Is adjustable gastric banding (lap band) surgery a safe and effective means of weight loss for the obese? Surgery to lose weight may be beneficial, but it also carries risks.
Archives for May 2012
Talks with Iran shut down, as the nation refuses inspection of its Parchin facility and announces that it will open two new nuclear plants. How much risk is there that Iran is pursuing weapons-grade uranium enrichment?
Volcanoes are strange things. Like earthquakes, they follow scientific principles to a sufficient extent to be generally understood, but their behaviour remains unpredictable. Evaluating magma crystals formed as the result of seismic activity over time, may hold the key to understanding volcano behavior.
Are you flexible? Physically, flexibility is associated with yoga poses. Mentally, the personality trait that allows humans to be flexible in their reactions, matching their responses to social context, is known as resiliency, and is tricky to measure. Memory, however, is easier to measure, and recent research suggests that memory and resiliency are related.
Anthropologists use dendrochronology to date structures and improve other dating methods. Tree ring data is more reliable than you’d think!