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Dec 21
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

2018’s Best Gadgets

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2018s Best Gadgets

Despite the ubiquity of technology, it seems there's always room in our lives for at least one more gadget, particularly as a stocking stuffer around holiday time.

Herewith a few of the more notable gadgets, some stocking-worthy, others requiring a more creative overwrap:

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Dec 20
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Meet the Largest Continuous Gas and Oil Resource Ever Assessed

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Meet the Largest Continuous Gas and Oil Resource Ever Assessed

The announcement, made by the U.S. Department of the Interior, prompted Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to quip, "Christmas came a few weeks early this year."

That's because the find, known as the Wolfcamp Shale and overlying Bone Spring Formation in the Delaware Basin portion of Texas and New Mexico’s Permian Basin province, is estimated to hold around 46.3 billion barrels of oil, 20 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, and 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) calculations. This estimate includes continuous (unconventional oil) and is made up of technically recoverable resources that, up to this point, had yet to be discovered.

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Dec 19
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Scientists Uncover the Reason Women Are Unhealthier as They Age

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Scientists Uncover the Reason Women Are Unhealthier as They Age

Although women may statistically live longer than men, their health can tend to suffer in those later years. Scientists now believe the reason for that could be genetics that women accumulate during menopause that are actually geared toward men. Those genes may benefit men, but they actually contribute to health decline in women.

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Dec 18
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Colorado Town Overturns Snowball Fight Ban

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Colorado Town Overturns Snowball Fight Ban

It took a question-and-answer session between 9-year-old Dane Best and the Severance Town Board to resolve the issue.

In response to Best's list of reasons why the Town of Severance shouldn't prohibit snowball fights, as was mandated by local ordinance, Trustee Dennis "Zeke" Kane asked, "Can we amend this ordinance to say that if you're over 60, no one can throw a snowball at you?"

On a slightly more serious note, Trustee Michelle Duda asked, "If we do enact snowball fighting, have you talked to your fellow students about safety issues?"

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Dec 17
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Millennials Flocking to the Hinterlands?

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Millennials Flocking to the Hinterlands

Millennials, long-known to prefer urban neighborhoods over more open and less vibrant spaces, have reportedly been investing in property in rural areas because of the specter of climate change and the effects that could wreak on large cities.

Where are they buying? Sites in Oregon, Vermont, and upstate New York -- places far enough away from coastal enclaves that they'll likely survive anticipated rises in sea levels. Not to mention the effects of destructive weather such as hurricanes and nor'easters.

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Dec 16
2018

Posted by: Stephanie Faris

Vaping Marijuana Has Greater Effect Than Smoking, Study Finds

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Vaping Marijuana Has Greater Effect Than Smoking, Study Finds

Now that the majority of America has legalized marijuana for at least medical use, experts are paying closer attention to the effects of cannabis. With vaping increasing in popularity among marijuana users, experts are particularly homing in on that. A new study may catch the attention of the many vapers out there, since it found that vaping significantly increases the effects of marijuana when compared to smoking the traditional way.

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Dec 15
2018

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Getting a Better Night’s Sleep

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Getting a Better Nights Sleep

Holidays can bring out the best in people. And they can also bring out a serious need for quality sleep.

But it won't do much good to try to stockpile sleep in the hopes of riding out more sleepless episodes. Regular, quality sleep works best. And thoughtful, quality gifts can help that to happen.

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