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Stories by Mandy Kendrick

Tasting the Light

Device lets the visually impaired "see" with their tongues

October 1, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

Mexico City develops health care plan to lure tourists

The Mexico City government announced a plan this week to boost tourism in response to the negative impact of the H1N1 “swine” flu. The city will pick up medical costs for any guest who gets sick while visiting.

July 31, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

Lawmakers and Farmers Clash on Food Safety Bill

The Food Safety Enhancement Act (H.R. 2749), a bill currently being moved through the House of Representatives and gaining attention over the summer, could give the U.S.

July 22, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

Depressed U.S. corn prices suggest that ethanol production is not causing a shortage of the grain

Corn-based ethanol production continues to rise; U.S. farmers planted 87 million acres of corn this year—two million more than the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) had initially estimated in March.  This news has driven down corn market prices, leaving farmers skeptical about the theory that ethanol production has caused a corn shortage and in turn inflated food prices in the U.S.

July 16, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

New analysis identifies pitchers at risk for shoulder injury

Arm injuries are commonplace among Major League Baseball pitchers, and such impairments may have cost a few notable pitchers, such as Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb, a chance to play in the 76th All-Star Game tonight.

July 14, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick

Desert plant plucks water from thin air

The arid Negev Desert in southern Israel is no match for the desert rhubarb, which plant researchers say has found a unique way to water itself.

The plant ( Rumex hymenosepalus ) has mastered collecting moisture in a region that receives just two to six inches [50.8 to 152.4 millimeters] of rainfall a year.

July 2, 2009 — Mandy Kendrick