August 2013
News archive

A Russian Enigma: Most Mysterious Radio Transmission in the World
2013 08 31
Volume dials were turned up, computers began recording, forum posts were hastily typed. Something big was happening. “OBYaVLENIYA KOMANDA 135” For the first time in a history that stretches back nearly forty years, the mysterious Russian radio signal popularly known as UVB-76 had issued an order. On the 24th of January 2013, it was heard clearly by its ...
Massive canyon discovered buried under Greenland ice
2013 08 30
Scientists uncover vast gorge stretching at least 466 miles believed to be millions of years old A vast gorge in the Earth on the same scale as the Grand Canyon lies buried under ice in Greenland, scientists have learned. The massive hidden canyon is at least 466 miles (740km) long and up to 800 metres (2,600ft) deep in places. The feature, resembling a ...
Unlocking the secrets of the Elephant Man
2013 08 30
The Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick, was an object of curiosity and ridicule throughout his life - studied, prodded and examined by the Victorian medical establishment. Now, 123 years after his death, scientists believe his bones contain secrets about his condition which could benefit medical science today. Joseph Merrick began to develop abnormally from an early age, eventually being gawped at by ...
German law change to ’recognize third sex’
2013 08 30
Germans will soon be legally divided into three genders - those born as hermaphrodites have the right to not identify as male or female. It has been described as a revolution, effectively creating legal recognition of a third sex. The Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday that a change due to come into effect in November would give legal recognition to the ...
Democratic Reward for the British People Rejecting Military Action Against Syria
2013 08 30
UK Prime Minister Cameron loses Syria war vote British Prime Minister David Cameron lost a vote endorsing military action against Syria by 13 votes Thursday, a stunning defeat that will almost guarantee that Britain plays no direct role in any U.S. attack on Bashar al-Assad’s government. A grim-faced Cameron conceded after the vote that “the British Parliament, reflecting the views of the ...
Weird Science: Fungus Waves Hello
2013 08 30
This neat video making the rounds today describes a fungus that appears to ’wave hello’ with fluttery appendages. While alien looking, this glowing, wobbling, friendly blob is actually many fuzzy Beech Blight Aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on a forest fungus. These wooly insects nestle in colonies and feed on sap, and waggle their fluffy rear ends as a ...
Don’t Worry Radiation From Fukushima is Harmless
2013 08 30
Researchers from the Center of Excellence for Climate System Science (CECSS) have concluded that the radioactive plume from the meltdown at Fukushima will not reach the US until 2014. They also claim that the levels of radiation will be harmless. On the board of directors of the CECSS is a member of the Club of Rome. This is the same Elite ...
Syria: US Aided Terrorists in Chemical Attack, Europe Next
2013 08 30
In an explosive declaration, Syria’s deputy foreign minister has now come out on record in declaring that the US, Britain, and France were instrumental in aiding the chemical attacks on Syria through a network of terrorists inside the country. Going further with the intel on the subject, the Syrian official now says that the next target will be Europe. Confirming ...
Swedish Navy “Very Interested in Circular Object At Bottom of Baltic Sea.”
2013 08 29
Dennis Asberg, co-owner of the Ocean Explorer X-Team in Stockholm, Sweden, has released a youtube video to report that the Swedish Navy is “very, very interested in the circular object at the bottom of the Baltic Sea that we have discovered.” He describes a Swedish Navy ship coming to where they were working at the anomalous site, where “Swedish Navy ...
Archaeologists discover subterranean slave world under Roman emperor’s villa
2013 08 29
Italian archaeologists have discovered a hidden tunnel beneath Hadrian’s Villa near Rome, part of a network of galleries and passageways that would have been used by slaves to discreetly service the sprawling imperial palace. The newly-found tunnel was large enough to have taken carts and wagons, which would have ferried food, fire wood and other goods from one part of ...
Leading atheist branded a ‘heretic’ for daring to question Darwinism
2013 08 29
The philosopher Thomas Nagel is not taking phone calls. His secretary at New York University says there have been hundreds, all wanting to reach the modern “heretic,” as a current magazine cover labels him, but he is not taking the bait. All he did was argue in a new book the evolutionary view of nature is “false,” and now grand forces have ...
Researcher controls colleague’s motions in first human brain-to-brain interface
2013 08 29
Red Ice Creations: Whoa.... that’s a 10 on the creepy scale!! This is as amazing a demonstration of new technology as it is unnerving. Is this a step towards fleshy ’avatars’, or advanced thought-controlled prosthetics, or just a path towards the ultimate mind/body control mechanism? Where won’t humans go with this - where do we draw the line? --- University of Washington researchers ...
The US is building a bioweapons lab in Kazakhstan
2013 08 29
According to International Reporting Project, "A state-of-the-art medical research laboratory is under construction in a suburb of Almaty, Kazakhstan’s business capital, using U.S. funds aimed at helping reorient former biological weapons-related research under the Soviet Union to peaceful public health uses, according to officials involved with the project." The facility is slated to open in 2015 on the spot of ...
Leonardo da Vinci - The Anatomist
2013 08 29
"Art critic Alastair Sooke heads to the new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh."
50 Years Later – West Defiles Martin Luther King’s Memory
2013 08 29
The differences between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and current US President Barack Obama could not be greater. In fact, the only thing they have in common is that they are both black. Yet somehow, Western media outlets have managed to draw parallels between these diametrically opposed figures – presumably because they are indeed both black. AP recently published an ...
Life on earth ’began on Mars’
2013 08 29
Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been available on the surface of the red planet. Professor Steven Benner, a geochemist, has argued that the "seeds" of life probably arrived on Earth in meteorites blasted ...
Public opinion stands in way of EU shale gas
2013 08 29
If the oil and gas industry thought that a US-style shale gas revolution would seamlessly find its way across the Atlantic, it has had a rude awakening. Getting public support for fracking in Europe risks descending into a street-fight between industry and environmental NGOs. The UK government has been particularly gung-ho in its attitude to shale gas drilling, offering generous tax ...
Man actually possesses ’super’ strength
2013 08 29
"Given his height, weight and muscle size, there’s no possible way this man should be this strong." From: wnd.com
Syria asks UN to immediately investigate three new ‘chemical attacks’ by rebels
2013 08 29
The Syrian government is demanding that the United Nations immediately investigate three alleged chemical attacks carried out by rebel groups on the outskirts of Damascus last week, Syria’s envoy to the UN said. Ambassador Bashar Jaafari said he had requested UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that the team of experts currently in Damascus investigating an alleged use of chemical weapons last ...
Fort Hood shooter sentenced to death
2013 08 29
Major Nidal Hasan sentenced to death for 2009 shooting rampage that killed 13 people on US army base. A military jury has sentenced Major Nidal Hasan to death for killing 13 people during the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood. Hasan, 42, never denied being the gunman and has said the attack on unarmed soldiers was motivated by a desire to protect ...
Inspectors In Syria Forbidden From Finding Out WHO Used Chemical Weapons, Only IF They Were Used
2013 08 27
Inspectors In Syria Forbidden From Finding Out WHO Used Chemical Weapons, Only IF They Were Used From: RINF The Fix Is In The Wall Street Journal reports: “The [weapons inspection] team must be able to conduct a full, thorough and unimpeded investigation,” said U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday night. However, the team is only mandated to determine if chemical weapons ...
Cancer Patients Screwed Over By UK Cannabis Laws
2013 08 27
Today’s blog is all about weed, or at least the insanity of the British Government who refuse to accept the myriad of scientific evidence that shows cannabis to be a relatively harmless drug if used by responsible adults (especially compared to tobacco, alcohol, caffeine and hard drugs), and that it has several proven medical benefits. - You see our first story ...
Pet-Keeping and Animal Sacrifice as Seen Economically and Archaeologically
2013 08 27
Pet-keeping and animal sacrifice in antiquity were common practices. How the animals were treated can often be seen archaeologically. By most modern standards, household pets such as cats and dogs are looked at as companion animals. It can be assumed that some people in the past acquired a similar affection to household or working animals. A companion animal is generally valued ...
Monsanto’s Glyphosate: Impacts on Human Health and Plant Life
2013 08 27
Scientist Warns of Dire Consequences with Widespread Use The December/January 2010 issue of The Organic & Non-GMO Report featured an interview with Robert Kremer, an adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri, whose research showed negative environmental impacts caused by glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which is used extensively with Roundup Ready ...
Medieval Poison Ring Discovered In Bulgaria
2013 08 27
Bulgarian archaeologists have unearthed a remarkable ring they believe was used to assassinate rivals during the 14th century. The medieval poison ring was discovered at Cape Kaliakra near the town of Kavarna, along Bulgaria’s northern Black Sea Coast. Researchers who found the ring believe it is the first ever found in the region -- if not in all of Bulgaria. Made out ...
Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life
2013 08 27
Considering the almost eternal shelf-life of honey, one has to wonder, which would last longer - honey, or a Big Mac? (Note: Unlike honey, you should never attempt to eat a centuries-old burger.) The Smithsonian’s ’Surprising Science’ delves into jars of nature’s sweet stuff: --- The Science Behind Honey’s Eternal Shelf Life Natasha Geiling | Smithsonian.com Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have ...
Occupy Wall Street Bank Card - Priceless?
2013 08 27
Red Ice Creations: The Occupy Movement is well known for its international protests against social and economic inequality, but did know they’re also in the money biz? Occupy members (anonymous insiders in the banking industry) are putting together a ’financial services cooperative’ to service people who are of the "99%" and "unbanked" and "underbanked" - those who have poor ...
Transhumanist Bankers Plan Robotic Future
2013 08 27
In the Future – Nature and Technology Will Work as One International airports in Britain greet arrivals and departures with the letters ’HSBC’ and the words “The World’s Bank” plastered boldly over plane docking bays and passenger corridors. For those not in the know HSBC is “A British multinational banking and financial services organisation headquartered in London, England.” It is “One ...
Ancient sarcophagus found at Lincoln Castle
2013 08 27
Lincoln Castle archaeologists to extract sarcophagus Archaeologists are preparing to extract a sarcophagus discovered at Lincoln Castle and thought to contain "somebody terribly important". The stone sarcophagus, believed to date from about AD900, was found alongside the remains of a church which was previously unknown. Archaeologists have been on site for almost a year and their work came to an end this week. They ...
Synchronized virtual reality heartbeat triggers out-of-body experiences
2013 08 26
New research demonstrates that triggering an out-of-body experience (OBE) could be as simple as getting a person to watch a video of themselves with their heartbeat projected onto it. According to the study, it’s easy to trick the mind into thinking it belongs to an external body and manipulate a person’s self-consciousness by externalizing the body’s internal rhythms. The findings could ...
Ukraine, Japan to monitor Chernobyl and Fukushima from space
2013 08 26
Ukraine and Japan on Monday agreed to launch a joint satellite project to track the state of crippled Chernobyl and Fukushima nuclear plants, sites of the world’s greatest nuclear disasters. "We have agreed on cooperation in the space sector to monitor the regions surrounding Chernobyl and Fukushima," Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida told reporters after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Leonid ...
Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely: NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping programme
2013 08 26
Staff working at America’s National Security Agency – the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people – have used the technology to spy on their lovers. The employees even had a code name for the practice – "Love-int" – meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners. Dianne Feinstein, a senator who chairs the Senate intelligence ...
The Reality Show: Schizophrenics now making sense over ‘actors and hidden cameras’
2013 08 26
As we march mindlessly into our brave new digital world, there’s more going on behind the scenes in the minds of millions. “In the 21st century, the influencing machine has escaped from the shuttered wards of the mental hospital to become a distinctive myth for our times. It is compelling not because we all have schizophrenia, but because reality has become ...
Oldest Map Of The New World Found On A 500 Year Old Ostrich Egg
2013 08 26
The oldest known globe to represent the New World has been discovered, researchers say. Dated to the early 1500s, the globe was likely crafted in Florence, Italy, from the lower halves of two ostrich eggs. It is engraved with then-new and vague details about the Americas garnered from European explorers like Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci. It is also decorated with ...
The Next Frontier In Computing: Your Brain
2013 08 25
President Barack Obama is introduced by Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, at the BRAIN Initiative event in the East Room of the White House, April 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy) At a recent conference IBM researchers unveiled a new computer architecture in the hope of creating a computer as powerful as the human brain. ...
Prince Charles and Mohamed Al Fayed contacted by police assessing SAS soldier’s claims that Diana was murdered
2013 08 25
Prince Charles and Mohamed Al Fayed are being contacted by police as they assess claims that the SAS murdered Princess Diana. Scotland Yard said they are also getting in touch with Lord Justice Scott Baker, the judge who presided over the inquest into her death. Diana, 36, Mr Al Fayed’s son Dodi, 42, and chauffeur Henri Paul, 41, all died in a ...
Starving Cancer to Death by Removing one Food: Refined Sugar
2013 08 25
While all of our cells need glucose (a form of sugar which is turned into energy), cancer thrives on a body full of simple carbohydrates (which become sugar in the body) and refined sugars that come from processed foods and overly sweet goodies. If you or someone you know is suffering from cancer, one of the best things they can ...
Live Blood Analysis - Observable Effects of RF/MW Radiation via Smart Meters
2013 08 24
This clip is an excerpt from Take Back Your Power - a critical investigation of the Smart Metering phenomenon and Smart Grid. More than 5,000 studies now show RF/MW radiation to be harmful to human biology, animals and plants. Acute and chronic exposure to RF (radio-frequency) and MW (microwave) radiation can, even at very low power-densities, lead to not only ...
CIA: The mysterious Area 51 exists!
2013 08 24
New document shows the CIA is becoming less secretive about Area 51’s existence. After years of government denials, the CIA is officially acknowledging in newly declassified documents the existence of Area 51, the mysterious site in central Nevada that has spawned top-secret tools, weapons and not a few UFO conspiracies. George Washington University’s National Security Archive obtained a CIA history of the ...
One mummy – many coffins
2013 08 23
Boxes and other forms of containers are technologies that arise at given points of time in various cultures. Everybody knows the ancient Egyptian practice of mummifying their dead. What is perhaps less known is that they placed the mummies inside layer upon layer of coffins says Anders Bettum, Egyptologist at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of ...
Michael Hastings was afraid his car was tampered with
2013 08 23
As details about journalist Michael Hastings’ death remain unanswered following the release of a coroner’s report, a neighbor says the late reporter was afraid to get in his own car hours before he died in high-speed crash June 18 in Hollywood. Hastings, 33, was killed when his Mercedes coupe crashed into a tree just before 5 a.m. that morning, and details ...
Software uses brain scans to identify exactly what people are looking at
2013 08 23
Researchers are a step closer to being able to read people’s thoughts after creating a computer program that can identify what someone is looking at using brain scans. A team from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands used image and shape recognition software and a specially designed algorithm to assess changes in a person’s brain activity using functional magnetic resonance imaging ...
Obama DOJ Asks Court to Grant Immunity to George W. Bush For Iraq War
2013 08 23
In court papers filed today (PDF), the United States Department of Justice requested that George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and Paul Wolfowitz be granted procedural immunity in a case alleging that they planned and waged the Iraq War in violation of international law. Plaintiff Sundus Shaker Saleh, an Iraqi single mother and refugee now living ...
TEPCO’s Fukushima inspections inadequate – Japan nuclear regulator
2013 08 23
Japan’s nuclear regulator has concluded that the Fukushima nuclear plant’s operator was inadequate in its inspection of radioactive water tanks after news of yet another leak. TEPCO earlier admitted it will now require international help. On Friday, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) Commissioner Toyoshi Fuketa visited the destroyed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to inspect the ongoing radioactive cleanup efforts. Fuketa’s ...
Dentist Seeks to Clone John Lennon with DNA from Tooth
2013 08 23
Owner of John Lennon’s tooth hopes to clone the late Beatle The dentist who purchased John Lennon’s rotten molar for $31,000 at a 2011 auction now has plans for the tooth: He’s getting it genetically sequenced in the hopes of cloning the musician, who died in 1980. Seriously. Dr. Michael Zuk has started up a website, JohnLennonDNA.com and put out a press ...
Britain Forces Guardian To Destroy Hard Drives, Snowden Data
2013 08 23
Britain forced Guardian to destroy copy of Snowden material The editor of the Guardian, a major outlet for revelations based on leaks from former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, says the British government threatened legal action against the newspaper unless it either destroyed the classified documents or handed them back to British authorities. In an article posted on the British newspaper’s website ...
iEAR App Records Conversations
2013 08 23
Now Hear This: iEAR App Reveals Human Nature When Jane Goodall did her famous studies of chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park, in Tanzania, she spent hours unobtrusively watching the primates as they fished for termites, tickled each other and waged war. Her rich, detailed observations provided astonishing insights into the animals’ diets, social lives and basic natures. Yet when it comes ...
Sweden’s Gender War - The Insanity of State Feminism
2013 08 23
The Gender War (Könskriget) is a 2005 TV documentary by journalist Evin Rubar about radical feminism’s influence on Swedish politics. It shows how completely out of control feminism has gotten in Sweden. Feminist and journalist Helene Bergman recently wrote that Swedish state feminism is devoid of common sense and reason, referring to the absurdity of Julian Assange’s rape charges in ...
DARPA Issues Request For Information to Create a Computer Brain
2013 08 23
DARPA continues to march full steam ahead in its quest to reverse engineer the human brain. On August 14th the military research arm of the U.S government solicited information that could lead to the development of a "Cortical Processor" - essentially a processing system that can simulate the human brains neocortex- the area responsible for sensory understanding, thought, and language. This ...
Bradley Manning says, ‘I am female,’ will begin hormone therapy
2013 08 23
Army Pfc. Bradley Manning poses wearing a wig and lipstick in an undated photo. Manning emailed his military therapist the photo with a letter titled, "My problem," in which he described his issues with gender identity and his hope that a military career would "get rid of it." (AP Photo/U.S. Army) One day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison, ...
The Agenda 21 City of 2050
2013 08 22
Have you ever wondered where you or your children may be living in 2050? Experts predict that by then three-quarters of the world's population will live in cities. For part of its Tomorrow's Cities season the BBC takes a look through the crystal ball to imagine what city life might be like in 40 years' time. Read the rest of the ...
'It's b******s': Founder of firm that mis-sold insurance to SEVEN MILLION customers gives his crude assessment of £1.3BILLION compensation order
2013 08 22
The founder of the controversial company at the centre of the banks' latest mis-selling scandal today blasted the deal to return £1.3billion in compensation to duped customers. Around 7.5million people who were persuaded to buy useless insurance against identity theft for their credit cards will share in the payout, regulators said today. 13 of the biggest banks and building societies referred ...
'Chemical Weapons' media propaganda in US, UK is designed to hide the truth in Syria
2013 08 22
Yesterday's report of an alleged 'chemical weapon' attack near Damascus has prompted the US and UK media machines to spin into overdrive in the push for a military intervention and regime change in Syria. Washington's official response is predictable by now: "The White House is 'deeply concerned' about reports that chemical weapons were used by Syria's government against civilians". In the ...
How shale fracking led to an Ohio town's first 100 earthquakes
2013 08 22
Since records began in 1776, the people of Youngstown, Ohio had never experienced an earthquake. However, from January 2011, 109 tremors were recorded and new research in Geophysical Research-Solid Earth reveals how this may be the result of shale fracking. In December 2010, Northstar 1, a well built to pump wastewater produced by fracking in the neighboring state of Pennsylvania, came ...
Newly revealed conspiracy claim in Princess Diana death sparks talk
2013 08 22
A newly revealed claim of conspiracy in the death of Princess Diana has royal watchers buzzing once again, nearly 16 years after the woman who would now be a royal grandmother died in a Paris car crash. But British police seem to be knocking down the claim -- that the British military was involved in the deaths of Diana, her boyfriend ...
Nasdaq Halts Trading of Stocks, Options
2013 08 22
Trading on the Nasdaq (NDAQ) stock exchange has been halted after the exchange announced that it has had technical problems with getting quotes out. The Nasdaq first reported issues with quote dissemination at 12:09 p.m. today, and then halted trading of all "Tape C" securities–those listed on the Nasdaq–at 12:14 p.m. Options trading was halted at just after 12:20. As a former ...
New Chemical Weapons Attack In Syria Another False Flag?
2013 08 21
On Wednesday August 21, 2013, it was reported by numerous media outlets that a chemical weapons attack took place inside Syria which killed anywhere from 213 to 1300 people in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka, and Jobar. The attacks were allegedly the result of rockets with chemical agents hitting the neighborhoods shortly before dawn. The attacks, if reports ...
300-million-year-old UFO tooth-wheel found in Russian city of Vladivostok
2013 08 21
The metal detail which was recently found by Vladivostok resident is yet another discovery which perplexed the scientists. The coal in which the metal object was pressed was delivered to Primorye from Chernogorodskiy mines of Khakasia region. Knowing that the coal deposits of this region date 300 million years back, Russian experts inferred that the metal detail found in these ...
Neanderthals had 'distinct cultures': Ancient tool types show knowledge was passed down generations
2013 08 20
Neanderthals were more culturally complex than previously thought, according to scientists who have studied prehistoric handaxes. The design of handaxes, the multipurpose tool used by Neanderthals primarily to prepare food, were passed down the generations and demonstrate social learning in different groups living in what is now modern Europe. Two cultural traditions existed among Neanderthals living in northern Europe between 115,000 to ...
Swedish women don headscarves after assault on Muslim
2013 08 20
Swedish women have been posting photos of themselves in traditional Muslim headscarves in solidarity with a woman attacked apparently for wearing a veil. Among the protesters from various faiths were politicians and TV hosts. The "hijab outcry" campaigners urged the government to "ensure that Swedish Muslim women are guaranteed the right to... religious freedom". The victim was taken to hospital after the attacker ...
False Flag Cyber Attack Looming?
2013 08 20
Despite many warnings, no major attack has taken place on the United States. So it is logical to ask why this hasn't happened yet, and if it ever will. For the past few years, US officials have warned of a coming mega cyber attack against critical infrastructure, something akin to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. The threat of ...
Climate leaks are 'misleading' says IPCC ahead of major report - IPCC trying to save face and repair broken image
2013 08 20
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has warned against drawing too many conclusions from the latest leaked version of its upcoming, and eagerly awaited, Assessment Report 5 (AR5). This massive tome will be published in four stages over the next year - the first part, the physical science behind climate change, will be presented in Stockholm on 26 September. The process ...
Glenn Danzig: Democrats are fascists disguised as liberals
2013 08 20
You mentioned that "Mother" was about the PMRC. Were they a problem for you specifically? Yeah, you know, Al Gore wanted to tell people what they could listen to and what they couldn't, what they could record. It was basically coming down to the idea that he wouldn't let anybody record any music that he didn't think you should be doing. ...
Brain Implants to Enhance Our Senses?
2013 08 16
Red Ice Creations:. Beyond the obvious ethical arguments about fashioning a neo-human or real 'super' man, the following article "Brain Implant Could Enhance Our Senses" supposes that the brain might function with a tsunami of sense-data washing over it to one day "feel touch through prosthetic limbs, see heat via infrared light or even develop a sixth sense for magnetic ...
The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary
2013 08 16
You aren't alone in your fear of makeup-clad entertainers; people have been frightened by clowns for centuries There's a word— albeit one not recognized by the Oxford English Dictionary or any psychology manual— for the excessive fear of clowns: Coulrophobia. Not a lot of people actually suffer from a debilitating phobia of clowns; a lot more people, however, just don't like them. ...
Upsalite: Scientists make 'impossible material'... by accident
2013 08 16
Researchers in Uppsala, Sweden accidentally left a reaction running over the weekend and ended up resolving a century-old chemistry problem. Their work has led to the development of a new material, dubbed Upsalite, with remarkable water-binding properties. Upsalite promises to find applications in everything from humidity control at home to chemical manufacturing in industry. Maria Strømme and colleagues at Uppsala University, ...
Enter if you dare: The Poison Garden of Deadly Plants
2013 08 16
An iron gate at the entrance of The Poison Garden in Alnwick hosts a warning sign, complete with scull and crossbones. Part tongue-in-cheek, part warning the sign reads "These plants can kill". Inspired by a visit to a poison garden of Padua, Italy, the Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Miller Percy, returned to Alnwick with a plan to create a poison garden ...
Google Glass Will Track Your Gaze, Patent Hints
2013 08 16
Google Glass hasn't even commercially launched yet, but the company is already patenting new technology that could make the user experience more personal– and possibly more invasive, too. A recently published patent describes a system that tracks the wearer's gaze using both forward-facing and eye tracking cameras. The idea behind this technology is for Google Glass to know exactly what's grabbing ...
West Antarctica Warmed Quickly ... 20,000 Years Ago
2013 08 16
The modern meltdown of the Antarctic Ice Sheet mirrors the frozen continent's big thaw after the last ice age ended 20,000 years ago, a new study finds. New ice core records from West Antarctica show the huge ice sheet started heating up about 20,000 to 22,000 years ago, 2,000 to 4,000 years earlier than previously thought. But in East Antarctica, which ...
Symbolic cathedral made of cardboard unveiled
2013 08 16
A famous landmark church, among many other buildings, was destroyed in New Zealand during Christchurch's devastating 2011 earthquake. Now in 2013, a replacement cathedral has been erected and unveiled and it's drawing attention due to its unique design. The new $6 million cathedral, constructed in a massive triangle configuration, is composed mainly of cardboard. The design is unorthodox, as reported by NewScientist: Made ...
The FBI and the Myth of the Fingerprint
2013 08 16
The real crime is in the crime lab Few law enforcement institutions have been so thoroughly discredited as the FBI's forensic lab. In 1997 the Bureau's inspector general of the time issued a devastating report, stigmatizing one instance after another of mishandled and contaminated evidence, inept technicians, and outright fabrication. The IG concluded that there were "serious and credible allegations ...
There are differences in brain waves between people who recall dreams and those who don't
2013 08 16
Researchers at Lyon Neuroscience Research Center and University Lyon in France, have found that people who regularly recall their dreams have different alpha brain wave patterns than do people who rarely recall their dreams. They have published a paper describing their research in Frontiers in Consciousness Research. Despite hundreds of years of study, scientists still know very little about why people ...
Stroke patient who can't feel sad: Condition leaves man permanently happy
2013 08 15
Malcolm Myatt always looked on the bright side of life. But the grandfather is now in a permanent state of happiness – after a stroke left him unable to feel sadness. The stroke interfered with the part of Mr Myatt's brain that regulates emotional responses, leaving him liable to erupt in a fit of giggles at the most inappropriate of times. He ...
New tool peeks into brain to measure consciousness
2013 08 15
When people have a brain injury so severe that they can't squeeze a loved one's hand or otherwise respond, there are few good ways to tell if they have any lingering awareness or are in a vegetative state. Now researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure varying levels of consciousness. The work reported Wednesday is highly ...
Historical Dishonor: Towns Stuggle with Citizen Hitler
2013 08 15
Red Ice Creations: Is removing Adolf Hitler from the ranks of a German town's Honourary Citizen list revisionist history? Is it in any way 'making amends', or is it a denial of the past? Should the choices of past generations forever condemn the sons and daughters of today? Many towns in Germany are now struggling to achieve a truthful balance. --- Spiegel Online reports: ...
New Findings Spur Debate: Are Some Psychopaths Curable?
2013 08 15
A new study finds psychopaths do not lack empathy. They just possess the ability to turn it on and off—perhaps making some curable. Critics say psychopaths only lack a certain form of empathy. Their ability to understand it is part of what makes them so dangerous. "The findings are fascinating," says Martha Stout, author of The Sociopath Next Door. The UK and ...
New Species of Mammal Discovered in Andes
2013 08 15
For crytpozoologists and mysterious-animal researchers, the recent discovery of a new mammal gives support to the idea that just because we haven't found a certain creature yet (ie, sasquatch or chupacabra), it doesn't mean they don't exist. As observed by Kris Helgen, curator of mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History: "The discovery of the olinguito shows us that ...
Marine Corps Colonel: Homeland Security Building "Domestic Army"
2013 08 15
A former Marine Corps Colonel who was stationed in Fallujah and trained Iraqi soldiers warns that the Department of Homeland Security is working with law enforcement to build a "domestic army," because the federal government is afraid of its own citizens. The comments by the Colonel, whose identity remains unknown, were made during public testimony at a Concord City Council meeting ...
278 People Killed in One Day in Egypt -- Global Outcry Steps Up Pressure on US to Suspend Aid to Military
2013 08 15
The United States has led a chorus of international concern aboutEgypt's crackdown on demonstrators, publicly condemning the violence that resulted in the worst loss of life on a single day since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi last month. The White House said "the world is watching" after a day on which at least 278 people were killed. But there was ...
CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target
2013 08 15
This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip). Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor's President Fred Burton. The email (link here) was ...
The Occult Symbolism of the Bronx Zoo
2013 08 14
A hidden body of ancient spiritual wisdom lies encoded in the architecture of the Bronx Zoo in New York City. It was put there by the architects and stonemasons who designed and built the zoo's central structures at the turn of the last century. This wisdom is akin to the "lost" doctrine of the Freemasons and bears every evidence of ...
Decoding Mona Lisa: Have archaeologists found the face behind the smile?
2013 08 14
Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, is likely based on Lisa del Giocondo, who lived in Florence at the turn of the 16th century. On Friday, archaeologists cut into the del Giocondo family crypt in hopes of confirming the identity of the Mona Lisa's model. The most mysterious smile in art history has spawned endless speculation. Who was the model? ...
Pump and pray: Tepco might have to pour water on Fukushima wreckage forever
2013 08 14
Fukushima is a nightmare disaster area, and no one has the slightest idea what to do. The game is to prevent the crippled nuclear plant from turning into an "open-air super reactor spectacular" which would result in a hazardous, melted catastrophe. On April 25, 2011 – one month after the explosions at the Fukushima nuclear plant and the anniversary of Chernobyl ...
Students offered grants if they tweet pro-Israeli propaganda
2013 08 14
In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in ...
Indian Submarine Explodes In Mumbai
2013 08 14
Up to 18 sailors killed in submarine explosion in Mumbai Indian navy divers have entered a stricken submarine which exploded Wednesday in Mumbai but have detected no signs of life from the 18 crewmen on board, the navy said. Meanwhile, an inquiry has been ordered into what's thought to be India's worst naval disaster in more than 40 years in which the ...
Black Citizens Group Files 'Articles of Impeachment' Against Obama
2013 08 14
Calls for removal of President over NSA spying, prosecution of whistleblowers, Benghazi cover-up A conservative black citizens group has filed lengthy and detailed articles of impeachment against Barack Obama, calling for the President to be removed from office over NSA spying, prosecution of whistleblowers, wiretapping of journalists, the torture program as well as the Benghazi cover-up. Despite the fact that the Florida-based ...
Genetic switch to guard against escaped 'superviruses'
2013 08 14
It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood disaster movie: scientists tinker with a flu virus to make it more deadly, only for the mutant strain to escape and trigger a pandemic. Yet flu scientists are currently at loggerheads over experiments to make the H7N9 bird influenza virus that emerged in China earlier this year even more dangerous. Some argue that "gain ...
The Moon: An Unexplained Phenomenon
2013 08 13
Here is a collection of interesting quotes from scientists, authors, researchers, NASA insiders and star-gazers relating to the enigmatic and often inexplicable nature of the moon: Isaac Asimov, American author and professor of biochemistry at Boston University and Science Fiction writer. Asimov was one of the most prolific writers of all time. "We cannot help but come to the conclusion that the Moon ...
Former NASA extraterrestrial hunter dies
2013 08 13
A former NASA official who helped initiate the government's search for intelligent extraterrestrial life died on August 4 at the age of 83. Dr. John Billingham studied medicine and received his degree in physiology at Oxford University in his native country of England. After serving in the Royal Air Force, Dr. Billingham headed the Environmental Physiology Branch at NASA's Johnson Space ...
Judge Refuses To Dismiss Suit Against Feds Who Arrested Former Marine For His Controversial Facebook Posts
2013 08 13
from the law-enforcement-can't-find-enough-laws-to-enforce,-apparently dept Almost exactly a year ago, former Marine Brandon Raub was taken from his home by federal agents and involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward, all because of some controversial postings to his Facebook account, including some 9/11 conspiracy-related articles and violent song lyrics. On August 16, 2012, Raub was visited by local police, FBI agents and Secret Service ...
Surveillance camera code of practice comes into force
2013 08 13
A code of practice on the use of surveillance cameras by bodies such as local authorities and police forces has come into effect in England and Wales. The Home Office introduced the code after concerns over the potential for the abuse or misuse of surveillance by the state in public places. The code says the cameras must be used "in pursuit of ...
Too much information
2013 08 13
Our instincts for privacy evolved in tribal societies where walls didn't exist. No wonder we are hopeless oversharers In October 2012 a woman from Massachusetts called Lindsey Stone went on a work trip to Washington DC, and paid a visit to Arlington National Cemetery, where American war heroes are buried. Crouching next to a sign that said 'Silence and Respect', she ...
This company provides fake protesters for your cause. (Real people, with signs)
2013 08 13
You've heard of "astroturf" but this is taking it to the next level. Have a cause which needs to to get some attention? Not to worry because Crowds On Demand will hook you up. For a few thousand dollars they'll make your personal beef look legit. Chanting, indignation, the whole bit. "What do we want? Whatever you told us we wanted! When do ...
School improves security by firing guards and focusing on the arts
2013 08 13
When Andrew Bott became principal of Orchard Gardens Elementary School in Roxbury, Mass., he was the sixth principal to hold the job in seven years. Only about half of the teachers would return to the school each year. Students feared daily for their lives and safety in a school that was plagued by violence and chaos. And the school ...
Fracking chemicals may be making oil more dangerous
2013 08 13
"Crude oil is not supposed to explode" Concerned over environmental and safety hazards, regulators have been demanding extra safety measures be put into place on trains carrying crude oil from North Dakota, Bloomberg reports. The U.S. Federal Railroad Administration is investigating whether chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing are corroding rail tank cars and increasing risks. Separately, three ...
The Serpent Scion: Mythic Traditions and the Brotherhood of the Snake
2013 08 12
That fabled moment when Eve, the first mythic wife of man and mother of all living, accepted fruit from the serpent will remain in infamy as the first great deceit of man by the snake. Of course, despite a rich history of symbolism attained by the lowly belly-crawler amidst its ancestry on Earth that predated his encounter with Adam's wife, ...
The Missiles That Brought Down TWA Flight 800
2013 08 12
If the U.S. public began to raise a fuss about U.S. missile strikes that blow up large numbers of civilians at wedding parties abroad, it's not beyond the realm of the imaginable that the U.S. government would begin blaming the explosions on faulty candles in the wedding cakes. A similarly implausible excuse was used to explain the 1996 explosion ...
Hubble solves the 40-year-old mystery of the Magellanic Stream
2013 08 12
The origins of a mysterious ribbon of gas that stretches nearly halfway around the Milky Way has been discovered by astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope. Ever since its discovery 40 years ago, astronomers have wondered where the Magellanic Stream originated. And now they have their answer. The stream was, for the most part, stripped from the Small Magellanic Cloud around ...
Intact Roman ship, complete with cargo, found off coast of Italy
2013 08 12
An intact Roman ship from the second century B.C. has been discovered off the coast of Genoa in Italy, archaeologists say. The vessel, which contains hundreds of valuable amphorae -- earthenware vessels traditionally used to transport wine -- was spotted by police divers roughly one mile from the shore of Alassio in 160 feet of water, Italy's ANSA news agency reported ...
One Way Astronaut - Mission To Mars
2013 08 12
The independent documentary 'One Way Astronaut' follows four Mars One applicants set on colonizing red planet. Full video at onewayastronaut.com
Swedish swimmers warned to protect private parts from fish
2013 08 12
Pacu, with teeth designed to crush nuts and fruit, is source of the caution An exotic pacu has been caught in Sweden's Oresund Sound, and it's cause for serious alarm–especially among human males who like to swim there. Pacus, which are native to South America, are related to piranhas, which have sharper teeth and are notorious for how quickly then can remove ...
Encrypted email Lavabit used by Snowden shuts to avoid 'complicity in crimes against Americans'
2013 08 12
The highly encrypted email service reportedly used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden has gone offline - and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why. On Thursday, the homepage of Lavabit.com was changed to a letter from the company's owner announcing that the site's operations have ceased following a six-week long ordeal that has prompted the company to ...
Archaeologists Discover 20,000 'Lost Souls of Bedlam' Under London Streets
2013 08 09
In a spectacular discovery, archaeologists have uncovered the asylum's ancient graveyard right in the heart of London, revealing as many as 20,000 skeletons Established in 1247, the notorious Bethlem ("Bedlam") Royal Hospital was the first dedicated psychiatric institution in Europe and possibly the most famous specialist facility for care and control of the insane, so much so that the word 'bedlam' ...
Controversial 'HeLa' Cells: Use Restricted Under New Plan
2013 08 09
For decades, the immortal line of cells known as HeLa cells has been a crucial tool for researchers. But the cells' use has also been the source of anxiety, confusion and frustration for the family of the woman, Henrietta Lacks, from whom the cells were taken without consent more than 60 years ago. Now, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has ...
The Worst Shark Attack in History
2013 08 09
The USS Indianapolis had delivered the crucial components of first operational atomic bomb to a naval base on the Pacific island of Tinian. On August 6, 1945, the weapon would level Hiroshima. But now, on July 28, the Indianapolis sailed from Guam, without an escort, to meet the battleship USS Idaho in the Leyte Gulf in the Philippines and prepare ...
The CIA's role in Hollywood - Tom Secker
2013 08 09
[...] Secret agents are supposed to be secret but their existence is common knowledge. We know that they exist, but most people don't know what they get up to, what they actually do. The main reason for this is that the conventional news media coverage of intelligence agencies focuses almost exclusively on them gathering information, portraying them as ...
Necropolis of ancient creatures including a two-horned rhinoceros found in the Urals
2013 08 09
A mysterious cave is giving up its pre-historic secrets to scientists and could 'change our view' of the Earth's climate. For more than 120,000 years, animals have been drawn to this place, evidently seeking warmth. It is also where predators brought their kills, and remains of their bones prove it, say experts. Literally thousands of bones have been found, it is ...
The Hegelian Dialectic and its use in Controlling Modern Society
2013 08 09
What exactly is the Hegelian Dialectic? Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel was a 19th century German philosopher who devised a particular dialectic, or, method of argument for resolving disagreements. His method of arriving at the truth by the exchange of logical arguments is a system of thought process still use to this day. To put it simply, the basis of Hegelianism dictates ...
British police secretly operated outside democratic control for years
2013 08 09
In the wake of the ongoing Edward Snowden saga, a smaller but still important whistleblower story flared and faded last week in the UK media. Peter Francis revealed that 20 years ago he had worked as an undercover cop in the Metropolitan Police Force's secret Special Demonstrations Squad (SDS). Francis said he was tasked to dig up dirt which the Met ...
Behold, the Clearest Photo of a Sunspot Ever Taken
2013 08 09
Why don't you go ahead and let this one sink in. Bask in it, if you will. We'll wait. The unprecedented view was recently released by scientists at Big Bear Solar Observatory in the mountains of East L.A. Imaged by the New Solar Telescope (aka the "NST"), the photograph is among the first to be captured by the NST's newly equipped ...
Malaria and Mind Control: MK-ULTRA and the Guantanamo Connection
2013 08 08
In last week's edition of The Micah Hanks Radio Program, the topic of modern mind control and MKULTRA-style conditioning programs became the front focus. Often regarded in terms akin to mysticism, serious discussions relating current events to past US mind control experiments rarely find common audiences. As a result, many remain unaware of the plethora of confession-gaining manipulation techniques constituting the ...
Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden and Barrett Brown—The War With the Security State
2013 08 08
At the time of his death in a mysterious one-car crash and explosion, journalist Michael Hastings was researching a story that threatened to expose powerful entities and government-connected figures. That story intersected with the work of two controversial government critics—the hacker Barrett Brown and the on-the-run surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden. Any probe into Hastings's untimely death needs to take into account ...
Palestinian Peace Talks: The 'No-State' Solution
2013 08 08
One State, Two State, Three State… No State. Proponents of the One State Solution to the conflict advocate a single state in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, which includes citizenship and equal rights for all inhabitants regardless of ethnicity or religion. This option has at least some genuine grounding, as there are already 1.2 million Palestinian residents living within ...
Gov Scientists Will Experiment With H7N9 in Bio-Weapons Labs
2013 08 08
Scientists are experimenting with the H7N9 bird flu virus in high-security laboratories with the accord of the US government. A review panel and excessive oversight is being promised to make sure that these "flu projects" are devoid of risk to the general public. The probability of human-to-human transmission of the new strain of H7N9 is being analyzed while experts decry that there ...
Mayan sculpture discovered in Guatemalan pyramid
2013 08 08
Archaeologists working in a Mayan pyramid in Guatemala have discovered an "extraordinary" stucco sculpture depicting gods and Mayan leaders. The frieze, which is eight metres long and two metres wide (26ft by six feet), shows three figures decorated with quetzal feathers and jade sitting atop the head of a mountain spirit. It was found at the pre-Columbian archaeological site of Holmul. Site director ...
Japan ponders freezing Fukushima ground to stop leaks
2013 08 08
Japan's prime minister Thursday ordered his government to find "multiple, speedy and sure" ways to stop the spread of radioactive groundwater around the meltdown-stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, including freezing the surrounding ground. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's directive comes two weeks after the Tokyo Electric Power Company admitted that contaminated water was leaching into the Pacific Ocean from the plant, ...
American Police Want Legal Exemptions From Canadian Law When Inside Canada
2013 08 08
The United States wants its police officers to be exempt from Canadian law if they agree to take part in a highly touted cross-border policing initiative, says an internal RCMP memo. The debate over whose laws would apply to U.S. officers working in Canada raises important questions of sovereignty and police accountability, says the briefing note prepared for RCMP Commissioner Bob ...
Police climb through innocent family's bedroom window, shoot their 2 dogs – No warrant, no evidence
2013 08 08
Red Ice Creations: That the dogs were shot is reprehensible. That people were pulled from their beds by intruders (a.k.a police) and detained at gun point, without warrant, is beyond outrageous. It demonstrates that the 'law' is as fluid for police and lawmakers as they need it to be at the time. Cops killing family dogs is becoming a deplorable theme ...
Foster Children Put on Psychotropic Medication, Big Money for Foster Parents
2013 08 07
Mint Press News explores the use of psychotropic medication in the foster care system, and specifically in Texas, starting with an example: Hours after Texas Child Protective Services removed 5-year-old Tristen from the care of his mother and placed him in a foster home, Tristen's foster parents took him to see a psychiatrist, citing concerns the young boy was depressed. That ...
How Little We Know About The Weather
2013 08 07
It may come as a surprise to many, but modern science has very little to say about most of the weather we observe on a daily basis. Here are a few quotes to demonstrate what I'm talking about. "Scientists are still puzzled as to what triggers a spark during a thunderstorm. The latest attempt to answer the question only adds ...
Pre-Crime And Mind Control Technologies Are Already Here
2013 08 07
Should the government be trying to figure out if we are going to commit a crime in advance? That sounds like something out of a Tom Cruise movie, but the truth is that "pre-crime" technologies such as were portrayed in Minority Report are being aggressively developed, and some have actually already been deployed. We live at a time when technology ...
Children given lifelong ban on talking about fracking
2013 08 07
Two young children in Pennsylvania were banned from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives under a gag order imposed under a settlement reached by their parents with a leading oil and gas company. The sweeping gag order was imposed under a $750,000 settlement between the Hallowich family and Range Resources Corp, a leading oil and gas driller. It ...
Florida will exhume remains of 100 children who died at Dozier School for Boys
2013 08 07
The notorious reform school was closed in 2011 following decades of reports that boys had been tortured. The children in unmarked graves at a notorious Florida reform school will finally be allowed to tell their stories. After years of pressure from families, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet voted to allow researchers to exhume the human remains of dozens ...
The when and where of Y: Research on Y chromosomes uncovers new clues about human ancestry
2013 08 07
First full-chromosome sequencing effort shows most recent male & female common ancestors lived around the same time More than 7 billion people live on this planet – members of a single species that originated in one place and migrated all over the Earth over tens of thousands of years. But even though we all trace our family lineage to a ...
A comet DID wipe out first North American prehistoric humans: Ice core data suggests cosmic impact killed off Clovis people
2013 08 07
A cosmic impact 12,900 years ago could have led to the demise of the 'Clovis' people of North America, researchers claim. A layer of platinum from an ice core taken in Greenland has been dated back to the time of a known abrupt climate transition, known as the 'Big Freeze'. The freeze has been previously been linked to the demise of ...
Atomic Bomb: A Statement of Peace, or an Epitaph
2013 08 06
August 6 marks 68 years since the United States committed what is arguably the single gravest act of terrorism that the world has ever known. Terrorism means the deliberate targeting of innocent civilians, and targeted they were, with the cutely named "Little Boy" atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima at a location and time of day when, as the Strategic Bombing ...
Did the Ancient Celts Perform Human Sacrifice?
2013 08 06
The evidence for human sacrifice among the ancient Celts is two-sided. Whereas ritual killings in Gaul are uncertain, Britain was the home of some gruesome scenes. Many Roman writers, from Caesar to Saint Augustine, have written in horror about the Celts and their custom of human sacrifice. The problem today is with proving or disproving them. Some would like to dismiss ...
Material scientists reconfigure gels using only light
2013 08 06
Material scientists have managed to move and reconfigure a type of gel using only light. A research team from the University of Pittsburgh has demonstrated the ability to manipulate hydrogels -- the material that most contact lenses are made out of -- and has published their work in Advanced Functional Materials. Lead author Anna Balazs, a Pitt Distinguished Professor of Chemical and ...
NASA: The Sun's Magnetic Field is about to Flip
2013 08 06
Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun's vast magnetic field is about to flip. "It looks like we're no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal," says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. "This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar system." ...
Senate Commits High Treason: "Classifies" votes to hide funding for Syrian Rebels
2013 08 06
Here's a riddle: How do you make it easier to push through legislation in Congress that is overwhelmingly opposed in the public without any political consequences? SecrecyAnswer: Keep the votes secret. That's exactly what's happened to an Obama administration plan to provide weapons directly to the Syrian rebels. The Senate committee that approved the plan was, unusually, allowed to classify their votes, ...
Probiotics – For Life! (The Name Says It All.)
2013 08 06
Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that inhabit our intestines. The average healthy person has 4-5 pounds of these critters in their intestinal tract. The word "probiotic" means "for life". Probiotics have several functions that enhance our lives and are essential to good health. These include synthesizing vitamins B complex and K, enhancing immune function by crowding out yeast and parasites, producing ...
Did Monsanto Really Buy Blackwater (Academi)?
2013 08 06
There are updates to the Monsanto/Academi article sourced from the reputable VoltaireNet.org which we posted yesterday. The issue is not as cut and dried as reported. While the relationship between Monsanto and Academi is substantive and troubling, there is no evidence of a direct financial acquisition, says EarthFirst!Newswire. However, PoliticalBlindspot insists that this is no hoax to be debunked, and reaffirmed ...
Academi (ex-Blackwater) acquired by Monsanto
2013 08 06
Academi (ex-Blackwater), the world's most powerful private army, reveals having been signed over, without indicating the name of the buyer, nor the amount for which it was bought. According to SouthWeb.org, it's the biotechnology multinational Monsanto who would be the happy acquirer [1]. Created in 1901, Monsanto debuted as a saccharine producer, used by Coca-Cola. During World War II, it supplied uranium ...
Sound waves levitate and mix floating drops of liquid
2013 08 05
Streams of sound are now all you need to make objects dance in the air and combine. A levitation device is the first to use high-frequency sound waves to bring together floating particles and liquid droplets. In principle, the technique could even levitate a person or animal – although it's not strong enough yet. For now, such hands-free control could be ...
A piece of Jesus' cross? Relics unearthed in Turkey
2013 08 05
Turkish archaeologists say they have found a stone chest in a 1,350-year-old church that appears to contain a relic venerated as a piece of Jesus' cross. The artifacts were unearthed during a dig at Balatlar Church in Turkey's Sinop Province, and displayed this week by excavation team leader Gülgün Köroğlu. "We have found a holy thing in a chest. It is ...
Boston bombing: Suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had 'white supremacist' literature
2013 08 05
Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev had reading material that advocated white supremacy and conspiracy theories. The literature in his possession also explored the motivations and psychology behind mass killings. The 26-year-old, who was killed in a shootout with police after bombs killed three people during the Boston Marathon in April, read up on a number of conspiracy theories and "the rape ...
Barack Obama Accused of Exaggerating Terror Threat for Political Gain
2013 08 05
Red Ice Creations: Fortunately fewer and fewer people are falling for such obvious methods of fear mongering, manipulation, and distraction. Barack Obama Accused of Exaggerating Terror Threat for Political Gain By Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor || CommonDreams A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based ...
Japan nuclear body says radioactive water at Fukushima an emergency
2013 08 05
Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an "emergency" that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country's nuclear watchdog said on Monday. This contaminated groundwater has breached an underground barrier, is rising toward the surface and is exceeding legal limits of radioactive discharge, Shinji Kinjo, head of a Nuclear ...
Google Burger: Scientists cook world's first lab-grown, in-vitro hamburger
2013 08 05
A corner of west London will see culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists cook and serve up the world's first lab-grown beef burger. The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food shortages and help combat climate change, will be fried in a pan ...
Archaeologists discover 'finest ever' piece of Neolithic art that was part of vast temple complex built in 3,500BC
2013 08 04
Archaeologists have found an astonishing piece of Neolithic artwork that was buried for 4,500 years. The stone creation - which is decorated on both sides and has been described as one of the 'finest ever' to be found in Britain - was uncovered last night on the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney, Scotland. It was found at the base of the south-west ...
This substance will let you turn your skin into a computer
2013 08 02
Scientists have created "electronic foils" that will allow circuits to conform to any surface — or get stretched, bent, and crumpled. The electronics may someday become as common as plastic wrap, researchers say. In recent years, we've seen a number of breakthroughs in softer, flexible electronics. Much of the work is spearheaded by the uber-productive John Rogers, a materials scientist at ...
Germany scraps old surveillance pact with US, Britain over NSA leaks
2013 08 02
Germany has dissolved a fifty-years-old surveillance pact with the United States and Britain in response to a "debate about protecting personal privacy" in the country, which was sparked by revelations of the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. The agreement that dated back to the late 1960s gave the US, Britain and France the right to request German authorities carry out surveillance ...
WTC owner Silverstein's bid to sue airlines for 9/11 attacks blocked
2013 08 02
The owners of the World Trade Center were blocked Thursday from filing a multibillion-dollar lawsuit against the two airlines whose hijacked planes brought down the twin towers. The ruling from Manhattan Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein came after a four-day trial where the doomed skyscrapers' owners sought to sue for at least $3.5 billion in the 9/11 terrorist attack. Developer Larry Silverstein ...
Can Corporations Impose Their Religious Beliefs On Their Workers?
2013 08 02
Red Ice Creations: In many western nations, a corporation is recognized as a 'person' under the law. However, according to Wikipedia: "Generally, corporations are not able to claim constitutional protections which would not otherwise be available to persons acting as a group. For example, the [US] Supreme Court has not recognized a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination for a corporation, ...
'Curse of the Iceman' Linked to Scientist's Death
2013 08 02
RIC: Revisiting Ötzi Iceman in article from 2005 The seventh person connected to the discovery of a prehistoric man found in the Alps has died, adding to the legend of a curse behind the ancient warrior. That a 63-year-old man should die of natural causes would normally raise few eyebrows. But when that man was a scientist connected to the discovery ...
You Won't BELIEVE What's Going On at Fukushima Right Now
2013 08 02
Tepco Has No Idea How to Stabilize the Reactors You've heard bad news about Fukushima recently. But it's worse than you know. The Wall Street Journal notes that radiation levels outside the plant are likely higher than inside the reactor: NRA [Nuclear Regulation Authority] officials said highly contaminated water may be leaking into the soil from a number of trenches, allowing ...
DARPA to Genetically Engineer Humans by Adding a 47th Chromosome
2013 08 02
We're no molecular biologists over here, but have you ever seen the sci-fi flick Gattaca? In that 1997 film, society is structured around eugenics as people are bioengineered to be 'perfect specimens', and one's entire life and position in the world is based on their genetics. Those conceived naturally without genetic screening are proclaimed "invalid" and only allowed menial jobs, despite ...
Obama: NSA Surveillance Was Necessary To Make Sure Boston Bombings Weren't Part Of Bigger Plot
2013 08 02
From the sorry-about-the-explosions... dept Huffington Post has an article about how President Obama is meeting with many of the biggest Congressional critics of the NSA surveillance programs to discuss their concerns. However, on Wednesday he also met with larger groups in the House and Senate, where he continued to stand behind the programs. At the very bottom of the article is ...
Snowden Gets Russian Asylum and Leaves Moscow Airport
2013 08 01
On Thursday afternoon, Edward Snowden, who is wanted in the U.S. for leaking the secrets of American intelligence agencies, received asylum in Russia for one year and left the transit zone of the Moscow airport where he had been marooned for five weeks. According to his Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, Snowden got into a regular taxi cab outside the airport ...
Mysterious Coffin Found At Richard III's Burial Site Contains... A Second Coffin
2013 08 01
King Richard III's rediscovered resting place is turning out more mysteries this summer. Excavators finally lifted the heavy lid of a medieval stone coffin found at the site in Leicester, England, only to reveal another lead coffin inside. A lead coffin found inside a stone coffin in the ruins of Grey Friars in Leicester is believed to contain a high-status medieval ...
Woman visited by police after researching pressure cookers online
2013 08 01
Long Island resident said her web search history and 'trying to learn how to cook lentils' prompted a visit from authorities A New York woman says her family's interest in the purchase of pressure cookers and backpacks led to a home visit by six police investigators demanding information about her job, her husband's ancestry and the preparation of quinoa. Michele Catalano, who ...
NSA's XKeyscore program has nearly limitless access to all Internet activity
2013 08 01
Americans' email and online chats can be monitored without authorization by any National Security Agency analyst using a computer program known as "XKeyscore," according to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who shared the information with the Guardian in a story published Wednesday. XKeyscore is described by the NSA in training materials as its "widest reaching" means of gathering information from the Internet, ...
NSA director heckled, shouted at, by hackers at Black Hat
2013 08 01
Despite being warned away, or 'uninvited', to the world's largest annual hacking conference this year due to heightened tensions regarding NSA spying, NSA Director General Keith Alexander gave a 'contentious' keynote speech on Wednesday to BlackHat US 2013 that was met with derision, heckling, and shouts from the skeptical audience. General Alexander: "We stand for freedom." BlackHat: "Bullshit!" The General attended the convention ...
Secret DARPA Mind Control Project Revealed: Leaked Document
2013 08 01
Whistleblower Reveals Military Mind Control Project At Major University What if the government could change people's moral beliefs or stop political dissent through remote control of people's brains? Sounds like science fiction, right? Well, a leaked document reveals that the US government, through DARPA research, is very close to accomplishing this. Activist Post was recently contacted by an anonymous whistleblower who worked on ...
Gitmo massage': British inmate reveals sexual assaults and Inquisition-style torture
2013 08 01
Shaker Aamer, the last British resident imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, says he suffers from regular assaults, including those of a sexual nature, from the guards. He has spent more than 11 years at the US detention facility without charge. Aamer, who was arrested in Afghanistan's Jalalabad in November 2001, has been cleared for release by both Bush and Obama administrations, yet ...
MIT Neuroscientists Can Implant Fake Memories into the Brain
2013 08 01
Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT) have developed a technique to implant false memories into the minds of laboratory rats. Steven Ramirez, lead author of the study from MIT identified brain cells associated with specific memories and used a technique to alter the rat's memory once it was isolated. In principle, this experiment could be recreated on human subjects and ...
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