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January 2013

Meteorite Reveals Extraterrestrial Life

A meteorite that recently landed close to a city in Sri Lanka may be "the most important scientific discovery in the last 500 years" since it brought "compelling evidence of life" from space.

On the Island website, Walter Jayawardhana quotes one of the scientists who discovered the contents of the meteorite as...
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Cancer on the Job

Working with plastic parts containing BPA--in auto industries, for instance--may make women more vulnerable to breast cancer. Women in Toronto's plastic automotive parts factories have complained about pungent fumes and dust that caused nosebleeds, headaches, nausea and dizziness.

In the November 19th edition of the Toronto Star, Jim...
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Why Things Get Stale

Food gets stale (and if you're eating TOO MUCH of it before it has a chance to, you need Anne Strieber's famous diet book!) and experiences do too. For instance, a song that we...
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One of the Worst Pollution Events in History

Reduced air circulation and cold winter temperatures have combined to create what is one of the most intense pollution events in history over China. Unhealthy polluted air blankets three fourths of a country the size of Europe. It’s as if the entire United...
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What We Can Learn from Traditional People

What can we learn from indigenous cultures, who still live the same way that everyone did thousands of years ago?

Geographer Jared Diamond points out that, for most of history, people lived in small groups as hunter-gatherers. Agriculture began 11,000...
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More Pesticides Now Than Ever Before

Despite the upsurge in organic foods, American agriculture is using more pesticides than ever before. Coupled with antibiotics fed to livestock, the farm is becoming a dangerous place for humans!

The Department of Agriculture says that the average American is exposed...
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More Melt Than Ever

Climatologists have discovered that West Antarctica is warming TWICE as fast as they previously thought it was.

This unexpectedly big increase adds to fears the ice sheet will thaw, causing the sea level to rise and drown coastal cities all over the world. West Antarctica holds enough ice to raise world sea levels by 11 feet if it...
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Coffee Prevents Cancer

Oral cancer, anyway. People who drink more than four cups of caffeinated coffee per day are at about half the risk of death of these often fatal cancers compared to those who only occasionally or who never drank coffee.

There was a weaker link between decaf and staying cancer free.

In a recent study of almost 100,000...
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Strange Sounds Haunt a Noisy World

We live in an increasingly noisy world, and a new study says that background noise (which we don't always notice) plays a major role in our unconscious learning and psychological health. The plane roaring overhead, our neighbor's TV set, the...
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When Getting Sick is a Roll of the Dice

This year's flu season has been declared an "epidemic:" with 41 states reporting widespread and severe outbreaks of flu this season, researchers are wondering why less than half of the American population has gotten a flu shot. Due to the way the flu virus mutates, this...
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One in Six Stars Has Earth-Sized Planet

Using NASA's Kepler spacecraft, astronomers are beginning to find Earth-sized planets orbiting distant stars. A new analysis of Kepler data shows that about 17% of stars have an Earth-sized planet in an orbit closer than Mercury. Since the Milky Way has about 100 billion stars, there are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds out there. The odds...
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Can't Hit 'Em if You Can't See 'Em

How can we protect our soldiers? Make them invisible! The US military is developing "Quantum Stealth" camouflage uniforms that can make soldiers completely invisible by bending light waves around them. This fabric can even fool night vision goggles.

In the...
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Prehistoric Movie Going

Prehistoric man (and woman) put on lipstick and went to the movies--in a manner of speaking, that is. Prehistoric cave artists used cartoon-like techniques to give the impression that their images were moving across cave...
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Can a Computer Tell Jokes?

As if they didn't have enough to study, scientists are now trying to figure out what makes something funny. One way to do this is to get a computer to create jokes--something a standup comedian (NOTE:...
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Internet Catches Criminals With Words

Covert agencies--as well as corporations--are searching email files for words and phrases that may reveal incipient (or ongoing) criminal activity. The 911 terrorists knew this, which is why they emailed one another in code.
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Digging Up the Amazon

Huge mining companies are bulldozing into the rain forests of Brazil, one of the world's most environmentally sensitive regions.

They expect to spend $24 billion in the next 4 years to dig up iron ore, bauxite (used to make aluminum) and other metals found there. The...
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A Shot to Prevent Cancer

What if we could get a vaccine that would prevent us from getting cancer, by causing our immune systems to protect us from it--just like a flu shot does. This may be on the way.

Our immune systems have trouble recognizing cancer cells as dangerous, so it does not act to destroy them. But we may be able to manipulate our body's...
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What Improves With Age

Our memories may deteriorate as we get older, but our HEARTS become wiser.

A hundred years ago, life was harder, so people tended to erect a hard crust around their emotions. Children died young, which led to the emotionally cold and distant father--very common in...
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We Can Have Three Parents

Multicolored, Calico cats are the product of multiple fathers. Is it possible for a human child to have more than two parents? Researchers have discovered that it may be possible for children to have one father, but two mothers. This would make us less likely to inherit diseases, most of which come from the mother's (mitochondrial) DNA.
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Where Does the Myth Come From?

Where did dragons come from? They were a popular icon long before dinosaur bones were discovered, and early man came along AFTER the dinosaurs' demise, so it couldn't have been a race memory. Also, dragon myths were common in the ancient Mediterranean world, despite the...
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Insomnia is Racial

In the August 31st edition of the New York Times, Douglas Quenqua writes: "The idea that race or ethnicity might help determine how well people sleep is relatively new among sleep researchers. But in the few short years...
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2012: Too Darned Hot

The NOAA-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center is currently reviewing temperature data for 2012 from throughout the 12-state region, and researchers have discovered that for most major sites--including Washington, DC, Boston, Philadelphia and New York City--it was the hottest year ever recorded--something we tend to overlook when we're in...
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Not as Nice as We Think We Are

We've just finished Christmas--a holiday that tends to make us both giving AND greedy, so it's interesting to note that "paying it forward"--a popular expression for extending generosity to others after...
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Why Placebos Work

Scientists don't understand why taking a sugar pill instead of the "real thing" will sometimes cure a disease, but they're beginning to figure it out. New evidence indicates that our immune system may have an...
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Why We're So Violent

In the wake of the recent Connecticut elementary school massacre--as well as similar massacres in the US over the years--some people are wondering if violence is in our genetic makeup or if it resides...
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Alien Technology Working in Our World

If we encountered alien technology far superior to our own, would we even realize what it was? Technology a million or more years in advance of ours would appear miraculous, just as an airplane or TV set would seem miraculous to prehistoric man.

Astrobiologist Paul Davis thinks that advanced technology might not even be made of...
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Why We Crave Sweets

Is one of your resolutions (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) for 2013 to lose weight? If so, one of...
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Best Way to Search for Bigfoot: by Blimp!

Many have tried to locate Bigfoot ON foot, looking and listening for him (NOTE: Subscribers may not be able to hear Bigfoot, but they can still listen to this...
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Are You a Zombie?

There are parasites that infect certain insects and turn them into self-destructive zombies (and it turns out this can happen to people too--do you own a cat?)

When a...
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911: Someone Blew Them Up

Researcher André Rousseau, an expert on acoustic waves, says that his investigations of the seismic waves recorded on September 11, 2001 in the Palisades, over 20 miles away from the WTC site, and published by the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, prove that the 3 Twin Towers buildings were...
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