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Researchers List Top 10 Airports For Spreading Disease

It may not be the coughing, sneezing passenger next to you on your next flight who is spreading disease, it could be the airport you just took off from. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Civil and Environmental Engineering department looked at the 40 largest U.S. airports and figured out which ones would be the most likely to spread a disease in the event of an outbreak in the cities they serve. They factored in passengers' travel patterns, the airports' geographic locations, interactions between airports and even passenger waiting times for their study, published July 19 in the journal PLoS ONE. One of the surprises in their findings was that an airport's ranking on the researchers' list was not necessarily tied to its size or busyness. While John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York and Los Angeles International Airport were first and second on the list, respectively, Honolulu International Airport ranked third, even though it carries only 30% as much traffic as Kennedy.

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Top 7 Manliest Swordfights in Film History

Scenes of swordplay have been entertaining filmgoers since the days of the nickelodeon. But these bloodless dance routines could hardly be described as "fights". They were the martial equivalent of sitcom couples in separate beds. As movie audiences grew more sophisticated, however, they craved more from their fight sequences. They needed to see the brutal reality of mortal combat.

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10 Technologies Transforming Sports

Nowadays, it's hard to tell the jocks from the geeks. Athletes capitalize on advances from engineering, material science, biomechanics, communication and information technologies to maximize training and performance. And brainiacs develop technologies that are transforming every aspect of sport, including coaching, judging, even the design of sports arenas and spectator experience. To date, most advances in sports technology have been in material science and design. Aerospace engineer Kim B. Blair, founder of the Sports Innovation Group LLC, an affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, thinks the playbook is changing. "We've hit a plateau," he says. "The next big thing is the information revolution."

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9 Legendary Monsters of Christmas

The customs of the holiday season, which include St. Nicholas Day, New Years Day, and Epiphany, as well as Christmas, often incorporate earlier pagan traditions that have been appropriated and adapted for contemporary use. Customs that encourage little children to be good, so as to deserve their Christmas gifts from Father Christmas, St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, often come with a dark side: the punishment you'll receive from a monster or evil being of some sort if you aren't good! These nefarious characters vary from place to place, and they go by many different names and images.

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The 25 Best Diet Tricks of All Time

A new diet arrives, another fades away. Should eating habits really be as fleeting as fashion trends? Let's face it: The best weight-loss strategies are the ones that stand the test of time. Here, we've gathered 25 classic tips from our favorite health and nutrition experts. These simple strategies may not be as sexy as the latest fad diet, but they're guaranteed to never go out of style.

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Top 10 Disappearing jobs in the USA

Between 2010 and 2020, the United States is expected to add nearly 20 million new jobs. That represents a 14.3% increase in labor. A good part of that change has to do with population growth, as well as the growth of several sectors. Certain medical and personal care jobs will grow by 50% or more as the baby boomer population ages and their needs increase. Other occupations, however, will decline considerably. Changes in population and technology also will lead to certain jobs shrinking dramatically or even becoming obsolete — if they are not already. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) information on thousands of separate occupations, 24/7 Wall St. identified 10 job categories that will shrink by at least 14%, and in some cases by much more than that.

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10 Ways to Find Money

Employees who'd grown accustomed to bigger paychecks are now feeling the shock of the expiration of the Social Security payroll tax break that ended at the start of the new year. The so-called payroll tax holiday reduced the employee's portion of the Social Security contribution rate from 6.2% to 4.2% of earnings in 2011 and 2012. But the cut, intended to put more money in people's pockets and stimulate spending, was temporary and has now reverted to its former level, resulting in smaller paychecks for workers. Gail Cunningham, a spokeswoman for the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, or NFCC, warned that employees need to act fast to adjust their budgets, especially if they're living paycheck-to-paycheck.

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The 3 Best Wines to Lower Cholesterol

It appears that red wine is better than white when it comes to lowering cholesterol, according to the latest research at the University of California, Davis, and Harvard. There are particular brands of red wines cited as cholesterol fighters in tests, but they are not the only kinds because not all of them have been tested. Chemicals in the red wines have advantages to lower cholesterol levels. It may also have to do with the amount of alcohol in the red wines and where they are from, but research is continuing.

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17 Star Wars Locations That Actually Exist

Plenty of people dream of traveling to other planets. But "Star Wars" fans can actually visit locations where many of the films' most famous scenes were shot. Some aren't even as remote as one might expect. From dinner at Luke Skywalker's childhood home to a romantic balcony where romance blossomed, here are some of the places where "Star Wars" comes to life.

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10 iPhone Apps for a Better Night’s Sleep

General health practitioners recommend that adults get at least seven hours of sleep each night for optimal functioning of mind, body and spirit. Countless studies have proven the direct links between sleep quality and its effects on healthy immune functions, memory, learning, metabolism and much more. A good night’s sleep starts with a bedtime routine that prepares your body for a restful night ahead. Some drift off peacefully with the help of simple melodies, while others prefer a calming voice to guide them The following apps provide options for people of all sleep styles. Forget counting those sheep and upgrade to sleep 2.0 with these 10 app picks.

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10 Animals Addicted to Cigarettes

With as many as 35 million people trying to quit smoking every year, cigarette addiction is no joke. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for Teens, the majority of people who try to quit relapse within a week. And although most withdrawal symptoms diminish inside a few weeks, cravings can often reappear throughout a person’s life, whether they’re smoking or not. Shockingly, the NIDA for Teens says that one out of every five deaths in the US is caused by tobacco use, which makes it “more lethal than all other addictive drugs combined.” Researchers have done tests on animals to learn more about this addiction and how to kick the habit, but some of Earth’s creatures have become hooked on smoking themselves, providing a fascinating look into what was once thought to be a purely human vice.

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30 Times You've Seen The Walking Dead Actors Before

With everyone dying and coming back to life all the time, it's hard to keep track of all the different performers appearing regularly on The Walking Dead each week. To make things even more confusing, many of these people actually had lives and careers prior to appearing on the show. In what other roles have you seen The Walking Dead actors before? Some of The Walking Dead's star performers have racked up years of experience; others may have only popped up in one or two other roles. Wondering where you've seen that The Walking Dead actor or actress before? Allow us to humbly assist.

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