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50 States Series: Top Campuses Worth Traveling For

For impressionable youths lucky enough to be receiving a secondary education, choosing the right place to call home for the next four years is a …

Ivy League Schools Are Overrated. Send Your Kids Elsewhere.

In the spring of 2008, I did a daylong stint on the Yale admissions committee. We—that is, three admissions staff, a member of the college dean’s …

The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates

… isn't something that can be done on campus. It's an internship.<p>When I was 17, if you asked me how I planned on getting a job in the future, I think I would have said: <i>Get into the right college.</i> When I was 18, if you asked me the same question, I would have said: <i>Get into the right classes</i>. When I …

The New Science of Pairing College Roommates

Eight years ago, when Robert Castellucci worked for a housing complex at the University of Florida, his main job was to pair roommates based on a few …

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Ditch the laptop and pick up a pen, class. Researchers say it’s better for note taking.

Using technology in the classroom can produce fabulous results, but for note-taking, it may pay to keep it old-school and stick with pen and paper.<p>Students who take longhand notes appear to process information more deeply than those who take notes on a laptop, according to a study published this …

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10 Colleges That Give Merit Aid to the Most Students

<i>The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing</i> …

Five Best Sites to Buy Cheap Textbooks

If you're headed back to campus this semester, your syllabus probably has a list of expensive books to buy. You can make your dollars stretch a …

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“America’s Best College” does not exist

College app season — that time of year is here once again. Nationwide, high school students and parents alike are now getting ready for the quest to …

Smartphone App Can Figure Out When College Students Are Stressed

A college student's smartphone might be smart enough to figure out when its owner is stressed, and in turn, predict what kind of GPA the student has.<p>StudentLife, a new Android app created by researchers at Dartmouth College, tracked 48 students for 10 weeks to map out their social interactions, …

The Beachbody Blog | Fitness Tips, Nutrition Advice & Healthy Recipes

NutritionNow Available: BEACHBAR Snack Bar! By Beachbody; April 10, 2018 Looking for that perfect snack bar that is a good source protein without too …

Is your BPA-free water bottle as safe as you think it is?

Remember the scare over BPA in plastic water bottles harming our health? Well, the new BPA-free bottles may be just as dangerous.<p>In 2008, scientific research on the health effects of the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) became convincing enough for many consumers to shun plastic drinking bottles, baby …

Canadian Government Study: Death From Overeating Before Any Risk From BPA

The Canadian government, which helped to trigger worldwide fears about the effects of trace amounts of BPA in food by using the precautionary principle to guide risk management, continues to produce studies showing that precautionary thinking is wildly off the mark on BPA.<p>The latest study on BPA …

Those BPA-free plastics you thought were safe? Think again.

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Inside the Big Tobacco-style campaign to bury the disturbing evidence about the …

The Dirty Dozen Guide Reveals 12 Hormone Disruptors Other than BPA

Despite increased awareness, Bisphenol A or BPA is still found in the bodies of 93 percent of Americans – and there are at least a dozen other …

BPA A Concern For Breast Cancer? Not According To Study By Leading Environmental Group

A massive synthesis of data from the National Toxicology Program and consensus reports from international cancer authorities has identified 102 chemicals as critical for breast cancer research and prevention. The list, compiled by researchers from the Silent Spring Institute and the Harvard School …

The Raging Controversy Over BPA Shows No Signs Of Abating

<b>But that doesn’t mean that the two opposing sides have equal merit.</b><p>In her “Poison Pen” blog in last week’s New York Times, the science writer Deborah Blum calls attention to new research that raises alarming questions about adverse effects on the female reproductive organs from exposure to BPA …

Why the FDA Doesn't Ban Food Colors, BPA, and Other Chemicals

<i>The difficulty of doing research on low-dose chemicals -- and the food industry's insistence that they're safe -- explains the reluctance to act</i><p>My once-a-month, first Sunday <i>Food Matters</i> column in the <i>San Francisco Chronicle</i> is about the difficulty of figuring out the health effects of food chemicals …

Study pinpoints microRNA tied to colon cancer tumor growth

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified microRNAs that may cause colon polyps from turning cancerous. The finding could help …

People prone to delusions make rushed decisions, research shows

People who are prone to delusions gather insufficient information before making decisions, according to research published in the journal</i> …

Brussels Sprout Chips with Sweet Chile Sauce

Trim off the bottoms of the sprouts and discard the outermost leaves. Pull off and set aside the rest of the leaves, reserving the hearts for another …

13 Things You Never Knew About Pop-Tarts

Believe it or not, Pop-Tarts turned 50 in September and our favorite toaster pastry is still selling -- and tasting! -- better than ever.<p>And with every great product, there's a great backstory. We did some digging into Pop-Tarts and found some interesting factoids. With some help from the folks at …

You Eat It All The Time, But What Exactly IS Ranch Dressing?

"With ranch" is the only way some will ingest their carrot sticks. The gloppy everything-edible-topper is a reliable staple at salad bars across the country. Certain palates claim it is the <i>single</i> addition that improves the taste of pizza.<p>It's no wonder, then, that ranch is the most popular dressing …

Recipes That Understand The Greatness Of Parmesan Cheese

In the cheese world, Parmesan is always a bridesmaid, never the bride. Sad but true, this great cheese is so often an afterthought. Topped on pasta and shaken onto pizza, rarely is Parmesan the main inspiration for a recipe.<p>It's time Parmesan took the spotlight, and we found just the recipes to …

Sweater Weather Means Pho Weather

Brothy, meaty pho is surprisingly easy to make at home—this recipe is done in 30 minutes.<p>It's officially fall, which means it's officially sweater weather. But being a food publication and all, we're pointedly more interested in the start of pho weather. Autumn is the perfect time to try your hand …

Whither the Breadfruit?

By James McWilliams August 1, 2014<p><i>Whither the breadfruit?</i><p>Marguerite Girvin Gillin, <i>Breadfruit</i>, ca. 1884<p>There’s such a thing as the Breadfruit Institute, and there should be. Researchers consider the species a “NUS”—“neglected and underutilized species.” But Ian Cole, the Breadfruit Institute’s …