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May 2012

Mugging Victim Becomes Math Genius After Brain Injury

The brain can compensate for many things and sometimes it even becomes better--or at least different--...
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Why Eating Less Meat Will Help Climate Change

Meat consumption in the developed world needs to be cut by 50% per person by 2050 and for this to happen, industrial AND agricultural emissions need to be reduced by 50% if we are to meet this goal (it may be better for our health...
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Is Doomsday in our Future?

Are there are more people alive today than have ever lived? Earth's population reached seven billion in October. We need to figure out how that compares with the number of people who have lived before us. The problem is, how do you figure out how many people have ever lived, and...
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Who Wrote the Bible? Ask Your Computer

Computers can do more than identify psychopaths--they can also give us a clue about who wrote the Bible.

The books of the Bible--both the Old Testament (or Torah) and the New Testament--were written by unknown authors. They are "named," but scholars doubt...
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How to Detect Danger

You don't have to use a computer to detect a psychopath, but it would be handy if you could: That way, you'd know who to stay clear of. These dangerous and mysterious people seem...
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Hard Times Bring Baby Girls

Mom: Are you having a daughter? According to a new study of the 1959-1961 Great Leap Forward famine in China, women are more likely to give birth to girls during famine conditions than when there's plenty to eat. With the...
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Sick? Eat Worms!

Worms--the intestinal parasite type --may be useful in treating lung disease and healing wounds (which could be why they evolved to torment us in the first place). These worms infect over a billion people all over the world every year, and kill millions of them....
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Dinosaur Farts Changed Prehistoric Climate

Sauropod dinosaurs could have produced enough of the greenhouse gas methane to warm the climate 150 million years ago, at a time when the earth was warm and wet. Does this mean, now that humans rule the planet, we should avoid eating beans?
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More Trash in the Ocean Than We Thought

There are more than just cracks in the ocean floor: While working on a research sailboat gliding over glassy seas in the Pacific Ocean, oceanographer Giora Proskurowski noticed something new: The water was littered with confetti-size pieces of plastic debris,...
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Hormone Horrors

Hormones that mimic estrogen are turning up in many of the plastic items we use, and estrogenic herbicides are feminizing male animals and fish. Some male frogs now have female organs, and some male fish even produce eggs. In a Florida lake contaminated by these...
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Careful Mom: Spanking Can Change Your Kid's DNA

It's the kind of transformation we DON'T want: Children who are exposed to violence experience wear and tear to their DNA that is similar the changes that come with aging. In a...
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It's Your Fault, Mom!

If you're a male who was "born bad," Mom can save you, but she can also be the root of the problem, which is why Moms need to be smart!

By comparing the testosterone...
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Mom: Don't Smoke--It Can Make Your Kids Deaf

Smoking is not sexy: Exposure to second hand smoke is bad for a fetus and it's bad for teenagers too: Researchers report that exposure to tobacco smoke nearly doubles the risk of hearing loss among...
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Who Were the Neanderthals?

Did they interbreed with Cro-Magnons in order to create modern humans? This is a hotly debated topic in science right now, and popular...
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Want to be a Mom? Brush Your Teeth!

If you want to get pregnant, see your dentist (No, we don't mean you should have sex in the dental chair). A recent Australian study compared rates of periodontal disease with the speed by which women conceived and found that women with fewer cavities got pregnant more quickly. It turns out that the kind of oral bacteria that causes cavities also...
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Older and Wiser?

Is the old adage "older and wiser" true? A recent study suggests that it is. A psychologist found that in the US, older folks have more of it than younger people, despite the fact that we seem to admire youth so much here. Surprisingly, he found the opposite in Japan, a...
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Reading Can Change Your Personality

Reading changes the brain: When you "lose yourself" inside the world of a fictional character while reading a story, you may actually end up changing your own behavior and thoughts to match...
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Show Mom How Much You Love Her

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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Why We Only Hear What We WANT to Hear

Sound engineers are trying to figure out how people can focus in a single speaker while tuning out other talkers in a t crowded, noisy room. This is known as the "cocktail party effect."

"Watching" the brain in action with fMRI...
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The Problem with Police Line Ups

On TV cop shows, victims almost always identify the perpetrators correctly, but real life doesn't work that way: DNA testing has revealed that witnesses often pick out the wrong person, while detectives, in the background, keep telling the person to "take your time." But new studies show that these witnesses should go with their...
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Fatty Food Changes the Brain

If you're eating too many fatty foods, your brain will change (one thing that may happen is you'll start to FIGHT with your spouse!) A high-fat diet causes new brain cells to sprout in an area of the brain that seems to regulate eating. It works that way in...
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Who Were the Neanderthals? Do They Live On in Us?

Did they interbreed with Cro-Magnons in order to create modern humans? This is a hotly debated topic in science right now, and popular...
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How Sunshine Changes Us

It doesn't just bring us Vitamin D, it can affect all brain activity--including the central nervous system--leading to changes in human behavior. And the recent solar flares coming from the sun may lead to an even GREATER response than...
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Not So Clean After All

Deep water oil drilling rigs may not be causing obvious leaks (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), but they are leaking dangerous methane gas into the atmosphere. Methane has 25...
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Did Someone Pee in the Pool?

A new kind of test strip has been developed, so you can find out right away. It also works in the ocean, so take it to the beach.

Researchers have developed a rapid testing method using a simple paper strip that can detect E. coli in recreational water within minutes. Bioactive paper is both old and new--since the late1950s,...
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Show Mom How Much You Love Her

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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What's Killing the Bees

New studies show that a widely used insecticide can threaten the health of bumblebee colonies and interfere with the homing abilities of honeybees.

Science Daily quotes bee researcher Dave Goulson as saying, "Some bumblebee species have declined hugely. For example, in North America, several bumblebee species which used to be...
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Fire Prevention Makes Fire Deaths Worse

Some of the flame retardants added to carpets, furniture upholstery, plastics, crib mattresses, car and airline seats and other products to suppress the visible flames in fires are actually increasing the danger of invisible toxic gases that are the main of death in fires. Almost 10,000 deaths from fires occur in industrialized countries worldwide...
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Why You're Picking Fights With Your Loved Ones

Think you're arguing over money? Nope, you're fighting because you ate too much fatty food for supper.

Today's busy families often rely on fast food and take-out to keep everyone fed and on schedule. Researchers suspect that those types of food, which are often high in saturated fat, impact the body's reaction to stress, leading to...
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Our Brains Can't Tell Real Art From Fakes

When we view art, a complex series of activities go on in the brain, which help us to appreciate it. The aesthetic experience integrates sensory and emotional reactions in a manner linked with their personal relevance. BUT viewing art which we're told is "fake" DOES NOT stimulate the same type of brain reactions.
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