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Chocolate: Good for the Heart?

The good news for chocolate aficionados is that a new study out of Germany, featuring a generous sample size of more than 19,000 people, suggests that there may be a link between chocolate consumption and lower blood pressure ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 30, 2010 READ MORE


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Junk Food Is the New Crack

Those who have ever suspected, after apparently taking leave of their reason in the face of their favorite junk food, that their guilt-inducing pleasure contained some highly addictive substance may not be too far off the mark, according to a new study.

Posted on Mar 29, 2010 READ MORE

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Allen Barra on the Curious Case of Thomas Sowell

Is the noted scholar in residence at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution truly America’s “most original and interesting philosopher,” as Paul Johnson insists?

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE

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Wikimedia Commons / The Yorck Project

‘Portion Distortion’ Creeps Into Last Supper Paintings

Imagining and depicting Jesus’ final meal with his apostles has been an artistic obsession since the dawning of the Common Era, and thus it’s only fitting that the holy vittles on their plates might reflect the attitude about food prevalent in the cultures that produced the artists.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE

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James Cameron Calls for Dialogue With Glenn Beck

During a press junket on Tuesday, “Avatar” helmer James Cameron let fly about Fox News’ shouty conspiracy buff Glenn Beck, calling Beck a couple of rated-R names before backing up a bit and suggesting that he’d like to have a “dialogue with him.” In 3-D! Just kidding.

Posted on Mar 24, 2010 READ MORE

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Discovery Springs for ‘Sarah Palin’s Alaska’

Looks like pursuing opportunities outside her former gubernatorial post is paying off for Sarah Palin. After she shopped her pitch for an “unscripted” television show about Alaska around heathen Hollywood, a winner, Discovery Communications, appears to have pulled ahead of Palin’s other suitors ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 23, 2010 READ MORE


Sweet 16 Parties: Recession-Proof?

This is good news for the tiara-wearing teen set, perhaps bad news for humanity in general: According to the Los Angeles Times, business is brisk for that sparkly and slightly grotesque niche of the special-events industry that targets ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE

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Flickr / nate steiner

News Flash: Dark Coffee May Not Be Super-Terrible for You

So, we get that there might be some “tummy-friendly” benefits to drinking dark-roasted coffee. However, this Science News article extolling the virtues of the duskier blends lays it on a bit thick on the pro-coffee front, mentioning little in the way of possible side effects. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Perry Anderson on the Specter of China

Is China on its way toward becoming the feared colossus of the 21st century, surpassing the United States in its imperial ambitions and economic hegemony?

Posted on Mar 19, 2010 READ MORE

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Flickr / mikebaird

Study Says Fido’s Family Tree Has Arabian Roots

A research team out of UCLA thinks it may have traced the pedigree of domesticated dogs back to their earliest origins, and the paw prints apparently lead to the general vicinity of the Middle East, instead of the East Asian region they’d previously targeted.

Posted on Mar 18, 2010 READ MORE

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