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No evidence butter is harder due to palm supplements for cows

The recent controversies over the properties of butter and how dairy cows are fed have become a case study in media attention and the weight of evidence behind it. Anecdotal comments about the consistency of butter snowballed into sometimes overheated discussion of dairy cows’ diets. To paraphrase the Anglo-Irish author…

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how baby birds deceive their finch foster parents

It’s a warm wet day in Zambia and the rains are finally falling. A small, scarlet finch flits through the undergrowth, stopping occasionally to check its surroundings. It glances left, right, then left again before evaporating into the foliage. A second passes before an anxious, insistent note issues from within…

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how much should we listen to the views of business?

After the long COVID winter, there has been a cautious sense of turning the corner in the UK. The vaccination programme has progressed better than many might have expected, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has now unveiled his “roadmap” for unwinding restrictions in England over the next four months. Inevitably,…

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Ontario’s digital health program has a data quality problem, despite billions in spending

Digital health is about applying advanced information technologies to enable free flow of patient information across the circle of care. For patients, that means every health-care provider they see at different locations should be able to access relevant health record information quickly and efficiently. Digital health technology, such as electronic…

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What’s really driving coal power’s demise?

The Research Brief is a short take about interesting academic work. The big idea People often point to plunging natural gas prices as the reason U.S. coal-fired power plants have been shutting down at a faster pace in recent years. However, new research shows two other forces had a much…

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Why do flowers smell?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to [email protected] Why do flowers smell? – Henry E., Age 9, Somerville, Massachusetts Imagine walking through a tropical forest as a sweet scent wafts through the air.…

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