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Food is tasty, but healthy eating AND helping the environment is delicious!

Food is tasty, but healthy eating AND helping the environment is delicious!

People get hungry and usually enjoy a good meal, but sometimes that meal comes at the expense of the person’s health. Beyond affecting our own bodies, what we consume can really take a toll on the environment. Enter New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and his new book, <i>The Food Matters Cookbook: 500 Revolutionary Recipes [...]

The search for self & the origin of consciousness

The search for self & the origin of consciousness

Ever wonder what makes you, well, you? Great minds have long pondered the question of how we actually perceive, recognize, and feel our “self.” Understanding human consciousness has been the Holy Grail for various kinds of seekers, from poets and priests, to experts in brain physiology. In his new book, <i>Self Comes to Mind: Constructing [...]

Absence make the McHeart grow fonder: the staying power of the McRib is that it always goes away

Absence make the McHeart grow fonder: the staying power of the McRib is that it always goes away

The McRib is back, but like Celine Dion, The Rolling Stones, and Cher, it’s promising this is its farewell tour. McDonald’s removed the sandwich from its permanent menu over twenty years ago, and has since offered it in only limited places for a limited time, perhaps unintentionally positioning it as the Chupacabra of fast foods. [...]

GOP wave hits House but Dems win big in California

GOP wave hits House but Dems win big in California

GOP wave hits House but Dems win big in California: The dust has mostly settled on midterm election 2010. As predicted, Republicans took over the House, netting 60 seats so far. In a press conference this morning, President Obama acknowledged that voters are “frustrated” with the pace of economic recovery. But in California, Dems won [...]

Change in the churches—the female head of the American Episcopal Church

Change in the churches—the female head of the American Episcopal Church

In 2006, amid much fanfare and controversy, Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first woman elected as head of the American Episcopal Church. Since her rise as the Presiding Bishop, charged with speaking God’s word to the Church and to the world, more pressing social justice issues of poverty and hunger, intensified by a ruthless recession, [...]

Seeing and believing

Seeing and believing

In his new book <i>The Mind’s Eye</i>, Dr. Oliver Sacks shares his insight as a physician and for the first time reveals his personal experience as a patient. Dr. Sacks opens up about his ongoing battle with cancer in his right eye, as well as the less grim and even funny experience of living with [...]

The World in 2050

The World in 2050

What will the planet and society be like in 40 years? According to geoscientist and Guggenheim fellow Laurence C. Smith, analysis should be based on four global forces: demography, natural resources, globalization, and climate change. The population is projected to reach 9 billion by 2050, which will require much more resources than the earth currently [...]

A psychiatrist’s most bizarre cases

A psychiatrist’s most bizarre cases

From naked headstands to fainting school girls and self-amputations, Dr. Gary Small’s psychiatry practice has generated a treasure trove of stranger-than fiction-tales. Tracking his journey to becoming a world wide expert on memory and the human brain, Dr. Small makes frequent stops along the way to highlight some of mental illnesses’ most interesting manifestations. In [...]

TitleWave: Edwidge Danticat’s "Create Dangerously"

TitleWave: Edwidge Danticat’s "Create Dangerously"

Edwidge Danticat emigrated from the impoverished country of Haiti to the United States when she was twelve-years-old. Conditions in the country have been worsened by a major earthquake that hit the country less than a year ago, and now a cholera outbreak is making its way across the island nation. In her latest book, Danticat [...]

Scariest horror movies, past & present

Scariest horror movies, past & present

Shutter Island, Daybreakers and The Wolfman are among the top scary movies of 2010, so far. But if you’re looking to set a spooky mood for Halloween, there are plenty of classics that could scare the bejeebers out of you and your friends. Think: The Exorcist, The Omen, The Blair Witch Project, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, [...]