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Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline

Brain Aging Linked to Sleep-Related Memory Decline | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A report in Nature Neuroscience suggests that natural physical changes interfere with quality slumber, blunting the ability to remember new information for the long term.
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If I could remember what the article said, I'd probably be impressed. Seriously, this is fairly obvious stuff except that they didn't do the right control, training a group of elderly until their pre-sleep performance was equal to the younger group. If the amount of slow-wave sleep is essential, then meditation and hypnosis may become at least paliative.

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You be the Judge. Sleep deprivation does effect memory and physical ailment effects sleep so what are the answers?

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2 innocent men freed after 39 years in prison

2 innocent men freed after 39 years in prison | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
CLEVELAND — After 39 years behind bars for a 1975 murder they didn't commit, two men were released from prison Friday. Ricky Jackson, 57, and Wiley Bridgeman, 60, were both released at separate court hearings.
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So how will Cleveland and the state of Ohio now take care of these men? Clearly, they can not give them those years back. Clearly, they can not give them the wives and children they may have had around them. Clearly, they can not give them the memories of wonderful days, of a child's birth, or anything. Will they at least make sure these three men (because there is a third who was freed earlier) don't have to worry about surviving, about having a job, about eking out a living with no skills and not resume? Will they at least make sure that these three men can have decent homes, cars, clothes, food? And will there be any repercussions against the now retired police officers who perpetrated this lie to clear a case and get that credit?

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House panel finds no intelligence failure in Benghazi attacks

House panel finds no intelligence failure in Benghazi attacks | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Republican-led House panel’s findings after a two-year probe conclude that the CIA and the military responded appropriately to the deadly attacks on U.S. facilities in Libya in 2012.
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So after all the whoop and holler, bottom line is it was a tragic event but not a source of culpability. Now here's the real question, why did the Republicans make such a big deal out of it when I knew what the conclusions were going to be very soon after the events? Perhaps there should be an investigation into the political motives of investigations.

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No, Your Ancestors Didn’t Come Here Legally

No, Your Ancestors Didn’t Come Here Legally | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
I guarantee you’ll hear the phrase “My ancestors came here legally” in the aftermath of President Obama’s immigration address. It’s almost impossible to find any conversation about immigration—between elected officials, pundits, online commenters—in which at least one participant doesn’t use the phrase. It’s an understandable position, through which the speaker can both defend his or her family history and critique current illegal immigrants who choose to do things differently. It helps deflect
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Before you talk about illegal aliens  you really should read this article. Most of our ancestors came to this country not legally but simply came. There were no laws about it, so they weren't legal or illegal. So let's keep perspective on what we are saying.

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Egg freezing’s popularity is booming, but it’s a choice that offers no guarantees

Egg freezing’s popularity is booming, but it’s a choice that offers no guarantees | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Among urban women in their 30s, egg freezing is trending. But the choice is hardly a perfect one.
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For those, like myself, who consider Gracia Lorca's "Yerma" to be one of the great plays of all drama, this story evokes a challenge: to write a play that captures the humanity and pain of a woman faced not with her own barrenness but with the absence of a suitable mate and/or opportunity. What does having a child mean?

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Terror threat raised as Cotswolds Vicar declares Church of England Caliphate | NewsBiscuit

Terror threat raised as Cotswolds Vicar declares Church of England Caliphate | NewsBiscuit | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
With much of the world distracted by the campaign against ISIS in the Middle East, Britain faces a new home-grown terror threat, after Stow-In- the-Wold vicar Jeremy Blythe pronounced an independent Anglican Caliphate stretching across much of rural Oxfordshire. ‘We have seized control of the parish councils of Stow, Coln St Aldwyns and Daglingworth,' announced Blythe this morning, ’and as I speak, our forces are advancing on Shipston on Stour.’
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Oh the terror of it: being forced to eat cucumber sandwiches with the crusts removed. 

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Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish?

Why do pigs oink in English, boo boo in Japanese, and nöff-nöff in Swedish? | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
It’s not just pigs, the onomatopoeia we apply to most animal sounds varies delightfully across different tongues. What does this reveal about our relationship with language?
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This one is for the language lovers among my friends and followers. I so enjoyed it that I shouted "bravo!" at the end. Now, I hear my stuffed moose calling me. My best capture of his sound. "MMMRhumPh." I think he wants me to go back to sleep, or perhaps it is my wife getting up.

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Firestorm Erupts in Anti-Smoking Massachusetts Town

Firestorm Erupts in Anti-Smoking Massachusetts Town | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Residents of Westminster object to becoming the first in the country to ban the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco.
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The question of prohibition raised once again. What is it in our country, don't we get it yet? We shouldn't be prohibiting the rights of individuals unless they directly impact the well-being of others. My belief: From the right or the left, prohibition is wrong. Smoke just not around others. Drink your Big Gulp. Go to the bar, but don't drive afterwards. Buy a gun, but not if you can't use it without harming people. Have an abortion if you must. Light up that joint, but recognize it might have neurological consequences We have as a society the right and obligation to try to educate you, to explain why your smoking is self-harmful, why drinking that soda is the same, why that abortion is (in our view) morally wrong, how to handle that gun, what addiction is. BUT we must not presume the right to impose our views on your individual behavior if it doesn't directly affect others. Prohibition was wrong when it was about drinking, and it is still the wrong approach for America. What is great is that the people of this small town in Massachusetts are ready to fight for individual liberty. That is the ultimate American value.

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Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men's chances of being homosexual. But the results aren't strong enough to prove it.
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Is there anyone left who doesn't know that homosexuality is the result of genetics and not some choice? Well, anyone outside of places like Uganda and the American religious right where they don't believe that God actually works through the laws of science?

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In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now.

In 125 Years, Millions Of People Have Looked At This Painting. No One Really Saw It Until Now. | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

I know Van Gogh was a genius. If the point of this were "Van Gogh was a mad genius," I would not be sharing this with you.

 

But I found this and I thought, "Oh, what a vaguely interesting thing." And then I got to the part about the Hubble Space Telescope, and, let me tell you: Mind. Blown.

 

We've got the set up here, but you have to watch the video for the full effect. It's all the way at the bottom.

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Although Van Gogh's ear was cut off in a dual, not a psychotic state, the rest of this piece is great for those who love art and those who love science.

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Broody New Englander: Kenneth A. Weene,

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Ready to buy, the paperback format. Kindle to follow shortly. They are even giving a slight discount for you early purchasers, so get your copy today.

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Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health

Unlikely Pets That Improve Your Health | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Every pet has the possibility of bringing joy and healing. So let's hear it for those goldfish and hamsters, those guinea pigs and tarantulas.

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The Invention of Sliced Bread

The Invention of Sliced Bread | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Sliced bread: the greatest thing since...sliced bread.
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Makes me want a PB&J right now. Great read about fun stuff.

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47-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Horse, Unborn Foal Unveiled - NBC News

47-Million-Year-Old Fossil of Horse, Unborn Foal Unveiled  - NBC News | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
MAINZ, Germany — Paleontologists have unveiled images of a 47-million-year-old fossil of a horse and its unborn foal. The fossil has provided scientists with...
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Little thing, about the size of an average dog, but with a great future—the modern horse. Love paleontology.

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7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population

7 charts that explain the undocumented immigrant population | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
A vast and diverse group, by the numbers.
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Just who are these undocumented immigrants Mr. Obama is talking about? Well, for one thing many of them are Asian, they are young. For another they make up a significant portion of our work force. For a third, they have many children. Oh, and the President who was most derelict in protecting our borders (as measured by when undocumented immigrants came to the States): Mr. Bush. Yeah, that guy.

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HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease

HIV drugs show promise in treating common eye disease | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly. HIV drugs called nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs), including AZT and three others, blocked age-related macular degeneration in mice and worked well in experiments involving human retinal cells in the laboratory, researchers said on Thursday. In HIV-infected people, NRTIs blo
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Having watched my father lose his eyesight to macular degeneration, I am excited to hear that treatment is being found. Nothing is more precious to age than the ability to at least watch what is happening in ones world. Be it watching people, television, or perhaps reading a good book: eyesight is a truly precious gift.

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O'Reilly To Undocumented Journalist: 'You Don't Deserve To Be Here' (VIDEO)

O'Reilly To Undocumented Journalist: 'You Don't Deserve To Be Here' (VIDEO) | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
While discussing President Obama's executive actions on immigration Thursday night, Fox News host Bill O'Reilly told journalist and activist Jose Antonio Vargas that he and other undocumented immigrants "don't deserve to be here."
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This exchange is possibly the best expression of the two sides I have found. One is a man sitting on his sense of entitlement and not understanding that the other has no such sense only a reality of where he has lived and where he loves. The other, full of respect and talent, trying to explain that life is not always fair to people but certainly not trying to defend actions that might not have been right, that certainly were not according to law, but which in many cases represented either desperation or simply (as in his case) being a child whose parents made a decision. Personally, I would prefer to have people like O'Reilly leave and have Vargas stay. But of course, I'm a bleeding heart when it comes to people with heart.

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10 Hilarious Misconceptions People Actually Believe - ODDEE

10 Hilarious Misconceptions People Actually Believe - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it

Most of these items are about computing aWe are surrounded by science and technology. Thanks to the intricate complexities of both, we sometimes have some hilarious misconceptions.

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Most of these items are about computing and may just help clarify some of your thinking. No matter if you don't know them all, they are worth knowing and fun to know what others don't know.

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5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry

5 Things to Know About the Woman Charles Manson Might Marry | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The convicted murderer was granted a marriage license
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I find the women who fall in love with "bad boys" to be fascinating. It is a clinical study I always wanted to do, but never followed up on. Is it a fantasy of saving and redeeming, of sharing the impulsive and destructive behavior, or just a projection of some kind of special sexual powers? My hypothesis is that it's the latter. I did have a client once who fell in love with a mafioso because his she was turned on by the feel of his gun when they danced. Now that was a disaster.

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12 Funny Restaurant Names - ODDEE

12 Funny Restaurant Names - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From Thai Tanic to Bread Zeppelin, these pun-tastic restaurant names will leave you hungry for more laughs.
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With the exception of the last picture, I thought these funny enough to share. My favorite, Juan in a Million. Where would you go to eat?

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Save ten percent if you order Broody now. Of course, you can add some of my other books and get free shipping, too.

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Wife: Groom died on way to get bottle of moonshine

Wife: Groom died on way to get bottle of moonshine | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
Ruth Bloomberg says friend was driving them to get bottle when he lost control of truck.
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There has to be a great short story in here. Their wedding present was a bottle of moonshine? Got to love that. Now, I've had good shine, but I wouldn't drive a hundred miles an hour to get a jug. Eighty five will do just fine. Of course, there were four folks in that pickup cab, and they may have been doing a bit more than just heading for the still. Yep, there's a story here.

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Border collie is named man's bestfriend

Border collie is named man's bestfriend | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
The Border collie came top of the study which ranked each breed on cost, intelligence, health, lifespan, and ease of grooming.
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For my part I love Airedales and Cardigan Welsh Corgis, but all dogs are great.

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10 Coolest Coffee Shops - ODDEE

10 Coolest Coffee Shops - ODDEE | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
From having a drink with goats to doing so while seated in hammocks, check out ten cafes where the least important thing is their coffee.
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I figured we could all use a good cup of joe this morning. Here are a few unusual places to order that cappuccino.

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Autistic man spends 20 years converting his home into kitty heaven

Autistic man spends 20 years converting his home into kitty heaven | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
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Now this guy is a real cat lover. If you're into cats, you want to take a look at this piece.

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Dyslexie: the chubby-ankled font that makes reading easier for dyslexics

Dyslexie: the chubby-ankled font that makes reading easier for dyslexics | enjoy yourself | Scoop.it
By weighing down the characters and distorting similar letters, this new typeface pins words firmly to the page
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If this actually makes it easier for dyslexics to read, it will be a wonderful contribution not only to education but to mental health. So often reading has been a devastating roadblock in the development of self-esteem.

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