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Overweight Bass Players Cheer Huckabee’s Presidential Bid

May 7, 2015
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Overweight Bass Players Cheer Huckabee’s Presidential Bid

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa.  The news that former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee had entered the 2016 presidential race sent national politicians and pundits scrambling to explain the cable news talking head’s apparently quixotic decision, but to local observers…

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Great Gatsby Roulette

May 6, 2015
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Great Gatsby Roulette

It was May of my senior year in college. Everybody was coasting, knowing either what they were going to be doing the next year, or that they’d be doing nothing. Except for one guy, Tom.…

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With New Breakthroughs, Library Science Silences Critics

May 5, 2015
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With New Breakthroughs, Library Science Silences Critics

HORNEL, New York.  The process of checking out a book from a library is a simple task repeated millions of times each day in America, but when Dr. Claude Nostrand, a professor of chemistry at Upstate New York…

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Intro to Rock Poetry 101

May 4, 2015
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Intro to Rock Poetry 101

It was one of those fashionable academic parties where emulation–in the form of whom, among the assembled group, possessed the most extensive knowledge of classic rock lyrics, and whose tastes in the matter were most…

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The Mata Hari of the Faculty Lounge

May 3, 2015
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The Mata Hari of the Faculty Lounge

Federal agents are warning leaders at top universities to be on the lookout for foreign spies or potential terrorists trying to steal their research. The Boston Globe I was sitting in my office, trying to…

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For Thoreau, Fame Came From Fierce Competition

May 2, 2015
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For Thoreau, Fame Came From Fierce Competition

CONCORD, Mass. The cool breeze blowing off Walden Pond this spring is an ill wind for the reputation of Henry David Thoreau, the “Sage of Concord” who is revered by back-to-nature types who imitate his…

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To Hell With National Good Posture Month

May 1, 2015
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To Hell With National Good Posture Month

May is supposed to be a merry month, going back as far as Elizabethan dramatist Thomas Dekker, who wrote the deathless lines: O, the month of May, the merry month of May, So frolic, so…

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At the Preppy Headband Surgicenter

April 30, 2015
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At the Preppy Headband Surgicenter

WELLESLEY FALLS, Mass.  It’s a quarter to 8 in the morning in this leafy suburb of Boston, and Washington Street–the main artery that takes commuters to the Massachusetts Turnpike–is bumper-to-polite-bumper.  “It’s a traffic jam, but…

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Your Bug Advisor

April 29, 2015
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Your Bug Advisor

Spring is here and bugs are back!  There are between six and ten million species of insects, but only one for humans.  Hardly seems like a fair fight, which is why you need Your Bug Advisor on your…

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Female Baboons, Mes Amours

April 28, 2015
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Female Baboons, Mes Amours

A nine-year study involving 125 male baboons revealed that “beta” males had almost as many mates and got just as much grooming as higher-status “alpha” males, but experienced less stress because they didn’t have to spend…

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