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Using a Tanzanian tribe as a stand-in for ancient humans, an international group of scientists determined that the hunter-gatherers burned calories no better than we fat, slobby Westerners, when corrected for size. This suggests that overeating is more to blame for obesity than the modern sedentary lifestyle.

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It seems the schoolyard is more boring than ever. Researchers found that lackluster playground designs brought to us by strict equipment safety rules and low budgets have made outdoor playtime unappealing to toddlers at child care centers around the nation. The need to meet stringent academic requirements is leading schools to underemphasize physical play too.

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In a surprising new study, a fake scientist consulted by the source that at least admits it makes everything up, the Onion News Network, suggests that Americans perform the bulk of their fitness regimes while in a state of acute inebriation.

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Researchers have found a way to trigger a gene that causes the body to burn fat -- without exercise. Mice tested with the wonder drug not only lost weight, but kept the pounds off while eating fatty foods. Needless to say, the same effect can be achieved through a healthy lifestyle, but who has the time?

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How do you begin to unravel the conspiracy theories and mysteries surrounding the U.S. Air Force's response on 9/11? Get your hands on over 30 hours of never-before-released NORAD tapes. Vanity Fair's Michael Bronner did just that, and pieces together a picture of the "chaotic military history of that day -- and the Pentagon's apparent attempt to cover it up." Complete with audio clips. (h/t bb.net)

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