News Stories

September 2012

Want a Successful President? Elect a Psychopath!

The fearless dominance associated with psychopathy may be an important predictor of U.S. presidential performance.

On the Medical Xpress website, Carol Clark relates the following story: "After a gunman shot him in the chest in 1912, Theodore Roosevelt went...
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Watching Reruns Leads to Better Mental Health

We keep hearing that we need to turn off the TV, get off the couch, and go outside and exercise. Anne Strieber's diet book--which has been REDUCED in price to help YOU reduce--has a chapter about exercise titled "The Tyranny of the Body."...
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How to Control Your Roll

In Las Vegas, Atlantic City and on Indian Reservations, people throw dice and take their chances. Researchers have spotted something predictable in the seemingly random throw of the dice. By applying chaos...
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How to Tell Who to Trust

We hate to think that our personalities are all based on a combination of genes and hormones, but that's increasing turning out to be true. For instance, the female reproductive hormone oxytocin (which men have too) may determine while some people are generous givers and others...
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Bacteria Gobbled it Up

That BP Oil spill (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) did some awful things to the Gulf. But...
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Junk DNA: What's it For?

Scientists have discovered a lot of DNA that we don't seem to have a use for, so they've called it "junk" DNA. But now they may be discovering that it's not just junk, after all. They now think that at least 80% percent of it is active and needed.

The human genome is packed with at least four million gene switches that...
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Watch Out: Methane Coming

The Antarctic Ice Sheet may be a major source of the potent greenhouse gas methane. Old organic matter frozen beneath it may have been converted to methane by micro-organisms living there under oxygen-deprived conditions, and as the ice melts, the methane will be released.

Planetary scientist Slawek Tulaczyk says, "It is easy to...
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What's Wrong With Drugs in Sports?

Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner, has been stripped of his victories by the US Anti-Doping Agency for using illicit performance-enhancing drugs. This is happening in almost every sport and in Wired.com, Ian Steadman asks, "Why don't...
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They Know Who You Are

Crows are mighty smart birds: They share with humans (MOST humans, anyway) the ability to recognize faces and associate them with negative, as well as positive, feelings.

Researchers documented this by having some...
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One Enduring Legacy of 9/11

Despite some doubts about what really happened on September 11, 2001, we all appreciate...
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Stress May be GOOD for You

Not the awful stress that so many people encountered on 9/11 (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows) but just a LITTLE...
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Daydreaming About Peace

Lots of us daydream about how different the world would be if the 9/11 attacks had never happened (or maybe only happened in a parallel universe). Is daydreaming a sign of intelligence or...
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Saudi Israel

We recently wrote about "Saudi America," meaning that, thanks to increasing gas reserves, the US will soon no longer be so dependent on Middle Eastern oil as oil-fired manufacturing processes, like coal, are...
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Starvation Not Necessary for Long Life

Scientists once thought that a restricted calorie intake led to a longer lifespan, but this has now been discredited (thank goodness!) While lots of us...
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Football: A Risky Game

It's football season again, which brings up the topic of concussions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). New research...
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A Spy Butterfly

If you happened to look up, you would notice if a drone was tracking you, but what if it looked like an insect--for instance, a butterfly? Israel is creating spy drones that are shaped like butterflies and...
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Take an Elevator to the Moon

Despite Curiosity, our space program has pretty much moved to private companies. Now there's a company that's trying to raise cash to build an elevator to the moon. They hope to have it ready in...
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The Secret Ingredients of Cigarettes

Most of us assume that cigarettes are simply tobacco rolled up in paper, but that FAR from the truth: many OTHER ingredients--many of them SECRET--are added to the mix.
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Hanta Haunts Yosemite While West Nile Attacks Texas

10,000 tourists who stayed in cabins at Yosemite National Park recently might have been exposed to the deadly mouse-borne Hanta Virus. So far , Hanta has made 6 of the tourists ill. Hanta Virus is caused by inhaling the dried feces of infected mice. It is also carried by prairie dogs...
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Is There Life on Saturn's Moon?

While we sent up a rover to check out the surface of Mars, it turns out we're more likely to find life on the one of the MOONS of some of our other planets--for instance,...
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Print Your Own Meat

If you can print your pet, why not print your meat?

It's hard to know exactly what's in some of the meat we eat, but if you could print your own, you'd no longer have to wonder. Astronauts will be...
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Bacteria Fights Off Viruses

There may be a good reason why our bodies are covered with bacteria: It turns out that bacteria fights off viruses.

Science Daily quotes researcher David Artis as saying, "From our studies in mice, we found that signals derived from these beneficial...
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Don't Hate Me Because I'm Beautiful

Studies have shown that attractive people get more attention. Beautiful women, for instance, get promoted more often. But when it comes to APPLYING for the job, sex roles are reversed: Women who attached an attractive photo to their resumes...
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Can Teen Cars Drive Themselves?

The teenaged brain is not yet fully formed, which may be the reason why teens have the greatest percentage of auto accidents. Before they buy their kid a car, many parents would like to...
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Indians Want to Buy Their Land Back

The Black Hills in South Dakota were stolen from the Sioux (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this interview) in 1877 by the US government. Now, the tribe wants to...
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Dads Pass Stress to Their Daughters

Dads have a lot to answer for. A study conducted with mice suggests that a woman’s risk of anxiety and dysfunctional social behavior may depend on the experiences of her parents, particularly fathers, when they were young. The study suggests that stress caused by chronic social instability during youth contributes to...
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Turn Memory On With the Flip of a Switch

Scientists have learned how to turn memories on and off with the flip of a switch. And while most of us, as we get older, want to remember more (for instance, people's names), some people want to FORGET some of the traumatic events they've witnessed...
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Why We Hate Waiting in Line

These days, flying to another city or country involves a lot of waiting in line. First we wait in the TSA line, then--at the end of the trip--we wait in line to get our luggage. When Houston airport...
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Meditation Changes the Brain

There's almost no limit to the value of meditation. A scientist studying the Chinese mindfulness meditation known as integrative body-mind training (IBMT) says that he and...
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