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Brain Drain

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over 4 years ago

Research has found that over time stress can be very harmful to the brain, draining it of a certain protein involved with helping neurons in the hippocampus -- affecting memory, mood, and cognition. "The findings suggest that BDNF is one of the proteins that play a role in mediating the brain's ...

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Confederate Terror

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Roland Martin makes the case that Confederate soldiers in the Civil War were domestic terrorists -- and shouldn't be honored any more than we honor Muslim extremists who try to kill Americans. "The fundamental problem with extremism is that when you're on the side that is fanatical, all of your ...

Mind Matters

How to Make an iSmoothie

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over 4 years ago

Iphone meets blender. Blender wins. Story of all our lives, isn't it? I mean, given that we're all heading for an inevitable blending of our constituent atoms with the universe's flotsam and jetsam. I guess that's why this video seems sad to me, as well as funny. It's a reminder of a truth, call ...

As I Please

UK General Election - First Round to the Tories

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over 4 years ago

So week one of the British General Election campaign ended, with round one to the Tories. That Cameron was able to launch his right hook over Labour’s plans to increase National Insurance, almost beggars belief. The rise would amount to on average an extra £15 per new employee for the likes of ...

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Chemical Afterlife

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A beckoning light; a feeling of transcendence: these are two characteristics of a near-death experience that new research suggests may relate to amounts of certain chemicals in the blood. "The phenomenon known as 'near-death experience' is the stuff of hospital dramas, a dramatic conceit for movies ...

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The Church of Atheism

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Atheist social groups are sprouting up more than ever across college campuses emphasizing tolerance and proselytizing like their religious brethren. "Twenty years ago a public meeting of atheists and their allies at a large public university — attended by a friendly Methodist pastor, no less — would ...

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Local Job Creation

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In the absence of a strong federal response to record unemployment rates, local communities and cities like Cleveland, OH are the ones innovating to create jobs for their citizens. "To be unemployed in the US – to lose your identity as a consumer in an economy where 70 per cent of all activity is ...

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Tragedy in Poland

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Though many heads of state were on the plane crash that killed the President of Poland, the political machinery necessary to govern remains in place; an election must be held in 60 days. "Experts say the deaths of senior military chiefs in Saturday's plane crash could have more serious implications ...

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Raul and Fidel

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Following some high-level diplomacy, Secretary of State Clinton says Cuba refuses to cooperate with the U.S. to preserve it as a scapegoat for Cuba's failures. "Cuba's response to recent US efforts to improve relations had revealed 'an intransigent, entrenched regime' in Havana, said the US ...