News Stories

December 2005

Maybe You Shouldn't Give an Ipod for Christmas

The latest high-tech injury is iPod finger, arepetitive-strain injury from pressing down on the littlemusic player's tiny buttons.

Chiropractor Carl Irwin says, "iPod users are constantlyusing small, difficult buttons with the same finger in arepetitive motion." The nature of modern technology meansthat these devices are only going to...

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Are Face Transplants a Solution or a Bigger Problem?

The newest kind of plastic surgery is the face transplant. This is not done for the reason ordinary plastic surgery is usually done, because someone isn't happy with the way they look. People who get face transplants have been extremely disfigured, usually from car accidents or fires. For them, this is a life saver, even if it means they end up...

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An Apple a Day?for Alzheimer's

Apples are almost a magical fruit?eating an apple a day is good for diabetics and for the rest of us as well, but one kind of patient nobody thought it would help was people with Alzheimer's disease. But it turns out that there's a definite link between fruit and vegetable consumption and memory loss in the elderly. If you want to stay sharp,...

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Blacks Invisible in Our Society

Newswise - Psychologists and media experts say that African Americans are still nearly invisible in many parts of the news media and the entertainment industry. The media often ignores African Americans, as both victims and heroes, in books, movies and TV shows, even when they are an major part of the story.


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God As a Mathematical Formula

In her new diary, Anne Strieber writes: "This coming weekend, in a subscriber interview with Gary Schwartz?the author of The Afterlife Experiments and the upcoming book The G.O.D. Experiments?I discuss my near death vision of God as a mathematical formula. While I have never written about this before, I did discuss it on Coast with Art Bell,...

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Mars & Venus?Alike or Different?

Men's and women's brains are alike?except when they aren't. Scientists can't seem to agree on whether Mars and Venus are the same or different. Some think that the differences between men and women are vastly overestimated and the two sexes are more similar in personality, communication, cognitive ability than we realize. BUT others say men and...

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Alaska Has Unique Accidents

Newswise - We've written before about how Alaska is the canary in the coal mine, when it comes to global warming. Another way that state is different: in Alaska, you are as likely to have a car accident from hitting (or swerving to avoid) moose as you are due to drinking alcohol.

40% of Alaska?s population lives outside...

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Will the U.S. Finally Sign the Kyoto Agreement?

The U.S. is facing increasing pressure to become a member of the international climate control agreement, known as the Kyoto Protocol, established in 1997, in which all nations agree to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Since we release 25% of the CO2 that gets into the atmosphere, there is intensepressure for us to sign this, but our government...

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Why We Regain the Weight We've Lost

Have you noticed that diet books are no longer the bestsellers they once were? This is because 85% of the people who go on diets gain back all the weight they work so hard to lose. Why does this happen and is it inevitable?

A new study offers insight into why it's easier to lose weight than to keep it off for good. Body weight is...

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40,000 Year Old Footprints Found

Geologists have found human footprints in volcanic rock in Mexico that is 40,000 years old. These are some of the oldest human footprints ever found. Looking at them brings forth the amazing revelation that humans just like us once walked here.

The footprints were probably made when early hunters walked across ash that had recently been...

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How Sex Influences Art

Steve Connor writes in the Independent about a new study showing that artists and poets have more sexual partners than ordinary people. This is true for women as well as men, and may be because sex is linked with creativity in the brain.

A survey found that creative people have twice as many sexual liaisons as non-artists. Many artists,...

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Gulf Stream Weakens Dramatically

As Whitley Strieber predicted it would in 1999, the Gulf Stream is now failing. It has diminished 30% in strength in just a few years, and it's impending end raises fears of much colder European weather. As outlined in Whitley Strieber and Art Bell's book Superstorm, which was the basis for the film The Day After Tomorrow. The consequences...

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Killer Kiss

A 15-year-old Canadian girl with a peanut allergy died after kissing her boyfriend, who had just eaten peanut butter. Peanut allergies may be on the increase because some baby products contain peanut oil.

Christina Desforges was almost immediately given a shot of adrenaline, which is the standard treatment for anaphylactic shock, but she...

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Mind Tricks

The New York Times recently interviewed professional baseball players, who all said that when they're on a hitting streak, the baseball looks the size of a grapefruit, but when they're doing badly, it looks about the size of an ant. The mind controls all sorts of things, including how we see ourselves and our bodies.

Whether you feel...

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