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Premium Content A toast to your health ... and then some

 July 20, 2014; Updated: 3:13 pm

I went to St. Petersburg Russia last month with heart surgeon Dr. Mike Dewar and his Yale-affiliated group from the Almazov Foundation, a nonprofit group that trains Russian cardiologists and surgeons.


Premium Content House wren whistles while he works

 July 18, 2014; Updated: 5:55 pm

Is it compensation? Does the male house wren sing loud and clear to make up for what he lacks in size or might? These are questions common to those who share their yard with this tenacious little brown bird.


Premium Content Fate, steamboats and an assassin

 July 13, 2014; Updated: 4:55 pm

W.S. Chappell's store on State Street in New London was draped in crepe. Instead of the usual display of groceries, Chappell had filled his shop window with crucifixes and photographs. On Sept. 19, 1881, after two months of suffering,...


Premium Content Déjà vu: Another comet PanSTARRS

 July 6, 2014; Updated: 11:29 pm

There's a new comet in town, and it shares a nickname with a comet from last year.In 2013, I wrote about comets ISON and PanSTARRS. The latter was a comet with an orbital period of more than 100,000 years (long enough and irregular enough...



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