From Holy Water Vending Machines to a Pumpkin Pie Shortage: This Week's Curios
Every day of the year, Curious.com CEO Justin Kitch writes a quirky fact, known as the Daily Curio, intended to tickle the brains of lifelong learners everywhere. This is a weekly digest. Last week's Curios covered the impending pumpkin pie shortage, a 1st century vending machine for holy water, and the end of perfect security. Curio #839 | Locks are only in your mind. Locks and keys have existed for 4000 years, most likely invented in Mesopotamia. Which means lock picking has also been around for 4000 years. Locks appear to have gained popularity soon after their invention. But it wasn't until the 1770s that they actua...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

NASA spots the 'Great Pumpkin': Halloween asteroid a treat for radar astronomers
NASA scientists are tracking the upcoming Halloween flyby of asteroid 2015 TB145 with several optical observatories and the radar capabilities of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, California. The asteroid will fly past Earth at a safe distance slightly farther than the moon's orbit on Oct. 31 at 10:01 a.m. PDT (1:01 p.m. EDT). Scientists are treating the flyby of the estimated 1,300-foot-wide (400-meter) asteroid as a science target of opportunity, allowing instruments on "spacecraft Earth" to scan it during the close pass. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 30, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

3 Ways to Beat the Tricky Treat Temptation
Halloween may be only a couple of days away, but I've been talking to worried nutrition patients about this tricky wellness subject for over a month now. The thought of free, unfettered all-day and night access to candy sends a shiver of diet dread down their spines. Well, I have good news, one day of being a chocoholic will not make you fat! The Cleveland Clinic reports that chocolate, in moderation, is good for you. Yes, the super dark chocolate is better than a mini kit-kat but it still has a bunch of flavonoids, antioxidants and falvanols -- all of which help reduce stress on the little cells in your body. No bones...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NASA Says ‘Great Pumpkin’ Asteroid Will Fly by on Halloween
Something strange will appear in the skies this Halloween, and it’s not a witch on a broomstick. NASA says an asteroid dubbed the “great pumpkin” will fly by Earth on Oct. 31 at 1:01 p.m. E.T. Asteroid 2015 TB145 measures about 1,300 feet wide and is expected to pass our planet at a distance of about 300,000 miles—or 1.3 times the distance from Earth to the moon. “Even though that is relatively close by celestial standards,” said the manager of the Center for Near Earth Object Studies at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “it is expected to be fairly faint, so night-sky Earth ...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - October 30, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Begley Tags: Uncategorized asteroid halloween NASA space Source Type: news

Teal pumpkins to make Halloween safe for kids with food allergies
Halloween can be extra scary for kids with food allergies. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 30, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical student wins St. Joseph's pumpkin carving contest
Surgeons at Dignity Health St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center were allowed out of the operating room to see who could carve the best pumpkin in 30 minutes. In a shocking upset, the winner of the St. Joseph's Doc-O-Lantern Pumpkin Carving Contest this year was a medical student. Patrick Eiben, a fourth-year student at Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph's, carved a mother and newborn baby. He beat out two-time previous winner, Dr. Ross Bremner, a thoracic surgeon who sculpted… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 29, 2015 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Angela Gonzales Source Type: news

Alerting the immune system's watchmen to improve vaccines
As the days get colder and shorter, we carve jack-o-lanterns and drink pumpkin spice lattes. But one fall tradition can actually keep you healthy: getting your flu shot. Like all vaccines, the flu shot trains the immune system to fend off infection, but some need help to produce the full effect. Researchers now report a new way to help improve vaccines using molecules that more effectively direct the immune system. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 28, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Thermite-Filled Pumpkins Explode Into Fireballs, And It's Wicked Fun
As the narrator says in a whimsical new video posted by the London-based charity The Royal Institution, it's time "to explore the previously unknown interface between pumpkins and thermite." Dude, just tell us you're blowing up pumpkins, and we're yours. Watch the gourd pyrotechnics play out when jack-o-lanterns mingle with iron oxide and aluminum powder. Ignited by a strip of magnesium, the reaction causes temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the video. That prompts molten iron to spill from one jack-o-lantern's mouth into the head of another. Then voila, a fireball-spewing Halloween spectacular!...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Candy, Costumes and Candles: 6 Tips to Stay Safe this Halloween
Written by Greta Gustafson, Media Relations Intern, American Red Cross  Halloween blends scary and fun together to create the ultimate holiday; candy, ghosts and ghouls, and staying up late are all pretty hard to beat. The best part of Halloween, for me, was always carving Jack-O-Lanterns. As a kid, I remember searching for the perfect pumpkin until my parents would force me to choose. When it came time for the main event – pumpkin carving – they would watch me like a hawk. But Halloween safety didn’t stop there. Here are a few tips from the Red Cross to keep your family safe this Halloween. Never leav...
Source: Red Cross Chat - October 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: American Red Cross Tags: Home Fire Preparedness fire safety halloween home fire campaign trick-or-treat Source Type: news

Your NEJM Group Today: EHR & Disruption of Medicine, Pumpkin-Flavored ID Link-o-Rama, L.A. Primary Care Opportunities (FREE)
By the Editors NEJM Group offers so many valuable resources for practicing clinicians. Here's what we chose for you today:NEJM Clinical Practice Center: Perspective: In assessing the fallout … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - October 26, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

‘Spooky’: the 1,300ft-wide asteroid to hurtle close to Earth on Halloween
TB145, a medium-sized chunk of rock and ice could that cause ‘continental-scale devastation’, will fly by at a distance slightly farther away than the moonA large asteroid discovered only weeks ago will tear past the Earth on Halloween, Nasa has announced, estimating that it will come closer than any object of its size in the next 20 years.The asteroid, nicknamed “the Great Pumpkin” and “Spooky” but technically known as TB145, is an estimated 1,300ft (400 meters) wide – 20 times bigger than the meteorite that screamed across the Russian sky and exploded over Chelyabinsk in 2013, shattering windows with shock ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 23, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Alan Yuhas in New York Tags: Asteroids US news Nasa Astronomy Science Space Source Type: news

The Time of Year for Costumes, Sweets, Tricks and Treats
Put Halloween safety first with these common-sense tips. Carve Safely: Before you start carving pumpkins, consider these Halloween safety rules: Decorate with markers, glitter glue or paint. Let young children draw faces on pumpkins with art supplies. Leave any carving to an adult. Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - October 21, 2015 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

The ingredients you should be eating to boost your health including pumpkins and cinnamon
As the nights draw in and temperatures plummet, it can be tempting to reach for unhealthy comfort food to ease into winter. But here one weight loss expert reveals the health-boosting ingredients in season now. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Venus and Mars Hormones
Men are from Mars. Women are from Venus. This one book from best-selling author John Gray built a publishing empire. Even if you’ve never read it, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Released in 1993, this book went on to sell more than 50 million copies and is considered the “highest ranked work of non-fiction of the 1990s.” When I read the book years ago, I remember the clarity it brought to relationships, and how we can make them stronger and more meaningful. Today, John Gray has added an anti-aging component to his books and lectures, and that’s why I’m writing to you today. Just last week, John Gray was a featu...
Source: Al Sears, MD Natural Remedies - October 20, 2015 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Al Sears Tags: Men's Health John Gray testosterone Source Type: news

8 Filling Fall Soup Recipes With 5 Ingredients Or Less
Autumn is here, and that means it's time for nubby sweaters and steaming bowls of soup. But while it takes a total of three seconds to throw on your favorite crewneck, cooking up Grandma's yummy stew recipe tends to be an hours-long ordeal. Still, that's no reason to miss out altogether. (Or worse, turn to the sodium-laden canned stuff.) When you're strapped for time, these simple, satisfying soups will totally hit the spot. More: The 5 Healthiest Fall Soups From Your Favorite Lunch Spots 1. Pesto Bean Soup Basic white bean soup is kinda boring. But when you add prepared pesto plus umami-packed ingredients like Parmesan...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 12, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news