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12/7/2018

A 36-year-old man with chronic heart failure coughed up a blood clot in the precise shape of the right bronchial tree of his lung. Depending on your level of squeamishness, it's either really cool or really disturbing to look at.

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12/7/2018

The US may have been the first country to reach the moon, but if China's latest space mission is successful, that country will be the first to put a lander and rover on the far side of the moon -- the hemisphere that always faces away from Earth. While the Chinese don't plan to return with moon rocks after this particular mission, they may do so in 2019, which would mark the first time since the Soviet Union's Luna 24 mission in 1976 that materials from the moon have been brought back to Earth.

Given the state of US-China trade relations, the burning question I have is how high will the tariffs be on the lunar luxuries.

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12/7/2018

Not a "that performance was incredible" type of bow. A hair bow that costs $105. That kind of bow. This guide's recommended stocking stuffers are all over the place. I do like the tiny kit for making an Old-Fashioned, though, and the idea of melting off Marie Antoinette's head by burning the $170 decorative candle in her likeness.

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12/7/2018

Fifty years ago, a girl in Canada gave a boy a gift. The part of the gift that didn't need paper and a bow was the breakup. He was so sad, he threw the gift under the tree and swore he would never open it. As time went by, she forgot what it had even been.

Leave it to social media to dredge up the past. The two of them eventually found each other again, and she volunteered to unwrap the gift. She was as curious as he was! The book? "Love Is: New Ways To Spot That Certain Feeling." Guess they'll just leave "in a relationship" alone now that they are Facebook pals.

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12/7/2018

Single mother Nikkie Schwemmer had an awful string of bad luck that wrought everything from holes in her roof and an oft-flooded toilet to a dead car. But Secret Santa has come to the rescue, and Schwemmer's reaction is priceless. You need to see this for yourself.

12/7/2018

Hawaiian monk seals have a problem. More and more of them are being observed with eels stuck in their noses. This is a problem because the seals are rare enough as it is, and the eels may introduce infectious elements or make it hard for the seals to dive.

This is happening either because the seals are lunging for the eels and accidentally getting them stuck in their noses OR because -- I don't know how to put this delicately -- they are coming back up. Hopefully the eels will slide on off to some other partner.

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CNN
12/7/2018

It wasn't a ghost that rang an Alaskan couple's doorbell. It was the back end of a moose. Thanks, security cameras, for getting this couple off of the horns of their dilemma.

12/6/2018

Video calls can be less effective because you can see whether the other person is paying attention or even making eye contact, much less empathizing with you, writes Steve McKee. "Recognize that the technology is set up to make you look inconsiderate, and it will take significant effort to overcome that," he writes.

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12/6/2018

The Federal Reserve's latest report on economic conditions, known as the Beige Book, says most of its 12 regions achieved satisfactory growth in November but also says there is "increased uncertainty" among businesses over the influence of US tariff policy. The report highlights rising costs for manufacturers and problems for farmers due to countertariffs imposed by China and others.

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12/6/2018

A draft report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology describes 11 cybersecurity threats to mobile devices and seven areas of potential vulnerability related to public safety wearables. The report also raises concerns about malicious use of wireless device tracking and susceptibility among devices to wireless jamming.