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“Gabion” is not the name of your daughter’s old boyfriend. Stemming from the Italian “gabbione,” or “big cage,” gabion is the term used to describe big cages of rock used for many purposes throughout history. The ancient Egyptians used gabion-like reed baskets filled with rocks to prevent erosion along the Nile River. more
1. MEASUREMENTS: How long is a cubit? 2. MEDICAL: What malady would you have if you suffered from “striae gravid arum”? 3. TELEVISION: What long-running soap opera is set in Genoa … more
Your nose is running. You are coughing and tired. Are you sure it’s just a cold? You could have influenza, commonly referred to as “the flu.” Although common, the flu can be serious and even lead to hospitalization or death. Knowing the difference between a cold and the flu is very important in order to get the right care, prevent worsening symptoms, and help prevent the spread to others. more
Smelling salts have been used to revive someone who is feeling faint or has lost consciousness since the days of the Romans. But it was not until the 18th century that smelling-salt holders became fashionable. Smelling salts (ammonium carbonate and water) release an ammonia gas that irritates the inside of the nose and causes rapid breathing. This means more oxygen is inhaled. Ammonia was made from shaved deer horns in ancient times and often was called “spirit of hartshorn.” Victorians often used perfume with the smelling salts. more
With technology advancing in leaps and bounds around us, perhaps the one thing that has generated the most buzz involves the marriage of the automobile with the computer: a connected car. Here are some important things to know about connected cars. more
NOW ON DVD and Blu-ray “Dunkirk” (PG-13) — Christopher Nolan brings to life in a handful of words the uncertainty and terror, the hope and heroism of 300,000 soldiers stranded on a beach a … more
Operation Gratitude has surpassed 2 million packages sent to deployed service personnel, veterans, wounded warriors in hospitals and their caregivers at home, emergency personnel and the children of deployed service members. more
Home is your sanctuary, the place where you should feel the most secure and protected. It’s not surprising that you might store your prized possessions and valuables at home as well. more
Several food and nutrition trends were in the spotlight this year, including the continued rise of plant-based diets, non-dairy ice creams and superfoods that are blasts from the past – legumes, apples and cabbage. It can be easy to experience nutrition whiplash in the New Year, but don’t be a victim. Get a jump-start on understanding the top nutrition trends that will impact quality of life and make it easier to add important vitamins and nutrients to the body. more
One thing I love about studying food is the insight that culinary traditions give you into history and culture. While researching the preparation for The Feast of the Seven Fishes, also know as The Vigil, which contains a unique way of preparing fish, I discovered a delicious recipe for Pasta with Sardines and Lemon Caper Sauce. This budget-friendly recipe is packed with flavor and uses only a few, high-quality ingredients. It’s the perfect dish for feeding and serving a crowd. more
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