A New Beef Stew!

Good morning. “People generally were awake — wide awake, in fact — very early yesterday,” The Times reported on the day after the presidential election of 1860, “for they knew they had a duty to perform which could not occur but once in four years, and in the actual shape it assumed, perhaps not more…

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Weight Training May Help Ease Anxiety

Roiled by concerns about the pandemic and politics? Lifting weights might help, according to a timely new study of anxiety and resistance training. The study, which involved healthy young adults, barbells and lunges, indicates that regular weight training substantially reduces anxiety, a finding with particular relevance during these unsettling, bumpy days. We already have plenty…

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The dangers of collecting drinking water

Collecting drinking water in low and middle income countries can cause serious injury, particularly for women, according to new research from the University of East Anglia. A new international study published in BMJ Global Health reveals dangers including falls, traffic accidents, animal attacks, and fights, which can result in broken bones, spinal injuries, lacerations, and…

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Ants are skilled farmers: They have solved a problem that we humans have yet to

Fungus-farming ants are an insect lineage that relies on farmed fungus for their survival. In return for tending to their fungal crops–protecting them against pests and pathogens, providing them with stable growth conditions in underground nests, and provisioning them with nutritional ‘fertilizers’–the ants gain a stable food supply. These fungus farming systems are an expression…

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