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The Power of Our Food Choices

We see the problems in our lives and in the world and ask, "What can we do?" The answer is, "We're doing it now." Whether we like it or not, or know it or not, our small actions repeated day after day add up to huge impacts. Consumers weigh in on a vast array of issues every day.<p>As for any species, …

Agriculture

How to Live With Purpose, Identify Your Values and Improve Your Leadership

Ever worked with a manager who knew what mattered and stood her ground about these things? Then you probably worked with a manager who leads from her values. Leading with values is a leadership philosophy that steps outside of measuring success by prestige, personal wealth and power. It is not …

Be in Charge of Your Own Happiness

In rural parts of India there is a blessing that a mother gives to her daughter on the eve of the daughter's wedding. Holding her daughter's hand the mother says:"Never let any one person be in charge of your happiness."<p>The bride-to-be knows she is being told that she needs to seek, and find, her …

End The War On Drugs, Say Nobel Prize-Winning Economists

The decades-long global war on drugs has failed and it's time to shift the focus from mass incarceration to public health and human rights, according to a new report endorsed by five Nobel Prize-winning economists.<p>The report, titled "Ending the Drug Wars" and put together by the London School of …

Nick Clegg

The War on Poverty

Over 50 years ago, on Jan. 8, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared an all-out war on poverty. His idea consisted of a simple plan that was laid out in the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964: to provide tax dollars to better the sociological needs of the poor. The money would be used to provide …

Brazil

What Do Immigrants Bring Us?

What do immigrants represent to the U.S. economy?<p>The rising tide of immigration floats the boat of the U.S. economy.<p>People do not immigrate to the United States to go on welfare!<p>Foreigners typically come to the U.S. to create a better life for themselves, be they fleeing from poverty or …

Immigration

Cinco de Mayo: A Different Take

Cinco de Mayo came and went, and this time, it developed its latest wrinkle: the wide-spread charge that it is politically incorrect, corrupt and unwholesome. The charge follows a pattern that we are long familiar with -- that the American holiday has little to do with the event it commemorates, …

Cinco de Mayo

Love in a Dumpster: Where Does It Go and Where to Find It

I'm (Doug) sitting in a restaurant and pondering life, marriage and some of the pressing questions we all ask. Questions like this one. Where do the waiters and waitresses go while you're waiting to be served? It seems at times they just disappear and you're left wondering hard at their temporary …

The Price of Privilege

There is a phase of growth in which our brains aren't fully developed to grasp certain things. The peekaboo effect, for instance. We all know that children think we've disappeared and appeared when we play with them. The same goes for when your kids stand right in front of you to watch television. …

Dogs

Lab Animals Stressed Out by Men, Study Finds

<b>Men can stress out rodents—and probably most other mammals, including pets—merely with a whiff of their armpit sweat, a new study says.</b><p>The far-reaching discovery, whose findings about male-induced stress may also apply to humans, comes from observing mice and rats that were found to be so unsettled …

April Bloomfield Cooks Fresh Ingredients Simply, From Artichokes to Snap Peas

The season's freshest ingredients--from artichokes to rhubarb--don't need much to be delicious, especially in the hands of chef April Bloomfield<p>You would be forgiven if you thought that reading a celebratory story about vegetables by <b>April Bloomfield</b> would be a little like hearing Mollie Katzen sing …

Hudson Valley
Hospitality

How to Throw the Ultimate Bagel Brunch

Throw the ultimate bagel brunch with these tips from Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. Remember: salmon breath is a sign of a good time<p>You can substitute whitefish or hot-smoked salmon for the trout.<p>2.[#image: /photos/57d8299a6520aa8f7013c974]||||||<p>Horseradish-Dill Schmear<p>Throw this spread together a …

Breakfast

These Mushroom Recipes Are So Good, They're *Magic*

Cooking

Bushwick’s Master Bagel Baker

Melissa Weller, the woman behind Roberta’s droolworthy bread, is working her magic on New York’s most classic snack.<p>Possibly the first thing to tip …

A Treasure Trove of Parasitic Wasps

For the last three decades, scientists in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG), a roughly 1000-square-kilometer chunk of forest in northwestern …

Prince Harry

7 Art Forgers Who Made a Fortune From Knock-Offs

Pablo Picasso said, "Good artists copy but great artists steal." Charles Caleb Colton remarked, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." If …

The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike

Doctors are miserable, patients are miserable, and there’s no end in sight. It’s time to revamp the health-care system from the ground up—starting …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

When Laughter Isn’t Funny

This Sunday is World Laughter Day, a 16-year-old holiday puffed into existence by the guy who created something called “laughter yoga.” That means that all weekend long we’re going to be bombarded with articles about the benefits of laughter. Didn’t you know? Laughter is good for your arteries, it …

Neurology

His brain injury made him a math genius: Science explains why

Scientists explain Jason Padgett’s rare syndrome, and examine the possibility that we all have dormant abilities<p>In his memoir, "Struck By Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel", excerpted by Salon, Jason Padgett explains how a brain injury radically altered how he sees the world …