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What it’s like as a ‘girl’ in the lab

By Sarah Clatterbuck Soper It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night, and I’m still in the lab. Earlier in the day, as I was looking through old data, I unexpectedly found the answer to a question that I’d been trying to address for a year. It was one of those rare “eureka” moments in science. […]

August 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged , ,

The campaign of deception against Planned Parenthood

By New York Times Editorial Board A hidden-camera video released last week purported to show that Planned Parenthood illegally sells tissue from aborted fetuses. It shows nothing of the sort. But it is the latest in a series of unrelenting attacks on Planned Parenthood, which offers health care services to millions of people every year. […]

July 23, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

The bicycle and the ride to modern America

On May 10, 1884, midway through his 48th year, Samuel L. Clemens reluctantly “confessed to age” by wearing glasses for the first time. That same day, the celebrated writer better known as Mark Twain sought to reclaim his youth by mounting a bicycle for the first time.

Only one of these first tries succeeded. “The spectacles,” Twain later recalled, “stayed on.”

Bodily contusions notwithstanding, Twain promoted the new sport of cycling with characteristic rhubarb tartness …

How to cut children’s screen time? Say no to yourself first

By Jane E. Brody Parents are often at fault, directly or indirectly, when children and teenagers become hooked on electronic media, playing video games or sending texts many hours a day instead of interacting with the real world and the people in it. And digital overload can impair a child’s social, emotional and intellectual growth. […]

July 23, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

A sensible question for gun owners

By the New York Times editorial board California has some of the nation’s strongest gun safety laws, but one that requires citizens to supply a “good cause” for why they should be granted a license to carry concealed weapons in public is under challenge. The packing of concealed weapons by citizens is all the rage […]

July 09, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,

Greece submits loan request

By Niki Kitsantonis ATHENS — Greece, running out of money and under a tight deadline from European leaders, on Wednesday requested a three-year loan from the eurozone’s bailout fund. But other than alluding to plans to begin overhauling its tax and pension systems next week, Greece did not detail what economic changes it would make in […]

July 08, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Supreme Court will reconsider affirmative action case

By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Monday to take a second look at the use of race in admissions decisions by the University of Texas at Austin, reviving a potent challenge to affirmative action in higher education. The move, which supporters of race-conscious admissions programs called baffling and ominous, signaled that the […]

July 01, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Supreme Court upholds gay marriage

By Adam Liptak WASHINGTON — In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled today that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage. The decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans […]

June 26, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

English class in Common Core era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and court opinions

By Kate Taylor In Harrison, N.Y., 10th-graders read articles about bipolar disorder and the adolescent brain to help them analyze Holden Caulfield. In Springdale, Ark., ninth-graders studying excerpts from “The Odyssey” also read sections of the G.I. Bill of Rights, and a congressional resolution on its 60th anniversary, to connect the story of Odysseus to […]

July 16, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Kindergartens ringing the bell for play inside the classroom

By Motoko Rich PASADENA, Md. — Mucking around with sand and water. Playing Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. Cooking pretend meals in a child-size kitchen. Dancing on the rug, building with blocks and painting on easels. Call it Kindergarten 2.0. Concerned that kindergarten has become overly academic in recent years, this suburban school district […]

June 24, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Tagged ,

Joe Nocera: Look, Ma, no hands!

On June 3, during Google’s annual meeting, a shareholder named John M. Simpson stood up to question the company’s top executives about its self-driving car program. They were not friendly questions. Simpson, 67, works for a nonprofit called Consumer Watchdog, where he directs its Privacy Project. In recent years, he has focused largely on Google, […]

June 19, 2015 | Posted in Columns | Tagged ,
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