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Home Test Kit Helps You Find Antibiotics In Leaves

One pair of scientists is trying to crowdsource the development of drugs to defeat antibiotic-resistant infections.<p>Penicillin comes from bread mold, and many antibiotics in use today come from soil bacteria species called actinomycetes. You might even have some antibiotic-producing critters in your …

I Am a Teacher With Really Bad Handwriting

And somehow it's made me better at my job.<p>My students squint desperately at my handwritten comments on their papers. They turn the paper sideways as if a fresh angle might lend clarity. They shrug or giggle and fold the paper up, resigned to the grade and regrettably impervious to the constructive …

5 Expert Predictions for the Global Economy in 2014

Why China could struggle with debt while the U.S. enjoys its fastest growth in a decade<p>The International Monetary Fund expects the growth of the global economy will accelerate to 3.6 percent in 2014 from 2.9 percent in 2013. Five top economic experts offer insights on how to read trends in …

The logical floor

ON BOTH sides of the Atlantic politicians are warming to the idea that the lowest-paid can be helped by mandating higher wages. Barack Obama wants to …

Postscript: Peter O’Toole

The deaths, over the weekend, of Peter O’Toole and Joan Fontaine reminded us, once again, what a strange principality movie stardom is. Think of it as a kind of Monaco: few are born there, but many arrive, some to disport themselves at the watering holes and gaming tables, others to cultivate that …

This Doc's Miracle Drug? Exercise

Sports medicine doctor Jordan Metzl says he's found a miracle drug that prevents almost every illness, is 100 percent effective, and has very few side effects: exercise. In his new book <i>The Exercise Cure</i>, he prescribes specific cardio and strength training regimens to treat everything from …

StoryCorps: A Decade Of 'Ties That Bind'

The StoryCorps project has collected more than 50,000 stories, many of them shared on NPR's airwaves, and it recently marked its 10th anniversary with a book: <i>Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude From the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.</i> David Isay, the project's creator, tells NPR's Rachel …