"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books."
—Sir John Lubbock (1834-1913) British banker, politician, naturalist. British Wild Flowers
- It Has Been 100 Years Since The Passenger Pigeon Became Extinct Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:15:00 -0400
- Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant bird, but they were also the cheapest protein available. The last passenger pigeon, Martha, died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.
- To Model Manhood, Immigrant Dads Draw From Two Worlds Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:55:32 -0400
- Many immigrant men in the U.S. work hard to hold onto definitions of masculinity from their native countries — while also rejecting more rigid gender roles that may be the norm in their homelands.
- Showboat Casino Is Latest In Atlantic City To Close Its Doors Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:08:00 -0400
- The casino's closure will be followed today by the shutdown of The Revel. The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino will likely close Sept. 16. They are casualties of competition from outlets in other states.
- 151 Years Later, Pickett's Charge Hero Gets Medal Of Honor Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:53:00 -0400
- Wisconsin native Lt. Alonzo Cushing's award caps a nearly three-decade campaign to get the Civil War battle honor through Congress.
- It Might Sound Stupid, But Maybe It Isn't The Economy This Time Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:21:13 -0400
- An oft-repeated bit of campaign advice held that, "It's the economy, stupid." But maybe in this mid-term election cycle, that's not quite right.
- Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana's Abortion Law Mon, 01 Sep 2014 08:51:00 -0400
- The law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges to a nearby hospital. The judge's ruling allows the law to take effect, but doctors who break it won't be penalized.
- More Evidence That ADHD Drugs Don't Curb Ultimate Height Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:03:14 -0400
- Some earlier research hinted that Ritalin and Adderall can hamper a child's growth. But a study of adults who took the drugs as kids now suggests any such effect is only temporary.
- Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:22:00 -0400
- Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects.
- Our Use Of Little Words Can, Uh, Reveal Hidden Interests Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:17:00 -0400
- When we talk, we focus on the "content" words — the ones that convey information. But the tiny words that tie our sentences together have a lot to say about power and relationships.
- Pretending To Be A Medical Patient Pays Off For This Teen Mon, 01 Sep 2014 03:14:00 -0400
- Gabrielle Nuki hopes to be a doctor someday. So when the 16-year-old found out that she could work as a fake patient helping to train medical students, she jumped at the chance.
- Showboat Casino Closes After 27 Years On Atlantic City Boardwalk Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:02:00 -0400
- It was one of three casinos closing within the next two weeks as Atlantic City deals with the impact of increasing competition from casinos in neighboring states.
- Federal Judge Blocks Enforcement Of Louisiana Abortion Law Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:48:00 -0400
- Lawyers and advocates disagree over whether the judge's order affects doctors at all five abortion clinics in the state or only those at three clinics whose lawsuit challenges the measure.
- Guantanamo Defense Lawyer Resigns, Says U.S. Case Is 'Stacked' Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:25:00 -0400
- One of the lawyers for self-proclaimed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed resigned from the Army last week. He tells NPR the government is putting on a "show trial."
- Coast Guard Calls Off Search For Small Plane That Crashed In Ocean Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:53:00 -0400
- The apparently unconscious pilot of the single-engine aircraft drifted into restricted airspace over Washington, prompting F-16s to be scrambled.
- Corvette-Eating Sinkhole Will Be Filled In, Museum Says Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:44:00 -0400
- When a gaping hole opened up under a clutch of classic cars at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky, the disaster became a favorite exhibit. But the museum's board has decided to fix it, anyway.