News for Nerds - Can Sitting Too Much Really Cause Cancer?

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  • 6/20/2014 |
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News for Nerds - Can Sitting Too Much Really Cause Cancer?
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week we'll talk soccer, garlic breath, and a bachelor party for the ages. But first, here are your headlines. * * * * * One of the unintended consequences of living in such an information-rich world is that we can sometimes feel like we're getting new forms of bad news every single day. The latest example: researchers now believe that even prolonged sitting can significantly increase your cancer risk. Sitting! A recent meta-study (encompassing four million people in 43 different studies) has shown that with each 2-hour increase in our …

A Tribute to Casey Kasem

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  • 6/17/2014 |
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A Tribute to Casey Kasem
When Casey Kasem died this weekend, millions of older Americans reminisced about his famous countdown program on the radio, American Top 40. As a teen in the mid-1970s I listened every weekend, and even tried to guess what record would hold the coveted top spot. But although the show was wildly popular, it was the host who was iconic. And, frankly, would AT40 have been a hit if some guy named Harry Wilson had been at the mic? (Apologies to any readers named Harry Wilson.) Personally, after almost 37 years in the radio business myself, I consider Casey Kasem to be one of the three …

News for Nerds - A Full Moon on Friday the 13th?

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  • 6/13/2014 |
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News for Nerds - A Full Moon on Friday the 13th?
Welcome back to News for Nerds. This week we'll dive into issues dealing with spiders, smartphones, and vocal fry. But first, here are your headlines. * * * * * We have a love/hate relationship with Fridays, don't we? Most of the year we treasure Fridays as the gateway to the weekend, but every so often we reverse course and decide that we're afraid of a particular Friday -- for superstitious reasons. Today, of course, is Friday the 13th. For reasons that aren't entirely clear -- and which pre-date the horror move franchise -- Friday the 13th is widely viewed as …

Building a Better Student: Window Versus Aisle

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  • 6/11/2014 |
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Building a Better Student: Window Versus Aisle
Talk to anyone who frequently flies and you’ll find that they’re adamant about their seat choice. There are aisle people and there are window people. (I suppose there must be a few folks who long for the middle seat, but we’ll whisper about them later behind their backs.) Some of these preferences are for practical reasons - leaning against the window to sleep, for example, or needing easy access to a restroom. Many times, however, it’s a personality issue: some may want to scan the area around them and do some serious people-watching from the aisle, while other …

News for Nerds - The Foods We Love to Hate

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  • 6/6/2014 |
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News for Nerds - The Foods We Love to Hate
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week: a special anniversary, an acoustic tractor beam, and the powerful smell of bacon! But first, here are your headlines. * * * * * Once merely sustenance, food has become an industry unto itself. From TV shows to magazines to blogs to conversations around the water cooler, you probably spend a fair amount of time every day not just eating food, but also talking or reading about it. But no matter how many episodes of Top Chef you watch, I'll bet there are still some foods that you just can't tolerate. And according to several studie …