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February 2012

Arabic Readers See the World Differently

A new study shows that Arabic readers recognize words in a different way from readers of other languages. Does this mean their brains are different? If so, it could help explain the continual tensions...
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Synchronized Evil

When we see reports about North Korea, we are shown rows of soldiers marching in lockstep. Old newsreels of Hitler's armies and Soviet troops show us the same thing. There's a REASON that dictatorial regimes that want to control the minds of their populace concentrate on building up their armies and parading them around. It's not just to show the...
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Be REALLY Romantic: Name a Madagascar Hissing Cockroach After Your Valentine

Valentines Day is upon us and there is no better way to say “forever” than with the gift of a cockroach. The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo is offering you a way to make sure your loved one knows your feelings are forever--with a roach in their name and a chocolate "cocoa-roach."
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Are You Allergic to Your Valentine's Kisses?

If you want to get married, you need to learn to be a good kisser (OTHER things can come AFTERWARDS). But some couple find that kissing each other produces ALLERGIC reactions.

Allergist Sami Bahna says, "If you have food allergies, having an allergic...
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The REAL Aphrodisiacs

Over the centuries, many different foods have been touted as aphrodisiacs. Some of these are ridiculous, like rhino horns (which simply have the right, er, SHAPE). Others are downright dangerous...
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New Subscribers Get a Collector's Item: The Original Key

When Whitley published the new, UNCENSORED version of The Key (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) with Tarcher Penguin (...
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Internet Dating is Now the Norm

Online dating has not only shed its stigma, it has surpassed all forms of matchmaking in the United States other than meeting through friends. According to one industry estimate, social networking attracted 25 million unique users around the world in April 2011 alone....
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Love Makes Our Brains Bigger

Mother love is important: School-age children whose mothers nurtured them early in life have brains with a larger hippocampus, a key structure important to learning, memory and response to...
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Do You Have a Fat PERSONALITY?

A new study shows that people with personality traits of high neuroticism and low conscientiousness are likely to go through cycles of gaining and losing weight throughout their lives.

Impulsivity was the strongest predictor of who would be overweight, the researchers found. Study participants who scored in the top 10% percent on...
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New Subscribers Get a Collector's Item: The Original Key

When Whitley published the new, UNCENSORED version of The Key (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) with Tarcher Penguin (...
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It's Now Against the Law to be a Kid

More and more US schools have their own police forces. Pupils are being arrested for throwing paper planes and failing to pick up crumbs from the cafeteria floor. The state has taken over discipline from the classroom teacher and is now criminalizing normal childhood...
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A Peek Inside the Neanderthal Mind

Since many of us may carry Neanderthal genes, it may be comforting to know what it was like to be one of these ice-age Europeans who flourished between 200,000 and 30,000 years ago, and then mysteriously disappeared.

The biggest difference between Cro-...
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Do You Sleep After Sex?

Science is finally studying what happens after sex--sleep or cuddling. It's not that men sleep and women cuddle, it's more subtle than that. A recent study shows that the tendency to fall asleep first after sex is associated with a greater in your partner for bonding and affection (so try to stay awake and cuddle for awhile).
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How to Read Someone's Mind

"Contactees" commonly report that aliens "talked to them inside their heads," meaning they communicated with them telepathically. Often these people communicate with them right back, the same way, and a whole conversation takes place inside two heads. Soon, human-to-human speech may be the same way.
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Discovery of a Perfect Planet

An Earth-like planet recently spotted outside our solar system is the first that atromomers have found that could support liquid water and harbor life.

Liquid water is what astronomers look for, and the...
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Weeds as a Terrorist Weapon

Weed control has become a matter of national security. Along US southern coastal rivers, most particularly Texas' Rio Grande, an invasive species of plant known as giant reed is encroaching on the water, overrunning international border access roads, and creating a dense cover for...
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The End of Privacy

The concept of privacy may have become a thing of the past. Your cell phone is tracking you, there are spies on Facebook, streetlights are...
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Why Red Means Stop All Over the World

It's interesting to consider why the color red sends the same message everywhere: danger, hot, stop. It also means dominance--athletes wearing red (as the Giants did in the recent Superbowl) seem to win more often.

It could be explained because red is the color of...
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Some Fat is GOOD Fat

Not all fat is the same: The GOOD kind of fat is what's called "brown fat," because it helps you LOSE weight. Fat people have less of it than thin people. Older people have less of it than younger people. Men have less of it than younger women.

It's actually is brown in color and it burns up calories as fast as you can...
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A Gigantic Gas Cloud will Engulf the Milky Way

A giant cloud of hydrogen gas, discovered in 1963, is moving at more than 150 miles per second per second and is about to collide with the Milky Way, leading to a huge process of star formation. But this doesn't have anything to do with that...
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How to be Instantly Smarter

The idea of a simple, cheap and widely available device that could boost brain function (no more late nights studying for exams?) sounds too good to be true, but it may be a reality. Neurologists are coming up with brain stimulation techniques that may make us all...
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Famous Facebook Last Words

If you want your last words to be remembered, put them on Facebook. The Facebook app "If I Die" makes sure you can still send out your last wishes and post messages to your friends even years after you die (at least this is information that...
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An Astronaut Speaks Out About UFOs

Astronauts have seen UFOs on the moon, and astronomers have noticed unusual features about objects passing between the earth and the moon, features which have never been made public.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who is now 80, feels that an alien presence may be here, but that it is...
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Is Pot Smoke Dangerous?

Smoking marijuana probably leads to lung cancer, just as smoking cigarettes does (in most people, anyway) but the verdict is still out. A large-scale national study suggests low to moderate use of...
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Animals on the Move!

While in some cases, climate change is causing animals to locate to new places, it's mostly regular migration: Every fall, tiny hummingbirds face high winds and bad weather to migrate from Canada and the northern United States to as far south as Mexico, then back again in the spring--an...
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People in Groups Get Dumb

New research has found that small-group dynamics--such as jury deliberations, collective bargaining sessions, and cocktail parties --can alter the intelligence of some people, LOWERING their IQs. Could this be part of the reason for Congressional gridlock?
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A Place Where Women Rule

In a small state in India, women rule, with property, wealth and last names passing from mother to daughter, instead of from father to son. In reaction to this, instead of a feminist movement, there is a men's movement.

In BBC News, Timothy Allen quotes one of the...
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People Lie When Texting

A new study reveals that sending a text message leads people to lie more often than in other forms of communication.

The study involved 170 students performing mock stock transactions in one of four ways: face-to-face, or by video, audio or text chatting....
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A NEW KIND of Addict

We've all heard about people who are addicted to alcohol, drugs or even gambling--but the NEW kind of addict get his stash from his physician, in the form of prescription drugs. Sometimes these addicts O.D., as in the cases of Heath Ledger and Michael Jackson.
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How to Make Sure You Get Your Deer (Or Your Man)

Use a self-guided bullet!

Researchers (who are also hunters) have attached tiny light-emitting diode (LED) to a bullet so that it shows a bright path when fired at a target, making it less likely that the shooter will miss. And it's self-guided when aimed at a target that is wearing a laser (which a deer is not), but there is room...
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