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According to psychologists, holiday Grinches who excludethemselves from parties or gift exchanges may be doing so inself-defense, pre-empting the possibility that family andfriends will ignore or disappoint them. And a group of New Zealand Santas recently displayed the ultimate in Grincy behavior.

Psychologist Kipling D. Williams, who studies ostracism,says, “During the holidays there are high expectations aboutgetting together with family, celebrating with friends andgift-giving at the office or with neighbors. As a result,people are more sensitive. They may avoid or not reply tophone calls from friends or develop a negative attitude, allin an effort to make being ostracized less hurtful, but moreinevitable.”
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When snacks are laid out, do you find yourself reaching for the salted nuts and potato chips? A new scientific study explains why some people like salt more than others. It may be related to how much you weighed when you were born. Salt can contribute to high blood pressure, but not all high sodium foods taste salty.

Nutritionists have discovered that individual differences in salty taste acceptance by two-month old infants are inversely related to birth weight. Lighter birth weight infants show greater acceptance of salt-water solutions than do babies who were heavier at birth.
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So many Christmas presents and toys use batteries, that many of us include them with the gift. Running out of the right batteries is a classic Christmas Day emergency. But new advances in thin-film lithium battery technology may soon make traditional alkaline batteries a thing of the past..

Rechargeable batteries can seem like a solution, except that they?re made from highly toxic heavy metals can pollute the environment. Others have a short storage life (a rapid “self-discharge” rate). If used improperly, some lose the ability to hold a full charge, a problem known as the “memory effect.”
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