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Talkin' "Turkey": The Linguistic Link Between the Bird and the Country

Awkward conversations can be as much of an annual Thanksgiving tradition as food, family, friends, and football. For those wanting to avoid subjects too political or too personal, consider chatting about what the deal is with a country and a bird having the exact same name.  Safer than some subjects, this Turkey/turkey topic is still subject to dispute, as there are differing explanations for the name.

11 hours ago — Layla Eplett

In Kenya, Improving Food Security and HIV Outcomes through Farming

There is an inextricable link between HIV and food insecurity, with each heightening and reinforcing the other. A new pilot trial published in AIDS  addresses this relationship with an agricultural intervention that increased food security and also improved HIV outcomes.

November 11, 2015 — Layla Eplett

A Maddening Tea Party

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, a look at etiquette violations at the Mad Tea Party.

October 29, 2015 — Layla Eplett

Rite to Die: Sallekhanā and End of Life

There are many aspects involved in preparing for the end of life. For Jains, it may include Sallekhanā , a voluntary and gradual reduction of food (and eventually water) until the individual fasts to death.

September 29, 2015 — Layla Eplett

For Ebola, Traditional Healers and a More Inclusive Approach

To prevent Ebola, some recommended a combination of raw onions and coffee consumed for three consecutive days. Others suggested that mixtures including herbs, tree bark, condensed milk, Nescafe, hot chocolate, and sugar were effective for prevention and treatment of the virus.

September 8, 2015 — Layla Eplett

Quinine and Empire

When Winston Churchill attributed it with saving “more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire,” he wasn’t referring to a military tactic or peace treaty.

August 20, 2015 — Layla Eplett

Signal to Noise Special on GMOs

A new issue of Signal to Noise is all about GMOs - from the basic science to patents and environmental impact. 

August 12, 2015 — Kevin Bonham

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