News Stories

April 2013

Bird Flu Season Again

Many of us tend to ignore these warnings, since they turned out to be a sort of false alarm last time. Asians get bird flu directly from the ducks and geese they keep in cages, before they're...
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Athletes Coming OUT

Gay athletes are coming OUT of the locker room in more ways that one: The National Hockey League has announced support of gay athletes. The National Football League is working with gay advocacy groups to smooth the...
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The Religious Way to Diet

The ancient Greeks warned that excessive consumption of food would disrupt the four humors in the human body. The ancient Buddhist and Confucian traditions, as well as Christianity and Islam, encourage moderation and disparage gluttony, as well. The Jewish Talmud teaches that people should eat enough to fill a third of their stomachs, drink...
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Gotcha! NASA Plans to Capture an Asteroid

NASA plans to robotically capture a small near-Earth asteroid and redirect it safely to a stable orbit in the Earth-moon system where astronauts can visit and explore it. Is this part of NASA's search for potential "killer" asteroids?

At a recent Congressional hearing, NASA told lawmakers that it's time for...
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Easier Than Ever to be Invisible

Up until now, the invisibility cloaks have been bulky contraptions--not easy to slip on and off for people who want to role play Harry Potter. However, researchers have now developed a cloak that is just micrometers thick.

Objects are detected when waves--whether they are sound, light, x-rays or microwaves-- rebound off its surface...
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Europe Will Become New Center for Superstorms

Just as Whitley Strieber and Art Bell predicted in Superstorm 14 years ago, climate scientists are now warning that Europe is about to become the target of gigantic storms, some of them on the scale of...
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Who's Listening?

In the 1970s and ’80s, when undercover agents recorded conversations with mobsters and corrupt politicians, they wore a bulky tape recorder strapped around their waists--that sometimes weighed as much as 10 pounds--and wires, connected to a microphone, taped to their chests. Needless to say, they were nervous about being caught!
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Scientists Can Spy on Your Dreams

A computer can predict what you're dreaming about (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this fascinating show) based on your brain wave activity with an fMRI machine.

On Fox News, Tia Ghose quotes...
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Pollution in Pregnancy Can Lead to Childhood Cancer

Increased exposure to traffic-related air pollution during pregnancy is associated with a higher incidence of leukemia in children. This means that China--the most polluted country in the world--is headed for a cancer epidemic caused by bad air--...
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We Can't See It, But It Makes Up Most of Our World

They've finally found the God particle, and now for the next big scientific search: dark matter (which accounts for most of the mass in the universe).

Dark Matter can't be seen with telescopes, but astronomers know it's there because of the gravitational effects it has on...
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Hunger Protects You from Alzheimer's

Huh?

A new study reveals that the feeling of hunger itself may protect against Alzheimer’s disease. A study of mild hunger pangs in mice suggest that related hormonal pathways may be as important to the much-discussed value of "caloric restriction" as...
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Want to Live Longer? Be a Woman

Women who live to be 100 or more are rare--but not as rare as men who do. In the UK, five times as many women as men receive the "congratulations" birthday card from the Queen on their 100th birthdays. Life expectancy has been steadily improving for both sexes in most developed countries, but it's been improving more for men than for...
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Roadkill? Evolution!

There's all kinds of evolution: Cliff swallows that build nests that dangle from highway overpasses have a lower chance of becoming roadkill than they used to because their progeny has developed shorter wingspans, so that they can dodge oncoming traffic.

It would be...
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Dirt Makes You Happier

Gardens are good for your brain--and a type of bacteria in the soil called Mycobacterium vaccae may be the reason why.

On Arizona Public Media, Gisela Telis quotes psychiatrist Charles Raison as saying, "What's remarkable is that this microorganism seems to know how exactly to signal the brain areas we believe are most...
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Fending Off Divorce

Almost half of all marriages end in divorce--is there anything that can be done about this?

Researchers have come up with an incredible idea: A new kind of "love drug" that can heal wounded relationships. It will in the form an inhaler and be prescribed by a relationship counselor. You'd sniff it in the presence of your...
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Missing Something? Grow a New Body Part

Why wait in line for an organ transplant when you can grow your own? Or if you don't like your nose, forget plastic surgery--grow a new one. These amazing abilities--once part of science fiction--are now on the way.

A laboratory made a bladder in 1996, and there have been five windpipe replacements so far. One researcher transplanted...
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If You're a Fussy Eater

If you don't like vegetables, you may be missing out on nutrition, especially if you're dieting. You could even be part Neanderthal!
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The Evolution of Gambling

The history of life on Earth is still a mystery: Bacteria have been around for about 3 billion years, but for most of this time they had had the Earth to themselves. Seaweed, jellyfish-like creatures, sponges and worms arrived a few million years before the Cambrian period began, over 500 million years ago.

But 200 million years ago...
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Someone ELSE Owns Your DNA

In the future, doctors will be able to diagnose the diseases we're likely to get, such as heart disease and diabetes, by looking at our DNA. That way, they'll be able to give us concrete advice about our health habits. But what if they have to consult the company who has patented our genes first? You may not know it, but you don't "own"...
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Your Cell Phone Can Give You a Heart Attack

Not because of any radiation that might be emanating from it, but because texting--instead of meeting with friends face to face--is associated with a greater risk of heart disease.

Neuroscientists have found evidence that experiences leave imprints--not only in our brains, but on our HEARTS. They've learned that people who practice...
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Airpocalypse

More than a million people die every year from air pollution in China, which has the fastest growing economy in the world. But how do you convince people to come and work in what is ALSO the most polluted city in the world? China's...
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Fukushima Fallout Making US Kids Sick

Researchers have discovered that the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster has had more drastic and far-reaching health effects more than previously thought: Young children born on the...
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Catching Criminals BEFORE they Strike Again

A researcher gave 96 male prisoners fMRI brain scans just before their release (he could have given them a spit test). Their brains were scanned during computer tasks during which they had to make quick decisions and control their impulses.

Four years later, Kent Kiehl found that...
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Wish You Were Taller? Get Educated!

Even if you didn't eat your veggies or drink your milk as a child, your eventual height as an adult is still in your hands.

Most of us "shrink" a bit as we age, due to an increase in body fat and decrease in bone mass. But a...
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The Blind May See Again

"Three Blind Mice" is an old children's tune, but a team of scientists have taken it seriously: they discovered a chemical that temporarily restores some vision to blind mice. This could someday allow people with degenerative blindness to see again.

Because the chemical eventually wears off, it may offer a safer alternative...
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Why Your Pills Don't Work

There are lots of ways that men and women are different from each other, and one of these is reactions to the drugs they take.

For instance, men metabolize sleeping pills faster...
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To Frack--Or NOT to Frack

The question is almost Shakespearian: We would hate to give up fracking, since it's making us energy independent. But if this process of injecting water into shale in order to extract natural gas is...
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Should We Replace Those Old Fillings?

Should we get our mercury-amalgam fillings replaced--or would it be easier just to grow new teeth?

A common test used to determine mercury exposure from dental amalgam fillings may significantly overestimate the amount of the toxic metal released from fillings. While scientists agree that dental amalgam fillings slowly release...
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How to Stop the Killing: Make it Legal

How to stop the illegal poaching that is killing off some horned animals? Make it legal!

In the March 25th edition of the Guardian, Edna Molewa reports that South Africa's environmental affairs minister if backing a radical proposal to legalize the international trade...
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Comet May Hit Mars in 2014

It may kick up enough red dust to set back planned missions to Mars by several years.

On the Space.com website, Mike Wall reports that a newfound comet will give Mars a close shave next year, and there's a...
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