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Ethics debate as pig brains kept alive without a body

Ethics debate as pig brains kept alive without a body

Science
Researchers at Yale University have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs, and kept the organs alive for several hours. Their aim is to develop a way of studying intact human brains in the lab for medical research.Although there is no evidence that the animals were aware, there is concern that some degree of consciousness might have remained.Details of the study were presented at a brain science ethics meeting held at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda in Maryland on 28 March.The research has also been reported on this week in the MIT Technology Review.The work, by Prof Nenad Sestan of Yale University, was discussed as part of an NIH investigation of ethical issues arising from neuroscience research in the US. Prof Sestan explained that he and his team exp...
Here’s how to retire abroad — without any tax surprises

Here’s how to retire abroad — without any tax surprises

Finance
Kelly Hayes-Raitt traded Los Angeles for a small lakeside town in Mexico and life out of a suitcase — and she's planning on retiring that way."I love my house in Santa Monica, but I don't see myself living there again," the 56-year-old writer said. "I'm not sure I can afford it."She house sits for an expatriate couple, spending half the year in Ajijic, Mexico, just south of Guadalajara.Hayes-Raitt, author of "How to Become a Housesitter: Insider Tips from the HouseSit Diva," splits the remainder of her time looking after others' homes in southeast Asia and Europe.She is among the 9 million American citizens who reside overseas, according to the State Department. Nearly half a million receive Social Security benefits while residing in foreign countries.U.S. retirees love Costa Rica, Mexico
New York gives the green light to retirement plan for workers without one

New York gives the green light to retirement plan for workers without one

Finance
New York has become the latest state to give the nod to a retirement savings program for workers who lack access to one where they work.Endorsed by the state legislature on Saturday via approval of its fiscal 2019 budget, the program would be similar to others cropping up around the country that provide private sector workers with a tax-advantaged retirement account if their employer does not offer one.The budget authorizes the creation of the New York Secure Choice Savings Program. While details are slim — a state board would be charged with working out the specifics — participation would be voluntary for both businesses and workers. Employees who choose to enroll would be able to direct part of their paycheck to a Roth IRA.While contributions to Roth IRAs are not tax-deductible, the asse
21 Ways to Get More Protein Without Eating Meat

21 Ways to Get More Protein Without Eating Meat

Health
There are lots of wholesome ways to increase your protein intake without resorting to meat. fThese days, protein seems to be the superstar nutrient – and for good reason. Gram for gram, it’s more satisfying than carbohydrates or fat – meaning it keeps you fuller, longer. Protein is also essential for repairing and building muscle and keeps your metabolism humming along.The daily recommended dietary allowance is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For most adult men and women, that translates to 46 to 56 grams of protein each day. For reference, a 3-ounce, fist-sized hamburger delivers 24 grams of protein.Some say Americans get adequate or even too much protein; others argue we could safely eat more than what’s recommended (and perhaps should).I
Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Manmade quakes force Dutch to face future without gas

Technology
When Nienke Bastiaans fell in love with and bought a 17th-century thatched house in a rural Dutch village, there was one person who warned about possible earthquakes due to gas extraction. "Nobody listened to him," she said. Now, 20 years later, thousands of homes in the northeastern Groningen province are facing reinforcement or even demolition because of hundreds of small tremors caused by decades of gas extraction. The scope of the problem is forcing the Dutch government to confront the prospect of a future without locally produced gas and lucrative gas tax revenue years earlier than previously expected. Bastiaans and her husband Tom Robinson just had the entire front wall of their home reinforced — paid for by the gas extraction company — and two chimneys replaced because of fears tha