That old game

As America's appetite for sports increases, there will be a new, streaming sports station that specializes in old time sports. The first sport broadcast will be baseball, the American classic, played with the rules, customs, and costumes of the mid-1800s. Soon will follow vintage football, played with leather helmets and more rough-and-tumble rules. Most popular will be bare-knuckle boxing, a bloody and long-lasting sport that can go for hours, as will Civil War-era wrestling.

While these games will never eclipse the popularity of modern sports, they will develop a small but devoted cult audience, and superstars will emerge from the games and become world-famous, even outside vintage sports circles. Additionally, the channel will revive interest in long-forgotten cultural games, including…

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Dodging the Draft

In winter, we all become draft dodgers. We seal windows and doors to keep cold air out and warm air in. Now that we’re in winter lockdown, we spend more time breathing the indoor air of our apartment or house. The good news is that we aren’t freezing our lungs. The bad news is that inside air is often more polluted with chemicals than the air outside. Several studies find that indoor air pollution can be more of a threat to our health than the smoggiest day in L.A.

Indoor air pollution falls into some basic categories.

Secondhand tobacco smoke A University of Rochester report found that children living in apartments are affected by secondhand cigarette smoke even if no…

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Houses of tomorrow

In the future, buildings will be grown, rather than built. A combination of fast-growing genetically altered wood and miniature building robots will make it possible to grow a building from seed faster than it would take to build one in the traditional way. Additionally, because the structure is made from living wood, it will be able to repeair itself if damaged, grow new floors or additional structures, and even rebuild itself for new purposes.

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Laughing Your Ass Off

"Laugh, laugh I thought I'd die…" In 1964, Norman Cousins lay dying at UCLA Medical Center. Doctors told him his disease was terminal and there was nothing they could do. They were half right. There was nothing they could do.

Cousins didn't accept their prognosis. While in excruciating pain from ankylosing spondylitis, a rare disease that inflamed his spine, Cousins found that after watching a Marx Brothers movie on television, he laughed so hard that it exhausted him and he slept soundly without narcotics for the first time in weeks. Cousins ordered in a film projector — it was 1964 — and all the Marx movies and slapstick comedy he could get his hands on. He improved dramatically. Pain decreased.…

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Other worlds

We soon will discover that the universe does not just consist of the world we inhabit, but many parallel worlds, all existing on top of one another, but unaware. These pass through each other, inhabiting the same space, sharing the same timeline, but are radically different from each other, and utterly alien to each other.

It will take centuries for us to understand these worlds, and to connect with them, but we will discover the most extraordinary thing: There is also life there, although not life as we know it, and intelligence, although not intelligence as we know it.

It will confirm what we have long suspected: That the universe teems with life, although life beyond our imagination, beyond our…

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Let Science Lead You to Spirit

For all the trillions of dollars spent throughout history, science has yet to prove the existence of one basic thing: solid matter. Even today, at the Hadron Collider in Switzerland, physicists are searching for matter — solid, touchable, provable matter. The conclusion is that solid matter does not exist — anywhere.

Sum it up: Science tells us plainly that everything we think is solid is actually made of atoms that are nothing but smaller and smaller “particles” filled with energy. First atoms, then electrons, neutrons, positrons, quarks, leptons, mesons and all the other particles in succession and still you won’t find any that are solid matter. The universe — everything comprising it — is nothing but energy. That energy is continuous.…

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<p>Soon you will be inside the battle for the future of the universe.</p>Inside the movie

The next big trend in home entertainment will be virtual reality. The technology is already in place for entertainment that places the viewer inside the action, allowing them to look around the world of the film, as though they are present at events as they occur. Some VR stories will include the viewer as a character, but many will simply place them in the scene, a ghostly viewer.

This technology will prove so popular that older films will be adapted to VR. You will be able to stand on the deck of the Titanic as it sinks, or plummet to the earth with King Kong, or fly through space in the Millennium Falcon. This will be possible through complex, computerized…

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Acupuncture

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Sneezy?

Have you been feeling a little Grumpy lately? Do you wish you could fall asleep and be Sleepy all night long? And during the day, are your eyes...

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Several years ago, when the local powers decided to avail themselves of the phenomenon of “trickle-up economics,” — you know, where political and...

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