It Smelled Like Gen X Spirit

Every once in a while a fragrance comes along that causes a rupture in the history of olfaction as we know it, and suddenly it is clear that the scent of the world will never be exactly the same. Such was the case in October 1994, when CK One had its debut. It was the…

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All Black Everything

For those of us who grew up black in the 1980s, going to the movies meant picking a character to identify with and pretending that person was black. It was a great era for film: There was “The Breakfast Club” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Back to the Future” and “Top Gun.” But black people…

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Stuff Your ‘Rules’

It was the worst of times; just trust me on this. It was a time when almost every single movie ended with a wedding, no iota of nuance to be found anywhere, even if the woman in the movie had just spent 83 minutes prior making a case as to why she didn’t want to…

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When Grunge Made Blue-Collar Culture Cool

There were many reasons for a 16-year-old boy to love the noisy, brooding music known as grunge, but here’s a personal one: The bushy-bearded, drowsy-eyed guitarist for Soundgarden, Kim Thayil, looked like my uncle George. My father’s younger brother had been a sporadically employed welder and pot smoker who wore a ponytail, which was a…

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MDI biological laboratory receives $30,000 to support organoid course

IMAGE: A highly magnified image of a kidney organoid generated from stem cells. Participants in the MDI Biological Laboratory’s ‘Applications of Organoid Technology’ course will use such organoids to study kidney… view more  Credit: Leif Oxburgh Laboratory at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. BAR HARBOR, MAINE — The MDI Biological Laboratory has announced that it…

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In cancer research, a winding road to discovery

In 1961, people in the suburb of Niles, Illinois, experienced what they termed a «cancer epidemic.» Over a dozen children in the town were diagnosed with leukemia within a short time. Fears quickly spread that the illness could be contagious, carried by some type of «cancer virus.» News coverage soon identified several other towns with…

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High-tech pets designed to care for seniors

VIDEO: University of Cincinnati professor Claudia Rebola is working with educational, health, and industry partners to improve robotic pets for the elderly. view more  It’s no secret that pets bring joy to their owners’ lives. Caring for animals keeps us active, gives us purpose, provides stress relief and builds a loving bond — studies show pets…

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Early term infants less likely to breastfeed

IMAGE: Breastfeeding Medicine, the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, is an authoritative, peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal published 10 times per year in print and online. view more  Credit: (c) 2019 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers New Rochelle, NY, May 14, 2019—A new, prospective study provides evidence that «early term» infants (those born at 37-38…

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