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Baking as a frontal lobe workout: how scientists use their skills at home

Baking as a frontal lobe workout: how scientists use their skills at homeA scientist who studies brain development in children, and is also the mom of two small kids is sure to have a lot of inner dialogue reviewing their parenting performance.
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The science behind turkey brining, tryptophan and the perfect Thanksgiving roll

The science behind turkey brining, tryptophan and the perfect Thanksgiving roll What gives baked goods their texture? How does turkey brining work? Does tryptophan really make us sleepy? 

Penn scientists identify possible key to gauging extent of concussion

Penn scientists identify possible key to gauging extent of concussion Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have identified a protein that may be able to predict the severity of an athlete's concussion.

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Behind the scenes at the 2014 National Dog Show — what you won't see on TV
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Behind the scenes at the 2014 National Dog Show — what you won't see on TV

Maybe it’s just the slightly smooshed nose transitioning into his royally wrinkled jowls, but the bullmastiff seems to smile indulgently at me as he waits to enter the breed judging ring with his handler. He’s almost as big
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Managing to be thankful, after divorce, on a dramatically different holiday

Wishing upon a departed turkey’s wishbone was one of my favorite Thanksgiving traditions as a child. Like fairy tales, this peculiar custom satisfied my romantic side. Reality knocked the wind out of that romanticism a

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Turnspit Dogs: The rise & fall of the Vernepator Cur

Turnspit Dogs: The rise & fall of the Vernepator Cur

From The Kitchen Sisters' latest food special, Hidden Kitchen World,  we hear the little-known story of the turnspit dog. Beginning in medieval Britain, and right up through colonial America (including the Philadelphia
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How old is too old? Two ethicists debate quality of life as we age

How old is too old? Two ethicists debate quality of life as we age

How is this for a headline sure to catch your attention: "Why I hope to Die at 75." It was the title of an opinion piece written earlier this year for The Atlantic by Zeke Emanuel, chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and
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