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9:48 am
Wed October 24, 2012

When Fire Met Food, The Brains Of Early Humans Grew Bigger

Actors Stan Laurel and Edna Marlon play at socializing around the campfire. It turns out that early man's brain developed in part thanks to cooking.
Hulton Archive Getty

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 12:08 pm

If you're reading this blog, you're probably into food. Perhaps you're even one of those people whose world revolves around your Viking stove and who believes that cooking defines us as civilized creatures.

Well, on the latter part, you'd be right. At least according to some neuroscientists from Brazil.

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Shots - Health News
9:45 am
Wed October 24, 2012

The Sick Turn To Crowdfunding To Pay Medical Bills

Fundraising for medical causes is getting easier with sites like GoFundMe.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 12:14 pm

Surely you've heard of crowd funding sites like Kickstarter that have helped thousands of filmmakers, musicians and painters leverage Facebook and Twitter to raise money for creative projects.

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A Blog Supreme
9:44 am
Wed October 24, 2012

A Charles Mingus Anecdote That Has Nothing To Do With Breasts

Bassist Charles Mingus leads a band at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival, including Lonnie Hillyer (trumpet) and Charles McPherson (alto sax, obscured).
Ray Avery CTSIMAGES

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 1:36 pm

We interrupt this blog to bring you an announcement from the one and only Charles Mingus, the great bassist and composer:

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Sales Of New Homes Hit Fastest Pace In 2 1/2 years

A sign of the times at a building site in Ohio earlier this year.
John Kuntz The Plain Dealer /Landov

Sales of new single-family homes rose 5.7 percent in September from August and at an annual rate of 389,000 hit the fastest pace since April 2010, the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development say.

Sales were up 27.1 percent from September 2011.

Reuters calls the news "further evidence the housing market recovery is gaining steam."

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First Reads
9:03 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Exclusive First Read: 'Hallucinations,' By Oliver Sacks

Originally published on Wed October 24, 2012 9:38 am

Hallucinations can be terrifying, enlightening, amusing or just plain strange. They're thought to be at the root of fairy tales, religious experiences and some kinds of art. Neurologist Oliver Sacks has been mapping the oddities of the human brain for decades, and his latest book, Hallucinations, is a thoughtful and compassionate look at the phantoms our brains can produce — which he calls "an essential part of the human condition." In this chapter, Sacks examines auditory hallucinations.

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