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A HEALTHY APPETITE FOR SCIENCE: MARY ROACH ’81

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  Have you ever wondered why humans prefer crunchy foods rather than mushy ones? How do competitive eaters train to eat 36 hot dogs and is it possible for you to eat yourself to death? Is there any truth to reports that a superworm can survive in a bullfrog’s gut after it’s been swallowed? And…

THE COST OF NOT LEARNING FROM THE PAST

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On Saturday, June 28, 1919, the fifth anniversary of the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the treaty ending World War I was signed at the Palace of Versailles in Paris. And not a minute too soon. The war that was triggered by the archduke’s murder came close to destroying Europe.   In his new…

UNLEASHING THE POWER OF STATS

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There are “number” people, and there are “word” people. Left brains, and right brains. “Quants” and English majors. Or so most of us believe, and Lisa Dierker was no different when she entered Ohio State University in 1986, a first-generation college student paying her own way through school.  “I was terrified,” she says. “I couldn’t…