Sholeh Patrick

Research: Do pets really make us healthier?

October 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

We should be careful with studies. They’re only worth what’s put into them — sample sizes, number of variables, control groups and other factors mean all studies are not created equal. A correlation does not a cause make, but then again, so...

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Research: Are serials making a comeback?

October 08, 2019 at 5:00 am

Books and newspapers aren’t what they once were. Not long ago nearly every household took a daily paper. Bedstands almost invariably sported books beside reading lamps, because novels took the mind away from the day’s stress to ease sleep. ...

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Research: New hope for wildlife prevention

October 03, 2019 at 5:00 am

Almost by accident, two Stanford University engineers have discovered a new way to prevent wildfires — a kind of prophylactic gel that could potentially last all season.Announced Sept. 30 at the National Academy of Sciences Proceedings, the...

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MLP: Good sentences don’t run

September 27, 2019 at 5:00 am

Your Mrs. Language Person has a short attention span. Get to the point, demands the Snitty Old Biddy, with quick efficiency. None of these long, snake-like sentences with run-ons, redundancies, and rambling ostentations — or pure laziness o...

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Research: What can we agree on? Politics!

September 26, 2019 at 5:00 am

OK, that’s a bit misleading, if technically correct: Americans do agree on (some) politics. If you missed Tuesday’s column, “What can we agree on?” is an experimental, intermittent series suggested by reader Barb Neal. The idea is that desp...

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Research: What can we agree on? Mental health

September 24, 2019 at 5:00 am

It baffles us in the news business to hear someone say they don’t pay attention to news. When I ask why, invariably I hear, “It’s too depressing.”The thing is, it isn’t all bad, or even mostly bad. There is much good news, reported daily in...

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Opinion: The making of an American

September 19, 2019 at 5:00 am

Some moments in life seem suspended in time, transformative. The best of those bring meaning not only to the person directly experiencing them, but to anyone lucky enough to share the joy.Tuesday held such a moment. If you caught our Coeur ...

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Research: Meet your North Idaho lake monster, Paddler

September 17, 2019 at 5:00 am

It pays to have pilot friends. After reading my Nessie column last week writer, photographer and pilot extraordinaire M.K. passed on a news tip: Pend Oreille has one. A monster, that is. To be fair, he didn’t exactly say “monster.” But he d...

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Mind your P’s and queues

September 12, 2019 at 8:44 am

The English are a funny lot — with some idiosyncrasies that seem as odd as, undoubtedly, ours must seem to them. Now that trips to the UK have become routine for us, thanks to our English daughter-in-law, one thing is clear: Whatever you ca...

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Americans saving more for college

September 10, 2019 at 5:00 am

American parents are saving more for their kids’ college. That’s good, because tuition keeps going up. According to the College Board, between 2008 and 2019, published tuition and fee prices rose by an average $930 (in 2018 dollars) at publ...

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