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Debriefing: Michelangelo’s David

■    A Japanese town wants to put underpants on a replica of Michelangelo's David. The 16-foot-tall statue has caused a stir since it was presented to the town of Okuizumo as a gift. "It's frightening the children and worrying the ...
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Could we talk with whales?

Human-like sounds made by a captive beluga whale suggest that cetaceans could learn to mimic our voices, and perhaps even converse with us. Researchers at the National Marine Mammal Foundation first noticed in the 1980s that one of their whales ...
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Scariest Streets - The Magic Roundabout - Swindon, England

SCARIEST STREETS IN THE WORLD

Below is a listing of what has been considered to be the most scariest streets in the world. Some have been labeled scary because of their sheer location, while others are scary because of the way they were designed. Either ...
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Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that antibiotic resistance has risen to dangerous levels.  If drastic action is not taken soon it will become a bigger killer than cancer by the year 2050.  The ...
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Preventing reefer madness

Marijuana may now be legal in Colorado, said Jordan Weissmann, but do purchasers really know what they’re buying? New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd highlighted that problem last week by describing what happened when she went to Denver to sample ...
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Death By Coke

A mother-of-eight, 30, died suddenly from a cardiac arrest because she drank up to 18 pints of Coke every day for years, a coroner has ruled. Natasha Harris died at home in Invercargill on New Zealand's south island. An inquest ...
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The evolutionary roots of monogamy

The evolutionary roots of monogamy

As an evolutionary strategy, the evolutionary roots of monogamy have long puzzled scientists: When a male pairs off for life with one female, he limits how many offspring he can produce, thus reducing his chances to pass on his genes ...
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Death from overwork

Death from overwork – Can it be prevented?

The Japanese are working themselves to death. Labor activists have been trying to draw attention to the problem of karoshi, or death from overwork, for decades. Reliable statistics can’t be found, because it’s hard to prove causation in the case ...
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Depression Speeds Aging

Depression Speeds Aging In The Elderly

Major depression is not only psychologically crippling but can also age a person’s body on a cellular level. That’s the conclusion of a new study that examined blood samples from more than 2,400 people with and without depression. Researchers at ...
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The World’s Richest Individuals

The World’s Richest Individuals

According to a report from Oxfam the world’s eight richest people are worth as much as the 3.6 poorest people in the world.  The total of their worth is $426 billion compared to 50% of the world’s poorest at $409 ...
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