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August 03, 2014

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7:00 AM | The Obedient Wives Club
Born in Malaysia in 2011, the Obedient Wives Club is a very small sub-sect of the Islamic faith which believes that a good wife gives total sexual submission to her husband, and as such will ensure his faithfulness and loyalty throughout the marriage. To date, the group has over 3,000 members in just under a dozen primarily Islamic countries worldwide. It has published two sex manuals (both banned by the Malaysian government), and even has its own Facebook page. Its stated mission is to promote […]

August 02, 2014

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5:10 PM | Experimental Ebola Serum Likely Treating Sick Americans
A survivor's blood would be needed to create a treatment for the deadly virus, reports say.
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3:55 PM | Week 18 Volunteering at the Royal College of Surgeons
So this is my last week for two weeks. Next Thursday I have my cousins wedding and the week after I’m off to Spain for a week for a bit of a break! This week I wanted to get through quite a bit to make up for the lost time over the next couple of […]
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2:00 PM | DNews: Why Eating Organic Is Better for You
Is the oganics food section in your grocery store occupying more and more space? That's because we have a bona fide trend in place, as people go organic. It really does do a body good to go the organic route. Laci Green explains why.
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8:00 AM | Growing plants in lunar soil
Astronaut James B. Irwin scoops up lunar soil during Apollo 15, 2nd August 1971. Image: NASA When Neil Armstrong made his giant leap for humankind in 45 years ago, he got covered in Moon dust. Throughout the Apollo missions, dust was an issue. Fine but rough, it caused problems with the space suits, and created mini dust storms in the cabin once the landers launched back into space. On Earth, mineral soils are formed from the underlying rock by weathering, which is a collection of natural […]
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7:00 AM | Wearing Feathers Was Once As Condemned As Wearing Fur
At one time, it was the height of fashion for women to wear massive hats lavishly adorned with feathers and sometimes, with entire birds. Once people realized just where those birds were coming from, the mass killings that were being carried out by bird hunters and the species that had been driven to extinction in the name of fashion, an anti-plumage movement was started to discourage the trade. Laws were passed, but the finishing blow to the fad wasn't legislation, it was social pressure and a […]

August 01, 2014

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9:15 PM | How Ebola Rumor and Folklore Go Viral
As doctors work to stem an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus, rumor and folklore help spread the disease. Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Moving Ebola Patients to US Involves Extreme Isolation
Double-bubble tents, isolation transport units and impermeable clothing will all be used to protect against an Ebola virus escape.
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1:00 PM | Skull of the Month: the Hippo
Last month I decided not to do a ‘Skull of the Month‘ and I think that I’m going to make this one my last. This is because whilst I have enjoyed learning about animals and their bones I have found it difficult at times to find good material to read and report. Instead I intended […]
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12:00 PM | Explainer: Could Ebola Become the Next Global Pandemic?
As West African nations handle an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, Trace takes a look at preparedness in other nations and assesses the chances of the illness going terrifyingly global.
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9:53 AM | DNews: Could You Be Swimming with Flesh-Eating Bacteria?
While swimming, some Florida beachgoers have recently come in contact with a deadly bacteria in the warm waters that's already claimed at least one life. Carin Bonder has the details.
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9:00 AM | Such a good boy, Elroy
We lost a beloved friend yesterday. Our dog Elroy. He made many appearances on The Mermaid's Tale over the years, and he even visited a few classrooms, both in fur-person and via the lesson plan he helped create for Berkeley's Understanding Science website. But far beyond all he inspired, he was just pure goodness and we're grateful to have been loved by him and to have loved him in return. Such a delightful, clever, and utterly adorable friend will live with us forever.Such a Good Boy, ElroyHe […]
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7:00 AM | Queen Victoria’s Nazi Grandson
Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (1884--1954) was the posthumous son of the haemophiliac Prince Leopold and favorite grandson of Queen Victoria. He experienced an idyllic upbringing as an English royal, yet, through a series of unfortunate events he fell in with Hitler and the Nazi Party before dying an ignominious, pauper's death. The post Queen Victoria’s Nazi Grandson appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

July 31, 2014

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6:05 PM | Open Osteological Data - Two Imperial Roman Cemetery Populations
I defended my dissertation, Migration and Mobility in Imperial Rome, four years ago.  Because of my interest in open access and because my NSF grant required a data access statement, I've been thinking for four years about how best to open up all the data I collected.At first, I was worried about opening up the data because I wanted to get a job.I got a job in 2012 at the University of West Florida.  Roman Osteology Database ScreenshotThen I worried about opening up the data because I […]
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5:56 PM | Is Remembering Together Better?
Previous studies have shown independent remembering is more accurate, but new research shows benefits to couples who work together to remember something. Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | DNews: Do Women Really Talk More than Men?
The stereotype that women talk more than men has been declared old and busted by a new study that examined just which gender was doing all of the blabbing. Trace has the study's conclusion, which you may find worth talking about.
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9:51 AM | DNews: How Many Uncontacted Tribes Are Still Out There?
Last month's news of an isolated Amazon rainforest tribe in Brazil making contact with outsiders for the first time in almost two decades prompts the question: Are there many more such tribes left?
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9:00 AM | Common ground
By Eric SannerudNote:  We know Eric through our connection with a remarkable group of farmers, philosophers, economists, geneticists, innovators, writers, both academic and not, who share a concern for how we humans are mismanaging our place in the biosphere, and how we might make it better.  Eric describes himself as a farmer, thinker, and entrepreneur in Ham Lake, Minnesota. He is the Director of Sandbox Center for Regenerative Entrepreneurship and a member of the Minneapolis Hub of […]
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7:00 AM | A Hunting Accident Might Have Changed The Course Of History
On June 28, 1914, a deranged Yugoslav nationalist named Gavrilo Princip assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand, resulting in the unprecedented mayhem of World War I. Globally, around 16 million people lost their lives, with Europe being utterly devastated. But it nearly didn’t happen. Seven months before he was murdered on the streets of Sarajevo, Franz Ferdinand came within inches of being killed in a hunting accident. The post A Hunting Accident Might Have Changed The Course Of History […]

July 30, 2014

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10:00 PM | Blood Test Predicts Suicide Risk, Study Suggests
A new gene linked to suicide risk, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person's risk of attempting suicide.
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7:30 PM | If Ebola Arrives in U.S., What Happens?
Tracking and containing the disease would be much easier task in a developed country that has ready access to communication than it's been in Africa.
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5:00 PM | DNews: Are White Lies Good for Society?
A new study says there may be some good that comes out of lying. Well, telling white lies anyway! Don't believe us? Watch Trace, to learn the truth.
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4:17 PM | As Skin Cancer Rates Up, Surgeon General Warns: Keep Covered
It's summer, it's beautiful outside -- keep covered! So warns the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Continue reading →
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1:30 PM | Skipping Meals Not a Good Diet Plan, Study Shows
Forget your genes and upbringing: the bottom line is if your blood sugar is low, your brain will direct you to eat.
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1:10 PM | 232 Tiny 'Toothlets' Removed from Teenager in India
The boy was diagnosed with a condition called complex composite odontoma, a rare type of tumor that affects the jaw or gums, his doctors said.
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10:02 AM | DNews: Lack of Sleep Can Generate False Memories
We all know by now how important it is to be well rested, but things just got worse for the sleep deprived. They might be remembering things that didn't even happen!
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9:00 AM | Two-eyed cyclops -- the plasticity of the brain
The brain is a remarkable thing.  Part of what's so remarkable about it is how it responds to and molds itself around experience.  Alfred Wallace exempted humans from the march of evolution because we are able to do so many things that can't be attributed to natural selection: calculus, the invention of televisions and robots, smell tar and Twinkies, none of which are abilities that we specifically can thank natural selection for since they are all recent.  We can do them because […]
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7:00 AM | The Worst Traffic Jam In History
While cities all over the world struggle with traffic issues, Beijing, China holds the title of having the worst traffic jam to date. In 2010, the China National Highway 110, which runs from Beijing to Yinchuan was clogged for an astounding 12 days over a 100-kilometer (62 mi) stretch of road. Travelers were stuck in their cars for up to five days, and a mini-economy of overpriced food, water, and cigarettes sprang up instantly. The post The Worst Traffic Jam In History appeared first on […]

July 29, 2014

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7:44 PM | Traversar VII – dodging the clouds
Tuesday evening and I am staring out at the clouds that are slowly filling the valley top to bottom again. It has been a bit of a fight with the weather so far. We had a good day on monday, … Continue reading →
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4:35 PM | DNews: Worried About Germs? Adopt the Fist Bump Greeting
Always greet people with a firm ... er, fist bump? Finally, science has given people everywhere an excuse for all of the fist-bumping: It's more sanitary!
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