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Articles from Vol. 128, No. 2654, November

10 Things You Don't Want to Know about Rodents
If you're squeamish and the mere thought of mice and rats sends shivers up your spine and pangs of nausea to your stomach, you might want to skip to the next article. If you are concerned about the hazards of rodent infestation, though, it might pay...
Aging Baby Boomers May Help Slow Down Society
You may have to wait longer at a traffic signal as baby boomers age, says Royda Crose, associate director and coordinator of gerontology at the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology, Ball State University, Muncie, Ind. "As our society ages,...
Animal Organs Won't Solve the TRANSPLANT SHORTAGE
Imagine a world where anyone who needs a new heart, liver, or kidney can get it, a world in which there is no waiting list for an organ transplant or a problem with rejection. If this sounds too good to be true, it's because it is. Nevertheless, that...
A Peek at the New Millennium: Optimism Tempered by Realism
The twentieth century saw more development and rapidity of change than any before it. Most was classified under the rubric of progress, although some doubts have been cast in that direction. It also produced many devastating wars. The consumer world...
A Pictorial Panorama of the 20TH CENTURY
Photographs from the National Archives and Records Administration freeze vivid images of a turbulent century in stunning pictures of humanity and inhumanity, triumph and tragedy, and famous and ordinary people. Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island;...
Attempts to Bypass Assistants Can Backfire
Cut out the middle man. Go straight to the top. Start with the decision-maker. This all seems like good advice to anyone striving to make the sale or get immediate results, but those who try to circumvent an administrative or executive assistant may...
BANKRUPTCY LAWS: The Need for Reform
Bankruptcy filings surged to surpass 1,400,000 in 1998, another in a string of records. This occurred despite a robust economy, the longest expansion in post-World War II history, and the lowest unemployment rate in nearly two decades. Annual bankruptcy...
Beware Debt Retirement Myopia
Republicans will face a meltdown with voters unless they more energetically embrace the Reaganite message on cutting taxes and government spending that got them elected in the first place. The GOP must avoid at all cost 1998's fiscal collapse, when...
Discriminating against MIDDLE-CLASS ETHNIC AMERICANS
Three-quarters of Americans are underrepresented in the demographic breakdown of the student bodies of the nation's elite universities. Some groups of the American population are severely underrepresented in the student bodies and faculties of the...
Eight Steps to the GOVERNMENT AMERICANS DESERVE
Americans have always been ambivalent about government, but in rent years they have become alarmingly estranged from it. There are three reasons for this shift in attitude: First, they feel that the government is not responding to their current...
Europe Holds Its Breath over THE EURO
On Jan. 1, 1999, 11 of the 15 members of the European Union (EU) inaugurated a single European currency, known as the euro. The launch of the new currency could be characterized as the most dramatic, daring, and far-reaching development in Europe since...
Facts, Fallacies, and Fears of TABLOIDIZATION
Many mainstream media managers applauded themselves in early 1999 for not running with a story that Pres. Clinton fathered the teenaged son of a black former prostitute in Arkansas, despite the story being "out there" on the Internet, in a few newspapers,...
High-Fat Chips and Fries Top Vegetable Intake
Mom always said to eat your vegetables, but she probably wasn't referring to potato chips and french fries, the high-fat snacks that comprise a sizable portion of the daily servings of vegetables for many teenagers. A study at Pennington Biomedical...
Holiday Toys & Games
DREAM ON * Sega of America, Inc., San Francisco, Calif., has billed the Sega Dreamcast as "the most advanced videogame console ever developed." From all indications, they are right. For a change, all the hype has been backed up by performance. ...
How to Cope If INCOME PLUMMETS
There are many things a family can't control, but how to deal with a reduction in income isn't one of them. "Don't waste energy blaming yourself or others," emphasizes Janet Bechman, an extension specialist in consumer sciences, Purdue University,...
JURY NULLIFICATION: Jurors Flex Their Muscles
Of all constitutional rights, none of them have a longer or more auspicious pedigree than that of trial by jury, which is guaranteed no less than three times in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. First, the Founding Fathers guaranteed citizens accused...
Memories Are Made of This
For anyone who has ever walked into a room and forgotten why, spent 15 minutes searching for the car keys, or thought, "My memory used to be so much better," help may be on the way. Delys Sargeant, an advisor on aging and health, and Anne Unkenstein,...
Merry Christmas FROM HOLLYWOOD
As the holidays approach it's time to talk Christmas movies. hanks to television programming n the 1970s and 1980s, when director Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946) seemed to play continuously in December (public domain status meant no rental...
NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGES: Sanctuaries or Killing Fields?
On Nov. 13, 1995, a golden retriever named Bandit went with his owner for a walk along a road in Wisconsin's Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Among the smells in the air was a mouthwatering scent Bandit could not resist. The aroma came from bait...
Old Masters from the Dulwich Picture Gallery
Ninety European masterpieces--many of which have never been shown in the U.S.--provide a rich overview of 17th- and 18th-century painting. The Dulwich Picture Gallery, located a few miles outside central London, is England's oldest public art gallery,...
ORGAN TRANSPLANT SHORTAGES: A Matter of Life and Death
"A national transplant policy should have exactly one goal--saving as many lives as possible. To accomplish this ... market-based solutions, including death benefits [to donors], need to be implemented." The growing shortage of transplantable organs...
Seeing Is Believing
Seven centuries of illustrations look back at the artistry and skill that gave visual expression to the wonders of science and medicine. As botanist Leonhart Fuchs noted in the introduction to his 1542 book on medicinal plants, pictures can communicate...
Taking a Bite out of the Sandwich Generation
The challenges of caring for aging parents can be taxing for the in-between generation. IT IS one of the most difficult problems any of us will ever face. Mom and Dad are getting on in years, and they aren't quite as sharp as they once were. Mom...
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: Economics
Being asked to list the 10 most significant economic events of the 20th century is a lot like being asked to list the 10 most beautiful women in the world--every husband has a different answer for number one, and few agree on numbers two through 10....
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: Film
It is commonplace to those who love the cinema to regard it the great visionary art form of the 20th century. Yet, the real cultural enrichment that it has provided--merging painting, literature, drama, dance, and music--becomes lost as the movies...
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: International Affairs
The critical international events of the 20th century all can be seen as outcomes of conflict and struggle--with other human beings, nature, and social and economic structures. The defining events of the century that come to mind first are the wars,...
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: Mass Media
Twentieth-century media dramatically changed the y we look at and understand the world. The 10 major media developments that helped to do this were: Radio. The first regular radio broadcasts began in America in 1909. In 1920, KDKA in Pittsburgh...
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: National Affairs
The following events, many totally unexpected, changed the course of American history and the lives of our people in the century that has just passed. Any selection of 10 significant dates is bound to be personal and arbitrary. Crucial events such...
The Top 10 for the 20th Century: Sports
Bowling is the number-one participatory sport in America. The Little League fields of my youth--there was no doubt I was going to replace Willie Mays as the San Francisco Giants' next center fielder--are now overran by kids' soccer games. More people...
Transplanting Animal Organs into Humans Is Feasible
With the success of human-to-human transplantation, e need for organ replacement as grown to critical levels. (An estimated 65,000 Americans suffering from end-stage organ failure currently are awaiting organ transplantation and the number is growing...
What's Behind the Growing GENERATION GAP?
Generation X seems to be failing behind in five crucial areas: skills, knowledge, critical thinking, work, and morality. Born in the late 1970s and early 1980s, today's college freshmen are part of Generation X. They came into the world long after...
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