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Doctor Mysterian

A new way for fast food to bug you

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Epigenetics

The Sex Issue

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Vaccines: A Shot in the Dark

Sexperts: Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel

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Meat-centric Madness

America’s biggest fast food meat maker is in the news leading off 2015. And Mickey D’s can’t win for losing. McDonald’s, worldwide icon of fast food and cheap meat, stirred the pot by initiating a program adding what they call “verified sustainable beef” to their slurry of a food chain. While on the surface it looks like a wonderful idea to lean toward a more ecological way of sourcing their primary product, meat...

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Weathering the Storm

While slogging through the depths of a wintry cold spell, it pays to consider how weather affects our wellness. It’s not just a case of getting sniffles or making it through flu and cold season. The weather affects us in more ways than frostbite and flu in winter or heatstroke and sunburn in summer. Tornadoes, floods, lightning, hurricanes, heat waves and blizzards all take an obvious toll on the human condition....

Doctor Mysterian

<p>Future buildings will be component parts that self-assemble into whatever form is needed at the moment.</p> 10 Predictions for Omaha’s Next Thousand Years

1. Professional sports will come to Omaha. However, the sport will be hurling, a fast-moving combination football and baseball native to Ireland that will find an unexpected following in America in the next 20 years. Omaha will have the first American hurling stadium, as well as host the world series of hurling. Our local team will be named the Bugeaters, after our 1892 football team.

2. With oil and gas prices...

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Kiss Your Asteroid Goodbye - Is Gaia Out of Gas?

There is nothing more holistic than viewing mankind as an integral part of the whole Earth. In a recent essay, Noam Chomsky wonders if we are at the end of human history on Earth.

Consider Gaia Earth is a living being, a concept known to ancient Indian, Asian and earlier cultures. James Lovelock, now 95, Westernized the idea, coining the term Gaia Theory, describing Earth as a living, biological organism. In that...

Reader Reminiscences

I saw a movie once; it’s now almost entirely forgotten. It was called “Palookaville” and came out in 1995, although it came to Omaha in 1996, and was about a family of burglars. I saw it and liked it, and The Reader, which was less than a year old at the time, had just lost its film critic. So I typed up a review and sent it off, and a couple of days later got a call from the then-managing editor. “We can’t pay...

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