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November 2010

What Makes Homegrown Muslims Turn Radical?

In the past few years, people in the US and UK have been horrified to discover that many of the terrorists in their midst are "home grown," that is, citizens of their countries who have embraced a radical...
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What Light Does

Sleep with the blinds closed! Exposure to even dim light at night is enough to cause physical changes in the brains of hamsters (and humans?) that may lead to depression. But light DOES kill superbugs, which must be why, when you're in the hopsital, nurses come over and shine a flashlight in your eyes at night!
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Famous Diet Book Now a Download

Anne Strieber's famous diet book "What I Learned from the Fat Years" is now available as a download! When she found her clothes were getting too tight, she thought they had all shrunk, until she realized she had gained weight due to Type II...
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Why We're Fat: Still a Mystery

After eating that big turkey dinner, you're probably feeling fat, and most of us are fat and getting fatter--why is this? Most people would say it's because we eat too much and exercise too little. But that answer, while valid, may be a little too simple--there may be many other causes for obesity.
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Major NDE Study

At 18 hospital emergency rooms here and in the UK, researchers have put pictures on the ceilings to test whether patients who are brought back to life after cardiac arrest can remember seeing the them during an NDE--an out-of-body experience. (NOTE:...
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UFOs Seen by Astronauts

During the STS-80 mission, which was launched on November 19, 1996, the Space Shuttle Columbia took a crew of five astronauts on an 18 day trip around the Earth, the longest flight in the history of the shuttle. During the flight, astronaut Story Musgrave looked out the shuttle windows and saw a large, disc-shaped object. After years of silence,...
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Embarrassed by Your Archaic Phone?

If you plan on asking Santa for a new cell phone, but aren't sure you'll get one, turn your old phone into an iphone instead! Input Dynamics has developed software which can tell you where to tap on a cell phone screen tell exactly to tap on it to activate its various functions. In BBC News, Dave Lee quotes researcher Simon Godshill as...
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To Eat Less, Work Harder

If you work hard cooking that Thanksgiving dinner, you'll not only enjoy it more, you're likely to eat less of it. It's commonly accepted that we appreciate something more if we have to work hard to get it, and a new study bears that out, at least when it comes to food. It seems to suggest that hard work can even enhance our appreciation for fare...
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Not Too Much & Not Too Little

After you eat Thanksgiving dinner, you may find yourself getting sleepy, because turkey contains a natural sleep-inducing amino acid called tryptophan. This is GOOD because cutting back on sleep reduces the benefits of dieting BUT sleeping too much may cause you to die younger....
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Why People Misbehave on Black Friday

"Black Friday" is a strange name for the official first day of the Christmas shopping season, but people may have started calling it that because shoppers behave so badly in their rush to capture bargains.
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Airport Scanners Unsafe

Scientists used to tell us that airport scanners deliver a low dose of X-rays and were therefore perfectly safe, however not all of them agree. Some researchers think they can lead to skin cancer because most of the energy from the scanners is delivered to the skin and underlying...
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Can We Clean Up Our Trashy Oceans?

There are millions of tons of trash floating in our oceans, much of it plastic (meaning it won't disappear anytime soon). Scientists are now trying to figure out how to clean it up. The largest "floating island" of plastic trash is in the North Pacific and covers an area twice the size of France. Other trash islands have been discovered...
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Don't Miss This Incredible New Insight!

In his incredible new Insight, futurist John L. Petersen, of the Arlington Institute (who has written an earlier Insight as well) addresses the new TAS...
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The Scan & the Pat Down

As millions of Americans get ready to travel home for Thanksgiving and Christmas, many are worried about airport scanners and quite a few are resentful of the pat-downs they are receiving. In 2003, we posted a story about this.
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Are You Allergic to Your Cell Phone?

Talking too much on your cell phone can be dangerous, but in a more subtle way than you might think. There are all kinds of allergies and it turns out that chatting endlessly on your cell phone can lead to an allergic...
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Are You Allergic to Sex?

Here's an unfortunate allergy! While sex can be good for you (in many ways), it turns out that even brushing your teeth or waiting hours after eating may not prevent some partners of people...
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Moms Have Bigger Brains

God may change the brain, but being a mother does too! (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). New Moms often feel their brains have turned to mush, but new research shows that motherhood may...
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Mysterious Bird Deaths

First frogs start dying from a mysterious fungus, then bees begin dying off too. Now it's birds...
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Polls NOT Accurate

Opinion polls can affect the way people vote--even on Election Day. The sad thing about all this is that they are NOT accurate! When a recent post-election analysis measured the accuracy of polls leading up to midterm elections, the findings indicated not only inaccuracies from a number of polling organizations, but BIAS in their predictions. What...
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Massage: Not Just a Luxury

Is massage really a healing touch? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). A massage can make your immune system stronger, so you're more able to fight off colds and flu. Researchers report that people who...
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The Final Word?

Although debate continues, independent studies with long-term follow-up strongly suggest an increased risk of brain tumors related to the use of cellular or cordless phones. Researcher .B. Dubey says, "We conclude that the current standard of exposure to microwave during mobile phone use is not safe for long-term exposure and needs to be...
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Brain Excitement

Every day our brains are flooded by stimulation--sounds, sights and smells. (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). At the same time, we are constantly engaged in an inner dialogue, ruminating about the past, musing about the future. Somehow the brain...
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How to Predict Hurricanes

There seem to be more destructive hurricanes every year. Atlantic hurricane activity gets stronger and weaker over a cycle of several decades, and we've been in the active part of that cycle for the last 15 years. Scientists now say they have found a way to forecast hurricanes in the Atlantic--not just for the upcoming year, but for several years...
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Climate Change Means More Allergies

Bad news for 35 million allergy sufferers: ragweed, fungal spores and poison ivy are thriving due to rising carbon dioxide levels. Additionally, leaves fed by heightened levels of carbon dioxide enable fungi to reproduce more rapidly and spread more allergenic spores, leading to higher rates of allergies and asthma. Plant physiologist Lewis Ziska...
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Space Bones

Long-duration spaceflight may have a long-term negative impact on bone health. Exposure to weightlessness during spaceflight results in rapid bone loss. Researchers recently set out to determine the impact of long-duration space missions on long-term bone health by assessing the bone mineral density of astronauts. The researchers studied 28 US...
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The Plague Trail

The innocent-sounding children's song "Ring Around the Rosy," is actually a description of the symptoms of the plague, also known as the "Black Death," which peaked in Europe between 1348 and 1350, still exists in animal populations around the world, and has resurfaced in humans in Africa and Madagascar. It's been wiped out in...
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Why Stress is So Serious

Stress can make you fat, and it can do a lot WORSE things too--it can make your cancer spread faster. Chronic stress acts as a sort of fertilizer that feeds the spread of breast cancer. Researchers have discovered that stress is biologically reprogramming the immune cells...
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Astronomers Can See the Future

Just like this week's Dreamland host psychic medium Marla Frees! Most of what we see in the sky at night is very old, since it takes the light from distant stars a long time to travel to us. This means that astronomers are used to looking millions of years into the past. Now scientists...
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Climate Change: Blame the Cities

All over the world, people are moving into cities from the countryside, because young people want jobs and older people want a more convenient lifestyle. These changes could significantly affect global emissions of carbon dioxide over the...
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Are Ipods Making Us Deaf?

The number of young people who are going deaf due to the overuse of headphones keeps increasing, and poor kids are being hurt the most. Of the almost 9,000 16-year-old girls who took part in a recent study, poor teens had the worst hearing. However, researcher Abbey Berg says that "just because there's an association, it doesn't mean cause...
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