Stories by Tasnim Shamma

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    Options for Green Burials on the Rise

    A small but growing number of people across the country are opting to decompose directly into the earth. In a 2007 survey by the AARP, 21 percent of Americans older than 50 said they would prefer an ecofriendly end-of-life ritual.
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    Sarah Palin's Controversial Tweets: 'Don't Retreat, Reload' (Again)

    When most public figures ran the other way, Sarah Palin showed her support for Dr. Laura Schlessinger and advised Americans to "b thankful 4 her voice." Schlessinger, a prominent radio-show host, repeatedly used the N word while talking to a black caller who was asking for advice about how to deal with racist remarks. Here are some other memorable tweets from the former governor.
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    The Youth Pill: Scientists at the Brink of an Anti-Aging Revolution

    Reading this book won’t make you any younger, but you will learn a lot about getting old. The race to find today’s fountain of youth, which is a story of scientists, investors, pharmaceutical companies, and lab rats, is getting close to real results.
  • New Jersey's Medical Marijuana Solution

    The medical-marijuana market, which is legal in 14 states and under consideration in at least 12 others, may benefit sick people. But it has proved a headache for regulators. Unlicensed dispensaries, crooked doctors, and fake medical-need cases have plagued early adopters like Colorado and California.
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    A Country for All: An Immigrant Manifesto

    It’s not called a “manifesto” for nothing. In six short chapters, Ramos humanizes undocumented immigrants, argues why you should care, and explains why reform is needed now. Above all, it’s an inspiring book that, if passionate to a fault, is soundly reasoned.
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    Quiz: Healthy Living for Every Age

    If you're familiar with the phrase, "You are what you eat", you know the first step to staying healthy is to eat the right foods and know how much is enough. Along with exercise, a healthy diet can help you lose weight, increase your stamina, ward off illness and reduce health risks. Not only will you feel more energetic, but you're also likely to avoid long stays at the hospital. Chronic illnesses result in a whopping 2.5 billion days of missed work each year, according the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and result in half of the healthcare expenditures in the U.S. Take this quiz to learn more about how you can stay healthy. To read more about staying healthy, see NEWSWEEK's "Healthy Living for Every Age".
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    Quiz: Guess Which Celebs Were High-School Nerds?

    Can you guess which of America's favorite entrepreneurs, celebrities, and athletes were nerds in high school? Take our quiz to find out what these stars were like as teens and where their high school ranks on NEWSWEEK's 2010 America's Best High Schools list.
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    Sex and the Desert

    Western Cinema has always been fascinated by sexed-up imagery of Arabian knights, Persian queens, and shirtless warriors