News Stories

November 2011

The Alien Broadcasts of 1957

UFOs have been causing problems for CERN in the form of mysterious rapid beam lights dumping "dust particles" on the Collider. Strange things happened in the past as well: Thanks to a Freedom...
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Plants Know We're Here

Are plants aware of us--do they react to what we do? Biologist Elizabeth Haswell says, "Picture yourself hiking through the woods or walking across a lawn. Now ask yourself: Do the bushes know that someone is brushing past them? Does the grass know that it is being crushed underfoot? Of course, plants don't think thoughts, but they do respond...
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Murder in the Amazon

Clear cutting the rainforest is having MURDEROUS consequences. On May 24, the dead bodies of rainforest activist Jose Caludio Riberio da Sliva (who had predicted his death six months earlier at an environmental conference) and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo were found next in a rural town in Brazil. Da Silva's ear had been cut off,...
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When Sex is Mind-Blowing

A middle-aged woman was admitted to an emergency room with amnesia, unable to remember anything about the past 24 hours EXCEPT having had sex with her husband an hour earlier. Does this mean the sex was very good--or very bad? Probably neither--what's called "transient...
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Why We're So Different From Our Brothers, the Chimps

Researchers were surprised to learn that the DNA sequences of human and chimpanzee genes are nearly identical, so what is responsible for the many differences between the two species? Here's why we want to find out: Chimps get MUCH LESS cancer than we do.

For years, scientists believed the vast differences between humans and...
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Pregnant, Fat and Violent

If you were born bad, mom can save you--even BEFORE you're born! It's hard to think of a baby being violent or destructive, but the seeds of violence may be planted before a child is born, meaning that attention to health factors as early as the prenatal stage could...
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More Evidence That 2012 is For Real

Mexico's archeologists don't put much credence in the ancient Mayan prediction that the world will end in December of 2012, but at a recent press conference they admitted that a second reference to that date has been found on a carved fragment at a southern Mexican Mayan site...
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Still Searching for ET

When we're looking for extraterrestrial life, other moons may be our best bet. Among the most habitable alien worlds is Saturn's moon Titan.

In recent years, the search for potentially habitable planets outside our solar system has increased. NASA's...
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What the FIRST Language Sounded Like

Where do languages come from? Many linguists think that all human languages came from a single one that was spoken in East Africa around 50,000 years ago. But how would it have sounded--would it...
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Did You Eat Too Much?

If you're fat, it might be because of the way your mother ate when she was pregnant. A high-fat diet during pregnancy can lead to obese children. And mothers who were mistreated as children have an increased risk of giving birth to low birth weight babies.

This is often (but not always) part of growing up in poverty. Researcher said...
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Did You Drink Too Much?

(If you did, we hope you used your Dreamland Festival mug!) Why do some people get drunk after only a few drinks, while others seem to be able to put away much more alcohol? It turns out that immune cells in your brain may contribute to how you respond to...
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Why Some People Never Get Embarrassed

Thanksgiving dinner is the time when many of us say the wrong thing to friends and relatives we haven't seen for a long time. Are you easily embarrassed? People who AREN'T (certain politicians and actors, for instance) have a smaller region in one part of the brain...
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How to Find Out if Cancer is in Your Future

Is breast cancer in your future? Puberty is a time in a girl's life considered highly sensitive to stimulation by the hormone estrogen and a critical window during which estrogen exposure could greatly influence the risk of breast cancer later in life.
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Our Evolution was Electric

Humans are here thanks to electricity. Evolutionary biologists have discovered that just about every vertebrate on Earth--including us--descended from an ancient ancestor with the ability to detect electrical fields in water.

500 million years ago, two types of fish diverged...
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Another StarChild?

The Regional Director of Culture in Cusco, Peru, David Vega Centeno, said on Friday that a group of specialists has conducted studies of two mummies, one of them with strange features, which are in the private Museum of Andean Rituals in the Andahuaylillas district.

If preliminary results reveal anything unusual about the mummy other...
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Scientists Will Soon be Able to Read Our Minds

There is some evidence that the so- called "Visitors" can read our minds--we DO know that they communicate with people mentally. Humans may soon learn to do this too: By monitoring the brain activity of people while they watched movie trailers, researchers were able to use MRI scanners to recreate a movie similar to the real footage...
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The Future Will be Stranger Than Today

Quantum theory predicts that observation alters reality. While many other quantum phenomena, such as spooky action at a distance, have been tested and found to be true, it has never before been possible to test whether or not the observer has any effect of what is being observed. That's about to change.

In the quantum world, an...
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Fat? It's all in your BRAIN!

Traditional diet and exercise advice is all wrong. The best of diet intentions fail in late afternoon and evening because dieters fall for certain traps that sabotage success. For instance, you come home from work and turn on the TV news, which shows commercials for fast food that could make anyone hungry. In fact, manufacturers make foods...
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What Ever Happened to Disclosure?

Those of us who were incredibly disappointed by the White House response to the "We the People" UFO disclosure petition may be heartened by the response of...
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The Meat You Eat May be Dangerous

Most of the beef we eat here in the US is tainted with antibiotics, because ranchers fatten the cattle up by feeding them corn, which irritates their stomachs (grass-fed cattle don't need these medications--and ALSO do not raise your cholesterol).
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Water on Europa May Mean LIFE is There Too

In a finding of significance in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa--which could represent a new...
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They've Done it AGAIN

When researchers at CERN found neutrinos traveling at a speed faster than light, they were excoriated by the scientific community, so in order to prove their results were real, they done an IMPROVED version of their experiment--and the result is the same. If confirmed by...
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Spotting Terrorists Before They Strike

How can we find home-grown terrorists who have been indoctrinated by (usually) internet propaganda, like Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan, who opened fire at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, killing 12 people and wounding 31 others?

The Defense Dept. intelligence Agency (DARPA) is asking scientists to look at the emails of groups of...
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How to Check Out that Online Date

Internet dating can now be enhanced thanks to the latest upgrade of an online test relying on latest findings in neuroscience. This scientific test, now called BrainDesire, helps singles make better choices by tapping into their OWN BRAINS in order to find a compatible romantic partner. It lets you compare possible dating partners by giving a...
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Men, Keep Your Shirts On!

And there's no way to fool her--you'll reveal everything about yourself as soon as you start to dance. But first, your shirt: A new psychological study reveals that men who show skin are viewed as more sensitive, but less competent than those who are fully clothed. There's a similar...
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Moons Aren't Needed, After All

Galaxies may be churning out planets at an astounding rate, but astronomers now know that they don't need to look for planets with moons in order to determine if a planet may harbor life--they've decided that...
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Prescriptions Kill More People Than Cars

Did you know that drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US? In 2009, they killed almost 40,000 people nationwide.

While most major causes of preventable death are declining, drugs are an exception. Prescription pain and anxiety drugs are potent and highly addictive and are especially dangerous when combined with one...
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Babies Have Morals Too

Infants may cry and seem demanding, leading us to assume that they have no sense of what the adults in their lives need, but a new study presents the first evidence that a basic sense of fairness and altruism ...
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Horror Movies May Come to Life

Is the horror of the "Creature From the Black Lagoon" in our future? As...
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Cheer Up--Drink Coffee!

We've advised you before to keep your brain and body healthy by walking to a coffee shop, and this is especially true for women. Since most anti-depressive medicines may be placebos,...
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