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Articles from Vol. 136, No. 2751, December

American Genius Behind the Shutter
"The exhibition 'Ansel Adams' gives us the opportunity to explore the hidden EIE depths of an artist known for just a few iconic images. The wide range and high quality of pictures ... reveal a photographer with many dimensions, not just the well-known...
Another Warm Winter Looks to Be on Tap
A forecast calling for "the heart" of the winter to be unseasonably warm across much of the U.S., with only the Northwest receiving average or above average cold and snow, has been issued by Joe Bastardi, chief long-range forecaster at Accuweather.com,...
A Photographer's Life
The exhibition, "Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990-2005" includes more than 200 photographs, featuring well-known work made on editorial assignment, as well as personal photos of her family and close friends. "I don't have two lives," Leibovitz...
A Pound Here ... A Pound There
Although some Americans gain five to seven pounds with a diet of big meals and sweets between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, most people only gain a pound or two during the holidays, according to a registered dietitian at the University of Texas...
Canadian Tar Sands Could Quench U.S. Thirst
Canadian tar sands deposits hold an estimated 1.7 trillion barrels of crude oil, second in the world only to Saudi Arabia, but the environmental impact of mining them far exceeds that of conventional oil, writes Dan Woynillowicz for the Woddwatch Institute,...
Christmas' Moral Code Hurts Liberal Agenda
Stories of nativity scenes, Christmas carols, and Santa Claus being banned from the public square make headlines daily, but one aspect of the story is not being reported--the effect on children. "The War On Christmas is sending the message to our kids...
Corporate Tax Cuts: U.S. Is Falling Behind
Seven nations in the European Union cut their corporate income tax rates this year. In the past five years, 16 EU countries have done so, as have 24 EU nations since 1995, reports Daniel J. Mitchell, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, Washington,...
Credit Piggybacking Can Prevent Foreclosure
Individuals with adjustable mortgages whose payments have escalated beyond their means and whose credit scores are too low to refinance are finding a creative way to keep from losing their homes to foreclosure. Commonly referred to as credit piggybacking,...
Driving at Night Proves Dangerous
Now that we have set the clocks back to standard time--at least until March 9, 2008--findings from a survey conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of Road & Travel Magazine raise concerns for drivers, passengers, and pedestrians about what people...
Ecolabeling: Voting with Our Wallets
ONE INSTRUMENT that can help in the environmental restructuring of the economy is ecolabeling, asserts Lester R. Brown, president of Earth Policy Institute, Washington, D.C. Labeling products that are produced with environmentally sound practices lets...
Energy Fees Will Hurt U.S. Competitiveness
Congress' proposed $15,000,000,000 tax hike on the U.S. oil industry will raise consumer prices and put domestic companies at a competitive disadvantage, warns the Institute for Energy Research, Washington, D.C. At the same time, rather than allowing...
Giant Star Showers "Life" on Earth
Employing one of the world's most sensitive radio telescopes, astronomers are probing the oxygen-rich environment around a supergiant star, and have discovered a score of molecules that include compounds needed for life. "I don't think anyone would...
"Grass Station" Is Word of the Year
Do environmentalists fall asleep to dreams about fields of Iowa corn filling up the tanks of station wagons? What about NASCAR drivers? Maybe they do, if recent advances in technology--and the popular buzz that follows--are any indication. That is...
Looks Matter to Women, Too
Women get pickier about whom they date the more options they have and although females say that they rate intelligence over attractiveness in their search for a mate, when they try "speed dating," physical attractiveness leads their list--outpacing...
Making Sense of Sound
Dive into the sonic soup: "Listen: Making Sense of I Sound" features almost 60 interactive exhibits, 40 of them brand new. Listen for the aural clues that evoke a sense of place--automatic doors and cash registers vs. teaspoons clinking against cups...
Missteps Can Cause Headaches Galore
Under the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, individuals hoping to file a petition in U.S. bankruptcy court now need to attend a credit counseling session from an agency approved by the Office of the U.S. Trustee prior...
Steps That Can Head off Foreclosure
Homeowners on the cusp of foreclosure due to subprime loans need to evaluate their options immediately, and not wait for a foreclosure notice before taking action, advises Nicholas Nicolette, president of the Financial Planning Association, Denver,...
Study Shows Juries Often Get It Wrong
Juries across the country make decisions every day on the fate of defendants, ideally leading to prison sentences that fit the crime for the guilty and release for the innocent. Yet, a study from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., shows that...
The Goose Is Gone Bring on the Turkey
In the days of yore, families gathered around the Christmas table to feast on home-cooked roast goose, oyster stuffing, plum pudding, and plenty of wassail. Times have changed, though, and so has traditional holiday fare. Turkey (43%) is America's...
'Tis the Season for Holiday Stress
Nearly half of all women in the U.S. experience heightened stress during the holidays at great risk to the health of their minds and bodies, according to a national survey released by the American Psychological Association. Despite repeated warnings...
Turn off Television during Visits
Too much television during the holidays can mean less face time with family members and friends, indicates a researcher from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. "No matter the source of noise, we often fail to appreciate how other sounds in the...
Ways to Avoid "Heartburn Season"
Making merry often is synonymous with overindulging--whether from holiday feasts or rich desserts or alcoholic beverages. As a consequence, ringing in the holidays often turns into "heartburn season." Heartburn--generally caused by naturally occurring...
Will You See Signs This Holiday Season?
The holidays are times for relatives to gather from near and far to celebrate the season. Often, this may be the only occasion all year that they get together, and family members often begin to notice small alterations in loved ones that might not...
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