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February 2014

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Weekender: The Road to Mars

The concept has provided ample inspiration for scientists, science-fiction writers, poets and musicians, but the possibility of "Life on Mars" may soon become a reality because the first manned mission from Earth to the Red Planet is allegedly just a few short years away. Mars One is a Dutch non-profit foundation assembled with the sole...
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ADHD - A Disease of Modern Times?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a neurobehavioral condition that has risen to epidemic proportions in recent times. The symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Psychologist Enrico Gnaulati, of Pasadena, California, claims that ADHD is now “as prevalent as the common cold....
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NASA Scientist Claims That Extra-Terrestrial Life Exists

A retired Astrobiologist who worked at NASA for 46 years has confirmed in a recent interview that alien life definitely exists.

In a recent interview with Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post (a recording of which accompanies this article), Richard Hoover described how, through his work with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center (...
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Science confirms another "Master of the Key" Prediction

Even the most outlandish Master of the Key predictions seem to come true, including one of the most peculiar - that computer memory can be stored in a gas - which now has powerful new scientific support.

The intriguing discovery was made by a team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose quest...
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World's Oldest Crystal Holds The Key To Earth's History, But What Of Its Future?

With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus.

Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, an international team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience...
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Weekender: Will Global Warming Result in "Endless Winter?"

Winter has held North America and Northern Europe in a relentless grip for months, and scientists are saying that we may have to get used to experiencing such prolonged periods of bad weather. Recent research presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Chicago suggests that this is...
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The Turin Shroud

Could the Turin Shroud Have Been Created By An Earthquake?

The Turin Shroud is one of the most enigmatic artefacts on earth. It is purported to be the burial cloth used to shroud the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, and the faint image of a naked man imprinted on the cloth is believed to be that of the Messiah Himself.
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Have the Loch Ness Monsters Become Extinct?

The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most enduring legends of Scotland, bringing thousands of visitors to the country each year. A strange fate may have befallen our favourite cryptid, however, as there have not been any sightings of her since 2012.

It is claimed that one of the first recorded sightings of "Nessie," as the...
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Another Asteroid Near Miss?

In the last few hours, a "Deep Impact" style scenario has unfolded in space as a huge asteroid grazed past Earth last night at 27,000mph.

The asteroid passed within 2 million miles of Earth, not exactly a "near miss" but close enough to make scientists sit up and track its progress with more than a passing...
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Valentine's Day Madness: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Floods and Superstorms

Across the world it was a volatile Valentine's Day last week, with superstorms raging, the earth trembling and volcanoes erupting.

More than 7,000 properties in England and Wales were left without power after gale force winds of up to 173km per hour (108mph) battered the United Kingdom.
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Weekender - Time Signature: How Music Plays With Our Perceptions

We all know the feeling of being transported by a lilting melody, or enraptured by a rhapsody that seems to mute our senses to all else but its divine resonance.

Yet we may not realise that music is a powerful medium which can actually affect the way we perceive the world; science has proved that it alters our brain functions and can...
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NASA Images Suggest Flowing Water on Mars

The quest to confirm the existence of liquids on Mars has been ongoing for decades; it was known to host water billions of years ago and water is has been found to exist there in the form of ice, but the latest images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate that water may not only be present, but running down the Martian hills....
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The Why of This Brutal Winter

As predicted on Unknowncountry.com's Climate Watch last fall, this is proving to be a winter of extraordinary fury both in the United States and Europe. England is experiencing the worst flooding in 250 years, and winter records are being broken all across the United States. Meanwhile the Austral summer is entering the record books because of its...
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Scientists Find "Fingerprint" of the Oldest Star in the Universe

At 13.7 billion years old, the universe is inconceivably ancient. As new stars are born every day, its cosmic inhabitants are constantly changing, but scientists have now discovered the oldest star existing in space.

The old timer was identified by a team of astronomers from The Australian National University, who believe it formed...
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Weekender: Is Our Limited Understanding Preventing Us From Recognizing Alien Life Forms?

The search for extraterrestrial life has been an ongoing quest for decades, but finding alien life relies on our ability to recognize it.

Is there any guarantee that other life forms would manifest in a form that we would immediately be able to identify? Are we wrong to assume that all life must be derived from the same chemical...
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Fracking Threatens to Drain Water Reserves and Exacerbate Droughts

Yet more adverse side effects of fracking have been identified, as new research indicates that it could threaten water supplies in drought-prone areas.

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas reserves from underground seams, using high pressure water jets which are injected into the ground to fracture shale rocks and...
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Massive Glacier in Rapid Meltdown Could Raise Seas to Unprecedented Levels

A recent study has indicated that the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland is experiencing a rapid melt that threatens to raise sea levels by up to one centimeter.

The glacier, which is thought to have yielded the iceberg that ended the Titanic's fated voyage, has begun to melt at an alarming rate, about four times faster than it was...
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Olive Oil Could Help To Prevent Breast Cancer

The benefits of eating olive oil have been lauded by health professionals for years, but a recent study could provide a new incentive for us to add it into our diet.

A study at the Houston Methodist hospital in Texas is to focus on a major component of olive oil, hydroxytyrosol, and its potential to prevent breast cancer.
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Surveillance Technologies May Soon Make Anonymity Impossible

It is no secret that, in civilised society, "Big Brother" is very likely to be watching us whenever we venture into public places and, thanks to facial recognition software utilised by retail outlets, "Big Brother" is not only watching, but also knows our names and many other personal details.

Facial recognition...
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