News Stories

December 2006

Border Fence Scandal

We've written before about why putting up a fence on the US/Mexican border to keep illegal aliens out won't work. However, we're doing it anyway, despite the fact that, a year ago, our own government hired illegals to clean up the mess left by Katrina. Now it turns out that illegals are being used by the company that has been hired to put up...

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UFO Hacker May Spend Rest of Life in Prison

UFO hacker Gary McKinnon's last chance of avoiding extradition to the United States, for a trial that could lead to 70 years in prison or an indefinite term at Guantanamo, takes place on February 13, when his case will be decided by London's Court of Appeal. Since his crime took place on UK soil, he wants to be tried in the UK, and is appealing...

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Dolphins Saved by World's Tallest Man

Sometimes dolphins seem almost human and their DNA IS close to ours. That might be why the world's tallest man (who is Chinese) recently saved two of them.

CNN reports that "the long arms of the world's tallest man reached in and saved two dolphins by pulling out plastic from their stomachs." The dolphins got sick after eating plastic...

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More Shocking News About Diana's Death

We recently reported the shocking revelation that at the time of her death in 1997, Princess Diana was being bugged by our largest spy agency, the NSA, which does electronic eavesdropping. Sources say they were probably monitoring Diana's friendship with controversial financier Teddy Forstmann. A British investigation into her death reveals...

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Powerful New Sunspots Will Affect Us on Earth

Sunspot 930 sent a powerful solar storm toward earth from an X3 class solar flare, and the unstable sunspot has a 35% chance of emitting more X class solar flares at any time. The solar storm resulting has the potential to damage satellites and expose passengers in high flying aircraft to excessive radiation. The astronauts aboard the space...

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Melting Lakes May Release Dangerous Flu

Over 5 years ago, we warned that dangerous ancient microbes could be released when glaciers melt, due to global warming. Scientists now think that flu viruses that have been frozen in Siberian lakes for centuries could be released by birds, as the climate changes, causing the lakes to melt.

In New Scientist, Catherine Brahic quotes...

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Is Apocalypto Authentic?

There is a lot of controversy about whether Apocalypto, the new Mel Gibson film about the ancient Mayans, is historically correct. Despite Gibson's desire to create a work that reflects the truth about the Mayan world, one expert says that the film is not authentic.

Professor Michael Aakhus says, "If you like action films, you should...

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In the Night Restaurant

We recently wrote about how some people taste their words. The French, however, are concerned that diners no longer adequately taste their food, so they have invented a restaurant in which patron eat in the dark, in order to block out all the other distracting senses, where complete strangers share the same table, where they don't know what...

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Arctic Ice Will Soon Disappear

The recent retreat of Arctic sea ice is likely to accelerate so rapidly that in a little over 20 years, as early as 2040, the Arctic Ocean could become nearly devoid of ice during the summer, as a result of global warming.

Scenarios run on supercomputers by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) show that the amount of sea...

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Cigarette Addiction INCREDIBLY Strong

We've asked this question before: why don't we make more effort to break our bad habits? A new study of 154 smokers who had surgery to remove early stage lung cancer shows that half of them STARTED SMOKING AGAIN within 12 months of their operation, and more than one-third were smoking again after a year. 60% of the patients who started smoking...

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When Your Senses Get Crossed

Synesthesia is the name of a condition in which your senses get crossed up and you see colors when listening to music or taste things while viewing shapes or words. It sounds like a problem you'd want solved, but many people with this condition wouldn't trade it for anything.

In, Ker Than quotes UK researcher Julia Simner...

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Dangerous Diseases from Other Species

SARS and bird flu aren't the only diseases that humans can catch from animals. Between 2,000 and 2,005, around 50 million people caught diseases from animals such as dogs, cattle, chickens and mosquitoes, and almost 80,000 of them died. Sometimes animals pass diseases between species. And it works both ways: some HUMAN diseases are killing...

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Sign Language May Be a Thing of the Past

Some researchers think that sign language actually leads to deafness. And due to the new science of cochlear implants, which are now implanted in young children, sign language may be on the way out among the deaf. But some deaf people insist that sign language is what defines them as a unique culture.

In New Scientist magazine, Rachel...

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Princess Diana Bugged by US Gov.

A new British investigation into the the August 31st, 1997 death of Princess Diana and Dodi Fayed reveals that the National Security Agency (NSA) was secretly bugging Diana's phone when their car crashed in a tunnel in Paris while they were being chased by photographers. The crash killed them both.

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Why Don't We Break Our Bad Habits?

Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say that bad habits like smoking, eating the wrong foods, drinking too much alcohol and not exercising enough cause half the deaths in the US. Researchers are trying to figure out why we persist in these deadly habits.

In, Jeanna Bryner quotes researcher Cindy...

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Bee Bomb Detectors

We have recruited animals, from llamas to dolphins, in our fight against terrorism. The latest strategy is to train honey bees to sniff out bombs. But if we're going to draft bees for military action, we'd better make sure they don't disappear.

Los Alamos scientists think they can figure out how to harness the incredible olfactory sense...

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Gigantic Fires Due to Australian Drought

Due to global warming, massive fires covering half a million acres are burning in the eastern part of the Australian state of Victoria. In a desperate attempt to prevent them from combining into a superfire that would rank as one of the largest conflagrations in modern history, the Australian army has been mobilized to support firefighters.

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Is Gambling Unhealthy?

We know that you can lose your money, but is gambling also bad for your health? A new study finds that people who gamble at least five times a year have more health problems than people who gamble less frequently.

People with a severe gambling addiction are the most likely to report serious health problems, such as increased heart rate,...

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Llama Anti Terrorist Tactics

There has long been speculation that innocent animals could be used to create bioweapons for terrorist attacks. But they could be used to detect these weapons as well.

If terrorists deploy a biological weapon, the molecules in the blood of llamas would warn us we were being attacked. Scientists would just have to look in the llama?s...

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Rare Tornado in London

Signs of predictedweatherextremes are everywhere: a massive snowstorm crippled Buffalo in October. In November, a heat wave ruined the start of the ski season in the Alps. December started with monster typhoon Durian killing as many as a thousand people in the Philippines, while a brutal blizzard knocked out power for millions in the United...

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Neanderthals Were Cannibals

We've long speculated about whether or not Neanderthals interbred with early modern man. Some scientists say that we're the ones who branched off from the family tree?that Neanderthals were the "normal" humans. If the Neanderthals hadn't died out, we all might be cannibals today.

When Neanderthals suffered periods of starvation, they may...

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Good News About Global Warming

"Good" news about global warming: the Southern Ocean may slow the rate of global warming by absorbing significantly more heat and carbon dioxide than previously thought. This could be another factor that can buy us a few more years to make changes?IF we have the foresight to use them wisely.

The Southern Hemisphere's westerly winds have...

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Water Flowing on Mars NOW

NASA has found what it calls "compelling" evidence that water is flowing on the surface of Mars RIGHT NOW, and has documented what it believes to have been water flows withinthe past seven years. Keep reading to see more fascinating images.

There are many images taken on the surface of Mars over the past few years that seem to provide...

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Why a Hungry Nation Needs to Fight Global Warming

New research indicates that reductions in the kind of human-generated air pollution that causes global warming could create unexpected agricultural benefits in India, one of the world's poorest regions.

Rice harvests increased dramatically in India during the "Green Revolution" of the 1960s and 1970s, making the country self-sufficient...

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Tut Curse Returns

Like the Dybbuk box, the supposed curse against anyone who disturbs the tomb of the boy-king Tut still seems to be powerful today, as a group of radiologists discovered.

Dr. Ashraf Selim and his team ran King Tut's mummy through a CT scan in order to affirm that the cause of his death was a fatal injury that became infected, rather than...

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Global Warming: Can We Shade the Sun?

We've recently written about how important clouds are when it comes to global warming. Maybe what we need to do is create a huge, artificial cloud?or space shade?to block the sun's rays from reaching the earth so we can gain extra time to clean up the atmosphere.

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Now You Can LISTEN to Wonderful New William Henry & Whitley Books!

Christmas is the season of giving. Now, just in time for Christmas, William Henry presents his new Starwalkers book and 2-disc DVD set. Now, in a Dreamland Special, you can listen to William and Whitley reading chapters from this extraordinary book. Just click "Listen Now" on our masthead, and scroll down to the last item. And you can still...

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Why Putting Up a Fence Won't Work

Will the border fence between the US and Mexico, which was signed into law on Oct. 26 but has not yet been funded, keep out illegals? Should we be trying to keep them out?

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World Too Noisy for Bird Songs

Increased underwater noise is making it hard for whales to communicate. Now ambient noise is causing birds to sing louder, so they can still attract a mate.

Charles Q. Choi writes in that bird songs are becoming faster and higher-pitched, so that other birds of the same species can hear them above the din of airplane and...

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The Secret of Creativity

What makes people creative? Scientists think that left-handed people are more creative, but does their birth order matter too?

While parents may not have control over their baby's brains and looks?or what hand they?re going to write with?researcher Markus Baer says they CAN influence their baby's creativity, especially if it's their...

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