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Women at War, Plantagenet Style: Five Questions for Sarah Gristwood, Author of Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses

The period of British history known as the Wars of the Roses recently came to attention, more than 600 years after it ended, when the bones of the late, unlamented Richard III were found in a parking lot near the spot where he fell in battle and was unceremoniously buried. But the war was not all about kings and battle: the Wars of the Roses involved women as much as men, some, as British historian Sarah Gristwood tells us, both tough and more than a little scary.
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To Drink or Not to Drink, or to Maybe Drink a Little, During Pregnancy

Is light drinking during pregnancy safe? Some studies suggest that it is and might even be beneficial for children's behavior. But there could be hidden risks, enough so to give a woman pause before she chooses to imbibe with any regularity while carrying her little one.
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The Merganser: Shark-Slaying Dandy

Jemima Puddle-duck he's not. Nor does he bear much similarity to any of the other fictional anatids that feather the pop culture pantheon. Neither Daffy nor Donald, nor, for that matter, the abrasively-voiced AFLAC insurance spokesbird, has either the sartorial panache or the wickedly serrated beak of the merganser.
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Avalanches: High Country Danger

Avalanches are a constant danger in the high places of the world, and surprisingly deadly ones at that. In most of the Northern Hemisphere, that danger recedes in April, only to pick up again in October—but even so, deaths by avalanche have been recorded in every month of the year.
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The Value of Music that Tickles the Brain

Personal taste in music differs dramatically, and yet, as a recent study shows, when we hear something we like, our brains light up in the same way. And what's more, the value we place on music we've never heard before is directly associated with how much it tickles our brains.
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Butterflies on Corpses: 5 Questions with Conservation Biologist Phil Torres

Writing and butterfly hunting are among the most intense pleasures known to man (according to novelist and avocational lepidopterist Vladimir Nabokov). Conservation biologist Phil Torres tells Britannica research editor Richard Pallardy about some of the challenges and rewards of tracking those beautiful insects in the Amazon.
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Of Eggs, Bacon, Coffee, and Cultural Exchange

Italy has been generous in sharing its rich culinary tradition with the world—and particularly the United States. Has the favor been returned? In the case of one classical Roman dish, the answer is (probably) yes.
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Rat, Meet Human: The Brain-to-Brain Interface

Ever wish you could control the thoughts of others? How about the thoughts of a rat? If that possibility had never occurred to you, consider it now. In the field of brain-to-brain interfacing, scientists walk the fine line between fiction and reality.
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“World Peace through Trade”: Remembering the World Trade Center

Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the World Trade Center. Prior to the completion of the Sears (now Willis) Tower in 1974, One World Trade Center was the world's tallest building.
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A Brief History of Basketball (Just in Time for the Final Four)

Invented in 1891 by a Canadian immigrant to the United States, basketball has since grown into a sport played and enjoyed around the world. Here's a brief look at its history, to the annals of which will soon be added the results of the 2013 NCAA Final Four competition.
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