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Gun Control: Searching Down Under for Change to Believe In

Barack Obama talked on Sunday night about how the children who died in Newtown could have been from Anytown America.His words hit a resonant chord. Both of the given names of my two kids—Benjamin and Madeleine—were mentioned among the list of the dead children...

STAFFDecember 20, 2012 — Gary Stix

What If God Were a Maggot?

“ Brother of the blowfly… no one gets to heaven without going through you first .” –Yusef KomunyakaaSixteen years ago, my wife and I, along with our friend Audrey were standing outside a guesthouse near the towns of Boabeng and Fiema in Ghana when Kojo, a young boy, approached on a bicycle...

December 20, 2012 — Rob Dunn

Science Writer, How Do You Take Notes?

Writers write. They also read. A lot. Science writers are no exception. They read articles, blog posts, press releases, peer-reviewed papers, books. The more they read, they usually say, the more and the better they write...

STAFFDecember 20, 2012 — Khalil A. Cassimally

Common Antibiotic Not Helpful for Cough and Respiratory Infection

When I was growing up in the 1980s and '90s with two younger brothers, the antibiotic amoxicillin was a frequent guest in our house. Strep throat, sinus infections, sore throats, coughs; we all remember that thick, pink, bubble gum-flavored liquid perhaps a little too well...

December 19, 2012 — Katherine Harmon

The End is Nigh! Time to Go Shopping

"Why did the government make an announcement not to worry about 2012?... Is this a conspiracy? And if NASA is not worried about Dec 21, why did the head of NASA make a video warning NASA employees to prepare for disaster?" -- question on NASA's Ask an Astrobiologist Being a lazy person at heart, I am always impressed by people who devote a great deal of time and effort to a cause...

December 19, 2012 — Fred Guterl

Your Brain on Drugs: Alcohol

Video of the Week #74, December 19th, 2012: From: ASAP Science: Fun, Informative and Extremely Successful by Carin Bondar at PsiVid . Source: ASAP science YouTube channel Check out the excellent work of ASAP science!...

December 19, 2012 — Bora Zivkovic

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