News Stories

November 2006

The Gay Gene (Continued)

Two years ago we reported that biologists think that 8% of sheep are gay. A new museum exhibition in Oslo, Norway, documents the fact that 50 species of animals exhibit signs of homosexuality.

In LiveScience.com, Sara Goudarzi quotes museum coordinator Petter Bockman as saying, "Homosexuality has been observed in more than 1,500 species...

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Women, Watch Out! (Under the Sun)

As the weather turns cold, many of us dream of going to an tropical island, where we can bask in the sun. But women should be especially careful when planning such a trip, because exposure to the sun ages them FASTER than it does men.

A new laser-based technique images the deeper layers of the skin in order to view the collagen and...

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The Perfect Sports Drink

In baseball dugouts, we see players swigging special sports drinks that are designed to replace the salt lost in sweat, but if they listened to the results of a new study, they would be drinking chocolate milk instead!

Eddie Pells reports in LiveScience.com that a small group of fit athletes worked out on a stationery bicycle, then...
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Cancer: How to Avoid It & What to Do if You Get It

Personal choices, such as smoking and consumption of fatty foods, have long been linked to increased cancer risk. According to researchers in Seattle, exercising six days a week reduces the risk of colon cancer in men. Another study shows that women who eat flame-broiled foods more than twice a month may be at increased risk of breast cancer...

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Why Testing Works

Remember those kids who wanted to study only what was on the test? They may have cheated themselves. When it comes to schools, there is a lot of controversy about homework and testing. Homework is popular with parents, but many teachers think that it is unnecessary "busy work" that keep kids from enjoying their free time. But researchers now...

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What Clouds Tell Us About Climate Change

NASA is aiming its satellites at the North Pole in order to study the drops of water in the clouds there. The mystery they want to solve is: why is there so much water in these clouds that isn't frozen? Is this one of the causes?or an effect?of global warming?

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Whale Brains Like Ours

Scientists have discovered that dolphins are genetically close to humans. Now they've learned that humpback whales have a type of brain cell that is seen only in humans, the great apes, and dolphins, and there may be a very special reason for this.

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How the Ancients Got High

Five years ago we posted a story about how the ancient prophets at Delphi in Greece may have been high on natural gas. Now scientists think that the culprit may have been carbon dioxide. Does this mean that the increasing levels of CO2 in OUR atmosphere will produce widespread wisdom? We certainly may need it in the future.

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Eastern Wisdom Embraced by the West

In everything from neurology to medicine, the West is now starting to listen to wisdom from the East. A major drug company is using Chinese medicine, which relies on natural ingredients, in its search for new medicines.

He describes how Chinese botanist Shen Jingui is searching for a tiny flower called the snow lotus, that has been used...

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On December 9 You Can Visit Marrs!

If you travel to the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday, December 9 at 3 p.m., you can hear 3 major conspiracy theorists speak in an all-day session that will curl your hair! Popular Dreamland co-host Jim Marrs will talk about government conspiracies (including Roswell) and secret societies, radio host Joshua P. Warren will...

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Riding a Bike Can End Your Sex Life (Continued)

We've written before that riding a bike can be the end of a man's sex life. Now we've learned that it can be the end of a woman's sexuality as well.

Women who ride bicycles frequently may have less genital sensitivity, and sometimes even pain. LiveScience.com quotes researcher Martha Guess as saying, "While seated on a bicycle, the...

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Money Makes People Selfish

Scientists have discovered that having money?and even just the IDEA of money?makes people selfish instead of generous, as we might hope it would. You wouldn't think it would take a scientist to figure THAT out!

Psychologist Kathleen Vohs led a team that conducted experiments in which participants completed a number of tasks while being...

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Red Rain Update

On a recent Dreamland show, Linda Howe reported on the phenomenon that's come to be known as red rain. Does this rain, which started falling over Southern India 2 years ago, contain extraterrestrial bacteria?

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Meeting the Green Man

In her newest diary, Anne Strieber writes: "While I've written about the Green Man twice in my diaries, and even become a sort of ambassador for him, I've only met him metaphorically. Now I've heard from some one who met him in the flesh (or maybe the correct term is, 'in the leaves.')"

This Christmas, YOU have a chance to meet?and give?...

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Real Magic

We know that magicians are fooling us, but why can't we catch them at it? Or is there such a thing a REAL magic?

In LiveScience.com, Charles Q. Choi quotes psychologist Gustav Kuhn as saying, "It made sense to look at magicians to advance knowledge of human cognition, since magicians have been working on figuring out how certain...

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Why Do We Love Some Foods & Hate Others?

We all have tastes we love, and tastes we hate. And yet, our preferences for certain flavors and foods can change over time, as we get older or we get tired of eating the same old thing.

Scientists have long assumed that our antipathy towards bitter tastes evolved as a defense mechanism to detect potentially harmful toxins in plants. Our...

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On Thanksgiving, Our Thoughts Turn to?Turkey

On Christmas (hopefully), our thoughts turn to giving, but on Thanksgiving, our thoughts turn to that turkey we're going to dine on with friends and family. Turkey is still fairly unknown in Europe, but Americans are eating over 100% more of it each year than we did 35 years ago. How is today's turkey different from the one the Pilgrims ate?...

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Good News About Holiday Blues

The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays have long been an especially painful season for lonely people. Now, there's good news: Suicide rates among younger and older Americans have been declining since the early 1990s. There's also puzzling news: No one really knows why.

Researcher Robert McKeown says, "For 40 years adolescent suicide...

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Sea Urchins R Us

We may not be related to Neanderthals, but we ARE related to small sea creatures called sea urchins! The Sea Urchin Genome Sequencing Project (SUGSP) Consortium (yes, there is such a thing) has announced that they have succeeded in decoding the DNA of the sea urchin...and found it surprisingly similar to ours.

They found more than 814...

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Fear Can Make You Fat

We recently wrote about how worry can actually make you sick, and it turns out that fear can make you fat?if you're too afraid of crime in your neighborhood to go out and take a walk.

Older adults living in disadvantaged urban neighborhoods have an increased risk of obesity and this may be due to fear caused by living in areas...

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More Movie Science

From time to time, we report on what scientists are thinking about the films we see. Why is the new Bond film called Casino Royale instead of James Bond 21 (which is what it actually is)? Are movie stars getting so skinny that this sets a dangerous precedent for women with incipient eating disorders? Scientists have good answers to these...

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Neanderthals Not Us

Three years ago, we reported on evidence that Cro-Magnon man did not interbreed with Neanderthals in order to produce modern humans, as so many scientists have speculated. Now there's even more proof that the two species went their separate ways, until Neanderthals died out.

The most thorough study to date of Neanderthal DNA, gleaned...

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Global Warming: Are Lawsuits Next?

Two Australian researchers say that governments and companies will face an increase in law suits for their role in global warming, due to the damage it causes to health and communities, and they think these claims have a good chance of succeeding. Insurance companies, who have had to pay the costs of most of the weather damage, may be the first...

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The Curry Cure

Curcumin, a chemical found in curry and turmeric, may help the immune system clear the brain of amyloid beta, which form the plaques found in Alzheimer's disease. And tumeric may also help prevent rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. We should obviously all be eating more Indian food!

Using blood samples from six Alzheimer's disease...

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What to Do in Case of Contact

In his new journal, Whitley comments on the news that prominent Brazilian UFO investigator Jan Val Ellam is claiming that open contact will soon take place between humans and extraterrestrials. What do we do if that happens?especially those of us who have already had contact with these beings?

NOTE: This news story, previously...

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Major Meteor Shower on Saturday

If you live on the East Coast, go outside and look up at the night sky on Saturday night, and you'll see an astounding event: the Leonid meteor shower.

Joe Rao writes in space.com that the Leonids are made up of the dusty debris from a comet that orbits the sun every 33 years. This dust produces spectacular meteor displays and "shooting...

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Alien Autopsy Hoax Exposed

If you subscribe to our newsletter, you recently read this report: "Ray Santilli has offered some detail about his alleged re-creation of footage from the crash of a UFO in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. He is now claiming that the material broadcast on Fox TV was not the original footage, but an exact re-creation of it. He has not explained why...

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Leading Brazil UFO Investigator Claims Contact to be Soon

A prominent UFO investigator is claiming that open contact willsoon take place between humans and extraterrestrials. Suchclaims have been made regularly since the 1950s, but neverwith any actual results, and never before by an investigatorwith a reputation for accurate research. Jan Val Ellam, aBrazilian UFOinvestigator claims that the open...

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Valuable Fossil Found Under Ping Pong Table

Three years ago, a college student in Arizona found a rare fossil because he happened to look down while walking on the sidewalk. Now, at another university?this time in Canada?a new faculty member found a cache of valuable fossils?stuffed under a ping pong table.

One of these is a pregnant fossil of an ancient dolphin-like creature...

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The Trouble With Religion

Billy Graham, the minister who evangelized George W. Bush, was not a supporter of Martin Luther King. Now that the voters have struck a strong note against religious fundamentalism in government, this is something worth thinking about.

Using previously unpublished documents, religious studies professor Michael Long says that the popular...

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