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January 2013

You Could be Allergic to Your Cell Phone

There are lots of reasons that cell phones can be dangerous, but here's one you never thought of: You can be allergic to them!

Many of us are "allergic" to...
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Fat and Happy

Are you fat and happy? (If you're NOT happy about being fat, you need Anne Strieber's famous diet book!) Scientists have discovered that the major genetic contributor to obesity is also associated with an 8% reduction in depression. In other words, it's...
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Can We Predict Quakes Like We Can Predict the Weather?

People have been trying to predict earthquakes (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) for thousands of years. Twenty-three hundred years ago,...
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Teleportation: One Step Closer

For the last ten years, theoretical physicists have shown that the intense connections generated between particles as established in the quantum law of "entanglement" may hold the key to eventual teleportation of quantum information--and human beings?

Once considered impossible, in 1993 a team of scientists calculated that...
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If Your Self-propelled Car Gets in a Wreck

Who gets the blame?

Fully driverless cars are years away, but car manufacturers think they'll be in showrooms by 2020, and insurance agencies and lawyers want to be prepared. So far, only California, Nevada and Florida have passed laws about this. It's preferable for...
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The Real Cost of Jail

It's sometimes hard to determine the REAL cost of things.

The United States has the world's highest rate of jail incarceration, perhaps because the private the private prisons springing up across the country provide local jobs. But if the prison population shrank...
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Far Flung Pollution Affects Us All

Chemicals used as flame retardants are present as environmental pollutants all around the globe, including remote sites in Indonesia, Nepal and Tasmania, where no one wears clothes that are treated with these chemicals.

Researcher Amina Salamova says,...
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How the Internet Changes Your Brain

Lots of things change our brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). We know that reading changes the brain--according...
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We're Mutating!

At least our genes are. The Nature website reports that establishing the age of each mutation in contemporary human populations is important to fully understand our evolutionary history and will help to us to develop new medicines for diseases caused by genes.

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It's superbowl time again, and time to talk about football head injuries. At least there's now a new technique that may lead to earlier diagnosis of...
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The Real Cost of Superstorms

It's not just cleaning up the mess they leave behind, it's the fact that by blowing away houses, they diminish the tax base that supports local schools.

In the January 25th edition of the New York Times, Alison Leigh Cowan writes: "(Superstorm Sandy)damaged tens of billions of dollars' worth of real estate, especially in coastal...
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Mad Cow Medicine

We don't hear much about Mad Cow Disease anymore (thank goodness), but scientists are studying the human form (Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease) because it has similarities to diseases that affect millions, such as...
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Clues to Mars Life May Lie Underground

Minerals found in the subsurface of Mars, a zone of more than three miles below ground, make for the strongest evidence yet that the red planet may have supported life (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show...
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Tracking Down an International Hum

The Canadian government will fund a search for the cause of the mysterious Windsor hum, a low, persistent noise that's been bothering there residents for two years. It's been described as described as sounding like an idling truck or train engine. Canada...
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Whistle Talk

La Gomera is one of the smallest Canary Islands, and it's a place where its inhabitants communicate with each other by whistling. As you walk along the beach in La Gomera, you can hear the sounds of the Gomeran whistle, an ancient language that the locals still use, in which...
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Sperm Crisis Going On

Does Nature think the Earth is overpopulated? Because a "natural" form of birth control is going on right now: A new study of 26,000 men shows that between 1989 and 2005, average sperm counts fell by a third, increasing their risk of infertility.

The decline occurred progressively throughout the 17-year period, meaning that...
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Who is More Stressed by Bad News?

Couples fight over lots of things, including the TV news. Does she want to change the channel when stories about war and famine, while he's not bothered by them? It turns out that bad news articles in the media increase women’s sensitivity to stressful situations, but do not...
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Wolves and Dogs--What's the Difference?

Dogs and wolves are genetically so similar, it's been difficult for biologists to understand why wolves remain fiercely wild, while dogs can gladly become "man's best friend." Biologists think the different behaviors are related to the animals' earliest sensory experiences...
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Space Station Gets a Lift

The ISS was launched in 1998, and now it's getting old and rusty and needs renovation. An addition will be added with a BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activity Module), which is a kind of balloon that is carried up to space flat and blown up after it arrives. Robert Bigelow is the man...
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Recessions Caused by Income Gap

If there isn't a big enough middle class, it hurts EVERYBODY (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), because historically, times like this have led to recessions and even depressions. This is because middle...
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Monkeys Interbreed--Did We?

Did we monkey around with our genes as different species of early humans interbred and produced offspring of mixed ancestry? In other words, are modern humans part Neanderthal, and is...
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A Kennedy Son Denies Oswald Killed JFK

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. says that Lee Harvey Oswald was not solely responsible for the assassination of his uncle, President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963 (NOTE:...
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It's Going to be COLD

Sudden stratospheric warming has split the polar vortex in two. The polar vortex, which forms as the atmosphere loses heat to space in long Arctic winter night, was split in two by massive heating from below, as a series of intense storms...
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Why Gayness is Genetic

Is homosexuality genetic? It's a long-running debate. This is an important question, because if this was proven (and accepted by lawyers and lawmakers), then discrimination against gays, such as state bans on gay marriage...
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Australian Gun Control--Did it Work?

As our Congress furiously debates gun control, it's interesting to see what happened in Australia when they banned certain types of weapons in 1996.

John Howard was prime minister of Australia from 1996 to 2007, and in the January 17th edition of the New York Times, he writes about his own experience with gun reform, following a...
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Making a New Moon

NASA may be planning to capture an asteroid and drag it into the moon's orbit, giving the Moon a moon of its own.

The mission would cost about $2.6 billion--slightly more than NASA's Curiosity Mars rover--and it would take about six to 10 years to complete the mission.

But why do it?

What NASA really wants...
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Mysterious Mounds in Peru

For more than a century and a half, scientists and tourists have visited massive animal-shaped mounds, such as Serpent Mound in Ohio (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), created by the...
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NEW Bermuda Triangle Sucks Up Famous Fashion Designer

The Bermuda Triangle (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) is an area in the Atlantic Ocean between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where many ships are said to have "disappeared." Another...
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Dumb and Dumber or Smart and Smarter?

Is the human race getting dumber? geneticist Gerald Crabtree thinks that human intelligence peaked several thousand years ago and from then on, has been on a slow decline.

His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99% of human evolutionary history, we lived as...
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Chimp Depravity

Animals can be as depraved as humans--they can even watch porn. When Gina, a female chimpanzee at the Seville Zoo in Spain, was given a TV set, she began to watch pornography almost constantly.

In the...
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