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A middle school in East Harlem recently implemented a new invention in the area of rules. It can be described in two words—attendance court. In the area of tardiness, truant individuals may be able to add science as another excuse to their ongoing list.

“Telling a late person just to be on time is a little like telling a dieter to simply stop eating so much,” is a widely used quote from the San Francisco time management consultant Diana DeLonzor’s book "Never Be Late Again: 7 Cures for the Punctually Challenged." It is so simple that it’s a concept easily overlooked.

In her book DeLonzor attacks the issue of what she calls a "lifelong habit" as more than just a matter of poor time management, or rudeness.

Being late is something that DeLonzor suggests has a sort of appeal. “Repetitive lateness is more often related to personality characteristics such as anxiety or a penchant for thrill-seeking,” she writes. “Some people are drawn to the adrenaline rush of that last minute sprint to the finish line, while others receive an ego boost from over-scheduling and filling each moment with activity.”

One way to help save the world is to buy a Prius for $20,000 but the fact remains that it still uses gas.

The next vehicle in line, which crosses the half-way point between gas and electric, is the PHEV. The vehicle has a bigger electrical engine meaning it is more efficient because of its capability to use more electricity. In addition, the consumer will have the option to choose not to use gas.

The unexplained bee disappearance known as Colony Collapse Disorder, CCD, is a problem that affects more than just honey producers. It may not seem like it, but bees play a big role in ice cream making. The domino-like process begins with the pollination of seeds for hay in order to feed the dairy producing cows for this internationally beloved dessert.

California has one fifth of the nations honey bees. More specifically, the state’s honeybees account for $6 billion of the $15 billion in commercial crop pollination value.

The CCD problem, involves the abandonment of the hive by adult bees. “The bees are not fleeing because of lack of food, but the ones left behind are dying because of lack of food and no other bees to keep them warm,” said Eric Mussen who is the extension apiculturist at U.C. Davis.

For dogs, just as for people, the saying “you are what you eat” applies. But modern pet foods are a far cry from the old fashioned chicken-bone based foods of yesterday.

Many of today’s pet foods are a combination of meat protein mixed with grains and most are mixed with flavor enhancers. Leading flavor enhancement companies including AFB International and the French based company SPFare continually doing research into what makes dogs go bow wow.

At AFB International experts have been testing flavors of ingredients that go into pet food in order to ensure companies that these household friends will find their food appetizing.

It’s been used as a cleaning solution, as an antidote for gonorrhea, a sterilizer during surgery and now is used to fight off bacteria and halitosis. The oxidation of bacteria though the use of a rinse is one of the easiest ways to sterilize an environment, which is why the method has been used for odor control in the mouth since the naissance of Listerine in 1879 as a surgical antiseptic.

Mouthwash has grown from its humble origins to a product that fills a variety of needs. With it carries a variety of consequences. Dr. Philip M. Tierno, Jr. Director of Clinical Microbiology and Diagnostic Immunology at Tisch Hospital, New York University Medical Center surmises on some emerging issues having to do with mouthwash, including alcohol versus alcohol-free washes.

When mouthwash first came into existence there was no non-alcoholic variety. Even today many mouthwashes contain alcohol. However, continual use of a mouthwash containing alcohol can bring about some negative effects as well as positive—including cancer. Similar to those who contract mouth cancer associated with an over consumption of alcohol, riding oneself of bad breath with wash containing alcohol may also be a cancerous trigger.

Adults tend to think about the future to the point of insanity. Children on the other hand can exist in the moment, according to studies published in the August issue of Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Studies conducted by psychologists Cristina Atance from the University of Ottawa and colleague Andrew Meltzoff from the University of Washington demonstrated that children may be too preoccupied with the present to have much capability to comprehend the future.

In one study, the scientists divided preschoolers into four groups. Two groups were fed pretzels to the point of thirst. The other groups were not given any.