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8 Australian Furniture Designers Whose Work the Country Embraced

The past century has seen the rise of notable furniture designers in Australia. Many of them followed the design trends of their time while a few created their own style and amassed a great following for it. The success of this industry is clear, and many of today’s talented designers have contributed to this great feat. But we can’t deny that the post-war pioneers from half a century ago had made all of these possible in the first place. After the Second World War, industrial designers found a good use for the resources around them. They pushed the boundaries and...

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Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Maria Fabrizio for NPR Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we're healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn't as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don't exercise, the underlying changes can start even sooner. "The heart gets smaller — stiffer," says Dr. Ben Levine, a sports cardiologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and director of the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, in Dallas. Think of the...

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This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

A photo taken in Astoria, Ore., circa 1910. It was stated that the chinook on the left weighed 116 pounds and the one on the right weighed 121 pounds. WikiMedia Commons While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast. Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the biggest of all salmon. They used to grow so enormous that it's hard now to believe the old photos...

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Random Company Will Pay Man’s Drunken $1,600 Uber Fare As Thank You For Not Drinking and Driving

Random Company Will Pay Man’s Drunken $1,600 Uber Fare As Thank You For Not Drinking and Driving

After a night of partying in West Virginia, Kenny Bachman was ready to head home and get a good nights sleep. Though he does not remember doing it, he ordered himself an Uber so he could safely get back to his friend’s house near the West Virginia University campus. A few hours after getting into the car, however, he woke up to find himself more than two hours into the 300-mile journey to his home in New Jersey. Since he had also accidentally ordered himself an Uber XL, rather than a regular car, the fare was doubled from $800 to...

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Surprise Finding Could Lead to New MS Treatments

Surprise Finding Could Lead to New MS Treatments

A surprise finding by medical scientists may lead to the development of a possible treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS). While examining human brain tissues, researchers from the University of Alberta and McGill University unexpectedly found that the tissues from people who had MS contained an extremely high level of a protein named calnexin, compared with those who hadn’t had MS. The researchers then tested the susceptibility of mice lacking calnexin to the mouse model of human MS (experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis), and were astonished to find that the mice lacking the protein were completely resistant to the disease. The causes of...

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