All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘OMG’

Study: Most Herbal Supplements Contain No Herbs

The New York Times noted a study last week from a Canadian research team claiming roughly three out of four herbal supplements contain little more than weeds or powdered rice. The research team used a test called DNA barcoding, which has previously been used to uncover fraudulent seafood labeling, on 44 bottles of herbal supplements from 12 companies they, upon …

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Skydiver Planes Collide; Everyone Jumps to Safety

It was supposed to be an exciting weekend until everything went terrifyingly wrong in a split second for two planes, each full of excited skydivers. CNN reports that those two planes endured a mid-air collision, but everyone on both planes safely landed on the ground. Miraculously, only two passengers were injured in the crash! The crash took place last weekend …

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Study Confirms Humans Came From Africa Using… Herpes

Scientists have debated, since such discussions were made permissible, the origins of the human species: did we come from Asia? Africa? Maybe even the Middle East? Until very recently, many of these theories had equal merit. However, a study of the complete genetic code of the herpes simplex virus type one (HSV-1), notorious for its oral cold sores, has confirmed …

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New Study: Our Brains Need Sleep To Clean Themselves

NPR reports that a new study from University of Rochester researchers may explain not only why we so desperately need sleep, but also the role sleep plays in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. A study of mouse brains that were asleep showed that cerebrospinal fluid flows to the brain quite rapidly while mammals are asleep, and the team speculated that the fluid …

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Higgs Boson Team Wins Nobel Prize for Physics

LiveScience and Reuters both report that Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium have been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for physics yesterday. Their prediction of the Higgs boson’s existence helps to explain how the stars and planets formed from elementary matter. LiveScience managing editor Jeanna Bryner said that early Nobel forecasts were predicting the win for Higgs …

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Weird Toxic Lake in Tanzania Turns Animals Into Statues

The New Scientist reports that a bizarre lake in northern Tanzania is turning animals into calcified statues. Lake Natron, named for the compound that occurs naturally in its waters, looks like a description directly out of Dante’s Divine Comedy: a black, sullen swamp where the cruel and vindictive meet their fate, although the birds who perish there could hardly be …

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Colorado Floods: Over 1200 Are Still Missing

Colorado has been hit with some disastrous flooding that devastated several areas including Boulder. The Denver Post reported this morning that the historic floods have killed at least six people, but the truly terrifying figure is the state’s 1,253 missing persons who are unaccounted for, many of whom are presumed dead. FEMA deployed two Incident Management Assistance Teams with accompanying …

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Euro 2012 Gives Us The Best OMG Gif Ever

ESPN deserves credit for their stellar presentation of the sporting event being watched by the whole world over, even the United States. No, I’m not talking about the NBA Finals, LeBron James, or Kevin Durant. While these three are indeed worthy of attention, the popularity of the NBA pretty much pales when compared to world-class soccer, especially on an international …

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James Justice Dunks His Way To A Trending Topic

Dig, if you will, a picture. No, not you and I engaged in a kiss; instead, the picture in question features a 5-10 basketball player with such leaping ability–52-inch vertical–you’d think man is actually capable of flight. That’s the mental image James Justice should have left you with after he absolutely took over ESPN’s college basketball dunk contest. While the …

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