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December 2010

Predictions

Every year, in January, our resident prophet John Hogue tells us what's going to happen in the coming year--and every...
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Resolutions

What are your New Year's resolutions? Do you want to lose weight? Save money? You're probably worried that--like so many of your previous resolutions--these goals will not be accomplished either. The solution? Ask yourself 'why,' not 'how.'
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Another Reason to Keep a Diary

One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to LOSE WEIGHT, and if it's yours too, here's something you should know: The first step to reaching your ideal weight in the New Year may be as simple as writing it down--Keeping a daily journal of meals and snacks is one of the best strategies of successful dieters.
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Was the Garden of Eden Real?

Human beings are twice as old as scientists used to think we are AND we may have originated in Israel, rather than Africa. Meanwhile, new species of humans are still being discovered: A 4,000 year old finger bone has been found in Siberia that may belong to an unknown type of human being that may have emerged from interbreeding with Neanderthals....
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Dust to Dust

Did you clean up for holiday guests? Some of that dust may have traveled a LONG distance to get to your house. And the amount of dust in your house or apartment is a good predictor of climate change.
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Don't Exercise, Tweak Your Genes

In the future, you may be able to forgo exercise and still stay healthy, by having your genes tweaked instead. By tweaking a single gene, scientists have mimicked in sedentary mice the heart-strengthening effects of two weeks of endurance...
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A Cold Cure That Doesn't Work

Winter weather brings on colds and flu. We already have a cure for the common cold (problem: the drug companies won't manufacture it), so many people visit the health food store for remedies....
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Those Who Can't Go Home for Christmas

Around this time of year, our thoughts turn to the people who will NOT be going home for Christmas. How do people cope going from prison back into society? Not well, which is why so many of them end up back in prison, usually sooner rather than later.

Psychologist...
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What to Avoid at Parties

At this year's holiday celebrations, try to avoid rooms filled with second-hand smoke (especially if you're pregnant): Exposure to nicotine during pregnancy leads to a decrease in adult stem cells and a change in the brains of the offspring. Researchers...
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Season of Birth

When we celebrate Christmas, we remember that Jesus was (supposedly) born in the winter, but this is not the best time to emerge from the womb. The season in which babies are born can have a dramatic and persistent effect on how their biological clocks function. The imprinting effect...
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Banana Mozart

This is the season for classical music! Listening to Mozart may (or may not) increase your intelligence, but one thing we know for...
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Chimp Toys

Didn't get what you wanted for Christmas? Chimps don't always either, so they improvise--giving us a window into how human children play.

Female chimpanzees seem to treat sticks as dolls, carrying them around until they're old enough to produce real chimp babies, while young males remain uninterested. This not only reveals that...
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Why Religion Makes People Happy

During the Christmas season, many people attend religious services who normally don't set foot inside a church. It's long been known that religious people are generally happier, but what's their "secret ingredient?" It turns out it's two things:...
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Earth Survived in the Past--Will It Again?

Life on earth may have survived a global freeze that occurred 700 million years ago. Researchers have found evidence in Australia that tiny microorganisms lived despite fierce cold and turbulent seas (so maybe we'll...
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Final Days of The Key

The Key--the most popular book we've ever published on this website--tells about a prophetic encounter that Whitley Strieber had with a stranger in a hotel room. It's been made into a play and is about to be produced as a movie, and it will soon be published by a mainstream publisher,...
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Christmas in July

More proof our weather is out of whack: When it's winter in the US and Europe, it's summer in Australia, which normally has temperatures of around 86 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year, but just like the UK,...
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Got the Christmas Blues?

With the holiday season in full swing, many people find themselves battling a form of the "holiday blues." And for many women coping with obesity and depression, new research finds that improving your mood might be the link to losing weight--something that's good...
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Save Rudolph!

Imagine Christmas without reindeer: We might someday have to do just that. But there's good news on the extinction front as well: Polar bears were added to the threatened species list nearly three years ago as their icy habitat showed steady, precipitous decline because of a warming climate. But it appears the Arctic icons aren’t necessarily...
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Polluted Butter

Pollution is everywhere these days--it's even part of your next holiday dinner! Scientists have documented what they think is the worst US case of food contamination with polybrominated diphenyl ether (...
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BRRR!

It's been a COLD winter in the UK. Climate change experts are warning that if humans don't moderate our use of fossil fuels, there is a real possibility that we will face the environmental, societal and economic consequences of climate change faster than we can adapt to them. At the same time, the UK (which is on an extreme Northern latitude but...
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If Holiday Happiness Eludes You

Having trouble being happy over the holidays? If everyone ELSE seems to be jolly this season, don't worry--you're NOT alone!
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Metal from Roswell UFO Crash

An extraordinary metal was found in the debris that came from the UFO that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in July of 1947--It was so thin, you could bend it and it would spring back into...
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Water It!

Once ignited, a dry Fraser fir, one of the most popular Christmas tree choices, bursts into flames in less than 7 seconds, and it will be consumed by fire in slightly more than a minute. But if a well-watered Fraser fir briefly ignites, the flame soon dies, which is why keeping your Christmas tree moist can be a matter of life-and-death importance...
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Medical Miracle

Christmas is the time to contemplate miracles and medicine has come up with a big one. After major accidents, we're all used to hearing calls from blood donors on the radio, especially those with rare blood types. But this wouldn't be such a problem if we could get blood...
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Brush Your DOG'S Teeth Too!

Get your dog ready for that Christmas party: Buy him a nice red sweater and BRUSH HIS TEETH! The problem isn't just bad breath: By the age of 3, about 80% of dogs and 70% of cats already have gum disease...
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Happy? Healthy!

Here's another reason to go to college (besides the fact that you're more likely to get married): People with a higher education are happier. But this isn't always the case: Meaningful relationships with other people can change this for individuals who do not have a lot of education...
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When Snakes Can Fly

Birds fly (of course) and some squirrels fly. Some dinosaurs flew. There's an old saying that something will occur "when pigs can fly." If you change that to snakes, it means it WILL happen, because these have been discovered in South Asia--climbing up trees then flinging themselves...
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Sun Twin

Throughout his long career, Zechariah Sitchin maintained that Nibiru existed, and now a new NASA probe seems about to prove him right. Our sun may have a companion that disturbs comets from the edge of the solar system--a giant planet with up to four times the mass of...
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Walk! (But Not on New Year's)

Walking as the best exercise for the body AND the brain. It's great for losing weight, and new research suggests that walking at least six miles per week may protect brain size and preserve memory in old age. But don't go for a walk on New Year's Day--more walkers are killed on the road on that day than any other time of year. It's called "...
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Computer Music

You can teach your computer poetry and slang, but you haven't finished its education until you've taught it how to listen to music. Artificial intelligence researchers have teamed up with musicians on an unlikely project: a digital conductor of improvised avant-garde...
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