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Chinese man complains about migraine, only to find he has had a knife in his brain for FOUR years

February 16, 2011

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A man who went to the doctor complaining of a headache was shocked to discover he’d had a 4in knife blade stuck in his brain for more than four years. Li Fu from Yunnan Province, China, was stabbed during a robbery in 2006, and the blade of the knife had lodged in his cranium. But […]

Anthrax Letters After Sept. 11 Attacks: National Research Council Not Sure Dr. Brice Ivins Was Sole Source

February 16, 2011

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It’s a case that’s been marked by controversy and mystery for nearly a decade: who was responsible for the deadly anthrax-laced letters sent after 9/11? Today, the National Academy of Science raised more questions. A review panel said that the FBI overstated the scientific evidence that linked the anthrax flask controlled by Dr. Bruce E. […]

POLICE in are hoping to reunite these giant trainers with their big-footed owner.

February 16, 2011

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Claire Duffin – …POLICE in are hoping to reunite these giant trainers with their big-footed owner. The shoes, a whopping size 21, were found by a member of the public at a petrol station in Ilkeston and handed in to officers in the town. They were due to be destroyed or sold after being in […]

Australians hit by Cyclone Yasi warned to stay away from deadly giant birds

February 16, 2011

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Australians trying to rebuild in the wake of Cyclone Yasi have been warned to stay away from cassowaries – huge flightless birds with claws that can disembowel a human – on the hunt for food after their habitat was destroyed by the storm. “Cassowaries that come to expect food from humans can become aggressive and […]

Farmers Rush to Deposit Seeds in Arctic Doomsday Vault, Patrolled by Bears

February 16, 2011

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Farmers from Australia are the latest donors to a polar bear-patrolled Arctic doomsday vault that stores seeds as insurance against an international food emergency. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a converted mine, is located about 800 miles from the North Pole in Arctic Norway. An Australian delegation of farmers and scientists next week will deposit […]

Joanne Siegel, Inspiration for Superman’s Lois Lane, Dies at 93

February 16, 2011

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Joanne Siegel, the inspiration behind Lois Lane and the widow of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, has died at the age of 93. She was only a teenager during the Great Depression when she placed a classified ad seeking modeling jobs. That led to a meeting with Superman co-creators Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel, her future […]

Amid Egyptian turmoil, will Zahi Hawass remain?

February 16, 2011

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This is an interesting post at The Daily Grail: Two weeks ago, at the height of the Egyptian popular uprising, I asked whether it might spell the end for the controversial head of Egyptian antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass. … with President Mubarek stepping aside, and the central protest in Tahrir Square winding down, smaller protests […]

Coca-Cola’s Secret Formula Discovered

February 16, 2011

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For 125 years, Coke’s secret recipe has remained one of the most heavily guarded trade secrets in the world. Now a group of accidental soda sleuths say they’ve stumbled across a list of its ingredients. Producers of the radio program This American Life came across an article on the history of Coca-Cola in an old […]

FBI ‘overstated’ evidence used in anthrax letters case

February 16, 2011

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US investigators overstated the strength of scientific evidence against a man accused of sending letters laced with anthrax, a review panel has said. But the National Research Council did not dispute the conclusion that government scientist Bruce Ivins was responsible for the attacks. The panel said scientific evidence was “consistent” with that result. The attacks, […]

The strange powers of the Placebo Effect

February 16, 2011

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Everyone’s heard of the Placebo Effect — that curious phenomenon where taking a substance that has no known medicinal value makes us feel better. This video takes a look at the many strange effects of placebos (“sugar pills”), as well as the effects of our perceptions on their efficacy: pill size or number of pills […]

Department of Homeland Security expected to grow to record 194,000 employees

February 16, 2011

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Despite critics’ repeated calls to freeze or reduce the size of the federal work force, the White House wants to add about 15,000 full-time employees to the payroll in fiscal 2012. The executive branch’s full-time civilian work force would top 2.1 million for the third straight year in 2012, according to the Obama administration’s proposed […]

Human DNA discovered in gonorrhea

February 16, 2011

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Scientists have found their first evidence of gene transfer from humans to bacteria – and, guess what, it’s gonorrhea that’s the lucky recipient. Gonorrhea, transmitted through sexual contact, is one of the oldest recorded diseases and one of a few exclusive to humans. Something that sounds very much like it is described in the Bible. […]

Scientists Discover Giant Holes in the Sun

February 16, 2011

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A Japanese spacecraft has spotted two huge holes in the sun — gateways for solar material and gas to spill out into space. Scientists call the sun holes “coronal holes.” They are gaps in the sun’s magnetic field which make a hole through the star’s super-hot outer atmosphere — the corona — allowing gas to […]

Drug submarine seized by Colombian navy

February 16, 2011

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The Colombian navy has seized a submarine believed to have been built to smuggle cocaine to Mexico. The 31m-long (100ft) fibreglass vessel was found hidden in a jungle area in Timbiqui, in south-western Colombia. Navy officials said it was the most sophisticated submarine they had found so far, capable of travelling 9m (30ft) below water. […]

Harlequin Attempts to Patent the Kiss

February 16, 2011

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Talk about lip service: Harlequin Enterprises, renowned publisher of pulp romance novels, has applied for a patent on the romantic kiss. The application, if granted, leaves open the possibility that we may one day have to pay a licensing fee to lock lips with the ones we covet. Don’t start worrying yet. Harlequin, which releases […]

False Toe Helped Mummy Walk Like an Egyptian

February 16, 2011

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Hugh Collins – Two artificial big toes from ancient Egypt may be the world’s oldest prosthetic body parts, according to new research. The toes date back more than 2,000 years and were found in the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, according to research published in the journal Lancet. One of the toes, which is mostly […]

Chase Britton, Boy Without a Cerebellum, Baffles Doctors

February 16, 2011

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Heather and David Britton want everyone to understand a few things about their giggling, bespectacled 3-year-old son, Chase. “He’s happy. We call him the Little Gremlin. He loves to play tricks on people. He loves to sing. His goal in life is to make people smile,” Heather Britton told AOL News. “He’s got so much […]

Yoga: Not as Old as You Think …nor very Hindu

February 16, 2011

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Meera Nanda – … The purist Hindu position, articulated by the HAF, is that all yoga, including its physical or hatha yoga component, is rooted in the Hindu religion/way of life that goes all the way back to the Vedic sages and yogis. … There is only one problem with this purist history of yoga: […]