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Weightlifter shot, says dumbbell dropped on bullet

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(04-13) 06:40 PDT Modesto, Calif. (AP) -- A California weightlifter says he accidentally shot himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet. The man was wounded in the shoulder. Modesto police investigators say the man's story is suspicious, but not impossible.

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Gravity Hill - Altadena, CA

Directions to Altadena's Gravity Hill: very cool to experience first hand: From Highway 210 in Pasadena, head north on Lake Avenue. Turn right onto Altadena Drive. Turn left onto Porter and go until it ends at E. Loma Alta Dr. Turn left on Loma Alta. Go over a few dips, and around a couple of corners. Go up the hill and right around the second sign for Sunnyoaks. You will be facing "downhill," evergreen trees to your left with something that resembles a flood control channel past that, a wall of rock and dirt to your right. If you go over a bridge after curving to the left you've gone too far.

 

 

[Spoiler alert: http://physicsandphysicists.blogspot.com/2008/08/gravity-hill-breaks-law-of-gravity.html ]

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Unemployment benefits not sought by jobless - NOW - Concordia University

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Recent headlines have made much of a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor that 11 per cent of all unemployment benefits were overpaid between 2009-11. But new research from Concordia University proves that uncollected benefits represent a much larger dollar figure than overpayments. In a study commissioned by the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank, Concordiaeconomics professor David Fuller examines the U.S. unemployment insurance system's expenditures from 1989 through 2011. With the help of Concordia colleague Damba Lkhagvasuren, Fuller and his co-authors crunched the numbers and proved that overpayments represent a far smaller amount than uncollected benefits. These benefits may be unclaimed due to any number of reasons; from employees being unaware that they’re eligible to individuals believing their unemployment will be too short-lived to justify making a claim. 

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The Trail of Tiramisu

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"It's not a big invention," said Carminantonio Iannaccone in a lilting Italian accent. "It's not like the telephone. (Who is he kidding?)

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In Defense of Food: Review

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Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food might best be described as a book which fares best when judged by its cover. Below the title, a reader finds some dietary advice which is not a bad place t...
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Free Online Pregnancy Test

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Think you may be pregnant?

If you're concerned that you may be pregnant, take our free online pregnancy test from the privacy of your own home. No messy "stick" tests, no waiting, and best of all, our online pregnancy test results are guaranteed!

 

(Be sure to read the "How It Works" page if you're concerned the Remote Sensor Technology could hurt a fetus.)

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Study Sheds Light On Gluten Sensitivity

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A new study says gluten sensitivity much more vague than Celiac disease. Researchers compared blood samples and intestinal biopsies from 42 subjects with confirmed celiac disease, 26 with suspected gluten sensitivity and 39 healthy controls. Those with gluten sensitivity didn't have the flattened villi, or the "leaky" intestinal walls seen in the subjects with celiac disease. The incidence of celiac disease is rising sharply—and not just due to greater awareness. Tests comparing old blood samples to recent ones show the rate has increased four-fold in the last 50 years, to at least 1 in 133 Americans.

 

"People aren't born with [Celiac]. Something triggers it and with this dramatic rise in all ages, it must be something pervasive in the environment," says Joseph A. Murray, a gastroenterologist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. One possible culprit: agricultural changes to wheat that have boosted its protein content.

 

Gluten sensitivity, also known as gluten intolerance, is much more vague [than Celiac].

 

The growing market for gluten-free foods, with sales estimated at $2.6 billion last year, has made it even harder to distinguish a medical insight from a fad,

 

Some experts think as many as 1 in 20 Americans may have some form of it, but there is no test or defined set of symptoms.

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Newly discovered Mayan calendar goes way past 2012

Newly discovered Mayan calendar goes way past 2012 | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it
Maya astronomers left calculations on walls pointing to a future long after 2012, the year expected to be the end of the world.
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'Help, I'm stuck in a wardrobe': Woman called 999 after getting stuck in flat-pack unit

'Help, I'm stuck in a wardrobe': Woman called 999 after getting stuck in flat-pack unit | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

One firefighter called to the strange scene said: ‘She wasn’t that unhappy as she had her cigarettes with her while she was waiting to be rescued.'

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Weightlifter shot, says dumbbell dropped on bullet

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(04-13) 06:40 PDT Modesto, Calif. (AP) -- A California weightlifter says he accidentally shot himself by dropping a dumbbell on a bullet. The man was wounded in the shoulder. Modesto police investigators say the man's story is suspicious, but not impossible.

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If Shakespeare Had Twitter

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It's hard to imagine what it would be like to follow Shakespeare. While these poems are a far cry from his escalated word-smithery, they are still very entertaining.
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The Oregon Vortex: House of Mystery

The Oregon Vortex: House of Mystery | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

The Oregon Vortex is a spherical field of force, half above the ground and half below the ground. The word "vortex" simply means a whirpool of force, like a whirling mass of water. The Phenomena that gives The Oregon Vortex its name are evident throughout the entire area. Nowhere in the circle do you normally stand erect. Inevitably the visitor assumes a posture that inclines toward magnetic north.  As another person, on a level platform, recedes from you towards magnetic south, they appear taller. When they approach you, coming towards magnetic north, they become shorter. This is contrary to the laws of perspective, as we know it, and must be seen to be believed.

 

~Via Samantha Cloer

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Weird California - Bubblegum Alley

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Bubblegum Alley located on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo is simply an alley that the locals have decided to completely cover with partially chewed bubblegum. Apparently it received its first glob of gum back in the 1950s. Now, the entire alley from Higuera Street back to the parking lot beyond is plastered over with a variety of different colors and flavors of gum.

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Here's why woodpeckers don't get concussions - msnbc.com

Here's why woodpeckers don't get concussions - msnbc.com | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

The findings could be important for preventing brain injuries in humans. Each year, more than 1 million people in the United States alone sustain and survive a traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 50,000 people die of their injuries. Understanding the microstructures of the woodpecker's skull could help scientists develop better protective headgear for sports and dangerous work, the researchers wrote. 

 

[Editorial note from GTF(Y): Poor little guys. I wonder how many woodpeckers it will take to make one sports helmet?)

 

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Investigating the bystander effect using virtual reality

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The bystander effect is well-known in behavioural psychology and suggests that the more people who witnessing a violent emergency the less likely it is that someone will intervene.

 

The participants intervene significantly more if they are of the same group affiliation as the victim.



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Israel rejects NRA's guns-in-schools claim

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NRA claimed Israel was example of guns in schools working; Israel says it's for terrorists, and has gun-control laws stricter than U.S.

Gun lobbyists who might think Israel hands out guns freely to keep its citizens safe might be less enamored of Israel's actual gun laws, which are much stricter than those in the U.S. For one thing, notes Yakov Amit, head of the firearms licensing department at the Ministry of Public Security, Israeli law does not guarantee the right to bear arms as the U.S. Constitution does. 

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Animal Evolution Theory Altered

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New work by Dr. Stuart A. Newman, professor of cell biology and anatomy at New York Medical College, develops a concept that dramatically alters one of the basic assumptions of the theory of evolution.

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Heavy Cannabis smokers under 18 'risk lower IQ'

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Young people who smoke cannabis run the risk of a significant reduction in their IQ, according to one of the largest studies ever carried out. While the reduction is assumed to be "irreversible," it's not clear from this report whether specific methods for increasing IQ were attempted.

One researcher commented, "It is such a special study that I'm fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains."


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Interesting that it's specific to the under 18 use, according to the researchers. One of them said "It is such a special study that I'm fairly confident that cannabis is safe for over-18 brains, but risky for under-18 brains." Much like alcohol use, it seems.
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Oral Immunotherapy Shows Promise as Treatment for Egg Allergy

Oral Immunotherapy Shows Promise as Treatment for Egg Allergy | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

The study is one of several federally funded trials of oral immunotherapy (OIT), an approach in which a person with food allergy consumes gradually increasing amounts of the allergenic food as a way to treat the allergy

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Hungry Jack syrup truck spills onto Buttermilk Pike

Hungry Jack syrup truck spills onto Buttermilk Pike | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

(~Via Mike Walsh) A highway truck accident never sounded so delicious. A semitrailer hauling Hungry Jack pancake syrup collided with a highway median at the Buttermilk Pike overpass in northern Kentucky, causing the truckload of syrup to spill all over the highway. Luckily, no one was hurt, but it certainly was a sticky situation for a while there.

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Hen lays healthy 'eggless' chick

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A hen in Sri Lanka gives birth to a live chick without an egg, in a new twist on the age-old question of which came first.
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Food's Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie - Forbes

Food's Biggest Scam: The Great Kobe Beef Lie - Forbes | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it

It is impossible to say exactly what you are getting in your "Kobe" slider, or $100 Faux-be strip, but one thing is certain - it is not Japanese Kobe beef. For the past two years, it has not been any kind of Japanese beef at all.

 

~Via Laura Cloer

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Does your high-speed crawler need a helmet?

Does your high-speed crawler need a helmet? | Get the Facts (Yourself) | Scoop.it
Seems some parents are so concerned about the rate at which their babies are ambling about the living room that they are purchasing crawling helmets for their high velocity tots. (No, these aren't helmets for head-shaping or other medical needs; they're just to protect babies from hitting their heads while doing normal baby activities.) If your baby can’t face the rigors of crawling, how will your toddler learn to walk?
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Clue to male baldness discovered

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The discovery of a biological trigger for male baldness raises hopes for developing new treatments.

 

[Hopes? Did they say hopes? Please--women know that male baldness is related to testosterone. And who doesn't like a little testosterone. Just ask Christine Lavin.]


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Newborn baby found alive in morgue 12 hours after being declared dead

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A newborn in Argentina was found very much alive in a morgue by her mother 12 hours after hospital staff had declared the baby dead.
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Weird News Stories: Restaurant on an Active Volcano

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Weird News Stories: Restaurant on an Active Volcano. 8:42 PM azmariah. Located on a Spanish island called Lanzarote, northwest of Morocco, El Diablo is a unique restaurant where the chefs have access to a volcano of their own.


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