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There's something about the effect of heat on meat that transforms it into a savory dish only a vegetarian could resist. Heat enhances the taste, the texture, the smell of meat into a sensory festival of delight.  A sizzling steak off the barbecue, a rack of ribs, chicken on the rotisserie - scents that bring out the Cro Magnon that lurks deep within us. Take a walk through the neighborhood on a balmy summer night, inhale the aromatic wafts of smoke seasoning the air and you've captured a little slice of carnivorous heaven. So imagine what the smell of sizzling meat has...

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I must have the grimiest collection of canine-saliva-coated tennis balls in the city. You see, I live near an elementary school and a park where errant tennis balls hide under every bush, nook and cranny. It goes without saying that my grungy trove of tennis balls grows almost every time I walk my mouthy terrier, DJ. A dog foraging for old tennis balls...A pretty mundane slice of life, I must say, but it got me thinking. Whenever DJ finds one of those slimy rubber orbs, he keeps it in his mouth for the rest of our walk. He's like a...

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  Is it any wonder that carnivores are at the top of the food chain in virtually every ecosystem on land? After all, protein-rich meat was the secret sauce that fueled the growth and development of their brains to the point where they became masters of their domains. There's the lion, the bear, the wolf - just to name a few. A large brain gave them the ability to hunt with guile, to form social packs, to care for their young until near-adulthood. Why? Because brain-food is meat. Think about the animals with the highest intelligence; with a few exceptions...

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