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The Breast Episode Ever

Happy Mother’s Day!

The United States is only 1 of 4 countries in the entire world that does not have mandatory maternity leave. Humans have been breastfeeding for 80 million years. Placing these two facts together, imagine the drastic and negative implications of severely altering our natural behaviors in order to accommodate the restrictive working environments in place for women (and new fathers!) when it comes to fostering their infant children. 

We can’t ignore our biology, and technology is not always a replacement or substitution for what has taken tens of millions of years to evolve. This interview with Dr. Martin was eye-opening for me, and made me realize that maternity leave is an issue that can have a negative rippling effect across our society. Hopefully we can use this knowledge of human biology and evolution to ensure we’re accommodating future generations to the best of our abilities. 

Check out How We Do It, and read more of Dr. Martin’s work on his blog at Psychology Today
Here’s why you need to stop washing your dishes by hand
Let the dishwasher do its job.
By Fiona MacDonald

It’s a very human trait to assume that, no matter how far we advance technology, machines will never be able to replace our skills. Take doing the dishes for example: the first dishwasher was built back in 1850, but more than 150 years later, and many of us still do our dishes ourselves, or at least take the time to pre-wash them before loading them into a dishwasher.

But according to the latest stats, modern dishwashers are now officially faster, more hygienic and way better for the environment that we’ll ever be. So maybe it’s finally time to give in and let the machines take over, as Chris Mooney writes over at The Washington Post this week.

Or as Consumer Reports puts it, it’s time to just “let the dishwasher do its job”.

There’s still the prevailing myth that washing by hand is cleaner and better for the environment - particularly if you manage to use just one sink-full of water for a whole family’s worth of dishes. But research shows that this isn’t the case anymore, with dishwashers becoming not only far cheaper to run, but also much more water- and energy-efficient.

FDA Makes DNA Screening for Diseases More Accessible

Federal health officials are easing access to DNA tests used to screen parents for devastating genetic disorders that can be passed on to their children. The surprise announcement offers a path forward for Google-backed genetic testing firm 23andMe, which previously clashed with regulators over its direct-to-consumer technology.

The Food and Drug Administration said it will not require preliminary review before companies can sell so-called carrier screening tests to the public. The tests, currently administered by health care professionals, are used by prospective parents who are healthy but may be carriers of cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other rare familial conditions.

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Family Salticidae- The Jumping Spiders

The family Salticidae earned its common name, the jumping spiders, because of the ability of these spiders to leap long distances to tackle their prey. This is the largest of the spider families with about 5000 currently known species. Unlike many other spider species jumping spiders do not build elaborate webs to catch prey. Instead they use their excellent eyesight to find prey which they will then stalk until they are close enough to pounce. Many salticid spiders mimic insects in order to get close to their prey.

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72% of black babies are aborted

#Whites Outnumber #Blacks in #Mississippi But 72% of Aborted Babies Are #Black” Disgusting.

— ThirdPosition (@Third_Position)

February 28, 2014

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Coronation Street Scriptwriters Write A “Dignified” Storyline To Explain Ann Kirkbrides Death

Coronation Street Scriptwriters Write A “Dignified” Storyline To Explain Ann Kirkbrides Death

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Coronation Street scriptwriters have writted a “dignified” storyline to explain Ann Kirkbrides Character Deirdre Barlow’sexcit from the show. As we have reported back in feburay that Coronation Street legne Ann had passed away due to cancer but curnetly in the soap Deirdre is away from the cobbles but this summer the news will break in the soap that she has passed away. It’s sill not been said…

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