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Want to Live Like a (Middle Earth) King? Check Out This ‘Lord of the Rings’-Inspired Crowdfunding Project
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Want to Live Like a (Middle Earth) King? Check Out This ‘Lord of the Rings’-Inspired Crowdfunding Project

A group of architects and engineers is ready to build an epic piece of property in Southern England -- but they need nearly $2.9 billion to do it. The group aims to create a replica of Minas Tirith, the fictional city and capital of Gondor in Lord of the Rings. Fans of the series will remember this as the site of the Battle of Pelennor Fields in The Return of the King. Based on the design in director Peter Jackson's adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy, the property will feature both residential and commercial spaces. Luxury penthouses will be built on any of the property's five levels alongside resort-style spaces. In order to actually turn this fantasy into reality, the architects and structural engineers behind the project have set up an IndieGoGo campaign to crowdfund the elabor...
Even Some One-Percenters Have Trouble Affording Elite Private School Educations for Their Kids
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Even Some One-Percenters Have Trouble Affording Elite Private School Educations for Their Kids

Although 20% of children live in poverty throughout the United States, there's a new group that's beginning to feel left out of the private education sector: the "mildly rich." The Los Angeles Times reported on some of the most opulent upgrades to L.A.'s private schools, including a $100 million expansion at the Archer School for Girls. The school, located in Brentwood, has battled for four years with neighbors because it needs area residents to move out to complete the construction. Meanwhile, schools like the Buckley School and the Marlborough School have state-of-the-art facilities -- including high-tech academic buildings, Olympic-sized pools, and rooftop athletic fields -- planned for the near future. All of this is in a bid to keep parents, who are shelling out $38,000 per year or...
Could Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick?
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Could Your Air Conditioner Be Making You Sick?

Many can't imagine life without air conditioning during the hot summer months. But what if the very thing that's keeping you cool is also making you sick? This question is not a new one. In fact, people have been questioning air conditioned air quality since it became popular in the United States, in the years following World War II. For many people, air conditioning is not just a luxury -- it's actually life saving, as it helps mitigate the effects of chronic ailments such as allergies, asthma, and bronchitis by filtering out pollen, pollutants, and other irritants from the air. Many forget that air conditioning isn't just a cooling system; rather, air conditions literally condition the air, acting as a means of filtration. Not only do air conditioners remove pollutants from the air, b...
U.S. Teens Start School Too Early, and Need to Get More Sleep
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U.S. Teens Start School Too Early, and Need to Get More Sleep

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that most U.S. teenagers start school too early, which prevents them from getting the sleep they need to be able to properly concentrate and stay healthy. "Getting enough sleep is important for students' health, safety, and academic performance," lead author Anne Wheaton said. "Early school start times, however, are preventing many adolescents from getting the sleep they need." Adolescents are biologically programmed to stay asleep longer than adults, according to research from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). They may also suffer from sleep problems, further preventing them from getting the rest they need to do well. For example, obstructive sleep apnea can cause sufferers to stop breathing while th...
America Seems to Be Divorcing the Idea of Las Vegas Weddings
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America Seems to Be Divorcing the Idea of Las Vegas Weddings

According to surveys, approximately 40% of couples about to tie the knot report that their choice of wedding venue should reflect their personality. Apparently, couples haven't been feeling particularly spontaneous lately. A recent article in the Washington Post reports that Las Vegas weddings have seen a major plummet in the last 10 years, from 128,000 in 2004 to just 81,000 in 2014. Las Vegas, the Nevada city famous for its gambling, its endless buffets, and its popular tagline "what happens here, stays here," was once one of the top destinations for couples to tie the knot. The craze can be attributed to the late great Elvis Presley. In 1967, the King of Rock and Roll wed Priscilla Beaulieu at the Aladdin Hotel. The whole affair took no longer than eight minutes; it was so low-key t...
New Therapy Offers Relief From Severe Sleep Apnea
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New Therapy Offers Relief From Severe Sleep Apnea

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most common treatment for sleep apnea, a sleep disorder plaguing over 18 million Americans. It is also frequently misused, with only 50% of patients properly securing CPAP masks and utilizing CPAP machines. While mastering these tools may be a time- and money-saving venture, it's hardly the only option out there. In fact, a new therapy, called upper airway stimulation (UAS) therapy, may supplement (or, in some cases, entirely eliminate the need for) CPAP machines. "Implanted during an outpatient procedure, the device acts as a nerve stimulator, moving the tongue each time the patient takes a breath, shifting the palate forward and opening the upper airway," WTOP.com writes. "Patients have experienced an overall reduction of sleep apnea sev...
Child With Brain Injuries More Likely To Experience Attention Problems and Cognitive Impairments
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Child With Brain Injuries More Likely To Experience Attention Problems and Cognitive Impairments

Adults experiencing severe attention deficit problems, emotional instability, and mild cognitive impairment issues likely had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a child, a new report has found. As Reuters reported, medical professionals have long known that children suffering from TBIs are more likely to have attention deficit problems as adults. A new study found that these minor lapses of attention are also related to cognitive problems and prolonged attention impairment issues, and these problems could take a long time to develop. The study, recently published in the academic journal , was conducted by a team of researchers from Marsh Konigs of VU University Amsterdam in The Netherlands. The researchers looked at 113 children, ages six to 13, who had suffered a TBI (with severity rangi...
Being Early to Rise Could Kill You Faster, Says a New Oxford University Study
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Being Early to Rise Could Kill You Faster, Says a New Oxford University Study

A neuroscientist from the University of Oxford says that lack of sleep is just as bad as smoking. Professor Russell Foster blames lack of sleep for a number of health problems, and he compares the brain activity of early risers to that of inebriated people. Foster is the director of the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, which has called for more people to get to bed early. Not only does lack of sleep do damage to the brain, he says, but working at night can cause premature aging and is linked to an increased risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and Type II diabetes. Claims like that are backed up by French research out of the University of Toulouse, which showed that workers who had been on the night shift for 10 years aged by an extra six-and-a-half years compared with ...
Court Reporter Releases Cosby Deposition
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Court Reporter Releases Cosby Deposition

Most people have heard about the mess that beloved comedian Bill Cosby has found himself in within the past year or so. But a new development has Cosby and his lawyer lashing out not only at the court system, but at the media as well. A court reporter released a deposition from a 2005 case involving one of his accusers, and Cosby says that the contents of the deposition are being misinterpreted thanks to recent events. Cosby and his lawyer, Patrick O’Connor, have since filed a lawsuit, saying that the deposition shouldn’t have been released, and that it skews the rest of his cases. The deposition is about a woman who said that Cosby drugged her and later sexually assaulted her. Also in the deposition, Cosby does admit that he was sexually involved with no fewer than five women outside of...
Extreme Weather May be the New Norm
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Extreme Weather May be the New Norm

A bridge located on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Los Angeles has recently been washed out, becoming a huge traffic disruption. This comes as an addition to a break in highway 89 due to a landslide, and flooding throughout the southern states. Extreme weather is becoming more and more common, and to say that it’s disconcerting may be an understatement. The I-10 bridge has been partially reopened after a week, though drivers will still deal with half hour delays while crews begin rebuilding the bridge. It will be months before it’s fully reopened. The bridge’s demise came after the region was hit with six inches of heavy rain, which weakened the supporting pillars. Some of those affected say that highway engineers likely did not expect a storm surge of that magnitude, but others say t...