Stories by Anneli Rufus

Anneli Rufus is the author of several books, most recently The Scavenger's Manifesto (Tarcher Press, 2009). Read more of her work at subscribe to Anneli Rufus's feed

Posted on: Nov 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A new app could make your smart phone the best protector you ever had -- but is that a good thing?

Posted on: Oct 25, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Pets are being stolen and sold on the street to dog-fighting rings or research labs.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

We don't think of hospitals as places where we can get sick. But that's what they are, far more commonly than the healthcare industry wants us to know.

Posted on: Oct 19, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Studies show pretty people make more money--so should ugly people be designated disabled members of a disadvantaged minority meriting compensation as a protected class?

Posted on: Oct 11, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Super-spawn stories are becoming common because sperm banks behave like corporations.

Posted on: Sep 23, 2011, Source: AlterNet

For most of history, meals were very variable.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Wake up and smell the McCafé: Cold cereal, donuts and orange juice are breakfast staples because somebody somewhere wanted money.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The Bread Project helps addicts, the homeless, the jobless and the formerly incarcerated learn to bake dark rye, fruit tarts, and other sweet and savory treats.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Cooking competence no longer matters. That's a good and a bad thing.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2011, Source: AlterNet

If a growing phalanx of scientists get their way, prescriptions for psychedelic drugs could be yours within 10 years.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The fascinating history behind one of the most popular foods on the planet.

Posted on: Jun 1, 2011, Source: AlterNet

The waters off Libya are a NATO no-fly zone, which is good news to poachers: No inspectors. No surveillance.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2011, Source: AlterNet

A world-renowned Bible scholar says the Bible is full of fibs, forgeries and downright lies.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Could it be that America is actually turning less violent? Or are we as violent as ever — but have simply found different ways of assuaging our urges?

Posted on: Nov 26, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Alternative theories abound on why developed countries have such high rates of allergic reactions.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Watching chefs' glistening blades slash fat, muscle and bone is the grotesque new fad in high cuisine.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Fast-food chains are being blamed for the 30 percent national obesity rate, and they know it. But is their new food any healthier?

Posted on: Sep 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Shoes spur cravings, compulsions and crimes as no other clothing does, and the true cost of making them is just as surprising.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Experts warn that we're getting bamboozled by huge makeup markups.

Posted on: Aug 30, 2010, Source: AlterNet

What makes glasses so expensive? Oblong plastic lenses? Plastic and metal frames? We're getting screwed.