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The Medieval Diet

I've been really enjoying listening to some of the Situating Science Podcasts, usually long and fascinating lectures on science in human contexts. I particularly enjoyed a lecture from Steven Shapin, a history of science professor at Harvard, called "The Long History of Dietetics: Thinking About Food, Expertise, and the Self." It's a fascinating look at the history of what and how we should eat to be healthy, in particular the medieval rules for eating associated with the four humors and creating balance in your body based on your temperament...

August 16, 2012 — Christina Agapakis

Is Your Slimmer Self Waiting Online?

Losing weight and keeping it off is a common goal—and constant challenge—for millions of Americans. And people spend loads of cash on specialized diet and weight loss programs, meetings, even personal coaches...

August 16, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

DoctorMadScience!

Video of the Week #56 August 15th, 2012: From: An Autistic Boy s Answer: YouTube Science by Carin Bondar at PsiVid . Source: Doctor Mad Science Jordan Hilkowitz, aka Doctor Mad Science, has found his outlet in making science videos...

August 15, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

What Your Neural Stem Cells Aren't Telling You

In 2000, a team of neuroscientists put an unusual idea to the test. Stress and depression, they knew, made neurons wither and die - particularly in the hippocampus, a brain area crucial for memory...

August 15, 2012 — Ben Thomas

ScienceSeeker Editor's Selections: Night Shift, Eating Disorders, Making Time Stand Still

Here are my Science Seeker Editor's Selections for the past week:"In a modern world with 24-hour service becoming increasingly expected from a wide range of businesses around the world, what kind of pressure does this place on people doing shift work when most people are still asleep?" At Providentia , Romeo Vitelli discusses some recent attempts to scientifically investigate this question: How Dangerous is the Night Shift?Eating disorders are complicated, and their manifestation can vary from person to person...

August 14, 2012 — Jason G. Goldman

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