News Stories

September 2012

Star Trek Travel May be Possible

It may turn out to be possible to actually build a warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel (the way people traveled in TV's Star Trek).
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Lose Those Tatts!

Is your tattoo a time bomb that you now want removed? Tatts are usually removed with a laser (the light from the laser helps the pigments in the tattoo ink the ink break down and eventually "float away" via the lymphatic system. But a new study has found that they're...
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Your Treasure May Not be Real

Most of us have already figured out that our money isn't real (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). Manhattan gold merchant Ibrahim Fadl discovered this we he found that several 10-ounce gold bars,...
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Antibiotics on the Farm

80% of the antibiotics sold in the US are fed to chickens, pigs, cows and other animals that people eat, yet the farmers who raise these animals are not required to report on which drugs they use on what types of animals, and in what quantities they use them...
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Magic Mushrooms

You can do more with mushrooms than just ingest them (especially the magic ones that make you "high" (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show, which is one of the pieces to Anne Strieber's...
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Great Artists From the Past Were Not Yet Human

The wonderful prehistoric cave paintings found in Europe were not made by humans--not by modern humans, anyway. A new way of determining the age of some of those paintings reveals that they were made by...
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Fukushima: More Dangerous to US Than Reported?

Several new studies report that the impact to the US West Coast from Fukushima may be larger than anticipated. Radiation from the March 11, 2011 power plant meltdown contaminated the entire northern hemisphere within days, especially the West Coast of the United States. US environmental monitoring agencies have so far declined comment on what, if...
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How to Breathe Without Breathing

Will we still be able to breathe in the future? Scientists have invented one of the greatest medical breakthroughs in years: A microparticle that can be injected into a person's bloodstream that will...
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Brains are Better Later

Recent research into how the brain develops suggests that people are better equipped to make major life decisions in their late 20s than earlier in the decade. It turns out that the brain is still...
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Hold Your Breath?

It kills you if you eat it and it kills you if you DON'T eat it. What's that? Processed food from "fast food" franchises. A new study suggests that burger restaurants release more particulates into the air than most commercial trucks.

And holding your breath while walking past your local hamburger joint won't solve the...
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Superweeds Sprouting Up

Starlink corn was genetically engineered to remain alive while being sprayed with the pesticide Roundup, which kills the weeds but not the GM corn--but this isn't working as well as it used to, so Dow has created a NEW pesticide, based on the defoliant Agent Orange...
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Future Wars

For those of us who are dreaming of peace, the US future looks bright: Due to America's new energy independence, we will no longer have to rely on the Middle East for our power needs, meaning we will no longer be...
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Who's Listening?

It's a lovely day: You watch a butterfly flutter by, then you take out your cell phone and call a friend. But what you don't know is that someone may be listening in.
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Killer Popcorn

Arsenic in rice is bad enough--A US federal court jury recently awarded Wayne Watson over 7 million dollars in damages for developing a chronic condition known as "popcorn lung," after repeatedly inhaling the a chemical called diacetyl, which is used to give a "butter...
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Spinach Goes Solar

Can you eat too many vegetables? (Yes, you can--and if you've gotten fat from eating "good" food, you should know that Anne Strieber did too, and she wrote a diet book about...
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Robot Fish Swimming in Our Seas

Drones are all around us, in the sky (and now) in the water too. The next time you go fishing, you may pull out a robot, because the Department of Homeland is developing an unmanned underwater vehicle that looks like a tuna...
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The Police State Creeps Closer

Several worrisome laws that restrict our freedom have been passed recently and now Apple has patented technology which would allow governments and police to block transmission...
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Nanofiber Danger

Nanofibers are have diameters that are less than 1000 nm nanometers wide. They're found in athletic clothes and shoes, as well as rainwear, since they "wick" away sweat and water. They're also found in napkins, cosmetics, and baby diapers, as well as air filters, which is an especial problem since...
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Only 4 Years Left?

One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. That's earlier than the Earth's predicted demise in December of 2012, but it could be a major cause of it.

In the September 17th...
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Poisoned Rice

A Consumer Reports investigation of over 200 rice products revealed "significant" and "worrisome" amounts of inorganic arsenic in nearly every rice product they tested and urged consumers to scale back on their eating of rice products. They also asked the FDA to intervene, since inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen. Arsenic...
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Your Experiences Change Your Brain

Lots of things change our brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to these shows). Changes in sensory experience...
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Are We Controlled by Our Genes?

It's actually the opposite: A new study demonstrates that our genes are controlled by our culture and environment.

Here's an example: In the Wall Street Journal, Matt Ridley writes: "All mammals can digest lactose sugars in milk as babies, but the lactase gene switches off at weaning when no longer needed. In much of Europe and...
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Men and Women See Things Differently

They really do! A new study reveals that the way that the visual centers of men and women's brains works is different: Men have greater sensitivity to fine detail and rapidly moving stimuli, but women are better at discriminating between colors. In fact, most of the people who are colorblind...
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What is Dark Matter? Are There Blueberries on Mars?

The theory is that dark matter is made up of particles that can't interact with the electromagnetic force, and thus can't be revealed with light. But they do interact gravitationally--in fact, it's the gravitational pull of dark matter that stops galaxies from flying apart as they rotate. Astronomers think there is five times as much dark matter...
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Wear Your Computer

Google is designing Google Glass wearable computing specs, and the Olympus camera company has designed a wearable computing device contains a display that resides directly above the right eye of the wearer. Unlike the Google device, the Olympus device connects directly to the user's smartphone.

We're all getting used to seeing people...
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After You Get That Shot, Go to Sleep

Time to get that flu shot! When you get a vaccination during the day, consider taking a sleeping pill before you go to bed that night, because a new study shows that poor sleep can reduce the effectiveness of vaccines. In fact, sleep duration is directly tied to vaccine immune...
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Print Your Own Gun

You can print your own meat, you can print yourself a pet (or even a robot), but if you could print a gun, would mayhem ensue? Would...
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Autism: Caused by Plastic?

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Mayans Brought About Their Own Demise

Drought is getting to be the new normal for large parts of the world (including the US) and it turns out it was for the...
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