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Ten Quechua words that are widely used in Spanish and English too

Editor’s note: Although hundreds of Quechuan words have been incorporated into the Spanish spoken in the Andean region of Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (notable examples include achachay for cold, borracho for drunk and chuchaqui for hung over), many others have become part of the Spanish language almost everywhere. A few Quechuan words are in common […]

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Five myths about testosterone: No, it didn’t cause the 2008 market crash

By Rebecca M. Jordan-Young and Katrina Karkazis  Testosterone has a fascinating double life: A molecule with a precise chemical structure, it also has an outsize cultural presence, winning praise and blame for a wide range of characteristics typically associated with masculinity. Many of the claims go well beyond or even directly against the scientific evidence about what scientists […]

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Wines of the Languedoc – Minervois, Corbières, and more

By Giovanni Cambizaca Burgundy, Bordeaux, the valleys of the Loire and the Rhone, these are some of the most famous French wine regions, but France’s more obscure vineyards can also produce excellent wines. The Languedoc-Roussillon region produces vast amounts of wine, and although much of it is forgettable, there are some great bottles to be […]

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The end of plastic? New plant-based bottles will degrade in a year

By Jillian Ambrose Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from “all-plant” bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers. A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil […]

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The world depends on one country for its pharmaceuticals and dietary supplements: China

By Shirley Chan “Millions of Americans are taking medicines, generic drugs made in China and made with ingredients from China,” said Rosemary Gibson. “We’re so dependent, if China shuts its door on exports, after a number of months our pharmacy shelves would become pretty bare.” Gibson is a senior advisor with the Hastings Center. She is […]

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Los Vaqueros

It was the end of an unseasonably hot day and not a leaf stirred. Tiny particulate, back-lit by rays of the diminishing sun, seemed to float like a dirty mist over the scene. Darwin, Edie and I were pretty worn out after spending the day in the countryside celebrating with the people who call the […]

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Really? Low-carb fights the pandemic?

By Ted Kyle Like a dog with a bone, Nina Teicholz is not ready to let it go. She has a point to make and a book to sell. It’s all about pushing everyone to eat a low-carb diet. No matter what the problem, we find her telling us that low-carb diets, with plenty of […]

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How do you check out and debunk conspiracy stories? By fact-checking

By Jack Goodman and Flora Carmichael Speculation about a future coronavirus vaccine is ramping up and social-media posts from anti-vaccination campaigners are gaining more traction online. We’ve been debunking a few recent claims. Why the microchip rumours don’t stack up First up, a conspiracy theory about vaccines that has spanned the globe. It claims that […]

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Everything you should know before making your own dog food, straight from a vet

By Emily Weaver If you’re a dog owner, you know it’s one of the most rewarding experiences, but it comes with some rather large responsibilities, the most important being determining what food your four-legged friend should be ingesting. Between other duties like proper grooming and exercise, it can be difficult to build a well-balanced food plan. Whether your dog […]

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Vitamin D for immunity? Additional info and a great graphic

Editor’s Note: Marion Nestle, Ph.D (molecular biology), and emeritus professor of nutrition at New York University writes one of my favorite blogs, “Food Politics.” In my recent column about immunity and vitamin D, I explained that it is necessary to obtain sufficient vitamin D from food and from sunshine — vitamin D is essential for […]

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The Languedoc: From Cathars to Cassoulet

By Giovanni Cambizaca The last time I was in France, I stayed in a small village in the Haute Garonne, midway between Toulouse and the Pyrenees. One morning, I had an early start to take some friends to catch a train in Narbonne, and on the way back I decided to visit the Cathar castle […]

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Should you freeze an avocado? What about pineapple?

Ecuador is tops for avocados. As I wrote in December, avocados are one of the most healthful foods on earth, and here in Ecuador, we’re in ‘avocado heaven’! They’re quite inexpensive, fresh, and so abundant that you may want to buy a bunch and freeze some for later. Another favorite fruit is pineapple. I just […]

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