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August 29, 2014

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11:50 AM | Ebola Outbreak in Sierra Leone Began at a Funeral
An extensive look at the genome of the Ebola virus reveals its behavior, when it arrived in West Africa and how it spread in the region.
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9:06 AM | DNews: How Can Foods Have Zero Calories? Hint: They Can't
Had something with zero calories in it lately? Unless it was water, you haven't. Tara explains why the math is so fuzzy between packaging claims and reality.

August 28, 2014

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6:34 PM | Will Brad and Angelina Be Healthier as a Married Couple?
The health benefits of marriage range from improved mood to a stronger immune system. Continue reading →
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6:00 PM | 'Hobbits of the Arctic' Traced by DNA
The petite Dorset people went extinct before the Vikings arrived and never mixed with Inuit or Eskimo peoples.
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4:57 PM | DNews: Can You Die From a Lack of Sleep?
It's commonly thought that not sleeping for super-long times is a good way to get yourself dead. Trace tells us where that line is, and how long record-setting humans have stayed up in the past.
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4:13 PM | Explainer: Why We Haven't Eradicated a Disease in 37 Years
Since mankind thoroughly eradicated polio, there hasn't been a single human-infecting disease that's been fully removed from the global population. Tara explains how this can be, when we've otherwise advanced so much with our medical treatments.
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9:25 AM | DNews: The Appendix: Not Totally Useless After All
Thanks to new research, the appendix can finally show itself in public again. Tara explains why this formerly pointless organ may not be required equipment but still serves a useful function.

August 27, 2014

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9:55 PM | Could Climate Change Cause Deadly Epidemics?
Scientists warn that a potentially deadly disease may spread from the tropics to temperate areas of Europe as the result of climate change. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Does Junk Food Make You Crave Junk Food?
Rats who eat junk food not only get fat, but also lose their appetite for novel foods, new research shows. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Are Real Autopsies Like the Ones on TV?
With multiple autopsies ordered in the Michael Brown case, the examination has been in the news of late. Tara takes a look at what really goes on during an autopsy.
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12:55 PM | Short Men Divorce Less
New research shows that while tall men get married younger, short men stay married longer. Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

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8:50 PM | Hangovers Are About Half Genetic
Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don't, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study of twins suggests.
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1:30 PM | Sleep Disorder Makes People Appear 'Totally Drunk'
Sleep drunkenness, more properly called confusional arousal, involves confusion or inappropriate behavior during or after waking from sleep, often with no memory of the experience.
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9:10 AM | DNews: UV Bombardment: The Sun Is Slowly Killing Us
You can run, but you can't hide: We're all getting hit with ultraviolet rays each time we go outdoors -- whether in clouds or sunshine. Trace explains what these killer rays do to our skin.

August 25, 2014

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5:45 PM | DNews: How to Survive a Day Without Sleep
We've all been there: No sleep and still a full work day to survive, hopefully with some sense you're functioning above zombie level. Sourcefed's Reina Scully drops by with some tips for the sleepless.
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4:31 PM | How You Play With Dolls Predicts Your Parenting
Researchers analyzed couples in the third trimester of pregnancy while they played with dolls and found links with real-life parenting. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Decades-Old Fetus Caused Woman's Side Pain
Doctors have removed the skeletal remains of an unborn child from its mother 36 years after the baby's conception.
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9:21 AM | DNews: How Does Loud Music Damage Our Hearing?
The cat's pretty much out of the bag, in this day and age, that prolonged exposure to loud sounds can wreak havoc with our ability to hear, but what's going on in our heads to make it happen? New research thinks it's nailed down the problem.

August 22, 2014

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3:23 PM | DNews: Theories Abound for Why We Experience Deja Vu
Have we already done this video? Hmmm. Nope! Deja Vu -- that feeling of already having experienced something -- can be a bit spooky. Just as unnerving is that no one knows for sure why we experience it.

August 21, 2014

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10:30 PM | Man Behind Ice Bucket Challenge Dies in Diving Accident
One of the people behind the viral effort to support Lou Gehrig's disease research drowned at a popular diving spot in Nantucket Island, Mass.
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4:01 PM | Children With Autism Have Extra Synapses
Autism is linked to a protein that inhibits the brain's ability to trim its synapses as it develops. Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | US Ebola Patients Make Full Recovery
An American doctor and aid worker who contracted Ebola in Liberia were set to leave an Atlanta hospital on Thursday after a full recovery.
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1:28 PM | DNews: Group Your Meals by Vice and Virtue to Eat Healthier
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11:21 AM | DNews: Why Do Our Best Ideas Happen When We're Showering?
You're in the shower, rinsing, repeating, and then - BAM! - inspiration strikes. You come up with the cure for cancer. OK, maybe not that much inspiration strikes, but you DO feel sharper of mind. SourceFed's William Haynes drops by to explain why.

August 20, 2014

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9:05 PM | Real Paleo Diet: Ancient Humans Ate Snails
Ancient Paleolithic people in Spain ate snails as part of their regular diet, new research suggests.
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8:25 PM | Seals Brought TB to Americas Long Before Columbus
New study challenges the theory that Europeans introduced the disease to the New World.
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6:40 PM | How the Human Brain Gets Its Wrinkles
The reason may be that the rapid growth of the brain's outer brain — the gray matter — is constrained by the white matter.
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5:30 PM | Could Body Cams Reduce Police Tensions?
While many say that mandating police officers to wear recording devices would lessen unnecessary police force, the reality may be more complicated.
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5:00 PM | Neanderthals and Humans Overlapped for 5,400 Years
Neanderthals did not really go extinct -- they were simply absorbed into the modern human gene pool of Europeans and Asians.  Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Japanese 111-Year-Old Becomes Oldest Man
The recognition means Japan is now home to the world's oldest man and woman, with 116-year-old Misao Okawa of Osaka taking the female honors.
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