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5 Things to Pack for Your Next Vacation

Macy’s In a perfect world, impending vacations wouldn’t involve any type of stress. With the modern-life necessities of wrapping up work projects and prepping for travel, though, a bit of stormy weather before sailing off on smooth seas is unavoidable. The one thing that shouldn’t add to your worries? Packing a suitcase. Here, five essential…

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Global Health: In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

BUSHORO, Uganda — Lying on a church pew with his arm over his head, 6-year-old Gordon Andindagaye whimpered a bit — in fear, not pain — as Dr. William A. Cherniak slowly swept a small ultrasound scanner up and down his chest. Dr. Cherniak and Rodgers Ssekawoko Muhumuza, the Ugandan clinical officer he was training,…

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Too Delicious Not to Publish

While I consider nearly every meal I make an opportunity for recipe development, sometimes the food I cook for myself at home when nobody is watching is, well, not very impressive. It can feel too simple, too beige or too boring to ever see the light of day. I lovingly refer to those dishes as…

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Venture Capital Is Putting Its Money in Astrology

As an Aquarius, David Birnbaum is naturally skeptical of astrology. But as an investor, he has zero doubts about the business potential of the $2.1 billion “mystical services market.” It’s an area that he has been trying, unsuccessfully, to invest in for nearly two decades. Mr. Birnbaum researched lots of astrology start-ups in the Web…

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A Joyful Oasis Thrives in the California Desert

YUCCA VALLEY, Calif. — The first time I drove east from Los Angeles to Flamingo Heights, I came to a stop behind a truck with a fairly blunt sticker on its sliding rear window: “Go Back to L.A.” It was a reminder that this rural town, just north of Joshua Tree National Park, has an…

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Medical News Today: ‘Harmless’ microbe may cause death of good gut bacteria

Good bacteria are imperative for gut health. New research finds that another type of gut microbe could be endangering the beneficial bacteria population. New research finds a microbe that may diminish beneficial gut bacteria. Trillions of microbes are present in the gut. The majority are bacteria. However, other types — including viruses and single cell…

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Searching Out the Hidden Stories of South Carolina’s Gullah Country

On an overcast June day, I parked my car under a live oak outside a weathered-looking church on St. Helena Island, S. C. I’d interrupted our family vacation for an outing to some of the cultural sites on this island where the Gullah Geechee culture has endured since the days of slavery. My nephews and…

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