Scientists to the rescue. According to writer Richard Gray, scientists have found a way to dislodge those annoying tunes that play on an endless loop inside our heads.
"The solution can be to solve some tricky anagrams to force the intrusive music out of your working memory allowing the music to be replaced with other more amenable thoughts. 'The key is to find something that will give the right level of challenge,' says Dr Ira Hyman, a music psychologist at Western Washington… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 29, 2013 at 1:55pm —
Originally published Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:05 AM
It's a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans' everyday lives, performing countless useful functions.
By JOAN LOWY Associated Press
WASHINGTON —It's a good bet that in the not-so-distant future aerial drones will be part of Americans' everyday lives, performing countless useful functions.
A far cry from the killing machines whose missiles incinerate terrorists,… Continue
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By REX W. HUPPKE — Chicago Tribune
CHICAGO — At about age 6, there was dissonance in Jae's life.
"I started to play with dolls and to do all these things that girls would do," Jae said. "But people would say, 'Why are you doing that? You're not supposed to do that.' And I thought, 'I'm just doing what I want to do.'"
Jae is anatomically a boy. But at the age when most children begin to differentiate between the sexes, the trappings of boyhood seemed undesirable.… Continue
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BY NICOLE WINFIELD, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MARCH 28, 2013 5:51 PM
ROME - In his most significant break with tradition yet, Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of two young women at a juvenile detention centre — a surprising departure from church rules that restrict the Holy Thursday ritual to men.
No pope has ever washed the feet of a woman before, and Francis' gesture sparked a debate among some conservatives and liturgical purists, who lamented he had set a "questionable… Continue
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By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN — Associated Press
NEW HAVEN, CONN. — An arsenal of weapons including guns, a gun safe with shotgun shells, a bayonet and several swords were found in the home and car of the gunman who carried out the Newtown school shooting, according to search warrants released Thursday.
Adam Lanza killed 26 people inside Sandy Hook Elementary School and took his own life within five minutes of shooting his way into the building, State's Attorney Stephen J.… Continue
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Posted by Nick Provenza
Update at 6:50 a.m.:
HOQUIAM (AP) — Fire has engulfed a house in Hoquiam where a standoff has been under way since Wednesday with a man suspected of shooting a police officer.
Video from KOMO and KIRO TV shows this house fully involved in flames before dawn Thursday as firefighters arrived.
Video also showed police withdrawing a robot that had been used in the standoff.
There’s no immediate word on the man who was… Continue
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The Seattle City Council wants to limit pot stores and grow operations in residential and historic areas.
By Bob Young Seattle Times staff reporter
The Seattle City Council is proposing new rules for marijuana that would restrict dispensary and retail locations, as well as the size of grow operations, in an attempt to limit impacts on neighbors, particularly in residential and historic areas.
City officials started drafting the rules last year after… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 28, 2013 at 10:03am —
A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of a crime-prone area with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.
The Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. —A former mayoral candidate in Tucson, Ariz., is launching a privately funded program to provide residents of a crime-prone area with free shotguns so they can defend themselves against criminals.
Shaun McClusky says the program… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 27, 2013 at 11:58pm —
By GENE JOHNSON — Associated Press
TACOMA, WASH. — John Connelly leaned forward on his barstool, set his lips against a clear glass pipe and inhaled a white cloud of marijuana vapor.
A handful of people milled around him. Three young women stood behind the bar, ready to assist with the preparation of the bongs, as the strains of a blues band playing downstairs sounded faintly off the exposed brick walls.
"It feels so comfortable in here," said Connelly, 33.… Continue
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TORONTO - People who think the new coronavirus couldn't take off and cause a SARS-like crisis may have forgotten a phenomenon that was a game-changer during SARS — patients called superspreaders.
At present, this new coronavirus doesn't seem to spread easily from person to person, a fact which some people use to argue it will not become the next SARS. Some limited human transmission has occurred, but confirmed cases are few and sporadically seen.
However, several experts… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 25, 2013 at 12:27pm —
Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.
By YOUKYUNG LEE AP Technology Writer
SEOUL, South Korea —Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 25, 2013 at 12:13pm —
The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Facebook's initial public offering last year.
The Nasdaq had said in June that it would pay $40 million but later increased the amount to $62 million.
Facebook went public May 18 amid great fanfare, but computer… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 25, 2013 at 11:35am —
By ROBERT H. REID — Associated Press
WIESBADEN, GERMANY — The end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will give America's ground forces in Europe a chance to review and refocus training at a time of financial cutbacks throughout the military, the top U.S. soldier in Europe said Monday.
Nearly one-third of the U.S. Army units based in Europe fought in the Iraq and Afghan conflicts, and an armored cavalry squadron is due to rotate to Afghanistan this year for what is likely… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 25, 2013 at 11:14am —
By Bryan Denson, The Oregonian
on March 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM, updated March 20, 2013 at 10:34 PM
A Portland family staged the robberies of two armored cars and a security vault, stashed away nearly $4 million and lived under the radar for years -- indulging in small, guilty pleasures such as a cigar club, cookbooks and a used Hummer SUV -- before federal agents brought them to justice.
All the while, prosecutors say, the money provided no happiness as they lived in a… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 21, 2013 at 12:30pm —
By Tim Johnson — McClatchy Newspapers
MEXICO CITY — Some 2.2 percent of all U.S. gun sales are made to smuggling rings that take firearms to Mexico, a scale of illegal trafficking that’s “much higher than widely assumed,” an academic study released Monday found.
An average of 253,000 weapons purchased in the United States head south of the border each year, according to the study by four scholars at the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute and the Igarape… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 19, 2013 at 12:31pm —
Bill regulating drones dies in Wash. Legislatureespite having support from Democrats, Republicans, civil liberties advocates and those concerned over government intrusion, a measure regulating the use and purchases of drones by state agencies and local municipalities died in Olympia without getting a vote from any chamber.
Lawmakers said there wasn't enough time: At the House, the grappling over gun background checks ate up the clock before a voting deadline. In the Senate, a chair… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 18, 2013 at 3:22am —
SEATTLE — Washington high school students who participated in a statewide health survey say they are twice as likely to smoke marijuana as cigarettes. Continue
High school smoking has decreased significantly across the state, with cigarette smoking down in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, but the number of high school students who believe using marijuana is risky is also at a low point, health officials said Thursday after releasing the 2012 survey results.
"As the perception of harm…
Added by Burbia on March 14, 2013 at 6:30pm —
A Senate committee approved an assault weapons ban Thursday on a party-line vote that signaled how difficult it will be for the proposal to survive in the full Senate.
By ALAN FRAM Associated Press
WASHINGTON —A Senate committee approved an assault weapons ban Thursday on a party-line vote that signaled how difficult it will be for the proposal to survive in the full Senate.
The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill on a 10-8 vote after… Continue
Added by Burbia on March 14, 2013 at 1:37pm —
The Associated Press Continue
RIO DE JANEIRO — The Brazilian newspaper O Globo is reporting that a doctor in Sao Paulo was arrested after being caught in the act of using fake fingers made of silicone and imprinted with real finger prints to defraud a hospital's biometric punch-in clock.
Ferraz Vasconcelos Hospital paid the director $2,400 per month to participate.
Ferreira will face charges of falsifying a public document and could get two to six years in…
Added by Burbia on March 14, 2013 at 1:00pm —
So I've come across a video that claims AJ has a lil sis and she is warning any1 who will listen that AJ is a CIA agent. Her youtube videos are listed under HistoryIsNOW. If you care to watch those keep in mind information that can be found at a site listing the following with neurolinguistic programming showing whether or not the eyes are telling the truth or making things up. Here is that addresss....… Continue
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