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Articles from Vol. 138, No. 2780, May

Achieving Bargain Rates for Your Next Vacation
The U.S. economy may be recovering, but spenders at all levels are hanging onto their wallets--and travel specialists say the vacation deals available last year still are going to be around for stingy travelers this year. Here's why: a Gallup study...
Are We a Universe within a Universe?
Could our universe be located within the interior of a wormhole which itself is part of a black hole that lies within a much larger universe? Such a scenario is suggested by theoretical physicist Nikodem Poplawski in Physics Letter B. Poplawski takes...
Backyard Safari Gear for Young Explorers
There's a big world out there waiting to be explored. For a child, that means grabbing the Essential Field Gear from Backyard Safari Outfitters, Summit Toys, Birmingham, Ala., and heading outside to examine some bugs and frogs, follow animal tracks,...
Budget- & Eco-Friendly Reusable Water Bottles
When individual, disposable water bottles first came out, they were a luxury. The initial reaction was: why would people want to pay to carry water bottles with them? Then the convenience of it all sunk in and the industry took off like a rocket. Suddenly,...
Commercial Fishing Puts Sea Turtles at Peril
The number of sea turtles snared by commercial fishing gear over the past 20 years may reach into the millions, maintains a study of bycatch data from gill net, trawl, and longline fisheries published in the journal Conservation Letters. Six of the...
Earth out of Sync
SPRING AWAKENING long has provided fodder for poets, artists, and almanac writers. Even for a notoriously fickle time of sunshine, rain, and temperature swings, some old-fashioned seasonal wisdom was consistent enough to be passed down through generations....
Efficient Oil Distillation Could Save Millions
Refineries could trim millions of dollars in energy costs annually by using a new method that rearranges the distillation sequence needed to separate crude petroleum into various products. Researchers at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., have...
Fashionable Workouts Just Became Easier
We know what the calendar says, and yes, we understand what the global warming adherents claim, but, for us, springtime starts in May. That's when we really get serious about shedding the extra weight we pounded on during the winter months, more so...
Fighting the Rise of Emerging Infectious Diseases
EMERGING INFECTIOUS diseases (EIDs) are on the rise, occurring at an unprecedented rate in animal and human populations, and posing a major threat to the biological safety of our 21st century world. Mother Nature's potential threat may be, in the end,...
Finding - and Bringing Home - the Child Who Is Right for You
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ADOPTION has changed. The process that once seemed cold, secretive, and formal has been transformed. Sure, adoptive parents still must deal with waiting lists, reams of legal paperwork, and visits from social workers, but...
Gardening Can't Get Any Easier Than This
After a particularly tough winter hero in the Northeast, we are taking advantage of every opportunity to get outside and enjoy this milder weather. A quick glance around reminds us we have a few things to take care of on our property, and Easy Gardener,...
Give Mom Something to Write Home About
We can't speak for other households, but ours seems to be ruled by two elements: piles and lists. Now, as for the former, we take care of that by putting it on the latter--as if writing it down settles the matter. List-making isn't as easy as it sounds--at...
Go Figure Another Miracle on Ice
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN 2006, I TURNED 49 and seriously began to contemplate my impending 50th birthday. For most people, that half-century mark starts the countdown on the second half of life and, for many, it is a time to evaluate what you have...
Growing Up with Pets
FOUR-PAWED FRIENDS are part of the family portrait. As loyal companions and play partners, pets and children can share special bonds, but parents must do the proper groundwork to ensure a healthy relationship between their children and pets. For instance,...
Hail the King of Home-Grown Freshness
Nothing compares to the freshness of homegrown fruits and vegetables. A plump tomato sliced straight from the vine or an ear of corn taken directly from the stalk and dropped in a pot of boiling water--these are tastes that you just can't get in the...
Helicopter Parenting Can Be a Good Thing
Middle-aged parents are more involved in their grown children's lives than ever, states research from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "We found that middle-aged parents help each of their grown children with many types of support" on a regular...
Hug Your Feet: They Deserve It
While our boys, all three of them, are willing to indulge dear old dad in a little spirited play--whether it be hockey (the driveway variety), basketball (I put up the net myself), football (as long as I'm QB), or baseball (usually Wiffle Ball, but...
Is Sex Addiction Real? Do Golfer Tiger Woods and the Soon-to-Be-Former Husband of Academy Award-Winning Actress Sandra Bullock, among Many Others, Really Have No Control over Their Bedroom Antics?
IT CERTAINLY is not unusual to hear about a sports figure, politician, pastor, or CEO getting caught in some type of sex scandal and subsequently go for sex addiction treatment. Some of us shake our heads at this and say that sex addiction is just...
Jokers Wild
LET US DEMONSTRATE the links between mainstream genres (such as romantic comedy, horror, science fiction, etc.) and art house movies (like Ingmar Bergman's "Seventh Seal," 1957, in which a disillusioned knight returning from the Crusades plays a chess...
Make Way for the VIP of the Course
Just about everybody, at least in our circle of friends and business associates, loves sports--as fans. Fall weekends are spent watching college and pro football. Come winter, basketball and hockey heat up before the annual rites of spring (and summer):...
Managing Talent for Maximum Value: Organizations That Successfully Manage the Three People Equity Factors - Alignment, Capabilities, and Engagement - Outpoint Competitors by a Wide Margin
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHY DO SOME organization succeed even during downturns, while others falter and stumble, unable to complete and deliver the type of performance that makes investors cheerleaders and employees motivated to stay put? Why do...
Mother's Day Memo: She Is Always with You
THE FIRST WOMAN we ever loved was our mother. We may love many women later in life, but our mother was the fast, making this relationship the most prominent factor in emotional development. You literally were a part of your mother during her pregnancy....
No Good Idea Goes Undiscovered
Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, before the bobble head doll market went upscale with bobbles depicting particular superstar players, my dad and I already had started the process. In hockey, for instance, he took his Chicago Blackhawks bobble...
Paths to Our Political Future
THE REPUBLICAN PARTY has been riding high in the polls, but it is a long, long way from May to November. Today's headlines rarely are tomorrow's. The economy may get stronger; unemployment may dip below nine percent; the health care bill may withstand...
Plumes of Volcanic Ash Disrupting Air Traffic
The jet stream--region in the atmosphere that pilots prefer to fly in--seems to be the area most likely to be impacted by plumes of volcanic ash, as has been demonstrated from the cloud that has drifted from the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano of Iceland,...
Portraits of Power
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE SITTER was a young president on the verge of taking office. The artist was an internationally-celebrated fashion and portrait photographer at the top of his game. The striking results of this historic meeting are featured...
Reality by Any Other Name
THERE IS A FINE LINE, therapeutically, between pretending something is different simply by calling it something different. and the psychological technique of reframing. Reframing, in talk therapy, is taking an experience, assumption, thought, etc.,...
Sex and the Older Adult
IT USED TO BE that nobody really wanted to see old people on television or in the movies. It reminded them of the inevitable: we are born to die, and getting old was not pretty or fashionable. Old folks either were used for comedy (the dirty old man...
Still a Good Challenge Even after 2,500 Years
It's been about 80 years since the yo-yo first became popular in this country (although the oldest known yo-yo dates back to around 500 B.C.) and, still, it holds an appeal for both children and adults. There must be some reason that a product that...
Subsidies of Destruction
ONE WAY TO CORRECT market failures is lax shifting--raising taxes on activities that harm the environment so that their prices begin to reflect their true cost, while offsetting this with a reduction in income taxes. A complementary way to achieve...
The Art of Battle: A Celebration of Posters That Inspired a Nation through the "War to End All Wars"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WORKING FOR the Division of Pictorial Publicity, created by Pres. Woodrow Wilson as part of the controversial Committee on Public Information, Philadelphia Sketch Club artists were part of a national effort to motivate citizens...
The Chains of Health Care in Our No-Longer-Free Society: We Have Abandoned Our Constitution and "Free Market Economic Model for a Full-Fledged European-Style Social Welfare State"
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SOMEONE ONCE SAID that before there was the New Deal, there was the Wisconsin Deal. In my home state, the University of Wisconsin was an early hotbed of progressivism; its goal was to reorder society along lines other than...
The Light of Life Still Eludes Us
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN YOU LOOK up at the night sky, it blazes with luminous objects such as stars and galaxies. However, most of the universe is dark, composed mainly of invisible material, the nature of which we do not understand. The stars--that...
The Poetics of Place
IN HONOR of the centennial of his death, "Winslow Homer and the Poetics of Place" will be on view June 5-Sept, 6 at Maine's Portland Museum of Art, showcasing 20 works from the museum's collection of Homer watercolors and oils. The exhibition will...
Toddlers Learn Early and Often
ATTENTION PARENTS of fast-growing and -learning toddlers: implementing a structured home learning environment for children ages one to five can be beneficial in preparing them for the jump to preschool or kindergarten and helping you better manage...
Undoing the Unthinkable
WHEN PRES. Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act, he said the sweeping bill was due to "historic leadership" and that it was a testament to the "persistence of the American people." The law certainly is historic but,...
Uniform Appeal
"WHERE THE DEVIL is the cup-underwear?" I demand ed. Came my wife's reply, "You know very well that I cannot get involved in that," No, indeed, for she is the family traveling secretary and I am the equipment manager. She arranges who is driven to...
When the Spirit Moves Them
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MUCH HAS BEEN written about American Indian religion, a very popular subject judging by the numerous volumes on this topic found in major bookstores, but a lot of what has been published is highly idealized and oversimplified....
Where Art and Science Merge Magnificently
"When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop, striped and dotted with continents and islands, flying through space with other stars all singing and shining together as one, the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty," wrote...
Why We Need the Oceans - and Why They Need Us: The Voyage "Around the Americas" Hopes to Draw Attention to the Revitalization of the World's Waterways
THE CLIMATE skeptics were out early this year, fresh from shoveling snow where it rarely falls. Their theme is that environmental problems are not caused by human actions, but mostly are the result of natural cycles. Whatever your personal view of...
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