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Articles from Vol. 128, No. 2655, December

25 Tips for Stress-Free Shopping, Traveling, and Dining
If feel like you still are recovering from last year's holiday season--made memorable by incredibly long lines at the cash register, last-minute shopping, midnight gift-wrapping long delays when traveling to visit relatives, and poor service at restaurants--you're...
Adriaen De Vries, Imperial Sculptor
One of the major sculptors in the history of European art, Adriaen de Vries (1556-1626), created spectacular bronzes. His pioneering approach foreshadowed the emergence of the artistic period that came to be known as the Baroque Era. De Vries' powerful...
Are Babies Smarter Than Adults
A baby in the crib just looks like a soft, downy, innocent creature without an agenda. Actually, it has the greatest mind in the universe in the process of solving major philosophical questions with a brain that is smarter, faster, and busier than...
Are You Saving Enough
"America's personal savings rate plummets to record lows," scream the headlines. Americans need to save more, observers maintain--savings is what lubricates the national economy. Nonsense, counter a chorus of critics--the low rate is misleading and...
Bioterrorism May Be Threat to Crops
As if drought and floods weren't enough, there is a new potential concern in U.S. agriculture--bioterrorism. What would happen if someone deliberately infected a crop with a pathogen? It hasn't happened yet, but experts think that it can, and they...
Class Inequalities Imperil 21st Century
Forget the Y2K bug. The real pest of the new millennium will be the "double diamond" class structure, maintains Robert Perrucci, professor of sociology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind., because it's a system that will make more Americans poor...
Climate of Alienation Can Trigger Violence
Physical and emotional maltreatment by teachers and administrators and the increasing use of police-like disciplinary tactics contribute to the climate of alienation in America's schools and often can lead students to commit violent acts, says Irwin...
Danger in Creating Too Many Federal Crimes
Tracing dramatic growth in the number and variety of Federal crimes, an American Bar Association (ABA) task force warns of the dangers in subjecting local crimes to potential Federal control, rather than leaving them to state law. The panel expressed...
Daytime Sleepiness Becoming Pervasive
Millions of Americans are suffering from daytime sleepiness so pervasive that it interferes with their daily activities, maintains Thomas Roth, health and science advisor, National Sleep Foundation (NSF). "This trend in daytime sleepiness should raise...
Elderly Less Likely to Have ECONOMIC PROBLEMS
American adults generally experience less economic difficulties as they get older, even after they retire, an Ohio State University, Columbus, study revealed. The findings call into question official government statistics that say poverty increases...
Experts Reluctant to Admit They Were Wrong
How do political experts react when their predictions--about election results or the fate of countries or other important issues--turn out to be completely wrong? They don't worry about it. Most shrug off their errors, claiming that they were "almost"...
Fans Require Incentives to Attend Games
Whatever happened to that old school spirit? Even universities with winning teams and hallowed athletic traditions are finding it difficult to keep students and faculty in the stands. A study by sports administration students at Ball State University,...
Father-Daughter Relationship Is Crucial
A young girl's relationship with her family, especially with her father, may influence at What age she enters puberty, say researchers at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. The study examined 173 girls and their families from Nashville and Knoxville,...
Help Sought for Migrant Workers and Refugees
Sadako Ogata, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, has called upon industrialized countries to devise a "management scheme" for the employment of migrant workers. Speaking at Stanford (Calif.) University's Bechtel Conference Center, she...
Holiday Drinks May Swell Your Waistline
Eat, rather than drink, your holiday treats this season if you want to avoid gaining weight, suggests research from Purdue University's Food and Nutrition Department, West Lafayette, Ind. The findings indicate that a glass of wine may contribute more...
How to Avoid Telemarketing Travel Fraud
Have you ever been tempted to sign up to win a "free" trip at a fair, trade show, or restaurant? If so, you may get a phone call, letter, fax, email, or postcard telling you that you have won a vacation. Be careful. It may be a "trip trap." The vacation...
"Huffing" Inhalants Can Prove Fatal
Most youths say they are aware of people breathing in fumes of products such as glue, paint, and cleaners, and about one-quarter say their friends "huff," according to a nationwide survey on inhalant abuse sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics...
Improving Students' Transition to Work
America's competitive edge in the global economy of the 21st century will depend on better collaboration between business and higher education, according to a report released by the Business-Higher Education Forum, a partnership between the American...
Innovative Ideas for Everyone on Your List
T.C. Timber, Skaneateles, N.Y., a manufacturer of wooden toys and games, offers these gift suggestions to help keep the "humbug" out of shopping and put a smile on everyone's face this holiday season: * Treat Mom to an hour of pampering and relaxation...
Noteworthy
Most American workers will take time off to celebrate the holidays, but many employees don't observe Christmas as a religious holiday. Business owners are increasingly discovering that growing minority populations and their religious observances require...
Old and Young Make Impulsive Decisions
It might not shock you to learn that a group of 12-year-olds would rather take a significantly lower payout today than wait to reap a much larger reward. It might surprise you, though, to learn that the oldest population surveyed by researchers at...
Pressure on Kids Leaves Less Time to Play
An overwhelming majority of parents believe play is critical to childhood development, but the pressure for performance in and out of school is driving play out of kids' lives. A survey by the American Toy Institute, New York, showed that parents have...
Rapid Attention Shifts Aid Thought Processing
Finding a friend in a crowd, searching for a nickel in a pile of coins, and locating a jar of mustard in the refrigerator are examples of visual search tasks. Two University of Iowa, Iowa City, researchers have made an important step forward in understanding...
Violence Decreasing, but Drug Use Remains High
According to a report released by the American Bar Association (ABA), despite increased Federal funds, higher levels of drug arrests, and higher incarceration rates, illegal drug use is on the rise across the nation. Overall, though, the state of criminal...
Why Is the Generation Gap Growing?
While girls and women have achieved substantial progress in the last 30 years throughout the K-12 and higher education systems, boys and men have been losing ground at every point along the way, maintains Thomas G. Mortenson, a senior scholar at the...
Winter Conditions May Prove Hazardous
For most students, their upcoming winter break represents a welcome hiatus from school, homework, and their normal daily routine. While this vacation schedule can be fun and exciting, changes in environment and routine as well as time spent outdoors...
Women President and Priests Expected
Americans expect to see the first female president as well as women Catholic priests sometime during the next 100 years, according to a study commissioned by the Billennium Organizing Committee and conducted by National Family Opinion Research, Inc....
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