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The brain is a funny thing. You could be listening to your favorite radio show, say, when something catches your eye. Before you realize it, your mind has wandered and you've lost track of what you were just listening to.

UW-Milwaukee researcher Debbie Hannula studies the very real impact of this phenomenon. In fact, Hannula, who is a professor of psychology at UWM, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to examine how memory affects your attention.

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You were probably warned as a child to never combine water and electricity. The list of things not to do was impressive – don’t walk outside in a lightning storm, don’t plug in a hair dryer over a sink full of water. Essentially we were told some variation of "keep them far, far apart."

Well, Brooke Mayer didn’t get that message. Or if she did, she ignored it.

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Actress Angelina Jolie announced yesterday that she’s had a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carries a genetic mutation that puts her at high risk for developing breast cancer.

That announcement has, for many, rekindled a dilemma about how much information we want to know about our genome, and what do with that information once it’s in hand.