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September 26, 2014

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9:55 AM | DNews: Having Sex While Asleep: Very Real and Very Serious
It might sound like a made-up sleep disorder used by rapists on trial for their lives, but sexsomnia -- having sex while asleep -- is recognized by psychiatrists as a very real, albeit rare phenomenon. Tara has the details.
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8:17 AM | The last days of September
Colouring leaves are a joy in store for October Despite the lovely weather, September is drawing to a close and we can expect a more autumnal feel to be around the corner. There’s still time to do your September planting if you’re going to be joining the Glutbusters this year – and there will be a new issue published on 1st October. There’s also still time to enter Write Club 2014, but only just – entries close at the end of the month, and I will be picking our […]
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7:00 AM | The Difference Between Hoarding And Collecting
Between 700,000 and 1.4 million people in the United States alone have issues with hoarding, and the difference between hoarding and collecting is largely how a person feels about their surroundings. Collectors are proud of their items and display them, while hoarders keep their possessions because they can't bear to throw them away, even though they're ashamed. They feel anxious whenever anyone asks them about getting rid of things and, unlike collectors, there's often an element of […]
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2:11 AM | Bones Review - Season 10, Episode 1
Welcome to Season 10, Bones fans and haters. I’m back for another season of unabashed snark and secret fan-girl-ing. My own week was full of Bones-style adventures – mystery human remains and an FBI agent! So join me in knocking back a couple dirty martinis while we hatelove on a new year of Bones.The Conspiracy in the CorpseEpisode SummaryBooth has been in jail for an indeterminate amount of time (but my guess is about 3 months over the summer).  For the sake of narrative […]

September 25, 2014

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9:11 PM | Man Claims AIDS Scare Legend Came to Life
A visitor to Seattle says a stranger attacked him with an AIDS-infected needle, but it may be an urban legend. Continue reading →
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5:37 PM | Too Much Multitasking May Affect Your Gray Matter
Are you good at using multiple devices at once? Your gray matter may be thinning... Continue reading →
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3:17 PM | Explainer: What Makes This Ebola Outbreak Harder to Contain
There have been other Ebola outbreaks, and while containing them is never easy, sometimes conditions on the ground augur for a better outcome. Trace explains why the current outbreak in West Africa is so tough to slow down.
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1:43 PM | DNews: Is It Safe to Chew Ice?
What does ice-chewing say about the people who chew it? And is all that harsh chomping harmful? Trace has the cold, hard facts.
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12:45 PM | Man Lives for Two Months with Bullet in His Heart
The victim is recovering well after undergoing surgery. He was shot twice after becoming accidentally caught up in a bank robbery.
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7:00 AM | You’ll Never Guess Australia’s Second-Deadliest Animal
If we know anything about Australia, it’s that it wants us dead. From box jellyfish to crocodiles to deadly funnel-web spiders, it seems everything in Oz has been lifted straight from H.R. Giger’s nightmares. But when scientists decided to rank Australia’s fauna by number of deaths per year, they got a surprise. The second most murderous animal wasn’t a snake, shark, or jellyfish, but the common honeybee. The post You’ll Never Guess Australia’s […]

September 24, 2014

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10:14 PM | Colombian Girls Blame Vaccine for Mysterious Symptoms
Hundreds of Colombian girls are experiencing strange symptoms and blaming a vaccine, but another explanation is more likely. Continue reading →
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5:17 PM | DNews: Can a Blood Test Diagnose Depression?
A small-sample study has reported promising results in the use of a blood test to diagnose depression. It's a welcome step forward in the study of an illness that affects some 10 percent of people.
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1:00 PM | We Continually Fall as We Walk
We manage not to fall by placing our foot in a way that counteracts the direction we are falling in, explains research.
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10:50 AM | The Hag Of Misery: Wickedest Woman In New York
Madame Restell was a notorious 19th-century purveyor of birth control powders and pills and, when those didn't work, of abortions. In spite of having no real medical background, she built up quite the empire before being targeted by anti-choice, anti-porn legislator Anthony Comstock. Facing another trial and realizing she was fighting a losing battle, she ultimately committed suicide instead of going back to jail for violating new anti-abortion laws. The post The Hag Of Misery: Wickedest […]
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9:00 AM | What are scientific 'revolutions'? Part II: Qualitative paradigm adjustments
As we described yesterday, when scientists are doing what Thomas Kuhn referred to as 'normal' science, we are working within a given theoretical framework--or 'paradigm' as he called it--and using new technologies, data, and approaches to refine our understanding of Nature in terms of that framework. In biology now, normal science is couched within the evolutionary framework, the acceptance of descent with modification from a common ancestor.  We might tweak our views about the importance […]

September 23, 2014

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10:15 PM | Is Booze Tasty, or Bitter? Your Genes Decide
Do you find the taste of alcohol to be pleasant, or bitter and stinging? The answer is partly decided by your genes, new research shows.
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6:12 PM | Four-Year-Old Girl Sleepwalks to Nearby Town
Recent strange cases of sleepwalking shed light on this mysterious condition. Continue reading →
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3:29 PM | Brain Wave Could Prove What People Have Seen
Scientists have pinpointed a specific brain wave that responds to details it has encountered. Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | Worst-Case Ebola Prediction: 1.4 Million Cases in Four Months
The virus is also found to be deadly in more than 70 percent of cases.
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12:51 PM | Disarticulated Remains: Evidence of Ritual or Scavenging?
There is a joke among archaeologists about the use of the term ‘ritual’. Basically, it seems to be a common thing that when an archaeologist can’t understand a site, when […]
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11:05 AM | New Book: Methods for the Study of Religious Change – From Religious Studies to Worldview Studies
A new book edited by André Droogers and Anton van Harskamp 'Methods for the Study of Religious Change' argues that the study of religion should focus on people’s worldview-making capacities and should contribute to the critical analysis of global problems and the promotion of cultural and spiritual respect across religions.
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10:15 AM | US and Arab Allies Bomb Islamic State Jihadists in Syria
The United States and its Arab allies early Tuesday launched bombing raids against Islamic State militants in Syria, opening up a new front in the battle against the jihadist group after more than a month of US air strikes in Iraq.
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9:00 AM | What are scientific 'revolutions'? Part I: Qualitative paradigm shifts
How do we know what we think we know?  And how do we know how close we are to the 'truth'? These are fundamental questions in life, and especially in science where we expect to be in pursuit of the truth that we assume exists.  We build our work upon an accepted body of trusted knowledge, one that we first spend many years learning, and then even more years contributing to.  But there are always facts that don't quite fit the existing paradigm -- or don't fit at all -- and these […]
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8:06 AM | Get smart in the garden
Keeping a garden tidy can be a lot of work There’s no denying that electrical appliances can make gardening a lot easier – when you’re faced with a thicket that needs cutting back, an unending hedge that needs trimming, or a large lawn to mow, there are few people who have the time and energy to reach for a manual tool to do the job. But using electricity in the garden isn’t as straightforward as using it indoors. According to Electrical Safety First, more than […]
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7:00 AM | The Order To Burn Italy’s Greatest Poet Wasn’t Rescinded Until 2008
Dante may well be the greatest poet in history. As the author of the Divine Comedy, he inspired everyone from Giovanni Boccaccio to T.S. Eliot, while also creating our modern trope of Hell’s "ironic punishments." However, he was less well thought of in his lifetime. In 1302, he was exiled from Florence under penalty of being burned at the stake. It wasn’t until 2008 that the city finally rescinded this order. The post The Order To Burn Italy’s Greatest Poet Wasn’t […]
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