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Articles from Vol. 146, No. 2868, September

American Artists Tackle the Gridiron
"The exhibition is not meant to present a history of football--the development of rules and gradual changes in play, the history of teams or players--but instead offers a window to understanding themes central to American life, both past and current."...
A Very Expensive Free Lunch: The Estimated Cost of California's Proposed Single-Payer Program Would Have Been $400,000,000,000, While the State's Total Budget Is $179,500,000,000
The California state senate's unipartisan passing of a sweeping single-payer health care bill, the Healthy California Act, has drawn attention to single payer as a solution to the decaying Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. PPACA (ObamaCare)...
Best (and Worst) Cities to Go to the Hoop
While it seems like only yesterday that the Golden State Warriors won yet another championship, believe it or not NBA training camps open this month in preparation for the upcoming season, one in which the league is allowing teams to sell ad space...
Beware the Red Zone
"[This is] the period between September and Thanksgiving recess, when freshman females are at the most-vulnerable time in their lives ... for sexual assault. For returning sophomores, it is the second most-vulnerable time in their lives." THE RED...
Blowin' in the Wind
HURRICANES present the possibility of power outages and flooding that can compromise the safety of stored food. The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends that consumers take the following steps to reduce food waste...
Containing Putin's Russia
"Using the same rationale that Adolf Hitler employed in occupying Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland in 1938-the alleged need to protect that country's German minority--Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin has claimed the right to intervene in Ukraine and neighboring...
Cops Should Not Play Jeopardy: When Police Officers "Force" a Situation, Negative Results Usually Follow
OFFICER-INDUCED jeopardy occurs when a police officer has the option to take an alternative approach to achieve a desired outcome, but instead forces a situation, which ultimately produces an unnecessarily negative result. However, with proper training...
Department of Defense Targets Mosquitoes
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) of the Department of Defense has awarded up to $14,900,000 to a team of researchers from six University of California campuses to use gene editing as a way to control disease-spreading mosquitoes....
Does Pride Goeth before ...?
AS HUMAN EMOTIONS GO, pride has earned a bad rap. Christians count it among the seven deadly sins, the ancient Greeks charged it with provoking destruction by the gods, and nonindustrial peoples around the world consider it a source of bad luck. Still,...
Donate Possessions, Not Your Memories
If your attic is full of stuff you no longer use but cannot bear to give away, a study from a trio of universities may offer a simple solution. Researchers found that people were more willing to give away unneeded goods that still had sentimental value...
Fire Insurance Maps to the Rescue
The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000. The online...
Follow the "Bright Line"
"... I had my life back on track [after kicking my drug habit]. I had rebuilt trust with my family. Still, if you think we are anywhere close to a happy ending, I am guessing you have no idea what it is like to live under the tyranny of food addition...."...
George Times Two: The King and a President
The Library of Congress and the United Kingdom's Royal Archives have announced plans for a landmark joint exhibition in 2021 that will explore the overlapping, yet distinct, worlds of two globally significant figures of the late 18th century: "The...
Gusts Go to the "Wahl" for Good Grooming
Whether a guy sports a clean shave, full beard, man bun, or crew cut, he has a grooming routine that works best for him. Wahl has introduced a new trimmer, clipper, and shaver, all of which help each man look his best. From the height of his lawn,...
Hurricane Perception: Hurricanes May Be Worse, but Experience, Gender, and Politics Determine If You Believe It
OBJECTIVE measurements of storm intensity show that hurricanes have grown more destructive in recent decades, but coastal residents' views on the matter depend less on scientific fact and more on their gender, belief in climate change, and recent experience...
If Given the Chance, the Dems Will Make the U.S. into a "Flabby Europe"
"... A [Democrat-controlled] government will make the Obama Administration look like weak tea. The program will be to alter the political landscape so that nothing like the Trump Administration or, for that matter, any conservative administration,...
Is the Debt Really Worth the Degree?
The average college student will graduate with $37,172 in debt. College grads generally make around $50,000 once they enter the job market (if, of course, they can find employment.) This causes many people to wonder: is university for everyone? Would...
Living Lab for Sustainable Cities
A NEW DAY DAWNS, and morning light filters through the towering stems of an ocotillo, casting striped shadows on the ground. Although the thorny plant looks a bit lackluster, it provides an adequate perch for a zealously chirping curve-billed thrasher....
Meditation and Margaritas
I WAS ALMOST 30 years old when I arrived in Myanmar and prepared to have my head shaved at a monastery in Yangon. Shaving my head turned out to be the easy part. Living in silence for one year was the only hope I had to help me regain the balance in...
Now That Sounds Positive
"What students are telling us through their disruptive behavior is that they need extra help, instruction, and better relationships in their school." A TEACHER refers a student to the principal's office for disrespectful behavior toward classmates...
Oh, My Aching Back
IF YOU or someone you know experiences lower back pain you are in very good company. More than 80% of adults in the U.S. will have a back problem in their lifetime, with 20%-30% experiencing back difficulties at any given time. As anyone with a backache...
Papa Was a Rolling Stone
IN JUNE, The Baltimore Sun had a front-page article authored or contributed to by five of the newspaper's top reporters on the "record violence" and the fact that the city is in "crisis." The well-written-- but incorrectly focused--account looked at...
Portable Body Fluid Scanners ID Suspects
Using laser technology to catch criminals no longer is futuristic in the lab of Igor Lednev. The professor of chemistry at the University at Albany (N.Y.) has released findings in Analytical Chemistry on a method for determining a culprit's sex with...
Protect Fido's Feet from Heat and Burns
It is September, and that means ... it is still summertime, and since temperatures have passed the century mark in the Inland Northwest, the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University, Pullman, has issued a hot pavement advisory...
Putting Peer Pressure in Its Place: The Program Keepin' It REAL-An Acronym for "Refuse, Explain, Avoid, Leave"-Helps Kids Stay out of Trouble
Madison Placencio is a 13-year-old eighth-grader in San Tan Valley, Ariz. She is at the age when peer pressure becomes increasingly common and tougher to resist, but Placencio handles it with finesse. For instance, one time her friends tried to convince...
Repeal but Not Replace: "... We Should Reject ObamaCare in Totality, and 'Replace' It Not with Additional Government, but with No Government at All."
The Republican leadership in the Senate agonizes over how best to "replace" ObamaCare, thus starting with a flawed premise which is bound to fail. Based on the paternalistic and freedom-depriving notion that it is for the government to compel the individual...
"Right" You Aren't: "My 'Right' to 'Health Care' Diminishes Your Right to Liberty-Such as Your Right to Use Your Own Earnings to Buy a Medical Service You Need to Preserve Your Own Life."
The idea that health care is a right might sound kind and compassionate but, in reality, it is self-serving to those who would profit from Big Government in medicine--either by winning elections or reaping the financial benefits of the massive programs...
Rock This Country
Shania Twain has sold more albums than any other female country artist in history. No wonder she was asked to perform at halftime of Super Bowl XXXVII. THE EXHIBIT "Shania Twain: Rock This Country" examines the life and career of the five-time Grammy...
"Scripting" a Writing Revival: "Cursive Handwriting Is the Creative Canary in the Coal Mine-And It Slowly Is Dying."
I RECENTLY was helping a little girl in an after-school class who was trying to write her name in cursive--or script for you Baby Boomers--for the first time. She struggled to get the letters to connect perfectly and slant just right. Over and over...
Shop 'Til Your Eyes Pop
U.S. CONSUMERS soon could see a rise in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) adoption beyond already popular video games, according to a global study from Worldpay, "The 360 Consumer: How VR Is Reshaping the Buying Experience." Despite only...
So Many Ways to Look Your Best
From haircare to skincare to makeup, looking great while staying cool doesn't have to break the bank. These beach bag minis and full-size finds are ideal for all of your seasonal needs--after all, it is still summertime. Fairy Tales Coco Cabana...
So, What Do You Believe?
"One major takeaway from the Yale Climate Opinion Maps is that many Americans feel removed from climate change, both in time and distance." Avast majority of Americans--70%, according to recent research--think global warming indeed is occurring....
Speak Your Piece
DO YOU REMEMBER the first person to greet you when you went to college? Was it a resident assistant, or perhaps an orientation guide? Whomever it was, chances are he or she was an employee of the Student Life Office, which ideally is designed to enhance...
Spinach Can Detect Explosives
Spinach no longer is just a superfood. By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information...
Stay Sharp This Semester
WITH STUDENTS RETURNING to classes from summer break, they may be finding it tough to get back into learning mode. Later in life, we may come up against similar challenges with learning and memory. We asked professors across the University of Texas,...
Sticks "Trump" Carrots for North Korea
"If the U.S. could make it clear to China that the consequence of inaction [concerning the curbing of North Korea] would be a nuclear-armed Japan, that might be an adequate incentive." NORTH KOREA'S fixation on nuclear weapons began just after World...
Technology to the Rescue?
"Researchers in the new Complex Social Interaction ... laboratory are using body-worn cameras and advanced scientific tools and techniques--such as data analytics, biometrics, and machine learning--to examine the complex factors that shape interactions...
The Blight of ObamaCare Will Not Vanish
"We are moving toward the end-game of single payer.... The system wants citizens to trade their freedom for the illusion of 'health care/ but Americans soon will learn that freedom is of the greatest importance when life is at stake." AS CONGRESS...
The Collapse of Fair-Minded Journalism
"[Pres. Donald] Trump [is] savaged like no other [chief executive] in memory. We [are] witnessing the total collapse of journalistic standards, with fairness and balance tossed overboard. Every story [is] an opinion masquerading as news, and every...
The Crimson Tide's "CAST" Is Cresting
"The [University of Alabama's Integrative Center for Athletic and Sport Technology, or I-CAST] draws on expertise from the fields of engineering, exercise science, health science, athletic training, nutrition, and kinesiology, giving researchers access...
The Elusive Easy-Peasy
I CHANNELED MARY POPPINS: resplendent with unwavering decisiveness and spit-spot, lickety-split efficiency, two of us turned the spare bedroom/storage room into comfy guest quarters in less than 45 minutes. Easy-peasy ... because it was not MY spare...
There Actually Is a Way ...: "The Only True Competitor to Our Health Insurers Are the Employers Who Self-Fund Health Care for Their Employees."
IN MAY, the California Senate passed SB562, proposing a single-payer system for the state's health care system. In June, the U.S. Senate released its draft for health care reform. The Republicans blasted the proposal in California and the Democrats...
The Soft Warrior Spreads Her Wings
"... Dilee is never afraid to try something different, cross genres, or take things over the edge, and that's always fun.... No boundaries or boxes." DILEE is a cross-media artist who began her career writing poetry. Around 2007, as a means to expand...
Traffic Incidents Top Cause of Police Deaths
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Washington, D.C., has issued a report with data through June 30, revealing that 65 law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2017--a 30% increase over the same period last...
Webinar Series on the Great War
The Library of Congress is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entry into the Great War with an online webinar series highlighting some of the Library's most remarkable World War I resources, including documents, photographs, maps, and...
Weego Is a Wonder at Jump Starting Autos
It can be risky to flag down a stranger to jump start a dead car battery--and costly if you need a mechanic to help you out. Enter the portable power of Weego. Its 22 series is a lightweight, compact jump starter that fits nearly every vehicle (with...
Which Way to Go?
BEING a PARENT is not easy. Parents are confronted every day with difficult choices they have to make for their children. Do I need to take my daughter to the doctor for her fever? Is hockey or soccer a good sport to play even though there is a risk...
Why the Left Curses Cursive
"[The] failure [to teach cursive to schoolchildren] denies generations of youth the opportunity to appreciate an expressive form that is in every Anglo-American historical document before the age of the typewriter." Public schools increasingly are...
Words of Past Images
I AM WRITING A BOOK on silent movie comedian Buster Keaton and the 12 feature films he made from 1923-29. The hook I am using is that no one has written about him keying almost entirely upon period material. It is common knowledge Charlie Chaplin...
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