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Month: September 2015

Hitler at Home: How Interior Design and Propaganda Sold a Monster
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Hitler at Home: How Interior Design and Propaganda Sold a Monster

About one in two Americans (47% to be exact) haven't updated their home's design in five years or more, and outside of guilty pleasure reality TV shows, most Americans think of interior design as a distraction, if they think of it at all. But a fascinating new book from a University of Buffalo author shows exactly how interior design was used to soften the image of the world's most notorious dictator, Adolf Hitler. Before Hitler was exposed as the war-mongering, genocidal egomaniac we all know and loathe today, he was the subject of often fawning profiles in the international press. Despina Stratigakos is an architectural historian and the interim chair of Architecture at the University at Buffalo; she recently wrote Hitler at Home, which details how interior design was incorporated into ...
Judge Who Hates Gay Marriage Loves Temper Tantrums, Refuses Divorce
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Judge Who Hates Gay Marriage Loves Temper Tantrums, Refuses Divorce

While a handful of local officials in Kentucky, Texas, and other southern states still stubbornly refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex partners, a judge in Tennessee is acting out in court. In September, Thomas Bumgardner and his wife Pamela filed for divorce after nearly 13 years of marriage. But Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffery Atherton had other ideas. He refused their divorce petition, citing the Supreme Court's June ruling in favor of gay marriage in his reasoning. He lamented that because the Supreme Court has declared that "a marriage is no longer a marriage," he is unable to issue traditional divorces without further clarification from SCOTUS. His reasoning appears to go something like this: marriage is between one man and one woman; gay marriage is now legal; QED, noth...
2 Young People Killed While Camping in Yosemite
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2 Young People Killed While Camping in Yosemite

Two young children have passed away after an oak tree limb fell on the tent they were sleeping in at a popular Yosemite National Park campground Friday. Because they were minors, authorities say they will not be releasing the names or the ages of the children involved, and they ask for privacy after this tragedy. Park spokesman Scott Gediman also says the deaths are currently under investigation. "Our thoughts are with the families as they grieve this tragedy," park superintendent Don Neubacher said in an official statement. Reports say that the children were sleeping in a tent at Upper Pines Campground in Yosemite Valley when the limb fell around 5 in the morning. After receiving several 911 calls to report the incident, medics arrived to find the two dead. The event is under investigat...
North Carolina Lottery Winner Spends Millions on Bail For Fiance
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North Carolina Lottery Winner Spends Millions on Bail For Fiance

A North Carolina woman who won $188 million in the February Powerball lottery likely spent millions of dollars bailing out her fiancé, twice. The New York Daily News reported that Lamar “Hot Sauce” McDow, who is engaged to lotto winner Marie Holmes, has been released on bond from prison two times this year. McDow as arrested in November of 2014 for charges of trafficking heroin, which posted a $3 million bail. He was then sent back to jail in July on similar charges, with an escalated bail of $6 million. While Brunswick County Police have not released the name of the individual responsible for paying McDow’s bail, it is likely that Holmes fronted the bill for her fiancé's wrongdoings. These incidents were not the first crimes committed by McDow, who has a long criminal history. His crim...
Rising Dental Fees Forces U.S. Seniors to Seek Dentists in Mexico
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Rising Dental Fees Forces U.S. Seniors to Seek Dentists in Mexico

As dental expenses continue to rise, seniors without dental insurance have begun to look for new alternatives. For many seniors, this means crossing the border to Mexico. Each year, more and more Americans adopt a dental plan. Currently, about 60% of U.S. citizens are covered by dental insurance, the highest percentage of coverage in years. Despite this, a recent 2013 Harris Interactive survey commissioned by Oral Health America showed that nearly 70% of U.S. seniors do not have dental insurance. This leaves many seniors unable to access the care they need to protect their teeth. Most government-based programs such as Medicare do not offer dental insurance, and many employers lack a post-retirement dental insurance program. While there are dental care insurance options through the recent...
Unlocking Goosebumps: an Innovative Marketing Approach
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Unlocking Goosebumps: an Innovative Marketing Approach

In 1992, Robert Lawrence Stine began penning what was supposed to be a run of six horror stories for children, but wound up becoming a cultural phenomenon that beat out Madonna's Sex and The Anarchist Cookbook on the The Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books List. Now, Goosebumps has been transformed into a blockbuster, and the movie is getting a big boost in online buzz thanks to a new Twitter feature: autoplay ads. In preparation for the fall release of Goosebumps, Sony has been running autoplay ads that star the film's hero -- Jack Black as author R.L. Stine -- and its villain -- a creepy ventriloquist's dummy named Slappy, which some may remember from Night of the Living Dummy. According to Ad Week, Twitter found that when it was testing its autoplay videos that users were 2.5 ti...
Hawaii College Suggests Students ‘Boil Water’ to Shower Due to Plumbing Problems
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Hawaii College Suggests Students ‘Boil Water’ to Shower Due to Plumbing Problems

When someone suggests you "boil water," one would hope they're giving you instructions on how to cook pasta, not take a comfortable shower. Oddly enough, the latter was the case for a group of unlucky students at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. According to local news affiliate KHON-2, the campus's student housing service sent out the strange e-mail after students complained of a wide range of plumbing issues. The e-mail included the phrase, "if you absolutely cannot have a cold shower or want to clean dishes and the like, you might want to get a big pot or bowl and heat up your water." Um, what? UH-M student Raquel Lasconia said the bathroom floor of her apartment is constantly soaked. To add to her problems, she claims that "once you turn (the shower handle) to the hot side, it t...
CPAP Machines Can Save Sleep Apnea Patients From Brain Damages, Say Doctors
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CPAP Machines Can Save Sleep Apnea Patients From Brain Damages, Say Doctors

A new study posted in the most recent edition of the Journal of Neuroimaging has reported that patients with untreated sleep apnea may be harming their brains. Obstructive sleep apnea is a disorder in which the patient experiences multiple pauses in breathing during their sleep, and is thought to affect approximately 22 million Americans. There are many different causes for sleep apnea, including obesity, allergies, or acid reflux. Sleep apnea is most commonly treated by a special type of medical equipment that allows the opening of blocked passages, known as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. “The technology available in CPAP/BiPAP machines have become pretty impressive as well,” says Bo Brown, President, Mobility Healthcare. “Most insurance plans will require proof t...
NASA Wants To Turn Astronaut Poop Into Plastics for 3D Printers
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NASA Wants To Turn Astronaut Poop Into Plastics for 3D Printers

This summer, NASA awarded Clemson University researchers a three-year grant to study methods for transforming human waste into vitamins, plastics, and other useful materials for long-duration space flight. The South Carolina scientists will receive $200,000 per year for their research project, officially titled "Synthetic Biology for Recycling Human Waste into Food, Nutraceuticals, and Materials: Closing the Loop for Long-Term Space Travel." With the advanced alchemical process, the researchers say, they can use genetically engineered yeast to synthesize plastics from the waste. The plastics can then be used in 3D printing machines to make tools and parts on demand. NASA hopes the Clemson team can find new ways to recycle waste -- including carbon dioxide from human breathing, urine, and ...
More Couples Demanding Fertility Clinics to Let Them Choose the Sex of Their Child
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More Couples Demanding Fertility Clinics to Let Them Choose the Sex of Their Child

The Wall Street Journal reports that a new trend is sweeping the nation: a growing number of couples are utilizing fertility centers. However, not all of these couples are looking for help conceiving. More and more fertile couples are now visiting fertility centers with hopes of being able to control the sex of their future child. Only 7.4 million women, or 11.9% of women, have ever received any fertility services in their lifetime. Most men and women who visit fertility centers have difficulty conceiving. However, more and more fertile couples are now visiting these medical centers seeking out so-called "family balancing" services. The process that is being used in these cases is known as in vitro fertilization (IVF). During the IVF treatment, the woman’s egg is met with the male’s sper...