Today's Takeaway | November 30, 2012

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Grandparents, Old, Geriatric (Flickr: roblisameehan)

The Jellyfish that Could Hold the Secret to Immortality | 'Triumphs of Experience': Studying the Happy Life | New Movie Releases: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Anna Karenina' | From the Heart: Five Novelists Discuss Writing About Love | Will the Supreme Court Consider the Case Against DOMA? | Creating a Mold-Free Bread

Should Treatments Based on Junk Science Be Banned?

If a claim is made based on so-called 'junk science,' can it be the basis for fraud or criminal prosecution, or can such claims be banned in some way by the state as dangerous speech? Erwin Chemerinsky, is a professor and dean at the University of California, Irvine, School of Law.

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The Jellyfish that Could Hold the Secret to Immortality

Nearly 25 years ago, a young marine biologist stumbled upon a jellyfish that refused to die. They jellyfish would age, but when it became sick or suffered an injury, it would age in reverse until it reached its earliest stage of which point it would begin its life cycle all over again. Could this little creature hold the secret to immortality? Novelist and essayist Nathaniel Rich explains.

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'Triumphs of Experience': Studying the Happy Life

Between 1939 and 1944, more than 200 Harvard students – all "physically and mentally healthy" men – were recruited to participate in a study. The 200-some odd students had the privilege of being tracked by Harvard Medical School for the rest of their lives. Dr. George Vaillaint, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of "Triumphs of Experience" has been overseeing the study since his early 30s. He set out to discover what predicts a happy life.

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New Movie Releases: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'Anna Karenina'

The weekend is here, with two major movie releases this week. The Takeaway's Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, share their thoughts on "Killing Them Softly," starring Brad Pitt, and "Anna Karenina," starring Keira Knightly.


Creating Mold-Free Bread

Food waste is a massive problem in the United States. The average American family throws away 40 percent of the food they buy, and a great deal of that waste consists of moldy bread. A company called Microzap has decided to tackle this problem, with a technique that promises to keep bread mold-free for up to two months. Matt McGrath, science and environment correspondent for the BBC, explains. 

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From the Heart: Five Novelists on Writing About Love

At the Miami Book Fair International, five novelists sat down to talk about love: why it’s so appealing to read about, so hard to write about, and why we can’t get enough of it. It's the final part of our Love and Death series.

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