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June 25 2014

Music Changes the Way You Think


Hum the first two notes of “The Simpsons” theme song. (If you’re not a Simpsons fan, “Maria” from West Side Story will also do.) The musical interval you’re hearing—the pitch gap between the notes—is known as a “tritone,” and it’s commonly recognized in music theory as one of the most dissonant intervals, so much so that composers and theorists in the 18th century dubbed it diabolus in musica (“devil in music”).

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June 25 2014

Two new articles on GrahamHancock.com


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June 24 2014

Weird Kind of Dust Found in Mars' Atmosphere


As nearby and familiar as it might seem these days, with rovers on its surface and spacecraft in orbit around it (and even more en route) Mars is very much an alien planet. Its landscapes may resemble parts of Earth but they’re much colder and drier, the sun may rise and set in its sky but its light is dimmer… and even the dust in its atmosphere is a bit unexpected, as recently discovered by an international team of researchers.

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June 24 2014

Earth's breathable atmosphere tied to plate tectonics?


The rise of oxygen is one of the biggest puzzle in Earth's history. Our planet's atmosphere started out oxygen-free. Then, around 3.5 billion years ago, tiny microbes called cyanobacteria (or blue-green algae) learned out to carry out photosynthesis. They began using energy from sunlight to make their food from carbon dioxide and water, giving off oxygen as waste.

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June 24 2014

Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields


Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new research.

The study of 970 children, born in farm-rich areas of Northern California, is part of the largest project to date that is exploring links between autism and environmental exposures.

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June 24 2014

Schizophrenia and cannabis use may share common genes


Genes that increase the risk of developing schizophrenia may also increase the likelihood of using cannabis, according to a new study led by King’s College London, published today in Molecular Psychiatry.

Previous studies have identified a link between cannabis use and schizophrenia, but it has remained unclear whether this association is due to cannabis directly increasing the risk of the disorder.

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June 24 2014

Three American friends hospitalised after becoming 'possessed' following Ouija board game in Mexican


Three American friends have been taken to hospital after reportedly becoming 'possessed' by evil spirits while playing with a Ouija board.

Alexandra Huerta, 22, was playing the game with her brother Sergio, 23, and 18-year-old cousin Fernando Cuevas at a house in the village of San Juan Tlacotenco in south-west Mexico.

But minutes into it, she apparently started 'growling' and thrashing around in a 'trance-like' state.

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June 24 2014

Mystery raining hay phenomenon over Gloucestershire on Saturday explained by weather experts


The hay-vens opened up over Gloucestershire last weekend as clumps of grass fell from the sky all over the county.

Bewildered people were left clutching at straws after the strange phenomenon over Cheltenham on Saturday when they saw it raining hay.

The weather forecast had predicted dry weather with clear blue skies on the day.

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June 24 2014

Two California UFO witnesses 10 miles apart describe strange lights


Two Riverside County, CA, witnesses reported watching strange lights in the sky they could not explain three hours and 10 miles apart from each other on June 18, 2014, according to testimony in cases 57165 and 57166 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

At 7:30 p.m., a witness in Menifee stepped out into her backyard and noticed a cylinder-shaped object in the sky.

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June 24 2014

Mystery lights spotted by residents across hundreds of miles of southern California leave officials


Southern California residents are baffled by a grouping of mysterious lights seen hovering in the sky late Thursday evening.

The lights, which have yet to be explained, were seen in the sky above southern Orange County, Riverside County, and San Diego County.

Rancho Santa Margarita resident Ranaye Kahn reported seeing the lights at about 10:30 p.m.

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June 24 2014

Strange Stone Spheres Top List of New World Heritage Spots


Enigmatic archaeological sites in Costa Rica dotted with mysterious stone spheres are among six new spots newly designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The stone sphere sites, on the Diquis Delta in southern Costa Rica, join places like the Great Wall of China and Yellowstone National Park on the list of 1,007 sites designated as World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The organization lists places that are "of outstanding universal value," based on criteria such as representing a masterpiece of creative genius, recording testimony of a vanished civilization, or containing exceptional natural beauty.

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June 24 2014

Archaeologists Return to Ancient Megiddo


Archaeologists are now onsite at Tel Megiddo, in northern Israel, to continue large-scale excavations at what has often been called the "crown jewel" of archaeological sites of the Levant, or Eastern Mediterranean region.

Led by well-known archaeologists Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University and Eric Cline of the George Washington University, a team of archaeologists, students, volunteers and other specialists.

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June 24 2014

A Sunken Kingdom Re-emerges


BORTH, WALES — There is a poem children in Wales learn about the sunken kingdom of Cantre’r Gwaelod, swallowed by the sea and drowned forever after. On a quiet night, legend has it, one can hear the kingdom’s church bells ringing.

When the sea swallowed part of Britain’s western coastline this year and then spat it out again, leaving homes and livelihoods destroyed but also a dense forest of prehistoric tree stumps more exposed than ever, it was as if one had caught a faint glimpse of that Welsh Atlantis.

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June 24 2014

3,000-Year-Old Levees Triggered China’s Massive Floods


ST LOUIS, MISSOURI—Excavations at the Sanyangzhuang site and the Anshang site along China’s lower Yellow River flood plain, and analysis of sedimentary soils deposited along the Yellow River over thousands of years, indicate that people were changing the environment nearly 3,000 years ago.

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June 24 2014

Underwater Cave Full of Ancient Bones to Be Mapped in 3D


The bones of ground sloths, saber-toothed cats and other creatures of the Ice Age have been discovered in a deep underwater cavern on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, but the exploration of the site is actually happening on the surface, hundreds of miles away, in a lab in San Diego.

Spelunkers first discovered the cave, called Hoyo Negro, seven years ago, but it was accessible only to specially trained cave divers.

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June 24 2014

Skulls with a mix of Neandertal and Primitive Traits Illuminate Human Evolution


Ancient skulls discovered in a Spanish cave exhibit a mix of Neandertal and more primitive characteristics, implying that Neandertals developed their defining traits in stages.

From studying a collection of skulls in a Spanish cave researches have identified both Neandertal-driven features as well as features linked with more primitive humans in these bones.

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June 24 2014

Evolution depends on rare chance events, 'molecular time travel' experiments show


Chance events may profoundly shape history. What if Franz Ferdinand's driver had not taken a wrong turn, bringing the Duke face to face with his assassin? Would World War I still have been fought? Would Hitler have risen to power decades later?

Historians can only speculate on what might have been, but a team of evolutionary biologists studying ancient proteins has turned speculation into experiment.

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