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Being selected to represent a country in an Olympic event is one of the greatest honors that can be bestowed on an athlete. Young men and women will train and compete for years in order to prepare themselves for the games. But is pushing their bodies to the ultimate limit just for a chance to...
Created: Feb. 18, 2014
It is no secret that a college education can lead to a wider variety of job opportunities and a higher pay grade than is available for those who have a high school level education only. The median income of a young adult with a bachelors degree -- as reported by the National Center for...
Created: Jul. 24, 2013
One year ago, a Kansas home was raided by federal authorities looking for marijuana plants. They found, instead, a few tomato and pepper plants growing indoors with a hydroponics system. The family believes authorities targeted them because they purchased hydroponics supplies, which are also...
Created: Apr. 8, 2013
Spring is here. While it is a welcome season for many of us, it also brings with it miseries for the millions who suffer from allergies. Pollen and mold, which trigger sneezing, wheezing, coughing and nasal congestion, are as much a part of spring as warmth and baseball. These symptoms...
Created: Apr. 4, 2013
“Baby you can drive my car,” goes the Beatles’ song. But what if that vehicle has a manual transmission? Baby, can you drive it then? Before we answer that question, let's for the record note that a transmission does what it says. It transmits the power of the engine to the wheels of the...
Created: Feb. 25, 2013
With recreational use of marijuana legal in Colorado and Washington, and little definitive opposition coming from the White House, marijuana advocates and the media discuss the pro-marijuana policy as moving full steam ahead. Rolling Stone , for example, came out with a list of the next...
Created: Jan. 28, 2013
Texans are known for boasting about having the biggest and best—it doesn’t matter what. But they really have nothing on the inhabitants of New York City—the city that likes to say it never sleeps—when it comes to advertising its superlatives. And New York City, which does like to think of...
Created: Jan. 21, 2013
Many of us would like to dissociate with a family member at one time or another to preserve our own reputations. We have that in common with the industrial hemp crop, which cannot seem to escape the shadow of its notorious “cousin”—recreational marijuana. These varieties of the same species...
Created: Jan. 10, 2013
Imagine you are in a restaurant, sitting at a table with your friends. You are eating a cheeseburger. The food is not too bad, but it’s missing something. You decide to improve the taste to your liking by adding a few drops of chili sauce. On your table, there is a dark red sauce and a light...
Created: Dec. 10, 2012
In 2012, upscale department store Barney's New York announced a holiday partnership with Walt Disney Co. Disney created holiday display windows for the famed store, including one in which a movie shows Minnie Mouse envisioning herself as a Paris runway model. During this short dream sequence,...
Created: Nov. 5, 2012
Kate Prengaman
It's like something out of a science fiction movie—cars that drive themselves without needing human control or even supervision. It's hard to imagine that a computer could learn to perform such a complex task—which involves maintaining and adjusting speed, turning, viewing obstacles, and...
Created: Oct. 30, 2012
Erin Luhmann
The world’s poorest populations have something that wealthy pharmaceutical companies want. Living with diseases and other health conditions that have not yet been treated, the neglected are prime subjects for clinical trials that involve free treatment. Poor health, however, does not give a...
Created: Oct. 27, 2012
Chemistry and cooking—at first blush the only thing these two words would appear to have in common is their first letter. But with a moment’s reflection it becomes obvious that chemistry is intertwined with cooking. After all, cooking combines numerous chemicals found in edible...
Created: Oct. 26, 2012
It's a difficult time to find a safe nesting place, if you’re an endangered sea turtle. Beach developments and boat traffic complicate the reproduction efforts of this world-travelling species, which lives in water but must lay its eggs on land. Complicating their imperiled lives, many of the...
Created: Oct. 26, 2012
At first glance, PETA—or, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals—seems like a noble cause. They champion rights for all animals, giving a voice to the voiceless. But their tactics might be a little off. PETA often preaches vegetarianism and veganism through shocking and...
Created: Oct. 25, 2012
There are few parenting issues as divisive as spanking. Parents who agree on everything from screen time to nutrition may find themselves avoiding the topic of discipline for fear of being seen as either weak or monstrous. For the most part, physical discipline has fallen out of favor with...
Created: Oct. 25, 2012
3D printing, or "additive manufacturing," is a new way to produce objects that is literally and concretely changing the world. Those who understand the most about 3D printing's potential believe it will pull down all kinds of barriers in future decades, from the capital-based manufacturing...
Created: Oct. 17, 2012
Erin Luhmann
Cat saves family from house fire. Dolphin saves swimmer from shark. Dog saves injured hiker from dying in the wilderness. Most people would consider these acts of animal heroics miracles. But what if these random acts could be turned into trained, predictable behaviors? We have already...
Created: Oct. 17, 2012
The British company Snoozebox has garnered much attention for making a modular hotel out of shipping containers and configuring it for anything from 40 to 400 temporary hotel rooms for events. As standard shipping units, Snoozebox rooms can be transported anywhere by rail, road or sea,...
Created: Oct. 16, 2012
When school started this year we received a letter that I'd been dreading for some time. Our school was officially banning sweets and other "non-healthy" snacks for school celebrations. That means no cupcakes on birthdays, no chocolate on Halloween, no teeth breaking hearts with cute messages...
Created: Oct. 11, 2012
Kate Prengaman
Americans love cars. Unfortunately, the combustion of gasoline that powers our cars is a major contributor to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere that is causing climate change. Recognizing this cause and effect, many Americans have turned to vehicles with high fuel...
Created: Oct. 1, 2012
After seven days, Chicago Public School students went back to school on September 19 and parents throughout the city heaved a sigh of relief. Yet despite the city's attempts to portray the strike as selfish on the part of teachers, a significant number of Chicago parents had supported the...
Created: Sep. 19, 2012
Erin Luhmann
If someone asked me to identify Mandy Moore, I might mention her lead role in the movie A Walk to Remember or date myself by offering a pitchy rendition of her hit song “I Wanna Be With You.” After attending the USAID Final Frontiers in Development conference this summer, I would also use...
Created: Sep. 17, 2012
Yard sales and estate auctions are two of the few places that neighbors and neighborhoods cross social boundaries. At a yard sale, you get to handle your neighbor's possessions and declare what you think the value of the possessions is. At yard sales, people from better-off neighborhoods...
Created: Sep. 14, 2012
I like to eat fresh produce, especially when it comes from my own garden. When my garden stops producing, I go to my neighborhood co-op to buy fruits and vegetables that are local, organic, fair trade, or some combination thereof. This, I know, is a luxury not everyone can afford. A...
Created: Sep. 10, 2012
Kate Prengaman
I recently went to see Sleepwalk with Me,  an indie movie about a comedian who develops a severe sleepwalking disorder. It stars Mike Birbiglia, basically playing himself, and follows him as he develops an increasingly dangerous disorder in which he tries to physically act out his own...
Created: Sep. 6, 2012
The letter to etiquette columnist Miss Manners was clear in its contempt. A reader was shocked to find out that friends had registered for presents for their daughter's first birthday. Miss Manners did not disappoint. She  supplied her own outrage and comments on the decline of social...
Created: Sep. 2, 2012
Kate Prengaman
What could your family do with an extra $2,000 a year? It's easy to think of the possibilities, but apparently, there's also an easy way to save an extra two grand a year for the average American family of four -- stop wasting food.   According to a  study by the National Resource...
Created: Aug. 26, 2012
Erin Luhmann
“Careful you don’t catch pregnancy,” the male secretary at the bank I worked at my summer before graduate school would quip every day, as I came back from lunch with three pregnant co-workers. “It doesn’t work that way,” was my routine response. In anticipation of a set of twins and two other...
Created: Aug. 19, 2012
Erin Luhmann
This summer, I expanded my fair portfolio from ordering nearly anything “on a stick” at the Minnesota State Fair to attending a tractor pull event at a county fair in Virginia. After an hour of ear splitting distressed engines spouting plumes of black exhaust, I made an excursion to the...
Created: Aug. 19, 2012

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