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  • All were "discovered" by accident.
  • The term "Eureka!" actually became the state motto of California during the gold rush.
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Mind & Brain
  • 17 percent of all fatal car accidents are caused by sleep deprivation.
  • Seven to 8 hours is recommended for adult humans, more for adolescents.
  • About 1/3 of all adults are not getting at least seven hours of sleep each night.
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6 great inventions from the Civil War

The massive number of casualties and injuries created during these battles necessitated some quick, creative ideas... some of which we still have today.

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  • The war resulted in more than 600,000 deaths.
  • About 500,000 were wounded.
  • The war created a massive need for inventions of various kinds and led to rapid advancement in medicine
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Cannabis may boost perceptual reasoning in teenage brains, researchers say

It increases their brains' gray matter volume.

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Mind & Brain
  • Occasional use, defined as once or twice, can actually increase grey matter volume.
  • Unfortunately, anxiety is also increased.
  • 35 percent of 10th graders have experimented with cannabis.
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