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November 2011

Why Rules Don't Work

Rules don't always work--quirky coincidences can mess up the best-laid plans. In fact, rules that are supposed to ensure minimum standards may in the end serve only to LOWER standards further than they might be...
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Poisoning is on the Rise!

The Bible verse, "Thus shalt not suffer (allow) a witch to live" in Exodus 22:18 has long been a burden for Wiccans, but it's a Medieval mistranslation (which may have even been intentional)--it REALLY should read, "Thou shalt not suffer a POISONER to live."...
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World War III Will be Caused by Climate Change

The next war won't be over conflicts in Asia or the Middle East--between India and Pakistan or Israel and the Palestinians. If history is any guide, it will be a result of...
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Water Means Life--So Harness a Comet

When our satellites search for other planets that might harbor life, they always search for water. But now, for the first time, astronomers have detected around a burgeoning solar system a sprawling cloud of water vapor that's cold enough to form comets, which could eventually deliver oceans to dry planets. And with oceans, life could spring up--...
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Hundreds of Tiny Milky Ways

Using its near-infrared vision to peer 9 billion years back in time, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered an extraordinary population of tiny, young galaxies that are brimming with star formation. Most of these galaxies are a hundred times less massive than the Milky Way, yet they churned out stars at a furious pace. However, it's a mystery...
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Why Africa Has the Most Twins

"Twinning" is genetic and the central African country of Benin has the highest twin birthrate, while Asia and Latin America have much lower rates of twinning. Benin has almost 30 twins for every 1,000 births. Europe, the US and Australia--where most maternal genes are the same--...
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Who's Broke? (It's Not Who You Think it Is)

In theory, older people and people with higher levels of education should be more financially stable and have an easier time affording their homes, but since the economy has become such a horror show,...
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Detecting Crimes BEFORE They Happen

If we could do this, we would be faced with the necessity of arresting and incarcerating technically "innocent" people, which would upend our entire constitution and body of laws, in the same way that torturing suspects at Guantanamo has.

This may be a possibility...
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If You Like Harry Potter and Star Trek, You're Different

If you like fantasy, you're a DIFFERENT KIND OF PERSON from your neighbors. Psychologists have recently discovered that people experience fantasy differently, which explains why some people enjoy it more than others.

Psychologist Russell Webster conducted two studies: one involving written stories and another involving movies and TV...
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Breaking the Coded Writings of an Ancient Secret Society

Scientists are fond of trying to break codes--and sometimes they succeed. One manuscript they've been working on seems straight out of fiction: a strange handwritten message in abstract symbols...
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What Kind of Pot DOESN'T Make You High?

Changes to a single enzyme in the genetic code of the marijuana plant can turn its high-inducing properties into something that's not psychoactive (handy if you want to use it to make rope, instead of smoke it).

Marijuana and hemp come from different strains of the same plant. Hemp was one of the earliest domesticated plant species (...
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The Concussion Season is Back

Football is the leading cause of sports-related concussions in the US. The aftereffects of football concussions can lead players to take desperate meaures....
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Is a Strange Date Lucky or UNlucky?

The date of 11:11:11--Is it  lucky? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show).

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A Warning--for What?

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, FEMA, DHS and the FCC will conduct the first national test of the new Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS). This nationwide test will start at 2 pm EST (11 am Pacific) and run across all time zones. The 3 minute test will run concurrently on all radio and TV stations and it's longer than it used to be (previous...
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The Stock Market Horror Movie

Politics is disgusting and the economy is worse (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to this show)--and the stock market is like a...
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Are You One of the Lonely Ones?

Are you lonely? Join he club: Although the average Facebook user has some 130 "friends," in reality, Americans have, on average, slightly more than two confidantes, down from three 25 years ago.
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China is Hacking Our Satellites

Hackers interfered with two US satellites 4 times between 2007 and 2008. These incidents involved observation systems which targeted through a ground station in Norway which are used to observe the earth's climate and terrain (or is that just the "cover story?") 
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Baseball is Radioactive in Japan

What would you do if you were a baseball player who was afraid to slide to second base because you might pick up radiation from the dust? This would be as big a disaster in Japan as would be in the US, since baseball is one of that countries most popular sports.

There has been a vast radiation disaster in Japan, and efforts have been...
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What's Wrong With These People?

Whether or not cell phones are dangerous to their users, they're dangerous to the REST OF US when drivers talk or...
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The White House Says We're Alone. Not So Fast Says Whitley Strieber

The White House has responded to recent petitions requesting disclosure of UFO-related information by saying that the US government...
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Will Israel Attack Iran Soon?

We talked about this three years ago, and now it's being discussed again--this time officially. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to rally support in his cabinet for an attack on Iran, and defense minister Ehud Barak and foreign minister Avigdor...
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Eating Greens Can Change Your Genes

Scientists once told us that you can't change your family, the genes they pass on, or the effect of these genes. Now an international team of scientists is attacking that belief. They discovered that the gene that is the strongest marker for heart disease can actually be modified by...
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Quarter Mile Asteroid Passing Between Earth and Moon Tuesday

Asteroid 255 YU55 will pass between the earth and the moon on Tuesday. The object is the larger than an aircraft carrier and would cause significant damage if it struck either our planet or the moon...

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The Politics of Disgust

Disgusted with politics? But just HOW disgusted you can be when confronted with a picture of a man eating a mouthful of writhing worms may lend important insight into your personal political...
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Make Sure Your Surgeon Plays Mozart

Physicians who listen to Mozart while performing a colonoscopy may increase their detection rates of precancerous polyps. This is pretty amazing and we have a question: would the detection rate get better--or worse--with rock or rap?

In this randomized controlled trial, two...
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Your Language Gives You Away

Using computerized text analysis, scientists are able to help police identify psychopathic murderers by analyzing the word choices they use when talking about their crimes. Researcher Jeff Hancock found that "the words of these criminals match their...
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Spying on Your Computer

The government is spying on us and now we're spying on each other. Here's the latest, and it's a pattern that repeats itself daily in hundreds of millions of offices and coffee shops around the world: People sit down, turn on their computers, set their mobile...
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Volcano May Destroy a Country

Why is a volcano in Bolivia getting bigger and more powerful so FAST?

The Huffington Post quotes researcher Andrea Mustain as saying that a 43 mile wide volcano called Uturuncu is "inflating with astonishing speed." They quote volcanologist Shan de Silva as saying that Uturuncu is "one of the fastest uplifting volcanic...
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Only the Rich Eat Well in China

The food the ordinary Chinese eat may sometimes consist of soy sauce made from hair sweepings, but just as in the old Soviet Union (where the Communist elite shopped in special stories while ordinary folks stood in long lines to buy toilet paper), the Chinese...
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UFOs Caught on NFL Video

A rod-shaped UFO was caught on video during the October 23rd NFL game between the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts. As NBC's cameras returned from a commercial break, a couple of lit objects seemed to streak across the darkening sky behind a cathedral tower. The object moves behind the steeple of a cathedral, and therefore is too far...
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