Footsteps: Retracing Truman Capote’s Moment in the Mediterranean Sun

Long before the alcohol and depression, the drug-fueled nights at New York’s Studio 54 and the promise of a Proustian novel that would never fully materialize, Truman Capote was heralded as one of the country’s most promising young writers. It was this Capote who met fellow writer Jack Dunphy in 1948. The two would end…

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Travel Tips: The Pros and Cons of Noise-Canceling Headphones

A little bit of silence. Sometimes that’s all we want. Whether it’s halfway through a 10-hour flight with a crying baby, or trying to sleep though the snoring from the hotel room next door, the promise of noise-canceling headphones is one that every traveler probably finds intriguing. Yet are they worth it? These headphones are…

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Work Out and Chill?

I’m a regular six-day-a-week exerciser and a fan of strenuous cardio workouts along the lines of hill sprints, running, high-intensity interval training and jump rope. But I find it difficult to exercise when the temperature rises above 65 degrees Fahrenheit. I get too sweaty, overheated and sluggish. Even the air-conditioned gym in my apartment building…

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

IMAGE: First author Veronica Toffolutti, Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. view more  Credit: Veronica Toffolutti The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene…

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Threatened sturgeon learns for the fitness

An international team led by IGB is providing one of the first proofs of the complex learning behaviour of fish in a recent study. The Atlantic sturgeon is considered extinct in Germany. The IGB is coordinating the reintroduction of these up to five meter large river giants and is investigating whether sturgeon training can increase…

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Research clarifies role of posterior parietal cortex in decision-making

To make judgements about an unknown sensory stimulus based on prior knowledge is a basic decision process, called perceptual decision-making. The posterior parietal cortex (PPC), one of the higher association regions of the mammalian cerebral cortex, has long been thought to play an important role in information processing during decision-making, as well as in many…

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Colorado nail salon workers face chronic air pollution, elevated cancer risk

IMAGE: CU Boulder civil, environmental and architectural engineering professor Lupita Montoya, left, and PhD candidate Aaron Lamplugh have been studying how Colorado nail salon employees are exposed to high levels of… view more  Colorado nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants such as formaldehyde and benzene, new University…

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New treatment for severe dry eye disease promising in early clinical trials

Participants in a phase I/II clinical trial of a new enzyme-based treatment for severe dry eye disease experienced reduced signs of disease and discomfort, according to a paper in Translational Vision Science and Technology. The trial compared eye drops containing a biosynthetic form of an enzyme called DNase with eye drops without the enzyme. DNase…

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