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Articles from Vol. 135, No. 2738, November

America and Britain Should Join Forces to End Poverty: Both Nations "Believe That Peace and Security Are the Foundation of Any Progress ... That Creating the Right Climate for Economic Growth ... Is the Best Way ... to Raise the Finances Needed to Defeat Poverty."
I WANT TO REFLECT not only on the challenges that the U.S. and Great Britain face in fighting poverty on this small and fragile planet of ours, but also on the way in which we do it and how it is seen by others. One of the things I have learned is...
And You Thought Brazil Was in Africa
You hear it all the time: today's education system is failing our youth. Foreign countries are overtaking us in the key areas of math and science; high school graduates are reading at a sixth-grade level, if they're lucky; and knowledge of U.S.--no...
A "Radica" Idea for Dealing with 'Tweens
Living with a 'tween girl can be difficult. It's an unsure time for them: they don't want to be treated like babies, but they're still not quite mature enough to be left to their own devices. One thing's for certain, as they become more aware of their...
Are We Prepared for a Knowledge-Based Economy? "The Sectors Where Expansion Will Be the Greatest-Those That Will Continue to Move the Economy Away from Manufacturing-Are the Areas Where the Skills Deficit Will Be Most Noticeable."
LIKE OTHER STATES that have long relied on manufacturing, the Michigan economy has had a rough last few years, a fact that is driven home by the ongoing struggles of automobile manufacturers. This is yet another sign that Michigan, much like Illinois,...
Being Creative Never Has Been Easier
It's a sort of tradition we've built up with the folks at Faber-Castel over the years. Each holiday season, we're sent its catalog. We then give it a thorough perusal, looking for gift ideas. Inevitably, we end up conceding, "Everything looks great;...
Can America Conquer the Eighth Continent? We Put a Man on the Moon Almost 40 Years Ago. Now It Is Time to Establish a Lunar Infrastructure That Will Challenge Us to Improve the Reliability of Space Transportation as Preparations Are Made for Journeys to Other Worlds
ON MAY 10, 1869, a golden spike joined two railways at Promontory Point, Utah, and the first transcontinental railroad was completed. On Jan. 14, 2004, Pres. George W. Bush announced a new vision for our nation's space exploration program and committed...
Can Auto Industry Meltdown Be Stopped?
With gas prices through the roof (well, sort of), the Japanese overtaking Ford Motor Co. in U.S. sales, and American automakers rethinking current structuring, the need for clear guidance about simple, straight-shooting automaking is critical. Charlie...
Casio Caters to the Musician in All of Us
Remember when we were kids: just when a bunch of us would really start having some fun, there would be that inevitable call from one of the neighborhood mothers for little Junior to come inside to take his piano lesson. Grrrrrr! Actually, the entrapped...
Christmas in Yellowstone: "Nature" Kicks off Its Silver Anniversary Season on PBS This Year by Ensuring That Everyone Will Enjoy a White Christmas
THIS MONTH, "Nature" launches its 25th season of Sunday night broadcasts on PBS. A silver anniversary is a noteworthy feat in any field, and this is a particularly meaningful milestone for me. That's because not only am I executive producer of the...
Conversing with Nature: Neither Driving Snow, Frost-Bitten Cameras, nor Hungry Wolves Could Deter Cinematographer Shane Moore from Braving the "Holiday" Elements at America's Most Famous National Park
I sat down for a conversation with Shane Moore, the principal cinematographer on "Christmas in Yellowstone," to discuss the making of this special. Moore has been a nature and wildlife filmmaker for three decades, and previously collaborated with "Nature"...
DeBrand Chocolates Undoubtedly De-Best
Naturally, it wouldn't be the holidays without some sinfully delicious chocolates on hand, which make terrific gifts and are wonderful to set out for unexpected company or a well-planned affair. In a European-inspired chocolaterie in Fort Wayne,...
Debunking the Left-Leaning Press: When It Comes to the Journalistic Standards of Fairness and Balance, the Ultraliberal Mainstream Media Is Left Wanting
LET ME BEGIN BY defining three terms that are thrown around in debates about the media today. The first is objectivity, which means reporting the news with none of your own political views or instincts slanting the story one way or another. Perfect...
Depicting the Gritty Streets of New York: These Artists "Consciously Broke Many of the Accepted Rules of Photography, [Yet] Shared a Common Vision and Objective: To Record Their Personal Responses to the Vivid and Often Violent City Surrounding Them."
PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKING in New York City in the years between the publication of Walker Evans' American Photographs in 1938 and Robert Frank's The Americans 20 years later profoundly changed the course of American photography. This fertile period in...
Disposition Effect on Stock Prices
Investor psychology plays a big role in why stock prices show strong momentum--the tendency for prices to continue in the same direction--either rising or falling, suggests a study by Ohio State University, Columbus. "Investors tend to hold on to their...
Doing Business with China: The Path to Prosperity Remains Tricky in the People's Republic of China, but American Entrepreneurs and Businessmen-As Well as the Chinese Themselves-Finally Appear to Be on the Road to, If Not Riches, at Least Resolve
CHINA IS A COUNTRY undergoing a historic transformation. Its economy has been growing more rapidly during the past quarter-century than any other nation of significant size. In this light, we can sympathize with the criticisms on the pan of Western...
Drivers Should Not Dash through the Snow
Icy roadways, stressed shoppers, packed highways, frolicking kids, soused partygoers--all conspire to make the holiday season the most dangerous time of the year for drivers and pedestrians. Given that speeding is a factor in roughly 30% of all traffic...
Fisher-Price: The Hits Just Keep on Coming
When boys get to a certain age, there are games that they must have. In years' past, it has been ESPN's GameStation and Shot Block Basketball. This year, the gotta-have-it game is ESPN Fast Action Football ($199.99) from Fisher-Price, East Aurora,...
Fun-Filled Viewing for the Kid in All of Us
Clearly, it's not a well-kept secret that the holidays bring out the kid in all of us. Whether it's setting up a train set or playing with the children's new toys, we can't help but think back to years past and the traditions we bring with us. The...
Giving a Special Warm Touch to the Season
Some of our favorite things to give at any gift-giving opportunity are stationery and note cards. The elegance of sending a handwritten note on carefully selected, quality cards is unmatched. We love getting them. We love giving them. They are just...
HoMedics Is Where the Heart Is
When we're feeling the pressures of the season, taking a break for just a couple of minutes can rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit. And when stress really gets to us, we pull out one of our on-the-go massagers from HoMedics, Commerce Township, Mich....
Homeland Security Still Held Hostage
Many of the vulnerabilities that leave the U.S. at risk for terrorist attack result from the continued failure to implement and enforce fully the nation's immigration laws, and many of the loopholes are driven by political considerations, maintains...
I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane
If your holiday plans include air travel, this can be a stressful time. Added security and increased regulations severely limit what you can take with you, and downturns in travel have caused cuts in amenities and services such as cabin cleaning. One...
Insurance Mandates Prove Useless
Can the problem of the growing number of people without health insurance be solved by passing a law mandating its purchase? A budding bipartisan movement believes it can, as evidenced by the recent reform signed into law in Massachusetts and endorsed...
Is Pandemic Planning Cause for Concern?
Nearly 75% of global corporations either have a detailed avian flu pandemic readiness plan in place or are in the process of developing one, according to a report released by The Conference Board, New York, the global research and business membership...
Is There a Hormone Heaven? You Cannot Live with Them and You Cannot Live without Them ... or Can You?
THESE DAYS, YOU CANNOT go near a women's magazine, newspaper, or the evening news without encountering yet another alarming discussion or editorial regarding hormone replacement therapy. If you are anything like my patients, friends, colleagues, and...
Is World Bank Ignoring the Environment?
Concern about the World Bank's recent merger of its environment and infrastructure units is being expressed by the World Resources Institute, Washington, D.C. "The question is whether the Bank will implement its new approach in a way consistent with...
It's Not TV! It's HBO, USA, FX
THINGS USED TO BE EASY. There only were three television networks, and the shows they put on, you watched. Along came cable and satellite and hundreds of stations from which to choose, but that was too much trouble, as well as too expensive. So, most...
Kick Sa-a-a-a-Ve-And a Beauty by Giacomin!
When we were kids, it had to be the golden age of sportscasting--Bob Murphy, Ralph Kiner, and Lindsey Nelson shared the Mets TV and radio chores; Marry Glickman was calling Giants, then Jets, games; Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshire were the best football...
Leap Frog Fluent in Two Languages
Learning a second language can enhance children's cognitive development and improve their success in language arts and math. LeapFrog, the Emeryville, Calif., company dedicated to developing educational products that are engaging and inspiring, offers...
Leaving People Behind
IN AUGUST, WHEN IRAQI Vice Pres. Adel Abdul Mahdi visited Washington, he was asked what his country needed most. He replied, "Time--that is it. A nation like Iraq needs time. The elections for a permanent government happened eight months ago. We have...
Let Them Eat Cake and Cookies
For kids, the holidays are all about the presents. For adults, though, food and drink move front and center--especially food, as in scrumptious desserts--come this festive time of season. As our favorite writer Oscar Wilde was fond of saying, "I can...
Looking for the War on Terror
THERE ARE SO MANY PROBLEMS in the Bush Administration's pursuit of terrorists these days that it is difficult to know even where to begin the list, but key among them is the fact that there really is not any war at all on terrorism. You cannot have...
Marilyn at 80: Some Still like It Hot: A Series of Unique Photo Exhibitions of America's Former-But Still Foremost-Sex Symbol Could Help Save a Historic California Theatre Built during the Roaring Twenties, with a Storied Past of Performing Arts, Vaudeville, and Motion Picture Presentations
JUNE 1 WOULD HAVE BEEN Marilyn Monroe's 80th birthday. From her classically funny film "Some Like It Hot" to her racy barely-there stills, the iconic cherry-lipped platinum blonde's life always has been told through the lens of a camera. At long last,...
Miscellaneous Meanderings
THERE ARE MANY GOOD THINKERS around, but most are slow on the draw to respond to clever remarks with a witticism of their own. Only later do they think of an appropriate comeback. Well, here are a few items to store in your memory bank for such occasions....
New Orleans after the Flood: "In a City That Itself Resembles a Lost Civilization, Wrecked Rooms, Caved-In Houses, and Ravaged Neighborhoods Become Metaphors for the Fragility of Human Life."
TO MARK THE FIRST anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent floods that devastated the Crescent City, the exhibition "New Orleans after the Flood: Photographs by Robert Polidori" features 20 large-scale images taken during four extended visits...
Nintendo DS Lite Is Just Right
When you ask kids what's at the top of their holiday wish list, you inevitably get the same answer: video games. Funny thing is, since Nintendo of America, Redmond, Wash., introduced its DS Lite, just as often we'll hear that very response from adults...
Parents Should Talk Politics to Kids
Instead of sheltering kids from political views, parents should take an active role in teaching them to their offspring--at least this is the stance being taken by the authors of two popular children's books. "Parents who believe in traditional...
Prepare for Takeoff on Your Gaming System
So often we hear from adults that they have no idea what gifts to get for kids. One simple suggestion is a video game. You'd be hard-pressed to find a child who doesn't have at least one gaming system--many have multiple choices, including their computers....
Pushing an Environmental Tax
UNLIKE WE AMERICANS, several European countries are benefiting from a steady decline in income taxes as governments lower taxes on income while rinsing them on environmentally destructive activities. The purpose of this shift is to incorporate the...
Social Networks Shrinking Dramatically
Americans' circle of confidants has shrunk dramatically in the past two decades, as the number of people who say they have no one with whom to discuss important matters has more than doubled, according to a study by sociologists at Duke University,...
So Many Ways to Keep Baby Happy
When it comes to keeping infants happy, one of the tricks is getting the right toy at the right time. The Lamaze Infant Development System from Learning Curve, RC2 Brands, Oak Brook, Ill., dedicated to encouraging creative and imaginative play, is...
The Henpecked Hustler
THE COMIC ASIDES AND DOUBLE-TAKES of W.C. Fields always were a welcomed fifth-column attack on the pestilence of day-to-day living during the Depression years. His entertaining cynicism seems even more pertinent today. In fascinating fashion, Fields...
The Joy of Watching Babies Grow and Learn
One of the most magical and mystical things about babies is watching them grow and learn. To observe all their milestones and the stages they go through is amazing. Their minds are such sponges--all of a sudden, they've mastered a new skill. To them,...
The Other Disney
LIVING ON THE EAST COAST, my family has made Walt Disney World Resort in Florida one of its top choices for vacation getaways. This year, however, we chose Disneyland Resort in California, which was celebrating its golden anniversary. I thought it...
These TV Games Are a Real Snap
Trivia games have an enduring popularity. Most of us, inherently, want to challenge ourselves, flex our brains to see what we remember and, not coincidentally, show off a little bit. Thanks to the proliferation of portable DVD players, GameSnacks,...
'Tis the Season for Toasting
For some of us, any season is right for trying new cocktails, but for others, it needs to be a holiday or special occasion to break out the bubbly. Whatever category you may fall into, here's a sampling of some of the best the season has to offer:...
Turning Bullies into Buddies
ISN'T IT WONDERFUL? The country has declared war on bullies! Schools all over the country are adopting anti-bullying policies and soon all kids will be able to go to school without fear of bullies. Good luck with that. Do you have two or more children?...
Waging War in the Heavens: Profit and Power Go Hand in Hand as the U.S. Gears Up to Spread Its Military Influence to Vet Another Vast Region-Outer Space
AS RESEARCH ON SPACE weaponization reaches into the billions of dollars, and the first deployment of national missile defense has taken place in Vanderburg Air Force Base, Calif., and Ft. Greeley, Alaska, it is time to put these issues before the public....
Watching the Man Watching: Anson Dorrance Is the Improbable Architect of the Greatest College Sports Dynasty Ever
UNIVERSITY of North Carolina women's soccer coach Anson Dorrance's program has won an astounding 18 national championships and 94% of its games, but these numbers are not even the most incredible aspects of his story. Imagine that this sporting dynasty...
When It Comes to Cars Favorites Do "Mater"
One of the most anticipated movies last summer was "Cars." It turned out to be a film that parents and children could enjoy together. Now, from Mattel, El Segundo, Calif., comes a diverse line of toys and games inspired by this world of cars. Naturally,...
Who Has Time for Barbecue?
Remember when kids could just go out and play? Gone are the days when they could ride their bikes to a friend's house or go down to the schoolyard for a pick-up game of baseball or football. Our lives now are all about schedules. If the children want...
Wind Power Blowing Harder
GLOBAL WIND ELECTRICITY-GENERATING capacity rose 24% in 2005 to 59,100 megawatts. This represents a twelvefold increase from a decade ago. Wind is the world's fastest growing energy source, with an average annual growth rate of 29% percent over the...
Yo, Dude! Check out My Space
How we decorate our space says a lot about us. Whether we're formal, laid-back, or whimsical, our surroundings are a reflection of ourselves. For more than four decades, we've been making statements with Lava Lamps from Lava World International, Elmhurst,...
You Might Be a Redneck If
Each year, Patch Products, Inc., Beloit, Wis., sends us a catalog brimming with card games, action toys, and every puzzle imaginable, and each year there always are a few new surprises tucked away in its pages. This season's add-ons include BubbleBrain,...
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