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December 2009

Why Do We Postpone Pleasure?

As New Year's rolls around again, we should all resolve to be happy. But why do so many of us put off pleasure until the future instead of enjoying ourselves now?

Have recent shocks like 911 (note:subscribers can still listen to this provocative show) and the financial crisis made people think they don't deserve to be happy? Airlines...

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New Year's Eve: What to Drink

And what NOT to! - When you're planning your New Year's Eve celebration, remember this: Drinking whiskey will give you a worse hangover than drinking vodka. If you're a man, maybe it's best to stick to beer: It's good for the prostate.

The reason whiskey is worse might lie in the number of "congeners" molecules in it,...

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What Will Happen

If contact comes? - Will the Visitors reveal themselves soon? Whitley's new journal talks about why contact may not come until our brains are ready for it. And for subscribers, Anne Strieber explains how the Grays are CHANGING our brains to make us ready!

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Marijuana Munchies

Most people will drink alcohol on New Year's Eve, but those who do something else may wonder where those marijuana munchies come from. People who smoke pot almost always raid the refrigerator afterwards, but what is it about marijuana that causes them to do this?

It turns out that it's all about having a sweet tooth: Researchers have...

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Flood Plugs

If waterworld is our path in the future, we may ALL need levees to keep away the water, and if they fail, like they did in New Orleans during Katrina, we'll need PLUGS.

Researcher Wil Laska has invented technology to quickly seal a levee breach and reduce floodwaters through the opening within four to six hours of detection, before the...

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Those Nasty Sprays

Let's try to make 2010 an organic year! Pesticides can be dangerous in surprising ways: For instance, Insecticide exposure may increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in post-menopausal women.

Farming and agricultural pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but it is...

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Cell Phones are OK

They don't crash planes and now DEAF people can use them! - Good news for the New Year: One thing we're all doing a lot of during this holiday season is talking on the phone. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, cell phone use has largely been limited to text messaging. But the future is here: Researchers have created...

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How to Save Our Cities

Plant trees! - One of the most important things we can do to save our cities from global warming in the future is to plant more trees now.

Researcher Brian Stone says, "Across the US as a whole, approximately 50% of the warming that has occurred since 1950 is due to land use changes (usually in the form of clearing...

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TWO New Journals from Whitley

Happy New Year! - Our subscribers received a couple of great Christmas presents this year, and now we have a New Year's present for EVERYONE who loves this website and our great radio shows and podcasts. First, a post-Christmas message about a problem that surprisingly few people are aware of: There are Christian communities in...

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When Stars Explode

New research suggests studying the shape of the aftermath of supernovas (exploding stars) may allow astronomers to figure out what caused them (before the same thing happens to our sun?)

A new study of images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory on supernova remnants (the debris left over from these explosions) shows that the symmetry...

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Dark Matter

Found in a cave? - Scientists have gotten a big Christmas present: Researchers at the Dept. of Energy's Fermilab near Chicago have detected signals of what CERN is looking so hard for: that elusive substance known as dark matter.

And what are these experiments that have everyone so excited? They're taking place inside an...

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Next step is machine intelligence - Quantum physicist Stephen Hawking says humans have entered a new phase of evolution, one that will be continued by our creation of intelligent machines. Evolution is one of the topics discussed in the Lloyd Pye subscriber interview this week.

Evolution used to proceed slowly, over...

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It's not Road Rage, it's

Wrap rage! - According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17% experienced an injury or knows someone who was injured while opening gifts during past seasons. Wrap rage is defined as anger brought on by the frustration of trying to open a factory-sealed purchase. A March 2006 story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quoted Todd...

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Is Christmas Dinner Dangerous?

It's Christmas time and it's evil corn yet again! When you eat that Christmas dinner, remember this: A diet high in fructose increases the risk of developing high blood pressure. And it doesn't take a lot of fruit: The high fructose corn syrup in those sodas and processed foods you eat and drink will do it. And high fat diets are not only...

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Christmas Can be Tough on a Marriage

How are marriages holding up in this recession? The holiday season, filled as it is with family, is a particularly tough time to have empty pockets.

It's an especially bad time to be a working-class man with no college education. Such men have borne the brunt of job losses since 2007, and new research finds that men are 61% less likely...

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Should Parents Let Kids Believe in Santa?

At Christmas time, almost every parent reaches the point where their child wants to know if there really is a Santa Claus. Parents regularly lie to their kids with the best of intentions: Is this the right thing to do?

Child psychologist Charles Smith notes that while Santa may not be a flesh-and-blood person, the cultural truth of St....

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Wine: Good for Your Heart

But NOT so good for your teeth! - Just in time for Christmas dinner, there is good news and bad news about wine (and alcohol in general): Wine is good for your heart but bad for your teeth.

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Replacement Bees?

Will there be flowers (and food crops) next spring? European Honey bees are dying off, leading farmers to worry about how to pollinate their fields. A replacement for them might be the native American bumble bee. A recent study shows that native bumble bee species have consistently high pollination and seed production levels in red clover. What...

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How to Have a Joyful Christmas

Don't try so hard so hard to be happy - It may sound crazy, but it's true: It's the pressure to be happy that often leads to sadness and even depression during the holidays.

Psychologist Samuel Gladding is on a mission to redefine what it means to be "happy" during the holidays, which is why he's challenging the...

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Having Trouble Singing While Pregnant?

Here's why - You'll need your voice to sing to your baby after he or she is born, but if you're having trouble singing Christmas carols while pregnant, don't be surprised.

One of the most dramatic hormonal fluctuations occurs during pregnancy, and many professional singers have experienced difficulty singing while...

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Why City People Get Depressed

Too much light at night! - If you find yourself staying up late waiting for Santa, here's something you should know: Too much light at night can lead to symptoms of depression. Most intensive care units are brightly lit all night long, which researchers have learned leads to depression, the last thing these patients need. If...

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That Mysterious Underwater City

Off the coast of Cuba - French underwater archaeologists have told a Paris newspaper that they have discovered submerged ruins off the coast of Cuba while examining satellite imagery. In 2001 French/Russian explorer Pauline Zelitsky, operating in the Caribbean near Cuba, announced the discovery of ruins at a depth of 2,300 feet...

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Yellowstone: About to Blow?

New detailed seismic images of the "plumbing" that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano shows a plume of hot and molten rock rising at an angle from the northwest at a depth of at least 410 miles. Does this mean it's about to blow?

A study used gravity measurements to indicate the banana-shaped magma chamber of hot and molten rock a few...

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Songs of the Whales

Sounds like they're worried - Whales aren't singing the way they used to. Their voices become deeper every year, and scientists are worried that this may be a sign that they're in trouble. The same thing is happening to whales all over the world.

Whale researcher Mark McDonald first noticed this phenomenon 8 years ago....

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Psychics Killed in Middle East

It's hard to go on fighting for democracy in Islamic countries, when people are being killed in these places for witchcraft and (now) for being a psychic.

On the Paranormal Review website, Roy Stemman writes about a business trip to Saudi Arabia ten years ago, where a tour guide offered to take him to Deera Square in Riyadh. He refused...

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Baseball Problems

Isn't the season over? - Who's thinking of baseball now? We have basketballand football to watch. But with the annual winter baseball meetings under way, fans wonder whether the expensive long-term contracts their favorite team gives to big name free agents will give them the incentive to play hard. Are those big salaries worth...

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Is Your Neighborhood Healthy?

Your neighborhood may be gaily decorated, with Christmas lights on every house, but is it a healthy place to live? Not if there's a Meth lab nearby!

When authorities discover a "meth house," they decontaminate it by removing chemicals, getting rid of carpeting, cleaning walls, and airing the place out for a few days. Researcher Glenn...

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Life on the Moon

We've already found water on the moon and now scientists from India say they've found signs of life there as well. The instruments on their first unmanned lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, picked up signs of carbon, the main building block of life, on parts of the moon's surface, just before it crashed into the moon's south pole in November.

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Sunspots Not the Problem

Alas, it's us humans - People are in denial about climate change (and other things as well), but no matter what they say, scientists insist that sunspots and solar cycles are not the cause of current global warming.

The idea that sunspot activity is the cause of global warming just isn't true. The problem started with...

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The World's Biggest Dump

Something most of us are not aware of: An amazing amount of trash is dumped into the ocean. It comes from landfills and from cruise ships that throw their trash directly into the sea. The ocean is becoming more and more acidic, and a surprising amount of debris is being dumped in space too.

Outer space security has become an increasingly...

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