Installing an “Urban Jungle” play area, complete with trees, boulders, hills, and tunnels, has dramatically reduced the number of accidents and incidents of “pushing, hitting, and slipping”  at a Scottish primary school.
Why a sales pitch is best given on a steep hill .
A candid interview with a former Big Food exec  confirms what we basically already suspected to be true. Still, it’s nice to know for sure (or is it the opposite of nice?).
German scientists developed a new method for testing pesticide residue in farmed fish  fed conventional vegetable matter; the results of the first studies to use the new method will soon be published. Here’s hoping I don’t have to rewrite my old post , eh?
Bloomberg posted a nice summation  of the research on the addictive properties of processed junk food. One startling highlight: rats preferred hits of sugar/saccharine to hits of cocaine (and you know those research scientists have access to the pure stuff).
Paleo foods to feed a cold : saltine-less edition.
In a recent NPR report , we learned about a breastfeeding mother who fixed her kid’s acid reflux by giving up all soy, wheat, and dairy. Read that article, then go back to their hit piece on paleo , and laugh/cry at the absurdity of it all.
- Coconut flour pumpkin pie crust , anyone?
- The pork ribs are some of my favorite things about Thailand, so these Thai-style spareribs  look incredible.
One year ago (Nov 8 – Nov 14)
- Why Did Grok Live So Long?  – In which we explore why an animal might consistently live far beyond reproductive age.
- Dear Mark: The Origin of Human Infectious Disease  – How much exposure to dangerous pathogens did our ancestors really face?
Comment of the Week
This experiment will no doubt result in adding to the population explosion.
– Commenter Sharon’s take on the long-term ramifications of engaging in an intentional power outage .