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October 29, 2009

"Behind the screams" of horror movies

There's an added layer of fear this Halloween season with the smash hit movie "Paranormal Activity" terrorizing audiences across the country. But why do we enjoy being scared? It may help us work through our fears, says University of Minnesota Art History professor Robert Silberman, an expert on horror films.


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October 22, 2009

Health care reform 101

There's likely no other issue in America right now that's as contentious as health care reform. It's difficult to tell which is rising more - the cost of care or the passion of the debate. Jean Abraham, assistant professor in the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health and a health economist, explains how we got to this point.


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October 15, 2009

Female athletes combat stereotyping through Twitter

What effect do new media like Facebook and Twitter have on female athletes? That's the question the University of Minnesota's Tucker Center is setting out to answer. Kinesiology professor Mary Jo Kane says the mainstream media traditionally depict only the femininity and sexuality of women in sport, but social media have the potential to counteract that.


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October 8, 2009

"Green Revolution" loses its father

His high-yield crop innovations have been credited with saving nearly a billion lives around the world but a part of him just wanted to be a Midwestern wrestling coach. University of Minnesota alum and Nobel Prize-winning scientist Norman Borlaug passed away last month and a close friend of his, university wrestling coach J Robinson, says, in a way, his "friend Norm" was able to live out that dream.


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October 1, 2009

Ready to run

It's Twin Cities Marathon time and runners have been preparing to hit the pavement. Whether it's the 26-mile haul or a 5K you'll be tackling down the road, University of Minnesota Family Medicine and Community Health physician Bill Roberts has some tips to stay on track.


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