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Actually, MSG Is Not Safe for Everyone (Op-Ed)
football, superbowl, game day, healthy eating, snacks
September 20th, 2014
For people sensitive to MSG, it needs to stay off the menu.
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Prelude to Offshore Drilling Not a Blast for All (Op-Ed)
Atlantic spotted dolphins, seismic airgun blasts
September 19th, 2014
With the harm that oil and gas drilling will cause along the U.S. East Coast, alternatives, like building wind turbines, would make more sense.
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Can Cycling Crimp Sex for Men?
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September 18th, 2014
Cycling's small seats have long provoked caution in men — but is that fear misguided?
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Prize for 480 New Varieties of Wheat
wheat, innovation
September 19th, 2014
Across the world, scientists are currently exploring a range of strategies to increase wheat yield.
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Amazon Turtles 'Talk' to Their Tots
River turtle hatchling
September 18th, 2014
Some turtles and their young talk — albeit at low frequencies.
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New Mushrooms Discovered in Chinese Grocery
New mushroom species
September 17th, 2014
Mycologists – scientists who study fungi – estimate there are up to five million species of fungi on Earth. Of these, only about 2 percent, or 100,000 species, have been formally described. So where are the other 98 percent of fungi hiding?
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Suicide Contagion: How the Media Can Help Fight It (Op-Ed)
A woman sits, looking depressed
September 16th, 2014
How media reports cover suicide actually leads to more suicides.
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Are Testosterone Supplements Really Necessary?
Baby-faced man with goatee, testosterone
September 19th, 2014
How many of us really understand what testosterone is, what it does, and why it’s important?
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Wildfire Prevention Costs Far Less Than Fires (Op-Ed)
The 2011 Wallow Fire was the largest in Arizona's history, burning more than 500,000 acres. A lack of frequent surface fires, allows fuel to build up resulting in enormous fires like this one.
September 18th, 2014
Which is more expensive: fighting fires, or preventing them?
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Is Rock 'Hashtag' Really Neanderthal Art? (Op-Ed)
Neanderthal art?
September 17th, 2014
And why is it important?
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