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October 2012

Should We Dread the Future?

2012 is here--will we have a future? According to ancient Mayan prophecies (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this...
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SURPRISE!

You'd expect that something like buying a winning lottery ticket would cause us to take MORE risks in the future, but it doesn't work that way. And an unexpected loss works the same way. It turns out that it’s not whether you win or lose, but whether the outcome is expected that's relevant here. People appear to decrease their risk-taking...
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Seafood Saved Them

The ocean off the coast of New York once had a bivalve population of TRILLIONS that once protected the area from storm surges stabilized the shoreline from Washington to Boston.

The best place for oysters is in the margin between saltwater and...
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The Black Death was a Form of Evolution

Studying the Medieval skeletons of people who went through the European plague (also called the Black Death), which killed 30% of Europeans, including nearly half of the people in London, between 1347 and 1351, may help us...
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8 to 10 Million to Experience Sandy-Related Power Failures

Hurricane Sandy is weakening and moving faster than anticipated. A computer model developed by an engineer at The Johns Hopkins University is now predicting fewer power outages than initially expected. Seth Guikema is predicting that an overall cumulative total of 8 to 10 million people will lose power in the wake of the hurricane, based on the...

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Weird Weather

The UK is experiencing weird weather too--in fact, that country has experienced its "weirdest" weather on record in the past few months, scientists say. The driest spring for over a century led to the wettest April, May and June ever recorded. This could...
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Gamble the Scientific Way (Before the Weather Throws You Out)

While Hurricane Sandy shuts down Atlantic City, it's worth pondering this: Whether you gamble in Las Vegas or at an Indian Casino, you know that winning is...
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Our Kids are Going Deaf

72% of teenagers participating in a study experienced reduced hearing ability following exposure to a pop rock performance by a popular female singer.

The hearing loss that may be experienced after a pop rock concert is not generally believed to be permanent. It is called a temporary threshold shift and usually disappears within 16-...
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Treats for Subscribers

Subscribers: You have a coupon that gets you a beautiful, hardcover copy of Whitley's wonderful novel Hybrids for only $5.

PLUS you get to listen to incredible interviews with contactees, such as...
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UPDATE: Nuclear Plants on Alert, 6.5 Million without Power

6.5 million people in the Northeast US are without power, including all of Manhattan below 39th Street. Nuclear power plants in the region are on alert because of the danger that they may lose outside power supplies, or their water exchange systems may be flooded. The power plants rely on diesel generators for backup power. Outside power is...
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Have We Arrived at a Turning Point in Climate Change?

In 1999 Whitley Strieber and Art Bell predicted that events like this were going to happen if we ignored the reality of climate change. A changing Gulf Stream off the East Coast ...
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How Does It Sound?

When shopping for a computer or a new appliance, what makes you choose one brand over the other? There are lots of things to consider: How it works, any special features it may have, cost, repair reputation--even color and design. But here's one feature you probably never thought about: How it SOUNDS.
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Are Drug Companies as Bad as Tobacco Companies?

Although Big Tobacco is creating a product that is totally bad for us, while $600-billion pharmaceutical industry is selling hope, they tend to use the same tactics--especially when it comes to lies.

Doctors don't like to admit it, but often they don't have any idea...
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UPDATE: Northeast Prepares for Sandy as Tsumami Heads for Hawaii

A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii, and the warnings for US and Canadian coastal areas have been called off. Four to Seven foot wayve area expected to reach the Hawaii's north facing beaches today. The warning has been issued after a 7.1 earthquake struck an island off the coast of Canada.

At the same time, the northeastern...
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WE'LL Make It!

Why wait for them to land? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) Let's make a flying saucer ourselves!
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UFO Sightings in All Shapes and Sizes

There has been an upsurge in UFO sightings (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and for once, we don't think it's the kind of "hoax wave" that YouTube goes through every...
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Cell Phones Dangerous in an Unexpected Way

Most of us are aware of the potential dangers of cell phone radiation, but there's ANOTHER danger you probably never thought of: GERMS!

Bacteria living on your cell...
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WHO MADE This Year's Crop Circles?

Some researchers think ALL of the crop circles are manmade, some think...
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Melt Menace

The Arctic melt that has opened up the Northwest Passage again may be good for business, but it's bad for potential terrorism against the US.

In...
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Moving into Allergy Land

When you move from one town to another, you can pick up a whole new set of allergies. For instance, people say that about five years after moving to Austin, Texas, you start to get your "Austin allergies." Is that possible?

It's possible for some people to acquire new allergies, and three to five years of exposure may be...
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Sprouts of Life From Space

There's a reason we've sent a rover called "Curiosity" up to Mars: Astronomers want to prove the theory that microorganisms on an asteroid from Mars that crashed into the Earth billions of years ago...
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What Rocks Reveal (If They Come From Mars, Anyway)

The space rock called the Tissint meteorite, that landed in the Moroccan desert last year, (with a fireball and double sonic boom), was knocked off Mars (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) in a cosmic...
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Why Peaceful People Get Aggressive

What does a religion known for teaching non-violence have to do with martial arts disciplines designed to cripple or kill? It turns out that these practices keep the mind sharp enough to...
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Oil From Air

A small British company has developed a process that produces gasoline from water vapor and carbon dioxide. The only thing it needs to make this incredible transformation is air.
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The best things in life are--well, you know. And we have good news for you: New subscribers who subscribe for one year will get a FREE unknowncountry.com tote bag, and if you...
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UNcrossing the Border

During the Presidential debates, we continue to hear warnings about the "Mexicanization" of the US--a warning that whites may soon be in the minority and Spanish will become our lingua franca. But all this is irrelevant: We are having a REVERSE migration here right now,...
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Your Body Language Reveals Your Secrets

Considering President Barack Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney are seeking the nation's top job, watching the debates could be just the prep needed to ace your own next job interview.
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How the Sun Affects Our Weather

We know that the sun is only partly the cause of climate change (most of it, alas, is caused by us), but periodic solar flares (or coronal mass ejections--CMEs) can have profound "space weather" effects on...
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Film Crew Arrested at Area 51

Military personnel arrested a BBC film crew at the secret Area 51 military base in Nevada where UFO conspiracy theorists claim US authorities are keeping bodies of aliens and debris from a spacecraft that crashed in...
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Strange Artifacts on Mars

Strange black objects (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) have been seen from 200 miles above...
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