News Stories

December 2008

Finding Out Who Reads

The most literate cities will surprise you! - A national survey measures a key component in America's social health by ranking the culture and resources for reading in America's largest cities, and two of them are in the same state.

The study identifies the top reading cities in this order: Minneapolis, Seattle,...

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Where are the Emissions Coming From?

It's still a mystery - Pollution cuts the earth in half and so does global warming. NASA satellites are tracking just where, on the earth, the most greenhouse gases are being emitted?so countries can no longer plead ignorance about what's going on within (or rising up from) their borders.

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Female & Fat?

?But STRONG! - Having an imperfect body may come with some substantial benefits.The hormones that make women physically stronger, more competitive and better able to deal with stress also tend to redistribute fat from the hips to the waist, so in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources, they...

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Ad Talk

The holiday season is almost over, and desperate retailers are bombarding us with advertisements that most of us can't afford to take advantage of. One of their most popular inducements is to try to get us interested in the latest fad.

Fadshave been a staple of American pop culture for decades, from spandex in the 1980s to skinny jeans...

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Why Quitting is Harder for Blacks

Everyone's top New Year's Resolution - Quitting smoking is one of the top items on most people's New Year's resolutions lists, and it certainly should be if you're black because blacks are more unhealthy than whites?especially when it comes to asthma?despite the fact that African-Americans are much less likely to smoke than...

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Torture

Will our next president take the United States out of the torture business? Human rights experts says that torture and political imprisonment are on the rise in many countries around the world and the United States is setting a bad example. A famous experiment?done in the past and replicated recently?may help explain why this is.

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Whitley's Journal: Christmas at Last!

In his last journal, Whitley seemed kind of gloomy, but he's cheered up for Christmas. In his latest journal, he writes: "Christmas has come, and with it a renewed sense of inner joy. I always have a rough time between October and December, because that's the part of 1985 that I was dealing with the visitors, but unable to consciously remember...

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Life on Other Planets

NASA can't keep it secret if it shows up on Google! - Scientists are expanding the search for extraterrestrial life?and they've set their sights on some very unearthly planets?and it turns out there are LOTS of them! But if we DO find life on other planets, there's a strong chance the general public will never hear about it....

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Do Unto Others

UPDATE from Marla Frees! - Many people think that Jesus was the author of "the golden rule," but he was actually demonstrating his scholarship by quoting Rabbi Hillel. But is this a good rule to live by? Only if by "doing unto others," you're talking about POSITIVE things.

Psychologists have discovered that, in everyday...

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Anne's Diary: A Spiritual Journey

Eight years ago, Anne Strieber wrote about Christmas as a spiritual journey. We feel that this diary is still important today, so we're reminding you about it for THIS Christmas. If you love Anne's diaries, support this site: Subscribe today!

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Christmas Smells

What would the holidays be without those familiar scents?the fresh spruce tree, peppermint candy canes, mulled cider? But alas, some of these smells can be torture for those of us who carry a specific gene.

We know that smells trigger memories and the absence of holiday smells would confuse our brains. Neuroscientist Tyler Lorig says...

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Church Keeps You Healthy

Christmas is a season of spiritual wonder. We know that prayer works, but going to church?

A new study strongly suggests that regular attendance at religious services reduces the risk of death by approximately 20%. And new archeological findings have unearthed evidence that over a thousand years ago, people believed that the soul was...

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Internet Access to Middle East Cut Again

It happened before, then it happened again and it's STILL HAPPENING: underwater internet cables from connecting Europe and Asia to the Middle East have been mysteriously severed.

BBC News quotes international businessman Jonathan Wright as saying, "We've lost three out of four lines. If the fourth cable breaks, we're looking at a total...

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A Classic Close Encounter

In this holiday season, it's nice to be part of a family where no one laughs at you for talking about your UFO experiences. In that spirit, we post an incredible experience sent to us by one of our readers.

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How to Be Happy This Christmas

In the holiday season's flurry of shopping, gift-giving, parties and celebrations, it's easy for the joy of the season to be lost in heightened anxiety and depression. Despite the recession, we need to remember: Christmas is a reason to be happy.

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Elephants in Zoos Have Shorter Lives

Whitley communicated with an elephant in Portland Zoo. Sadly, a new study comparing wild?and even working?elephants with those found in zoos finds that the zoo animals have much shorter lives, mainly because they don't get enough exercise, so they get too fat.

The average lifespan for African elephants is only 19 years, compared with 56...

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What Happens When YOU Get Cuffed?

Many of us are stressed out lately, and spikes of anxiety can cause some people's blood pressure to rise when a doctor is examining them, a phenomenon known as the "white coat effect." But new studies show that there is ALSO a "reverse white coat effect"?where some people's blood pressure goes DOWN in a doctor's office.

9% of patients...

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And When He's a Teenager...

What kind of driver will he be? - No matter what kind of car they have, we all know that teens are terrible drivers. Since he may not have someone watching over him constantly, what can you do? Now there's a solution!

Researchers have developed an automobile ignition key that prevents teenagers from talking on cell...

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Once You Have Him, How Will You Feed Him?

If you're pregnant, be sure to eat a low-fat diet, or else your baby may be fat too?all his or her life! A study in rats shows that exposure to a high-fat diet during pregnancy produces permanent changes in the offspring's brain that lead to overeating and obesity.

Researcher Sarah F. Leibowitz says, "We've shown that short-term exposure...

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Boy or Girl?

Which parent determines the sex of their child? - It turns out that it's mostly up to the man?if you ARE the dad! It may also depend on whether or not dad smokes.

Researchers found that men were more likely to have sons if they had more brothers (and vice-versa if they had more sisters). The same link was not found for...

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What Do Blind People See in Their Dreams?

People who grew up watching black and white TV often don't dream in color. But do blind people see ANYTHING in their dreams? One day we may be able to find out, because we'll be able to SEE other people's dreams!

In the December 16th edition of the New York Times, Anahad O'Connor reports that, depending on when blind people lose their...

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Wonder What Race You Are

We all think we know what race we?and the people we meet?belong to, but that's not always the case. Sometimes we define someone's race by the JOB they do. Now that we have a black president, will that finally change?

Is race defined by appearance, researchers have discovered that a person also be colored by their socioeconomic status. A...

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Something Surprising About Lefties

...something you wouldn't guess: they're SHY - Something we wouldn't have guessed: people who are left-handed are more shy and easily embarrassed than the rest of us.

In recent research, more lefties than righties said "yes" to statements like, "I worry about making mistakes."

But that doesn't mean that lefties...

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Do Those Expensive Cosmetics WORK?

Are the beauty claims made by cosmetic companies too good to be true? In a word, yes?sometimes in surprising ways. Some of us turn to them when we want to cover up the green in our skin, but creams claiming to have antioxidant properties can cheat ageing are probably worthless.

In this recession (which we predicted), we want to know what...

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What to Do if You Think You Have the Flu

IF you wear contact lenses! - When you feel a cold or the flu coming on, take out your contact lenses or reduce your lens-wear time, or your EYES may catch a cold too!

If you have extended-wear lenses, opt for daily contact lenses when you start feeling cold and flu-like symptoms, and still remove them earlier in the...

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Dogs Get Jealous Too!

Researchers claim to have found a basic form of jealousy in dogs (but do you know how to interpret your dog's tail wags so you can figure out if YOUR dog has this problem?) Before this, they thought that only primates (that's us!) were able to feel that emotion.

The researchers came to this conclusion because they discovered that a dog...

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Why Your Face is Red or Green

Not because it's Christmas! - We're all annoyed by those "red eyes" that show up in photographs when we use a flash. But did you know that men's FACES can turn out red too? (And WOMEN'S faces can look green!)

Why is this? Because male faces really do have a red tint, while female faces have a naturally green hue. We may...

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Crazy Ideas

How does science get new ideas? One way is to hold a contest. When the rest of us (who aren't geniuses) want to know something, we usually look it up on the internet. Now Google has released the top 10 searchers on their site for 2008. Alas they show a lack of imagination: Sarah Palin, Facebook and Barack Obama. No wonder most of us will never...

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Nuts!

If you're eating a traditional Mediterranean diet for good health, add a daily serving of mixed nuts, especially if you have metabolic syndrome (which so many Americans do!) And should you worry about your child becoming allergic to nuts? Finally, there is a mysterious shortage of acorns along the East Coast this year. They aren't on the ground...

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Pirates!

Still with us today - It's hard to believe that pirates are back in our world. In many ways, the Somali pirates bear a striking resemblance to those of the so-called "Golden Age" of pirates in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Piracy expert Eric Browne says, "Piracy requires certain circumstances in order to thrive...

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