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Mar 31
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Man Finally Returns Long-Overdue Library Book

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Man Finally Returns Long-Overdue Library Book

Who says that libraries have lost their relevance? Or that printed tomes have gone the way of the dodo?

One book in particular recently made a 53-year journey before being returned to its rightful place on a library shelf in New Jersey.

The book in question, "The Family Book of Verse", by Lewis Gannet, was lent by a local middle school to a student all the way back in 1966. And Harry Krame, then 13 and living in Fairlawn, where he still resides, allegedly never returned it.

Dominick Tarquinio, vice principal of Memorial Middle School, told CBS News that he was shocked when Krame, now 65, waltzed in and announced he had something to return to the school's library, adding of the original transaction taking out the book, “We never saw it again."

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Mar 30
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

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Don’t Insta-Trample on the Poppies

Nature's wonders are treasures to behold and experience, and when any of us take in just one, we often want friends and loved ones to share in the experience.

But like most anything else, too much sharing -- even of natural wonders -- can sometimes do more harm than good.

Case in point: The so-called mega-blooms occurring in California, home to troves of natural beauty.

Seems that visitors to these occurrences, which involve acres and acres of blooming wildflowers, especially poppies, have taken to Instagram to share their discoveries -- and, as a result, have invited hordes of people to enjoy, and sometimes trample through, the hills and neighborhoods near the flower displays.

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Mar 28
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

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Deep Brain Stimulation Relieves Depression

Researchers from the Medical Center -- University of Freiburg and University Hospital Bonn recently announced that patients suffering from extreme depression that resists treatment can benefit from deep brain stimulation.

The researchers implemented electrodes in 16 study subjects to energize a deeply located region of the brain's reward system. The electrode method resulted in a marked reduction in the levels of severity of depression in every patient -- on average, the severity was reduced by 50 per cent.

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Mar 27
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

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Self-Driving Shuttle Rolls Out to Both Coasts

Optimus Ride recently announced that it would deploy self-driving vehicles to the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard industrial park area of New York as well as to Paradise Valley Estates, an 80-acre private and non-profit Life Plan Community in Fairfield, California.

The Navy Yard site includes more than 400 manufacturing businesses, with 9,000 people working there, while the Paradise Valley site is a residential community.

Optimus Ride will offer workers and residents at both locations access to convenient and efficient self-driving opportunities within specific and geofenced areas.

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Mar 26
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Rich Parents Snagged in College-Bribery Scheme

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Rich Parents Snagged in College-Bribery SchemeWhile the details of the particular FBI investigation continued to unravel, some wondered why people with money to waste on bribes wouldn't simply do what people with money to give away usually do when they want a favor from an institution of higher learning?

Which would be -- donate the money directly to the institution and get a building, or at least a lobby or floor or gallery or something, named for the donors.

Instead, it appears that parents eager to get their children accepted into certain colleges paid individuals to game entrance exams or help with pitching the student as a prospective athlete that the coach wanted to have around when classes began.

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Mar 21
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Do Relationships with Benefits Last...Beyond the Benefits?

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Do Relationships with Benefits Last...Beyond the Benefits?

Three decades after a character in the film "When Harry Met Sally" famously said, “Men and women can’t be friends because the sex part always gets in the way,” people are still debating whether a no-strings-attached, sex-only relationship is viable.

For some, the answer seems to be a resounding yes.

One such person, Rachel, is described as a bisexual in her early 30s who reports that she's gone through about five years' worth of relationships in which sex was agreed upon, but developing anything further wasn't.

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Mar 19
2019

Posted by: Jim Lillie

Tiny House Boasts Something High and Something Low

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Tiny House Boasts Something High and Something Low

A new model of tiny home designed by French maker Optinid uses the company's signature sliding roof, but with a twist: In addition to sporting a roof that opens up to allow inhabitants to enjoy nice weather, the Axelle model boasts underfloor heating that can keep the interior spaces comfortable when the weather turns cold.

The Axelle is currently located in the Rhone-Alpes area of France and is based on a double-axle trailer that's almost 20 feet long. Floor space totals 219 square feet -- almost as much as some so-called micro-apartments, which are little more than cramped hotel rooms -- and the living space is finished in Douglas fir with some polycarbonate accents.

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