look forward to.
A few years ago, I consciously decided to forgo eating octopus because it was "too intelligent.” But I continue to eat pork, arguably as intelligent because it is “so tasty.” That led – tongue firmly in cheek – to the taste-to-intelligence ratio test.