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Worker accidentally bulldozed homes while tenants slept

January 25, 2011

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A confused construction worker accidentally bulldozed a couple’s home while the owners were inside, asleep. Bozena and Rudolf Hison were woken up on Saturday morning by the heavy noises of walls being demolished. “At first we thought it was an earthquake. The worker who was manning the bulldozer almost killed us. I could not run […]

Chopin’s hallucinations caused by epilepsy: scientists

January 25, 2011

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In the great Polish composer, Frederic Chopin, towering genius combined with a wasted frame and a pallid face behind which lurked melancholy, a brooding over death, a disconnection from ordinary life and sometimes horrifying hallucinations. A force that created this image was the French novelist George Sand, who described lyrically how her lover, cursed by […]

Crop Circles Found in Indonesia Rice Field

January 25, 2011

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Indonesian rice farmers in Slemen, Yogyakarta, got quite a surprise Sunday morning when they discovered that overnight a large crop circle had mysteriously formed in one of their fields. The circle, which also includes internal geometric patterns of a triangle and smaller circles, has an overall diameter of nearly 90 feet, according to The Jakarta […]

Laser pointings soar; O’Hare, LAX top list

January 25, 2011

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More than 100 incidents occurred at Los Angeles International Airport last year in which the safety of planes was put at risk by people pointing at them with lasers, and nearly as many incidents at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, federal officials said Wednesday. Overall, the number of incidents nationally in which people pointed lasers at […]

Couple defies huge odds after all their children born at 7:43

January 25, 2011

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Gaby Leslie – A couple are celebrating after their third child was born at 7:43 – exactly the same time as their two older children were born, several years apart. According to hospital records, all three siblings from Salford, Greater Manchester, were coincidentally born at 7:43 – beating odds of 300 million to one. The […]

Iran’s endangered cheetahs are a unique subspecies

January 25, 2011

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Iran’s critically endangered cheetahs are the last remaining survivors of a unique, ancient Asian subspecies, genetics experts reveal.New analysis confirms Iran’s cheetahs belong to the subspecies Acinonyx jubatus venaticus.DNA comparisons show that these Asiatic cheetahs split from other cheetahs, which live in Africa, 30,000 years ago.Researchers suggest that Iran’s cheetahs must be conserved to protect […]

A Private Space Shuttle Replacement

January 25, 2011

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Once the space-shuttle program ends this year, the only way to get people into orbit and to the International Space Station will be to buy seats on Russia’s three-person Soyuz capsules. So NASA, through its Commercial Crew Development program, has given $50 million in grants to companies developing new spacecraft capable of carrying people and […]

Mars Crew on 500 day simulation trip

January 25, 2011

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The Mars-500 crew and its make-believe spaceship — a set of three culvert-like steel cylinders housed in Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems (IBMP) – is due to enter orbit around the Red Planet on Feb. 1. After the crew carefully simulates the activation of their mock lander, two of the volunteers – Alexander Smoleevsky and […]

Toxic Ash Clouds Might Be Culprit in Biggest Mass Extinction

January 25, 2011

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Tiny particles embedded in ancient Canadian rocks have provided new clues about what might have triggered Earth’s deadliest mass extinction. The ultimate cause, researchers say, might be globe-smothering clouds of toxic ash similar to that spewed by modern-day coal-fired power plants. The die-off, which occurred worldwide about 250 million years ago at the end of […]

Ancient Transylvanians Rich in Gold, Treasure Shows

January 25, 2011

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Ancient Transylvanians likely controlled untold riches in gold, suggests a new study of a cache of priceless, snake-shaped bracelets. Showing “no economy of gold at all,” craftsmen shaped each spiral cuff from an entire ingot, study author Bogdan Constantinescu said. Most of the 2,000-year-old accessories tip the scales at about 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) each, […]

Chess experts use brain differently than amateurs

January 25, 2011

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Experts use different parts of their brains than amateurs, maximizing intuition, goal-seeking and pattern-recognition, says a new study that examined players of shogi, or Japanese chess. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to compare the brain activity of amateurs and professionals who were presented with various shogi board patterns and were told to think […]

Join a Telepathy Experiment

January 25, 2011

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If you’re interested in ESP and live in the US, British researcher Rupert Sheldrake who has been interviewed on Dreamland has a telepathy test he’d like you to join. To register, click here. You enter your own cell phone number, along with the numbers of two friends or family members who have agreed to take […]