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Why You Feel the Urge to Jump
Have you ever stood in a high place and felt the urge to jump? Judith Dancoff did one beautiful, clear day on Deception Pass Bridge, a narrow two-lane causeway that ribbons between two islands north of Seattle. If she followed her compulsion to leap, death at the bottom of the steep ocean gorge 180 feet below would be almost certain...
America Is Getting the Science of Sun Exposure Wrong
Nautilus ASJA MEDICAL WRITING AWARD 2015
Her mum frowns on it. Cancer experts once all warned against it. But these days you’ll find Vandana Verma, a 29-year-old secretary in Melbourne, Australia, sitting outside at lunch wearing no hat, no sunscreen, her arms and legs exposed because her doctor told her to. Her physician prescribed daily sunshine (along with vitamin D supplements) after a blood test...
Mother of Invention: Robot Pioneer Helen Greiner
The salesman hovers nervously as the petite woman in the generic brown pantsuit grabs the Roomba from the Brookstone exhibit wall, carries the frisbee-shaped robot vacuum to a low, wide shelp, the hits the on button. It beeps, vibrates and rotates straight for the 2-foot-high ledge. "Uh, no. That's not how you...." the sales rep tries to intervene in what looks like a pending robo-plunge....
Secrets of the Bonobo Sisterhood
Ms. Magazine ASJA PROFILE AWARD
Tourists in straw hats and flip-flops press their noses to the glass, trying to make sense of a strange, yet oddly familiar scene in the bonobo ape enclosure. One woman in the crowd, though--the scientist with long blond hair, denim miniskirt and black platform sandals--isn't at all perplexed.....
The New York Times
THE marketing campaign generating so much free publicity for a giant cosmetics company shows real women, rather than anorectic teenagers, in white bras and panties posing next to the slogan, ''New Dove Firming. As tested on real curves.''
Inhaling Their Food
The New York Times
IN her best-selling diet book, ''French Women Don't Get Fat,'' Mireille Guiliano says that when she was an exchange student in the United States she gained 20 pounds from the American way of eating -- specifically from junk food.
The Zone Diet Wars: "Medical Miracles" Hard to Swallow
Los Angeles Magazine, ASJA FEATURE FIRST PRIZE AWARD
HOLLYWOOD-The miniskirted personal assistant is desperate. She just sped all the way from Malibu to buy a case of The Zone Center's special snack bars,but they're sold out. "Don't you understand?" she whines...
While Nasdaq Burns: Last Web Hurrah
The New York Times Magazine
'This is big -- really big," said Bill Sarpalius, a former Texas congressman, taking in the scene at Boot Camp for Start-Ups.While the Nasdaq imitated sine waves on computer screens around the world, Sarpalius and everybody else in sight networked wildly...
With Debts Paid Online, Check Is in the E-Mail
The New York Times (Circuits)
The check was not in the mail, not for the last 10 years. Philadelphia salesman Serdar Danis had lent $15 to a walletless friend one night a decade ago, but had never been paid back. As time passed, it just seemed too petty to mention. Until now...
Fat-Fueled Electricity: Pedaling away the energy crisis Marketplace Public Radio (5 min., 2.59 Mb MP3) LA PRESS ASSOC. AWARD