News Stories

November 2006

The Smell of Money

Why do our fingers have a musty, "metallic" odor after handling coins? It turns out we?re not really smelling the coins, we're smelling a kind of body odor. And there's a reason we can smell it: it helped our hunter ancestors track down their wounded prey during hunting forays.

Ker Than writes in that the smell is created...

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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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NYC: Meet Graham Hancock TONIGHT

UPDATE: Late 2006 and early 2007 - On November 2 you will have a rare opportunity to meet author Graham Hancock. Hancock's most famous book is Fingerprints of the Gods. On this week's Dreamland, he talks about his new book, which is the basis for Anne Strieber's beloved diary about the Green Man, when he will speak at the...

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US Government to Investigate Morgellons

Morgellons disease has symptoms that rival the worst horror films: the skin of its victims oozes mysterious strands that have been identified as cellulose (which cannot be manufactured by the human body), and people have the sensation of things crawling beneath their skin. In the Tuesday, October 24 issue of the New York Times, Michael Mason...

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Fight Fat With Seaweed

Chemists in Japan have discovered that brown seaweed?something we don't eat in the US, but which Japanese use extensively to flavor soups and salads?contains a compound which, in animal studies, promotes weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Could this be another reason why the Japanese seem so much slimmer than we do?


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A Mighty River Reversed

After hurricane Katrina, engineers are contemplating whether or not to move the Mississippi. Meanwhile, researchers have found evidence that the world's largest river basin, the Amazon, once flowed in the opposite direction.

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