While parts of the East Coast have been hit with nearly 12 inches of snow, parts of the Midwest were enjoying highs into the 60s and in the same week. No wonder everyone seems to be sneezing and coughing? But do they have a cold or an allergy?

The prevalence of allergies is nothing to sneeze at. Roughly 40 million Americans suffer from allergies of some kind, and those numbers may be growing.

Sharp temperature fluctuations aren’t just creating major wardrobe challenges around the country. For people coughing, sneezing and blowing their nose, the weather is also making it harder to diagnose the cause of their symptoms.
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In the future (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), it’s predicted that the population of the world will swell to 2.5 billion–how will we feed them all? Certainly not with the conventional meat-and-potatoes diet that we’re used to in the West, and we won’t be able to grow enough vegetables, either. We’ll have to find NEW KINDS of food to eat.
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Ever wish you could "turn off" that annoying cell phone chatter we hear everywhere around us these days? Well maybe you can: Japan has invented a "shut up" machine that painlessly forces people to be quiet. And it’s portable!

It works by recording its target’s speech, then firing their words back at them with a two second delay, which affects the brain’s cognitive processes and causes speakers to stutter, then silences them completely.

If people start carrying these jammers around in their pockets, cell phone yackers may start using less happy language, because the truth is that English contains mostly POSITIVE words.
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