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October 2013

Halloween Special: Could your house be haunted?

Halloween Special: Could your house be haunted?

You've been hearing bumps and unexplained footsteps in the middle of the night, or get the feeling that someone is watching you, but when you turn round there is nobody there. The door opens or closes on its own, the dog is behaving strangely, or you keep having the same dream over and over again. You can smell pipe smoke, but no one in the...
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New Form of Terrorism in the US?

New Form of Terrorism in the US?

There is apparently no legally binding definition of the word terrorism in the eyes of the criminal justice system, though it is described by the Oxford dictionary as "the unofficial or unauthorized use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political aims," and the US Defense Department describes it as “the calculated use...
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'Lost world' discovered in Australian rain-forest

Scientists have discovered a mini eco-system full of strange creatures in a remote territory of Australia. The 'lost world', as scientists are calling it, is believed to have remained undisturbed for millions of years.

The discovery was made by Dr. Conrad Hoskin, of James Cook University, and Dr. Tim Laman, from Harvard University,...
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Natural breakthrough in Alzheimer's treatment

Natural breakthrough in Alzheimer's treatment

The latest research from the Buck Institute in Novato, California, has identified a possible trigger for Alzheimer's disease (AD), and has determined that resveratrol, an antioxidant present in red wine, could benefit sufferers. The research, which has been published this month in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, revolves...
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Rivers of death and silent seas

Unknowncountry Weekender: Rivers of death and silent seas

Millions of fish are dying in rivers all over the planet and no valid explanation has been given. The reports have come in from every corner of the world, from Sweden to South Korea, and appear only to be connected by the bizarre nature of the phenomena.

A terrifying list, compiled by Michael Snyder (former Washington D.C. attorney,...
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They Shoot Math Teachers, Don't They?

The past week has yielded two more school shootings, and both of the staff members who were killed in the attacks were teachers of mathematics. In Danvers, Massachusetts, a 14 year old boy, Philip Chism, has been arrested on a murder charge after the body of a young math teacher, Colleen Ritzer, was found in a wooded area behind the high school...
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Is vision a quantum experience?

Is vision a quantum experience?

What is consciousness? It is a term which is liberally used in these so-called 'enlightened' times, when we use it to describe developing spiritual awareness. In physical terms, one might describe it as the presence of life, and what our brain perceives, which would be a reasonable assumption. What we may not be aware of, however, are the...
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Increased sightings force Peruvian Air Force to re-open UFO department

Increased sightings force Peruvian Air Force to re-open UFO department

After its closure in 2006, the Peruvian Air Force (Fuerza Aérea del Perú, or FAP) has taken the decision to resurrect its Department of Investigation of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (DIFAA) due to the increasing number of UFO reports occurring in the country.
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Abnormal 'Fire Cloud' forming over Australian bush fires

Abnormal 'Fire Cloud' forming over Australian bush fires

The fires currently searing through the Australian bush between Lithgow and Bilpin could create an unusual cloud formation known as a 'Fire Cloud' or pyrocumulus, predict fire analysts. The unique weather phenomenon only forms when areas of intense heat, such as bush fires or volcanoes, meet with an unstable atmosphere.

As fires burn...
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Do we now have a date for Doomsday?

Do we now have a date for Doomsday?

Prophets and soothsayers have been predicting the end of the world for thousands of years, with possible extinction-level events cited as super-volcanoes or earthquakes, giant solar flares, pollution, plague and pestilence, and the favourite of the 20th century, nuclear war. There is no doubt that planet Earth is currently under-going what...
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UPDATED: Jesus--Man or Myth?

Did Jesus exist or was he an invention of Roman politicians intent on creating a non-violent messiah to calm the rebellious Jews?

UPDATE

We've updated this story, first published on October 18, with additional comment received from previous Dreamland guest Robert Feather, author of "The Secret Initiation of...
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Unexpected Antarctic Glacial Melt Could Cause Sudden Sea Level Rise

Scientists have been concerned for many years that the collapse of a continental glacier on Greenland or the Antarctic could result in a rapid and dangerous rise in sea levels, and now the surprising condition of an Antarctic glacier has seriously increased that concern.

A group of international scientists recently led a two month-...
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The vagus nerve: our route to a happier, healthier life?

The vagus nerve: our route to a happier, healthier life?

Think positive and you will feel positive. We hear this message time and again from proponents of 'New Age' philosophies, and it sounds like a nice idea. You can do it anywhere, at any time and it doesn't cost anything, so why not? Thinking 'happy thoughts' must surely be better than being negative, but does the concept have any basis in science...
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Chupacabra?

Chupacabras: the mystery is why there is a mystery at all...

For over thirteen years, Unknown Country has been researching and bringing you news on the subject of the mysterious chupacabra, an anomalous creature which has been witnessed across all South America, Puerto Rico and some parts of the US including California, Maryland, Texas and Utah.

'Chupacabra' is a Spanish word which means...
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Hums: is it time to dig deeper for an explanation?

Hums: is it time to dig deeper for an explanation?

Over the past few years, Unknown Country has been monitoring stories of numerous strange and inexplicable noises which have been reported all across the globe. For the most part, the source of these strange sounds, or 'Hums' as they have become known, has remained a mystery. Those areas known to have long-standing Hum problems include Leeds and...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: Unexplained UFO Researcher Deaths and a Strong Claim that there is Alien-Government Interaction.

It has been suggested that the search for the Truth can often lead seekers into treacherous territory, particularly, it seems, in the field of UFO research where a disproportionate number of researchers appear to have lost their lives. Could it just be a coincidence that during the past ten years a total of 137 researchers, writers, scientists,...
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A Great Catastrophe Threatens India

Cyclone Phailin has become a larger version of Hurricane Sandy, a huge storm packing winds of 160 miles per hour, striking at one of the most heavily populate low-lying areas on Earth. The cyclone has the potential to cause massive damage, but so far barely 70,000 people of the millions in its path have fled the region. Twenty-six of the thirty-...
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With Yellowstone shaking, we ask how the eruption of a supervolcano would really affect the US

Unknowncountry has been monitoring the increased earthquake activity at Yellowstone Park in Wyoming, and considering the potential effects of a Super-volcano eruption. The National Park is perched on top of a simmering Super-volcano which has been responsible for some of the largest and most cataclysmic volcanic eruptions in known history....
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First study on Greenland's snowpack reveals unexpected decline in atmospheric CO levels since 1950s

The first-ever study of air trapped in the deep snowpack of Greenland has yielded surprising results. Current computer models had predicted that levels of carbon monoxide locked into the snowpack would be higher than those recorded in the 1950s, yet it appears that the opposite is true.

A recent paper published in the journal...
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Science Fiction becomes Science Fact: Light Sabers are now a Reality

Every Star Wars fan dreams of owning a real light saber, the elegant and beautiful weapon of choice for any Jedi knight. Well, according to the latest news from Harvard and MIT, the Force could soon be with us.
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Unknowncountry Weekender: Earthquake Swarms and Supervolcanoes--Should We be Worried?

There is earthquake activity around two supervolcanoes, one in North Korea and the other in the United States. Earthquake swarms in such areas can indicate magma movement, and scientists are studying both volcanoes. A thousand years ago the eruption of Mount Paektu in what is now North Korea was probably the largest in human history. The eruption...
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Water Found on Mars, So Is the Planet Alive? Our Unique Take

The Red Planet is in the news again this week: it appears that the planet which is in line for a bashing next year from Comet Siding Spring could once have supported life, as there is ice in the Martian soil. Does it support life now? There's no evidence of natural life there, and the lack of free methane in the atmosphere suggests that not even...
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Fireballs Rain Down as Another Asteroid Near Miss Takes Place. What's Going On?

We are currently living under very volatile skies. Less than one year after a 10,000 ton meteorite exploded above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk in the Urals injuring 950 people, Russian scientists reveal that a nearby area of the country narrowly missed an impact from a 15 meter asteroid which skimmed past Earth last weekend. The asteroid, which...
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