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August 17, 2014

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7:00 AM | The Vicious Booby Trap That Nailed Colin Powell
Back in the 1960s, Colin Powell was a young soldier fighting communist forces in Vietnam. However, he had way more than bullets and bombs to worry about. The enemy had spread booby traps across the country, and during one hike in the brush, Powell learned the hard way that you should always look where you step. The post The Vicious Booby Trap That Nailed Colin Powell appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.

August 16, 2014

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2:46 PM | El primer viaje de nuestra vida
Ficha Técnica Título: El primer viaje de nuestra vida Autor: Juan Luis Arsuaga  Edita: Temas de Hoy, Madrid, 2012  Encuadernación: Tapa blanda con solapas  Número de páginas: 430  ISBN: 9788499981802  Precio: 19,90 €                 Cuando … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | 'Text Neck’ Epidemic Stems from Hunching Over Devices
A doctor believes text neck is a global epidemic that is literally changing the way our bodies should grow.
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7:00 AM | The Bald Knobbers: Missouri’s Deadly Vigilantes
At the end of the US Civil War, law enforcement in the Ozark region of Missouri was basically non-existent, and lawlessness reigned. Fed up with the crime and unpunished murderers, the Bald Knobbers group formed with the noble goal of bringing law and order back to the area. Unfortunately, these masked vigilantes became as corrupt as the people they were fighting against, and although they did instill some order, they did so with violence and terror. The post The Bald Knobbers: […]

August 15, 2014

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9:21 PM | How to conquer the world
Our species Homo sapiens has been around for some 200 000 years, and is generally thought to have evolved from older human species present in eastern and sub-Saharan Africa (University of Utah, 2005). But how did we come to be global (and even lunar) mammals? Debate still rages over how long ago H. sapiens left […]
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6:35 PM | Ebola Crisis Worse Than Reported
The World Health Organization says the crisis has been vastly underestimated. Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | 2nd Wave of Isolated People Makes Contact with Outsiders
Pushed out of their home territory by violence, a second wave of people who had been living in voluntary isolation in the Amazon rainforest has made contact with villagers in Brazil.
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11:30 AM | Robin Williams: Is Parkinson's Disease Linked to Suicide?
Parkinson's disease causes the loss of brain cells in a part of the brain that controls muscle movement.
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10:06 AM | DNews: Trustworthiness Is Written on Our Facial Features
A recent study has concluded that merely the design of a person's face is all it takes for us to decide whether or not we can trust them. Guest host William Haynes, from SourceFed, investigates the findings.
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9:00 AM | The abbatoir, the lab, and pre-medieval behavior
It's a lazy August day and one wonders what to write about.  So I took a walk with my constant companions--sadly, not a dog, but my iPod.  I was listening to one of the BBC Radio4 program podcasts that we like, and I thought it would be worth putting down some thoughts, hoping to make them relevant.Abbatoirs, or slaughterhouses, are among the most sensitive kinds of industrial plants.  This post was stimulated by the  BBC story I was listening to (File on 4: Inside the […]
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7:33 AM | The Difference Between A Real Smile And A Fake One
Admittedly, some people are better at pulling it off than others, but according to scientific research, there's still a definite difference between a real smile and a fake one. It all has to do with the interaction of the muscles around the mouth and cheeks with the muscles in the eyes, and there's only one unique combination of these muscle movements that results in a smile that means happiness or contentment. Other types of smiles---including the one that you give at a really bad joke---can […]

August 14, 2014

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5:23 PM | DNews: Antiperspirant May Make Us Smell Worse ... Huh?
A new study argues that the antiperspirant we've all been using on a daily basis might actually be making matters worse in the olfactory realm. Tara presents the malodorous details of the research.
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1:24 PM | Toilet paper
The Feedback section in the New Scientist last week (9th August 2014) was mostly devoted to the topic of toilet roll – having asked for figures on the annual consumption of this essential commodity, they have been regaled with anecdotes about the size of the army rations thereof, and differences in quality in different countries. It’s not often that the topic of toilet roll comes up in gardening circles. There is occasional talk, perhaps, of the lack of toilet facilities on […]
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9:00 AM | Anthropology's troublesome arguments
By Anne Buchanan and Ken WeissThese last few months have been strange ones for anthropology.  So much linen being aired so prominently, dirty and otherwise.  First we had a best-selling book by science journalist Nicholas Wade that in effect defines the field as the science of genetically determined traits, declaring among other things that there are five human races and that anyone who doesn't accept the biological basis of race is motivated not by science but by politics -- unlike […]
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7:51 AM | The Creator Of Modern Shopping Malls Hated Them
Victor Gruen is credited as being the creator of modern shopping malls, but his vision of the mall was nothing like what we see today. In fact, he hated what his ideas were turned into by money-hungry developers. Originally, Gruen envisioned shopping malls as something of an urban paradise, with massive green spaces, fountains, and running water interspersed with stores of all sorts and public services like banks and post offices. It wasn't long---only a few decades---before more commercially […]

August 13, 2014

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9:01 PM | How Did Patterns Help Reveal an Older Origin of Mummies?
I want to talk about patterns. We take them for granted but they shape our lives. That morning coffee you need to start your day has more meaning than you think. We build our sense of self on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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9:01 PM | How Did Patterns Help Reveal an Older Origin of Mummies?
I want to talk about patterns. We take them for granted but they shape our lives. That morning coffee you need to start your day has more meaning than you think. We build our sense of self on... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:14 PM | Fire Over Ahwahnee: John Muir and the Decline of Yosemite
In July 1929 a frail, elderly woman quietly processed acorns on the floor of the Yosemite Valley. Her weather worn face appeared thin, yet firm like crumpled paper. She was a living record of the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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1:20 PM | Ice Bucket Challenge: Good for ALS, What About Your Health?
Sure, it raises money for ALS...but can a cold water dousing also boost your health?
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11:00 AM | Iranian Is First Woman to Win 'Nobel Prize of Maths'
An Iranian-born mathematician has become the first woman to win a prestigious Fields Medal, widely viewed as the Nobel Prize of mathematics.
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10:18 AM | DNews: How Stores Trick You into Buying More than You Need
Do you ever come out of a store with ONLY the purchases you planned to buy, before you went in? Here's how stores are fighting to keep that terrible thing from happening.
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7:54 AM | Supermoon
Taken on Sunday 10th August 2012 This blog posting is © copyright Emma Cooper 2014. Unauthorized duplication and/or republication is not permitted.
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7:10 AM | Some People Actually Want To Become Amputees
There is a psychological condition called body integrity identity disorder (BIID) which leads sufferers to believe that they have limbs which should not be there and that they would feel happier without them. Sufferers have been known to arrange accidents or undergo medical procedures in an attempt to fulfill their desire of becoming an amputee. There may also be a sexual component to the condition whereby the sufferer is aroused by the image of himself or herself as an amputee. The post Some […]

August 12, 2014

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12:59 PM | Why are the elderly invisible in archaeological contexts?
For the past two months, I have been busy preparing my dissertation data for analysis. This means that I am taking the paper versions of my data from books, monographs, […]
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11:30 AM | DNews: Reading Can Change Your Brain!
Scientists measured the short-term effects of reading using fMRI scans, and they found that reading actually changes your brain! What specifically happens? Trace is joined by Dr. Mike North to discuss their findings!
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8:16 AM | The Children’s Books Of The North Korean Dictators
We all know North Korea's dictators are nuts, but did you know they're beloved children's authors? With a team of dedicated and terrified ghostwriters, both Kim Jong-il and Kim Il-sung have penned stories like "Boys Wipe Out Bandits" and "The Cock and the Butterfly," respectively. Naturally, everybody in North Korea loves these timeless classics . . . or else. The post The Children’s Books Of The North Korean Dictators appeared first on KnowledgeNuts.
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2:43 AM | Are Comedians Prone to Depression and Suicide?
The apparent suicide of Robin Williams highlights the connection between comedians and depression. Continue reading →

August 11, 2014

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9:06 AM | DNews: Top 5 Deadliest Pandemic Diseases in History
Laci Green examines some of history's most horrifying and death-dealing illnesses, the kind that lay waste to entire populations.
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9:00 AM | The Leaning edge: strange meat allergy
Despite decades of extensive study at the molecular level, many fundamental issues remain unexplained about the adaptive immune system.  We have two types of immunity, adaptive immunity whose genetic basis originated in jawed fish 500 million years ago, and is now shared by all jawed vertebrates. This system uses scrambled coding sections that generate randomly configured proteins to produce an open-ended repertoire of antibody and related molecules that quickly 'learns' to recognize and […]
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7:39 AM | Why You Should Wipe Yourself With A Goose’s Neck
In the early 16th century, French monk Francois Rabelais released his famous comic work Gargantua and Pantagruel. A satire on (among other things) Renaissance learning and the Europe of the time, it nonetheless contained plenty of digressions on all sorts of odd topics. The oddest of these would probably be the passage where Rabelais recommends a goose’s neck as an ideal alternative to toilet paper. The post Why You Should Wipe Yourself With A Goose’s Neck appeared first on […]
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