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Campbell is a city located in Santa Clara County, California, part of Silicon Valley. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 38,138. Although not a major high-tech city like many of its neighbors, Campbell is the original home of eBay and of its creator, Pierre... (More Info and Source) Campbell Real Estate

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Man dies in collapsed tunnel accident at Half Moon Bay beach

A man is dead after being trapped by sand in a collapsed tunnel at Francis State Beach in Half Moon Bay.

Adam Pye, who is in his twenties, was standing in a hole that was about 10 feet deep, when it collapsed.

When emergency crews arrived at the scene, Pye was completely covered by sand. Due to the nature of the incident, 30 additional firefighters were called to help.

Crews and bystanders at the beach worked to get Pye out of the hole. They were able to pull him from the hole in less than 35 minutes, according to Cal Fire.

Despite the efforts of paramedics who administered advanced life support throughout the incident, Pye died at the scene.

At this point, additional details have not been released.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:57:33 -0700

Why do people believe we only use 10 percent of our brains?

You've probably heard the popular claim that humans only tap into about 10 percent of their brainpower. (Via Getty Images)

Neurologists have debunked that urban legend countless times in the past, with many calling it a laughable and completely false myth. (Via Scientific AmericanNBCBBCLiveScience)

But for whatever reason, people have still chosen to believe it. And the entertainment business might be, in part, to blame.

"It is estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of the brain's capacity." (Via Universal Pictures / "Lucy")

In the new sci-fi thriller "Lucy," which hits theaters this weekend, Scarlett Johansson plays a woman who is implanted with a mysterious drug that increases her mental capabilities exponentially. (Via IMDb)

And other recent releases like "Limitless" and "Transcendence" give the idea we only use a fraction of our brain's computing power.

But as "Lucy" starts to make people question this idea's validity once again, doctors are reiterating — it just doesn't make sense.

Samadi says, "It's not true, absolutely not. We're using 100 percent of our brain all the time." (Via Fox News)​

Except, perhaps, on Monday mornings. No one knows for sure where this popular "10 percent" myth originated.

But a professor of clinical neuropsychology at the University of Cambridge told the Belfast Telegraph the 10 percent figure was widely circulated for the first time in the 1936 best-seller "How to Win Friends and Influence People."

She claims the author probably made up the figure to prove a point in the book. (Via Amazon)

But that 10 percent number could also come from a misunderstanding of how most of our brain cells work.

SAMADI: "What's interesting about this is that, if you get a brain scan, you would see that maybe about 10 to 15 percent of your brain is extremely active." (Via Fox News)

To be clear — the entire brain is always active. As LiveScience pointed out back in 2010, brain scans have shown that people use all of their brains, though it is true that we don't use all of it at the same time.

But years of studies like that don't seem to be getting through. A survey sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research last year found 65 percent of Americans still believe that people only use 10 percent of their brains.

So why won't people let this myth go already?

A health writer for the BBC says it might be because it's a pretty encouraging idea. "Maybe it's the figure of 10 percent that is so appealing because it is so low that it offers massive potential for improvement. We'd all like to be better. ... But, sadly, finding an unused portion of our brains isn't the way it's going to happen."

Hopefully, the film industry will catch up with the world of science soon. But hey, at least it still makes for a good movie night, right? 

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:56:58 -0700

George Harrison memorial tree killed by beetles

A tree planted in Los Angeles to honor former Beatle George Harrison has been killed — by beetles.

Councilman Tom LaBonge says the pine grew to more than 12 feet tall before succumbing to a bark beetle infestation.

The tree was removed last month. LaBonge says it will be replanted in the fall.

After Harrison's 2001 death in Los Angeles, the pine was planted near Griffith Observatory. A small plaque at the base commemorates the guitarist and songwriter, who had a deep appreciation of gardening.

LaBonge says several trees at Griffith Park have been killed by the beetles.

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:35:18 -0700

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