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How Addiction Affects Offspring

When laboratory rats abuse cocaine, they produce offspring that are less susceptible to addiction, according to the Los Angeles Times. This surprising genetic twist emerged from a study done at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, which found that ...
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The World's Oceans are full of Plastic Trash

The World’s Oceans are full of Plastic Trash

There is an island in the South Pacific called Henderson Island that used to be a beautiful white sandy beach island.  It is now called the Garbage Island due to all the plastic that has floated upon its shores from ...
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Sleeping Well Might Be the Best Revenge

Sleeping Well Might Be the Best Revenge

Getting enough sleep may help you maintain good health.  That may sound fairly simple, but most people don’t get enough sleep.  A survey of over 30.000 people in England found that the people that got the right amount of sleep ...
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Unauthorized GM crops face intensified oversight

China will further step up the supervision of genetically modified food technologies to prevent commercial cultivation of unauthorized varieties, a senior rural affairs official said. The call follows several suspected cases of farmers illegally growing genetically modified crops in 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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The 5-Second Rule Was Debunked by Science

The 5-Second Rule Was Debunked by Science

Researchers have found that – by testing foods left on bacteria – the five second rule does not keep the bacteria from getting on your food.  The five second rule states that if you pick up your food before the ...
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Secondhand smoke still lingers

Over the past decade, thanks in part to widespread restrictions on when and where people can light up, the number of Americans who smoke has rapidly declined. But despite that reduction, some 58 million Americans are still regularly exposed to ...
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Where Children Can’t Get An Education

According to a UNESCO study, 57 million children lack classroom access. Here are the countries with the most children out of school: Nigeria - 10.5 million Pakistan - 5.4 million Ethopia - 1.7 million India - 1.6 million The Philippines ...
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Heavy drinking and binge drinking rise sharply in US counties

As rates of any drinking remained largely unchanged, binge drinking and heavy drinking have increased at the county level, influenced mainly by higher rates of drinking among women SEATTLE – Today, Americans are more likely to be heavy drinkers and ...
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Fracking Causes Earthquakes in Oklahoma

Fracking Causes Earthquakes in Oklahoma

A study has found that fracking has been causing earthquakes in Oklahoma for several years.  Scientists believe that pumping water with high pressure is causing seismic activity while they are extracting oil and natural gas.  They have found that in ...
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