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Millennials, boomers, Gen X labels are ‘nonsense’

Most of the stereotypes tied to so-called generations are ugly and insulting – whether it’s the greed and materialism associated with “boomers,” the narcissism...

Career setbacks: Are they helpful or hurtful in the long term?

How do early career setbacks affect our long-term success? Failures can help us learn and overcome our fears. But disasters can still wound us,...

Too early to call e-cigs unsafe

Whether they’re warning us about the risks of fat, salt, alcohol or electronic cigarettes, public health authorities tend to mislead – with the best...

Robot overlords not worst outcome

Members of the general public are smart not to get too worked up when celebrities such as the late Stephen Hawking or Elon Musk...

The good and bad on sun exposure

There’s plenty of public awareness about the dangers of skin cancer, but much less about the benefits of sun exposure. Our skin isn’t just...

Romaine scare is … reassuring

Is nothing safe anymore, now that the U.S. government is warning of the danger of leafy greens? The alert not to eat romaine lettuce...

Get started on carbon capture

It’s past time to start investing in technology to suck carbon out of the atmosphere. There have been enough small-scale demonstrations that show carbon...

Health scares sow confusion

I’ll refrain from saying there’s an epidemic of health scares, because overuse of the word “epidemic” is a common scare tactic. But let’s just...

Workplace wellness programs benefit the healthy most

A number of studies have pointed to the potential benefits of workplace wellness programs – from increased gym use to decreased health care spending....

Why we’re so unprepared for flu

It’s surprising how easy it is to brush off dire existential threats. We remain, for example, unprepared for the next pandemic flu, though experts...
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