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Sauna has long been a cottage industry in Finland and the entire Northern hemisphere, with Scandinavians and Russians claiming to have used saunas for cleansing and relaxation for over 2,500 years.

Saunas are the new Prius, with various studies claiming a positive influence on general health.

A recent study(1) conducted in 41 healthy volunteers and presented in Dermatology says that regular sauna also has a positive effect on skin physiology.

Quick; who is against evolution the most? Right wing, religious fundamentalists or left-wing academics? Well, you're right. Both sides have something to fear and both sides attack evolution in order to keep their world view intact. The worst thing for a humanities professor who has spent his life dissecting the impact of social learning and culture is to find out there may actually be genetic distinctions that promote inequality. If you're a biologist, it's a strange fear because the exact opposite is true; evolution offers a way for everyone to share genetic commonality.
We don't have a lot of students reading here but if we did, I would tell them not to sweat the letter grades too much. You can be a 'C' student at Yale and be President of the United States.

Heck, you can be an even worse student and be his Democrat opponent in 2004.
Our friends at LiveScience love Garth's stuff so much (*) they threw out the idea for a nifty widget that will give you a little drop-down tool and let you see lots of his equations.

So if you are unsure whether or not to bluff in Texas Hold 'Em, simply stop the game, pull out your iPhone, and plug in the numbers.

Likewise if you are standing in line at Starbucks and unsure how many cups of coffee you should have, this widget can tell you.

Basically, you can completely abdicate responsibility for your own decisions. Leave it to Garth. He knows what he's doing.

Love him or hate him, if PZ Myers (Pharyngula) at Seed Media's Scienceblogs.com property were not doing what he does, one of us would have to - so we are inclined to love him. The Catholic League disagrees and they have urged their readership to contact University of Morris president Robert Bruininks to protest PZ's article, It's a Goddamned Cracker, in which he stated that the zealots in this story, Student Who
You may not have noticed but the sound of a jelly wobbling was recorded for the first time ever in a sound-proof chamber at University College London (UCL) recently. Yes, they recorded the sound of jelly. Why? Obviously there was an architectural jelly banquet (hosted at UCL on July 4th) and they needed a soundtrack for the dancers so they could deliver a spoon-based performance to the music of the wobbling jellies, all accompanied by the aroma of strawberries. It also featured jelly wrestling. Do you ever think that here in America our lives are a little less rich because we don't have a stronger jelly culture? Synchronized dancing. To wobbling jelly. I am reasonably sure I would pay to see that. And there's real science to this, people.