Sholeh Patrick

Research: See why oldest man is always smiling

February 25, 2020 at 5:00 am

The world’s oldest living man says the secret to a long, satisfying life is twofold: Smile a lot, and let go of anger.Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan will be 113 on March 5 and was recently named the oldest living male by Guinness World Records....

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Research: NAACP: What it is — and isn’t

February 20, 2020 at 5:00 am

Competition is part of human nature. Perhaps that’s why better aspects of cultural tribalism are so often outweighed by the bad — behavior lending itself toward misinformation, unwarranted fears, discrimination and worst of all, violence.Al...

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What to do if SAD sets in

February 18, 2020 at 5:00 am

Much like every energetic kid doesn’t have AD/HD, the fact that most people feel happier on sunny days doesn’t mean they all have Seasonal Affective Disorder. But for those who do, SAD can become serious business.A form of depression relate...

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Research: The very best love is agape

February 13, 2020 at 5:00 am

Never mind overpriced flowers and candy. Love isn’t supposed to be about “stuff,” anyway. For Valentine’s Day, let’s explore love, starting with language.Language reveals much about how cultures see things. In English we have simply one wor...

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Take care of your ticker

February 11, 2020 at 5:00 am

February is American Heart Month — a reminder to take care of it, both literally and figuratively. Just as the individual capacity for giving and receiving love is key to quality of life, the heart’s physical health is key to extending its ...

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Research: Obsession with phones predicted back in ’53

February 06, 2020 at 5:00 am

Even to someone like me, guilty of decrying the evils of smartphones, it’s a shocking headline:“Vermont bill would ban cellphone use by anyone younger than 21.”If under-21s aren’t mature enough to smoke, drink, or own a gun, reasons the bil...

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Research: State names a linguistic melting pot

February 04, 2020 at 5:00 am

According to the History Channel, long before it graced Tennessee, “Memphis” was the name of the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch (Lower Egypt), meaning “good place to live.” Which had me wondering about other American cities and states, many ...

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Research: What’s in a name? January’s two faces

January 30, 2020 at 5:00 am

Far from being a “dead” language, Latin is alive and well — embedded in so many others, including English. Case in point: The calendar.A hodgepodge of tributes to deities, rulers and, simply, numbers, our calendar months are another modern ...

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Research: Happy new year, you rats

January 23, 2020 at 5:00 am

I suppose it was the plague.What else could have given rats such a bad reputation? They’re quite clever and make, as our family discovered, very sweet pets.And this is their year.Because Chinese astrology is based on the moon’s cycles, not ...

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Research: Living machines no longer sci fi

January 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

Don’t worry. These bots are itty bitty.If you’re a Trekkie (guilty), this will remind you of a certain Borg bombshell. How often “Seven’s” nanites came to the rescue — miniature bug-like machines from her bloodstream adapted to save a life,...

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