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Articles from Vol. 134, No. 2722, July

America on the Defensive
AMERICA WAS, until recently, the world's sole Superpower. However, this concept has lost its relevance and meaning: The world now is multipolar. Although the U.S. prevails in nuclear kill capacity and maintains troops in 135 of the world's 192 countries,...
Baseball as America
The traveling exhibition "Baseball as America" showcases a whopping 500 treasures from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, N.Y., dating from the game's early roots in the 19th century to the present day. It offers a fascinating...
Big Time in the Little League: For Managers, Coaches, Players, and Parents Alike, Nothing Quite Can Compare to a Season on the Youth Circuit
Pitching line for my son's Little League debut: one inning, four runs (none of them earned; the ball never left the infield), no hits, and too many errors to count. Despite his 0-1 record, he'll start our next game--and not because his father is the...
Combatting Commotio Cordis
WHEN INJURIES OCCUR to young boys and girls in athletics, parents usually think of knees, ankles, or shoulders--not the heart. Commotio cordis, which can strike suddenly in sports such as baseball, softball, lacrosse, and ice hockey, now is being recognized...
Democracy Is Opposition
Pres. George W. Bush, right on target in his talk to Russia, said in the context of the former USSR's controlled states in the Baltics: "All free and successful countries have some common characteristics--freedom of worship, freedom of the press, economic...
Fewer Teens Seek Summer Jobs
An improving economy and a shortage of foreign workers almost guarantee that teenagers seeking summer jobs will find employers welcoming them with open arms, suggests an analysis of the seasonal job market by the global outplacement firm of Challenger,...
Groucho and Leo in the Soup
THE MARX BROTHERS' "Duck Soup" (1933) is one of the watershed films of American cinema. No less a comedy artist than Woody Allen calls it "probably the best talking comedy ever made," and uses an extended clip from it to anchor one of his own later...
Guarding against Insect Invasion
To help homeowners best protect against a variety of insects this season, Charlie Duckworth, insecticide expert with Spectrum Brands--a manufacturer of lawn and garden care, insect repellent, and household insect-control products--offers the following...
Hare Krishna Comes of Age: The Movement Has Matured into a Mainstream Religion after Years of Tumult and Scandal-But Escaping the Past Never Is Easy
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY, and Boston is fixated on its Patriots. Yet, here, in the city's chic Back Bay neighborhood, I am with just about the only people not thinking of football. Here, as most pregame parties are starting, a horn sounds, and a familiar...
Is Travel Going to the Dogs?
Some 74% of U.S. households include companion pets, U.S. Census Bureau statistics show. Dogs, cats, horses, turtles, rabbits, you name it: Pets are popular these days in all shapes, sizes, and breeds. As their popularity has increased, a trend has...
July 4th Celebrations Endanger Hearing
Americans love to celebrate July 4 with firecrackers, music, and marching bands, but too much noise pollution may lead to a loss of hearing, points out a Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., audiologist. "I don't think people realize how much loud...
Ladder Accidents Injure over 200,000 Annually
When working around the house this summer, be aware that one of the most potentially hazardous tools has no electrical cord, gas engine, whirling blades, or multiple moving parts. Yet, it sends more than 222,000 people to emergency rooms each year--beware...
Learning from China
COULD THE AMERICAN DREAM IN CHINA become a nightmare for the world? Millions of Chinese already are living like Americans. Although these U.S.-style consumers only are a small fraction of the population, China's claims on the Earth's resources are...
Let There Be Light
EVERYTHING WE SEE, most of what we do, and much of what we feel is touched by light. For more than a century, electric lighting has expanded our lives at home, work, and leisure. Indeed, try to imagine our modern times without readily available illumination...
Liberty vs. Equality
THE CURRENT SOCIAL SECURITY DEBATE is fixated upon numbers: When will the system go bankrupt? Should the cap on taxable wages be raised? Should benefits be indexed to protect low-income workers? What will be the rate of return on private accounts?...
Modern America and the Diminishing Individual
The impudence, indifference, and self-centeredness evidenced by some Americans are symptomatic of a contemporary national malaise. This behavior largely is attributable to social change brought about by the combination of physical circumstances and...
News Media Is MIA on Vital Issues
NO MATTER HOW AMBIVALENT or angry Americans seem to get, the one constant belief is that the news media will act the role of the Fourth Estate, protecting them from the greed and excesses of special interests both in and out of government. Most surveys...
Oh, God!
RELIGION SEEMS TO BE a hot topic today, as the Evangelicals take credit for electing George W. Bush. Then, too, the old saw about evolution and creationism keeps coming up, despite hard evidence of the former. Likewise, there is the never-ending controversy...
Oil and Food Security Linked
FROM FARM TO PLATE, the modern food system reties heavily on cheap oil. Threats to the oil supply also are threats to the food supply. As food undergoes more processing and travels farther, the system consumes ever more energy each year. The U.S. food...
Philanthropy: Investing in America's Freedom and Progress
PEOPLE THINK WE Americans are generous because we are rich. I contend we are rich because we are generous. Voluntary giving in this country guarantees--and always has guaranteed--economic growth. The widely shared impulse to give sustains upward mobility...
Riding the Wave Is Simply Beautiful
Maybe it's an overreaction from a floral-deprived childhood--Dad was the family gardener and he insisted exclusively on greenery--but as soon as warm weather hits, we're more than ready to fill the yard with bright, beautifully colored flowers. Of...
Root out Lawn and Garden Tool Hazards
For many Americans, working outdoors on the lawn and in the garden is a great way to exercise and relax. However, safety experts warn that, if caution is not employed with lawn and garden tools, you could wind up spending more time indoors, starting...
Safe Biking Tips for Summer
So what if you're no Lance Armstrong, six-time winner of the Tour de France. Even beginning cyclists should be armed with health information that can help reduce strain, injury, and infection, says Luis Palacios, associate professor of family and community...
Scientific Uncertainties and Policy Controversies over Global Warming
HOW SHOULD WE develop public policy on global warming? In view of the scientific uncertainties and the policy controversies, it would be sensible to go one step at a time. First, let us try to understand the issues, then army the policy alternatives,...
See a Doctor before Traveling
As the 2005 travel season swings into high gear, the American Society of Travel Agents, Alexandria, Va., announced survey results showing that, while 56% of U.S. travelers plan an itinerary for vacation, just 19% seek advice from a health care professional...
Setting a New Course on Climate Change
GLOBAL CLIMATE POLICY affects the world's economic, energy, "and environmental policies. Climate change does not recognize borders. It is a shared responsibility for all nations. Global climate policy requires a level of diplomatic intensity and coordination...
Sunshine Showdown: American Consumers Are Getting Burned Once Again as Manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration Continue to Squabble over the Delayed Approvals of a Number of New Sunscreen Products
THE REST OF THE WORLD benefits from a variety of sunscreen active ingredients and effectiveness rating systems that are not available in the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration has promised to give American consumers more options, but sunscreen ingredient...
Super Soaker SoakerTag Frenzy
Already well known for its ability to achieve incredible soakage at maximum distances, the Super Soaker brand by Hasbro, Pawtucket, R.I., has added three new SoakerTag Elite water blasters to its already indomitable line. (Introduced early last...
Swim Ways for Summer Days
In these hectic times, it seems we're always on the go. It's nice to come across a company that makes such enticing pool and beach products that we can't help but take a little time to stretch out and unwind. Swim Ways, Virginia Beach, Va., has an...
The All-Name All-Stars
I READ ALL the baseball box scores every day. While in Moscow recently, I kept up online. It is a hobby--and an addiction. Going through the boxes, it is clear that the names--not statistics--are what make for fascinating reading. Just in case you...
The Battle against Breast Cancer
THERE STILL ARE PLACES in the world where breast cancer and other life-threatening diseases are talked about in whispers--if they even are talked about at all. During my two-year term of service as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary, I had...
The Grand Old Spending Party
Pres. George W. Bush has presided over the largest overall increase in inflation-adjusted Federal spending since Lyndon B. Johnson. Even after excluding spending on defense and homeland security, Bush still is the biggest-spending president in almost...
The Prince Has New Shoes
If it can be boiled down to just one thing, agility is the ability most needed to play tennis or, to put it more precisely, play tennis well. So, our ears naturally perked up plenty when we got wind of the new T10 shoe from Prince Sports, Inc., Bordentown,...
The Threat from Attack Attorneys Is No Joke
MANY OF US have wondered over the years what the difference is between satire and reality in the American legal system. I have the answer: one year, 11 months, and 10 days. Let me explain. On Aug. 3, 2000, The Onion--America's favorite satirical...
Tiger's Effect on the Links
Tiger Woods' phenomenal golfing success and buffed-up physique have brought weight-lifting and physical fitness into the realm of professional and competitive golf in addition to putting more feet--and more socioeconomically diverse people--onto the...
Wham-O Is Wowsville
Have you ever seen kids have as much fun as they do on Slip 'N Slides? Seems to us about the last thing we would want to do is run and dive onto the ground to slide through ice cold water from the hose, but the children do it--with shrieks of excitement--all...
When Dinosaurs Dominated: Ancient Creatures Arrive from China: A New Exhibition "Tells the Story of How the Planet Changed While Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth-And How This Affected the Evolution of Dinosaurs and Other Life
"DINOSAUR DYNASTY: Discoveries from China" introduces North American dinosaur enthusiasts to the prehistoric creatures that ruled large tracts of Asia for 165,000,000 years. The exhibition features fossils and life-size cast reproductions from all...
You've Watched the Film Now Feel the Force
How many times have you seen "Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith"? Well, here's your chance to stop being a spectator, get off your landing struts, and fly into the adventure. The video game by the same name puts the lightsaber into your hands...
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