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Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Gavel crosses the aisle for the 112th Congress – what’s in store?

Congress wrapped up its so-called lame-duck session last week with an unexpected string of victories for President Obama and Democrats, including the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the nuclear-arms reduction agreement, a health bill for 9/11 responders, a food safety bill, middle-class tax cuts and the extension of jobless benefits. But legislators taking a [...]

The new chic: civil unions? The French outgrow marriage

The new chic: civil unions? The French outgrow marriage

Ah, Paris. It's one of the most romantic cities in the world and also one of the most trend setting. So if the French are disillusioned with the concept of "happily ever after" and are giving up on the institution of marriage, will the world soon follow? Only 250,000 couples tied the knot in France [...]

50 ways to improve your life in 2011

50 ways to improve your life in 2011

‘Tis the season for lists! Every year, articles come out with detailed “best of” and “worst of” and “most important” lists of everything from songs, movies, television shows, recipes and books, to people and endangered species. The U.S. News & World Report is famous for its ability to rank things and this year rather than [...]

Doctors with borders: how can pediatricians be attracted to work in vulnerable areas?

Doctors with borders: how can pediatricians be attracted to work in vulnerable areas?

Almost 1 million children in the United States live in communities without access to doctors. It's not due to a shortage of doctors, it's because medical professionals are choosing to practice in more affluent neighborhoods, leaving poorer communities without much needed medical services. The National Health Services Corps has been offering loan forgiveness to doctors [...]

FilmWeek: True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere & more

FilmWeek: True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver’s Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere & more

KPCC film critics Henry Sheehan, Wade Major, Andy Klein and animation critic Charles Solomon join Larry to review the week’s new film releases including True Grit, Country Strong, Gulliver's Travels, Little Fockers, Somewhere, among others. TGI-FilmWeek! Read the Full Story at KPCC Blogs

Holiday gifts gone bad…real bad

Holiday gifts gone bad…real bad

It’s cute to get a home-made gift from a child, but what about when it comes from an adult? And while we all like to get a knit sweater, a knit toilet seat cover is probably less appropriate. What about a plush-toy “PhartEphant,” a stuffed elephant that makes certain, uh, noises when you squeeze it? [...]

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas

It's tough for an atheist on Christmas. Everyone's a-ho-hoing or a-ring-a-linging, and it's an obstacle course these days trying to avoid long shopping lines and at-capacity parking lots. When even the gas stations have nativity scenes and the elevators play Christmas music, where is an atheist to turn? Why to <i>The Atheist's Guide to Christmas</i>, [...]

Tests detect early onset Alzheimer’s but, without a cure or treatment, should they?

Tests detect early onset Alzheimer’s but, without a cure or treatment, should they?

Advances in spinal taps and M.R.I.’s now make it more possible than ever for doctors to run diagnostic tests to diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s. But should they? There’s still no treatment for the degenerative brain disease or even a test to verify a patient is suffering from Alzheimer’s and not severe dementia. That moral dilemma [...]

The neuroscience of magic

The neuroscience of magic

There’s a lot more to magic than pulling a rabbit out of a hat. Fooling the eye and the brain is an exercise in neuroscience and the techniques used in magic tricks can be hijacked by hucksters for more nefarious purposes. But the study of these same skills also gives us insight into how the [...]

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

The Pledge: one nation indivisible?

"I pledge allegiance to my flag and to the republic for which it stands – one nation indivisible – with liberty and justice for all." Jeffrey Owen Jones and Peter Meyer explain in their new book <i>The Pledge</i> that these 23 words were written as the original pledge of allegiance by Francis Bellamy in 1892. [...]

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