News Stories

December 2010

Sunshine Secrets

This time of year, we're all indoors more often, meaning we often don't get enough of the sunshine vitamin (D). A recent study found that low AND high vitamin D levels were associated with an increased likelihood of frailty in older women. Women with vitamin D levels in the normal range were at the lowest risk. And different races react physically...
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Whales are Polluted

People are polluted and whales are too. Sperm whales throughout the Pacific carry evidence of exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which occur in oil, coal, and tar deposits, and are produced as byproducts of fuel burning. Some of them are carcinogenic, and high levels...
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Ancient DNA--What Can It Tell Us?

Researchers recently revived ancient bacteria that had been trapped for thousands of years in water droplets embedded in salt crystals. Is this a good idea? This bacteria been found inside salt crystals ranging in age from thousands to hundreds of...
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Are We Secure?

If you're getting ready to fly home for Christmas, you have to ask yourself this: Are airport scans and pat downs making us safer or playing into the hands of terrorists? Are they even...
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Chinese Food for Christmas Dinner

Westerners usually don't eat Asian food for Christmas dinner, but maybe we SHOULD, and there's no more need to be afraid of Chinese cuisine: It used to be feared that soy products (such as tofu) promoted breast cancer, but now nutritionists say that including soyfoods in a...
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Melt at the Top of the World

Pollution at the top produces melting there too. As the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world. And if the sea ice continues to melt, a new route connecting...
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What if You Could Reverse Aging

What if you could REVERSE the aging process--not only for your entire body, but for individual ailing organs, such as your heart, as well? Researchers have done it with mice: They turned weak and feeble oldsters into healthy animals through regeneration.
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Pollution at the Top

No matter how high up you go, you can't escape pollution. A new study of a glacier on top of Mt. Everest--the tallest mountain in the world--shows how true this is.
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Soldier Sounds

One of the joys of this season is listening to Christmas carols, but some of our brave soldiers are returning from war with a special problem:...
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Marriage In Trouble

There's not only a wage gap in the US, there's also a "marriage gap." In a striking reversal of historic trends, highly educated Americans are embracing a pro-marriage mindset even as Middle Americans are losing faith in marriage. Drawing on the latest national data, a new report concludes...
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Monkey Jump

Scientists have recently discovered a virus that killed a third of a monkey colony in a US laboratory AND jumped from the animals to a scientist, mimicking the way that HIV jumped from monkeys to man. Could this new virus spread out into nearby communities? The scientist who caught the...
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Wind Power? No Wind

One of the main substitutes for green-house gas emitting energy is WIND POWER, but we'd better build more wind turbines soon, because climate change can cut down on wind and make this technology useless. The prevailing winds in the "free" atmosphere about 1,000 meters above the ground are maintained by a temperature gradient that...
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We Live in a Huge Universe

Despite the fact that we haven't located ETs yet, it's almost inevitable that we will eventually, because there are three times as many stars in the universe as previously thought, meaning there are trillions of earthlike planets. This conclusion is based on new observations...
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Next WikiLeaks May Involve Some UFO Files

WikiLeaks may reveal some UFO secrets in its next release--assuming that the ferocious attempts to prevent any further leaks does not succeed. When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange did an online interview with readers of the Guardian in the UK, he said there were some references to UFOs in "yet-to-be-published parts of the cablegate archive....
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Your Bank is Spying on You

...And Jim Marrs, this week's Dreamland host and author of "The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy," ought to know! Banks aren't just giving you credit scores, they are issuing their customers "bank-depositor behavior score," based on your...
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Fat Pollution

Can pollution make you gain weight? It works that way with animals. New research shows that exposure to polluted air early in life led to an accumulation of abdominal fat and insulin resistance in mice even if they ate a normal diet. Animals exposed to the...
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That NASA ET Announcement

A highly anticipated recent NASA press conference which promised to "discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life" fell rather flat when it was revealed that what they were talking about was arsenic, not ETs. But scientists are excited because the discovery of bacteria that can...
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We Will Soon be Texting Holograms

You can teach your computer lots of things, but what can you teach your phone? We can now send people words, images and videos on our iphones--what if we could send them a moving, 3-D...
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When it comes to evolution, scientists tell us that we mammals started out small and only got to be human (and human-sized) after the dinosaurs died out. And diseases have their own evolution: How did HIV (and the AIDS it leads to)...
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An Addiction YOU May Have

You may pride yourself on the fact that you stay away from drugs, but if you eat too much, you may be an addict--to FOOD. Sweets and high-fat foods affect the brain the same way drugs do--and like drugs,...
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Antimatter Captured (At Last!)

At CERN, the particle collider in Geneva, scientists have captured antimatter atoms for the first time. Until recently, many physicists weren't sure that antimatter actually existed, except in the theory that postulates that during the Big Bang, when the universe was created,...
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Teach Your Computer Poetry & Slang

Computer programmers are trying to teach computers to "speak" to us, and a better understanding of how we use acoustic cues to stress new information and put old information in the background may help them produce more realistic-sounding speech. How to do this? Teach them poetry! Researcher Michael Wagner studied the rhythm, stress and...
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