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Stories by JR Minkel

Run to Starbucks, get less cancer?

At first glance, this new droplet of research linking caffeine mixed with exercise to protection against skin cancer in mice seems like grounds for excitement.

July 30, 2007 — JR Minkel

How a fake word from The Simpsons ended up in a perfectly cromulent string theory paper

The Simpsons Movie debuted this weekend to higher-than-expected sales, bearing testament to the show's enduring popularity. If you needed any convincing that after 18 years on the air The Simpsons has thoroughly penetrated the popular consciousness, consider the following usage of the word "embiggen," one of the many fine references with which one Simpsons fan can detect another...

July 30, 2007 — JR Minkel
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The Essential Guide to the Modern World

The Essential Guide to the Modern World