Whitley Strieber published his novel “The Last Vampire” last year and has just completed the sequel, “Lilith’s Dream,” which will be published in October. Despite all this vampire writing, we never thought that vampires might be real, but recent news reports tell a different story. Police say up to 50 groups of human vampires are operating in Bogota, Columbia.

They dress in black and drink brandy mixed with human blood, which they obtain from transfusion centers or by purchasing animal blood from butchers.

But police are worried that their activities have escalated: they have recently begun stopping people at gunpoint and mugging them for their blood. They force them to bare their necks, then pierce their veins with a razor and take turns drinking the blood.read more

A team of scientists at the Rowland Institute in Massachusetts, led by Prof Lene Hau, have succeeded in making a pulse of laser light slow down to a complete halt. Then, after about a thousandth of a second, they made it start up again as if nothing had happened. This breakthrough will be important for designing the supercomputers of the future.

Other scientists, at Stanford University and the University of Colorado, have worked on similar techniques, and a group at Texas A & M University hopes to not only stop light, but reverse its direction.
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Dangerous bacteria are becoming a bigger problem than ever as new germs arrive in imported products and microbes already here evolve into new forms. In a report for the Institute of Food Technologists, scientists report that the increasing use of manure as fertilizer poses the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to food, either by contaminating irrigation water or coming into direct contact with crops.

Manure harbors bacteria such as E. coli and salmonella and is used as a substitute for chemical fertilizer on both organic and conventional crops. In some countries, chicken manure is fed to farm-raised shrimp.
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While people who claim to have come face to face Visitors from other worlds differ in the details of their encounters, there?s one thing they all have in common: they all say the Visitors spoke to them with a voice they perceived as being inside their heads.

Now John Gartner writes in wired news that we may soon be able to understand how this is done and even do it ourselves.

A new invention called the Audio Spotlight emits a one-foot square column of sound that can only be heard by people in its direct path. Joseph Pompei, of the MIT Media Lab, developed it while working as the youngest engineer at the audio company Bose, at age 16. This ?directed? audio sounds like it?s coming from right in front of you even when transmitted from a distance.
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