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March-April 2012

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Airport to Nowhere: Spain’s Costly No-Fly Zone

While having some of the wobbliest finances in Europe, here’s how a Spanish county built an airport nobody — except one lucky politician — wanted.

Overcrowded Prisons Giving Old Inmates New Life

Aging prisoners serving long sentences are filling overcrowded lockups across the nation. Colorado prison officials hope a new program will help let some of these old guys get out — and stay out.

Insuring Livestock in Kenya, Via Satellite

Camels mean cash in Kenya. But severe drought routinely kills off livestock, and families go bankrupt, unless they have an innovative insurance plan.

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Working Moms: The Kids Are All Right

Working mothers tend to be happier and healthier than mothers who stay at home caring for young children.

Coworking Offices Abuzz With Independent Workers

Starbucks may have become America’s other office, but coworking offices — where people can rent a desk are popping up around the nation.

OMG UR Phone Knows UR Texting + Driving!

By analyzing keystrokes of cell phone texters, researchers have developed a way to keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and off their mobile device.

Who’s Saving Electricity in Your Neighborhood?

Software company Opower thinks it can get consumers to use less electricity by instigating some friendly neighborhood competition.

Great Dessert? Depends on the Plate

Desserts are sweeter on white plates, comedians are kinder off stage, and small feet are more attractive … in our latest Cocktail Napkin.

How Norman Borlaug Went With the Grain

“Our Daily Bread: The Essential Norman Borlaug” is a multivolume biography that chronicles the microbiologist and his Nobel Prize-winning work to thwart starvation.

Breeding Tropical Fish to Save Their Schools

For every tropical fish that becomes a pet, four are killed. Joan Holt wants to take the violence out of their world.

Library Parks Foster Community in Colombia

Medellín, Colombia’s “library parks” — built for its poorest residents — are bringing sanity and community to one of the world’s most violent cities.

Insuring Livestock in Kenya, Via Satellite

Camels mean cash in Kenya. But severe drought routinely kills off livestock, and families go bankrupt, unless they have an innovative insurance plan.

Why LeBron Can’t Take the Heat

How even an NBA all-star like LeBron James can falter under pressure … and other research insights from the world of basketball.

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Quick Studies

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

Your Brain Starts Faltering After You Reach Age … 24

Sorry to break it to you, TSwift. At least in terms of cognitive functioning while playing StarCraft 2, you're finished.

Cavemen Were Awesome Parents

Toy hand axes, rock bashing, and special burials indicate that Neanderthals were cooler parents than previously thought, according to a new theory.

Bringing a Therapy Dog Into a Children’s Hospital Might Be a Terrible Idea

Despite the popularity of animal therapy in American pediatric hospitals, a new research review reveals that there's little support for its health benefits.

You Feel Closer to Your Destination Even When You’re Not

Simply moving toward or away from something alters the way you think about it, according to a new study.

The Big One

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