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Not All Video Games Are Bad For Us

Upworthy | Adam Goldberg | December 3, 2015 | Technology
Video games. A time-honored way to put off homework, spend time with friends, and rewire our brains.

Psychologists Are Designing Refugee-Focused Therapies For Migrants

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | December 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
Europe's migrant crisis is forcing the advancement of new psychological therapies that go beyond existing treatments to help victims not of one traumatic event, but of multiple traumas such as rape, war and torture. Among the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing Syria, Afghanistan and other war-torn...

Mummified Heart Proves Cardiovascular Disease Is At Least 400 Years Old

Reuters | Erin Schumaker | December 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
In the ruins of a medieval convent in the French city of Rennes, archaeologists discovered five heart-shaped urns made of lead, each containing an embalmed human heart. Now, roughly four centuries after they were buried, researchers have used modern science to study these old hearts. It turns...

Researchers Use Sound To Levitate Objects And It's Amazing

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | December 3, 2015 | Technology
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See Where Google's Big New Wind And Solar Projects Will Be

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | December 3, 2015 | Business
Google is getting greener.  The Internet giant on Thursday announced an array of new wind and solar projects that nearly double its renewable energy capacity at data centers across three continents.  The announcement comes three days into the COP21 climate talks in Paris....

Hawaii Supreme Court Stops Work On Controversial Giant Telescope

The Huffington Post | Chris D'Angelo | December 2, 2015 | Politics
What was to become one of the world's largest and most advanced telescopes may not be built at all. The Hawaii Supreme Court on Wednesday invalidated a construction permit for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope to be built atop the Big Island's Mauna Kea mountain. The justices...

New Trauma Therapy May Help Yazidi Survivors Of ISIS Massacre

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | December 3, 2015 | World
The Islamic State militant group’s rampage through northern Iraq over the past year has left a deeply traumatized population in its wake. Survivors' needs are so overwhelming that organizations are coming up with creative ways to help. “I know 70-year-olds who cannot sleep, women...

Why Destroying The Death Star Was A Major Mistake

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | December 2, 2015 | Entertainment
You don't necessarily have to wait for the Dec. 18 release of "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" to find out what happened after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the second Death Star. You just have to read an economics paper written by Zachary Feinstein, a professor of financial...

No One Admits They 'Text-Walk.' Everyone Admits It's A Bad Idea.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | December 2, 2015 | Healthy Living
People who simultaneously text and walk are "annoying as hell," as The Huffington Post reported back in July. There's scientific evidence to support this claim. And now a survey from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons confirms that 78 percent of U.S. adults find the habit not just annoying, but also a "serious" issue. The problem? Few of us actually cop to doing it.   While 74 percent of Americans say "other people" engage in distracted walking, only 29 percent own up to doing it themselves. Clearly, the math doesn't add up.  The majority is right about one thing: Distracted walking is a dangerous thing to do. A 2012 study found that texting walkers were 61 percent more likely to stray off course than those who walked without technological distractions. That can have occasionally injurious consequences. For example, one woman fell into a mall fountain while on her phone and a man in the Philadelphia area stumbled over a train platform, head first onto the tracks (fortunately, he climbed back out).  "Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping into other walkers, or stepping into traffic causing a rising number of injuries -- from scrapes and bruises to sprains and fractures," AAOS spokesperson Alan Hilibrand said in a statement.  The research found that women age 55 and old are most likely to sustain serious injuries from digital deadwalking, while millennials are least likely to be hurt -- even though this group of distracted digital devotees is reported to engage in the behavior more often.  What've we learned here today? Just don't do it. No matter what you believe, humans do not have a knack for multi-tasking, and being on the phone all the time isn't good for anybody.  Allow the activity of walking from point A to point B to be the main event. (Smell those roses!) If you don't, you're more than likely to miss out on an Instagram-worthy shot. #NotWinning. Now tell the truth: For tips on being a better pedestrian and more information about how Americans text, check out the infographic from AAOS below.  Related on...

Songbird's Secret Dancing Skills Seen For First Time In Stunning Slow-Mo

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | December 3, 2015 | Science
Want to see some impressive tap dancing? Just watch songbirds woo each other. An international team of researchers recently captured incredible slow-motion footage of the blue-capped cordon bleu's courtship behavior. The clip above shows two birds bobbing and singing -- which scientists have long known they do -- and reveals a dance that hasn't been seen before, National Geographic reported. "We thought that we found a secret, as we had been puzzled by the fact that only cordon-blues (but not other Estrildid finches) made conspicuous sounds when hopping," said Dr. Masayo Soma, a co-author of the research published last month in Scientific Reports and an associate professor at Hokkaido University in Japan. Soma and her colleagues used a high-speed camera to analyze the courtship displays of 16 blue-capped cordon bleu songbirds. They discovered that both male and female birds appear to "tap dance," and that their dancing increases in speed when a bird they're trying to mate with is perched nearby. The motions are so fast that they can't be seen by the naked human eye. The researchers concluded that the tap dancing may add attractive sounds to the birds' courtship displays, or possibly send secret signals to another bird. "Usually in songbirds, complex acoustic features were preferred as sexual signals. So, cordon-blues may add sounds using their feet," Soma said. "Another idea is that signals that can be conveyed by multiple modalities are efficient. Tap dancing can serve as auditory, visual or tactile signal." The researchers noted that more studies are needed to better understand how the singing, bobbing and dancing behaviors are all coordinated. "We still do not know why only cordon bleus show tap dancing and other related birds do not perform it," Soma said. "It is even more surprising that both males and females possess the same behavioral features, given that generally males are more ornamented and show more exaggerated sexual displays." Dr. Will Allen, a behavioral ecologist at the University of Hull in England who was not involved in the research, told BBC News the newly discovered tap dancing is a "very cool behavior" but that he was keen to see it explored in more detail. "We already know that several non-passerine birds perform similar elaborate, multimodal duets and that many passerines duet in song," he said. "What's new here is that there's a passerine species -- a songbird -- that is duetting in both song and dance," he added. "This study is an important first step, but we don't know whether the receiver prefers mates that display these dancing movements, or even that the receiver is sensitive to them. There are some suggestions here that they might, but without an experimental-type design, we can't work that out." Also on...

Heaviest Rainfall In Southern India In More Than A Century Causes Major Flooding

The Huffington Post | Nadya Agrawal | December 2, 2015 | World
Massive flooding following record levels of rainfall in Tamil Nadu, a state in Southern India, is forcing thousands of people in the state capital of Chennai out of their homes. In Chennai, which has a population of about 4.5 million people, factories have been closed, power has been turned off and...

Are You A Risk Taker? You May Be More Intelligent

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | December 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
Meet your new reason to skydive or pursue your "crazy" dream: People who take chances may have a more developed brain than their cautious counterparts, according to a new small study. Scientists from the Scandinavian research organization SINTEF and the University of Turku...

This Woman Reeled In A 1,305-Pound Marlin In Under 15 Minutes

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | December 2, 2015 | Sports
Jada Holt is a reel expert.  Holt, an expert angler from Hawaii, was fishing off the coast of Ascension Island in the South Atlantic on Saturday when she hooked a whopping 1,305-pound blue marlin. What's more, Holt and her boat crew, which included her dad...

A Simple Guide To Building An Economy That Won't Destroy The Planet

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | December 2, 2015 | Business
You recycle your plastic iced tea bottles. Of course you carry a reusable bottle for water. You compost the scraps from your locally sourced, organically grown vegetables. You hardly ever eat red meat. You carpool to work in your electric car. You bike on the weekends. But you're still doing...

'The Daily Show' Searches For A 'Real, Non-Douchey' Hoverboard

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | December 2, 2015 | Comedy
This is surely going to be the Christmas of the hoverboard. Or wheelie-board. Or hovering board with wheels? Ugh, anyway ... Why are these things called hoverboards when they don't actually hover? Is there an actual hoverboard -- a board which hovers off the ground -- out...

Scientists Warn Climate Change Will Trigger Rise In Terrifying Illness

Chris D'Angelo | December 2, 2015 | Science
As if rising sea levels, extreme weather and a host of other drastic environmental impacts weren't enough, scientists are now predicting that global climate change will lead to an increase in ciguatera -- a nasty and incurable foodborne illness. Ciguatera is caused by eating tropical reef fish (such as grouper,...

Humanity Is A Tiny Speck On This Timeline Of The Universe

Jacqueline Howard | December 3, 2015 | Science
A lot has happened in the history of the universe, and humanity is just a minuscule portion of that mind-bogglingly long timeline. Martin Vargic, a designer and artist from Slovakia, recently visualized the entire 13.8-billion year history of the universe -- including predictions for the next 10...

Conservatives Have A New Way To Attack Planned Parenthood: Go After Universities

Tyler Kingkade | December 2, 2015 | Politics
A conservative religious group in Colorado is suing Colorado State University and a local Planned Parenthood, claiming the two are in a "conspiracy" to get around a state law forbidding the use of taxpayer dollars to subsidize abortions.  The Faith & Freedom Coalition of Colorado filed a lawsuit...

Oil-Rich Dubai Pledges To Put Solar Panels On Every Roof By 2030

Alexandra Ma | December 2, 2015 | World
As diplomats and delegates from 195 countries converge in Paris this week to help fight climate change, the oil-rich city of Dubai also wants to do its part. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the vice president...

Drone Footage Shows The Harsh Reality Of Rising Sea Levels

Damon Beres | December 2, 2015 | Technology
In the next 40 years, millions of people may lose their homes because of rising water levels brought on by global warming.  To illustrate this problem, The New York Times on Wednesday published startling footage of the Marshall Islands. Residents of...