Archaeologists excavate NY colonial battleground
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Archaeologists are excavating an 18th-century battleground that was the site of a desperate stand by Colonial American troops, the flashpoint of a massacre and the location of the era’s largest smallpox hospital.
The site’s multilayered history poses unique challenges for the dig, which is being conducted in a state-owned park that has served as a natural time capsule amid the summertime bustle in this popular southern Adirondack tourist destination.
Colleges woo Native Americans with new programs
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Elijah Watson knows he wants to go to college. He also knows that it will be difficult to leave home on the Navajo reservation if he does.
The 17-year-old was reminded of the tough decision he’ll face next year when he participated in a weeklong celebration in March of his cousin’s Kinaalda, a hallowed Navajo ceremony marking a girl’s transition into womanhood.
Read those books
You’ve probably met a book freak or two in your life. They will spout off things like how books can change your life, how good books smell and how they can spend all day reading. They are obsessed with books. Other people, however, couldn’t care less about the hobby and don’t see how it could be an important one. After all, we live in a society where math and science rule. In a technological kingdom, story books have become insignificant. When was the last time that you visited a library to get something other than free wifi?
Those who would rather see the movie than read the book, however, may be depriving themselves of important emotional and intellectual exercises. In other words, people who read more are more sympathetic and better problem solvers. Studies reported by Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, state that “Readers of fiction tend to have better abilities of empathy and theory of mind.”
Seeds of good living
Every flower, tree and nutritious fruit and vegetable begins life as a small, powerful seed. Inside that tiny seed hides all the elements needed to start life. You can benefit from the regular presence of seeds in your diet as much as any sunflower or pine tree.
Seeds are surprisingly rich in many of the essential nutrients needed for a healthy lifestyle. In fact, researchers have spent a lot of time investigating just how good seeds are for you. While not all the evidence has been deemed conclusive, there’s some indication that these little guys can lower bad cholesterol and raise the good stuff, improve heart and lung health, improve digestion and reduce risk factors for cancer.
Summer cocktails more potent than you think
WASHINGTON — How strong is that pina colada? Depending on how it’s made, it could contain as much alcohol as two glasses of wine.
The National Institutes of Health is trying to spread the word: Take a look at its online alcohol calculator to see how much you’re really drinking with those summer cocktails.
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