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German nudist chases down boar who snatched his laptop

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BERLIN (AP) — A German nudist had the last laugh after giving chase to a wild boar that had run off with a bag containing his laptop.  Pictures posted on social media show the naked man running after a sow and her two piglets to the mirth of fellow bathers at Berlin's Teufelssee, or Devil's Lake. Adele Landauer,  an actor and coach who says she took the pictures, wrote that the pigs first helped themselves to somebody's pizza before grabbing the bag. When the owner realized what had ha...
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How Odd: North Carolina Odd News Stories

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Wnctimes looks for odd stories to share, and today it's all about Odd News Stories. You know, stories that make you think 'How Odd!' ATM Stolen  So, it would be odd enough for someone to steal an ATM, ritght? This story has another twist. This ATM machine was stolen with a excavator, that was stolen! Makes one wonder, what kind of person steals a whole ATM and who would take an excavator to steal it? Wouldn't you want to make a sneak attack? An excavator is huge, noisy and then, to dig out ...
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Crepey Skin? A Surprising Cause and 4 Expert Fixes

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Feeling thin-skinned? You can reverse, delay the damage Cleavland Clinic Health Essentials As we grow older, our skin can gradually become more loose and flaccid. But when skin begins to feel thin as paper, or like crepe, the most common cause isn't age, says dermatologist Amy Kassouf, MD. Unlike wrinkles around the eyes and mouth (that result from repeated muscle movements), crepey skin typically can be traced to sun damage.  Over time, exposure to the sun breaks down elastin, th...
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Trump Tweet 'Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote?'

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This morning, President Trump asks if the election should be delayed.
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The hair-raising reason for goosebumps

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Science Daily: Date: July 20, 2020Source: Harvard UniversitySummary:Researchers have discovered that the cells that cause goosebumps are also important for regulating the stem cells that regenerate hair. In the skin, the muscle that contracts to create goosebumps is necessary to bridge the sympathetic nerve's connection to hair follicle stem cells. The sympathetic nerve reacts to cold by contracting the muscle and causing goosebumps in the short term, and by driving stem cell activatio...
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Kids' Ghost Stories: Girl at the Underpass

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North Carolina Secretary of State Legends and Ghost Stories Kids' Page  Not long ago, but before interstate highways ran around towns and cities, a young man left Greensboro late one night to drive to his old home in Lexington.  At that time, just east of Jamestown, the old road dipped through a tunnel under the train tracks. The young man knew the road well, but it was a thick foggy night in early summer and he drove cautiously, especially when he neared the Jamestown underpass. ...
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Quick Chicken Picatta Recipe

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Taste of Home Recipes! Quick Chicken Piccata Quick chicken recipes make dinner a breeze. Laced with lemon and simmered in white wine, this stovetop entree is super easy and elegant. Almost any side—noodles, veggies or bread—tastes better next to this lovely chicken. —Cynthia Heil, Augusta, Georgia  Ingredients1/4 cup all-purpose flour1/2 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon pepper4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)1/4 cup butter, cubed1/4 cup white wine or chicken broth1 tablespo...
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Holograms help physicians during cardiac procedure

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 Science Daily -- Date: July 21, 2020 Source: Washington University in St. Louis Summary: A holographic display improves physician accuracy when performing a procedure to treat irregular heartbeat. FULL STORY Bringing a little bit of science fiction into an operating room, a team of engineers and physicians at Washington University in St. Louis has shown for the first time that using a holographic display improves physician accuracy when performing a procedure to treat irregular h...
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Why 'Stop Getting Tested' is trending.

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So, I looked at what was trending on Twitter and was surprised to see 'Stop Getting Tested' was trending. I thought maybe it was a play on words, that it meant just the opposite of what it said. Nope, it was something that was really said. What? Let me explain.  Republican Nino Vitale in the House of Representatives posted the following on Facebook this yesterday: Are you tired of living in a dictatorship yet? This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED! It...
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Sniffing Out Smell

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Harvard Medical School: New study reveals how the brain organizes information about odors By KEVIN JIANG -- July 2, 2020 Research The premiere of the movie Scent of Mystery in 1960 marked a singular event in the annals of cinema: the first, and last, motion picture debut "in glorious Smell-O-Vision." Hoping to wow moviegoers with a dynamic olfactory experience alongside the familiar spectacles of sight and sound, select theaters were outfitted with a Rube Goldberg-esque device that piped di...
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How old is your dog in human years? New method better than 'multiply by 7'

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Science Daily:  Date: July 2, 2020 Source: Cell Press Summary:How old is your tail-wagging bundle of joy in human years? According to the well-known ''rule of paw,'' one dog year is the equivalent of 7 years.  Now scientists say it's wrong. Dogs are much older than we think, and researchers devised a more accurate formula to calculate a dog's age based on the chemical changes in the DNA as organisms grow old. FULL STORY How old is your tail-wagging bundle of joy in ...
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Wearable-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time

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Science Daily: Science NEWS Date: June 29, 2020 The device is inexpensive, flexible and highly durableSource:University of California - Los AngelesSummary:Bioengineers have designed a glove-like device that can translate American Sign Language into English speech in real time though a smartphone app. The system includes a pair of gloves with thin, stretchable sensors that run the length of each of the five fingers. These sensors, made from electrically conducting yarns, pick up hand mo...
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Now: 2000 Fashion and Tech

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A Look at today
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Then: 1970s Fashion and Tech

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A Look Back  
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DRINKING HAS SURGED DURING THE PANDEMIC

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Where did I put my weekend? – June 21, 2020 – Dr. Sarah Johnson, medical director of Landmark Recovery, an addiction treatment program based in Louisville, Ky., with locations in the Midwest says that, virtual events aside, the lockdowns nearly put an end to social drinking.  "It's not as much going out and incorporating alcohol into a dinner or time spent with family or friends," Johnson says. "Lots of people are sitting home drinking alone now, and historically, that's been viewed as more...
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Teleportation: Important step in improving quantum computing

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Teleportation: Important step in improving quantum computingDate:June 19, 2020 Source:University of RochesterSummary:Researchers are exploring new ways of creating quantum-mechanical interactions between distant electrons. The research marks an important advance in quantum computing. FULL STORY "Beam me up" is one of the most famous catchphrases from the Star Trek series. It is the command issued when a character wishes to teleport from a remote location back to the Starship Enterprise. While hu...
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From the Ground Up: NASA Career Helps Alum Inspire Others

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June 22, 2020 Joeletta Patrick crested a small hill on Saturn Boulevard at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, to a sight that changed her life. There in the near distance, like a giant at rest, lay a Saturn V rocket — the tallest, heaviest and most powerful rocket system ever. The first humans to walk on the moon flew aboard one into space. "That beauty was sitting right there on the lawn," Joeletta says.  "That was the moment where I was like, 'Oh my God! This is NASA! This is ...
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Personality traits linked to toilet paper stockpiling

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High levels of emotionality and conscientiousness are indicators for stockpiling behaviorDate:June 12, 2020Source:Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary AnthropologySummary:People who feel more threatened by COVID-19 and rank highly on scales of emotionality and conscientiousness were most likely to stockpile toilet paper in March 2020, according to a new study. FULL STORY Following the fast spread of COVID-19 across Europe and North America in March 2020, many people began stockpiling commoditie...
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WNCTIMES United States, Then and Now: Bad Outcomes in Black Babies: Racism or Race

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National Library of Medicine -- 1991 National Center Biotechnology Information R J David 1, J W Collins Jr Affiliations expand PMID: 1842536 Pubmed  Abstract The gap between black and white infant death rates in the United States has grown over the last three decades. Epidemiologic and medical studies by investigators seeking to understand and reverse this adverse trend have been unsuccessful. Researchers have looked in vain for the combination of social and environmental risk factors that ...
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Where is the London Bridge?

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Where is the London Bridge? Obvious answer, in london, right? Nope! This has to fall under the category of "How Odd." I was really surprised to learn that not only is London Bridge not in the city of London, but it's here in the United States. So, you might think it's most likely in a place that is well known, possibly a northern state? Or at least a state with well known bodies of water...maybe? Nope! One of the last states I would think of is Arizona. Oh, Arizona, ok, what? Why?  Well, ap...
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