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The Salt
1:54 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

Psychologist Traci Mann calls willpower "a mythical quality and certainly not something that can be relied upon for weight loss."
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 2:36 pm

As soon as Traci Mann's new book, Secrets From The Eating Lab, hit bookstores, I ordered my copy.

As the author of a no-diet book myself, I was eager to read what one of the leading researchers on the psychology of eating, dieting and self-control had to say about why diets fail to bring about significant or sustainable weight loss.

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Technology
1:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Apple's Watch: A Timepiece Designed To Give You Back Your Time

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 3:01 pm

The Apple Watch is not what I expected. Yes, it is beautiful. You can stand in the shower and watch water bounce off the screen as if it were a lotus leaf. The details of the hardware can be stunning like that.

But most of the features that really excited me when the watch was introduced have turned out to be disappointments. As a physical activity tracker, it's mediocre. The messaging system, which Apple seemingly lavished attention on, is no better than regular old texting. The hyped "crown" scroll wheel for navigation is a rarely used little flourish.

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Shots - Health News
1:43 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Those Yoga Poses May Not Be Ancient After All, And Maybe That's OK

Yoga practitioners celebrate the solstice in New York's Times Square in 2011.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 3:01 pm

That yoga pose you've been practicing may not be as ancient as you thought. In fact, journalist Michelle Goldberg says that most of the poses that we do in modern yoga classes have no antecedent beyond 150 years ago.

"Probably the greatest myth is when you do these poses, when you do sun salutations or the warrior poses, that that there's some sort of continuity to what yogis were doing 3,000 years ago on the banks of the Ganges, and that's just not true," Goldberg tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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The Salt
1:31 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

Tucker Jones, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, counts sturgeon in the Columbia River. He says only 1 percent of sturgeon survive the 15 to 25 years it takes for them to start reproducing.
Courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

There's no good reason for a live, 8-foot sturgeon to be tied by the tail and tethered to the shore of the Columbia River, in the Pacific Northwest.

But this is how poachers steal the giant fish: They keep the sturgeon alive and hidden underwater while they look for black-market buyers.

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It's All Politics
12:53 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

Joe Biden's Advice On Compassion And Family, In His Own Words

Vice President Joe Biden holds Beau Biden's son Hunter during a basketball game in 2013.
Patrick Semansky AP

Originally published on Mon June 1, 2015 3:05 pm

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