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The new rules for living longer and healthier

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Extreme Biology

War is Not Part of the Human Condition

Bruegel-11a
over 1 year ago

Over the last few years I have surveyed people and their attitudes toward war. I ask people this question: "Do you think there will ever come a day when we stop fighting wars once and for all?” Over 90 percent of the people that I've surveyed say, “No, war is a permanent part of the human condition ...

Extreme Biology

How to Find the Best Doctor For You

Doc
over 1 year ago

When you are trying to decide on what kind of doctor that you need for a particular problem first you have to think what kind of problem you have. So if you're looking for a primary care doctor who is going to take care of you in general you want to look for a doctor that is well educated. So you ...

Extreme Biology

James Bond's Guide to Seduction

Bond
over 1 year ago

Why do bad boys always get the girl? Or, to put it another way, why do women find it so hard to resist ruthless, deceitful narcissists? Look no further than James Bond, whose character is composed of three distinctly nasty traits -- the dark triad, as this particular psychosis is referred to in ...