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Medicating the megacities

Medicating the megacities
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More than half the world’s population now lives in cities, and the percentage is growing rapidly. Our bodies often pay a heavy price for urban living – from asthma, heart disease and diabetes, to alcohol and drug abuse. Now, scientists are researching ways through environmental medicine to counteract some of those negative effects. Could a […]

Why can’t they just shoot them in the legs? Questioning police tactics in fatal shootings

Why can’t they just shoot them in the legs? Questioning police tactics in fatal shootings

When LAPD officers arrived on the scene in Westlake last week they were confronted by a loud, aggressive, seemingly crazy man with a knife, and reports of that man threatening other people in the vicinity. The situation ended very badly for that man, Guatemalan day laborer Manuel Jamines, who was shot dead by the officers […]

The world’s oldest profession always finds a way: getting around Craigslist censored bar

The world’s oldest profession always finds a way: getting around Craigslist censored bar

The world stopped rotating and nearly fell off its axes last week when it was announced that the prudent people at Craigslist shut down their adult services section. Succumbing to state attorneys’ demands to do more to block illicit ads promoting prostitution, they decided to take down the section entirely, denying easy access to adult […]

“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I’m With Fatty” author weighs in on food, failure & losing fifty pounds in fifty miserable weeks

“I'm with Fatty” chronicles Edward Ugel’s yearlong journey to figure out how to live in a world without dim sum, prosciutto, and constant culinary gratification. Ugel is a committed foodie but at 36 years old, he weighed in at 263 pounds. His doctor ordered him to drop fifty or risk keeling over in line at […]

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

Evangelical NIH director Dr. Francis Collins on stem cell court rulings

An appeals court ruled yesterday to resume federal funding of embryonic stem cell research after U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth issued a preliminary order barring the funding on Aug. 23. That’s the kind of skirmish skeptical scientists envisioned when President Obama appointed the evangelical Dr. Francis Collins head of the National Institutes of Health […]

Jorge Atalla’s Sequestro

Jorge Atalla’s Sequestro

In 2002, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jorge Atalla first developed the concept for his newest film Sequestro. For four years, he and his camera crew followed the Sao Paulo police department’s Anti-Kidnapping Division on its mission to reduce kidnapping in Brazil. In 2000, there were thousands of abductions in Sao Paulo alone, and in the years […]

Towering truths about tall people

Towering truths about tall people

Author Arianne Cohen, 6’3”, went to the library looking for a book about tall people. When she discovered that one didn’t exist, she wrote The Tall Book – A Celebration of Life from on High. “Talls,” as she calls them, make more money, run more companies, win more elections and are smarter when compared to […]

Who gives more, the haves or the have-nots?

Who gives more, the haves or the have-nots?

It's one of life's great ironies – those who have more give less. Research shows that the wealthy are quite a bit more, well, greedy than the poor. One study found that households earning less than $25,000 a year donated an average of 4.2 percent of their incomes while those making $75,000 or more gave […]

Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens: Inside the private, sensational world of a country star

Buck Owens was the top-selling country artist of the 1960's, and his musical style- called the Bakersfield Sound after his adopted hometown- countered the slick overproduction of Nashville country with electric guitars and a rock and roll backbeat. Later, Owens solidified his celebrity as the co-host of the variety show Hee Haw for 17 years. […]

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

BP releases report on the “casual chain of events” that led to the Horizon disaster

This morning, more than four months after the Deepwater Horizon Disaster in the Gulf, BP released an internal report that outlined the 8 failures that lead to the massive oil spill. BP took on some of the blame but managed to heap a fair amount onto cement contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean. Popular Mechanics […]