One Last List: Staff Picks for 2012

One final list of 2012's highlights. Best events, albums and gigs of the year, as picked by Trebuchet staffers...

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Putting electronic cigarettes to the test

Electronic cigarettes are experiencing somewhat of a boom at the moment. An estimated two million people in Germany have already turned to the vapor cigarette, which many view as a healthy...

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The Water Cooler of life

The health benefits of 'water clubs' in care homes for the elderly, where residents gather together regularly to drink water, live longer....

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Albums of 2012: Steven Turk’s Choice

an indie rock record of tremendous quality where the singles are difficult to differentiate from the other tracks comprising this compelling slice of modern tribal psychedelic pop...

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How cold will a winter be in 2 years?

How well are the most important climate models able to predict the weather conditions for the coming year or even the next decade?...

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A Financial Cliff, a War on Christmas, and Other Dim Tidings

The conversation, between humankind and catastrophic natural phenomenon, tends to be a bit one-sided....

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European Romani exodus began 1,500 years ago.

Despite their modern-day diversity of language, lifestyle, and religion, Europe's widespread Romani population shares a common, if complex, past....

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2012 Round-Up: Carl Byron Batson

Each year for me is remembered in pictures, the continual broadening of my musical boundaries, and the unfathomable yeses and nos from band PR and management. Example: Shakin’ Stevens says no, Bill...

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HIV protection gel!

Vaginal microbicide gel may offer a promising strategy for prevention and protection against HIV transmission....

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In Defence of Music

I am here in defence of music. Of music music---not social music sites, not music apps, not the ability to stream, or the ability to store songs in the cloud. I am here to extol the delicious,...

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Left-Overs Kill

Consuming putrid food can be lethal as it allows bacterial pathogens to enter the digestive system. To detect signs of decay and thus allowing us and other animals to avoid such food poisoning is one...

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Locomotion

The trick of getting a lift is not in persuading someone to stop. It is in being at exactly the right place at the right time such that the person who would give you a lift and is heading your way...

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Nobody’s perfect [Don’t Worry]

Researchers at Cambridge and Cardiff have found that, on average, a normal healthy person carries approximately 400 potentially damaging DNA variants and two variants known to be associated directly...

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Albums of the Year: Editor’s Picks

If Lana Del Rey, Flying Lotus or Grimes aren't on any Trebuchet lists this year, it's certainly not because we haven't heard them (indeed, how could we miss them?). And we're not coming over all...

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Hanging Offence: Degree Art

Certain elements of the Art World feel the need to exclude others by making them feel unworthy of enjoying it. Great art will never require smoke and mirrors to achieve its deserved attention....

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Plant growth in zero-gravity

It is well known that plant growth patterns are influenced by a variety of stimuli, gravity being one amongst many. What happens to plant growth when you remove gravity?...

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‘Experts’: lower fat diets reduce weight and BMI

Yeah yeah yeah: Reducing overall fat in the typical diet can lead to small reductions in body weight in adults that could be highly significant on a population-wide scale. ...

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Loitered Lens: Steve Harley

Steve Harley plays London's HMV Forum, December 13th 2012. Photos...

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Synthetic fuel could eliminate US need for crude oil

The United States could eliminate the need for crude oil by using a combination of coal, natural gas and non-food crops to make synthetic fuel, a team of Princeton researchers has found....

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Of Grief and Hope

Climate chaos. Dying oceans. The degradation of U.S. corporate/militarist empire and the concomitant collapse of the global, neoliberal order. Our child will be born into a world where there will be...

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The many maps of the brain

Your brain has at least four different senses of location – and perhaps as many as 10....

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Magnetic fish point to Santa

Christmas carp at Czech markets suggest fish geomagnetic sensing capabilities...

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Albums of the Year: Tim Hall’s Choices

In many previous years any one of these might have been a strong candidate for my album of the year....

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Extraverted gorillas enjoy longer lives

Gorillas with an extravert personality live longer than their more introverted peers, a study suggests....

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Life of Pi: Review

Ultimately, Life of Pi as film is a visual complement to Yann Martel's story as opposed to a fresh telling of its own. But what a visual complement it is....

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Pokemon & face-recognition processes

As human beings, we have a highly sensitive and efficient cognitive and neural mechanism for recognizing faces. Pokemon provides useful tools for facial recognition. ...

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Patrick Wolf: The Sage, Gateshead [Live]

There is an awe-filled silence throughout, punctuated by increasingly tearful sniffles and admirably contained sobs. ...

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Trapped in a Raid: Psychology and World of Warcraft

The sense of immersion in role-play and computer games is sometimes viewed as dangerous, as players' strong perceptions of fictional worlds are assumed to make them lose contact with reality. ...

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Hanging Offence: Debut Contemporary

Opportunities are immense, they are global and with a little bit more planning and strategizing, a bit more knowledge, information and know-how when it comes down to how to navigate the art system,...

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Advice for bag-in-box wine drinkers: Keep it cool

Advice for bag-in-box wine drinkers: Keep it cool. Published in ACS' Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, it emphasizes the importance of storing these popular, economical vintages at cool...

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