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February 2013

Europeans Were First Americans

An extraordinary discovery of European stone tools along the eastern seaboard of the United States indicates that Europeans reached American shores 10,000 years before Siberians came across the ancient Alaskan land bridge.

That doesn't excuse the way we...
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Smiling--whether you FEEL happy or not--is good for your health: it slows down your heart and reduces stress. In fact, the very act of smiling makes us feel happier. Frowning does the opposite, which is why preventing people from frowning, with the use of Botox, can help cure depression....
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Owls Swivel and Sneak Around

When you twist your head around to check for a driver in your "blind spot" before changing lanes, don't you wish you could swivel your head around like an owl? Owls can rotate their heads by as much as 270 degrees in either direction without damaging the delicate blood vessels in their necks and heads, and without cutting off the blood...
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Have They Found Atlantis?

The islands Reunion and Mauritius, both well-known tourist destinations, are hiding a micro-continent, which has now been discovered. The continent fragment (NOTE: Subscribers can still...
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Mean Milky Way

Peering deep into the vast stellar halo that envelops our Milky Way galaxy, astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have uncovered tantalizing evidence for the possible existence of a shell of stars that are a relic of cannibalism by our Milky Way.

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When Healing Drugs Harm

An increasing number of people die from unintentional home injury, in large part due to accidental drug overdose.

Older adults and infants have the highest rates of death from unintentional home injury. More than 30,000 such deaths occurred between 2000 and 2008.

Researcher Carol W. Runyan says, "Falls continue to...
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Killer Asteroid? Spray It Away!

An aerospace and physics researcher has a plan to deflect a killer asteroid by using paint. The idea may sound crazy, but he's working with NASA on the project.

Dave Hyland thinks that one possible way to avert an asteroid collision with Earth is by...
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Does Violent Media Make Us Violent?

Researchers have studied the links between media violence and violent behavior for years without coming to a definite conclusion about this.

Correlating crime data and film release schedules between...
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Who Cheats?

A new study shows that the business leaders behind our nations' most unsettling corporate scandals have most likely cheated on tests and term papers in college as well.

Researcher Paul Piff says, "Our studies suggest that more positive attitudes toward greed and the pursuit of self-interest among upper-class individuals, in part...
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Something Stinks

But sometimes things smell good too. But our ability to smell deteriorates over the years, sometimes as early as age 30. By age 60, about half of us will experience a reduction in our ability to smell,...
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What War Really Costs

We all know it costs the lives and health of our soldiers, but when old men send young men to war, it costs huge amounts of money too, and now that we're in a recession, we have to ask ourselves: Was...
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There May be Water on the Moon

If there was water on the moon, we could colonize it (and take an elevator there). Well, there just may be: Traces of water have been detected within the crystalline structure of mineral samples from the lunar highland upper crust obtained during the Apollo missions.
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Evidence of an ET Machine?

A reflecting nebula in the constellation Orion NGC 1999 shows a black cloud near its center. SETI's chief scientist, Seth Shostak, thinks suggests these should be studied in the search for...
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A Heartbreaking Job

Whether or not you're glad that Obama won re-election, Here's something you should know (and it applies to BOTH sides of the political spectrum): Ten of the nation's 44 presidents likely suffered strokes during their presidencies or after leaving office. Seven of them--John Tyler,...
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Water World

When astronomers discovered planet GJ 1214b circling a star more than 47 light-years from Earth in 2009, their data presented two possibilities. Either it was a mini-Neptune shrouded in a thick atmosphere of hydrogen and helium, or it was a water world nearly three times the size of Earth.

Astronomer Jacob Bean used a new method...
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Massive Sunspot Could Pose Solar Flare Danger

NASA has warned that a huge solar flare now developing could cause
a dangerous solar storm that could disrupt electrical grids on Earth.
At present NASA is estimating a 15% chance...
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Dangerous Particles in Our Food

Molecule-size particles are entering the food chain through processed foods and their packaging. Nanotechnology can help make products creamier without additional fat, as well as intensify and improve flavors and brighten colors.

Their small size allows nanoparticles to go places in the body that larger particles can't reach--they...
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What Fat Dads Do

A father's fatness may influence his children's health and raise their risk for diseases like cancer. Biologist Adelheid Soubry says, "Understanding the risks of the current Western lifestyle on future generations is important."

In the past, researchers looking at health outcomes in newborns have studied pregnant mothers,...
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Music Medicine

Music has been incorporated into medical practice since before the ancient Greeks. However, though practitioners have been convinced of music's health benefits for thousands of years, there had been little peer-reviewed research to back them up, but recent studies are changing all that.

A number of new studies to support music's...
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Why Can't Congress Make a Decision?

Congress is showing a frustrating inability to figure out how to deal with federal spending cuts, but their behavior may not be so incomprehensible if you look at them as a bunch of people with bad teeth who need dental work.
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It's Right to Fight

We may have evolved to make love, not war, but we ALSO evolved to use our fists!

Scientists think that human hands evolved not only for the manual dexterity needed to use tools, play a violin or paint a work of art, but so men could make fists and...
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Meditation Can Make You Healthier

We all assume it will make us more spiritual, and perhaps more attuned to our feelings, but it turns out it can actually improve our HEALTH as well.
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911 to be Tried in UK Court of Law

On February 25, in a small town in the UK, three hours of detailed 9/11 evidence will be judged in a court of law. The BBC will be challenged over the inaccurate and biased manner in which it reported...
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Your Very Own Avatar

Sometimes we hate mice, but sometimes we love them.

You can now own a mouse with an immune system that's identical to yours. Why would you want to do that? So that drugs and medical therapies can be tested on the mouse first, before they're used on you. Some researchers...
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What Made You Vote the Way You Did?

A team of political scientists and neuroscientists has shown that liberals and conservatives use different parts of the brain when they make risky decisions, and these regions can...
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Do You REALLY Want to Know?

The study of genealogy--finding our roots--is a popular pastime these days. According to a 2012 study by market-research firm Global Industry Analysts, these searchers spent $2.3 billion on genealogy...
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Your Ancestor was a Rat!

No, we don't just mean that we all have some nasty folks in our family tree--We're talking about an actual rat-like mammal that is the common ancestor of all humans. It weighed about half a pound, had a long furry tail and ate insects (something WE...
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Meteor Strikes but Asteroid Passes Safely

As Asteroid 2012 DA14 approached Earth, a significant meteor strike took place in central Russia. Most experts do not believe that the two events were related, and NASA has confirmed that the asteroid has not broken up. However, smaller debris is sometimes present near asteroids, and is not generally detectable, so it is possible that such debris...
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Meteor Strike in Cuba

Residents in the Cuban town of Rodas have reported a meteor strike that made an enormous noise as it hit. It is possible there is a debris field in Earth's gravity well, possibly following the asteroid that just passed the planet. If so, more strikes are possible, and there is no way to detect them prior to entry into the atmosphere, or to stop...
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Radioactive Pots and Pans

How would you like radioactive metal from nuclear weapons facilities to be recycled for use in consumer goods like silverware, pots and pans, eye glasses, zippers, kid's braces, and even pacemakers and artificial hip joints? This practice was banned in 2000, but if the US Department of Energy gets its way, it will be reimplemented...
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