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- Daydreaming actually helps the brain problem solve and become active, a new study shows. Scientists previously thought the brain's routine activity was the only part that remained engaged during periods of daydreaming -- but the new study showed that parts of the brain associated with complex problem solving lit up when the mind wandered, too.
- Hipsters seem to take over everything -- and now they've claimed Jesus. A new "Jesus in Jeans" sculpture at a Catholic church in Britain shows him sporting a short haircut, a trim beard, baggy jeans and a billowing shirt. The son of God got a 21st century makeover so parishioners could better relate to him. It's unclear if the facial hair was ironic.
- An affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America used to train the nation's future cops and firefighters. Now, the group called the Explorers is teaching youths how to combating terrorism, illegal immigration and border violence. The Explorers changed their emphasis in the wake of Sept. 11 and use compressed-air guns but also shoot real guns on a closed range during training.
- Many are turning to the bottle in a bad economy -- but not in the way most would think. Barkeeps are heading back to school to better learn their craft in the hopes of landing more upscale jobs. Bartending schools are responding to this need and have begun offering advanced-level programs. One school offers a "master mixologist" accreditation after two years of study and a written thesis.