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5 ingredients for a smooth holiday
There are lots of recipes for holiday joy. It's all about combining the right ingredients for your family to make the coming weeks meaningful and fun. We have rounded up five ideas that could become part of your own seasonal recipe for success.
Spider adapted to life on space station
After a space voyage of almost 42 million miles, Nefertiti the "Jumping Johnson" spider landed at the Smithsonian's Insect Zoo at the National Museum of Natural History last week.
How an experimental film changed the way we see Chicago
Perhaps no American city appreciates being at the center of the universe more than Chicago. Workmanlike and down-to-earth the majority of their days, Chicagoans savor those moments when all roads lead to the prairieland.
Slate's Explainer: A pink slip from the pope
How common is it for a bishop to be fired by the pope?
How animals spread diseases to us
Studies have shown that about 75 percent of emerging infectious diseases are of animal origin, as are 60 percent of all known pathogens.
VIDEO: Christmas lights dance to 'Call Me Maybe'
This home in Bel Air, Md., features decorative Christmas lights with a special talent - it can "dance" to music. This video shows it synced with one of the year's biggest hits, "Call Me Maybe."
When revealing HIV status turns deadly
Recent results from the Women's Interagency HIV Study, the largest ongoing study about women living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, found that between 24 and 78 percent of women living with HIV/AIDS report a history of domestic violence.
Why birth control is still a big idea
I spent most of my time this year advocating for better access to family planning around the world. Early on, I told everybody who would listen that I wanted to help put contraceptives back on top of the global health and development agenda. Visiting women in developing countries, however, I realized that this framing didn't quite capture my message.
Urban outfitters serves striped bass in bid for shoppers
Next month, Tommy Bahama is opening a restaurant at its new flagship store in Manhattan. Shoppers will be able to buy one of the chain's signature tropical print shirts, then order the macadamia-nut encrusted snapper.
U.S. birth rate plummets to its lowest level since 1920
The U.S. birth rate plunged last year to a record low, with the decline being led by immigrant women hit hard by the recession, according to a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center.
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