Discovered: cheaper DNA sequencing, a hopeful HIV mouse study, chewing gum for weight loss, when robots act self-aware, and a math model to identify the origin of one's beer.
Discovered: remote polluted lakes, uninformed fish, a comet crossbow, clinical trial check-up and one place to be to find undiscovered invertebrates.
Last night, Brian Williams did another thing that firefighting blogs might chide a former volunteer firefighter like himself for doing: he concocted a fake alarm to interrupt Jon Stewart during a clip reviewing Williams unflappable on air alarm moment on Tuesday.
Speaking to Neil Cavuto, Herman Cain was more specific on the timetable for reassessing his campaign: "A week from now I will have made a final decision."
Mayor Bloomberg, who always fends off the suggestion that he'll make a run at the White House, had to spell out why he's just as powerful where he's sitting in Manhattan: "I have my own army," for one.
Today in academia: a warning label for higher education, maintaining urgency over rising tuition costs, a single-sex dorm complaint gets dismissed and finally getting used to video game-based classes.
Discovered: a more competitive age group, why that person who never sleeps has so much energy, learning from weightless space worms and the latest salvo in the "legalize it" debate.
Last night Jon Stewart bid a brief farewell to Barney Frank, who, he notes, might just be missed most by the conservatives who were giddy at the news of the 16-term congressman's upcoming retirement.
It turns out the "Greenwich asset managers win the $245 million jackpot to the chagrin of everyone" story may be more complicated: the people you see slightly smiling pictured may have just been collecting the money for a client, according to a neighbor who has talked with plenty of media outlets.
Previously, Rick Perry has shown that he is capable of remembering two out of three things at a time, but on Tuesday, at a campaign event in New Hampshire, he reportedly forgot both the United States voting age and the date of the general election.
Today in academia: an Ivy League recruiting conundrum, professors are worried like the rest of us, another counterpoint to those liberal student papers, and a few necessary things to do to graduate.
Discovered: Doctor Siri, cheating creative-types, a brain injury threshold, a worrying thing about Wi-Fi, and a persistent "made in China" problem.
Missing out on the action during The Daily Show's week off, Jon Stewart pondered the proliferation of pepper spray across the nation.
This time, Herman Cain isn't waiting on an accuser's press conference to make news of the latest accusation made against him, going to CNN on Monday afternoon to announce: "This individual is going to accuse me of an affair for an extended period of time."
After not being cleared out of their encampment nearCity Hall last night by the Los Angeles Police Department, Occupy LA protesters will now be filing a court injunction to allow them to stay put at the park and not be eventually cleared away by police.
Today in academia: a student debt conundrum, a homecoming for detained U.S. students in Cairo, the latest adderall on-campus fretting, and Harvard's early application vortex.
It may be hard to remember, but Rick Perry's candidacy once seemed very promising to a lot of people, and book publishers jumped aboard the handsome cowboy/Bush II bandwagon--only to get off the second that everything got derailed.
Today in academia: UC Davis is paying for pepper spray bills, the latest undercover for-profit investigation, the Long Island cheating ring balloons, and the snack professor is forced to go to class even if snacks aren't present.
Discovered: raptor dinosaurs ate birds, rabbits test out digital contact lenses, an energy drink-fueled rise in hospital visits and the crazy ideas people get after taking a multivitamin.
John Pike, the officer who was seen casually pepper-spraying seated UC Davis protesters, was once given an award in 2006 for not using pepper spray in a campus incident because he didn't want to harm his fellow officers.
Today in academia: a fundamentalist college with a large Catholic art collection, an undisturbed night for UC Davis protesters, rebranding of Occupy UCLA, and Harvard's early applicants.
Discovered: "smart bomb" mouthwash, a possible acne medication side effect, a better word for "cancer," why we evolved to get braces, and hoping for a better coffee mug.
Today in academia: the Rhodes scholar sweepstakes, aftermath of the Yale U-Haul tailgating death, a cash-for-grades U.A.E. program, and when unpaid internships may not work.
Discovered: swimming robots, dandelion light material, antibiotics aren't a cure-all, the better ways to wake up, and three's a trend for declining birth rates.
The reason why Mitt Romney can afford to look cavalier about competing in the Iowa caucuses is because he's had a commanding lead in polling in the first early voting state, New Hampshire--until today, that is, when a new poll showed that back-from-the-dead Newt Gingrich is virtually tied with him.
Herman Cain, who's security team manhandled multiple reporters recently, became the first GOP candidate to receive Secret Service protection in this election cycle--and his request was reportedly made in response to the large amount of journalists at his events.
It took the resurrection of Newt Gingrich for Jon Stewart to dredge up a familiar refrain: since pundits give every contender the momentary spotlight (before declaring them "dead"), why can't Ron Paul become the fleeting media darling?
Today in academia: the hardest college major, professors of the year, a taxes and tuition dilemma, and an Ivy T-shirt trademark squabble.
Ron Paul hasn't gotten much attention at recent GOP debates and, as Politico's Dylan Byers reports, that streak may well continue at CNN's next square-off, where he'll be situated on the far right side of your TV screen in Santorum nowhereland.
Rick Perry, who's White House aspirations imploded after endless debate gaffes, wants to debate Nancy Pelosi, who, as Politico notes, has no reason to take him up on the offer.
Cornel West is leaving Princeton in New Jersey and heading back to New York to teach at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, The New York Times reported, noting that it's the place "where he began as an assistant professor in 1977."
Another ironic illustration of the recession's vicious cycle: due to poor economic conditions, college graduates who can't find jobs move back home with their parents, which, in turn, appears to hurt the economy more because new households aren't being created.
Last night, The Daily Show stirred up class divisions between Occupy Wall Street protesters, airing a pre-eviction segment of correspondent Samantha Bee visiting Zuccotti Park and framing it as a microcosm of the city: complete with different sections for poorer and richer seeming protesters.
Discovered: why happier people are happier, bleak outlook for frogs, a theoretically good snack to keep you awake, an odd finding in a heart-attack study, and smoggier living may lead to strokes.
The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street -- fairly or unfairly pegged as the yin and yang of American political discourse -- have flip-flopped in the polls.
In Syria, army defectors have attacked government military bases near Damascus and France has recalled its ambassador, citing security concerns.
Life magazine, the sadly-not-in-print American photo-magazine that still offers amazing online galleries, has published a very clickable 20 Worst Covers slideshow: and we were surprised to see that one those covers was listed as being photographed by younger Ansel Adams.
Jon Stewart addressed that disturbing, disastrous phone interview that accused child abuser Jerry Sandusky had with Bob Costas, and the host said he could spot lying when he saw it, saying of the former defense cordinator: "It's like in that phone conversation you're actually fighting the urge to come clean."
The White House, which always looks deceptively exposed when peering at it through fencing, had an errant bullet stopped by a ballistic glass, officials told the Associated Press.
As Mitt Romney plays down expectations, Newt Gingrich revels in his national momentum and Herman Cain finds his support slipping, the bellwether of all bellwether states, Iowa, is now looking at a four-way race: with Ron Paul gaining ground.
This is a Daily Show clip that you don't see often: In appraising the latest GOP debate, Jon Stewart had a few semi-agreeable things to say about the foreign policy remarks of candidates he frequently mocks, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum.
Over the past few days, ABC has been previewing its interview with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords about her recovery: last night, footage aired of her speaking to Diane Sawyer on the topic of returning to Congress, although she had trouble forming sentences.
Today in academia: how many American students study abroad, McMansions for dorms, a no-email yurt community, and why Ivy Leaguers flock to consulting and banking jobs.
Discovered: when abstract ideas about dating don't matter, the end of invasive research on chimps, a lot of adults with diabetes, going to the dentist for your heart and another way to preserve your brain.
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