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July 2012

Saudi America

America is becoming the new Saudi Arabia, turning from an oil-consuming nation into a power producing nation. When Obama was elected, we were importing almost two-thirds of its oil. That number is down to below almost half and is still falling. What caused this?...
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Space Tourism Revving Up

The UK--not the US--is the headquarters of Virgin Galactic, which Richard Branson hopes will create an entirely new tourism market--in space. Are private companies taking over this task because there are secrets NASA doesn't want us to know? (NOTE:...
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Climate Change May Mean Less Milk

Milk comes from contented cows, and the decline in milk production due to climate change varies across the country, since there are humidity and temperature swings between night and day vary as well. The humidity and hot nights make the Southeast the most unfriendly place for dairy cows. The Economist quotes economist Yoram Bauman as saying,...
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Medical Tourism in Mexico

Some day we'll all be tourists in space, but for now, tourists are streaming into Mexican border towns, not to buy drugs (at least not the illicit kind), but for medical procedures that are much cheaper there--and...
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Bio Bugs Flying Your Way

We may find insects annoying, but one scientist thinks that they can be bioengineered to save the world. Using bits and pieces of DNA from different species, he wants to create "designer bugs" to do specific tasks, such...
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CEOs Have LESS Stress

Those of us who watch TV shows like "Mad Men" and movies like "Wall Street," assume that CEOs lead more stressful lives than the rest of us--but actually, the opposite is true. It turns out that heart attacks happen more often to the people who work under them....
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Mystery of Strange Undersea Object Solved

The mysterious object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea could be a relic from World War II placed there by...
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When Energy Stinks

A sewer is where your toilet flushings, shower and dishwashing water go, and it's a pretty warm place. That heat can generate energy, meaning that a sewer system can take care of heating and cooling a whole city. The small city of Brainerd, Minnesota is trying it out. This could be ...
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Neighborhoods and Cities Still Segregated

Despite increasing numbers of multiethnic neighborhoods in the United States, relatively few black or white families are actually moving into these them.

This segregation doesn't just happen in the US--it's prevalent all over the world. The Economist talks...
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Tony Blair Briefed about UFOs in 1998

If UFOs are of no importance, then why was the British prime minister briefed about them? Sometimes we wonder what these...
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Spy Drones: Hackers Fighting Back

We're being spied on by drones, but hackers have found a way to fight back!

Researchers have found a way to hack into GPS-guided drones with something called "spoofing." They can then...
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CIA Agent Says Roswell was Real

Former CIA agent Chase Brandon claims that he was made aware during his career that the Roswell Incident really happened. Just days later, the CIA took the unusual step of issuing a denial.

In the Huffington Post, Lee Speigel quotes Chase...
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Atlantis in the UK

The LAST place you'd think to look for Atlantis (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) is under the North Sea, but there appears to be a hidden underwater city down there.
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Thin People Get Less Cancer

A recent study showed that postmenopausal women who were overweight or obese and lost at least 5% of their body weight had a measurable reduction in markers of inflammation--and inflammation leads to cancer.

Researcher Anne McTiernan says, "Both obesity and inflammation have been shown to be related to several types of cancer,...
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Climate Change Triggers Quakes and Volcanoes

There is growing evidence that melting ice sheets and sea level changes can trigger earthquakes (NOTE...
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3D Movies Can Make You Sick

Watching 3D movies can "immerse" you in the experience, but it can also lead to visual symptoms and even motion sickness. Symptoms related to 3D viewing are affected by where you sit while watching, and even how old you are.

Researcher by Shun-nan Yang says, "...
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Robot Morals

As robots become more common, we need to find ways to that the judgments they make reflect human moral values.
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We Catch Diseases from Animals

A group of researchers are taking blood and nose and throat swabs from bighorn sheep--not to see if they have the flu, but to find out if they have a disease which could be transmitted to HUMANS.
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Common Chemical Makes Kids Fat

Obese children show greater exposure than nonobese children to a phthalate, a chemical used to soften plastics in some children’s toys and many household products. It's even found in some pacifiers!

Phthalates are found in plastic food packages, medical equipment and building materials such as vinyl flooring, and even in...
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Sea Rise will be Higher on East Coast

The Arctic is melting and the sea level is rising--but it won't rise evenly around the globe. In the US, oceanographers tell us that the East coast will be the first place in the US that will be inundated....
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Traffic Profiling

Blacks often complain that they are singled out for traffic violations more often than whites--that in effect, they are being punished for "driving while black."

But what about blacks (and Hispanics)...
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Valentich Files Released: Truth Still 'Need to Know'

On a clear afternoon in October of 1978, Frederick Valentich disappeared in a Cessna 182 while flying across Australia's Bass Strait. At the time of his disappearance, he was narrating to Melbourne Air Traffic Control a detailed description of a UFO that was flying close to his plane.

Australian authorities refused to release...
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Secret Missions in Space

A team of amateur astronomers have tracked down the X-37B spacecraft, launched on a 15-month clandestine mission by NASA in April ril from Cape Canaveral, Florida. This unmanned, reusable spacecraft has been developed by the US military. But why is it a secret? In 2010, an identical unmanned spacecraft returned to Earth after 7 months in orbit....
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Bees Have Discovered Fountain of Youth

Bees are amazing creatures. Scientists have discovered that older honey bees REVERSE brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees. They discovered that tricking older, foraging bees into doing social tasks inside the nest causes changes...
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They've Found God

CERN has announced that they have found the Higgs Boson, which has been called "the God Particle" because it is the main building block of matter.

In BBC News, Paul Rincon quotes quantum physicist Stephen Hawking as saying, "It is a pity in a way because the great advances in physics have come from experiments that...
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When Bad Foods Turn Out to be Really Good

It's a big relief when this happens, and latest two "exonerated" foods are chocolate and pizza.

Chocolate has been part of the human diet for at least 4,000 years. It was...
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Great Wall Even Longer Than Thought

Whether or not it can be seen from space, the Great Wall of China is incredibly long. After five years of investigation, Chinese archeologists have determined that the Great Wall is actually more than 13,000 miles long, TWICE as long as it was previously...
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Muzak Robot Reads Your Mind

If a robot could read your mind, it would know what kind of music you're in the mood to hear and instantly play it for you.

Shimi is a kind of robot jukebox, stuffed with music you like (just like your ipod), but it's different in one way: it...
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Can't Find a Parking Place? Get a Folding Car!

There are folding bikes, but a folding car? The Hiriko "Fold" can do just that. This should solve your parking problems.

It's an electric car, and the doors are different--Once the...
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When Celebrities Die

When singer Whitney Houston died, expressions of grief and solidarity surfaced quickly on Facebook and Twitter. Similar results occurred with the deaths of Michael Jackson and television host Dick Clark, among others. Why are people so upset about a person they've never met?

Psychologist Richard Harris says that many people develop...
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