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Food Pyramid Gets a Makeover

The food pyramid, which since 1992 has demonstrated the proper amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat a person should consume per day, is no more.

On Thursday, the USDA rolled out the government's new food icon: A plate divided into two larger sections of grains and vegetables, two smaller sections of fruit and protein, with a glass of dairy on the side.

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Researchers Find 1,800-Year-Old Tunnel in Teotihuacan, Mexico

Think back to the joy you experienced in your childhood after digging in the ground and finding a small little treasure, even if it was just a malformed rock.

Researchers at Mexico's National University are feeling that glee on a much larger scale now that they've discovered an 1,800-year-old tunnel underneath the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan.

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Study: What Kind of Humor Do People Seek in Significant Others?

Sure, people say they want sense of humor in a potential mate, but what kind of humor are they talking about?

A new study by matchmaking site eHarmony sought to find out the answer to that very question.

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The CSI Herrett Center

Brad and Jackie talked to Chris Anderson from The College of Southern Idaho. He told us about al of the exciting stuff coming up at The Herrett Center.

-         “Kick It at the Herrett Center” – Extra planetarium shows will be offered this weekend due to the State Cup Soccer Tournament:

o   Saturday, May 28th: “Dark Matters” (with live sky tour) at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, & 7:00; “Lynyrd Skynyrd: Fly On Free Bird” at 8:15.

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New Blood Test Could Predict How Long You Will Live

A blood test that should be available in Europe by the end of the year could give you a pretty good indication of how fast you are aging and how much longer you will live.

The test measures telomeres, structures on the end of each of your chromosomes, which scientists think may hold the key to determining a person's "true age."

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Science Fair Project Could Cure Cystic Fibrosis

Do you remember what you did for your High School science fair project? Most of us made a volcano or created a battery using an orange. I know for sure I didn't even come close to curing a disease like cyctic fibrosis.

Marshall Zhang is an 11th grader at Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill, Canada who decieded to researching cystic fibrosis, and came up with a theory that if you used a certain mix of drugs, it could completely stamp out the effects of the disease.

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A Device That Lets You Kiss Someone Over the Internet. Sort of: [VIDEO]

A team at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has invented a device that actually lets you kiss someone over the Internet. Sort of.

The device kind of looks like a straw on top of a box. It's plugged into your computer, and someone else plugs one into their computer.

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Shrinking Funds Shut Down Alien Search Institute [POLL]

Since 2007, astronomers at the SETI Institute in Northern California have been scanning the great beyond for signs of alien life.

However, due to a decrease in the funding the institute receives from NASA and other government sources, the institute will have to shut down the powerful bank of 42 radio dishes that it uses to target unexplored planets.

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Science Confirms That Itching Is Contagious

Scientists have confirmed that viewing somebody itch makes a person more likely to itch themselves.

Researchers at Wake Forest University had 25 volunteers watch a five minute video of a person either scratching their arm or sitting idly. As the videos played, the volunteers who were viewing the images of scratching were twice as likely to start scratching, as well. (Admit it: You totally want to scratch your arm as you're reading this.)

Our impulse to mimic the itching of others may have evolved as a way to prevent parasitic infestations from jumping from person to person, suggest the researchers.

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The Happiest Careers In the U.S. Include Biotechnology

According to a new study, people in BIOTECHNOLOGY are the HAPPIEST workers in the country.  So . . . um . . . maybe it's time to train someone else on the deep fryer and switch careers.

CareerBliss.com analyzed nine different factors that go into people's career happiness.  They include everything from work environment and relationships with coworkers, to salary and growth opportunities.

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First Contact With Mercury

We've made contact with Mercury, the planet closest to the sun. This photograph—which was taken yesterday, March 29, 2011 at 5:20am EDT—shows the surface of the innermost planet of the Solar System with unprecedented detail. It was taken by NASA's Messenger, the first human-made spaceship to orbit this tiny, battered, and scorched rock.

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Super Glue Inventor Harry Wesley Coover Jr. Dead at 94

Super Glue inventor Harry Wesley Coover Jr. died Saturday night of congestive heart failure at his home in Kingsport, TN, the NY Times is reporting. He was 94.

Though he held over 460 patents in his career, Coover was best known for his revolutionary invention, which he created accidentally while testing compounds at Eastman Codak's Tennessee laboratory in 1951. Seven years after the accident, during which Coover ruined a $3,000 machine, the first version of Super Glue (called Eastman 910) was made available.

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