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November 2010

Butterflies Self-Medicate

Just like frogs, butterflies produce their own medicine, and they dose themselves with it while they are still caterpillars. This is why Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants, which contain high levels of chemicals that are toxic to predators (but don't hurt the...
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Can We Predict the Future?

This week's Dreamland host Marla Frees sure thinks we can, and many of us who are NOT psychic mediums have found that sometimes we can do it too. A 2002 survey by the...
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Planet Hot Spot

A huge alien planet has a strange hot spot on its side, and astronomers don't know what it is. The planet resembles Jupiter, because it's a hot gas giant, and one side of it is constantly boiling under its parent star. But the warmest part of it isn't facing its sun, it's facing AWAY from it. NASA's Michael Werner says, "This is a very...
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Gotcha!

Can you forge an emotional bond with a brand so strong that, if forced to buy a competitor's product, you suffer separation anxiety? According to a new study, the answer is yes. In fact, that bond can be strong enough that consumers are willing to sacrifice time, money, energy and reputation to maintain their attachment to that brand. Researchers...
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What Meat Eating Does

There's a theory that vegetarians are more peaceful, but new research shows it's actually meat eaters who are LESS aggressive. What about our images of a grunting or growling animal snarling at anyone who dares take their meat away from them--Wouldn’t that go for...
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Be Careful How You Cook It

It's not just what you eat--what you COOK it in can affect your health too. Children and teens with higher blood levels of the chemicals used non-stick cookware and waterproof fabrics...
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Thanks, Vets!

On Veteran's Day, unknowncountry.com just wants to say THANKS to everyone who has fought so hard for our country, and to remind you of two of Anne Strieber's most popular diaries, which she wrote about our Vets. To read them, click here and...
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Before You Eat: Wash Up!

Mom’s advice about washing your hands may finally be starting to get through (it hasn't always been this way!) At least we're getting better: A new study shows that 85% of adults washed their hands in public restrooms, compared with 77% in 2007. The 85% total was actually the highest observed since these studies began in 1996. In a separate...
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Marla's Blog

Psychic medium Marla Frees tells about her adventures at the Monroe Institute on this weekend's Dreamland, and she's written a blog about her experiences there. If you want to hear her...
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Lonely & Depressed? Make New Friends!

THE SOLUTION: JOIN OUR REGULAR WEDNESDAY CHATS (from 7 to 8 pm Pacific)! And if this description fits you, check your wallet: Current treatments for depression don't help working-class and poor patients as much as they help middle-class people. Maybe this is because, when people with jobs come...
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Ant Slaves

In the old days in the Old South, rich plantation owners had teams of slaves to do the work for them. It turns out that ants are farmers too AND they also have slaves! And just like people who purchased strong humans,...
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When New York City Drowned

An asteroid impact two thousand years ago may have sent gigantic waves deluging what is now New York City. Most tsunamis are caused by underwater earthquakes and volcanoes, but the causes of 10% of them are unknown, and asteroids are thought to be one of...
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Protect Us from the Sun

Climate change is causing changes in our weather, but that's nothing compared to what's happening on the sun. Solar scientists say that the sun's magnetic field is weakening, and we are going to go into a long period of solar inactivity, but NASA remains worried enough about massive solar flares to begin working on a solar shield that will protect...
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The Secret is Out

The government may have inadvertently revealed a secret when the California director of a NASA center mentioned the "100 Year Starship," where astronauts leave the Earth to colonize another planet, but don't return because the destination is so far away that it would take too long to make a round trip. So why don't they just send robots...
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Mystery ICBM Launch 35 Miles off LA Coastline--Case Closed...Probably

The mystery of the menacing-appearing contrail that appeared 35 miles off Los Angeles on the evening of November 8 appears to have been solved: US Airways Flight 808 was approaching the Los Angeles area at the time, on its way from Honolulu to Phoenix. The plane would have been flying with a filed flight plan because it was in Grade-A...
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A Surprising Reason Why You're Fat

Are you fat because you're stressed? Or are you fat because of a virus you caught when you were a kid? A virus that can cause respiratory infections has been linked to childhood obesity. In the latest study, pediatricians found that fat children had antibodies in their blood...
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UFO Sightings Confirmed by Radar

One of the most extensive and best documented recent UFO events in the US took place on January 8, 2008 in the little town of Stephensville, Texas. The UFO group MUFON has just released an analysis of radar records from the FAA and the National Weather Service, comparing...
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What is a Positronium?

The positronium is a particle created when you bind together an electron and its antimatter opposite, the positron. It's shortlived and unstable particle, existing for only about 142 nanoseconds before decaying into two gamma ray particles--however, this strangle particle ma help us solve some of the biggest mysteries in the universe. How? It can...
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Longer You Invest, the Worse You Do

The longer people invest their money, the WORSE they do--In this case, experience doesn't improve performance. This only applies to amateur investors, however, not professionals (so maybe you should try to get a job in the financial industry!)  Researcher Yiming Qian says, "Individual...
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Old Bees Have Bad Memories Too

Bees are disappearing due to colony collapse disorder (CCD), but the ones that are still flying are great navigators, able to wend their way home through complex landscapes after visits to flowers far removed from their nests. But bees are...
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Don't Get Sick on the Weekend!

People who have strokes who are admitted to the hospital on a weekend are more likely to die compared to people admitted on a weekday. Researcher Moira K. Kapral says that, "Stroke severity is not necessarily the reason for this discrepancy." Her study found that seven days after a stroke, people seen on weekends had an 8% percent risk...
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Sexy Neanderthals?

By studying fossilized Neanderthal bones, scientists have determined that this species was extremely promiscuous. If they were having this much fun, why did they die out? Researchers have formed an image of sexy...
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The Electric Man

Talk about Mysterious Powers! First we wrote about a young girl who appears to have magnetic hands. Now we have discovered a man who can conduct large amounts of electricity without hurting himself. And researchers have discovered that shooting electricity into your brain may help...
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Color Aids Search for Alien Life

NASA researchers are analyzing the light reflected by Earth--and other planets--to try to figure out which ones have conditions that might harbor life. The Earth shines with a blue light and stands out clearly among the other planets, "like a blue jay in a flock of seagulls....
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Scents: Sweet but Dangerous

Widely used fragranced products in cleaning agents and laundry detergents--including those that claim to be "green"--give off many chemicals that are not listed on the label, including some that are classified as toxic. Researcher Anne Steinemann says, "We analyzed best-selling products, and about half of them made some claim about...
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What Makes Us Human?

There are all kinds of evolution. How did we become human when we share 98% of our genes with chimps? Part of this has to do with superior brain power--we have at least 300,000 brain cells for each neuron in...
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You're Being X-Rayed!

Your doctor and dentist are careful not to give you too many X-rays, but a new report says that Homeland Security has bought 500 mobile X-ray vans that can scan cars, trucks and homes without the drivers or residents even knowing it's been done. The vans contain Z Backscatter X-ray devices, which aim a powerful X-ray beam that can of penetrate 14...
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Bigger Than Ever

Roaches, that is: Many insects of today are tiny, compared to their ancient ancestors, but the biggest cockroaches that have ever lived are living in your kitchen today--they're the size of steaks--and scientists are trying to figure out why. Many insects grow...
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Dolphin Talk

Two different species of dolphins-- Bottlenose and Guyana--often meet in the waters off the coast of Costa Rica. Bottlenose dolphins emit longer, lower frequency calls, while the Guyana dolphins use higher frequency whistles (it's the equivalent of a French speaker and an...
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Denver Votes No to Aliens

Denver voters resoundingly rejected a proposal for the city to set up a means for residents to report UFO sightings and alien encounters. The proposal was overwhelmingly defeated, 102,776 to 20,162. The proposal's advocate, Jeff Peckman, claims that opponents outrageously exaggerated the...
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