Month: December 2014

Chocoholics rejoice! It’s (mostly) good news

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Health / Medicine / Myths / Psychology

We’ve all heard claims chocolate is healthy. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve wondered if that’s a vicious rumour started by a chocolate multinational. I’m delighted to tell you in fact scientists have found plenty of evidence for the health benefits of chocolate eaten in moderation. But there are a few things you need to know. A long but not so sweet history The Latin name for cocoa, Theobroma, means “food of the gods”. […]

Just do it… tomorrow

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Myths / Psychology

It’s Friday afternoon. You’ve known for weeks your final report is due 5 pm today. But somehow you’ve managed to put off working on it until now. And now you can’t possibly get it done. Sounds familiar? According to one researcher, procrastination is ‘a common pulse of humanity’. Why do we procrastinate and how can we stop?

Animals have talent

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Biology / Evolution / Zoology

Chimpanzees use blades of grass to ‘fish’ for termites, and capuchin monkeys use a hammer and anvil to crack open nuts. A mandrill has even been seen using a stick to get dirt out from under his toenails. We’ve known for a long time that other primates use tools but how about animals that aren’t our close relatives?