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    The phrase "snail mail" may have never been more applicable. A postcard from the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago just reached its destination 53 years after it was mailed. Last week, Elizabeth Fulcher, who lives on Clairmont Lane in Daytona, Florida, received a postcard addressed to a Scott McMurry on Clairmont Avenue in Decatur, Georgia. McMurry did once reside on Clairmont Avenue in Decatur when he was a child. Fulcher said she was immediately intrigued by the two-cent stamp attached to it.

    Fulcher posted a picture of the postcard on her Facebook wall, and then her friends helped her track down McMurry, who is a historian for the Justice Department and lives in Virginia.

    McMurry was then given the postcard that his now-deceased parents had sent more than five decades ago. Now 71, McMurry said he immediately recognized his mother's handwriting and called the card "incredible." The

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  • Laboratory for Affective NeuroscienceIn the past 20 years, neuroscience, buoyed by advances in imaging technology—namely, functional magnetic resonance imaging or fMRI—has been giving us a cranial roadmap into our behavior, extreme and otherwise. As the technology keeps improving at a dramatic pace, so can the development of treatments for diseases, some of which couldn't even be diagnosed until after death.

    This week yielded some amazing reports on brain research, from diagnosing injury before the symptoms manifest to tracking emotional behavior to specific little gray cells. Here are just a few:

    The serious consequences of a blow to the head, and a possible test. Most people know the insidious consequences of a knockout or a concussion, the worst case scenario being a blood clot that leads to a stroke. Less understood are consequences of blows to the head—direct or percussive, like from being too near an explosive device—that leave you reeling, but conscious. If you're not out cold, the layman reasoning goes, you're

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  • The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
    Yahoo! and across the Web for Friday April 27, 2012.

    Research by Search editor Liz Streng

    What makes a pygmy short? Why is Poe so pop-culture addictive? Why do mothers worry about monkeypox? These are just some of the stories getting attention on the Web. Below, a roundup of what people are searching for, before the weekend hits.

    STANDOUT SPIKES

    Pygmies: Ever wonder why Western African pygmies are so short? It's in their genes. OK, so everything is in the genes, but their height is the stuff of academic debate. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are not only signaling out a particular set of genes, but also thinking "hormonal pathways and immune system regulations" played an evolutionary role. What makes the study significant is that most genome studies have been conducted among European populations. For an abstract of the study, head to PLoS Genetics or Scientific American.

    Edgar Allan Poe: The John

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    A terminally ill woman in Tampa, Florida, may live longer thanks to YouTube. Darlene Gant has stage 4 breast cancer, and she is dying. The 46-year-old mother wants to do anything she can that may give her more time with her family. So she made a desperate plea to drug company Genentech to give her pertuzumab, a promising new cancer drug. The problem is, pertuzumab is not scheduled to be released by the FDA until June 8.

    Gant's doctors, friends, and relatives sent letters on her behalf begging Genentech to release the drug early for "compassionate use." As part of Gant's wish she says in the video, "please, do what you can and stand up and insist on research for stage 4 metastatic cancers." Gant's personal heartbreaking video has triggered an enormous outpouring of support and encouragement. One person commented, "You go girl! How's that for not taking no for an answer." So far,

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  • The weekday report for the topics and people that are trending on
    Yahoo! and across the Web for Thursday April 26, 2012.

    Research by Search editor Liz Streng

    An anniversary of a nuclear plant meltdown brought countries together to help rebuild its shelter, but a coincident act of nature panicked citizens distrustful of the government that tried to hide the disaster. In animal news, a fast-food eatery may change the way we eat, or at least treat our food source, by pledging a more humane take-out. And a glimmer of hope is sparked by photos of a rare feline.

    Below, what readers have been tracking online.

    STANDOUT SPIKES

    Chernobyl: Countries commemorated the 26th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear disaster. Ukraine at last began building a new shelter, which will weigh 20,000 tons and be finished in 2015, to replace the decaying "sarcophagus" that housed the nuclear power plant. President Viktor Yanukovych thanked countries who donated to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund.

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