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2008-07-06 18:00:00

By Mark Zaretsky, New Haven Register, Conn. Jul. 6--EAST HAVEN -- East Haven wasn't always the "greenest" town in Connecticut and wasn't among such green energy pioneers as New Haven, Bethany and Branford, even when the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund began offering grants to help spur alternative energy projects in 2005. But the landscape has changed dramatically. Electricity costs last year jumped by one-third, and last week the state Department of Public Utility Control granted 4.7...

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2008-07-01 06:10:00

More than a year after they took the hallucinogen found in "magic mushrooms," volunteers in a Johns Hopkins study rated the experience as one of the most meaningful and spiritually important of their lives, researchers reported today. The results suggest that hallucinogenic compounds, long considered taboo after widespread abuse in the late 1960s, represent both an untapped resource to help people cope with trauma, and a scientific tool for exploring human spirituality, the authors said....

2008-06-26 18:00:00

Bob Dylan . Yo-Yo Ma . Sheryl Crow . Jay-Z . These aren't musical acts in a summer concert series: They're artists featured on Barack Obama's iPod. "I have pretty eclectic tastes," the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview to be published in Friday's issue of Rolling Stone. Elton John , Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen , as well as jazz legends Miles Davis , John Coltrane and Charlie Parker , are also in the mix. Asked what he thought of rap, Obama said the genre has...

2008-06-25 09:00:00

By Nicolas Zimmerman, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jun. 25--Capt. James "Jae" Barclay IV rewards his dog, 10-month old Bryant, after a demonstration of his field training at The Pet Resort at Greensprings in James City County. (Adrin Snider, Daily Press / June 24, 2008) JAMES CITY -- -- Bryant, a 10-month-old chocolate Lab, panted at his owner's side Tuesday with the serene, glassy stare of the venerable house dog. A moment later, he flashed across a field to retrieve a training decoy,...

2008-06-18 21:00:00

By Susan Schell, The Peninsula Gateway, Gig Harbor, Wash. Jun. 18--Arnie Tucker is one of an elite group of graduates. Tucker recently "graduated" from an innovative exercise program at the MultiCare facility in Gig Harbor designed specifically for patients recovering from heart surgery. The cardiac rehabilitation program is offered at Tacoma General Hospital, but it also began at the Gig Harbor facility in January. That makes life a lot easier for patients like Tucker, who lives near...

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2008-06-09 10:00:00

People with health problems are turning to the Internet, setting up individual Web sites to give progress reports on their recoveries.In return, they get posted notes of encouragement and support - all without having to repeat the details in emotional and exhausting phone calls."I had already been burning myself out with phone calls" telling people," said Dave deBronkart, of Nashua, N.H., who was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year.Free online services like CaringBridge and CarePages have...

2008-05-20 16:22:23

DNA from an extinct creature has been resurrected in a live animal for the first time. The genetic material, extracted from the extinct Tasmanian tiger, proved functional in mice. "As more and more species of animals become extinct, we are continuing to lose critical knowledge of gene function and their potential," said researcher Andrew Pask, a molecular biologist at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Reviving genes from extinct animals can't bring them back to life, but it...

2008-05-01 16:50:04

Breaking up is hard to do, but not as hard as we think. New research suggests we overestimate the heart-crushing blow from a romantic split, and some of us make particularly inaccurate forecasts. "We're not saying breakup is a good time. We're not recommending it," said lead researcher Paul Eastwick, a psychologist at Northwestern University in Illinois. "But it's less bad than people think." In the moments following the breakup phone call (or text message), life can seem like a...

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2008-04-23 00:00:00

By Lisa M. Krieger SAN JOSE, Calif. - Did John Wilkes Booth shoot a dying man? That's the controversial conclusion reached by physician and amateur historian Dr. John Sotos, who says that President Abraham Lincoln was suffering from a lethal genetic cancer syndrome when he was shot at Ford's Theatre 143 years ago. "Lincoln was a rare man with a rare disease," said Sotos. He has self-published a 300-page book and 400-page database to support his conclusion, based on an exhaustive analysis...

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2008-04-03 22:40:00

A world class science project in Britain, dubbed "ËœAlice', is in jeopardy of being moved to the U.S. or Russia due to cuts in Britain's science budget.  The project, conducted at Daresbury labs in Cheshire, is the first particle accelerator of its kind in Europe. The cuts could take effect as early as July, shutting down the project after six years of design and construction and before it has a chance to produce results.Alice, short for Accelerators and Lasers in Combined...


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  • A blustering, bullying fellow; a pot-valiant braggart; a bully.
This word is named for Draw-Can-Sir, a character in George Villiers' 17th century play The Rehearsal.
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