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Articles from Vol. 138, No. 2775, December

Be Sure All's Secure on the Home Front
Some 63,900,000 U.S. residents traveled last year during the winter holidays, according to the American Automobile Association. This translates into a lot of homes that will be left unoccupied during Christmas, New Year's, etc. for opportunistic criminals....
Big-Time College Sports Getting Bigger
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That a majority of college presidents say they feel powerless to contain the escalating costs of big-time college athletics "should comes as no surprise," notes Charles Clotfelter, professor of public policy, economics, and...
Biofuel Corn Contaminates Water
More of the fertilizers and pesticides used to grow corn would find their way into nearby water sources if ethanol demands lead to planting more acres of the crop, according to research by Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. A study of water...
California Goes Nuts over Declining Winters
Winter chill, a vital climatic trigger for many tree crops, is likely to decrease by more than 50% during this century as global climate warms, making California no longer suitable for growing many fruit and nut crops, maintain researchers from the...
Celebrating the Life of a Princess
Since the beginning of American history, our nation has had a complicated relationship with British royalty, and an unending fascination with the government we overthrew in the Revolution. Known to many as "The People's Princess," Princess Diana (1961-97)...
Complications in Cyberspace: "The Problem Is That What Makes Sense for Liability in Criminal Law Does Not Necessarily Make Sense in the World of Intellectual Property"
The struggle of American courts to control the explosion of intellectual property rights violations on soma of the most traveled highways of cyberspace poses a legal challenge to the judicial system with implications that could threaten the survival...
Does Urban Sprawl Affect the Weather?
Previously rare big city storms--like the Aug. 19 tornado that downed trees and ripped off roofs in downtown Minneapolis and the powerful thunderstorms that destroyed scores of shade tress in New York City's Central Park a day earlier---may not be...
Embracing Today's Off-Kilter Existence
Millions of Americans live their life off-balance, lurching from one event to the next, but that may not be as bad as it seems. According to a study by the Families and Work Institute, New York, one-third of U.S. employees chronically are overworked...
Expect Another Grinch-Like Christmas
Unfortunately for retailers, the Grinch will be pushing the shopping cart again this holiday season, says Arun Jain, professor of marketing research at the University at Buffalo (N.Y.) School of Management. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "This year is...
Fate of Local Soldiers Shapes War Opinion
Americans think locally when they consider whether the loss of U.S. military personnel overseas warrants troop withdrawals, suggests a study from Ohio State University, Columbus. Researchers found that people are more likely to support bringing back...
Frosty Paws Can Ruin Pets' Winter Fun
While the holidays and chilly temperatures make for a festive and cozy winter, the advent of Christmas trees, holiday treats, and fluffy white snow present an entirely different scenario for pet owners whose four-legged companions easily can get into...
Get a Plan and Stick with It
For many, 2009 will be remembered as the year when they drastically reset their spending priorities due to job and investment woes, or the fear of more economic troubles ahead. That is not a particularly bad starting point for a spending season in...
Get Christmas Buzzing with Electronic Gifts
Does the mere thought of holiday gift shopping leave you feeling more frazzled than festive? From the crowds in the stores to the (lack of) cash in your pocket, it is no wonder that shopping is stressful. For smoother sailing in the quest for presents,...
Global Changes Threaten Millions
Changes to the Earth's land cover, climate, and ecosystems are endangering the health of hundreds of millions of people worldwide and now represent the greatest public health challenge of the 21st century. The scale of these global changes rapidly...
Go Green and Save Money
Holiday travelers can save money and reduce their contribution to global warming at the same time, thanks to a handy green travel guide from the Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, D.C., in which researchers have calculated the amount of carbon...
In Search of Our Favorite Founding Father
In some ways, Benjamin Franklin (170690) is the Founding Father nobody knows-misunderstood because of the sheer breadth and diversity of his accomplishments. You probably have heard about Franklin's famous experiment with a kite, a key, and some lightning,...
It Is Possible with the Heart of a Champion
We all have good intentions this time of year. "I would like to lose 30 pounds; get back into a size 4 dress; increase my sales; be nicer to my family; stop worrying; and play tennis again." Across America, this list goes on and on: New Year's resolutions...
Keeping Teens Tip-Top in the New Year
With Baby New Year 2010 soon replacing Old Man 2009, teens may find themselves facing more pressures than ever before. The advent of new the pitfalls of social networking sites, an economy that has many parents taking ex-jobs (if they can find them)...
Make It a Memorable Do-It-Yourself Affair
Think outside the gift box and tap into your family's creativity to deck the halls this year. It never is too early to start thinking about holiday decorating. Here are some decor ideas that will help revelers discover some new and beautiful ways to...
Mull over Calories before Toasting
While some people are conscious of the calories from snacking on holiday cookies and hors d'oeuvres, many partygoers may not be counting the calories in their alcoholic beverages. "The over consumption syndrome in this country is not only about food,...
Real Ones Can Make You Sneeze
It is a scene right out of an old movie--heading off into the hills with the kids in tow to cut down a Christmas tree for home display. Doctors at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, though, say if you choose the wrong tree,...
Recession's over! Says Who?
The U.S.'s gross domestic product rose 3.5% in the third quarter--representing the largest three-month gain in two years and ending four consecutive negative quarters--so, by the technical definition, the recession officially is over. However, for...
"Silver Spoon" Effect in Ancient Societies
The so-called "silver spoon" effect--in which wealth is passed down from one generation to another--is well established in some of the world's most ancient economies, according to an international study coordinated by Monique Mulder, professor of anthropology...
Student Rewards Often Ineffective
It seems so natural to many teachers and parents: give children rewards for doing well in school and that will motivate them to achieve more. Not so fast, suggest the authors of Classroom Motivation. Research indicates that rewards actually can be...
Tips for Keeping a Healthy System
Whether part of a small business, a multinational, or just trying to find a recipe online at home, we sometimes seem to spend just as much time fixing "issues" and "conflicts" on our computers as we do working on them. For the home user, this merely...
TV Crime Dramas Skew Perception of System
People who watch forensic and crime dramas on television are more likely than nonviewers to have a distorted perception of the U.S. criminal justice system, maintain researchers from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "These kinds of shows,...
What Might Have Been (and Could Be) at the Met
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Pablo Bronstein at the met" is a presentation of new work by the London-based artist, addressing the history and future of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Several large ink drawings suggest a mythical history of the museum,...
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