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She’s got the beat: Marta Ptaszynska plays a mean marimba, writes music too.:A professor of composition, the Polish native plays percussion and turns colors into chords of
emotive sounds.

Those Kids Today: New research shows that today’s teenagers, contrary to their portrayal in the media as baggy-pants-wearing slackers, comprise what sociology professor Barbara Schneider has dubbed the “ambitious generation.”

  Life Without Sleep : When William Shakespeare wanted his witches in Macbeth to utter a horrible curse, he had them deny their victim sleep. Nearly 400 years later, in the May 27 New England Journal of Medicine, medical researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of California at San Francisco describe the first case of a neurological disorder that matches the witches’ curse: sporadic fatal insomnia (SFI).
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