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Articles from Vol. 139, No. 2786, November

A Bicycle Built for Two (You and Your Team)
With the proliferation of licensed sports apparel everywhere, it seems hard to believe that the market remains untapped in certain segments. For instance, what about cycling apparel? Wouldn't it be neat for ardent--r even casual--bicyclists to be able...
A Bitter Tea for the President to Swallow
BARACK OBAMA was inaugurated as president of the U.S. on Jan. 20, 2009. Within a month, he signed a $787,000,000,000 "stimulus package" with virtually no Republican support. It was necessary, we were told, to keep unemployment under eight percent....
Accessories with Pizazz for Your Computer
Since we all seem to live on our computers these days, being sure that our data is secure and easily accessible is vital--don't wait and learn the hard way! Safeguard your valuable files using a Skin Portable Hard Drive from Iomega Corp., San Diego,...
A Form-Fitting Bed That Hugs You like a Dream
How'd you sleep last night? There are many things that can keep us tossing and turning all night long, but an uncomfortable mattress doesn't need to be one of them. With our hectic lives, we often underestimate the restorative powers of sleep, but...
A Gem of a Carver
Keller, Peter FOR THOUSANDS of years, man has enjoyed the art of stone carving, also known as lapidary. Five thousand years ago, the Chinese began shaping .jade into mythical animals, and later the tradition was carried on by the Greeks, Romans,...
A Gingerbread House for All Seasons
Among the many joys of parenthood is seeing the proud look on a child's face when he or she presents you with a handcrafted gift. With a little assistance from teachers and class parents, we can tell how hard the kids work to deliver the perfect macaroni...
Analyzing Those Movies within Movies
"... Although critics sometimes are accused of 'reading' too much into a film, there often is a great deal hidden in plain sight." WHAT SEEMS TO BE casual references to movies within movies usually am anything but. These self-referential moments,...
Arrival and Departure
AS THE TRAIN COMES closer to the station in Slidell, La., it is obvious how large, strong, and powerful it is. It has a take-charge, noticeable presence, much like a Coast Guardsman, but even more so, like a father. When the train hisses to a stop,...
Art of the American Soldier
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] DRAWN FROM the Army's rarely seen collection of more than 15,000 paintings and sketches, "Art of the American Soldier" was created by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the U.S. Army Center of Military History....
Atheists and Agnostics Understand Religion Best
Recent faith-based conflicts--such as the proposed mosque being built near New York's Ground Zero and a Florida pastor's threat to burn the Koran--demonstrate that religious misunderstanding exists in the U.S., asserts Debra Mason, professor of journalism...
Banking on China
"What have Chinese banks done differently from Western banks that brought upon such vast differences--one side churning out profits while the other stands on the brink of bankruptcy?" UNTIL THE RECENT financial crisis that shocked the Western world,...
Bureaucratic Oligarchy Rules at the FDA
"The [Food and Drug Administration], like many other Federal agencies, wields way too much authoritarian power. The bureaucracy has become sovereign, governing in a manner not unlike the absolute monarchs who were detested for rights abuses by America's...
Candymaker Doesn't Even Begin to Describe
We got hooked on the scrumptious fare of Southern Candymakers, New Orleans, as most people do, by the 18-year-old confectioners' award-winning pralines--handmade in small batches with absolutely no preservatives added. Then we moved on to the Yucatan...
Christmas Spirits from around the World
From the beautiful Hawaiian island of Kaua'i comes Koloa Rum. Micro-distilled in small batches using local sugarcane and mountain rainwater, this authentic Hawaiian rum is the first to be manufactured legally on Kaua'i, where the state's premier sugar...
CVS Is Your Pipeline to Santa's Gift Shop
Whether you're just not up for another trip to the mall or you're in need of a gift in a hurry without all of the hassle, your neighborhood CVS/pharmacy just may hold the solution for finishing up your holiday shopping. With diverse items from gadgets...
Dating Has Become Outdated
I AM GOING TO PULL RANK and assert that, with more than 25 years of marriage and 13 letters of alphabet soup of credentials after my name, I have a little basis for my assertions. From where I see it, most people have dating all wrong. Conversely,...
Do Not Transition Company to Your Kids
Every time someone suggests transitioning a business to a family member, John Warrillow, entrepreneur, author, and speaker, bites his tongue. He believes family businesses are wrought with problems. Here are his top seven reasons not to transition...
'Dora' Books Loaded with Holiday Fare
Just in time for the 10th anniversary of top-rated "Dora the Explorer," comes Dora and Diego Let's Cook ($16.95), from Nickelodeon, published by Wiley. Guided by Dora and Diego, kids can experiment with 50 colorful and exciting recipes like Pirate...
Employment Picture and CFO Optimism Bleak
Optimism about the U.S. economy has fallen back to recession levels among chief financial officers who foresee minimal increases in expected hiring, weak consumer demand, and heightened economic uncertainty. Credit remains tight for small firms and...
Enjoy the Holiday Season at Its Most Magical with Nickelodeon DVDs
Young viewers can celebrate the season with their favorite Nickelodeon characters as this selection of DVDs is chock full of holiday episodes: "Christmas with the Backyardigans" ($16.99) draws us into the imaginative play of our singing and dancing...
Facing a Stiff Wind
LEADERSHIP OF THE GLOBAL wind market is changing hands and, once again, it is China overtaking America. The U.S., which is the birthplace of the modem wind industry, has held the top spot in new installations the last half-decade. However, with the...
Facing Two Forks in the Road
THE NATIONAL ACADEMY of Sciences has released the study "Choosing the Nation's Fiscal Future," which looks at the Federal government's finances and lays out different paths that the U.S. might take in the coming decades. The report was produced by...
Fiscal Policies Should Be Science-Based
Fiscal decisions about budgets, taxes, and spending should be based on economic science, in much the same way that monetary policy has come to be science-based in recent decades, proposes former Federal Reserve System economist Eric Leeper, a professor...
Generalizations Not Germane to Profiling
Conventional wisdom holds that supporters of suicide bombers are people with low educational attainment and income, so investments in education and economic development should reduce support for such attacks, but a study by two faculty members at Indiana...
Hasbro Offers a Variety of Hands-On Family Fun
Looking for a little variety on family game night? Turn to Hasbro for new versions of some old classics: Guess Who? Mix "N Mash ($19.99) is a totally different way to play our favorite guessing game. Players create their own funny faces by selecting...
Have Thomas Chugging around Your Tree
There may be no other gift more fun to find under the Christmas tree than a brand new electric train set. As a kid, I never owned one. That circumstance certainly changed when I had children of my own, however--at least at Christmastime. Nothing fancy...
Housing Crisis Linked to Foreign Oil Dependency
Despite a fiscal stimulus package approaching one trillion dollars, a nearly maxed-out monetary stimulus courtesy of the Federal Reserve, and various other stimulus programs such as real estate tax credits and Cash for Clunkers, the U.S. economy remains...
How to Reduce Government Spending-Really!
THE FISCAL CHALLENGE facing the U.S. is awesome. The overall numbers seem closer to exercises in astronomy than economics, notably a cumulative deficit for 2011-20 of upwards of six trillion dollars. Nevertheless, that unprecedented array of Federal...
Impending Demise of Paper Coupons?
Representing a relatively new phenomenon in shopping, digital coupons show great promise for revolutionizing the industry. "In the literature, there is some information about these coupons, but there is no empirical data," notes Anita Bhappu, associate...
Is There a Better Friend Than Spongebob?
"Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?" There's probably not a soul around who couldn't answer that lyrical question. A bevy of products combining some classic pastimes with our favorite sea creatures attest to their enduring appeal. Fans can...
Kid-Loving Furniture from Nickelodeon
Making the transition from a crib or toddler bed to a big kid's bed can be a little daunting, but rest assured your young ones will feel right at home in the kid-friendly Nickelodeon Rooms by Lea Furniture. Adorned with the familiar faces of Dora the...
LEEDing to Better Buildings
THE BUILDING SECTOR is responsible for a large share of world electricity and raw materials consumption. In the U.S., buildings--commercial and residential--account for 72% of electricity use and 38% of C[O.sub.2] emissions. Worldwide, building construction...
Lions and Tigers and ... Cougars? Oh My!
EVER SINCE the American lexicon has acknowledged the term ... this crude four-letter acronym begins with the letter "m" and cannot be printed here ... attractive middle-aged mothers are being recognized as more than just housewives--they are seen as...
Lip Protection Never Tasted So Good
When the weather gets cold, our lips can take a beating, and whether we intend to stand under the mistletoe or just want to look and feel our best, we know that the surest defense is a conditioning lip balm. From the first tube of strawberry Up Smackers...
Nothing Beats Cupcakes and Donuts on Tap
Cupcakes are the new culinary craze and one of the nation's top houseware trends. Bakeries and stores specializing exclusively in cupcake sales started in New York and Los Angeles before spreading across the country. There now are numerous blogs dedicated...
On the Prowl
ON THURSDAY at 6 p.m., in any mildly upscale watering hole, the cougar has stalked past the comb-over. The classic stereotype of the man in midlife crisis, sporting a comb-over, expensive car, and a taste for women his daughter's age has been nudged...
Providing the Perfect Recipe for Holiday Fun
Grab a mic and get ready to take the stage with Disney Sing It: Party Hits from Disney Interactive Studios. Containing 30 songs and music videos from today's hottest pop artists, including Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Jordan Sparks, players can...
Rockettes
THE ROCKETTES continue to shine as an American treasure; their glamorous performance style and deceivingly complex routines have enthralled audiences for generations. As the stars of a legendary holiday production, these tremendously talented and hard-working...
Saving Our Space Program
BEFORE COMPROMISE budgetary legislation was passed earlier this fall, Pres. Barack Obama had called for grounding NASA's space program that would have taken astronauts back to the moon and beyond. In seeking cheaper, faster ways of keeping the U.S....
Saying No Deal to the New New Deal
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IN PRES. BARACK OBAMA, conservatives face the most formidable liberal politician in at least a generation. In 2008, he won the presidency with a majority of the popular vote--something a Democrat had not done since Jimmy Carter's...
Shake, Rattle, and Roll to Kid-Friendly Tunes
Giving the gift of music to children opens the floodgates for creativity: The latest CD from award-winning children's performer Laurie Berkner showcases the artist's playful spirit with a collection of her greatest hits, "The Best of The Laurie...
Shots Heard 'Round the World
IF LIFE WERE A supernatural thriller, the next plot twists would have been expected: 26 months separated the elections of John Patti II and Ronald Reagan, while Margaret Thatcher began her premiership roughly in between. Precisely 70 days separated...
Singing Nature's Tune
HOW TO EXPLAIN the vast beauty and diversity of nature? For many years I have used music to try to answer this question. As a professor of philosophy and music, I have been able to explore this unusual approach to understanding the natural world. In...
Sweet Torture!
MAYS, McCOVEY, AND MARICHAL. Yes, the Yankees had their M&M boys (Mantle and Maris) piling up championships, and the Amazin' Mets had their Miracle, but my Giants had the Say Hey Kid, Stretch, and the Dominican Dandy--and Gaylord Perry, Jim Davenport,...
Tea Party: Fad or Foundation?
OVER THE PAST 70 YEARS, we have seen numerous political movements. Many left lasting footprints on the American political landscape. The 1930s saw the industrial labor movement; the 1950s and 1960s, the civil rights movement; the 1960s, the anti-war...
That Long, Long Drive onto the Green
The father-son(s) thing can be a great experience, from trips to the ballpark together to getting in a quick catch before dinner to rooting the kids on at their hockey games to being the automatic quarterback for our two-hand touch football games....
The American Dream's Death Spiral
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHAT IS IT about the American Dream anyway? How can that outdated notion have any relevance today for citizens who currently are struggling through hard times that may last for years? As so many lives have unraveled during...
The Politics of Bolting
BOLTERS ARE ALL around us. Gov. Rick Perry of Texas had been a Democrat before switching to the GOP. Mississippi Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck switched to the Republicans in 2003. The Bush Administration tried to lure some Southern Democratic senators (such as...
The Word and Mr. Clemens
THIS YEAR MARKS A CENTURY since the 1910 death of the most American of American writers, Samuel Langhome Clemens, more popularly known as Mark Twain. On the night before that passing, Halley's Comet shone in the skies as it made its closest approach...
Time Is Always of the Essence
Day and night are separated as the elemental parameters of the perception of time. The course of the sun determines our regeneration phases and influences the biological processes of all life forms on our planet. In extreme conditions--under water,...
Turning Playtime into Learning Time
We often hear that young children are "sponges," ready and eager to soak up information. One of the mast common ways that preschoolers learn is through play. By making activities enjoyable and rewarding, kids can pick up all sorts of concepts along...
Umbrellas Built for a Lifetime of Rainy Days
In this throwaway society of ours--where so many goods are designed cheaply and meant to be discarded after minimal use--is spending $99.00 for an umbrella expensive or smart? It depends on the umbrella. If you've chosen a Davek, then you've made a...
What Goes Best with a Fireplace and Eggnog
With a family of six--that's right, the kids have us outnumbered 4-2--life sometimes can become a matter of piles, not all of them pleasant. Sometimes there are piles of garbage coming out of the kitchen can; more often there are overflowing piles...
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