News Stories

March 2012

Why Celebrity Marriages Don't Last

God may be a mathematical formula, but it turns out that marriage is too. While we stand in line at the grocery store, we're all used to seeing fan magazines touting the latest celebrity wedding. It seems like only a short time later, standing in the same line,...
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Fukushima Debris Washes Up on West Coast Beaches

Can we clean up our trashy oceans? When it comes to debris that floats in from the Japanese Fukushima disaster, it may be vitally important, because some of it may be...
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Gays Becoming Accepted as Regular Folks

Mixed marriages are becoming more accepted and polls show that most people support gay marriage as well. Is it time to come out of the...
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The Mushroom Cure

First it's marijuana medicine, now it's psychedelic mushrooms boosting the brain. The active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms (which are illegal in most places) decreases brain activity, meaning that information...
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To Solve Nuclear Power Plant Problems, Use Another Fuel

Despite Fukushima, nuclear energy is probably here to stay. Can we make it safer by changing to a new fuel? It turns out there could be an entirely new type of nuclear reactor, that could not only be operated safely without generating long-lived radioactive waste, it could even consume the toxic waste generated by conventional nuclear reactors....
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Is Math Behind Everything?

Eight years ago, when Anne Strieber woke up from a coma, she got the message "God is a mathematical formula." Recent studies suggest that mathematics may govern everything from...
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You Can Become Addicted to the Internet

Internet addiction disorder (IAD) may be associated with abnormal white matter in the brain. The teen years are the time when many people become addicted to drugs--what about internet use? It turns out that teenagers who drink alcohol spend more time on their computers for recreational use, compared with their teens who don't drink.
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Mysterious Flash in Phoenix--Solved...or Not?

The flash of light that appeared in Phoenix on March 8 has now been explained by Arizona Public Service as a breaker opening on an electric line. In other words, it was an electric arc. However, our experts are not so sure that this is an explanation for the flash, or a matter of explaining it away.

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Tall Power

Maybe the powerful really do feel bigger than the rest of us, which may be why they boss us around. A recent study finds that the psychological experience of power makes people feel taller than they really...
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How Bees Become Zombies

Just when we thought that all the problems with bees were finally solved, along comes a NEW one: wasps that turn bees into zombies. Honeybees that have been parasitized by this wasp have been...
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Enigma News

Here are some fascinating new "takes" on Whitley Strieber's latest book, Soving the Communion Enigma, from NPR reporter Rick Kleffel. To read them and hear them, click here,...
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While You Sneeze, You Wonder: Is it an Allergy or a Cold?

While parts of the East Coast have been hit with nearly 12 inches of snow, parts of the Midwest were enjoying highs into the 60s and in the same week. No wonder everyone seems to be sneezing and coughing? But do they have a cold or an allergy?

The prevalence of allergies is nothing to sneeze at. Roughly 40 million Americans suffer...
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CERN and US Collider Both See God Particle Evidence

CERN in Geneva isn't the only place that researchers are looking for the "God particle." Scientists at the Tevatron accelerator in the US say they have also seen possible hints of the Higgs...
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When Cars Drive Themselves

Inventors are working hard to create self-driving cars: There have been so many trials of them in Nevada that it has become the first American state to pass a law to regulate such trials on public roads.
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What Do Presidents Know About ETs?

Do US Presidents know a lot more about ETs than they're willing to admit? Retired New Hampshire state representative Henry McElroy Jr., says that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower had 3 meetings with what...
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The Shut Up Machine

Ever wish you could "turn off" that annoying cell phone chatter we hear everywhere around us these days? Well maybe you can: Japan has invented a "shut up" machine that painlessly forces people to be quiet. And it's portable!

It works by recording its target's speech, then firing their words back at them with a...
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What You'll Eat in the Future

In the future (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), it's predicted that the population of the world will swell to 2.5 billion--how will we feed them all? Certainly not with the conventional...
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Doctors Die Differently From You and Me

Near-death experiencer Dannion Brinkley (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) once said, "In the US, we TORTURE our old people to death." But doctors know this, which is why most of...
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More Wildfires on the Way

In some places, forest fires make up an important part of the natural ecosystem. Wild fires burn is an area of land greater than the country of India every year.
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Biggest Solar Storm in 5 Years Takes Aim at Earth

An X-5 solar flare has sent a coronal mass ejection directly toward earth. The CME is now impacting earth's atmosphere, and has the potential to disrupt satellites, unprotected power grids and global positioning systems. While there may not be a strong effect on well protected satellites and power grids in the developed world, there is a greater...
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Proposed Ban on Internet Whale Meat Sales

Amazon.com customer Melissa Sehgal has created a petition calling for the world's largest online retailer to permanently ban the sale of whale and dolphin meat on...
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New Law Means More Gun Crimes Than Ever

Congress is passing more laws than ever, and some of them are downright dangerous. For instance, a new study finds that the number of guns that were subsequently linked to crime sold by a single store--a Milwaukee-area gun shop called Badger Guns &...
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Plants Talk to Each Other

Sometimes it seems like plants are communicating--but this seems impossible. But biologists now say it's TRUE--we just need to learn their "language."

Researchers added the protein luciferase (which makes fireflies glow in the...
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Poison Hanging in Our Air

Humans pump thousands of tons of vapor from the metallic element mercury into the atmosphere each year, and it can remain suspended for long periods before being changed into a form that is easily removed from the atmosphere.

New research shows that the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere work to transform elemental mercury into...
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New Technology Can Read Your Mind

Current advances in electroencephalographic (EEG) brain-wave detection technology make it possible for someone wearing a helmet with special sensors that broadcast your brain's waves to be able to tell what state of alertness you're in. Someday they may be able to do this...
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How Long Does it Take to Evolve?

Evolution doesn't happen overnight: large changes in body size take a long time. There have been increases and decreases in mammal size following the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Now biologists estimate that a mouse-to-elephant size change would take at least 24...
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How You Use Your Cell Shows How You Use Your Brain

Which ear do you use for your cell phone? If you’re a left brain thinker, chances are you use your right hand to hold your cell phone up to your right ear. There is a strong correlation between brain dominance and the ear used to listen to a cell phone, with more than 70% of participants holding their cell phone up to the ear on the same...
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Climate Change: More Volcanoes and Earthquakes

Climate change brings along a couple of companions: Volcano eruptions and earthquakes....
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We're All Being Monitored by the FBI

Your cell phone is tracking you, there are spies on Facebook, streetlights are eavesdropping on us, and even the...
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Sharks Get Even!

Whales have gotten even for being used as slaves in aquatic shows. Now sharks are getting even too--for having their fins cut off and used in soup. Scientists have discovered high...
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