News Stories

November 2005

A Large Rear End Can Be a Problem

?And not just when you're trying to fit into pants. Excess buttocks fat, especially in women, can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines, painkillers, contraceptives and anti-nausea drugs that are typically injected there.

Australian doctor Victoria O. Chan made a study of 50 patients, half of them men and half women, ranging in age from...

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Why are Modern Buildings So Ugly?

Prince Charles once described a modern building in London as resembling a gigantic toaster. Many people say they do not like modern architecture, and one reason for this may be that often form doesn't follow function.

When you look at the exterior of a building, can you tell whether the building is a city hall, an art museum, a library,...

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Dolphin Therapy Cures Depression

It has sometimes been dismissed as a New Age cure, and animal rights people sometimes complain that it's not good for the dolphins, but it turns out that swimming with dolphins really does fight depression better than drugs and lasts longer, according to doctors.

Researchers allowed a group of patients to swim and snorkel with dolphins...

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How the World Will End

In the Guardian, reporter Kate Ravilious asked 10 scientists to name the biggest danger to human life on Earth. Some of them say we'll go out with a bang, others say Earth will have a slow lingering end. Still other scientists say we'll solve our problems by evolving into a new species.

According to British astronomer royal Martin Rees...

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Absence Kindles Love

Newswise - Leaving your significant other behind while you attend college or serve in the militatry can actually kindle a closer love affair. Contrary to popular belief, long-distance relationships tend to last as long?and sometimes longer?as relationships in which partners live close to each other.

Psychologist Mary...

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Will Mexican Migration Ever be Legal?

Newswise - The government is using illegal Mexican immigrants to clean up damage from Katrina. Meanwhile, President Bush wants to create a "guest worker" program, somewhat like the "brasero" program of the 1940s and 50s.

Economist Paul Hancock says the use of migrant labor to harvest America's crops is a product of...

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2 Major Quakes in 2 Days

Over the past two days, major earthqakes have struck inChina and Iran. The Chinese quake, which measured 5.5 on the Richter Scale, struck at 8:49 Saturday morning along theHubei-Jiangxi provincial border, a short distance from thecity of Jiujiang. It killed at least 17 people and leftthousands homeless. This morning, at least ten people were...

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Canada Defense Minister in UFO Shocker

Former Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer stated flatlyin a speech in Toronto on September 25 that UFOs are not only real but that "current and past US activities risk"intergalactic war." Hellyer, Canada's Defense Minister from 1963-67, said, "UFOs, are as real as the airplanes that fly over your head."

He then went on to say that...

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What I Learned From the Fat Years--Final Chapter

Attention all dieters: You can now read the LAST chapter of Anne Strieber's diet book What I Learned From the Fat Years.

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Does Keeping Warm Ward Off Colds?

Now that the cold and flu season is here we're not only worried about bird flu, most of us are concerned about catching the ordinary, everyday cold. The idea that failure to bundle up against the elements can lead to sneezes and sniffles has been around for ages, but has been dismissed as an old wives' tale. However, a recent study supports the...

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That First Thanksgiving Dinner

Newswise - Today we mostly remember the forced removal of Native Americans from their traditional lands to reservations, but what we don't know is that they were very sharp when it came to the manipulation of 17th-century English power structures in order to combat English authority over them.

As Americans preparing for...

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Early Christian Chapel Now a Prison

The place where St John the Divine, in Revelation 16:16,prophesied the "war to end all wars" is now thehigh-security prison of Megiddo, where the Israelis send thehardest Palestinian cases. Could this fortress be the siteof an incredible war in the future?

Eric Silver writes in the Independent that underneath theconcrete fortress,...

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Some Sins Should be Avoided

Newswise - Most of us plan to overeat during the Thanksgiving holidays.If you're worried about gaining weight, be sure to read AnneStrieber's diet book.Meanwhile, researchers have discovered that a protein foundin the brain is genetically linked to both alcoholism andanxiety. Sugar also helps alleviate stress. Sweets...

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Hamsters Get SAD Too

Newswise - SAD, seasonal affective disorder, is depression that somepeople feel as the days get shorter and darker. A new studysuggests that hamsters may suffer from symptoms of anxietyand depression during the dark days of winter, just as somehumans do. If this is the case, we can try to mitigate thiscondition in hamsters, so...

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Free preview of Anne Strieber's Novel Little Town Lies

You can listen to Anne Strieber read Chapters 1 and 2 of her new novel Little Town Lies, which is in bookstores now. Click "Listen Now" on our masthead, then scroll to the last item on the list, called Little Town Lies. You can also read Chapter 1 in this month's Texas Monthly and also online.

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The Ultimate Diet

In Chapter 8 of What I Learned From the Fat Years, Anne Strieber writes: "After years of desperate dieting, I made a final pact with my body: I would go on one last diet. This had to be a diet that was sure to work, because I wanted to finally triumph over aging, my genes and my environment." She discovered the ultimate diet, but gained some...

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Chemical Weapons in Iraq

We've learned more about our use of chemical weapons in Iraq. Besides white phosphorus, we may have used napalm. While we are certainly justified in using all weapons against an enemy that it attacking us, we are supposed to be in Iraq in order to change hearts and minds. The Iraqis never attacked us before we invaded their country.

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Mold Threat in New Orleans

Spores of airborne mold have become a hazard in New Orleans, where the clean up is still going on.

Andrew Buncombe writes in the Independent that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has accused the Federal government of failing to warn people about this danger, just as they failed to warn New Yorkers about dangerous air...

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Prevent Bird Flu: Change Chicken Farming

Bird flu started in the huge bird markets in Asia, where chickens and ducks are sold. Poultry farms in the US are safer because of they way these businesses are run in the US: one company controls an entire farm?from egg production to chickens.

US Poultry expert Todd Applegate says, "The poultry industry is the most vertically integrated...

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A Luminous Week on Dreamland

William Henry has just published a major new book, The Illuminator and Whitley Strieber thinks that the information it contains is so important that it will be covered in two editions of Dreamland, both presented without commercial breaks. For subscribers, Anne Strieber talks to healer Eric Pearl about the healing he did for her last year.

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UFO Document Revealed

A document that has tantalized UFO investigators for over 30 years was released today. The document was produced for the judge during a 1980 trial initiated by Citizens Against UFO Secrecy to attempt to gain the release of secret UFO documents. The judge agreed that neither a group of NSA documents relating to UFOs should be released, nor the...

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WTC Towers Collapsed by Explosives

On 9/11 we saw two planes crash into the World Trade Center on TV. A couple of hours later, both towers collapsed. Steven E. Jones, a physics professor at Brigham Young University, thinks the hijackers may not have brought the towers down with their planes?that explosives had to have been planted inside them ahead of time, in order to create...

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Hands-Free Phones Increase Car Crashes

Newswise - People who use a cell phone when driving are four times more likely to have a serious crash and hands-free phones don't help. A study was done in Australia of over 400 drivers who used cell phones and had been involved in car crashes so severe that they ended up in the hospital. After the data from this study came in...

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Illegal Mexicans Clean Up Katrina

Halliburton is the company associated with Vice-President Dick Cheney that has profited highly in Iraq. An UN audit has recommended the U.S. repay $208 million to Iraq for work done by a Halliburton subsidiary. Now it?s been discovered that Halliburton has hired hundreds of undocumented South American immigrants to clean up after Katrina....

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Tamiflu Suicides

So far the only weapon we have against bird flu is Tamiflu which is being stockpiled by governments all over the world, despite the fact that the avian flu virus may have mutated so that the drug will no longer be effective. Now there's more ominous news: Tamiflu may lead to suicide.

Jeremy Laurance writes in the Independent that two...

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Thrills or Kills?

The gladiators who put on shows in the coliseums of ancient Rome fought to the death before crowds of adoring fans. Most of them were prisoners or slaves, but some did it for pay and others did it because they enjoyed it. Archeologists say they put on these shows in order to display their fighting skills, that they weren't only fighting for...

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Do French Fries Affect Breast Cancer?

A new study suggests that women who regularly ate French fries as young children have a significantly higher risk of breast cancer. Researcher Karin Michels says, "This study provides additional evidence that breast cancer may originate during the early phases of a woman's life and that eating habits during that phase may be particularly...

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Southern Plants Travel North

Newswise - Palm trees in Pennsylvania? Magnolias in Minnesota? The migration of subtropical plants to northern climates may happen if future global warming patterns follow the shift that took place in the past.

According to an article in the journal Science, fossils of southern plants found in cold climates provide...

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The History of Fatness

In Chapter 7 of her book What I Learned From the Fat Years, Anne Strieber continues her discussion of clothes. She writes, "New customers entering women's departments for the first time should know how we pioneering fat ladies had to struggle. It reminds me of what the suffragettes went through, campaigning for votes for women. I eventually...

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Finally: A Real Cure for Baldness

Rogain was supposed to be the solution, but if that were true, why do we still so many bald men? But scientists say they really are on the verge of discovering a definitive cure for baldness, after growing hair on a bald mouse. When researchers corrected the faulty hairless gene in the rodent, his fur began to grow back.

Mice and humans...

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