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Microbe

For the past five years, scientists have been studying a fragile and little understood eco-system the human body. Specifically, they studied trillions of microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, and other microbes that thrive on humans.

Faith and Force book cover

Should the CIA continue remote-control drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists? How involved should the U.S. be in the Syrian civil war and the infighting in Libya? What about a preemptive strike against the Iranian nuclear program? How does a nation, or an individual, decide if, when, and how to engage in acts of war?

Letters to the editor

“Plugged in: The virtual classroom”

September 2013 issue

Ready to learn online

Your article on the virtual classroom is so interesting and well-written. How can I access some of these online courses?

—Sharon M., email

George Barris

When George Barris attended his graduation at Sacramento, California s San Juan High School in 1943, it should have been a joyous occasion. But when it came time for him to receive his diploma, he found no words of encouragement. Instead, his principal pulled him aside and made the snide remark that he was the least likely in his class to succeed.

When I Retire

It seems that nearly everyone has a retirement dream. Some dream of travel and time to pursue their passions. Others see themselves volunteering or becoming entrepreneurs. And still others envision themselves becoming ninja warriors, eating ice cream for dinner, and riding their bicycles indoors.

Reenactors line up as soldiers

President James Madison called it “the second war for independence.” Others have labeled it “America’s forgotten war.”

The man behind the twilight zone

All the world knows him as the mysterious man who opened and closed each episode of The Twilight Zone, the clipped staccato of his speech as much a trademark as the twist endings to his stories. The mellow baritone of his voice proved the perfect compliment to his words: You unlock this door with the key of imagination.

Barber

Over the next 20 years, 32 million Americans will reach retirement age. While just a generation ago, most older Americans happily traded in their working lives to pursue well-planned and well-funded retirement dreams, today s potential retirees don t necessarily have the same freedom of choice their predecessors enjoyed.

Construction worker

We celebrate Labor Day every September. Unfortunately, for too many of us, it s one of the few times that we connect labor with celebrate, and only because it s a day off from work. But what if we viewed work as an intrinsically good thing (as in the book of Genesis) that will go on forever (as in Revelation)?