Scanning electron microscope image of human blood—a mixture of white and red blood cells, both of which are key components in the immune system.

There’s an old saying: “You eat a pound of dirt before you die.” The significance of this observation goes well beyond cleverness, though. 

The immune system thrives on struggle. That is, you must challenge and exercise it, lest it become lazy and weak.

It seems the stuff of science fiction, perhaps a plot twist in an apocalyptic Armageddon movie. 

A massive asteroid is careening toward planet Earth, and there’s no real way to stop it. Its trajectory is certain, and the projectile’s size is well beyond that which the friction of the atmosphere can burn up.

A strange shape barrels through the forest.

The creepy, crawling, prowling creatures may be walking or swimming among us. We know them as Sasquatch, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, even shape-shifters. 

Are they fiction or reality? That depends on how deeply you believe in cryptozoology.

A tenuous bridge between science and folklore, the field is far more cultural than it is clinical. But it’s also fascinating.

All the food groups are represented on this plate.

When I was growing up in the 1960s, my best friend’s mother believed she had proper nutrition all figured out—it boiled down to…boiled eggs. 

Every day without fail, Mrs. Quigley fed each of her four children a soft-boiled egg. She would place the cooked egg in a special cup, carefully tap the shell with a spoon, then shear off the top.

Topgun founder Dan Pedersen leans against a yellow plane wearing a grey fighter pilot uniform in 1956, at Whiting Field in Florida, where he entered primary flight training to become a naval aviator.

It’s perhaps the world’s most elite fighter pilot training program, and it became a household name with the 1986 release of the Tom Cruise movie classic Top Gun. A highly advanced Naval aviator graduate school, Topgun (in its proper spelling) is the home for the best of the best fighter pilots.

Helen Frankenthaler in her New York City studio, circa 1961.

Can you name five artists? Okay, now, can you name five women artists?

Even those who answer the first question with ease find themselves stumped by the second question.

A headshot of a young Kay Starr

She had a voice that could belt out any tune from any musical genre. Whether pop, blues, jazz, or country, Kay Starr’s vocals poured honey into the ears of television-watching, record-buying audiences for decades.

Starting from early childhood, she was a gifted singer. Born Katherine Laverne Starks in Oklahoma in 1922, Starr grew up in a humble, middle-American family.

Milicent Patrick working on the design of the creature from the black lagoon in her home studio in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

Earlier this year, actress Julie Adams passed away at the age of 92. Adams enjoyed a long and successful career in Hollywood, appearing in 50 films and even more television programs.

An old-style television features a swirling black and white hypnosis pattern, against a wall with the same pattern.

Not a week goes by without someone calling a report or headline they object to “fake news.” Defined as the willful spreading of false or malicious information in order to damage a person or institution, fake news is a centuries-old tactic.