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March 18, 2015

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7:00 AM | The Wild Crop Circle Paranoia Of World War II
In the opening days of World War II, a panic broke out across the eastern seaboard of the United States when papers ran the story that the military was on the lookout for more mysterious signs like that ones that had already been popping up in farmers' fields up and down the coast. Fields were being plowed in such a way that they appeared to point toward valuable military targets, and it could very well all be in preparation from a German invasion. It was absolutely not true, even though the […]

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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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:00 PM | It’s True: We’re Probably All a Little Irish—Especially in the Caribbean
In the United States, it’s St. Patrick’s Day. This Irish national holiday celebrates Saint Patrick who is—potentially—the most recognizable of Irish saints, known for... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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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.
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1:16 PM | Climate Change and the Chinchorro Mummies
The Chinchorro mummies are quite different from the traditional linen-wrapped mummies of Egypt that we often equate this the term ‘mummy’. Recently, these mummies from Chile and Peru have become […]
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7:00 AM | The Legitimate King Of Britain Lives In Australia
Queen Elizabeth II ascended to the throne of Britain as the latest in a long line of royalty. But according to a sensational document recently discovered in Rouen Cathedral, the current royal family might not be so royal after all. The document seems to confirm longstanding rumors that Edward IV of England was illegitimate---and so are all his descendants. If the Queen isn't the rightful heir to the throne, then who is? The line leads us to a forklift operator living in Australia. The post The […]
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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3:52 AM | How many TV sets do you have—and why does it matter?
In the early nineties, researchers predicted that at the current rate of growth, there would be two televisions per US household by 1995. It’s probably safe to say that we have likely exceeded... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

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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7:00 AM | The Saddest Movie In Existence (According To Science)
A study by a group of researchers needed a catalyst---the saddest movie ever. They needed something that would evoke plenty of sadness in their subjects, but they needed sadness that was untainted by other emotions in order to accurately measure things like whether or not age had anything to do with sensitivity, or if sad tears impact men's libido differently than any other tears. The movie that science has called the saddest ever is The Champ, which includes a scene of a nine-year-old boy […]
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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 15, 2015

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7:00 AM | Thumbing Your Smartphone Is Changing Your Brain
When you thumb the touch screen of your smartphone, you're altering the way your brain works. The more you've used your touch screen in the recent past, the more brain activity you'll have when your fingertips and thumbs are touched in the present. The repetitive movements are changing the way our brains respond to touch. The post Thumbing Your Smartphone Is Changing Your Brain appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

March 14, 2015

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6:08 PM | Vijf mythen over islamofobie deel 2 – Islamofobie is angst voor islam
In een serie van zes posts zal ik vijf mythen over islamofobie bespreken. Vandaag de tweede: islamofobie is angst voor islam
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9:20 AM | Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life
Ficha Técnica Título: Companion Encyclopedia of Anthropology: Humanity, Culture and Social Life Editor: Tim Ingold  Edita: Routledge, Londres, 1997  Colección: Routledge Reference Encuadernación: Tapa blanda Número de páginas: 1168 p. ISBN: 978-0415164214 Want to read it yourself? Get from Amazon: Amazon.com (USA) … Sigue leyendo →
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7:00 AM | How Thomas Edison Bankrupted The First Master Filmmaker
In 1902, the Frenchman George Melies made A Trip to the Moon, a classic regarded as the first science fiction film. Unfortunately for him, Thomas Edison got his hands on a print of it and pirated it until Melies could barely make any money from it in America. Later in life, a bitter and broke Melies decided to burn his hundreds of films. The post How Thomas Edison Bankrupted The First Master Filmmaker appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

March 13, 2015

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6:14 PM | Coping with pests: two-legged rats
What happened to my allotment is a reminder that it’s not just animal and insect pests we have to worry about in our gardens – humans can be a problem as well. Bob Flowerdew refers to such anti-social individuals as ‘two-legged rats’. Despite a lock on the gate, my former allotment site was bothered by its fair share of vandalism and theft. I was lucky, in a way, that I didn’t have a shed. My back garden is surrounded by a high fence, and is protected by a gate […]
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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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11:36 AM | A Tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett
Yesterday I came back from volunteering from the terribly sad news that Sir Terry Pratchett had died. I am so incredibly sad and I still can’t believe it. He was a wonderful, witty man who created a wonderful world that now exists in the hearts and minds so many people. For me not only did Sir Terry […]
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9:00 AM | Evolución humana: encéfalo, peso al nacer y sistema inmunológico
Uno de los rasgos definitorios de la especie humana es el gran tamaño que tiene nuestro encéfalo cuando nacemos y, sin embargo, la mayoría no somos conscientes del enorme precio que pagamos por ello. Comparados con el resto de primates, … Sigue leyendo →
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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.
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7:00 AM | The Many (Failed) Revolutions Of William Walker
William Walker wasn't much to look at. He stood 157 centimeters (5'2") and weighed a mere 55 kilograms (120 lb). But despite his diminutive frame, Walker was a man with great ambition. This guy wanted to conquer a Latin American country and declare himself president. The post The Many (Failed) Revolutions Of William Walker appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

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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9:00 AM | Simulating complexity and predicting the future
Predicting complex disease is the latest genomics flavor of the day. Or rather, it's the old flavor with a new name -- precision medicine.  So, we were pleased to be alerted to a new paper (H/T Peter Tennant and Mel Bartley; "The mathematical limits of genetic prediction for complex chronic disease," Keyes et al., Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health) that addresses the prediction question by simulating a lot of data to look at how plausible it will be to predict complex […]
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