News Stories

December 2012

Some of Us Will Drown

"God gave Noah the rainbow sign. No more water, the fire next time." The lyrics to this old gospel tune remind us that in Genesis, God promised not to flood the...
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Who Has More Trouble Finding the Car?

In the midst of frantic Christmas shopping, here's something you should know: A new study shows that men and women use different techniques to find their cars in crowded parking lots. Women rely more on visible landmarks (and often take huge detours while searching), while men...
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How to Get the Christmas Spirit

Having trouble getting into the spirit of Christmas? We have the solution for you: Whitley Strieber's wonderful little book...
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Can We Stop the Violence?

In the Bible, Jeremiah 31:15 and Matthew 2:18 both tell the same story: "A voice was heard in Ramah, Lamentation and bitter weeping, Rachel weeping for her children, Refusing to be comforted for her children, Because they are no more."
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Deception: Animals Do It, Robots Can Too

From the Trojan Horse to D-Day, deception has always played a role during wartime. In fact, there is an entire Army field manual on its use and value in the battlefield.
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Cigarette Butts Make a Cozy Nest

At last: Something GOOD about smoking! Birds in Mexico City are lining their nests with cigarette butts they pick up off the street, and scientists have discovered that they repel pests and keep the baby birds warm.

They're...
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Robots May Destroy Human Civilization

Scientists and philosophers in the UK are studying the likelihood of robots taking over and destroying our world.

The Center for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) will study the dangers posed by biotechnology, artificial life, nanotechnology and...
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The Truth About Christmas Shopping

Does it sometimes seem like department stores go out of their way to make the shopping experience unpleasant, when you'd think, especially around Christmas, that they'd do just the opposite? There's a reason for this: It turns out that the less comfortable you are during the...
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Fire or Water?

How will the world end? It may not end on December 21st, but it WILL end someday. After Noah's ark finally reached land, God promised Noah that he would not flood the earth again, that it would be "the fire next time," and despite the...
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Can Fracking Water be Cleaned Up?

You may not know it, but you're probably drinking recycled water right now. But water from "Fracking?" The process uses as much water as the entire cities of Chicago or Houston, but can it be made...
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How Much is the Earth Melting?

We didn't really know--until now. The ocean, which has risen an average of 8 inches since 1900, should rise another 3 feet or so by 2100, but without an accurate record of where we started, we can't know if the melting starts to speed up or (hopefully) slow down.

On the Climate Central website, Michael D. Lemonick quotes researcher...
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Digging Them Up

A record number of buried bodies are being exhumed lately. The body of the former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat is being tested to see if his sudden death in 2004 was caused by poison (they suspect the Israelis, naturally). Suspicious concentrations of the radioactive isotope polonium-210 were found on his clothes and toothbrush during an...
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The PERFECT Christmas Gift!

The perfect gift to give for Christmas is our exquisite crop circle calendar, and the person you give it to won't see it anywhere else, we're the only place in the United States where you can...
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Don't Develop New Drugs, Reuse the Old

Did you know that Viagra was first developed as a drug for heart disease, before it became a drug for erectile dysfunction? Or that Rogaine, which is now a baldness treatment, was originally used to treat high blood pressure?

One of the main expenses drug companies have when it comes to developing new medicines is testing these drugs...
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The Science of Gift Giving

When we buy someone a present, most of us try to get inside mind of the recipient, but thoughtful gifts--where you try to give someone what they want the most--are NOT the best bet. The giving of a thoughtful gift benefits the giver more than the person who receives it.
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Why Do We Get the Flu in the Winter?

Influenza, commonly known as the flu, has distinct transmission patterns around the world. In temperate regions, influenza's occurrence peaks during the winter season, while in some tropical regions, the disease's occurrence tends to correspond with the rainy season. This season, the Southern United States is being hit the hardest by the flu....
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Booms Again!

There has been a surprising outburst of booming sounds in many US communities lately.

In Columbia County, Georgia, some people said they were so loud that they woke them up at night. On ABC News, Michael Miller quotes Pam Tucker, director of the Columbia County Emergency...
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Methane is the Tipping Point

Permafrost is thawing all over the planet, and this releases the powerful greenhouse gas methane. Permafrost covers nearly a quarter of the northern hemisphere and may contain as much as 1,700 gigatons of carbon, which is twice the amount that is currently in the atmosphere. As it thaws, it could push global warming past one of the key...
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Search for the Perfect Tree

If you decide to go for a real Christmas tree, instead of a fake, you'll be faced with the problem of falling needles, as the tree dries out. A seven foot evergreen will bear 350,000 needles and drop most of them on the floor before...
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Russian PM Says Aliens Here

It sounded like a joke at first, but was it? After an interview, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that aliens are here. He has previously spoken about top secret files on aliens that may have landed in Russia.

The Huffington Post reports that "in footage recorded Friday after a television interview, the former...
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Your TV May be Spying on You

While you're watching TV, your TV could be watching YOU, but only if you buy a special kind of DVR that not only notes what shows you watch (the way a Tivo does), but actually SPIES on you (NOTE: subscribers...
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Major US Waterway Drying Up

Global warming affects different water ways differently. Glacier melt has opened up the Northwest Passage again, but the mighty Mississippi's water level is reaching a historic low due to the Midwestern...
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Horror Movies Help You Lose

Halloween tends to make us fat, since we stock up on lots of candy corn and other special treats to give to the kids who come to our door, and we always end up eating some of it ourselves. Another Halloween tradition is watching horror movies--and these can help compensate for the...
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Mexicans Investigating 2012

The Mayans living there say it isn't real--now Mexico's archaeology institute is checking out that December 21st doomsday prediction. They basically deny it, but they HAVE admitted that a SECOND reference to that date has been found on a carved stone fragment at a...
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Another Way to Catch a Superbug

Too many antibiotics are used on the farm, meaning that people who live near livestock or in livestock farming communities may be at greater risk of acquiring an antibiotic-resistant superbug. You don't need to actually VISIT these farms or ranches: It turns out that you can BREATHE...
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Sandy Wasn't the End--More Hurricanes and Tornadoes

After Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of the US recently, everyone wondered what climate change would bring us next. The...
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Can We Ever Create Artificial Intelligence?

It will take more than computer science and neuroscience to develop machines that think like people.

In the October 3rd edition of the Guardian, David Deutsch writes: "The brain is the only kind of object capable of understanding that the cosmos is even there, or why there are infinitely many prime numbers, or that apples fall...
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How the Sun Changes History

People who don't know their history are fated to repeat their mistakes. It has always been assumed by solar scientists that our sun does not emit the same sort of superflares seen bursting out of similar stars. But now it appears that the sun did emit a superflare in 774 AD, and,...
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Why One Pole Melts and the Other Doesn't

Different Things are happening at the top and bottom of our world: Antarctica is gaining MORE ice, at the same time that glaciers are melting in the Arctic. What's causing this...
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Zit Killer

We have bacteria that can gobble up oil spills (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and now we may have a virus that can attack pimples. Doctors have discovered a harmless virus...
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