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Drinking With Your Eyes: How Wine Labels Trick Us Into Buying

There's a whole slew of mind games that label designers use to get us to think better of their wines without ever tasting a sip. Want to add 10 bucks to the price of a bottle? Class it up with some gold stamping on that label. An insider spills the industry's secrets in a gorgeous photo book.

What Humans Can Learn From A Simple Kiss

Why is kissing found in practically every culture? A kiss can convey passion, love and, perhaps subconsciously, a veritable catalog of information about the worthiness of a potential mate. So much for romance.

Shutdown Imperils Costly Lab Mice, Years Of Research

A lack of funding to labs is likely to mean an early death for thousands of mice used in scientific and medical research. The loss of specialty mice, many of which have genes that can cause them to develop versions of human diseases, is especially troubling to scientists — and expensive.
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Freakonomics: Spite Happens

Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior.

Freakonomics Radio is hosted by Stephen Dubner, with co-author Steve Levitt as a regular guest. Levitt and Dubner use the tools of economics to explore real-world behavior. They tell stories about cheating schoolteachers, self-dealing real-estate agents, and crack-selling mama’s boys.


Our Skin's Sense Of Time Helps Protect Against UV Damage

A study shows that genes that help our skin withstand damage from ultraviolet light kick in during the day. At night, our skin focuses instead on regenerating cells that were damaged during the day. This built-in system helps protect us from premature aging and skin cancer.

Why Is The Higgs Boson A 'Big Whoop' For All Of Us?

The physicists who discovered the so-called 'God Particle' were awarded the Nobel Prize this year, but one writer says people still aren't paying enough attention. Scientist Ainissa Ramirez tells host Michel Martin why more people should care about the Higgs Boson, and why they probably won't.

Why Scientists Held Back Details On A Unique Botulinum Toxin

Journal editors would usually require researchers to disclose the genetic sequences needed to make a toxin that is the subject of a scientific paper. But the requirement was waived in the case of a new botulinum toxin because of the security risk.

Nobel Chemistry Prize Goes To Scientists Who Made Computer Models

The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded jointly to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel Wednesday. Karplus, Levitt and Warshel won the prize for laying the foundation for computer models that help researchers understand and predict chemical processes like the purification of exhaust fumes or photosynthesis in green leaves.

Fish For Dinner? Here Are A Few Tips For Sea Life Lovers

Shopping for wild-caught fish can be ethically fraught for sustainability-minded consumers, because some fishing methods can result in large amounts of bycatch: the dolphins, seals and other marine life that can get snared and killed in the process.