Marie Velong

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Nurse Confessions: Don’t Get Sick in July

A secret look inside how America’s health care system actually works.<p>Welcome to the land of health care’s 1 percent. During the four years I spent interviewing and following nurses for my book, I was continually astonished by the red carpet some hospitals rolled out for certain classes of patients. …

President Obama Reading Mean Tweets About Himself Is So Painfully Funny

"How do you make Obama's eyes light up? Shine a flashlight in his ears."<p>President Barack Obama made an appearance on The Jimmy Kimmel Show and participated in one of the show's most beloved traditions—reading mean tweets.<p>While he brought the house down with his comedic timing, the president also …

Rare Ambrotype Portraits Give Us a Peek into Souls Living During the American Civil War

From 1861 to 1865, the US was embroiled in a monumental civil war that pitted countrymen against each other in a struggle that would change the nation's history forever. Thanks to the generous donation of the Liljenquist family, the Library of Congress is now home to over 1,000 ambrotypes taken …

The Saddest Looking Owl in the World

We tipped you off about Daisy, the cutest kitten in the world, and we introduced you to Champ, the happiest dog on earth. Now, it's time to call your attention to one very unfortunate owl. Drenched in rain, he's got to be the saddest looking owl we've ever seen.<p>Photographer Shamma Esoof shot this …

7 great uses for an old phone or tablet

Upgrading to a new smartphone or tablet always feels like Christmas morning, but it also leaves you with an old gadget that’s taking up space. Usually, nothing is wrong with it. You just don't need it anymore.<p>Or do you? Before you decide to sell it or give it away, there are some very cool things …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters<p>American biologist and technologist Craig Venter whose company Human Longevity Inc plans to create a database of a million human genome sequences by …

Drugs

Turn Signal From 1963 Car Wreck Removed From Illinois Man's Arm

An Illinois man who wrecked his new Ford Thunderbird in 1963 unwittingly carried around a memento of the crash for decades — a seven-inch turn signal embedded in his arm and not removed until this week.<p>Arthur Lampitt, 75, was pretty sure what the foreign object was even before a surgeon cut it out …

Wreck

Pandora: New copyright claims on oldies music violate free speech

Internet radio service Pandora is striking back against former members of the band The Turtles, claiming that the musicians’ lawsuits — which seek a …

Congress Authorizes Spying On All Americans Without Due Process

<b>Aaron Nelson</b> <b><br>December 11, 2104</b><p><b>(TheAntiMedia)</b> Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 4681. The bill, which was also passed by the Senate on Tuesday, …

Surveillance

Old And Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem In Nursing Homes

It's one of the worst fears we have for our parents or for ourselves: that we, or they, will end up in a nursing home, drugged into a stupor. And that fear is not entirely unreasonable. Almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress the …

The Exponential Benefits of Eating Less

<i>By James McWilliams</i><p>There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: <i>Eat Less You Pig</i>.<p>A nutritionist gave it to me. She had the shirts made because she was tired of the endless hand wringing over what it meant to eat ethically, eat …

Troubling FAA Report Shows Drone-Related Air Traffic Incidents are On the Rise

A new FAA report is confirming what we imagine many responsible camera drone enthusiasts fear: the number of idiotic drone pilots is on the rise, and …

Hardcore Athlete Portraits of Weightlifting Grandmas and Basketball Playing Grandpas

Advertising imagery for everything from basketball shoes to weightlifting attire usually features muscled athletes performing some amazing (if …

Neither rain nor snow nor heat sways views on climate science

Think that people in upstate New York will more strongly believe climate change is upon us after an early November blizzard dumped 7 feet of snow, which then was turned to slush by spring-like temperatures? Think again.<p>Freaky seasons and drastic weather anomalies do little to convince most people …

Climate Change

Honda Faces a $35 Million Fine for Not Reporting U.S. Injury and Death Claims

Honda Motor Co. could face a $35 million fine for failing to report more than 1,700 claims of death or serious injuries from the past 11 years, …

Traffic Safety

Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon.<p>But these spoons (don't call them spoogles) …

Michael Brown shooting: What Darren Wilson told the Ferguson grand jury

<b>(CNN) —</b> Grand jury proceedings are secret, and when no indictment is handed down -- as was the case for Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson -- the files remain locked up.<p>But in an unusual step after a grand jury deliberation, transcripts of testimony that jurors heard considering Michael Brown's …

4 Health Benefits Of Drinking Lemon Water Every Single Day

<b>Lemon water, warm or cooled, can be one of the most rewarding things you do for your body every morning.</b><p>Among brushing your teeth and getting …

The Crowd Almost Booed Them Off The Stage Until They Started Playing.

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2Cellos, play their arrangement of "The Trooper" by Iron Maiden and "William Tell Overture" by Gioachino …

The cult of kiddie danger

<i>Lenore Skenazy is a</i> <i>public speaker</i> <i>and founder of the</i> <i>book</i> <i>and</i> <i>blog</i> <i>Free-Range kids. Her show "</i><i>World's Worst Mom</i><i>" airs on Discovery/TLC international.</i><p>The Richland, WA, school district is phasing out swings on its playgrounds. As the district's spokesman recently told KEPR TV: "It's just really a safety …

Ferguson protest photos: Grand jury decides not to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown.

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch announced Monday night that a grand jury had voted not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the …

Make Sure You Keep A Close Eye On The Tall Tree Right Behind The House

<b>It’s incredible what happens to the tree behind the house. Watch as the video plays and make sure to keep a close eye on the tree. What happens is</b> …

Work

Foul-Smelling Poop Explosion Destroys Apartment Building, Because Who Needs Permits?

Hate “Big Government” regulations? Chances are, you’ve never had your home destroyed by a giant explosion of human excrement.<p>The <i>Bangkok Post</i> reports …

Thanksgiving Eve 2014 forecast: Storm could bring snow to New York, Philadelphia, Washington.

If you’ve ever wanted to make post-stuffing snow angels, this year could be your chance.<p>Forget for a moment that Monday will feature near-record …