News Stories

November 2006

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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A Single Gene Protects, but Two Genes Can Kill

A medical breakthrough of the past few years is the discovery that having only one gene for a deadly disease can protect a person from other illnesses, which is why these diseases, like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, persist in the human population. This realization came about when it was discovered that sickle cell anemia, a genetic...

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Global Warming Stranding Canadian Tribes

Some of the Indian tribes in Canada's far north are becoming isolated from each other?and from the rest of the world?due to ice melting caused by global warming, which is cutting off their traditional winter routes. They are having trouble getting supplies, including food for the winter.

The 34 First Nations reservations, which consist...

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Politics: Some People Were BORN for It!

We've learned that we can't always count on politicians to do the right thing. The recent election shake-up makes us ask the question: "What makes a person go into the rough-and-tumble world of politics, anyway?" The answer could be: DNA.

A research group made up of both political scientists and geneticists is trying to prove that...

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A Christmas Diary

In her latest diary, Anne Strieber writes: "Christmas is coming, a time when we begin to think about the presents we'd like to get and the ones we plan to give. Giving, if it is done in the right way, can be a major chance for spiritual growth. I recently received a message about this that I want to share with you."

NOTE: This...

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An Unfortunate Allergy

Not all women realize that semen is an antidepressant. But some women have the misfortune to be allergic to their partner's sperm?which can certainly cause problems. But don't despair?more frequent sex can be the cure!

Women who have vaginal itching, burning and other symptoms after intercourse may be allergic to their partner's semen....

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Elevator in Space

We've talked about space elevators, or cable cars, in the past. But they may only be able to be used by robots, because of the radiation surrounding the earth.

Kelly Young writes in New Scientist that space elevators could be a cheap way to get cargo and possibly people into space one day. This could be especially important if we...

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Bigfoot Shows Up in Wisconsin

A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources contractor has reported a close encounter with a "large, black furry figure" that reached into the back of his truck and removed a deer carcass. He is contracted to remove road killed deer. The only known animal fitting the description of an animal at least 7 feet tall would be a gorilla or a grizzly...

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What is the Future of Iraq?

Now that President Bush has a Democratic Congress, and Rumsfeld has resigned, what will happen in Iraq? Will the new congress insist that our troops leave? Will it become a full fledged civil war?or is it that already?

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Our Eyes Reveal Our Thoughts

We've reported before on how important eyes can be. It turns out that the way we use our eyes can give people in the know information about what we?re are thinking, whether we?re paying attention, and whether or not we are telling a lie.

Ker Than reports in LiveScience.com that biologists study this by observing primates. Michael...

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How to Catch a Superbug

Superbugs are antibiotic-resistant bacteria that usually pass from person to person in hospitals, because of the large amounts of antibiotics that are administered there. The sad fact is, you can leave the hospital even sicker than you were when you entered!?especially since we now know that doctors are spreading superbugs with their cellphones...

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What's it Like to be a Princess?

What would it be like to be adopted and to hire a private detective to trace your roots?only to find out that you are a princess? It sounds like the kind of thing that only happens in movies or fairy tales, but it really happened to a college student in West Virginia.

Sarah Culberson says, "I never dreamt something like this could happen...

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Ancient Tomb Discovered...of a Dentist

On this week's Dreamland, we interview world famous Egyptologist John Anthony West, so it's appropriate that a new Egyptian tomb has just been discovered?containing the graves of three royal dentists!

Reporter Sierra Millman writes that the tomb was discovered thanks to the arrest of three grave robbers. Archeologists says the tomb was...

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A Brand New Island

Another indication of the high level of volcanic activity worldwide is that a large new island has appeared in the South Pacific, near Tonga, in an area so isolated that it has gone virtually unnoticed by scientists. A cruising yacht and a fishing boat have both reported sailing into a vast area of floating pumice, and the captain of the...

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Bring the Green Man into YOUR Life

A year after an aneurysm suddenly burst inside her brain, almost killing her, Anne Strieber had a revelation about the Green Man. On the two-year anniversary of her near-death experience, she wrote about becoming an ambassador for the Green Man. Now you can bring this beloved image into your own life, with the Green Man book, which comes with a...

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Americans Leaving Home for Affordable Surgery

According to the National Coalition on Health Care, about half a million Americans traveled overseas last year to have surgery that costs two to three times more in the US. The ironic name for this is "medical tourism."

In News Target, Jessica Fraser gives an example of this: a 60-year-old Oklahoma woman went to India to have hip surgery...

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Polluted Kids

We're not only polluting the earth: In the process, we're polluting our children. Scientists think that pollution may be the cause of disabilities and diseases like Parkinson's, autism, attention deficit disorder and cerebral palsy.

Jeremy Laurance writes in the Independent that "chemical pollution may have harmed the brains of millions...

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Huge Meteorite Found in Kansas

Scientists recently dug up a 154-pound meteorite that had been buried 4 feet deep in a Kansas wheat field. They located the meteorite by using radar technology that NASA someday hopes to use on Mars.

Roxana Hegeman writes in LiveScience.com that this new technology was able to locate the meteorite precisely and make an accurate three-...

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Did Dolphins Once Walk on Land?

We have recently reported that both dolphins and elephants may be self-aware beings, like humans. Scientists think that dolphins and whales, which live in the water despite breathing air, evolved onto land, but then RETURNED to the water, because they liked it better there. Now scientists may have found a missing link that proves this theory of...

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Fruit is Fine but Vegetables are Better

New research shows that eating vegetables, not fruit, helps keep us mentally alert as we age, BUT another study shows that eating strawberries is good for our memory.

In determining whether there was an association between eating vegetables and fruit and cognitive decline, researchers studied 3,718 residents in Chicago, Illinois, who...

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Military Discovers 40-Year-Old UFO

Archivists for the New Zealand Naval Museum have uncovered a forty year old photograph taken from the deck of HMNZS Royalist during Waitangi Day celebrations in 1965 that shows a saucer shaped object in the sky ahead of the ship. Archivist Paul Restall, who found the photo, has told New Zealand media that the image is integral to the grain of...

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Did Your Vote Count?

Many of the paperless computerized voting systems adopted in wake of the "hanging chad" presidential election controversy in 2000 have the potential to create more problems than they solve, especially since the recent discovery that a Diebold voting machine can be easily opened with a hotel mini bar key.

Election security expert Eugene...

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Why We're Partly to Blame for Saddam

In a devastating article in the British newspaper The Independent, Robert Fisk writes that Saddam Hussein, who has just been sentenced to death for his war crimes, committed these crimes when he was "Washington's best friend in the Arab world." The US not only knew all about his atrocities, we even supplied the chemical weapons he used against...

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What Stinks?

Here at unknowncountry.com, we sometimes like to investigate strange smells. Scientists are people who like to ask questions about things that the rest of us take for granted?like WHY do things start to smell when they decay?

Microbes compete with large animal scavengers by producing repugnant chemicals that make the food sources they...

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Fish Emergency

There is an emergency going on in the world's oceans that most of us know nothing about: as certain species of fish that are overfished or stressed due to pollution or changes in water temperature become drastically reduced in number, this changes the whole balance of the ocean ecosystem, causing more species to go extinct, etc. Since many...

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We're Waking Up to Climate Change

A new poll shows that most Americans now think that climate change is one of our biggest problems. Here at unknowncountry.com, we take some of the credit for that awareness. While the subject of global warming is rarely raised in the US national media, WE don't ignore it. A new poll reveals that the general public is finally waking up to this...

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Elephant Wisdom

Five years ago, we reported that a dolphin recognizes himself when it sees its image in a mirror. Now it has been discovered that elephants do too. Scientists think that this is a true test of self-awareness.

Peter Aldhous writes in New Scientist that recognizing your own image was thought to be something only humans were capable of....

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Birth Control for Men (Cont.)

Over the years, we?ve regularly reported on the progress of every woman?s dream: a birth control pill for men. This new day may be dawning soon.

Jeanna Bryner writes in LiveScience.com that researchers have discovered that male mice that have been bred without a certain protein, which is also found in human males, have reduced fertility...

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Slavery Still Exists Today

As hard as it may be to believe, slavery is still going on in the world. Angela Robson reports in the Independent that it is definitely still practiced in rural villages in Africa.

Robson writes, "Trokosi is a traditional practice of slavery still seen as normal in parts of Ghana, Togo and Benin. Girls as young as two are offered to a?...

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Speaking in Tongues

Glossolalia, otherwise referred to as "speaking in tongues," has been around for thousands of years, and references to it can be found in the Old and New Testament. The person appears to be speaking in an incomprehensible language, yet perceives it to have great personal meaning. Now scientists are attempting to explain what actually happens to...

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