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December 2011

Why Most People are Religious

At this time of year, our thoughts turn to religion, and in the US, around 80% of adults say they belong to an organized religion. Psychologists, sociologists and neurologists are still trying to figure out why some people...
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Is This the Beginning of the End?

It's happened: Methane, previously trapped in the ocean floors, is out gassing into the atmosphere at an ...
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The Perfect Present May be Something You Already Have

Don't stand in long store lines this year, shop in your closet instead. Maybe "regifting" (giving someone a present that you've received and don't want) is the best way to go...
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A Surprising Reason Why Some Movies Bomb

The movie box office isn't doing too well right now, so when you watch the new spate of Christmas films, check to see how many of the characters smoke. Smoking may make you feel sexy, but it doesn't sell...
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God Has Been Glimpsed

There's more confirmation from CERN (the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland) that the God particle--the Higgs boson--has been glimpsed (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). The...
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How to Outmaneuver Those Long Checkout Lines

People are avoiding long lines at the cash register by shopping online this year. A recent survey shows that almost half of all US shoppers say they plan to buy gifts online this holiday season, up from about a third last year. In order to get more...
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How We're Polluting Mexico

We have a difficult relationship with Mexico and politicians in the Southwest are trying to get elected by using campaign rhetoric that stresses keeping out...
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Do You Have to be Good Looking to Get Elected?

Some politicians have a hard time talking, while others just LOOK terrible, but we may not notice them because they don't get much TV coverage. Israelis are watching the upcoming US elections carefully, because a Middle East peace treaty may depend on who wins....
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Creative People Cheat the Most

Here's a secret not everybody knows: Creative people are more likely to cheat than less creative people, probably because they CAN. Their creativity increases their ability to rationalize their actions.

Psychologist Francesca Gino says, "Greater...
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Christmas Celebrations of the Third Kind

In 2010, Anne Strieber posted a diary in which she said that there are 3 kinds of Christmas and we can celebrate one of them, two of them, or...
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Is It a Natural Object, a Video Artifact or a UFO?

A passing coronal mass ejection from the sun caused an illumination response from an otherwise invisible object near Mercury that was captured both by NASA's Heliospheric Imager 1 satellite and by the SECCHI-A spacecraft. Initially, SECCHI staff explained it as a video afterimage of the planet on the...
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Your Next Flight May be Piloted From the Ground

As this is posted, Iran claims to have shot down a drone that was spying on their nuclear facilities. When we finally leave Iraq, will we be able to put some of the technology we...
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Are Vitamins Really Killers?

Taking vitamins may do more harm than good, since some supplements may come with health risks. When researchers examined data from more than almost 40,000 women taking part in their study, they found that women who took supplements had a 2.4% percent increased risk of dying over...
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Some Smartphones are DESIGNED to be Hacked

Do you have the wrong kind of phone? New research shows that some of the smartphones specifically designed to support the Android mobile platform have incorporated additional features that can be used by hackers to bypass Android’s security features, making them more vulnerable to attack. Android has the largest share of the smartphone...
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Do You Have Fat Hairs in Your Brain?

We learn something new about obesity every day. We've learned that being fat starts in your brain, and now scientists say that appetite regulation has to do with the HAIRS in your brain. In other words, if you have fat brain hairs, you'll have a fat...
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Order NOW for Christmas

Yes, the giving season is here again, and this year, we have TWO wonderful and totally unique suggestions for Christmas presents to give to your loved ones.
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Insects Fight Terrorism

New research may lead to the use of insects to monitor hazardous situations before sending in humans. But we'd better get there soon, because...
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Ignorance is Bliss

Psychology research shows that the less people know about important complex issues such as the economy (NOTE: subscribers can still listen to this show), energy consumption and...
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Famous UFO Movie Based on Real Events

Movie director Steven Spielberg says the 1982 film "ET" was based on real UFO encounters that occurred in Kentucky. During the writing of the screenplay, the film morphed from being a scary horror film into a family-...
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The Perfect Christmas Present

Our beautiful 2012 crop circle calendar will be a delightful surprise under someone's tree--especially because they'll never see one in a store window, since you can ONLY get them from us!
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Sale!

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When Stars Explode

When stars explode they become brilliant supernova for a short time, then they may undergo a sudden gravitational collapse into a neutron star or black hole, Astronomers are trying to catch glimpses of this happening, in case it happens to us...
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Insomnia? Blame it on Our Axis

As strange as that may sound, sleep researchers have discovered that our sleep patterns are related to the way the Earth's axis shifts. As the Earth travels around the sun on its annual course, one hemisphere is tilted toward the sun, getting more than its fair share of light and warmth, while the other is titled away and thus has winter weather....
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Is it REALLY the Flu?

It's flu season, and if you neglected to get your flu shot this year (or maybe it didn't work), you may be coughing or sneezing. Sickness can be...
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Another Concept of Reality

We may live in a holographic projection of another, flat version of life, being lived in a two-dimensional surface at the edge of this universe. Seeing our universe as a hologram could solve some of the biggest problems in quantum physics, such as "spooky action at a distance," also known as...
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Close Call!

It's happening again--but this time it WAS a piece of metal. A mysterious piece of metal weighing about 5 pounds suddenly crashed through the roof of a furniture warehouse in the Boston area. The FAA looked at it and says it didn't come from an airplane. Luckily, no one was...
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Professional Sports are DANGEROUS

Much as we'd hate to lose two of our favorite sports--football and hockey--they are causing head injuries that lead to...
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HALF OFF Everything in the Whitley Strieber Collection

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Why Political Talk So Often Fails

There's a reason why politicians sometimes find it hard to talk. Rick Perry’s failure to remember the name of one of the federal agencies he would abolish if elected president, namely the Department of Energy, was most likely an example of a very common phenomenon called "Tip of the Tongue" phenomenon or TOT."

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