New Rocket Could Cut Mars Travel Time from Months to Weeks

February 9, 2001
A new type of nuclear reactor could make it possible for us to travel to Mars in as little as two weeks. Yigal Ronen, professor of nuclear engineering at Ben-Gurion University in Israel, believes that a little-known isotope called americium-242m... continued

Catalytic Converters May Cause Pollution

February 9, 2001
Catalytic converters are supposed to clean up car exhaust and prevent air pollution, but new research shows that they are polluting the atmosphere instead. Italian and French researchers have found dangerous heavy metals from converters far away from their sources,... continued

Push Button Orgasms

February 9, 2001
We've read about it in science fiction, but now it's true: a scientist has patented a machine that delivers an orgasm to a woman at the push of a button. Stuart Meloy, a surgeon in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, got the... continued

Good News About Cellphones: They Can Monitor Your Vital Signs

February 9, 2001
Scientists at Bell Labs in New Jersey have discovered that your cellphone reveals your vital signs, even when you don't answer it. Victor and Olga Boric-Lubecke noticed that some of the microwaves transmitted by the cellphone's antenna bounce back to... continued

The Moon May Predict Earthquakes

February 9, 2001
If we knew an earthquake was on the way, vulnerable populations could be evacuated and tragedies like the huge death toll in India could be prevented. Scientists have tried to discover a method for predicting earthquakes for years, without success.... continued

GM Foods Update: Broken Rules, Superweeds, & Ordinary Spuds

February 8, 2001
A scientific panel working under the direction of the Royal Society of Canada has declared that genetically modified (GM) foods are not necessarily safe to eat. About 60 percent of the food in supermarkets today contain genetically modified ingredients such... continued

Genetic Test For Frequent Fliers

February 8, 2001
In an earlier news story, we reported that researchers in Australia and the U.K. believe that many deaths from bloodclots caused by long airplane flights go unreported. Now scientists think that genetic testing could prevent this from happening. Gillian Turner,... continued

U.S. Soldiers Exposed To Mad Cow Disease

February 8, 2001
Millions of U.S. military personnel and their families stationed in Europe before 1996 may have eaten British beef during the height of the Mad Cow Disease epidemic. For 10 years following the emergence of BSE in British cattle in 1986,... continued

New Camels Found For the Future

February 8, 2001
One of the main problems with global warming is rising ocean levels, caused by melting ice sheets. As shorelines recede, there will be salt contamination of water tables. Now an animal has been discovered that may be very useful for... continued

Whitley Strieber Appears on Art Bell Tonight

February 7, 2001
Dreamland's Whitley Strieber and Linda Moulton Howe of will be guests on Art Bell's Coast-to-Coast AM tonight. Howe will be talking about major environmental changes, and Strieber will discuss his new book the Key, as well as some extraordinary... continued