| Jan 17, 2012
Elizabeth Brumfiel, a widely recognized scholar in the field of feminist archaeology who studied Aztec culture, examining not only the functional and economic significance of ancient relics but what scholars learned about changing gender roles and...
| Nov 6, 2011
| 1:00 AM
I hate wearing pants. They’re uncomfortable and restrictive, the waist too snug, the legs too itchy. And they deny people their inalienable right to see my calves, which I consider two of my best features.
Yet here I sit. In an office. In pants....
| Sep 27, 2010
Yoga guru Baron Baptiste says that when he was approached about developing a yoga program for multiple sclerosis patients, he grabbed the opportunity.
"It was kind of exciting to me to take my skills of teaching yoga and making the benefits of yoga...
| Sep 27, 2010
| 4:24 PM
A new study finds that nearly 40% of high-tech imaging scans conducted in the course of research reveal an unexpected abnormality that could be medically worrisome. These unsought discoveries -- known as "incidental findings" -- confront researchers with...
| May 24, 2011
Let's be blunt: If you like to take lots of vacation, the United States is not the place to work.
Besides a handful of national holidays, the typical American worker bee gets two or three precious weeks off out of a whole year to relax and see the...
| May 17, 2011
Ah, hindsight. Some of life's best lessons spring from the gnawing shoulda, coulda, woulda of missed opportunities.
Just ask any graduating college senior to reflect on the last four years:
If only I'd been more outgoing as a freshman, I might have more...
| Apr 3, 2012
You walk out of the house, and you find that your garage has been spray-painted by a vandal.
You see a guy toss a bag of trash out his car window.
Your lawn is a minefield because somebody walks their dog there and doesn't clean up.
These random acts...
| Sep 8, 2012
As we launch the 2013 Nelson Algren Short Story Awards Contest, we consider our relationship — as Chicago Tribune journalists — to the world of fiction. Though we are dedicated to the world of fact, we recognize that fiction can help us make...
| Jan 12, 2012
"Engineered Doomsday." "Mutant Bird Flu." These may sound like the names of disaster movies, but they are headlines on recent news reports about experiments involving the H5N1 influenza virus.
The H5N1 virus is known as a "bird flu" because it mainly...
| May 16, 2011
Whenever I hear about some amazing way to boost resting metabolism, my male-bovine-droppings detector goes berserk. Take the perennially popular one stating that 1 pound of muscle burns an extra 50 calories a day while at rest — so if you gain 10...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 5:05 PM
I don't know any Joneses, and if I did I wouldn't waste my time trying to keep up with them.
Not on pointless things like the price of my car, color of my lawn or size of my TV, at least. I do like to compete on the size of my belly though, in that...