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The Sharing Economy

How many times have you been told to share? Turns out, your mom was on to something. A new approach to goods and services has emerged. It is called the ‘sharing economy.’ Others describe it as peer-to-peer marketplaces, or collaborative consumption. Whatever the name, the idea is simple: instead of spending money on goods you […]

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An Apple a Day

Apples, the crunchy, juicy fall fruit, have inspired writers, philosophers, and scientists for centuries. Quotes about apples abound: The apple does not fall far from the tree. She is the apple of my eye. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why did the apple fall? You cannot compare apples and oranges. She is […]

Paying a Song for a Song

Back in the day, music was only available by buying records or cassettes, or by listening to a commercial radio station. Technology has changed how and where we listen to music. Gone are the days of needing a store, or even a product like a record, or cd. Today, music is downloaded and streamed. iTunes, […]

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All Eyes on Syria

You probably noticed that Syria dominated headlines last week. World leaders are faced with a decision: how to respond to Syrian President al-Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons. It is a decision that deeply divides world leaders. President Obama supports military strikes against military targets in Syria and hopes to create a coalition of forces […]

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Still Marching for Jobs and Freedom

Throughout the 1960s, civil rights advocates worked and marched for jobs, justice, and civil rights, especially for African Americans. The March for Jobs and Freedom was one part of that movement but it marked a turning point in the fight for civil rights. The March, famous in part because of Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have […]

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The Ripple Effect of Shrinking Glaciers

It has long been suspected that human activity is heating our planet and causing environmental changes that are changing Earth’s ecosystems around the globe and in our backyard. Global warming detractors question this, claiming Earth is dynamic and environmental change is natural.  That may be true; however, the issue is not whether Earth is dynamic. […]

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Personal Care Products’ Dirty Secret

Every day, men and women, tweens, and teens fight a war for beauty and hygiene. It is a war against bad breath, body odor, and the bad hair day. Your war paint is a cabinet full of shampoo, body wash, and soap, gel, lotion and acne remedies, perfume, cologne, and aftershave, hair color and nail […]

The Immortal Gifts of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, without his patient’s consent or knowledge, a Johns Hopkins doctor biopsied normal cells and cervical tumor cells. The cells then were shared with Doctor Gey, a Johns Hopkins researcher who, like many, had been trying for decades to grow human cells in the laboratory. Experimenting on human subjects was not an option but […]

Mom, Apple Pie, Baseball…and PEDs?

It is August and summer’s hot and hazy days are slowly dragging by. Summer is the time for watermelon, playing in the sprinklers, mom’s apple pie, and baseball.  In the world of bats and baseball caps, fans sluggishly sweat it out in the stands to watch every at-bat and play from Little League up to […]

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Welcome to the World, HRH Prince George of Cambridge

Since Kate and William announced they were expecting a baby, curious well-wishers have been speculating about and betting on the birth day, and gender and name of the next royal baby. The anticipation ended last week when Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William announced the birth of their son at St. Mary’s Hospital in […]

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