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The journalist puts several "false assumptions" to rest regarding stories based on Edward Snowden's leaks; Alcoholics Anonymous is highly unsuccessful and overrated; meanwhile, scientists figure out what's the best diet out there. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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It seems like every time experts claim something is detrimental to your well-being, they have to retract themselves the following day. Here are a few things you'll be delighted to reincorporate into your diet.

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All right, members of the 112th United States Congress, if you keep saying you're about to have a total political meltdown and then nothing happens, we're going to stop believing you Once again, the fearsome government shutdown was avoided Thursday when squabbling factions on Capitol Hill (more).

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Energy drinks might have more serious side effects for children and teenagers than just getting them good and hyper, according to a group of doctors who released a cautionary report in the journal Pediatrics, warning that the amped-up beverages might trigger seizures and other highly undesirable reactions in rare cases. As it happens, they should also lay off the Gatorade.

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According to The New York Times' Gary Taubes, who isn't a scientist but is a journalist obsessed with the topic, the recent uptick in anti-sugar sentiment in nutritional (and lay) circles isn't without basis. In fact, he goes so far as to essentially answer his headline question "Is Sugar Toxic?" in the affirmative.

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The nutritional virtues of quinoa have been known since the Inca had an empire, but now that it's sent around the world to satisfy the bourgeois appetites of the Whole Foods set, some Bolivians have become malnourished although slightly better off economically.

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