This week, we reprise one of Dreamland’s all-time classics–Laurence Gardner on White Powder Gold. Listen as he tells the story of this legendary substance, how it may have been made, and where, and what it might have done to the people who used it. Laurence will be with us again soon to talk about his new book, the Secret of Solomon. Prepare yourself by revisiting this classic interview! Please note: No new subscriber special this week while Whitley Strieber is on vacation.

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Here is another of our periodic reports on how to cure the hangover you may incur on December 31st. To sum up: the hair of the dog (drinking more liquor) doesn’t work and coffee doesn’t work either. So what DOES work?

In LiveScience.com, Corey Binns quotes Dennis Twombly, of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) as saying, “The severity of a hangover is related to the blood alcohol level you reach, how rapidly you drink, and the amount you drink. After the alcohol has been cleared from the system, a hangover can last for 8 to 24 hours, depending on how much you’ve consumed.” The best way to deal with this is to sleep it off, despite the fact that alcohol tends to disrupt the quality of your sleep.

“A permanently manned base on the Moon, memory implants in the brain, the rise of a Chinese scientific superpower and unlimited, pollution-free energy.” These are all predictions for the future from a group of 50 eminent British scientists. Meanwhile, back here in the US, a political science professor at the University of Alabama has asked his colleagues to help him compile his own annual list of predictions.

Two of the best known presidential hopefuls will drop out of the race in 2007, sales of hybrid and diesel fueled cars will increase as American car manufacturers make a dramatic comeback, and senior citizens will join the IM generation, according to the 26th edition of “Educated Guesses,” a series of annual predictions offered by University of Alabama faculty.

The new year is almost here, and most of us have made resolutions that we will fail to keep, such as losing weight or quitting smoking. Maybe this year, we should take an inventory of our lives instead.

Psychologist Frank Farley says, “In so many fields we take stock, we take inventory, we take a pulse at the end of the year. Sports commentators are going to be reviewing the year in sports and pundits will be doing the same for politics. Even businesses do an end of the year inventory and balancing of the books. But we are not so good at doing that about ourselves, reflecting and assessing how we?ve done this past year.” New years resolutions only reflect the ways in which we’ve failed?what about our successes? They need to be counted too.