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Wake up and smell the genes

Like millions of Americans, my day starts by plugging in the coffeepot. In my case, it’s an old fashion percolator. It clears its throat and…

How much does it hurt?

When I take my elderly mother to the emergency room, the nurse asks how much pain she is in, on a scale of 1 to…

How ‘bout them apples?

Do you have a good gut feeling about apples? Your body may — and that could be important to your overall health. Some of the…

Bones can tell quite a story

His teeth had no cavities, but they were heavily worn. He was about my height — some 5 feet, 7 inches tall. He wasn’t petite,…

Breeding better wheat

Earlier this year I went to a fundraiser where I bought a bag of Glee flour. Glee is a variety of hard red spring wheat…

The start of a better trend for diabetes

“Eat right and exercise.” It’s good advice. But millions of us Americans struggle every day to live up to our hopes regarding diet and activity.…

A better way to shine light in a dark world

Years ago I purchased a headlamp — a small flashlight that straps around your head to light your way. It’s really useful because it leaves…

Triggering the Ice Age

By Dr. E. Kirsten Peters From time to time I give public talks on climate change — those large scale changes geologists have been studying…

Correcting errors in the language of life

My word processor is set up to deal with the errors I make when writing. The programmers who wrote the computer program knew I’d screw…

Plants Respond to Sounds of Insects Eating Leaves

Plants are not as dumb as they look. At least to me, plants have never seemed like the brightest bulb in the box. They stand…
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