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Making steam without boiling water, thanks to nanoparticles a science WOW

Making steam without boiling water, thanks to nanoparticles a science WOW | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Research on nanoparticles suggests myriad applications in places without electricity or burnable fuels.
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Sensational Sound to Sex Education

Sensational Sound to Sex Education | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Young singer, musician, actress Emma Sapper joins us and shares her music as well as her dreams and goals.We welcome Al Vernacchio who isn't afraid to speak about something many shy away from - Sex Education. Join us for a show that will prove fun, entertaining and informative.
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If you missed last night's show, do catch the podcast. A really lovely young singer and a wonderful discussion of sexuality.

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Food Waste Grows With the Middle Class

Food Waste Grows With the Middle Class | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The estimated one-third of food left uneaten is a serious threat to the global environment and economy.
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As consumers we must be aware of what we buy and what we prepare. Eating leftovers is not a reason for shame but pride that we are not being wasteful. Sharing with neighbors does not mean we are showing off but that we are caring. Not allowing packaged and canned foods to languish on the shelf but rather bringing them to food banks is not a sign that we have been wasteful but that we have taken responsibility. Food is a precious resource, let's not waste it. Let's not despoil our world. And let's not allow our neighbors to go hungry.

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FCC votes to protect the internet with Title II regulation

Net neutrality has won at the FCC. In a 3-to-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission today established a new Open Internet Order that implements strict net neutrality rules, including...
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There are some who think there is no difference between the political parties. Consider that this was a straight party vote with the Democrats holding for protecting net-neutrality and the Republicans taking the opposite position. Note, too, that the communications industry was very opposed to net-neutrality. For my part, I certainly don't want my website or the other sites to which I belong coming up behind those of big businesses just because I can't afford to pay for greater visibility. If you think money is speech, you will disagree with me, but that is where I stand on this issue.

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Venezuela Is Running Out of Toilet Paper

Venezuela Is Running Out of Toilet Paper | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Cash-strapped Venezuela, which has the second-largest oil reserves in the world, after Saudi Arabia, and relies on oil for 95 percent of its export revenue, has been hit particularly hard by plummeting global prices. Still, it’s hard not to read a commodity-sharing deal proposed by nearby Trinidad and Tobago’s prime...
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I keep a 6 month supply on hand in the house. Seriously, the reason because I buy our TP on line. Of course, it has to be the right brand and quality.

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“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16

“People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16 | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
At an under-the-radar town hall in Des Moines, Sanders had the crowd begging for more. Here's why it matters
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First, I love Bernie Sanders. He's honest, hardworking, and intelligent. He loves his country and more importantly he loves the people of his country. His ideas are original and typically reflect a balanced approach. So, what's the problem? Quite simply you can't get elected by the young; you need the middle-aged voters. They are more conservative, have more to protect, and are more fearful. Also, you can't get elected without money. Reality is that even campaign buses need gas and those volunteers need housing and food. Then comes the advertising. Honestly, business is also frightened to take a chance. Finally, were Bernie elected, who in the Washington establishment would support him. He'd be a lame-duck from the moment he took office because everybody would be manipulating their way around him, trying to take his place and lead within the Congress. Sadly, he is not the person to challenge Hillary, but for my part, I will contribute to his campaign and yes I would vote for him. Hell, better to follow a rainbow than to hunker down for a storm.

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Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife

Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s low-key wife | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Columba Bush spent $42,000 at a Florida jeweler soon after an infamous Paris shopping spree.
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I do not begrudge Mrs. Bush her jewelry, but I question her judgment between the lying and the borrowing. She is the one who will be lying next to Mr. Bush in the White House if he were ever elected. Will she whisper sweet nothings in his ear that are payment for jewelry she could not afford?

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Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies

Why Washing Dishes By Hand May Lead to Fewer Allergies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A new study shows kids in families who hand-wash their dishes have fewer allergies
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It often seems that a little bit of dirt is good for us. So when is somebody going to start selling "Dirt for Tots" pills. I can hear Mom now: "Here, Little Debbi or Todd, take you vitamins and your dirt pill."

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Primary school children call for sex education for MPs | NewsBiscuit

Primary school children call for sex education for MPs | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A report by an influential committee of schoolchildren has urged the Government do more to ensure the nation’s MPs get the sex and relationships education they need to form healthy relationships with others. ‘Too often MPs embark on a career in politics without the emotional or sexual maturity needed not to get arrested in embarrassing circumstances,’ said seven-year-old Isobel of St. Mary’s Primary, Braintree. ‘It’s important that their education prepares them not just for the moral demands of representing their constituents, but also for understanding which body parts can come into contact with other people’s body parts, under what circumstances, and just how much damage that’ll do to your career.’
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While this is satire, it is in many ways very true. Politicians seem to live in a world of sexual ignorance mixed with inappropriate behavior; it reminds me of the clergy of the Middle Ages. Kids today are becoming all to aware of the foolishness and disingenuousness of adults, especially those in public life.

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‘Why must I do everything?’ cries husband during childbirth | NewsBiscuit

‘Why must I do everything?’ cries husband during childbirth | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
31 year-old Patrick Clark became infuriated today by the extreme selfishness of his wife, Hannah, during the birth of their first child. He claimed that she was ‘totally self-absorbed’ and ‘unwilling to cooperate rationally’ throughout most of the high-intensity contractions. To make matters worse, he said that the midwife was excessively biased towards supporting his wife's wellbeing and condoned her hostile behaviour. He later accused the entire maternity unit of ‘institutional sexism’.
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I bet there are lots of women who will think, "That's my hubby," as they read this story.

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Catching a Brief Nap Might Be Good for Your Health

Catching a Brief Nap Might Be Good for Your Health | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
New study finds negative effects of a sleepless night can be undone by forty winks
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My motto is "a nap a day keeps senility away." So have a nice little lie down and make life better.

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Scott Walker’s yellow politics

Scott Walker’s yellow politics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why stop with the poor? Make anyone who wants taxpayer money first pee in a cup.
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While I don't support any war on drugs, I think this satirical proposal throws a lot more light on the reality of drug abuse than any calls from the right for drug testing of those in need. I would only add a call for testing politicians. Want to be we'd find lots of drugs in Congress and state houses all over America?

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Australia's Oldest Man Knitted Tiny Sweaters for Injured Penguins

Australia's Oldest Man Knitted Tiny Sweaters for Injured Penguins | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The great-great-grandfather now keeps his hands busy by knitting scarves for friends and hats for premature babies
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What a great story.

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Facebook to be split into ‘Sanctimonious Bullshit’ and ‘Stalking’ divisions | NewsBiscuit

Facebook to be split into ‘Sanctimonious Bullshit’ and ‘Stalking’ divisions | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Following its plans to break up Britain’s banks, the EU has announced controversial proposals to separate Facebook into two distinct ‘Sanctimonious Bullshit’ and ‘Stalking’ units. EU competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia explained: ‘Much like the banks, Facebook is too big to fail and we cannot allow a collapse in one side to affect the other.
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They forgot the sell-sell-sell division and the cat lovers. Got to love looking at ourselves in the mirror of satire.

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Welcome to Gibtown, the last 'freakshow' town in America

Welcome to Gibtown, the last 'freakshow' town in America | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With the demise of the carnival, an important slice of American history risks being lost – but the residents of Gibsonton, Florida, are trying to keep the legacy of the town’s famous ‘freaks’ alive
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If we listened to the reformers, we'd think those poor people being taken advantage of my callous showmen who exhibit them for profit. But if we listened to the freaks, perhaps they saw it differently. Perhaps they saw the possibility of life, shared with others like themselves and able to earn a living. Sometimes we must remember that our best intentions are not always so kind. At least, thanks to modern medicine and laws about the disabled, many of those who might have found their way to the "freak show" no longer suffer.

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Llamas On Llam Llose Llawmen

Llamas On Llam Llose Llawmen | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A pair of lost llamas led Sun City, Ariz. cops on a lengthy chase this afternoon, tying up law enforcement resources and leaving the city free for plundering by the handful of criminals who weren't watching, rapt, in their offices. Watch the entire, hilarious pursuit here, set (of course) to "Yakety Sax."
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Some really funny video here. I guess it never occurred to the humans that they could just let the llamas eat and hang until the guy with the dart gun got there. You have to root for the llamas.

 

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Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S.

Here are the most popular dog breeds in the U.S. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Why are they all smiling? Because they are too stupid to understand what suffering is
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A great slide show of the ten most popular breeds, so just ignore the snide comments and enjoy these lovely animals. And, yes, I know that there are many rescue dogs in need of homes and that mixed-breed dogs are wonderful.

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Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa | Top News | Reuters

Bomb-sniffing elephants trained in South Africa | Top News | Reuters | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
MABULA, South Africa (Reuters) - In the South African bush, elephants are being trained in the art of bio-detection to see if they can use their exceptional sense of smell to sniff out explosives, landmines
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While I hate to see elephants put at risk and there is a risk in finding explosives or hunting poachers, it is great to realize how wonderful these animals are. The coolest thing is they don't need constant re-training the way dogs do. Elephants remember and remember. They also have an incredible sense of smell to go with those wonderful trunks.

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The Best Way to Treat Peanut Allergies? Eating Peanuts

The Best Way to Treat Peanut Allergies? Eating Peanuts | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In a breakthrough study, researchers show that it’s not only possible to tamp down allergic reactions to peanuts, but by eating small amounts of them infants can avoid getting allergic in the first place
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Peanuts are such a basic of baseball, circuses, and saloons to say nothing of great foods like M&M Peanuts and peanut butter. They are a great treat and ubiquitous. But, some people are terribly allergic. Of course those of us who received allergy shots as kids know that there can be some homeopathic treatment for allergies and welcome it. More and more medicine is learning that many illnesses are effectively disruptions due to immune reactions (such as allergies) and auto-immune reactions. Teaching the body how to regulate itself is a promising new direction for medicine.

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Another 10 Truly Amazing Tree Houses

Another 10 Truly Amazing Tree Houses | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Wanna feel like a child again? Then take a look at these cool treehouses that are going to make you feel eleven again. (amazing tree, amazing houses, tree houses)
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Perhaps because I never had a tree house, I love to see what others have created. While the tree house restaurant in the picture isn't a real tree, it stuck me as so creative that I had to lead with it.

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Confidential to the White House: You guys are misspelling ‘February’

Confidential to the White House: You guys are misspelling ‘February’ | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

February not "Febuary," and the "r" is pronounced as in Feb-ru-ar-y

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While it is funny to see the White House making the silliest of mistakes over and over, those of us born in the second and shortest month take it seriously. Did you know that Feb"r"uary was named after the Roman festival of purification called Februa where during which people ritually washed. There is a Roman god called Februus, but he is named after the festival, not the other way around.

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Why Pot Gives People the Munchies

Why Pot Gives People the Munchies | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It may be the most notorious side-effect of smoking dope — that sudden urge to eat anything and everything in the house. It starts with corn chips but takes ...
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Interesting stuff here. Of course there are those of us who don't need marijuana to give us the munchies.

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Adulthood begins at 25, says new research

Adulthood begins at 25, says new research | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

“Kidults” could be a better term for those in their twenties, according to research which suggests that people do not become adults until about 25.

The adolescent desires of sensation-seeking and novelty in the brain increase as individuals leave home and fend for themselves, Beatriz Luna, a psychiatrist the Pittsburgh School of Medicine, believes.

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I don't care; I'm staying six forever and ever more. Meanwhile, this is interesting stuff if you like neurology.

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Government proposes post-coital smoking ban | NewsBiscuit

Government proposes post-coital smoking ban | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Heterosexual couples who light up after sex will face hefty fines under a proposed new law to protect unborn children. The latest scientific research has indicated that after orgasm, smoking can impede sperm-rich semen in its journey towards the cervix, slowing it down by an average of 1.2 miles per hour.
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And who is this guy named Tom whose job it will be to enforce the proposed law? Do we really want to pay for his binoculars?

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She gave him a kidney, he gave her his heart

She gave him a kidney, he gave her his heart | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ashley McIntyre had no idea who Danny Robinson was when she heard he was searching for a kidney.
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A real feel good story. By the way, we at It Matters Radio strongly support organ donation. Did you know that there is no financial help available to donors for their recuperation. On April 31, we will have a show about a new organization that exists for the purpose of helping those good people.

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The World War Inside Islam

The World War Inside Islam | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
In the aftermath of America’s invasion of Iraq, Norman Podhoretz, the neoconservative polemicist and editor of Commentary, wrote a long essay arguing that the battle…
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I found the following quote to be right on: "The radical Islamist denial of the primacy of individual choice in a secularized public space, along with the willingness of large numbers of people to kill others and themselves in order to destroy that way of being, poses a fundamental challenge to the West" Does that mean we should continue ineffectual war against extreme Islam, continue to support the current regimes of Muslim countries — regimes that are often corrupt, or perhaps try to encourage a new approach within Islam — an approach that encourages individualism along with conformity with basic Muslim values. This is an essay worth the reading.

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