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Doctor Mysterian

Spock’s Brain

Heartland Healing

The Hidden Pitfalls of GMOs

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SummerBest: The Mid-Year Indie Rock Report

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They Don’t Teach These in Medical School

Heartland Healing

2015.07.20 happy sticker mind-2 How We Lost Our Mind

Let’s start with something we all know. Every adult understands the concept that we have two parts of the mind, a conscious mind and a subconscious mind. We know the conscious mind’s role. It does stuff like analyze and calculate. It looks at data and offers opinions as to right action. In short, the conscious mind thinks. But it wasn’t always that way.

The subconscious, on the other hand, runs everything else. It...

Doctor Mysterian

Our carless future

The world is about to be transformed by self-driving cars. Once these self-directed vehicles are introduced, they will quickly take over -- road accidents will become intolerable when we discover just how often they happen, how deadly they are, and how frequently they are caused by human error. Expect our roads to be almost entirely free of human-driven vehicles within 15 years.

In this new world, there will be no...

-1 Sidventures in Austin and beyond

The tale of "Sidventures," a photo book that doubles as a children’s story, starts here in Omaha, on a frigid December day in Dundee. Alex Hopes was just hanging out at home when he got a phone call that would eventually alter his life.

He told The Reader about it in an email interview from his home in Austin, Texas, where he now makes a living as a photographer.

Hopes said when he answered the phone, a friend on...

<p>In the future, the audience will be in charge.</p> The audience takes over

The future of theater will be very different from the present. Instead of the quiet temple of performance we now experience, it will be a noisy, active space, with audience members visible and openly interacting with the play. Audiences are now discouraged from doing anything other than applauding at the end of the play, but in future performances they will be able to express disapproval even as the play is going...

2015.07.14 hidden poison-with-skull-crossbones-hi-2 Hidden Toxins in your Food

Every few days we hear of a new outbreak of tainted food reaching the American consumer. Hey, accidents happen, right? The 75 million who fall ill and the 5000 who die annually from food-borne illness are collateral damage when an error occurs and an overload of E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter or Listeria gets past the back door of a food factory. The United States Department of Agriculture is tasked with...

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