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September 18, 2014

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3:52 PM | DNA Places Third Group in European Descendent Mix
Mainstream theory was that Europeans descended from two groups: early farmers who moved into Europe and local hunter-gatherers they interbred with.
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11:00 AM | How Ebola and Other Viruses Mutate
Viruses can disguise themselves in order to fool host cells and survive. Continue reading →
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9:37 AM | DNews: How the Brain Adapts When a Chunk of It Is Missing
A woman in China recently saw a doctor because she was suffering from dizziness and nausea. It turns out she was missing a little something: her cerebellum! Trace explains how the brain can figure out workarounds when stuff it needs isn't there.
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9:00 AM | Malaria control now may not foretell the future
There are hailstorms, landslides, droughts, malaria and...the State. These are inescapable evils: such there always have been and there always will be.                     Carlo Levi, Christ Stopped at Eboli: The Story of a Year, 1945Malaria was once endemic in southern Europe, the UK, and the Americas.  It was in Greece at least 4000 years ago, and reached the Americas with or shortly after Columbus, eventually becoming an […]
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7:25 AM | The Most Dangerous Toy In The World (Cost $50)
A.C. Gilbert was the founder of one of the largest toy companies in the world---even if you don't know his name, you know the toys he created. While many of the Gilbert toys, like the Erector set, were educational toys that would result in a few pinched fingers at worst, others ranged from bizarre to downright deadly. Their microscope kits came complete with insect parts, while their Gilbert Kaster Kit allowed kids to use molten metal to pour their own die-cast figures. And we can't forget […]

September 17, 2014

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8:00 PM | Artificial Sweeteners May Boost Blood Sugar
Zero-calorie sweeteners may alter metabolism and increase blood-sugar levels, at least in mice and some people.
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7:00 PM | Facts About the Ebola Virus
You’ve heard about the killer virus in the news, but here are some things about it you may not know.
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3:15 PM | And the Winner of World's Happiest Country Is ...
The Global Well-Being Index gauges people's perceptions of their well-being by looking at financial status and other factors.
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2:02 PM | An Unusual Case of Scurvy found in the Maya
Scurvy is caused by a lack of vitamin C in one’s nutrition. Historical accounts of the disease are first recorded in 1845, noting the presence of rosy patches of skin, […]

Wrobel G (2014). A likely case of scurvy in a rural early classic maya burial from Actun Uayazba Kab, Belize., American journal of physical anthropology, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25105478

White C, Maxwell J, Dolphin A, Williams J & Longstaffe F (2006). Pathoecology and paleodiet in postclassic: historic Maya from northern coastal Belize., Memorias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, 101 Suppl 2 35-42. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17308807

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1:37 PM | Explainer: Student Loans and What Happens If You Don't Pay Up
With today's graduates facing a cratered job market, and student debt now in excess of $1 Trillion, what are the consequences for people who default on their student loans?
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12:05 PM | Bring Back Our Girls? Boko Haram and the Forgotten Captives
Five months after the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the prospects for their safe return seem more remote than ever. Here's why. Continue reading →
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11:00 AM | Why the Military May Be Best at Containing Ebola
Moving people and equipment and coordinating efforts is key to battling crisis.
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9:00 AM | Antibiotic resistance: Move the money (and control it)!
The BBC Radio4 program Discovery had a two-part series (August 18 and 25th) on the real health danger that we face and the research challenge it presents.  No, not Big Data mapping of diabetes or cancer, or athletic ability or intelligence.  Instead, they were about an impending biomedical disaster, one that essentially trivializes much of which we are throwing away resources on: antibiotic resistance. Growing antibiotic resistance seems to be imminent or at least inevitable, […]

September 16, 2014

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5:01 PM | DNews: How Common is Domestic Violence?
With domestic violence cases much in the news of late, Tara takes a look at some statistics to help define the scope of the problem and wonders if perpetrators of abuse can be identified before they strike.
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4:23 PM | Vegetative Man's Brain Responds to Hitchcock Movie
Brain scans of a man who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years match brain scans of healthy viewers. Continue reading →
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3:55 PM | Could Ebola Become Airborne?
Although one expert has voiced concern that the Ebola virus could gain the ability to spread through the air, others say this scenario is extremely unlikely.
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3:00 PM | Schizophrenia Is Actually Eight Genetic Disorders
A novel approach to analyzing genetic influences has allowed researchers to identify distinct gene clusters that contribute to eight different classes of schizophrenia.
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1:00 PM | U.S. Sends 3,000 Troops to W.Africa to 'Turn Tide' on Ebola
U.S. Africa Command will set up a headquarters in the Sierra Leone capital Monrovia to act as a command and control center for U.S. military and international relief programs.
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9:00 AM | Akenfield, and lessons for now-age sustainability movements?
In the 1960s I was stationed as an Air Force weather officer in eastern England (Suffolk, or East Anglia).  I had my off-base lodgings in the intellectual town of Aldeburgh, on the shingle-beach of the North Sea coast.  Aldeburgh is a North Sea fishing town, but more notably the home of the distinguished composer Benjamin Britten, and was a long-time or passing-through place of many notable artists, writers and scholars in the early 20th century.  But Aldeburgh is something of an […]
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8:11 AM | Review: Walkers taste challenge
Walkers’ new crisp flavours, ready for tasting For a bit of fun last week at work, one of my colleagues brought in the new Walkers crisps flavours for a blind taste test. Walkers are asking people to vote for their favourite – I assume the one that gets the most votes will continue to be on sale for a while, whilst the rest are thrown into the dustbin of history. Each flavour was laid out on a numbered plate, ordered from 1-6 going clockwise from the top right in the photo […]
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7:00 AM | The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants
There are quite a number of odd and bizarre events you might encounter when you visit Thailand. You could opt to eat fried creepy-crawlies on street corners, for example. Even more bizarre is Thailand's annual Jumbo Queen Beauty Pageant, where any lady can join provided she's healthy ... and we mean really healthy. The post The Thai Beauty Pageant That Compares Women To Elephants appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 15, 2014

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9:35 PM | 'Um' vs. 'Uh' May Reveal Where You Live
Twitter data reveals a geographic basis for what 'filler' words people tend to use. Continue reading →
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4:49 PM | DNews: Inside the Mind of a Fanboy
What makes some people take the simple notion of enjoying a product into the realm of passionate, borderline-irrational fanboy adulation? Ross Everett schools us on fanboy psychology.
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3:11 PM | Explainer: The Pros and Cons for States Legalizing Marijuana
Trace examines the benefits and drawbacks of legalizing weed, looking at states that already have laws on the books permitting its use.
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11:25 AM | DNews: Why Do We Get Hiccups?
They come without warning, overstay their welcome, and drive us to distraction. Surprise house guests? Nope -- hiccups! We've all been tormented by them, but what causes them? Tara and Nick Uhas have some answers.
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7:00 AM | The Bogus Haunting That Fooled A King
People conning each other is as old as history. While we in the modern age are taken in by sophisticated scams, in the more simple time of the Middle Ages, cons would seem childish and even comic in our eyes. One such hilarious scheme was pulled of by a group of monks, who instigated a haunting straight out of Scooby Doo to scam the King of France into handing over royal property. The post The Bogus Haunting That Fooled A King appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 14, 2014

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4:00 PM | Why Do We Love Football, at Any Cost?
The league is plagued with problems from domestic abuse among its players, drug use, fear of brain injuries and more. So why do fans keep coming back?
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8:43 AM | Seed database
The front of a Thai basil seed packet Earlier in the month I visited what will be (soon, hopefully!) my local garden centre. I needed some pots in which to pot on my windowsill plants, but I discovered it was time for their end-of-season seed sale, and found myself rummaging through the bargain bins. There were lots of peas and beans, and tomatoes, as well as flowers and herbs. Now, I’m not short of seeds, so I was very restrained – I came away with Thai basil, lemon coriander, […]
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7:00 AM | The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson
When most people think of performance artists, they usually imagine weirdos who enjoy grossing out their audience. That describes Rick Gibson perfectly. Throughout his career, Gibson thrived on breaking taboos and quite often found himself on the wrong side of the law . . . and the occasional angry mob. The post The Strange And Troubling Art Of Rick Gibson appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

September 13, 2014

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7:00 AM | The First Commercial Jingle Saved A Cereal Icon
Long before jingles on TV commercials became mainstream, these short, memorable tunes made their debut on radio stations. Of course, advertisements, and even musical ads, were around since the very beginning of radio, but it wasn't until 1926 that General Mills introduced the first, legitimate commercial jingle. The ditty was promoting Wheaties breakfast cereal and was so successful that it saved the brand and motivated businesses everywhere to create their own jingles. The post The First […]
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