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Researchers Find Increased Mortality Rates During Christmas Through New Year's

Researchers Find Increased Mortality Rates During Christmas Through New Year's

Researchers from the University of California, David Phillips, Gwendolyn Barker, and Kimberly Brewer, published a report concluding that mortality rates spike during Christmas through New Year's Day. The group published results from the study in the journal Social Science & medicine. Phillips,...

Japan's Mt. Kirishima Volcano Erupts, Leaves Citizens on Alert

Japan's Mt. Kirishima Volcano Erupts, Leaves Citizens on Alert

Japan's Mount Kirishima's volcano, named Shinmoedake, erupts and leaves citizens on alert. The volcanic eruptions began at 7:30 a.m. on January 26, 2011 spewing volcanic bombs, red hot magma, and lava fragments more than 1 mile into the air above Japan's Kyushu island. A giant ash cloud caused...

4.3 Earthquake Rattled Mt. St. Helens Area on Monday

4.3 Earthquake Rattled Mt. St. Helens Area on Monday

A 4.3 magnitude earthquake rattled the Mount Saint Helens area on Monday, February 14, 2011. The quake occurred at 10:35 a.m. and approximately thirty aftershocks followed per reports from the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS Seismologist Seth Moran confirmed the quake occurred 6 miles north and...

Ecstasy Study Shows MDMA Won't Harm Your Brain

Ecstasy Study Shows MDMA Won't Harm Your Brain

Startling results of one of the most extensive studies regarding the illegal drug Ecstasy shows that MDMA won't harm your brain. The study was published during the second week of February in the journal Addiction and found that 3,4-Methylenedioxyethampetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy) will not effect...

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Of All the People That Have Lived at Least 65 Years, How Many Are Alive Now?

50 percent of all people who have ever lived to reach 65 years of age are living right now. According to studies, human lifespan at birth has increased since the Upper Paleolithic period, where the average lifespan at birth was only 33 years. Longevity then decreased to 13 years in the Neolithic...

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What Are Halo Effects?

The halo effect is a pattern of deviation in judgment that occurs when the perception of one trait is influenced by other traits. This pattern has been studied in 1920 by Edward L. Thorndike. Thorndike found high cross relationships between positive and negative traits among soldiers as ranked by...

 Higgs Boson "God Particle" Discovered?

Higgs Boson "God Particle" Discovered?

A supposed leaked document suggesting that the Higgs boson, a subatomic "God Particle," has been discovered by a team of physicists working from the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The supposed discovery is considered to be possibly one of the "most interesting" scientific finds...

10 Scientific Expeditions That Were Doomed From the Start

10 Scientific Expeditions That Were Doomed From the Start

The road to scientific advancement is never easy. Behind every great discovery or new piece of knowledge lies many hours of toil, labor, and in some cases, danger – not least when the pursuit of scientific knowledge requires journeying into the wild, into the skies or across the sea. Considering...

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What Is a Lobotomy?

A lobotomy is a surgical technique that involves making an incision in the brain's frontal lobe, severing several nerve tracts. This procedure was used to pacify aggressive mental patients, as well as to treat disorders including schizophrenia and clinical depression. Between 1939 and 1951, over...

What Is Goiter?

What Is Goiter?

According to Google, Goiter is an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland; can result from underproduction or overproduction of hormone or from a deficiency of iodine in the diet. Symptoms of GoiterSwollen Frontside of NeckEyes That are Protruding Goiter ImagesGoiter TreatmentsGoiter treatment is...