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April 2012

Antibiotics in Food May Finally be Over

Change IS possible: Faced with the news that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the US government for poultry production is...
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Bike Riding Can Ruin a WOMAN'S Sex Life Too

In the past, we've warned men that riding a bike can ruin your sex life. Now it turns out this is true for women too: Spending time on a bicycle seat, which has been linked to erectile dysfunction in men, may also be a hazard to a woman’s sexual health. With...
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Do Recent Foreign Quakes Mean They'll Happen Here Soon?

It's been proven that an earthquake in one place can "trigger" a quake on the other side of the planet. This helps scientists who study earthquakes predict when...
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Fukushima Radiation Found in US Milk

Milk in San Francisco is being tested at radiation levels that are double the maximum amount allowed by the EPA, apparently as a result of radioactive cesium reaching California from the Fukushima disaster.

According to Energy News, three recent milk test results on cartons of milk with "best by" dates of 3/12, 4/9, and 4/...
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The Arab Spring May be Caused by Drought

It's feast or famine in the Arab world, which is why climate change--NOT a hunger for freedom--may be what's behind the revolutionary movements in the Middle East that have become known as...
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Powerful Storms Sweep Midwest

Powerful storms swept the midwest last night, and more are expected as an unseasonal cold front crosses the region, colliding with equally unseasonal warm air that has been pouring up across the region from the Gulf of Mexico. The National Weather Service reported 'hundreds' of tornadoes across the region yesterday, and more are...
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Did the Mayans Have Contact with ETs?

This may be the source of their extraordinarily accurate calendar. A new Mexican documentary titled "Revelations of the Mayans 2012 and Beyond" claims that the ancient Mayans ...
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Poop Fuel

Thanks to this website, you now know about poop burgers, and you also know about the sometimes heroic efforts to get communities safe drinking water. Now scientists have solved two problems with one machine--it not...
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Print Your Next Pet

Why adopt a pet from the pound when you can print out any kind of pet you want? Three-dimensional printing can make objects ranging from violins to pilotless aircraft, so why not a unique pet, designed especially for you.

The Economist writes: "The idea of printing organs such as kidneys for transplant has been around for...
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Why You Need to Find Your Roots

Scholars at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond are looking through eight million documents dating back to the 17th century, seeking the names of slaves, so they can help black people in the US discover...
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Who's More Likely to Get Married?

Past studies have shown "college is the great equalizer" in the labor market, dampening social class differences. But the same can't be said for the marriage market: Social and cultural factors, not just income, are central to marriage decisions.
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Truth Tellers Being Attacked

As the presidential race heats up, the climate is heating up too--perhaps irreversibly--but despite this, politicians are denying that climate change even EXISTS in order to garner votes...
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A Weed Killer is Killing Us

Monsanto's Bt and Roundup insecticides are not only killing weeds-- new findings show that they are also killing human kidney cells, even in low doses.

Roundup, designed to be used on GM crops, is also linked to infertility, killing testicular cells in rats within 1 to 48 hours of exposure. Roundup is also decreasing the population...
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Mind Reading Machines in the Future

Chimps can read each other's minds, but in order for US to do it, we may need a machine. They're building one for Stephen Hawking, the UK quantum physicist who has ELS.

In the April 3rd edition of the New York Times, David Ewing Duncan writes:...
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Odd Cures Continued

MORE Odd cures (or preventatives, anyway): The combined effects of exercise plus caffeine consumption may be able to ward off skin cancer.
Chemical biologist Yao-Ping Lu says, "We found that this combination treatment can decrease sunlight-caused skin cancer formation in a...
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What's in that Chicken?

You don't want to know: A new study found evidence suggesting that a class of antibiotics previously banned by the US government for poultry production is still in use. And there are other strange things besides antibiotics in our chicken as well: Poultry on factory farms are routinely fed caffeine, active ingredients in the over-the-counter...
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Weather Weirdness

March was an example of what some people call "weather weirding"--searing hot weather one week, then cold weather the next. This was a predicted result of climate change.

In the March 29th edition of the New York Times, Justin Gillis and...
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Why are Some Eyes Blue?

We told you where white folks come from--now we're going to explain why some white people have blue eyes. People with blue eyes all have a genetic mutation that reduces that amount of melanin (color) in the eye, meaning they have a single, common ancestor. This mutation...
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Plastic: The Problem or the Solution?

Disposing of plastic trash will be one of the biggest problems we face in 2012. The oceans are filled with plastic...
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Chimps are Mind Readers--Maybe We are Too

Chimps can read each others' minds to an extent. If, for instance, one of them spots a dangerous snake hiding in the leaves on the forest floor, he seems to know whether or not he needs to alert the others--whether or not they have noticed it too. Videos of wild chimps in...
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Another Kind of Invisibility

Scientists are working hard to achieve invisibility. A group of researchers have created a cylinder which makes its contents invisible to magnetic fields.

If there's a military use for this, nobody's thought of it yet, but there are definitely medical...
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Where Did White Folks Come From?

Since modern humans originated in Africa, then spread all over the world, we know that black or brown is the original skin color. So how did some people turn out to have white skin? It's all about Vitamin D.

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Is Autism an Advantage in the Modern World?

Autism seems to be more widespread that ever--unless statistics are wrong: a new study show that the rate of autism has risen 23% in the last two years, with one in 88 children affected. Could there be a REASON behind this? Scientists studying the problem have begun to find some advantages to being autistic.

In the Wall Street...
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Want to Lose Weight? Eat Chocolate!

New research reveals that the assumption that eating chocolate makes people fat is wrong--it turns out that adults who eat chocolate on a regular basis are actually thinner than those who don't.

How can this be? Modest, regular chocolate consumption might be calorie-neutral, meaning that the metabolic benefits of eating modest...
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There is No Oil Shortage

So why are gas prices so high? High international oil prices are bad news for everyone--even for oil-producing countries. People who have to pay $4 for a gallon of gas don't have money to spend on other things, and eventually even gas consumption goes down, as people turn to other modes of transportation. For a long time, it was assumed that...
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Do GM Foods Make Us Fat?

A new study shows that genetically-modified food is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Researchers found that GM corn fed to mice led to an increase in overall body weight of almost 4%, while also increasing the weight of their livers by up to 11%.

No matter how you feel about genetically-modified food, it's interesting to...
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The Magical Cure

Therapists used to think of meditation as nothing more than a fading hippie pursuit or a useful means of relaxation. But a few psychologists were secretly trying it out--and they found it to be an incredible healer. Whitley Strieber found it to be something even MORE: In "Solving the Communion Enigma...
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What You Can't Say in School

One would assume this refers to cussing or name-calling, but that's not it: ordinary words such as "dance," "dinosaurs," "birthday," "Halloween," "divorce," and have been banned from standardized tests in New York City, lest they offend...
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At our Dreamland Festival in May, one of the main things we're going to investigate are the mysterious sounds that are being heard all around the world...
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Why Our Immigrants are Dying

One of the reasons some people are anti-immigration has to do with worry about paying for their health care. But the irony is this: The longer minority immigrants stay in the US, the higher their risk of ...
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