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USDA Approves A Genetically Modified Potato With Possible Health Benefits

Unlike other GMO crops, the potatoes' new qualities come from added doses of potato genes, instead of genes taken from other species.<p>There's a new Mr. Potato in town. This weekend, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved a few new genetically modified potato varieties for farmers to grow …

Poorly Tested Gene Silencing Technology to Enter Food Supply with Simplot Potato

<i>A New Form of Genetic Engineering will soon be sold to unsuspecting consumers</i><p><b>November 7, 2014 (Washington, DC)--</b>Center for Food Safety (CFS) is today …

Agriculture

EPA approves a new herbicide for GMO crops and lawsuits follow

A coalition of environmental groups and farmers is suing the EPA over its approval of Dow AgroSciences’ new crop herbicide, Enlist Duo. The lawsuit alleges inadequate environmental and health assessments by the agency.<p>Enlist Duo is a combination of glyphosate (better known as Roundup) and 2,4 D. …

3 Super Effective Ways to Start Your Business Pitch | Inc.com

Pitching business ideas is becoming more of an art. Given how easy it is to get distracted, entrepreneurs must learn the best ways to captivate their audience from the start. To do this, there are some strategies that have been proven to work. No single one is best, so it is important to understand …

Public Speaking

Poetry Terms: 40 Brief Definitions

<b>Alliteration</b>: The repetition of identical consonant sounds, most often the sounds beginning words, in close proximity. Example: pensive poets, …

50 of the Greatest Debut Novels Since 1950

For a reader, there’s something magical about picking up a first novel — that promise of discovery, the possibility of finding a new writer whose …

Chechen leader vows tough response to suicide bombing

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed leader promised a tough response on Monday to a suicide bombing that killed five policemen, shattering a period of relative calm in the turbulent North Caucasus region.<p>Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov walks before a meeting of the state council at the …

The Bluest Eye

• <b>Author:</b> Toni Morrison<p>Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children for the dark skin, curly hair, and brown eyes that set her apart, she yearns for normalcy, for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to finally fit in.Yet as her …

Orphan Train

• <b>Author:</b> Christina Baker Kline<p>The #1 New York Times Bestseller<p>Now featuring a sneak peek at Christina's forthcoming novel A Piece of the World, coming February 2017.<p>Christina Baker Kline’s #1 New York Times bestselling novel—the captivating story of a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an …

We Are Not Ourselves

• <b>Author:</b> Matthew Thomas<p>Destined to be a classic, this “powerfully moving” (Chad Harbach, <i>The Art of Fielding)</i>, multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork” (Joshua Ferris, <i>Then We Came to the End</i>).<p>Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her Irish …

The Paying Guests

• <b>Author:</b> Sarah Waters<p><b>The New York Times bestselling novel that has been called “a tour de force” (Wall Street Journal), “unputdownable” (The Washington Post), “a delicious hothouse of a novel” (USA Today), “effortless” (The Economist), “seductive” (Vanity Fair) and “pitch perfect” (Salon)</b> <b><br>“Superb,</b> …

Americanah

• <b>Author:</b> Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie<p>The bestselling novel—a love story of race and identity—from the award-winning author of <i>We Should All Be Feminists</i> and <i>Dear Ijeawele.</i><p>Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads …

Lila

• <b>Author:</b> Marilynne Robinson<p><b>Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award</b><b><br>National Book Award Finalist</b><p><b>A new American classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Gilead and</b> <i>Housekeeping</i><p>Marilynne Robinson, one of the greatest novelists of our time, returns to the town of Gilead in an …

The Children Act

• <b>Author:</b> Ian McEwan<p>Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge who presides over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude, and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her …

The Old Man and the Sea

• <b>Author:</b> Ernest Hemingway<p>The last novel Ernest Hemingway saw published, <i>The Old Man and the Sea</i> has proved itself to be one of the enduring works of American fiction. It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the …

The Light Between Oceans

• <b>Author:</b> M.L. Stedman<p>The years-long <i>New York Times</i> bestseller and major motion picture from Spielberg’s Dreamworks is “irresistible…seductive…with a high concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page” (<i>O, The Oprah Magazine</i>).<p>After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne …

Nora Webster

• <b>Author:</b> Colm Tóibín<p>From one of contemporary literature’s bestselling, critically acclaimed, and beloved authors: a “luminous” novel (Jennifer Egan, <i>The New York Times Book Review</i>) about a fiercely compelling young widow navigating grief, fear, and longing, and finding her own voice—“heartrendingly …

On the Red Couch with Food Writer Ruth Reichl

<i>Some wear many hats; Ruth Reichl preferred wigs. That’s because, as the food critic for The New York Times from 1993 to 1999, Reichl discovered that</i> …

On the Red Couch with Author James Patterson

<i>When James Patterson set out to be a writer as a graduate student at Vanderbilt, he says he just wanted to write books that “were as good as they</i> …

GMOs Are Old Hat. Synthetically Modified Food Is The New Frontier

Genetically modified organisms are ancient, technologically speaking. Though some consumers may just be discovering that they're in the food system (and getting riled up about labeling them), farmers have had access to them since 1996.<p>But there's a new technology on the scene, adding a twist to the …

A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius

• <b>Author:</b> Dave Eggers<p>From the author of <i>The Circle—</i>the inspiration for the major motion picture starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks!<p>"Exhilarating…Profoundly moving, occasionally angry, and often hilarious…<i>A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius</i> is, finally, a finite book of jest, which is why it …

Elephant Company

• <b>Author:</b> Vicki Croke<p><b>NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK</b><p><b>The remarkable story of James Howard “Billy” Williams, whose uncanny rapport with the world’s largest land animals transformed him from a carefree young man into the charismatic war hero known as Elephant Bill</b> <br>Billy …

My Beloved World

• <b>Author:</b> Sonia Sotomayor<p>The first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor has become an instant American icon. Now, with a candor and intimacy never undertaken by a sitting Justice, she recounts her life from a Bronx housing project to the federal …

Empty Mansions

• <b>Author:</b> Bill Dedman & Paul Clark Newell, Jr.<p><b>#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER</b><p><b>NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY <br>Janet Maslin, The New York Times • St. Louis Post-Dispatch</b><b><br>Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader’s Circle for author chats and more.</b><p>When Pulitzer Prize<i>–</i>winning …

The Girls of Atomic City

• <b>Author:</b> Denise Kiernan<p><b>THE GIRLS OF ATOMIC C ITY</b><p><b>AT THE HEIGHT OF WORLD WAR II,</b> Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across …

Detroit

• <b>Author:</b> Charlie LeDuff<p><b>An explosive exposé of America’s lost prosperity—from Pulitzer Prize­–winning journalist Charlie LeDuff</b> <br>Back in his broken hometown, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Charlie LeDuff searches the ruins of Detroit for clues to his family’s troubled past. Having led us on the way …

The Astronaut Wives Club

• <b>Author:</b> Lily Koppel<p><b>Read the bestselling book that inspired the ABC television series.</b><p>As America's Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into …

The Other Wes Moore

• <b>Author:</b> Wes Moore<p>BONUS: This edition contains a new afterword and a <i>The Other Wes Moore</i> discussion guide.<p><b>The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his.</b><p>Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew …