Germany gives green light to bicycle highways

Germany gives green light to bicycle highways

It's every cyclist's dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn. Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors. As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first five-kilometre (three-mile) stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 100 kilometres.

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Eye Contact: How Long Is Too Long?

Eye Contact: How Long Is Too Long?

There's a reason your mother told you to look people in the eye when you talk to them: eye contact conveys important social cues. Yet when someone holds your gaze for more than a few seconds, the experience can take on a different tenor. New work elucidates the factors that affect whether we like or loathe locking eyes for a lengthy period.

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How To Stop Hangovers (With Science)

How To Stop Hangovers (With Science)

New Years Eve is just around the corner, and just in case you celebrate a little too hard, we're offering you some chemistry fueled tips on how to stave that hangover. You know, to better help you not drop the ball so you can get a head start on your resolutions. Happy New Years folks!

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Robert Spitzer dies at 83; psychiatrist had homosexuality delisted as a disorder

Robert Spitzer dies at 83; psychiatrist had homosexuality delisted as a disorder

Dr. Robert Spitzer; a psychiatrist who played a leading role in establishing agreed-upon standards to describe mental disorders and eliminating homosexuality's designation as a pathology; died Friday in Seattle. He was 83.

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Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

Second contagious form of cancer found in Tasmanian devils

Cancers which can spread between individuals by the transfer of living cancer cells – are believed to arise extremely rarely in nature. One of the few known transmissible cancers causes facial tumours in Tasmanian devils, and is threatening this species with extinction. Today, scientists report the discovery of a second transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils.

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Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500

Guinea declared free of Ebola virus that killed over 2,500

Guinea was declared free of Ebola on Tuesday after more than 2,500 people died from the virus in the West African nation, leaving Liberia as the only country still awaiting a countdown for the end of the epidemic. People in the capital, Conakry, greeted the declaration by authorities and the U.N. World Health Organization with mixed emotions given the deaths and the damage the virus did to the economy and the country's health and education sectors.

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France has officially banned ‘excessively thin’ models from working

France has officially banned 'excessively thin' models from working

Is requiring a body-mass index check for young models "creepy" and ineffective? France has gone ahead and done something incredible in regards to its massive fashion industry: It has officially passed a bill that will forbid "excessively thin" models from working. "Runway models are, by definition, starving to death", they said. Models have died of starvation-related complications, sometimes just after stepping off the…

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