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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 …

Sick of Weeding Yet? It’s Time to Mulch Those Garden Beds

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I love the musical Porgy and Bess, especially the song, Summertime, with its catchy refrain, “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” Clearly Gershwin was a) not a gardener, or b) he mastered the art of mulching. Mulching makes …

Summer Crowds Flock to Alaskan ‘Hot Dog Nazi’

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Anchorage, Alaska — There’s no shortage of hot dog stands hawking that spicy, oh-so-Alaska treat, the reindeer dog, in downtown Anchorage. But only one of them has consistently long lines. M.A.’s Gourmet Dogs is owned by a guy …

Farm-to-Table Pioneer Chef Turns Skeptic

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How did a chef who opened a restaurant on a Hudson Valley farm come to write a book questioning the very thesis of the farm-to-table movement? It started with a magazine’s prompt to illustrate the future of food …

Lucille B. Smith Blazed a Trail as an Entrepreneur

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lucille Bishop Smith was a chef, educator, entrepreneur and food corporation president who has been called the first African-American businesswoman in Texas. She is credited with inventing the first commercially marketed hot roll mix and establishing one of the nation’s first college-level commercial foods and technology departments. “She’s …

Airlines Scrub Flights to Israel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots following last week’s downing of a passenger plane over Ukraine. Delta Air Lines turned around one of its jets midflight …

Summer Journal: Warm Weather Brings Shakespeare’s Plays to Life

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Anguished cries of lovers lost to knife and poison filled the air outside the Aidron Duckworth Art Museum on Bean Road in Meriden one warm evening earlier this month. Under a setting sun, the Cornish-based Momentum Theatre Troupe …

Folger Library Plans Tour for First Folios

Monday, July 21, 2014

Washington — In the canon of Western literature, William Shakespeare’s First Folio is “the jewel of our house.” Published by the playwright’s colleagues in 1623, just a few years after his death, this extraordinary book contains 36 plays …

How Snakes Slither Out Of Their Skins

Monday, July 21, 2014

If you have a wood pile, you may have come across a shed snake skin, a translucent, onion skin-like wrapper imprinted with the snake’s scale pattern. Or perhaps you’ve seen one along a foundation or stone wall. Why …

Opportunities to See Shakespeare This Summer

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

∎ The Chelsea Funnery performs The Tempest on Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 4 p.m., outdoors behind Tunbridge Central School on Route 110 in Tunbridge. The rain location is the Chelsea Town Hall. ∎ The Youth Shakespeare Project performs As You Like It on July 31 …

Beef Pollutes More Than Pork, Poultry

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Washington — Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says. Compared with the other animal proteins, beef produces five times more …