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March 26, 2015

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5:32 PM | DNews: Chronic Stress Makes a Mess of Your Body
It's safe to say we're all pretty up on the psychological hallmarks of stress -- the generalized freak-out state that makes mush of our minds. But what's going on inside our temples of high anxiety?

March 25, 2015

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4:40 PM | DNews: Why Our Dreams Are So Hard to Remember
Often, we wake up certain of two things: 1. We slept, or at least we think we did; and 2. We had dreams. But DID we dream? Why does remembering our dreams feel a bit like trying to grab wisps of dissipating smoke?
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2:48 PM | Seeker Daily: The Origins of the Game Monopoly
Monopoly began not with Charles Darrow during the Great Depression in 1934 but earlier, with a woman named Lizzie Magie, whose name, until recently, had largely been lost to history.

March 24, 2015

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9:00 PM | Our Brains See Words as Pictures
Brain scans reveal how our neurons respond to words we've been trained to recognize -- as whole entities. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Do Internet Friends Count as Real Friends?
How many people do you consider friends, even though you've never met them in person? More than zero, right? Such is life in the Internet age! But can such digital relationships be as satisfying as those we have with our more corporeal pals?
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1:14 PM | Seeker Daily: The 13-Year-Old Who Got Australia to Change Its Money
Meet Connor Macleod, a boy who is changing paper money to be more inclusive to those who are visually impaired.
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1:00 PM | Angelina Jolie Has Ovaries Removed Over Cancer Fears
Although tests showed she was not in the early stages of cancer, Jolie said she chose to go ahead with the surgery because of her family history.
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11:31 AM | DNews: Throwing the Book at Speed-Reading Claims
Speed readers look pretty cool -- zipping along at warp speed, turning pages and swiping screens before most of us have even read a couple of paragraphs. Are these speed demons in need of a traffic stop and a ticket for poor comprehension?

March 23, 2015

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4:40 PM | Marijuana Science: Why Today's Pot Packs a Punch
Today's marijuana may be much more potent than pot in the past, according to the results of new tests.
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4:00 PM | Can You Really Freshen Up Women's 'Aging' Eggs?
Can you teach an old egg new tricks?
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1:28 PM | DNews: What to Feed Your Brain to Keep It Sharp
What does the brain prefer when it's hungry? That depends on you, and what you hope to GET out of your gray matter.

March 22, 2015

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3:43 PM | Ebola Resurfaces in Sierra Leone; 3-Day Lockdown Ordered
Ebola struck the wife of a recovered Sierra Leone man as the country was poised to declare itself Ebola free. Continue reading →

March 20, 2015

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3:29 PM | Herbal Supplement Safety Crackdown Underway
Attorneys General from several states have launched a crackdown on unregulated herbal supplements.
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10:10 AM | Seeker Daily: One Mobile Medical Truck Saving Lives in Ecuador
For many years, indigenous tribes in remote regions of Ecuador struggled to get access to vital medical care. But a single mobile surgical unit is changing all of that.

March 19, 2015

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2:05 PM | DNews: What Your Brain Does When You're in Love
The brain isn't an organ we typically think about when we consider love, right? It's all about the heart, isn't it? But not to researchers who trained fMRI scans on the brains of people in love.
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11:46 AM | Seeker Daily: Meet the Robin Hood of Twitter
An early adopter of the Internet, shoe shiner Javier Castano obtained Twitter handles of countries that hadn't been registered and gave them to their rightful owners, at no cost.

March 18, 2015

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1:30 PM | Breastfeeding Leads to Higher IQ, Earnings Later
The likely mechanism underlying the beneficial effects is the presence of long-chain saturated fatty acids found in breast milk, which are essential for brain development.

March 17, 2015

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8:45 PM | Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal — But Is It Safe?
Palcohol is alcohol in a powdered form, and the product is now legal in the U.S. But how safe is this stuff?
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3:30 PM | 7 Ways to Avoid Puking After St. Patrick's Day
We all know that a large part of St Patrick's Day festivities include drinking, which is all well and good -- until the morning after.
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2:35 PM | Explainer: Singapore, the Most Expensive City in the World
A new report places Singapore at the top of a pricey list: the costliest place in the world to live.
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1:30 PM | Ancient Whale Skull Helps Place Humanity's First Steps
A 17-million-year-old beaked whale fossil is helping researchers solve a puzzle about the likely birthplace of humanity in East Africa.

March 16, 2015

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4:32 PM | DNews: Waking Up Is Hard to Do: Here's Why
Okay, riddle us this one: How come it's so easy to fall asleep but SO hard to wake up? You'd think we'd be ready to bounce up and meet the day, but nope. Trace explains what's behind our attempts to drag ourselves out of bed, and why timing matters.
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1:23 PM | Seeker Daily: Peruvian Tribe's Hallucinogen Ritual Informs Its Art
The Shipibo Indians, of Peru, perform a ritual that connects them more closely to shapes and patterns that later manifest in their work: the consumption of ayahuasca, a powerful plant hallucinogen.
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5:30 AM | Blurred Lines: Is the Number of Pop Tunes Finite?
An infinite number of musical combinations is narrowed by listenability.

March 13, 2015

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6:00 PM | First Successful Penis Transplant Performed in S. Africa
The 21-year-old patient had his penis amputated three years ago after a botched circumcision at a traditional initiation ceremony.
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4:10 PM | Seeker Daily: The Indian Village That Breeds Strongmen
As the country of India grows into a global power, a village on the outskirts of New Delhi has gained a reputation as the strongest village in the country, a literal hub of muscle men.
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8:28 AM | DNews: Huh? Hearing Loss on the Rise Worldwide
Whether it's ordinary, age-related hearing loss or a constant ringing in the ears, hearing loss impacts millions upon millions of people worldwide. And it's getting worse, as more and more earbud-enabled young people are experiencing hearing trouble.

March 12, 2015

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10:32 PM | Mysterious Voice Heard From Accident
Rescuers who saved a 'miracle baby' claim they heard a mysterious voice from the accident. Continue reading →
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4:53 PM | Teen Forced Into Chemotherapy Now in Remission
A Connecticut teenager forced by the Supreme Court to accept cancer treatments is in remission. Continue reading →
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1:15 PM | New Procedure May Turn Brown Eyes Blue
There have been no adverse effects in the 37 people who have had one eye treated in trials, but it's too early to know what long-term effects the procedure could have.
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