Domestic Science, Mind & Brain, News, Science, Studies

Raise’em right! Only we’re not – modern parenting may hinder brain development

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Several cultural beliefs and modern social practices may hinder children’s mental, moral and emotional development, finds a study by an interdisciplinary body of research presented recently at a symposium at the University of Notre Dame.

Domestic Science, News

Nestle Pays $524 to Extract 27,000,000 Gallons of Drinking Water Worth $80,000,000

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To say that Nestle is an unethical company would be an understatement – the company’s history is riddled with practices such as child labor, unethical promotion, manipulating uneducated mothers, pollution, price fixing, mislabeling and recently, abusing water resources. Operating under a permit that expired back in 1988, the company drew 27 million gallons (100 million liters) of water from 12 springs in

Domestic Science, Feature Post, Nutrition

How long does food stay fresh? Learn what expiration dates really mean

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Experts did the math and they estimate that $165 billion worth of perfectly edible food gets tossed each year, due to it passing it’s expiration date. But most of these dates are largely made up.

Chemistry, Domestic Science, Feature Post

What gives coffee its distinctive color and flavor

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Coffee beans undergo several processes before they become the familiar roasted coffee we all know. The coffee beans we’re used to seeing, the brown ones with a delightful flavor, are roasted. Raw coffee beans have a different color and smell very differently. So what makes roasted coffee look, smell and taste so different from raw coffee? The answer lies in chemistry

Domestic Science, News

Big Difference Between What the Science Says and What the Public Believes

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At least in the US, there is a huge difference between what the general public thinks and what scientists think – and this is a big problem. Science is at the core of any nation – it influences the economy, the public life, the health… pretty much everything – everybody agrees on this; but despite this agreement, the beliefs of people

Domestic Science, News, Nutrition

Dr. Oz “miracle green coffee pills” pulled, marketers fined $9 million

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If you’re one of those people who believe green coffee pills can do wonders for your health, then I’ve got some bad news for you. Not only do they not work, but the marketer who supported them was given a huge fine for misleading and lying about his product. Remember the “magic” green coffee pills advertised on Dr. Oz? Scientists

Domestic Science, Environment, News

Mexican Researchers Turn Old Plastic Bottles Into Waterproof Paper

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A team of Mexican researchers found a way to save 20 trees and 56,000 liters of water for every ton of paper produced – just make them from old plastic bottles. Plastic is one of the main pollutants in the world – the ocean is basically a cemetery for used plastic, with at least 5 trillion pieces floating around in

Domestic Science, News

Schools not inspiring students to participate in civic life

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  Schools in the US are failing on teaching children civic involvement Simply learning facts about democracy (for example) is not nearly enough Educators should get their hands dirty and focus more on controversial issues     More and more researchers, teachers and educators are starting to support the idea of a major revolution in education. Now, a new report

Domestic Science, News

Cats recognise their owners’ voices but never evolved to care, questionable study shows

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Japanese researchers showed that cats are able to recognize their owners’ voices from other voices, but because they domesticated themselves, they never really needed to take notice. The study supports the idea that while cats are often kept as pets, they are beholden to no one. Reserchers Atsuko Saito and Kazutaka Shinozuka tested twenty housecats in their own homes; they

Domestic Science, Psychology

Benefits don’t make the jobless lazy

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There’s quite a common belief that if you provide welfare and lots of financial support to the jobless, they will lose motivation to find work and will become lazy and unproductive; that idea is wrong. High unemployment benefits do not lead to people becoming lazy and satisfied with their jobless status, a Europe-wide study suggests. The levels of benefit have