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Astrological Hours for the heck of it and topics for those interested in medicine and other sciences

Jupiter goes about and executes. This is an excellent hour for just about any task. Its influence is said to be very fortunate for those things begun at this time. Dealings with lawyers, judges, stock brokers, merchants, clergymen, college professors, physicians, writers and publishers should go very well at this time.

Important formal civic functions go well at this time. Philanthropy in this hour tends to gain a higher recognition now than in other hours. It is one of the best times to initiate a lawsuit and seek justice.

Startling News For Babies Born In 2000

One in three babies born in the year 2000 is likely develop diabetes in his or her lifetime, with females and minorities facing the highest risk, according to new calculations by the Centers for Disease Control. While the report focused on millennium babies, the reality is that this should be a wake-up call for everyone.

This is really weird! Find out why scientists have determined that people who have short thighs are at a greater risk for diabetes.

The CDC report is the first time researchers have attempted to predict Americans' lifetime risk for acquiring type 2 diabetes. The findings are startling. By the year 2050, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes will increase a staggering 165 percent from the 17 million, or 7 percent of the population, that now have the disease. The No. 1 cause? Obesity. Getting diabetes at age 40 will cut about 15 years from your life.

Love a juicy steak or hamburger? Uh oh. Bad news. Click to find out why scientists think too much of a good thing could lead to type 2 diabetes.

Those of Hispanic descent face the greatest risk with nearly 53 percent of girls and 45 percent of boys born in 2000 will likely develop diabetes. In addition, about 40 percent of all black babies born in 2000 are expected to develop the disease. One in three while females and one in four white males will develop it at some point in their lives. To prevent diabetes, all you need to do is lose that extra weight, exercise about 30 minutes a day most days of the week, and eat healthy foods.

Fact or fiction: Will eating sugar cause diabetes? Click here and then click on the tab that says "Excess Sugar."

Books You Read Impact How You Dream

And you thought it was the red hot chili peppers that gave you those nightmares. It could have been your choice in books. Researchers from the University of Wales surveyed more than 10,000 adult and child library patrons and their choice in reading material and concluded there is a link between the type of books we read and the dreams we have, reports the BBC News.

The most common dream of all isn't the one where you're naked in the middle of a crowd. And it's not the one about missing the final exam after you forgot to attend class the entire semester. It's the one about...

Some of the interesting findings:
--Adults who read fiction have stranger dreams than adults who read nonfiction, and they are more likely to remember them upon waking.
--Those who read fantasy novels have more nightmares and "lucid" dreams, which are dreams in which we are aware we're dreaming.
--Love romance novels? Your dreams are emotionally intense.
--Children who read scary books are three times more likely to have nightmares than kids who don't read these books.

The position in which you sleep at night--whether it's all curled up in a fetal position or sprawled out across the bed--reveals your personality.

Study author Dr. Mark Blagrove told the BBC, "Reading affects children's dreams more, the younger they are." Here's the good news: The older we get the fewer nightmares we have.

This is the reason why waking up early is SO hard to do!

If Aliens Exist, They're Near This Star

If extraterrestrial life exists anywhere out there, astrobiologist Maggie Turnbull of the University of Arizona in Tucson thinks it's near a star named 37 Gem. This middle-aged star in the constellation of Gemini is at the top of a shortlist of 30 possible planets and stars that may be host to life, reports New Scientist magazine.

Are there aliens among us? Find out about recent sightings, learn about Area 51, and see what could be actual alien photos.

"This stable, middle-aged star is just a bit hotter and brighter than our sun. And if alien life is anywhere, it's likely to be there," reports New Scientist. Turnbull's list will be used by a NASA project called the Terrestrial Planet Finder, a space telescope that will be launched about 10 years from now to search for habitable planets.

In May 2003, three people driving at night in rural Georgia had a close encounter of the second kind. Click to read their spooky story--that some investigators are taking quite seriously.

Turnbull chose the neighborhood of 37 Gem as a likely place to host life because of two things: its age and the amount of heavy metal present when the star was formed. She also said it's the 37th brightest star in the constellation of Gemini (hence, the name) and looks most like our sun than any other star. "The closer we look, the more we realize how other stars are different from the sun," Turnbull explained to New Scientist.

Put outer space on your monitor! Take your pick of several screen savers, all of which are free to download. Selections include photographs of space shot by the Hubble Space Telescope, the Hale-Bopp comet, and much more.

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