News Stories

November 2005

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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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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How to Help Victims of Pakistan Quake

As the death toll from the Pakistan earthquake passes the 80,000 mark, the weather in the region is turning cold. Many thousands more are going to die this winter, and so far only $135 million of the $550 million in aid dollars that have been promised have actually been received. But the story's over. The big media has forgotten about the quake...

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This Week's Dreamland: How to Contact the Dead

Alan Botkin has discovered a miraculous therapy for grief and loss, and he explains it all to us on this week's Dreamland. A clinical psychologist, Botkin discovered the therapy while helping war veterans with post traumatic stress disorder. Learn about IADC and see if you can contact those you love who have passed away.

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Portion Size Makes Us Fat

Newswise - At unknowncountry.com, we know what it's like to get fat, but we're here to HELP you, by posting a new chapter of Anne Strieber's diet book on this website every Monday. What makes people overeat? Researchers discovered that people eat too much when they are served large portions, even of foods they don't like.

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Movies Lead to Bad Behavior

Newswise - Children two to six years old are four times as likely to try to smoke later on if they have watched movies and DVDs in which the actors smoked. They are five times as likely to try drinking alcohol if they've seen movies in which actors drank. Most tobacco and alcohol prevention studies target children during...

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Why Do We Need to Sleep?

Newswise - One of the biggest complaints that doctors hear is insomnia. A recent poll by the National Science Foundation found that only 50% of Americans get a good night's sleep a few nights each week. Why do we need to sleep, anyway? Sleep researchers are studying animals in order to figure this out. For instance, they have...

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How Australia Prevented Terror Attack

LA recently foiled terrorists by reading their emails. Now Australia reports that they have also been able to arrest a group of terrorists before they could act.

Kathy Marks reports in the Independent that hundreds of Australian police have staged raids that netted them a group of arrests of men who they believe were planning to commit a...

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Iraq Thefts?Were Valuables Ever Recovered?

When we invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003, there were news reports about the looting of over ten thousand valuable artefacts from the National Museum, and it was rumored that looters even had lists of things to steal, given to them by international antique dealers. Then it was discovered that museum curators hid much of it in bank vaults, so it...

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WE Use Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Before we invaded Iraq, we accused Saddam Hussein of having chemical weapons, but none have ever been found. Now it turns out that we used them against Iraqi insurgents. We used large amounts of white phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in when our forces staged an attack there a year ago. White phosphorus causes deaths and serious burns...

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Pollution Drives People to Suicide

Newswise - A psychiatrist's study of the suicide rate in a North Carolina county has revealed that it may be linked to releases of hydrogen sulfide and other airborne chemicals from a nearby paper mill and other industrial sites.

This is the second study to propose a possible link between increased suicide rates in a...

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The Real Truth About China

China has become a big capitalistic success and is one of our largest trading partners, supplying all the vast discount outlets in the US, such as Wal-Mart, with most of their goods. But there are more important things in life than just a bargain. Should we use our influence with China to try to change some of the things they DON'T do well?and...

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A Surprising New Fuel

Greenhouse gases are reaching dangerous levels and oil prices are at their highest, so we desperately need a new, non-polluting fuel. We may eventually need to mine Helium 3 from the moon, but until we can get there and start shoveling it up from the surface, we need to figure out how to transport it efficiently back to Earth. In the meantime,...

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Why We Don't Glide Instead of Walk or Run

Newswise - Horses have a variety of gaits, including walking, trotting, cantering and galloping, so why do human beings only walk or run? We have the bones and muscles to perform a variety of gaits. We could even develop a brand new way of moving. Scientists got curious about this and used a computer to prove that when you have...

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How to Save a Prehistoric Pine

From the fossil record, we know that pines were the first trees on Earth and that they're much older than deciduous trees that drop their leaves every year. The Wollemi pine has been on Earth for so long?around 250 million years?that it has been called the "pinosaur." Like many old species, it lives in Australia, where the location of the...

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Fireball Sightings on the Rise Worldwide

Fireballs and strange lights in the sky have been sighted from California to Pennsylvania to Maine?and also in Canada, Germany and the Netherlands. Can some of these be comets, meteors or asteroids?and what's the difference between them? Asteroids and meteors are space rocks, while a comet is mostly made of ice.

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Why are Serial Killers Mostly American?

Newswise - In her new novel Little Town Lies (in bookstores now), Anne Strieber writes about a surprising serial killer. Anne will read several chapters from her book on this website. We know that serial killers are psychopaths?monsters created by childhood sexual abuse. But one little-known fact that most of them are male and...

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Many More Dimensions Than We See

Newswise - Quantum physics tells us that the world is much different than we have been taught in school or perceive it to be. We are aware of 3 spatial dimensions. But physicists say there are at least nine spatial dimensions, six of them hidden from us, perhaps curled up in some way so they are tiny and undetectable.

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What I Learned From the Fat Years Chapter Six

Anne has always stressed that her diet book, What I Learned From the Fat Years, is for both men and women, but her new Chapter 6 CLOTHES is just for you gals. Anne says, "It's only in the last few years that fat women been able to go into a typical department store and come out with something to wear. After I gained weight, I found myself in...

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Stomach Polygraph

Newswise - Recent studies have suggested that we have a "second brain" in our intestines, which means that our guts get all twisted up when we're under stress, because they "worry," just like our brains do. Patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) know this well. It turns out that not only do our intestines worry, our...

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Is Wal-Mart Evil?

Wal-Mart is wonderful?it brings us cheap consumer goods and plenty of them. While the store chain has meant the death of many mom-and-pop stores in the last few years, this is the way capitalism works?or is it? Some critics think that Wal-Mart is an unnecessary evil.

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Secret US Prison Camps

No matter how we feel about the torture of prisons and whether or not it is sometimes necessary, most of us were shocked by the photos from the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Many of us are worried about what may be happening in our Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. Now the international organization Human Rights Watch has discovered secret US prisons...

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Black Hole Mystery

A super-massive black hole has been discovered at the center of our galaxy. Black holes absorb everything that comes near them, even light. They are the most massive objects in the universe, and the most destructive.

Steve Connor writes in the Indpendent that black holes are the strangest things in the universe. How can there be a hole...

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Anne's New Diary: You Must Live Out of Love

In her new diary, Anne Strieber writes: "On the anniversary of my burst aneurysm in October of 2004, many people have asked me what I've learned. I?ve written about this extensively in many of my earlier diaries, but I thought I?d sum it up here. You might even call this diary 'What I Learned from the Sick Year' (to paraphrase of the diet book...

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Organic Food Standards Weakened

Congress has amended the Organic Food Production act to allow food additives and processing aids such as chemical stabilizers in organic foods, without public review. It has also granted organic food producers the right to continue antibiotic treatment and genetically engineered feeding of young cows prior to their entering organic production,...

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A Good Reason to Hate Other People?

Newswise - While we all want to overcome racial prejudice, we should be aware that it's actually instinctual which is why it never completely goes away. It's a form of DNA common sense, hard-wired into the human brain through evolution, as a way to identify our "pack" or tribe and to protect our prehistoric ancestors from...

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Europe's First Pyramid

Bosnia's leading Muslim daily Dnevni Avaz reports "a sensational discovery" of "the first European pyramid" that has been discovered just north of Sarajevo in Bosnia. According to the BBC, excavations at a hill above the town "have confirmed the original claim that this is Europe's first pyramid and a monumental building, similar in dimensions...

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Human Hands Emit Light

Human hands glow in the dark, and our fingernails produce the most light. In fact, most living things release light. If our eyes were sensitive enough, we would be able to see other people glowing in the dark. If we could see this light with our naked eyes (which we can't), we might see that we leave a short-lived light trail of footprints...

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Rush to Create Bird Flu Vaccine

Newswise - In the event of a bird flu influenza pandemic, the world's vaccine manufacturers will be in a race against time. But now researchers at the University of Wisconsin, working with scientists at the University of Tokyo, have discovered a quicker, more efficient way to make flu vaccine. As soon as an effective avian flu...

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Is Splenda Safe?

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