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Untidy beds may keep us healthy.

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BBC News says failing to make your bed in the morning may actually help keep you healthy, scientists believe. Research suggests that while an unmade bed may look scruffy it is also unappealing to house dust mites thought to cause asthma and other allergies. A Kingston University study discovered the bugs cannot survive in the warm, dry conditions found in an unmade bed.

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How copyright could be killing culture...

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This Globe and Mail's article says the high cost of getting permission to use archival footage and photos threatens to put makers of documentaries out of business...

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A video clip showing what NASA did last summer (2004).

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Compfused.com found a streaming QuickTime video (direct link for download -- 9 MB) showing what NASA did last summer in 2004.

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Statistics of Americans eating food that falls on the floor...

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According to Yahoo! News story, almost eight in 10 Americans say it isn't safe to eat food dropped on the floor. This is despite the so-called rule that says if it's on the floor for a few seconds it's safe to eat.

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Swordfish heat their eyes for better vision...

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This News@Nature.com article reports warm eyeballs allow swordfish to see prey faster in the murky depths. Zoologists have answered the intriguing question of why swordfish keep their eyes warm while the rest of the body remains resolutely cold-blooded: it's all the better to see their prey with.

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Stay Thin by Sleeping More? 20 minutes!

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Yahoo! News' story says a study, published Monday, found that people who sleep less tend to be fat, and experts said it's time find if more sleep will fight obesity. Monday's study from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk covered 1,000 people and found that total sleep time decreased as body mass index -- a measure of weight based on height -- increased. Men slept an average of 27 minutes less than women and overweight and obese patients slept less than patients with normal weights, it said. In general the fatter subjects slept about 1.8 hours a week less than those with normal weights.

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Rats Can Tell Human Languages Apart...

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This Yahoo! News article says rats can use the rhythm of human language to tell the difference between Dutch and Japanese, researchers in Spain reported Sunday.

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Women like men who like cats...

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SFGate.com's article says it seems as if single men are discovering what single women have known since ancient Egyptian times: Cats are worthy of worship. At least unmarried British men say so, in a recent survey conducted by Cats Protection, a leading animal welfare society in the United Kingdom. And judging by the delirious worship that single men I know lavish on their kitties, I'd like to think American men -- those brave enough to stand up and be counted -- feel the same way.

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Video games with heroes make kids aggressive

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This Daily Yomiuri On-Line article says computer games in which children can identify with a hero or heroine who attacks his or her enemies are more likely to make them aggressive than games featuring indiscriminate violence, according to a recent survey. In November and December 2001, researchers led by Ochanomizu University Professor Akira Sakamoto conducted a survey on the effects of video games popular among 592 fifth-grade students at six primary schools, mainly in Kanagawa and Niigata prefectures.

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Computer game addicts fail in the classroom

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Blue's News posted a Mail Online article about computer game addicts failing in the classrooms. Children who spend hours playing computer games and watching television are failing to develop the skills to succeed at school. The warning comes from leading scientist Professor Robert Winston, who said youngsters are not acquiring the long-term powers of study and application they need in class. This is because the games they play and programmes they watch require only short-term bursts of concentration.

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Ants Cutting Human Hair

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Either I am still dreaming (someone please poke me!) or this story is crazy!

Biddybot, a member on my ant message board, mentioned and posted a couple links (#1, #2, and #3 (third one is my find)) about ants cutting people's hair. It is a localized scalp hair shedding/focal alopecia (aka bald spots), in human beings, caused by Pheidole ants and overview of similar case reports.

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Spiders Watch Their Diets Too

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This National Geographic article says spiders and insects that eat other creepy crawlies purposely seek a balanced diet to maintain their health, according to a new study. Scientists found that three predatory invertebrates--all of which use different hunting methods--adjust their feeding to correct nutritional deficiencies. Researchers behind the study say other, much larger predators, like leopards and sharks, may also monitor what they eat to maintain a balanced diet.

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Nose 'more complex than jet wing'

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This BBC News UK article says the way airflow around the nose is more complex than that in a jumbo jet's wing according to scientists. The structure of the nose meant air eddied, whirled and re-circulated as it passed through the nose, the team said. Principal researcher, Dr. Denis Doorly, said people are used to the flows around an aeroplane being complicated but that is in some ways simpler than understanding the flows inside the nose. "The geometry of the nose is highly complex, with no straight lines or simple curves like an aircraft wing and the regime of airflow is not simply laminar or turbulent."

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Men's Fitness Magazine Names The Fittest and Fattest U.S. Cities

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According to Yahoo! News' story, Seattle has been named the fittest city in the United States in the February issue of Men's Fitness magazine, leaping past the buff competition from Honolulu, Colorado Springs, San Francisco and Denver.

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Protein offers allergy care hope

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BBC News' story (UK) says scientists believe they have identified a protein which could be crucial in creating new treatments for allergies. Researchers told Nature that blocking p110delta in mast cells -- which cause allergic reactions -- substantially reduced symptoms in tests on mice.

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Excess All Areas: Drugs are bad, mmmkay?

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Excess All Areas is an educational and interactive Flash presentation (nice neon effects) about drugs and their common effects.

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Wi-Fi won't disrupt pacemakers...

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Broadband Reports and Techdirt report that Mayo clinic concluded that Wi-Fi won't disrupt your pacemaker, despite a number of recent concerns. One recent study showed that certain pacemakers get confused by some signals from GSM phones. This study tested a HP Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC fitted with a Cisco Aironet WLAN card around certain pacemakers and found no issues.

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Best fed male crickets have shorter lives than their malnourished, quieter counterparts.

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This Yahoo! News story say researchers/scientists, in Australia, concluded that the best-fed male cr

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Technology and Happiness

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Technology and Happiness says by most standard Americans are better off now than they were in the middle of the last century. If you ask Americans how happy they are, you find that they're no happier than they were in 1946 (which is when formal surveys of happiness started).

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View the golden eagle's perspectives in flights...

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User Friendly's link of the day is on Discovery's Animal Planet Bird Technology (Flash required). Soar the virtual skies with Tilly, the golden eagle, and find out how minature cameras/mini-cams help scientists unlock the secrets of animal flights. There are cool video clips to watch.

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