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Mike Layfield

There's no place like home in bioterror attack

Imagine, for a second, that the grim predictions of bioterror come true. Imagine that somehow, somewhere, a terrorist group plants a lethal virus on American soil, and now it's only a matter of time before the contagion finds a path to your doorstep.

University math whizzes make their mark

Question - if a certain mathematical exam gives contestants six hours to answer 12 problems, how many minutes should each contestant spend per problem if they distribute their time evenly? If your answer was 30 minutes per problem, you might be ready to participate in the William Lowell Putnam Competition, North America's premier mathematical challenge. "It's definitely the big enchilada," said Mathematics Prof.

Some literally dying for more sleep

The shrill wail of an alarm clock breaks the morning silence, causing millions of groggy Americans to fumble instinctively for the snooze bar. But the damage already may be done, according to University of California-San Diego psychiatrist Daniel Kripke, who recently found that too much sleep could be a matter of life or death. Kripke's results appear in last month's issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. In the largest study of its kind, Kripke and four other medical professionals tracked the sleeping patterns of 1.1 million adults between the ages of 32 and 102.

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