The Price of Research

He never imagined just how unenthusiastic his research sponsors — and others with a financial stake in atrazine — would be about his discovery. | Six frustrating years later, Mr. Hayes and his defenders say they know only too well the lengths to which those companies will go to undermine his findings that atrazine may be harmful. –Goldie Blumenstyk –The Price of Research (Chronicle) The author of this article is careful…

Generic Candy Corn will Give You AIDS

Once again, Halloween season is upon us, and with it, the wonderful anticipation of dressing up and trick-or-treating for delicious Brach’s candy. With that in mind, it’s important to remember all the ways that you can make your Halloween safer and more fun. It won’t put a damper on anyone’s holiday spirits to wear high-visibility costumes when going from house to house, to have kids trick-or-treat with an adult, and…

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Knowing Poe [Annotated Version of 'The Raven']

Edgar Allan Poe’s most popular poem, “The Raven,” tells the story of a man who gets a late-night visit from a mysterious bird that speaks only one word: “Nevermore.” | Sounds like a pretty simple story, right? | Guess again! –Knowing Poe [Annotated Version of ‘The Raven’]Maryland Public Television) Once upon a Tuesday weary, while I pondered, bleak and bleary, Over many a quaint and curious entry of unblogged lore–…

Big Companies Add to Spam

The problem of spam or unwanted commercial e-mail is usually attributed to outlaws and hucksters – peddlers of pornography, get-rich-quick schemes and pills of dubious merit – who use hackers to send their fraudulent messages in ways that cannot be traced. | But the torrent of spam that is flowing into people’s electronic mailboxes comes not only from the sewers but also from the office towers of the biggest and…