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July 15, 2014

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7:00 AM | When The CIA Smuggled ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Into The USSR
Doctor Zhivago is one of the all-time classic Russian novels, and it’s also a pretty decent movie. However, there was a time when Russians weren’t allowed to read Boris Pasternak’s classic book. Soviet censors did their best to make Zhivago disappear, but fortunately for literary-minded Russians, the CIA stepped in to save the day. The post When The CIA Smuggled ‘Doctor Zhivago’ Into The USSR appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

July 14, 2014

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10:00 PM | Friends Have More DNA in Common Than Strangers
People unsuspectingly choose friends who share parts of the same DNA, a new genetic analysis finds.
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8:31 PM | Stress Slows Metabolism
Eating a high-fat meal after a stressful day led to calories burning more slowly, reports a new study. Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Pope Francis Calls Celibacy a 'Problem'
Pope Francis hints at lifting the ban on priests marrying and acknowledges the presence of paedophiles in the clergy.
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3:00 PM | Brain-Eating Amoeba Thrives in Warm, Fresh Water
The recent death of a young girl due to a brain-eating amoeba serves as a reminder of this deadly organism, which can infect summer swimmers, neti pot users and others.
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2:48 PM | The DNews Explainer: Why Is There So Much Violence in Chicago?
With 60 people shot there in one holiday weekend alone, people inside and outside of Chicago are wondering what's behind all the bloodshed.
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9:00 AM | On the mythology of natural selection. Part I: Introduction
Charles Darrwin turned the world on its head with his exceedingly insightful realizations. Rather than a mind (of God) creating the organisms of the world, the organisms created the mind that realized how things became what they are.Prior to Darwin (and a few scattered predecessors who just guessed or didn't really develop the theory), it was only natural, or even sane, to assume some kind of creation was responsible for the highly organized state of living nature--the structures and […]
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8:45 AM | DNews: Alcohol and Pillow Talk: Why They Don't Mix
Sex and alcohol both make us feel good, but one of them is a bit of a liar in the long run. Trace explains which is the deceiver, and what each does to couples' communication skills.
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7:00 AM | All The Different Kinds Of Lightning
Throughout the centuries, lightning has been mistaken for many things, from UFOs to the spirits of the dead. There are so many different kinds of lightning that it's not surprising that sometimes people just don't recognize it for what it is. In addition to the most common lightning that accompanies thunderstorms, there's also the ball lightning that many see as a UFO, the jellyfish-like red sprites, blue jets that are more often seen from the sky than from the ground, and the rather disturbing […]
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5:20 AM | Earliest War Victims Lived Brutal Lives
A collection of 13,000-year-old bones from a northern Sudan cemetery reveal the horrific deaths of the humans in the area.

July 13, 2014

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3:00 PM | Ancient Graffiti to Street Art: Rome Tells Its Story
From wealthy neighborhoods in the city's north to working class suburbs in the south, Romans are not shy about scrawling on walls.
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2:50 PM | Photos: Rome's Street Art Has International Flair
In a city where fine arts academies abound, graffiti is both technical and gorgeous.
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2:00 PM | DNews: Between Boredom and Pain, Humans Will Take Pain
In sad-but-true, and probably not even unexpected, news, researchers observed that an alarmingly high number of people would rather shock themselves than be bored. Tara has the details.
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8:00 AM | DNews: Is Cycling Harmful for Men?
There's no question that cycling has major health benefits, putting your whole body into workout mode. But the debate rages on about whether all of that pedaling can cause a number of serious maladies in men.
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7:00 AM | The Uzbek Scholar Who Discovered America Centuries Before Columbus
Abu Raihan al-Biruni was born in what is now Uzbekistan and spent most of his life in Central Asia, miles from the sea. Arguably the greatest scholar of his era, his work on the Earth's circumference led him to realize that there must be another large landmass to the West---and that it must be inhabited. He died in 1048, more than four centuries before Columbus set off, confidently expecting to sail to Asia. The post The Uzbek Scholar Who Discovered America Centuries Before Columbus appeared […]

July 12, 2014

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10:52 PM | Some Figures from the Discworld
As I’m visiting my Mum this weekend I don’t have the ‘Wit and Wisdom of Discworld’ on me. However, I do have all of my Mum’s books and figurines of the Discworld figures so I thought I would share some of my favourites instead. Every since I can remember my Mum has been collecting the […]
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7:00 PM | DNews: Can Certain Foods Trigger Bad Dreams?
Does sugar give you nightmares? What about eating some pasta or pizza? Will they have you sitting up straight in fear? Laci takes a look at the relationship between food and our shut-eye.
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2:00 PM | DNews: What Makes Awkward Silence So, Well, Awkward?
We've all been there. Someone says something and them whooosh! Drop. Dead. Silence. What happens to the poor speaker of the words that caused the silence, as the agonizing dearth of noise unfolds?
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12:40 PM | Star Maps Used by Aboriginals for Night Routes
Oral histories reveal that Aboriginal language groups have uses specific stars to remember waypoints while traveling.
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12:03 PM | Mintylicious
This isn’t a fantasy alien landscape, its an image of a mint leaf, taken with a scanning electron microscope by Annie Cavanagh. This low-res version is available from Wellcome Images with a Creative Commons license, which allows me to show you how awesome plants are. The spike is a trichome (a hair, essentially). The blobs are oil, sitting on oil glands, and are what gives mint is delicious flavour. The oval structures that look a bit like seeds scattered on the surface, are stomata, […]
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12:00 PM | Legendary Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Dies
Three-time Grammy Awards winner dies at age 76.
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7:00 AM | Why Eyeballs Don’t Freeze At Subzero Temperatures
If our hands, toes, noses, and other body parts are susceptible to freezing and getting frostbitten, it might seem unusual that our eyeballs can survive the cold totally unprotected. But, unlike other bodily extremities, the eyes are constantly pumped with a strong supply of warm blood---even in the coldest situations. Furthermore, our eyes are nestled rather deeply in our heads where bone, tissue, and fat also help keep them warm. Essentially, it's virtually impossible for the eyes to freeze […]

July 11, 2014

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7:40 PM | Berkely Seeking Free Pot for Poor
The Berkeley City Council wants to require marijuana dispensaries to give 2 percent to the poor. Continue reading →
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7:28 PM | Humanity on a high
Altitude sickness comes from lack of oxygen in the atmosphere, but lack of oxygen can cause other complications. Despite this, some specific populations across the globe compensate through biochemical specialisations in the way their bodies operate. This is particularly obvious in tribes living the Andes or high up on the Tibetan plateau, some 4000m above […]
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6:20 PM | Smallpox Vials Found: Could It Strike Again?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now running tests on six forgotten vials of smallpox recently discovered in an unsecured laboratory.
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5:12 PM | Day of Archaeology 2014: Codes, Bones and a Backstory
Happy Day of Archaeology 2014! It is a day where archaeologists from all around the world share what they are doing in order to spread awareness of the breadth and diversity […]
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3:30 PM | Human Skin's Nine Most Amazing Features
Skin does much more than most people probably suspect.
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1:43 PM | DNews: How Do Psychedelic Mushrooms Work Their Magic?
Psychedelic mushrooms have been around for thousands of years, and have been used for research purposes and in religious ceremonies. Tara has the skinny on how 'shrooms can expand one's mind.
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1:10 PM | Baby Thought Cleared of HIV Has the Virus Again
Girl's story had raised hopes that, with strong anti-retroviral drugs shortly after birth, young children born HIV-positive could be cured.
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9:00 AM | The anti-Lamarckian gut reaction: keep the bar high--but your minds open
Biologists tend to ridicule Jean-Baptiste Lamarck for his version of evolution, expressed in his 1809 Philosophie Zoologique.  Laughing at him is one of our favorite sports.  Of course most of those who do the laughing never bothered to do any actual reading of Lamarck's famous book, but who's gonna sweat the details?So what was it that he said, and why was it so risible?Larmarckian InheritanceJean Baptiste de LamarckAbout 50 years before Darwin's famous theory was […]
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