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Extreme Biology

The new rules for living longer and healthier

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Extreme Biology

Taking the Christianity out of Sex

almost 2 years ago

Men have stronger sexual desires than do women…Women are the more monogamous gender…Homosexuality is an unnatural sexual behavior. Sexual beliefs, like these, are so widespread that we have collectively come to view them as being embedded in our biology. Cross-cultural data collected from pre ...

Extreme Biology

Solving Brain Teasers With An Open Skull

almost 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? It's not uncommon for a patient to have a conversation with their doctor before a major surgery. But what about talking to a doctor during a procedure? At Italy's Le Molinette Hospital, doctor-patient communication doesn’t just take place before an operation is performed ...

Extreme Biology

There's No Such Thing as Disease

almost 2 years ago

What's the Big Idea? We did not come out of the womb with a guidebook to our bodies, but that would be a handy thing to have if we are to truly create health, says Dr. Mark Hyman, who has put together a step-by-step guide for individuals to take control of their own health called The Blood Sugar ...

Extreme Biology

Breast is Best for the National Economy

almost 2 years ago

Remember when people used to believe that it took a village to raise a child? It seems that the last vestige of that sentiment took its dying breath in recent weeks as online discussion boards launched into lactation consultants. In a time in which big corporations are a new mother’s best friend ...

Extreme Biology

Can We Postpone Fate?

about 2 years ago

Is there any reason to avoid death? We all die eventually, but is it a destiny sealed in for a predetermined time, or do we actually have some control over how long we are on this Earth? Most of us like to believe we have some control over our fates. This is evident in all avenues of our ...