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April 2012

Dolphins Dead and Fisheries Closed Due to BP Spill and Cleanup

Increasing numbers of deformed fish and crustaceans being harvested from the Gulf of Mexico have prompted officials to close fisheries from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle so that the situation can be studied by scientists and the situation evaluated. It is...
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Why Veterans are Killing Themselves

Concussions--caused by a severe blow to the head (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this provocative interview)--can lead to a host of debilitating symptoms, and it's not just...
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Do Video Games Improve the Brain?

Some researchers worry that violent video games will make their players (usually young boys) more violent, while other scientists think they help build brain power. Wouldn’t it be nice...
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A Perfect Present for Mom

Mother's Day is coming up on May 13, and we have the perfect gift for Mom: A lovely crop circle calendar. These are not only beautiful, they're UNIQUE, because we're the ONLY place in the US where you can get one!
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Alien Artifact Display in US Museum

Are museums starting to take UFOs seriously? The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas has opened an exhibit titled "Area 51: Myth or Reality," which contains what they claim is an "authentic alien artifact" from a 1986 UFO crash in...
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Is Your Boss a Primate?

If he (or she) acts like an ape, it's because he's at the top of the pecking order (and if you want to keep your job, you'll "groom" him).

When a subordinate chimpanzee grooms a dominant one, it often does so for a long time and doesn't wait to be "asked." When it in...
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Pool Problems

We all know that exercise is important, but swimming in a chemically-treated pool may lead to asthma and even bladder cancer. This could be serious, since there are over 400 million swimmers in these pools in the US every year, and negative outcomes can...
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Too Many Dental X-Rays Can Lead to Cancer

People who received frequent dental x-rays in the past have an increased risk of developing the most commonly diagnosed primary brain tumor in the US. But don't panic--today's dental patients are exposed to lower doses of radiation than in the past.

When researchers studied almost 1,500 brain tumor patients who were diagnosed with...
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Print Yourself a Helpful Robot

Soon you'll be able to print a pet, so why not print yourself a robot as well?

And once you discover a task that needs doing, it won't take long to print a robot to do the work:...
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A Pill to Cure Racism?

What if there was a drug that could "cure" racism? This may be true: Tests of the commonly prescribed heart drug propranolol show that it can alter unconscious racial bias--After volunteers took the drug, they were less racially biased than those who took a placebo.

Racism is based on fear and propranolol helps reduce fear...
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Need Precious Metals? Mine an Asteroid

NASA may return to space after all--but not to explore, to MINE the valuable minerals that are on asteroids, in a NEW TYPE of "Gold Rush." And we may use robots to do the dirty work.

Space scientists think that robots will be the astronauts of the future. They'll explore the universe, find and identify...
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Pole Shift in Progress

Yes, it's happening right now: compasses are changing because the North and South poles are in the process of changing places. This is something that happens periodically, and some scientists think it may be causing some of the mysterious loud sounds that...
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Too Strict? You're Creating a Juvenile Delinquent

"Spare the rod and spoil the child" may seem like good parental advice, but it's doesn't work: Authoritarian parents are more likely to raise disrespectful, delinquent children who do not see them as legitimate authority figures than authoritative parents who...
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Fukushima: What's REALLY Going On

Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon has visited the Fukushima Diachi Nuclear Power Station and has sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Japan Ichiro Fujisaki, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko calling on them to convince Japan to accept international aid to help repair damage at the reactor...
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Does Homeopathic Medicine Work?

The Swiss take homeopathic medicine seriously: In late 2011, they produced an official report on this that is the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever undertaken by a government. This is especially interesting since two of the five largest conventional drug companies are based in that country--despite this, they do not have a...
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Athletes: Forget the Body--It's Your BRAIN That's Important!

Forget the idea of the dumb athlete, a new study shows that professional athletes have BETTER brains. In fact, psychologists, rather than coaches, are devising tests to tell how good a soccer player will become in the future.

It has long been known that physical ability and ball sense are not enough to become really good at soccer. A...
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Fish Still Deformed from BP OIl Spill

Two years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexio--in the worst offshore spill in US history--deformed fish and eyeless shrimp are still being found (NOTE...
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What Ever Happened to the Flying Car?

We've seen it in comic strips and graphic novels, but it never appears in auto shows. But it turns out that more than a dozen flying cars are in development, and Terrafugia, a firm based in Woburn, Massachusetts, is about to launch the first commercial model, called the Transition.

According to the Economist, "The Transition is...
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Love Changes Our Brains

Our brains are constantly rewiring themselves based on the events in daily life, and what we pay the most attention to is what effects them the most. This means that the way you decide to spend your time literally transforms you.

In the March 25th edition of...
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Life on Mars? The Answer is Probably Yes

It now appears almost certain that the Viking Lander's life experiment succeeded, and that there is life on Mars. However, NASA interpreted the results too conservatively, and the chance to direct exploration of Mars toward the discovery of life was lost. Now,...
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Alien Dinosaurs on Other Worlds?

Most scientists think that insects will take over from humans in the future, but what would have happened if dinosaurs hadn't died off? These giant lizards may have survived and evolved...
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What Caused the Legend of Noah's Ark?

A worldwide flood that took place 14,600 years ago is almost certainly the origin of some of the oldest of all human stories, the flood tales of Native America, the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh and Noah's Flood.

Scientists now know that it was caused by a very rapid and intense warming event and the collapse of ice sheets all across...
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Ants May Help Us Understand ETs

The biologist Edward O. Wilson has made a protracted study of the behavior of ants, as a way of understanding human culture. Since Whitley (and other contactees) often report that...
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What if We Invent a Machine to REMOVE Carbon Dioxide?

A climate change prediction that Whitley Strieber used as research for his book Nature's End thirty years ago has proved to be not only accurate, but to have understated the intensity of global warming by 30%.
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Bilinguals are Smarter

If you speak two or more languages, it's not just handy for traveling, it actually makes you smarter.

In the March 18th edition of the New York Times, Yudhijit Battacharjee writes: "There is ample evidence that in a...
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Whitley and Anne at Los Angeles Book Festival on Sat., April 21

The Festival is held at the University of Southern California (USC) campus and tickets are free! They will be signing books from 1-1:45 in booth #372 and on a panel at 3:30. To find out more about the Festival, click here. For a map to the campus,...
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Fukushima Caused Cracks in the Ocean Floor

Submarine images have revealed that the Fukushima quake opened up cracks in the ocean floor as big as 6 feet wide. What effect this may have on future quakes in the area is unknown.

Coincidentally, shortly before the quake, researchers had taken photos of the same area of the seafloor where the crust would later rupture, leading to a...
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Catching Facebook Fibs

Online daters intent on fudging their personal information have a big advantage: most people are terrible at identifying a liar. But new research is turning the tables on deceivers, using their own words.

Communications expert Catalina Toma says, "...
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Commonly Used Fertilizer May Lead to Breast Cancer

Not everything is happy down on the farm. Weed killers are killing us and some of the pesticides used on crops can prevent breast feeding and dietary cadmium, a toxic metal found in many farm...
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Here's an Irony: Cleaning the Air Causes More Hurricanes

Who would have believed it? Cleaning up pollution may lead to more hurricanes!

We're not sure how this might effect tornadoes, but recent research suggests that cleaning up air pollution from factories in North America and Europe could have...
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