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Stories by Lynne Peeples

Going the 'last mile' to deliver better health to villages in the developing world

It's not always patents and price tags that keep lifesaving medicines from reaching people living in remote villages in the developing world. When donated medical supplies arrive in countries such as Mozambique, for instance, they are typically distributed to the provinces by national authorities.

September 4, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Can fearful memories be erased?

In the movie Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind , Joel and Clementine's relationship ends so sourly that the couple elects to have their mutual memories swept away via a non-surgical procedure called "targeted memory erasure." No such tool actually exists.

September 3, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Music to Monkeys' Ears? Try Metallica, or the Metro

Music is known to induce terror and tears, as well as inspire dance. Even basic human speech itself is laced with emotional direction: a musical pattern of long drawn out sounds versus short brief ones can be the difference between calming and exciting a child.

September 2, 2009 — Lynne Peeples

Will watermelon rejects be the next biofuel?

Twenty percent of watermelons never make it to the picnic table. Rather, one in every five is left to ripen and rot in the field, rejected for even the slightest of cosmetic imperfections.

August 25, 2009 — Lynne Peeples