THE BRIDGEHUNTER'S CHRONICLES Mystery Bridge 22: A truss bridge made of wood
Here's a quiz for you: How many of you had either a set of Lincoln Logs, Tinker Toys, or something similar to that, when you were a child growing up? And if so, what kinds of things did you build wi... Posted on 4/23/13 at 4:19 PM
SLOWINGTHERACINGMIND We are Like the Weather
Bloggers note: I started this post several weeks ago and am back to it because this week has been much like that dayand I had the same thoughts but had not completed the post then. I hope you enjoy th... Posted on 3/20/13 at 7:03 AM
HEALTHBEAT Too stoic for antidepressants
Should people who are depressed take antidepressant medication, or should they just tough it out?
There's often a stigma surrounding the use of antidepressants, and it may be preventing people from g... Posted on 12/14/12 at 1:47 PM
CLOUDBURST 'Tis the Season
Sadly, the warm sunny days of summer are now just a fond memory. The chilly days of autumn have arrived to take their place, and soon will be followed by the long, dark, cold days of winter. We've al... Posted on 10/18/12 at 9:03 PM
STAFF BLOG EVERYTHING ELSE BY FORUM REPORTER J. SHANE MERCER Activity in nature appears to be good for mental health
Turns out that Mom’s incessant admonition to “Go outside and play!” was sound advice. Recent research found that just “five minutes of exercise in a park, working in a backyard... Posted on 6/14/10 at 2:08 PM
The last few weeks, our nation has experienced an economic crisis of staggering proportions. The chairman of the Federal Reserve has warned we have not seen anything like this since the Great Depression.
The immediate signs of the calamity appeared on Wall Street, as one financial titan after another toppled. But the credit crisis that began on Wall Street has the threat of spreading to every street in the nation — and while North Dakota appears strong, our home state is not an island. Our own economy is in danger.
Rising prices, falling home values, stagnant wages and tight credit. It’s a potent combination that has struck the American consumer hard.
In June, the second biggest rise in prices in nearly three decades muted the impact of billions of dollars in government stimulus payments, government figures showed Monday.
By Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press
, August 05, 2008
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke told Congress Tuesday the fragile economy is facing “numerous difficulties” despite the Fed’s aggressive interest rate reductions and other fortifying steps.
At the same time, Bernanke, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, sounded another warning that rising prices for energy and food are elevating inflation risks. This problem looms even as officials try to cope with persistent strains in financial markets, rising joblessness and housing problems.
By Jeannine Aversa, The Associated Press
, July 16, 2008
It’s a new frontier for psychiatric illness: Brain pacemakers that promise to act as antidepressants by changing how patients’ nerve circuitry fires.
Scientists already know the power of these devices to block the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and related illnesses; more than 40,000 such patients worldwide have the implants.
By Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press
, May 27, 2008
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