This plush harp seal does little more than coo, move its head and tail, and bat its long lashes, but it’s a hit with patients.
• October 29, 2012 • 12:29 PM
• October 29, 2012 • 12:29 PM
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July 22 • 2:00 PM
A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.
July 22 • 12:00 PM
It’s almost always easier to cross international borders if you’re something other than human.
July 22 • 10:51 AM
Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.
July 22 • 10:47 AM
Return migrants to Cleveland have been coming home in large numbers for quite some time. It makes perfect sense.
July 22 • 9:32 AM
President Obama’s recess appointments were wrong and, worse, dangerous.
July 22 • 8:00 AM
Casino operators are changing blackjack payouts to give the house an even greater advantage. Is this a sign that Vegas is on its way back from the recession, or that the Strip’s biggest players are trying to squeeze some more cash out of visitors before the well runs dry?
July 22 • 6:00 AM
How the words on a bag of food create more questions than answers.
July 22 • 5:07 AM
An especially vulnerable population is surveyed by researchers.
July 22 • 4:00 AM
A large study finds American blacks are, biologically, three years older than their white chronological counterparts.
July 21 • 2:14 PM
Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.
July 21 • 2:00 PM
Illinois leads the country in group psychotherapy sessions in Medicare, and some top billers aren’t mental health specialists. The state’s Medicaid program has cracked down, but federal officials have not.
July 21 • 12:00 PM
Noah Davis talks to Yoky Matsuoka about youth tennis, wanting to be an airhead, and what it’s like to win a Genius Grant.
July 21 • 11:23 AM
Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?
July 21 • 10:00 AM
We need to decide how primaries should work in this country before they get completely out of hand and the voters are left out entirely.
July 21 • 8:00 AM
New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don’t actually walk like primates at all.
July 21 • 6:00 AM
The new American economy in three tablespoons of blood, a Walmart gift card, and a former mill town’s DNA.
July 21 • 5:00 AM
While national identities are often used to separate people, a husband-and-wife Facebook photography project aims to build connections.
July 21 • 4:00 AM
New research from France finds strangers are more helpful if they’ve just strolled through a natural environment.
July 18 • 4:00 PM
A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.
July 18 • 2:00 PM
We’re back to where we were before the 2008 recession, but there are now 12 million more people in the United States.