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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

Looking for E.T.

By Randy A. Salas

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | (MCT) The Associated Press recently reported the strange case of a Minneapolis man whose stolen laptop computer was tracked down using an online network that was set up to search for intelligent life in the universe. We will leave the crime-solving to the police, but, hey, that search for smart extraterrestrials sure sounds cool.


What does your computer do when you're not using it? For members of the SETI@home project, their computers' "idle time" is spent looking for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence. The network combines the processing power of millions of personal computers worldwide to form a virtual supercomputer that exhaustively crunches data from a radio telescope to see if radio signals from space might have an alien brain behind them. No E.T. has been found in the nearly eight years since SETI@home was started, but the project did help track down a laptop stolen from James Melin and his wife, Melinda Kimberly, of Minneapolis, according to the AP (see story at www.startribune.com/a2410). The thief turned on the computer and it automatically logged into SETI@home, allowing police to track down the laptop using information it provided to the network. You can join SETI@home for free by downloading and installing the program needed to run it. The site explains everything. You determine when your computer pitches in and how much of its resources are used. Even if you collectively never find intelligent life beyond Earth, you might be helping to protect your computer from theft.


Despite its name, SETI@home is not part of the older SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute, which was founded in 1984. The search is just half of the institute's mission, the other being devoted to the study of life in the universe, or astrobiology. Things are fairly dry at the SETI site, but it does offer regular features about the latest developments in the search for extraterrestrials, such as a sobering self-examination titled "When Does SETI Throw in the Towel?" The site also houses the institute's weekly radio show, "Are We Alone?" -- with a new episode, "That Thinking Feeling," being posted today for download.


NASA has had cosmic ambassadors carrying a message from Earth for nearly 30 years. Launched in late summer 1977, the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes each carried a gold-plated phonograph record with music, images and greetings in 55 languages. NASA's official Voyager website offers a decent overview, but GoldenRecord.org (www.goldenrecord.org) presents an easy-to-use multimedia guide to the record, including music samples. There's no word on what happens if the extraterrestrials that find either Voyager don't have a record player.


Maybe all of these scientific missions to find extraterrestrial intelligence are wasting time and money. According to Matthew Hurley's UFO Artwork, aliens have been with us since the prehistoric era and the presence of UFOs in artwork going back to ancient cave paintings seems to prove it. Although it hasn't been updated since 2001 (to divert material to a related book project), his site shows dozens of paintings, murals and more showing UFOs in the sky behind, say, a crucified Jesus, Moses and prehistoric wildlife. Far out, man.

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