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Several years ago, a school bus full of elementary students in Massachusetts was evacuated. A potentially deadly item was found on the floor. Was it a gun? A bomb? A blood-contaminated hypodermic needle?

No, it was a peanut.

Over-the-top responses to peanuts aren't uncommon. People are under the impression that the mere whiff of a peanut is enough to send some kids to the emergency room. But, that's simply not true. The molecules in peanuts that are responsible for aroma are not the same as the ones that trigger allergies. Also, an allergic reaction only occurs if...

1152328_16239381In today s issue of the Wall Street Journal, ACSH friend Lenore Skenazy (whose blog, "Free-range Kids" is not to be missed) and co-author Peter Gray discuss the educational importance of child s play and why missing out on playtime can hinder the development of valuable life skills.

The authors point out that as children head back to school, we should be less concerned about them having forgotten lessons they learned last school year, and more concerned about the lack of...