Animal stand-ins like the AIBO robot dogs are popular with elderly patients in nursing homes.
• October 29, 2012 • 12:28 PM
• October 29, 2012 • 12:28 PM
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July 24 • 4:00 PM
Why do we use the term “normal weight” when talking about BMI? What’s presented as normal certainly isn’t the norm, and it may not even be what’s most healthy.
July 24 • 2:00 PM
The state’s drought has forced farmers to rely on groundwater, even as aquifers have been intentionally polluted due to exemptions for the oil industry.
July 24 • 12:00 PM
A senior advisor to the National Congress of American Indians once threw an embarrassing themed party that involved headdresses. He regrets that costume now, but knows his experience is one many others can relate to.
July 24 • 11:00 AM
As wildlife numbers dwindle, wildlife crimes are rising—and that’s fueling a raft of heinous crimes committed against humans.
July 24 • 10:58 AM
The opponents of Obamacare who went one for two in circuit court rulings earlier this week are unlikely to see their cases reach the Supreme Court.
July 24 • 10:00 AM
And it’s called stereotype threat.
July 24 • 9:48 AM
While more people fear snakes or spiders, with dogs everywhere, cynophobia makes everyday public life a constant challenge.
July 24 • 8:00 AM
It is all too easy to treat science as a platform that allows the observer to hover over the messiness of life, unobserved and untouched. But by remembering the role of the body in science, perhaps we humanize it as well.
July 24 • 6:00 AM
With painted Volkswagen buses, talk of “free love,” and other reminders of the Woodstock era replaced by advertising and corporate sponsorships, hippie culture may be dying, but a new subculture—a sort of purgatory between hipster and hippie—is on the rise.
July 24 • 5:00 AM
Maybe there’s a good reason why it seems like there’s been a decline in our our ability to concentrate for a prolonged period of time.
July 24 • 4:00 AM
New research from Scotland finds they’re an unfortunate product of the way we process and share information.
July 23 • 4:00 PM
The Pew Research Center asked Americans of varying religious affiliations how they felt about each other.
July 23 • 2:00 PM
Top patient-safety experts call on Congress to step in and, among other steps, give the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wider responsibility for measuring medical mistakes.
July 23 • 12:19 PM
CEO war speech might inspire ethical decisions internally and unethical ones among competing companies.
July 23 • 12:00 PM
It’s easy enough to turn yourself into a virtual celebrity, complete with fame and mansions—but it will likely cost you.
July 23 • 11:49 AM
No landslide monitoring or warning systems are being used to protect vulnerable communities.
July 23 • 10:00 AM
Calling all hackers: It’s time to go Assange on capital punishment.
July 23 • 8:00 AM
New research finds they enable consumers to re-establish a feeling that they’re in control of their lives.
July 23 • 6:00 AM
Why can’t triathletes and weightlifters get along?
July 23 • 5:02 AM
On gentrification and housing costs.
July 23 • 4:00 AM
Why did a group of fourth graders rally in support of an undocumented classmate while the citizens of Murrieta, California, tried to stop immigrant children from entering their town?
July 22 • 4:00 PM
Is there real science in the spiritualism of meditation? Jo Marchant meets a Nobel Prize-winner who thinks so.
July 22 • 2:00 PM
A federal judge in Alabama says a local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.