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Let Inga Tell You

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  • Let Inga Tell You: NYT crossword can really be a puzzle

    Let Inga Tell You: NYT crossword can really be a puzzle

    LET INGA TELL YOU: You can always test whether someone is a serious cruciverbalist (crossword puzzle person) if they know the answer to the clue "Bambi's aunt." Also if they do the puzzle in ink. Of course, there is a huge practice effect with crosswords. I initially started doing them because...

Kitchen Shrink

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  • Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    Kitchen Shrink: The herb garden of my dreams

    KITCHEN SHRINK: While recently chatting with a family friend, she exuberantly mentioned that she was whipping up a mixed-green salad with the herbs, lettuces and cucumbers that she freshly picked from her garden, as well as a marinara sauce with the Technicolor heirloom tomatoes overflowing in...

Frontline Cancer

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  • Frontline Cancer: Doctors debate best age to screen for colon cancer

    Frontline Cancer: Doctors debate best age to screen for colon cancer

    FRONTLINE CANCER: For some years, the rate of new colorectal cancer (CRC) cases in the United States has been dropping, thanks to increased screening. Men and women were advised to start getting colonoscopies at age 50, with follow-up frequency dependent on findings. Then last year, a study led...

Natural La Jolla

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  • Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    Natural La Jolla: Pocket gophers spend time digging intricate burrows

    NATURAL LA JOLLA: Last week, I spotted a little furry creature poking out of its burrow in the middle of a manicured lawn — it was a pocket gopher! Botta's pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) are native to California and are mainly nocturnal rodents related to beavers, squirrels, chipmunks and rats....

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