UPDATE: Late 2006 and early 2007 – On November 2 you will have a rare opportunity to meet author Graham Hancock. Hancock’s most famous book is Fingerprints of the Gods. On this week’s Dreamland, he talks about his new book, which is the basis for Anne Strieber’s beloved diary about the Green Man, when he will speak at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York City at 7:30 p.m., 540 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10010 (212-564-4253).

George Noory, host of Coast to Coast AM, is touring for his new book Worker in the Light. Whitley interviewed George for subscribers on October 20. On Saturday, November 18 at 1 p.m., he’ll appear on the Queen Mary at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, California (the phone number for this event is 562-435-3511).read more

Morgellons disease has symptoms that rival the worst horror films: the skin of its victims oozes mysterious strands that have been identified as cellulose (which cannot be manufactured by the human body), and people have the sensation of things crawling beneath their skin. In the Tuesday, October 24 issue of the New York Times, Michael Mason reports that the Federal Centers for Disease Control will undertake an investigation of Morgellons Disease. The first know case of Morgellons occurred in 2001, when Mary Leitao created a web site describing the disease, which had infected her young son. She named it Morgellons after a 17th century medical study in France that described the same symptoms.
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Chemists in Japan have discovered that brown seaweed?something we don’t eat in the US, but which Japanese use extensively to flavor soups and salads?contains a compound which, in animal studies, promotes weight loss by reducing the accumulation of fat. Could this be another reason why the Japanese seem so much slimmer than we do?

Called fucoxanthin, the compound achieved a 5 to 10% weight reduction in test animals and could be developed into a natural extract or drug to help fight obesity. Look for seaweed diet pills soon, but be careful?there will be lots of fakes out there.

The compound targets abdominal fat, the hardest kind to lose and the type of fat that promotes Type II diabetes.
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After hurricane Katrina, engineers are contemplating whether or not to move the Mississippi. Meanwhile, researchers have found evidence that the world’s largest river basin, the Amazon, once flowed in the opposite direction.
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