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Dancing Plagues, Cursed Penises And Wildfire Laughter: Mass Hysteria At Its Best

Oct 31, 14 Dancing Plagues, Cursed Penises And Wildfire Laughter: Mass Hysteria At Its Best

Posted by in Health, Juxtaposed In Japan, Seasonal

With today being Halloween, it’s always worth looking at the weirder, creepier side of life. Recently, I have been reading about cases of mass hysteria. Some of them at first are almost beyond belief, until you remember just what a peculiar thing the human mind is.

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Why Some People Can Sing And Others Can’t

Oct 31, 14 Why Some People Can Sing And Others Can’t

Posted by in Science

Besides gorgeous blonde locks and a bootylicious backside, what is it exactly that sets Beyoncé apart from the rest of us mere mortals? Is it natural talent, a lifetime of dedication, or top-notch vocal training? Well, to be fair, it’s most likely a combination of all three. The ability to sing well is based on a number of physical, mental, and environmental factors.

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Use Asteroids As ‘Stepping Stones’ To Get To Mars

Oct 31, 14 Use Asteroids As ‘Stepping Stones’ To Get To Mars

Posted by in Space

A mission to Mars will be mankind's next giant leap. But one expert has suggested that it might be simpler to get to the red planet in a series of smaller jumps - using asteroids as stepping stones. Prof Richard Binzel, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is calling for a comprehensive survey of asteroids between Earth and Mars so that a plan can be formulated.

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Not All Gastric Bypass Procedures Are Created Equal

Oct 31, 14 Not All Gastric Bypass Procedures Are Created Equal

Posted by in Health

Bariatric surgery — or weight loss surgery — is different for everyone, and the various procedures that can be taken to reduce a person’s obesity have unique consequences. A new study sought to examine how effective the two most common types of bariatric surgery were.

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Private Coalition Traces Hacking To China

Oct 31, 14 Private Coalition Traces Hacking To China

Posted by in Technology

A coalition of technology companies says that it has exposed a hacking campaign linked to Chinese intelligence in an effort to show that the private sector could be more effective than federal agencies in addressing cybersecurity issues. The agency found that the hacks, including one on Google Inc. in 2010, had used sophisticated spying tools traced back to China.

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It’s The End of The World (As We Know It)

Oct 30, 14 It’s The End of The World (As We Know It)

Posted by in Science

In 2012, people around the world were convinced our time on Earth was coming to an end because of the Mayan calendar. In 1987, my friend Christa from high school thought the world would end because of some prophecy she read in the Qur'an. So far, all the doomsday prophets have been wrong and I've been laughing. Yesterday, I decided to join them. Why, you might ask?

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Your Sweat Could Soon Be A Window Into Your Health

Oct 30, 14 Your Sweat Could Soon Be A Window Into Your Health

Posted by in Health, WTF???

Sweat, the cooling system of your body, is made almost completely of water, with tiny amounts of other chemicals, including ammonia, urea, salts, and sugar. Remarkably, these chemicals along with the small molecules and peptides they contain can reveal what is going on inside your body. For this reason, scientists are trying to harness sweat through some form of wearable technology and turn it into a new way to measure and monitor your immediate health.

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Are Smart Guns The Next Step For Police?

Oct 30, 14 Are Smart Guns The Next Step For Police?

Posted by in Technology

The August shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has renewed the public’s fears about excessive use of force by police, but a startup hopes to offer a solution. Yardam Technologies, based in Santa Cruz, California, is currently testing a device, small enough to fit in the handle of most police guns, that tracks the weapon’s use in real time.

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Windowless Plane Already Demonized

Oct 30, 14 Windowless Plane Already Demonized

Posted by in Juxtaposed In Japan, Space

A UK company is working on technology that could allow planes to become windowless within 10 years, resulting not only in a different kind of passenger experience but in reduced airfares too. As with every new technological development, it seems, there is criticism.

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Personal Health Isn’t The Only Thing Oysters Are Good For

Oct 30, 14 Personal Health Isn’t The Only Thing Oysters Are Good For

Posted by in Science

They say oysters are an aphrodisiac — they being scientists in 2005. But the sexual health benefits notwithstanding, oysters have a lot of other great qualities to offer. And, if you happen to care about the environment, they also happen to act as a natural filtration system.

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