Scientists have found a gene that helps determine how athletic you are. Since this study was done in Australia, it doesn’t answer the controversial question about why Blacks dominate sports in the U.S.?is it genetics, “culling” during slavery, or seizing an opportunity to advance? Also, once DNA testing becomes common, will recruiters use it to identify potential star athletes in high schools and colleges?

Australian researchers found that sprinters, who run at high speed for short distances, are more likely to have a copy of a gene called ACTN3, which enables muscles to contract more quickly and powerfully. This would be a valuable gene to have if you want to play basketball, for instance.
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A major supervolcano eruption is overdue in Yellowstone Park, which could darken the skies over the rest of the U.S. for years to come. Scientists would love to know how to accurately predict this and other eruptions, and now Bernard Chouet says he knows how to do it.

Chouet, of the U.S. Geological Survey, says that volcanic eruptions are preceded by a type of earthquake known as a long-period event, which signals that pressure is building up inside the volcano.

When Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in 1985, it melted a glacier, causing water and volcanic ash mudflows that killed an entire town of 25,000 people. When Chouet looked at the area’s earthquake records, he saw many long-period events.
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We recently wrote that British Columbia has become the UFO capital of Canada. It’s even become a tourist destination, since one-third of all Canadian sightings come from there. For subscribers this week, we interview UFO researcher Brian Vike, who tells about some of the amazing UFO experiences people have had there. The first 15 minutes of this interview will be available to non-subscribers as part of Dreamland for August 30, 2003.Click “Listen Now” on our masthead.

Vike, of HBCC UFO Research, says, “People are aware now that there is actually someone who investigates and talks to people and tries to figure out what people are seeing.”
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Case researched by Brian Vike Copyright 2003, Brian Vike

The story is real but the names in this report are fictitious for obvious reasons.

Pat – Driver of the car. Linda – Passenger and friend.

Date: July 31, 2003 (Thursday) Time: Between 1:00 a.m. & 2:00 a.m.

Monday, August 18, 2003 I received a telephone call from Pat who lives in Kelowna, British Columbia. The lady was very upset and had a hard time speaking of the event that took place with her and a close female friend of hers. She told me today that a friend had brought over a newspaper article which was run in the Kelowna Capital Newspaper. The headline read, “Seeking Witnesses to UFO” which showed up on August 15, 2003.
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