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How to Turn Boiling Water Into Snow? Watch (video)

We sure won't forget the bitter cold of last week.  Waking up to 0 degrees in the morning with wind chills of 10 to 20 below were a rude awakening.  Top it off with our first significant snow fall of the season, and we all knew that Winter had finally arrived.

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First Robotics Event Kicks off at GVSU

Tomorrow, January 5th, will be an exciting day for nearly 550 high school students and parents as they'll be at Grand Valley State University, downtown, for the "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" (FIRST) Robotics Competition kick-off event.

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Need Help With Holiday Gift-Giving? Try an App!

Holiday gift shopping is a daunting task and can completely overwhelm you.  What to get?  How much to spend?  Where to find it?

Oh, my!

App's to the rescue!  Phone Apps!

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Michigan Cases of Meningitis Grow to 119

It's such a sad, and avoidable problem that we have here in Michigan.

Most of us, I think, are aware that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration are coordinating a multi-state investigation of meningitis among patients who had received steroid injections.

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To Dispose Of Packaging, Just Add Water

So I'm one of those people concerned about the future of our planet.  Among other things, I believe it's our responsibility as inhabitants of this planet to care ... at least a little. Things like sending cans, plastics, bottles and cardboard can really make a difference at the landfill.

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If You’re “Liked” on Facebook You’ll get a Hug (video)

Every time you get a "like" on Facebook, you get a hug!

No, for real, you get a hug, that is if you're wearing the newest creation by designer, Melissa Kit Chow, Andy Payne and Phill Seaton from the MIT Media Lab.

I talked about this new invention on the radio show yesterday morning, "Andy In The Morning."

Melissa designed her "Like-A-Hug" vest that will inflate to simulate the feeling of a hug when you receive a “like” on Facebook.  I'm not kidding.

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“Once In A Blue Moon” is Actually Tonight, August 31st

Hey stargazers, you are in for a little treat tonight, Friday, August 31.  We'll have a full moon in the night sky, and that is a real rarity that last happened in 2009.

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Cell Phones and Radiation…a Health Problem?

You know, we Americans spend a lot of time on our cell phones. We've heard warning from some that we could be getting radiation from our phones.  However you can never find anything definitive.

Are you concerned, worried, don't care?

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New Bill Would Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax — Dollars and Sense

Online shoppers often cite the convenience of purchasing items from web retailers like Amazon, but another perk to cyber shopping is that buyers often don’t have to pay sales tax.

Thanks to a congressional bill, though, that could soon change.

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You Could Lose Your Internet Connection Monday

What's up with this?  I might lose the internet?

Come Monday, more than a quarter of a million PC users around the country, could find themselves cut off from the Internet.   The FBI will be taking down a safety net they had put up to protect us from this very thing, a specific piece of malicious software.

Here are the facts from a USA Today story that we all should read very carefully.

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New Social Networking Site Connects Neighbors In Grand Rapids & West Michigan

What I love about Facebook is that it can connect me with anyone in the world.  It's a way of expanding my horizons.  But what if a social media site could connect you with your neighbor, the one who lives right up the street in Grandville, Wyoming, Byron Center even? Well it's here and it's called NextDoor.com.  

It's an application that allows you to draw a neighborhood boundary and then it will invite neighbors in that area to join your social network.

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Cancer Diagnosis Increases Risk Of Suicide, Heart Attack And Stroke

Researchers have found that when a person is given a cancer diagnosis it can have deadly consequences.  According to a new study a cancer diagnosis can increase the risk of suicide, heart attack and stroke.

The Swedish study followed more than 6 million a

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