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Asha Patel, an immunology researcher, holds  a collector from the Burkard Spore Trap on the roof at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh this summer. The trap collects pollen for a 48-hour period, which is then identified and sent out as a daily pollen and spore count to allergists, their patients and weather channels. (Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/MCT)

Allergy Therapies Multiply

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Asha Patel knows more about what goes into your lungs than you do. Every weekday at 8 a.m., the researcher climbs onto the roof of …

Scarlett Johansson Uses More Than 10 Percent of Her Brain, Just Like Everyone Else

Sunday, July 27, 2014

It’s a common conversation starter to assert that we only use 10 percent of our brains. In Lucy, the newly-released thriller about a woman forced …

Column Ranchers Help Save Rainforest

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In the ongoing pillage of tropical rainforests, villains are plenty. None has stoked imaginations like the Amazonian rancher. With his bulldozers and chainsaws, and herds …

Around the Remote: A World of Lies and Spies in A-Bomb Drama ‘Manhattan’

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Don’t Miss: Manhattan — This gripping and provocative new drama series is set in Los Alamos, N.M., against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb. John Benjamin Hickey ( The Big C ) shines as a self-destructive physics professor who is recruited …

Batman Still Thriving After 75 Years

Sunday, July 27, 2014

In a world filled with seemingly daily disasters and endless turmoil, it’s no wonder that superheroes are as popular as ever, from blockbuster movies all the way to the local toy shop. “When the world gets scary, superheroes’ sales go up,” says Brad Meltzer, the bestselling political-thriller author …

To Your Good Health: Is It Herpes Or An Antibiotic Allergy?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dear Dr. Roach: Four years ago, my husband had an abscess. What started as a boil became so deep and hard that he required general anesthesia to remove it. The wound was left open, and we had to change the packing twice a day for eight weeks. It …

On Fashion: S.C. Girl’s Barrettes Aim to Tame Bad Hair Days, Bullying

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Columbia, s.c — Gabrielle Goodwin will put a knot in your hair and your heart. The shy, humble 7-year-old Columbia girl says she likes to play tag and draw — she’s also an entrepreneur, an inventor of her very own line of hair barrettes that won’t fall out …

Study Finds That Elephants Have The Best Nose of Any Mammal

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Elephant noses might be the most discerning mammalian sniffers on the planet. According to a new study published Tuesday in Genome Research, African elephants may best humans, mice and even dogs on the measure of olfactory receptor genes. But that doesn’t mean elephants should replace canines on the …

Online, ‘All You Need to Know’ Can Mean Quite the Opposite

Friday, July 25, 2014

On June 9, the data-journalism website FiveThirtyEight.com published its lead story previewing the World Cup. Its first two sentences read: “All you really need to know is this: The World Cup gets underway Thursday in São Paulo, and it’s really hard to beat Brazil in Brazil.” Could “all …

Camp for Camerawork: Young Filmmakers Learn the Ropes Through CATV

Friday, July 25, 2014

On a sultry Tuesday morning in White River Junction, one teenage boy chased another teenage boy, wearing a Boston Red Sox baseball cap, at top speed down Main Street past the Hotel Coolidge, and rounded the corner into …

Cult Hit ‘Sleep Dealer’ Could Lead to a New Distribution Model

Friday, July 25, 2014

A science-fiction thriller about immigration and drone warfare sounds like a mash-up ripped from today’s headlines. Except that director Alex Rivera started writing Sleep Dealer in the late 1990s. It premiered in 2008 at the Sundance Film Festival, …

James Garner Was The Perfect Fit in ‘Rockford Files’

Thursday, July 24, 2014

If all famous lives come down in the end to the lead sentence in an obituary, James Garner was put on Earth to play Jim Rockford, the life-sized private eye hero of The Rockford Files. There was more …

‘Now It Is Coming Together’: Sculpture Marking Claremont’s 250th Anniversary Taking Shape

Friday, July 25, 2014

Claremont — When his schedule and the weather allow, sculptor Ernest Montenegro drives over to Thermacut on the Charlestown Road and prepares his work area on the pavement just outside the warehouse door. He begins by clamping a …