News Stories

January 2006

No Fail Lie Detector

Politicians lie all the time. We know our stomachs cannot tell a lie. Some people are natural born liars. New studies have shown that we cannot rely on polygraphs to weed out the liars among us, which is why they are not accepted as evidence in trials. Instead, we need to rely on the new technology of PET scans, which can catch liars 90% of the...

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State of the Union?Is Bush Telling the Truth?

President Bush gives his annual State of the Union address on Januarary 31st. US voters will be watching Bush closely on television. We recently posted a story about scientific ways to spot spin among politicians. Now we have more scientific information on what to look for.

Movement analyst Karen Kohn Bradley studies the nonverbal and...

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World War III May Be Fought on the Moon

We've written before that both the US and China have plans to go to the moon--not for exploration, as the US claims, but to mine the incredibly valuable fuel Helium 3 that's found there. The US won't admit that our true reason for returning to the moon, and China is equivocal about theirs, but Russia is plain spoken about it--they say they're...
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Nuke Waste Problem Won't Go Away

We've written that China, in desperate need of energy, is developing new fusion reactors despite the fact that many US scientists say that fusion doesn't work. Now UK scientists are saying that, before any new nuclear power plants are built, we should tackle the problem of nuclear waste.

Many solutions have been proposed for this over...

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Another Earth?

Astronomers have discovered what they call an "Earth-likeplanet" orbiting a distant star. They feel they are finallygetting close to a possible discovery of alien life. Theyare searching for another relatively small, rocky planetwhere temperatures are neither too hot or too cold for lifeto exist.

Most of the planets we discover are huge...

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BLIZZARD in Hawaii

A vast arctic cold front has driven temperatures to record lows from Norway to Siberia and Japan, and has now brought snow to the slopes of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Tourists from California who were climbing the volcano were almost stranded when the latest blizzard began. The park rangers who work there all say they have never seen snow...

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Important Environmental Message

James Lovelock, created the Gaia hypothesis, named after the Greek goddess Gaia, which states that that the living matter of the Earth functions like a single organism. The Independent has published an interview with Lovelock in which he states that the goddess Gaia may now be on her death bed.

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Oil Shortage Looms in China

China is booming economically right now, but Chinese officials say that the country has only a few years left before oil prices will make its present economy unworkable. Chinese sources project a doubling of oil prices within five years, no matter if oil is a limited or unlimited resource, because even if it is created naturally within the...

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Stardust Success

William Henry interviewed Donald Brownlee on Dreamland on January 13 about Project Stardust(If you're a subscriber you can still listen to this incredible interview). The Stardust capsule has returned to Earth after a seven year trip through space, and NASA scientists are delighted by the dust samples that came back to Earth. Some of them were...

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Scientific Spin Detector

We've written before about how mathematics can bring us amazing revelations. Now a mathematician in Canada says that he can use math to tell when a politician is lying. With our own election coming up in 2008, this is something we can use.

Stu Hutson writes in New Scientist that a hard-fought election for the post of prime minister is...

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Oil May Not Be a Fossil Fuel

Is there an oil shortage?or isn't there? We recently put up a report by an economist who says that the world is NOT running out of oil. Now NASA says that there is plenty of methane on Saturn?s moon Titan that is "not biological." Does this mean that oil?which has always been called a "fossil fuel," is not biological either, but is continuously...

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Dreamland Intermittent Outages

Dreamland is experiencing intermittent outages. If youattempt to access the stream and get a "ready" notice inyour Windows Media Player, please try again. Once the streamstarts, it will continue normally. We are working to resolvethis issue. The stream is not overpopulated with listeners.The problem is a technical one.

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Canopus Reveals Itself

The southern pole star, Canopus, is rarely visible in thenorthern hemisphere, but it can be seen tonight south of theapproximate latitude of Los Angeles or Birmingham. It willbe the second brightest star after Sirius. By a seeming coincidence, this week's Dreamland and subscriber interviews discuss Canopus and the ancient Egyptian belief that...

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Geniuses Just Like to Have Fun

On this website, we've tried to describe what it feels like to be a genius. But geniuses such as Einstein and Richard Feynman also liked to have fun, just like the rest of us. Many of Benjamin Franklin's best inventions were created to enhance his leisure activities.

Robin Lloyd writes in LiveScience.com that sex led many of them astray...

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Cannibalism, Then & NOW

A couple of years ago, we reported on the bizarre story of a German cannibal who ate a willing victim he met on the internet, in a bizarre sadomasochistic act. Cannibalism is actually not as uncommon as you might think, even among humans. In the past, it was sometimes done in an attempt to gain the strength and courage of the person being eaten...

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Oil Wars Unnecessary?We Have Plenty of Oil

An economist says that U.S. policy in the Middle East is driven by baseless fears that an "oil weapon" can cut off our fuel supply.

Roger J. Stern argues that the decades-old belief that petroleum-rich Persian Gulf nations must be appeased to keep oil flowing is imaginary and the threat of deployment of an "oil weapon" is bogus. He...

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Films Take a Screen Test

Two computer scientists say they have developed a system for predicting the box office success of movies before they hit the theatres that could revolutionize the industry, but Hollywood has responded with a yawn, despite the fact that ticket sales are down for the second year in a row.

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Is Japan's Mount Fuji About to Blow?

The absence of snow on the top of picturesque Mount Fuji inJapan was earlier attributed to global warming, but nowseismologists think it may be because the volcano is heatingup and may be getting ready toerupt.

The famous snow-capped mountain currently has no snow ontop, despite record snowfalls in the region. Seismologiststhink it could...

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Booms are Back

About a year ago, we reported on mysterious booms in North Carolina. Now they're back.

In early January, a huge boom actually shook houses and rattled windows along the Carolina coast. Local TV channel WECT and sound technician Alex Markowski, who teaches at the University of North Carolina recorded the boom on tape. Markowski picked up...

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A Visit to Art

Anne and Whitley just made a trip to visit Art Bell, to bring him all the comfort they could, as he faces the future alone, after the death of his beloved wife Ramona. As so often happens, Anne got a message during the journey.

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The Importance of Stardust

On this weekend's Dreamland William Henry asks NASA scientist Donald Brownlee the question we all want an answer to: is there life somewhere else in the universe? One way to get evidence about this is Project Stardust, which took off from the Earth seven years ago and returned on January 15th, bringing cosmic dust from the universe back with...

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Global Warming in the Past AND the Future

New research shows how global warming caused by greenhouse gases can quickly disrupt ocean currents and lead to rapid climate change, as Whitley and Art Bell wrote about in their book The Coming Global Superstorm. In recent decades, frogs have been dying off rapidly and biologists have argued over whether this die off is due to global warming...

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Whitley's Journal: A Meditation on Art & Death

In his new journal Whitley writes: "I went through [what Art Bell is going through] in some small way in the days after Anne fell ill a year ago October. I will never, ever forget how supportive he and Ramona were, and how good all of you were to me?On that long first night at the hospital, I sat with three of our beloved fans with me?three of...

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Mysterious Dark Matter

We recently wrote a news story about scientific puzzles that can't seem to get solved but just won't go away. One of these mysteries is dark matter, which can't exist?but does. Astronomers think that dark matter is the "glue" that holds the universe together, except they can't find any of it. But that doesn't mean they're not trying. They're...

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Ramona Bell Laid to Rest

Art Bell's beloved wife Ramona was laid to rest today in aprivate service near the Bell's home. Mrs. Bell died onThursday, January 5. The cause of death was circulatoryfailure resulting from an asthma attack. She was 47.

For the very many of you who have asked where youmay send cards and letters of condolence, they should besent to: Art...

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Hitler Had Nukes

In the midst of concern about Iran developing nuclear weapons, it's interesting to note that the Nazis may have been on the point of detonating an atomic bomb when World War II ended. A new book published in Italy tells how close the Nazis were to manufacturing a nuclear bomb at the end of World War II. Author Luigi Romersa, who is now 88 years...

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Iran Breaks Seals on Nuclear Facilities

The Iranian government announced that it had broken theseals placed on a group of highly controversial nuclearfacilities and resumed research that could lead to thecreation of a nuclear weapon. EU and US officials condemnedthe action in the strongest terms.

The French government saidthat the move was a "grave error", and the UK Foreign...

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Whale Talk & Ant Farms

Whales of the same species sing in different dialects, depending on where they're from, the same way humans who speak the same language have different accents that identify where they live. Ants are even more amazing: They not only farm their own food, their bodies produce pesticides to protect their crops.

The journal BioScience reports...

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Coyotes Thriving in Big Cities

Scientists used to think that coyotes avoided human populations, but they now know that they are common in suburbia and even in cities as big as Manhattan, where a coyote was recently found to be living in Central Park. Also common are their elusive relatives, the coydogs, which are an incredibly intelligent mixed breed created by coyotes...

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I Met An Angel in Kinkos

Just after Ramona Bell's tragic and untimely death, Anne Strieber met an angel in a Kinkos copy shop. Don't miss this new diary entry from Anne.

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