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A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Director/Writer:Steven SpielbergWarner Bros. and DreamWorks; PG-13; 140 minutesRelease:6/01Cast:Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor Don't take the young kids to see the Steven Spielb…

Human Carcinogens

"The Ninth Report on Carcinogens" The Ninth Report on Carcinogens, published May 15, 2000, lists 218 substances known or suspected to cause cancer. The Ninth Report added (or upgraded) 14 subst…

Forest M. Bird

Forest M. BirdBorn: 1921Birthplace: Stoughton, Mass Medical respirators—Bird developed the first highly reliable, low-cost mass-produced respirator in the world. His “Babybird &#82…

Fascinating but Deadly

Sharks, snakes, sea wasps, and blue-ringed octopuses by David Johnson More than 80% of all snakes are not venomous. Profiles of Dangerous Animals Animals Hippopotamuses, crocod…

The Devil's Dictionary

by Ambrose Bierce RESPECTABILITYRESPITERESPIRATOR -n. An apparatus fitted over the nose and mouth of an inhabitant of London, whereby to filter the visible universe in its passage to the lun…

Karen Ann Quinlan

Karen Ann Quinlan was the first modern icon of the right-to-die debate. She spent a decade living in a brain-damaged state from 1975 until her death in 1985. Karen Ann Quinlan was only 21 years old w…