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Booming Mongolia -Mine, all mine
Creature of the Deep
HOW I MADE IT: Adam Bernhard; Selling fashion in a flash -the feral mind at work; read it and weep.
Uncovering the New World Columbus Created -book review
How the Potato Changed the World
Praying perpetually to save society
Who's Weighing Tax On Rich? Congress' Millionaires
Lost in Transition: The Dark Side of Emerging Adulthood.
Former trader marks Lehman's collapse as a second chance
A Battle Is Under Way For The Forests Of Borneo
Trophic Downgrading of Planet Earth
Circumcision: Age-Old Rite Faces Modern Concerns
It's A Duel: How Do Violent Video Games Affect Kids?
Blades of glory: America's love affair with lawns
A Squash's Journey: From The Shelf To The Hungry
Changes At R.I. School Fail To Produce Results
In northeast India coal towns, many miners are children
Help For Hollywood Street Kids' Broken Dreams
CONVERSATIONS IN SCIENCE - Digging into our consciousness -educated bullshit
Essay - After the apocalypse -Twenty-five years after the meltdown at Chernobyl ...
Reputation management- Glitzkrieg: Respectability is for sale. Here is a buyer’s guide...
Essay -How to get your kid into the Ivy League
Maria Altmann, pursuer of looted paintings, died on February 7th, aged 94
In-depth briefing -The constitution: What the Founders intended
The pregnancy trap
Foreign takeover another seismic shift for NYSE
Facebook, already ubiquitous in Washington, aims to beef up its lobbying power
Supreme Court takes dim view of suing prosecutors
SACRIFICE ZONES: The Front Lines of Toxic Chemical Exposure in the United States
Pakistan's blasphemy law seen as tool of oppression
As Germany Ends Draft, Fears Of A Labor Shortage
The Zuckerberg Revolution ...'increased communication ... diminished substance'
Book review: 'The Gun' ... Soviet-invented AK-47 assault rifle.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE -Toxic water rising below Johannesburg
Filling the Light Pipe
Conversations in Science Author of 'Am I a Monkey?' explores questions of life
Echoes of Bell in CEO pay
A Year of Living Dangerously: Reflections on Hot-Button Science
Democracy's Laboratory: Are Science and Politics Interrelated?
The Deepening Crisis -Failure to act on threats to global sustainability
Traffic jam near Beijing stretches on for days
The flow has slowed through the trans-Alaska oil pipeline
Ottawa -Canada's energy industry -Tarred with the same brush
Last Stand on the Yangtze
Life Insurance Firms Profit From Death Benefits
Book review: 'Fur, Fortune, and Empire' -The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
Boy's suicide reveals continued problems with L.A. County social services
Disease and intelligence -Mens sana in corpore sano
The Growing Human Footprint on Coastal and Open-Ocean Biogeochemistry
Bel-Air mansion fetches highest price this year for a U.S. residence
Israel supporters rally in L.A. after raid on Gaza-bound flotilla
The world according to “24” -Agent improbable
Revisiting ... The War Lovers by Evan Thomas
Sex and the single black woman -How the mass incarceration of black men hurts black women
The Moral Weight Of War -Marines deserve to know the truth
China Amasses War Chest to Confront Its Environmental Nightmares
Climate Change The Nile Delta's Sinking Future
Colombian peasants wooed with land to adopt family planning
Jerusalem -A city that should be shared -Israel builds still more facts on Palestinian ground ...
COMPANY TOWN -Break.com's low-brow fare is right on target
Animal Research: Dog Dealers' Days May Be Numbered
Aerial bombardment -The calibration of destruction
Reversing inequality -For he that hath
Starting them young Nursery schools are the latest front-line in the Scandinavian integration debate
Asia's Wildlife Trade -Asian Wildlife -The Kingpin - An expose of the world's most notorious wildlife dealer ...
Findings point new path for dealing with Vietnam War's poisonous legacy
Oral Roberts, preacher and televangelist, died on December 15th, aged 91
In Yemen, tribal tradition trumps education
The future of the Arctic The bleakest outlook in the world
Iran’s Worst Enemy Israel's top spymaster will stop at nothing to prevent a nuclear Iran. Even at ....
On the Origin of Religion Science mag editors find(?) that 'democracy is not a religion'
The end of the affair Falling out of love with business
Delayed explosion Will 2010 be a year of social unrest?
Greenland, the new bonanza Hoping to become Arctic oil barons
Multitasking to Distraction Users of many concurrent media streams actually are less able ...
Peru's Nazca culture was brought down with its trees
Tradition -A vibrant hub of Jewish life in the Valley
Kids watch more than a day of TV each week
Another Biofuels Drawback: The Demand for Irrigation
Fleeing drought in the Horn of Africa
Will the ultra-Orthodox hold Israel back?
Duvall incident spotlights politicians' perks in capital -'Democracy (free-enterprise lobbying) in action!'
London Underground - Subterranean heatsick blues - Transport for London
The Retail Revolution: How Wal-Mart Created a Brave New World of Business
Addicted to Rubber
"As voters, those graduates apply their misconceptions of science to shape national policies on everything from evolution to stem cell research".
Chile's stricken salmon farms -Dying assets
Four boys charged in the rape of an 8-year-old girl Authorities say the victim's family has rejected her for bringing shame on them.
Chinese drywall blamed for odors and corrosion in U.S. homes
A special report on ageing populations -A slow-burning fuse
'Spin the Bottle' at the Roxy gets children on their feet and dancing Way better than another high school dance
Why Do We Rape, Kill and Sleep Around?
Human History Written in Stone and Blood [STONE AGE ERAS]
My dad saved me, and I killed him
The underworked American -Children are exceptions to the country’s work ethic
A 'time bomb' for world wheat crop
Amos Elon and the Death of Hope
Revisiting the Limits to Growth After Peak Oil
Beliefs about the natural world that are present in infancy influence people's response to evolutionary theory
Adventures In Good And Evil
Housing downturn moves up to Silicon Valley mansions
The Debt We Owe the Dutch
A little lip gloss, a little weight loss?
Jewish legacy inscribed on genes?
How our obsession with beauty is changing our kids
Candy Spelling's Holmby Hills mansion listed for $150 million
Jihad Chic Comes to London
Stone-throwing chimpanzee displays humanlike planning abilities
Predicting Elections: Child's Play!
Child welfare investigations
The Draw of ‘Dead Town’ -Portraits of two men trying to escape the life
Desperation all too real on 'Real Housewives of Orange County'
George Bush's legacy -The frat boy ships out
Organ trafficking was long considered a myth.
Silver screen or suicide vest
It’s Survival of the Weak and Scrawny
'Los Angeles Times WORLD news' One Day's Insane Journey Into ...
People & Places - The Pygmies' Plight
Luxury Shame Why even the very rich are cutting back on conspicuous consumption
Study Shows How Degraded Surroundings Can Degrade Behavior
Ode to the commode
A Bunch of TroubleThe banana is endangered and largely ignored by funding agencies, researchers and breeders.
The Peanut Butter Debate
Foreigners farm for themselves in a hungry Africa
Farewell to the King?
Cable TV Moves To Find Wider Audience
Never-Ending Party, for Some: The new normal for guys
Attempts to limit CEO pay have yet to succeed
Food and pet food -Not on the label
In Israel ... shielded from subjects deemed a threat to their faith — including math, science and English
India and pollution -Up to their necks in it
Value On Life 11 Percent Lower Than 5 Years Ago
Little avatars behaving badly Parents find it takes a village of website monitors to keep kids' alter egos from behaving badly.
He Should Never Have Gone to Iraq
A new report says that legal empowerment can help end poverty
India Cow Killer Bagged, but Deaths Continue
Cluster weapons
Circus Family Is Ready for a Safety Net
Oil Has Two Potential Futures, Shell Strategist Says
'Bad Money' Criticizes Wall Street, U.S. Finances
Research monkeys languish in a state of limbo
World Bank Chief: Biofuels Boosting Food Prices
Personal care product marketers reach for a teeny edge
Seeing Red over Injustice
Why Are Oil Prices Climbing So High?
Environment - Outlook for Oceans Bleak as Sea 'Deserts' Grow
With Lust In Our Hearths
Urban poverty in India [and] A flourishing slum
African Ivory Headed for One-Time Auction
Hunter-gatherers -Noble or savage?
Parasites From Fish Farms Driving Wild Salmon to Extinction and Switch to Corn Promotes Amazon Deforestation
'Lyrical terrorist' sentenced in Britain
A temple-state clash in Israel
Civilian Disabled by War Struggles to Find Aid
Harnessing the Power of the Gulf Stream
How Urgent Is Climate Change?
Fewers adults than ever report reading even one book a year ...
Ancient DNA Reveals Neandertals With Red Hair, Fair Complexions
Thirst for Energy Fuels Controversial Power Project
Open-Pit Mine Stirs Environmental Fight
The Bollinger/Ahmadinejad farce
Reconnecting with Israel
Study finds left-wing brain, right-wing brain
Betting on a Far East Vegas
Alaskan economy faces a fork in the river
Millionaire-Turned-Filmmaker Traces Iraq War
Israel Haunted by Nuclear Threat from Iran
New bosses, new rules Private equity funds now control a sizable chunk of U.S. companies -- and their workers
Wildfires Part of Emerging Global Pattern
ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION: Delta Blues, California Style
Cry of the Wild Last week four gorillas were slaughtered in Congo...
Polling the People on Qualities of a Good Leader
Russia's untamed, Far Eastern peninsula of Kamchatka is one of the last ...
The Last of the Leviathans
Australia's aborigines -Hard paternalism and Dammed if they do -Dolphins, catfish and people at risk
Prince charming at the Roosevelt
Heading for Hills May Be Only Option on Fiji
(two short items) Forecasting Global Warming's Monumental Impact and Trace amounts of cocaine are wafting through the air in some cities...
The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen -LATIMES book review followed by NPR interview with the author
How the electorate is irrational
Pushing the Scary Side of Global Warming
The truth about recycling
La. Wants to Change River's Course to Save Coast
Asia's last lions -More of a whimper
Israel's wasted victory
To Leave the Ring After 'Dancing With the Stars,' boxer Laila Ali ...
Leaving a big mess on campus As school ends, students abandon clothes, fridges, ramen and more...
Pope Rosie? Pray for us ... more people look to celebrities for moral and political guidance.
'Makeover' left her emotionally scarred
Muslims and the veil - The meaning of freedom
Soldiers in Iraq One in three American soldiers in Iraq thinks torture is sometimes justified
Tribe Helps Linguist Argue with Prevailing Theory
Computer vision A computer can now recognise classes of things as accurately as a person can
Semi-identical twins Twins that have cells of both sexes
The Loss of a Valuable Dolphin and River Dolphins Down for the Count, and Perhaps Out
Study: 634 Million People at Risk from Rising Seas
Sympathy for the Devil Ideas emerge to save the dying Tasmanian Devil
Next Stop, Squalor Is poverty tourism—"poorism," they call it—exploration or exploitation?
CLIMATE CHANGE: Pollutant Hazes Extend Their Climate- Changing Reach
AGRICULTURE: Looking Beyond Corn and Petroleum
Brzezinski Grades Presidents, U.S. Foreign Policy
PURSED LIPS: theatrical posturing
Gen Y's ego trip takes a nasty turn
Cheney under the microscope A glimpse into the vice- president's secret world
Iraq War Deepens Sunni-Shia Divide
Criticism of S. Africa ritual opens a divide
Girls Gone Bad? Paris, Britney, Lindsay and Nicole
Faces of War Amid the horrors of World War I, a corps of artists brought hope to soldiers disfigured in the trenches
Extinction of Australian 'megafauna' linked to humans
the people that willed themselves into extinction - 'the human condition'
Fame Junkies -'American Idol' is back, and so are the groupies who audition for it ...
Israel and the Jews - Second thoughts about the Promised Land
Savagery as Spectacle - Knockout marketing
I got an A in Phallus 101
A Sitting Judge Breaks the Code of Silence to Expose the Liberal Judicial Assault
A major new city rises in Brazil
Church Group Recalls Life Before Sex Abuse Charges
'Orphans of Aids' -An Opinion
Peace Now calculates that 86% of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim sits on land privately owned by Palestinians
Claim Of Oldest New World Writing Excites Archaeologists
Mild Climate, Lack of Moderns Let Last Neandertals Linger in Gibraltar
TELEVISION - It's such a deal
Century-Old Race Riot Still Resonates in Atlanta
Venezuela's Chavez Pillories Bush, Denounces The U.N.
Azy at the Great Ape Trust uses a touchscreen
Crackdown Is Urged on the Trading of Tiger Parts in China
Conjoined Twins Separated in 25-hour Operation
Time Is Not on Our Side -book reviews on climate change
ANGLO-SAXON APARTHEID? and (below that) PRESIDENTIAL [BUSH] SMARTS
IT'S NEANDERTAL TIME
SOLITARY IN U.S. PRISONS
The New Ad Game -Welcome to the new frontier.
Jellyfish Take Over an Over-Fished Area
DISNEY STAR MACHINE
Her Move to Israel Is On, Despite Warfare
Celebrity Merchandising Aims at the Young
Vision That Inspires Some and Scares Others: Aztlan
Social Animals Prove Their Smarts; (and) Man's Best Friend(s) Reveal the Possible Roots of Social Intelligence
What's Eating America
Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, a prisoner in Guantanamo, died on June 10th, aged 21
Iron Boost in Infants May Lead to Parkinson's and Polar Bears' Troubling New Prey: Polar Bears
For a Vegas Judge and His Friends, One Good Turn Led to Another
Estate tax repeal? Bad for the economy
Dust Storms Threaten Snow Packs
Selling your own flesh and blood
Book Chronicles History of Government and Torture
Perceptual Pleasure and the Brain
Mexican Migrants Leave Kids, Problems Back Home - Parts 1 and 2
American Apparel owner Dov Charney likes to claim American Apparel is 'sweatshop free.'
Environmental Science Adrift in the Blogosphere
Once a Terminal Case, the North Aral Sea Shows New Signs of Life
These High-Power Execs Make a Lot Less Than You
How a football tycoon took George H.W. Bush's oil company and used it to declare war on the fish that built America.
Dust Bowl Uncertainty Grows in Iraq
Skyler Pia: 'One World, One Kid,' One Good Cause
Retiring on the Edge of Poverty in Rural America
Victims of the Justice System
Testing the Bounds of MySpace
Upfront CEO Pay Growing, Study Says
Stitching Together Lives Torn by Shrapnel and Grit
Globalization, Roving Bandits, and Marine Resources
Stripmining in West Virginia -as far as the eyes can see
Expert Explains Possible Effect of Rise in Sea Levels
Is Homo sapiens wise to forsake the countryside?
Ice Age Extinctions and the Rewilding of America
Tough Decision? Don't Sweat It
Fight over Oil Money Percolates in Nigeria
In Border Battle, Land and Wildlife Are Casualties
What the snows of Moscow reveal about modern Russia
Infection Is Growing in Scope, Resistance
NILE PERCH - marketing success or ecological disaster?
Their Own Version of a Big Bang
Insurgency and Counter-Insurgency in Iraq
A Spoonful of Medicine--and a Steady Diet of Normality
Professor Attacks Enthusiasm for Bio-Fuels
Palace Revolt - They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees-
Xbox Shortage Leaves Fans Out in the Cold
Executives' Pensions Are the Deal of a Lifetime
Grief, Gratitude and Baby Lee
Bog Men as Sacrifices (and) VIDEOS AND BRAIN-NUMBING - two short articles from Science magazine
Vows of Matrimony Spoken in Passing
New India ink -To Virgin Comics, the nation is both vast market and creative well.
Space Photography - The Eyes of an Astronaut
Polar Bears Face New Toxic Threat: Flame Retardants
UFW: A BROKEN CONTRACT - Offering Laborers a Helping Hand
SURVEY: SAUDI ARABIA - All in the family
How the White House edits out global warming.
This Nissan Concept Car Brakes for Video Games
Two Worlds at One Table
Inside the Mind of a Savant
THE U.S. POLICY of "extraordinary rendition" has a human face, and it is mine.
Online gaming - Worlds without end
Interview: Leslie Savan on the power of pop language
A Reluctant Revisiting of Brokeback
Winning the War Against Island Invaders
Canada Digs Oil Out of the Ground for U.S.
Death in the Bush Zimbabwe's animals are dying, which means its people are suffering, too.
Offering Abortion, Rebirth
New Directions in Plastic Debris
ENERGY SUPPLIES: Bumpy Road Ahead for World's Oil
Biodiversity Science Evolves
The Preteen Tech Consultants
Core Evidence That Humans Affect Climate Change
Animal Control - Birds [cormorants] in the Bull's-eye
(book review) The Coldest Winter; A Stringer in Liberated Europe by Paula Fox
When a Family Matter Turns Into a Business
Selfish Routing and the Price of Anarchy.
Shaking Pillars of Islam
When a liberating army is guilty of racial injustice
China's water crisis worst in the world: government official
Vast Chemical Dumping Found at Sea
Gang Uses Deportation to Its Advantage to Flourish in U.S.
"eyelash architecture enters a skyscraper era"
In Brazil, a New Effort to Wipe Out Hookworm
Iraq Confidential: The Untold Story of the Intelligence Conspiracy to Undermine the UN and Overthrow Saddam Hussein.
A banana bank is safeguarding the future of the crop
Israel's building activities in the West Bank suggest that its next territorial withdrawal, if there is one, will be unilateral, not part of a peace deal
Rather than longer noses, compulsive liars have about 25% more white matter ...
Kenyan Edict Threatens Famed Park
Big Sign Firm Accused of Corruption - billboards and 'the Wild West'
from the October National Geographic - a Laysan albatross chick, and 'training an elephant'
The American science of interrogation
Deforestation and floods not the root cause
... two baby human skeletons buried together at least 27,000 years ago.
The Timeless Art of Flattery
Steeped in a New Tradition - Instant ramen noodles are supplanting beans and rice ...
Ban on Beluga Caviar Points to Sturgeon's Worldwide Decline
In Speeches, Miers Heaped Praise on President
Where Others Minded Wealth, Congo Villagers Scrape Living
Points West - Demons Are Winning on Skid Row
Where the Rich Go to Cry - A former Hollywood agent and the former head of AOL Time Warner team up on a mental health spa for the frazzled elite.
When cuteness gets forced upon us
Storm-tossed child Katrina made 9-year-old charles Evans an evacuee. The media made him a star.
Medicine Shop Casts a Spell on Visitors
The Republican War on Science
A Sinking City Yields Some Secrets - Holding Back the Sea
Ryan's Ex-Aide Testifies for Prosecution
MOVIE REVIEW - 'Wall' Israelis and Palestinians are united in their loathing ...
Questioning the ‘Dutch Solution’ -from 'Scientists Weigh Options for Rebuilding New Orleans'
A Mother's Denial, a Daughter's Death
Don't eat this movie - documentary film, "The Future of Food"
Beyond the Chimpanzee Genome: The Threat of Extinction
Philip Roth: personal, political and prescient -Paul Krassner's hilarious review on 'retrospective' Philip Roth
editorial on the great apes -from Science Magazine
Networks Have an Ear for Spanish -Subtitles in prime-time?
Walk-in? More like live-in The once-humble closet ...
Bad News Bear Hunters -How can there be a “thrill of the chase” when there's no chase?
"There is not going to be a 'hydrogen economy.'" -continued
The Long Emergency - book review: "There is not going to be a 'hydrogen economy.'"
Grooming Politicians for Christ
Brazil's Rise as Farming Giant Has a Price Tag
New Woes for Mega-Ships
'Jobs Scam' Costs Taxpayers, Author Says
Getting Wired for a Family Road Trip
A celeb-seeker's quest: Scientology brunch vs. hot Kabbalah women Built around a family's faith - At the Gurfinkel home in Hancock Park-
When bored motorists dial while driving, their friends suffer.
Catholic judges and a higher authority
Movies just don't matter We're more satisfied by the buzz about Tom, Oprah and Eminem than ...
Global Analyses Reveal Mammals Facing Risk of Extinction
Americans discard more than 100 million computers, cellphones and other electronic devices each year.
Loving Others' Rejects - An elderly Chinese couple can always find room in their shack for another castaway child ...
THE CONFLICT IN IRAQ - Report Tallies Almost 25,000 Civilians Slain
PROFILE/HECTOR MARROQUIN - Father, Son Turn Lives Around in Family Business
A review of two new books on Arnold Schwarzenegger
Compulsive Behaviour -The Las Vegas Pill
STYLE & CULTURE - In her image
Monkey See, Monkey Abuse
Driven to Be Made in China
The Srebrenica massacre
two letters and an article on oil
Glimpses of a Hermit Nation - 2 parts
Science and Prohibited Weapons
In the underworld of assisted suicide and euthanasia...
Lobbyist's E-Mail Trail of Billing, Status, Charity
... extracting the 13th root of a 200-digit number.
Cell Phones and American Free- Enterprise Consumerism
Pint-Size, but Grand on Piano
Zimbabwe Slum Dwellers Are Left With Only Dust
Hamilton Naki, an unrecognised surgical pioneer, died on May 29th, aged 78
So, Does It Speak to You?
Rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker
Lost to the Only Life They Knew
Lobbyist's Brother Guided House Bill
Bad Girls Go Wild
The high intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews may be a result of their persecuted past
Rain Forest Myth Goes Up in Smoke Over the Amazon
Philippines Crushing Jail Problem
The Other Side of Burka
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