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August 2013

Virus Blamed for Massive Dolphin Die-Off

Over 200 dead dolphins have washed up on the East Coast of the US. A similar spike of dolphin deaths occurred in 1987 when more than 700 dolphins died and a bacterial infection was identified as the main culprit. This time, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOA) 91 dead dolphins have washed up in New York, New...
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A First: One Researcher Controls Another's Body...Via the Internet

University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher.

Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a...
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The Mystery of Global Warming: What Happened to It?

According to scientific expectation, the hottest year on record should have been the most recent year. In fact, the hottest year of the 20th Century was 1998, and since then temperatures have risen only about .02 degrees Fahrenheit. And yet, between 2000 and 2010 human activity has emitted 110 billion tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into...
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Mercury Levels in Some Fish Rising Dramatically

Billions of tons of metallic mercury are being poured into the Pacific Ocean from over ten thousand coal-fired powerplants primarily in China and India, with the result that mercury levels in some common Pacific fish are rising far beyond safe levels for human or animal consumption. The primary problem is among larger fish, which concentrate...
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Famed Roswell Witness and Disclosure Advocate Dr. Jesse Marcel Jr. Dies

Dr. Jesse Marcel died suddenly at his home today. It is believed that he was the victim of a heart attack. Dr. Marcel was the son of Col. Jesse Marcel, who was the first military officer on the scene of the Roswell UFO crash that took place in July of 1947. In a videotape made in 1979, Col. Marcel described the materials that he had found, and...
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Wildfire Threatens San Francisco Water and Power: Ca Governor Declares Emergency

The Rim Fire in Yosemite spread to 110,000 acres overnight and threatened power lines and water systems serving the San Francisco area, causing California Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. The fire, one of the most ferocious in California history, is just 2 percent contained and is spreading in two directions, threatening...
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When the Ocean Boils...

Shortly after the Tohoku Megathrust Earthquake struck off the coast of Japan on March 11, 2011, something strange happened in Norway. People watched in astonishment and fear as tight wave action in the normally quiet fjords made them appear to boil. The water became roiled with 5 foot waves in the Auruland-Flam Fjord, and the condition waxed...
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Discovery of Still-Liquid Mammoth Blood Means a Clone is Close

Scientists are now closer than ever to bringing an ice age species back to life. Researchers from the Northeast Federal University in Yakutsk found liquid blood in a 10,000-year-old mammoth discovered off the coast of northeast Russia. With the help of a team of South Korean scientists, they plan to use the liquid blood to clone a woolly mammoth...
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French Fusion Reactor Promises a New Energy Era--Eventually

It used to be China that was considered to be at the forefront of the development of fusion energy (the same energy the sun uses), but now it appears to be--of all places--that lovely tourist destination of southern France where the largest fusion reactor every constructed is being built.
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New Super-Honey to Revolutionize Wound Care

What will we do without our bees? It turns out that a new kind of honey has "amazing" results treating wounds and infections. (For Linda Moulton Howe's way-early report on bee dieback, click here.)

When the bio-engineered product Surgihoney was tested on...
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Tiny Comet Strikes Sun as Huge Solar Explosion Takes Place

In the early hours of Tuesday, August 20, a comet estimated to be only sixty to a hundred feet across dove into the sun, causing a huge solar explosion.

Just before the comet hit, a coronal mass ejection exploded off the sun's surface. While there is no known reason that there would be a connection between a CME and the impact of a...
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Scientists Implant False Memories

Researchers at MIT have successfully implanted false memories in mice. Using a technique called optogenetics, researchers were able to isolate neurons controlling a single memory in the brain, tag them, then later stimulate them with light to induce the memory.

“If mice had Hollywood, this would be ‘Inception’ for...
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Travel to the Stars May be Much Closer than Previously Thought

The speed of light may be the key to our getting off this planet. NASA physicist Harold G. White and his team are trying to determine whether faster-than-light travel--a "Star Trek"-type warp drive--might someday be possible (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). In the July 23rd edition of the New York Times, Danny Hakim...
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Greenland Ice Sheet Melting from Above and Below

The Greenland ice sheet is not only melting from above, but also from below. It has been discovered that this is caused by heat flowing up from Earth's mantle. It's variable across Greenland, absent in some places and intense in others. Last summer, NASA satellites revealed that the surface of Greenland's massive ice sheet had melted over an...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: When a Comet Strikes the Sun--WATCH OUT

In the year 775 AD, the sun didn't just emit a large flare, it emitted something close to a superflare, and scientists who have been studying this mysterious and extremely dangerous phenomenon now believe that they understand what caused it, and the news is disturbing. In 775, auroras appeared in Europe after sunset that were recorded as 'the...
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New Evidence that Princess Diana was Murdered

On December 8, 2000 Unknowncountry.com published its first story about the possibility that Princess Diana had been murdered by shadowy figures, possibly connected to the British intelligence agency MI6 and by extension to the royal family. In our story, we wrote of "a file describing a plan to assassinate the then Serbian President Slobodan...
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Whitley on Coast to Coast Last Night: Do Aliens follow Laws?

Whitley Strieber appeared on Coast to Coast AM on Friday, August 16 from in the first two hours to announce the publication of his new novel, Alien Hunter. The book imagines about alien and human police working together, and Whitley speculated on the program that there might be some very real means...
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NDE Discovery: Brain Found to Be 'Highly Active' Just After Death

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan.

Previously, it was not believed that the brain could be active after death, but now it appears that there is a burst of superconsicous activity for about 30 seconds AFTER its blood...
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Google is Either Lying to the Court or the Public about Privacy

Google is either lying to the court or lying to the public, Consumer Watchdog said today, after the Internet giant made new public claims asserting it respects users’ privacy--claims that are starkly contradicted by an earlier court filing it would probably prefer you not see. Google told...
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Wobbly Jet Stream Causes US Flooding

Persistent rainfall and flooding across the central US is being caused by an unusual condition in the jet stream that has meteorologists scratching their heads. Normally in midsummer, the jet stream rises to the north and becomes weaker, flowing over central Canada and occasionally dipping down into the US, bringing outbursts of summer...
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Mystery Priest Identified

On August 4 rescuers desperately freeing Katie Lenz from her mangled car at an accident site in Missouri were astonished when a priest who had come to offer comfort suddenly seemed to disappear. Now a priest whose face closely matches that of that of an artists' impression of the mystery man has come forward and identified himself as the priest...
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Birds Dropping Dead Again, This Time in Canada

Once again, birds are mysteriously dropping out of the sky dead, and, as always, the media treats it as if this continuing mystery is happening for the first time. This time, the mystery is unfolding in Winnepeg, Manitoba in Canada. Roughly 40 dread grackles were collected last Wednesday and given to the province's chief veterinarian. 20...
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Private Email Services Close Rather than Reveal Data

Two US email services offering private encrypted email have closed down and destroyed their servers rather than reveal their customers' data to the National Security Agency. Texas based Lavabit and Maryland company Silent Circle have both closed down their encrypted email...
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Turkish Ministry Report Suggest Engineers Killed by Psychic Means

The Turkish Prime Ministry Inspection Board is suggesting in a report that three engineers working on a sensitive air force automatic foe recognition system may have been killed using telekinesis to induce them to commit suicide. The report was prepared for the Ankara Public Prosecutor as part of the ongoing investigation of the 2006-2007 suicides...
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Mystery Priest Reassures Victim and Rescuers, Disappears from Crash Scene

The Kansas City Star reports that a priest appeared at the scene of a car accident in Missouri, reassured the trapped victim and rescuers that she would be all right, then disappeared. Rescuers were mystified because the highway was blocked and the priest would have had to walk over a quarter of a mile across the flat terrain in order to leave the...
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Scientists Discover Crucial Key to Aging and Possibly Many Diseases

Scientists at Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute have identified a key factor that regulates cells ability to clean themselves of debris and, in turn controls aging. The findings, published in Nature Communications today, could lead to the development of new therapies for age-related disorders that are characterized by a breakdown in this...
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2 Cups of Hot Chocolate a Day Keeps Senility Away

Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help older people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp, according to a study published in the August 7, 2013, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The study involved 60 people with an average age of 73 who did not have...
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Fukushima Water Leak Could Go Out of Control

Unknowncountry.com has been covering the Fukushima disaster since it took place and we have never been satisfied that the public was being told the real story. Now it appears that highly radioactive water is leaking out of the plant and into the Pacific Ocean, and it is not clear when, or if, it can be stopped. Should the leak continue...
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140 Year Heat Wave Melts Shanghai

An Unknowncountry.com reader reports from Shanghai, "It is hell here. It is far worse than they are saying. The heat is unbelievable, the streets are melting." He goes on to say that the hospitals are clogged and the government is not admitting the truth of just how many people are being affected by Shanghai's worst heat wave in the 140...
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Curiosity Rover Closes in on Area that May Reveal Past Mars Life

When NASA's Curiosity Rover first dug into the Martian desert, it found clays that could only have been formed by fresh water. This meant that, around three billion years ago, Mars was a watery planet. But did it support life? On the first anniversary of its landing, halfway through its primary mission, Curiosity is headed to the foothills of...
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