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January 2013

Life Created From 4 Bottles of Chemicals

A scientist has built a living bacterium from four bottles of chemicals. Biologist Craig Venter took the natural bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium and replaced its genetic structure with DNA they created from the chemicals.

The Daily Mail quotes Venter as saying, "We consider this the second in significant steps of a three-step...
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If Only We'd Known!

Drinking to ring in the New Year may have left many of you suffering with the dreaded hangover. According to a 2009 study, the cure may be asparagus!

The amino acids and minerals found in asparagus extract may alleviate alcohol hangover and protect liver cells against toxins.

Researchers analyzed the components of young...
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Prodigies May be Autistic

A new study of 8 child prodigies suggests a possible link between these children's special skills and autism. Of the prodigies studied, 3 had a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.

In addition, half of the prodigies had a family member or a first- or second-degree...
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What's Tau Ceti HD 10700 E?

It's a potentially habitable planet that's orbiting a nearby star, that's capable of having liquid water and thus supporting life as we know it.

In the Huffington Post, Mike Wall quotes astronomer Steve Vogt as saying, "This discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy...
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Times When We Function Best

By paying attention to our body clocks, we can figure out what times we function best at certain tasks, and decide whether to put them aside for later--or do them right away. This can range from manual tasks to creative thinking to the best time to take a nap.

Many of us are locked into schedules at home or at work, but when we DO...
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Wasting Time--A Good Thing?

"Haste makes waste"--it's an old adage, but it turns out to be true: Our brains make more mistakes when we act too quickly. Because the brain must make snap decisions based on less information than it uses for slower decisions, the likelihood that it will make mistakes...
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Data Collected to Use Against You

Spying has changed in the internet age--Now we leave a record of what we're doing and what we're interested in every time we click on a website, post on a social network or purchase something online. Homeland Security and police are tracking this information, and so are AD AGENCIES.

In the December 13th edition of the Financial Times...
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