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November 25, 2014

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9:00 PM | Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?
Mob psychology feeds a need to belong -- and police efforts can backfire.
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7:16 PM | Weak Brain Spot Links Alzheimer's and Schizophrenia
A weak region in the brain may be associated with both Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia. Continue reading →
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4:47 PM | DNews: New Data on Eggs Scrambles Old Dietary Thinking
Eggs are working hard to put their bad rap behind them, as evidence increasingly places the LDL problem at the feet of dietary fat and not cholesterol. Matt Lieberman talks up a new study extolling the benefits of a daily egg or three.
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4:27 PM | Bubonic Plague Spreads in Madagascar
As plague claims more lives, authorities scramble to kill infected fleas in the poorest neighborhoods.
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12:20 PM | Riots After Jury Fails to Indict Ferguson Policeman
The town of Ferguson erupted in violence as protesters shot at police and set cars and buildings ablaze overnight after a grand jury chose not to indict a white officer who killed an unarmed black teenager.
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2:30 AM | Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Teen Will Not be Charged
The US policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in the Missouri town of Ferguson, triggering weeks of racially-charged unrest, will not face charges, the St Louis County prosecutor said.

November 24, 2014

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7:00 PM | Why Dried Whiskey Under Microscope Looks Like Art
Dried whiskey looks like fine art when magnified thanks to its chemical composition and a cool aspect of fluid dynamics known as the Marangoni Effect. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Your Brain on 'Smart Drugs' Might Be Dumber
If you're already intelligent, but you decide you need to take a "smart drug" like Modafinil anyway, you might be in for a surprise, as new research suggests it could make you stupider. Tara explains.
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11:00 AM | Prolonged Marijuana Use Linked with Brain Changes
Using marijuana daily for four years or longer may be related to certain changes in the brain, according to new research.

November 21, 2014

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3:00 PM | Exercise Plus Fasting May Boost Brain's Neurons
Intermittent fasting and exercise may have some surprising brain benefits, research shows.
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1:50 PM | 1 in 3 Adults Drink Excessively, but Aren't Alcoholics
About a third of U.S. adults drink excessively, but most of these people are not alcoholics, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 20, 2014

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6:00 PM | 10 Shocking Things About Ebola
The horrifying illness that has ravaged West Africa and beyond is the stuff of nightmares.
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5:10 PM | DNews: How to Keep Your Marriage from Failing Miserably
Forever lasts just a handful of years for many marriages, which begs the obvious question ... why? Two psychologists decided to find out by observing 130 newlyweds in basic communication. Find out what they learned. (Hint: It's about support.)
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2:20 PM | 10 Foods You Could Eat After a Global Catastrophe
If an asteroid strikes or a nuclear winter ensues, survivors could live on at least 10 foods that in some cases may seem gross but are all nutritious.

November 19, 2014

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5:20 PM | DNews: Do Feelings of Disgust Make Us Lie and Cheat?
A new study finds that cleanliness may just be next to godliness. And feeling disgusted? Eh, not so much. It turns out feeling disgust can switch on some crazy defense mechanisms that make us less ethical. We'd better let Trace explain.
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11:45 AM | Why a Young Boy is Claimed To Be Reincarnated Marine
A young boy is claimed to have lived a past life as a Marine killed in combat, though psychology can likely explain this mystery.

November 18, 2014

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5:30 PM | How Farming Almost Destroyed Ancient Human Civilization
Roughly 9,000 years ago, humans had mastered farming to the point where food was plentiful. Then, abruptly, these proto-cities were abandoned for millennia.
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5:25 PM | Early Humans Brought to Life in Exhibit: Photos
Early humans dating back 17,000 years are seemingly made alive in startlingly life-like recreations.
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4:45 PM | Explainer: Forced Sterilization Programs
In ordinary circumstances, tubal ligation is considered a safe form of birth control. But in countries with sterilization programs the procedure can turn deadly when too many are performed too fast, in too unsanitary an environment. Trace explains.
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4:35 PM | 'Forgotten' Brain Region Rediscovered a Century Later
A major pathway of the human brain involved in visual perception, attention and movement is finally getting its moment in the sun.
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3:01 PM | DNews: Cramped Conference Room CO2 Can Fog Your Brain
If you attend a meeting in a conference room at work and wonder later why you zoned out, it might be that the air was too poorly ventilated, thanks to CO2 buildup from a room full of living, and especially breathing co-workers.

November 17, 2014

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8:00 PM | Antimicrobial in Soaps Causes Liver Cancer in Mice
Liver cancer is only the latest possible ill side effects found to be caused by the antibacterial agent, triclosan. Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | A Quick Kiss Could Trade 80 Million Bacteria
A 10-second kiss means the exchange of millions of bacteria -- and that could be a good thing. Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | DNews: Alcohol and Energy Drinks: A Match Made in Hell
Energy-drink-prompted trips to the emergency room nearly doubled between 2007 and 2011, and while the FDA has since banned most pre-mixed alcholic energy drinks, bars can still serve them up. Tara explains what's so bad about them, for mind and body.
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11:24 AM | Lack of Sleep Linked to Firefighter Deaths
Sleep issues might be at the root of many firefighter accidents.
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10:00 AM | DNews: Is Marijuana Smoke Healthier Than Tobacco Smoke?
While it might seem logical to assume marijuana smoke isn't as harmful for you as cigarette smoke, the truth is a bit murkier, and it turns out that smoke is smoke -- exposure to either can raise your risk of heart disease.

November 14, 2014

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11:00 AM | Did 'Mother's Intuition' Prevent a Kidnapping?
News reports claim that a 'mother's intuition' helped rescue a Utah girl from an abductor, but a closer look raises questions. Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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5:10 PM | DNews: Designer Creates a Typeface for Dyslexics
Dyslexia is by far the most common learning disability. But help may be on the way, in the form of an entirely new typeface dreamed up by a Dutch designer who suffers from the disease himself.
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3:30 PM | Bilingual People Are Like Brain 'Bodybuilders'
People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests.
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1:36 PM | DNews: New Drug Presents an Alternative to Antibiotics
About 50,000 people a year die due to drug-resistant bacteria. Fortunately, help may be on the way in the form of a new drug being developed in Sweden that could both treat severe infections and also eliminate new strains of infectious bacteria.
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