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May 2012

When a Hum Becomes an International Incident

A hum coming from somewhere in Detroit is driving people across the border in Canada crazy, to the extent that it's become a become an international diplomatic incident: Canada dispatched an aide to their foreign minister to the area to try to find its source and put a stop to it.

In the April 30th edition of the Wall Street Journal...
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An Iphone That Gives You X-Ray Vision

What if you could use your iphone to develop the Superman-like skill of having X-ray vision? Well, now you can: A microchip enables a phone to see through walls, wood and plastics and--although the researchers deny this--through clothing as well, meaning you can...
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Get Mom Something She'll Treasure

Mother's Day is coming up on May 13, and we have the perfect gift for Mom: A lovely crop circle calendar. It's something she'll treasure long after the year is over, because these are not only beautiful, they're UNIQUE, and we're the ONLY place in the US where you...
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PROOF That Climate Change Causes Extreme Weather

New research suggests that global warming is causing the cycle of evaporation and rainfall over the oceans to intensify more than scientists had expected, meaning there will be more extreme weather in the coming years. It implies that the water cycle could quicken by...
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You're Wearing Millions of Bacteria

According to new research, a person's mere presence in a room can add 37 million bacteria to the air every hour, in the form of material left behind by previous occupants and stirred up from the floor.

Americans spend more than 90% of their time inside. Science Daily quotes environmental engineer Jordan Peccia as saying, "We...
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Smart Birds

Here's something you didn't learn in school: Ravens are smart birds--they can recognize old friends and enemies (even though...
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Green Sky in Morning

Sometimes a little can cause a lot of problems: March's unseasonably warm weather created a burst of pollen that brought this year's allergy season weeks earlier than usual, and the worst may be yet to come. Pollen counts have been high, but several areas across the United...
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A Car That Won't Let You Drink and Drive

Engineers are working on a car that drives itself, but what may come first is a car that doesn't let YOU drive when you've had too much to drink.

In 1982, about 49% of drivers killed in car wrecks had blood-alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher. By 1994, that...
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Will There be a Morality Pill the Future?

Will there be a pill (or vaccination?) that everyone could take that would guarantee moral behavior?

Some people are altruistic, while others are not. Why do some people...
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Get Mom Something She'll Love

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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Who Owns That Asteroid?

When US astronauts planted an American flag on the moon, it made other countries nervous because it seemed as if our country might be "claiming" it. Now space lawyers say that the international legal system must be improved and expanded before any products that are...
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Something Fishy About Depression

Fish are taking antidepressants--at least they're absorbing them in the water they're swimming in. It turns out that fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are common drugs used...
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Just a Little Hurts a Lot

Short-term exposure (for up to 7 days) to all major air pollutants, with the exception of ozone, is significantly associated with an increased risk of heart attack.
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