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July 27 2014

Two new articles on GrahamHancock.com


Two new articles on GrahamHancock.com by Sergey Baranov:
What would it take to bring about real change? By Sergey Baranov
Government is not your friend – it’s your employee By Sergey Baranov

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July 27 2014

Drop Prison Rates, Drop Crime Rates


States that have dropped incarceration rates have also seen a drop in crime rates.

The United States still has the highest incarceration rate in the world, but those few states that managed to significantly reduce their prison population over the last decade saw benefits other than reduced lock-up costs. They also saw their crime rate go down at a higher rate than the national average, according to a new report from the Sentencing Project.


Related: The New York Times Calls for Marijuana Legalization

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July 26 2014

Oldest Medical Report of Near-Death Experience Discovered


Reports of people having "near-death" experiences go back to antiquity, but the oldest medical description of the phenomenon may come from a French physician around 1740, a researcher has found.

The report was written by Pierre-Jean du Monchaux, a military physician from northern France, who described a case of near-death experience in his book "Anecdotes de Médecine." Monchaux speculated that too much blood flow to the brain could explain the mystical feelings people report after coming back to consciousness.

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July 26 2014

Why Physicists Are Saying Consciousness Is A State Of Matter, Like a Solid, A Liquid Or A Gas


A new way of thinking about consciousness is sweeping through science like wildfire. Now physicists are using it to formulate the problem of consciousness in concrete mathematical terms for the first time.

There’s a quiet revolution underway in theoretical physics. For as long as the discipline has existed, physicists have been reluctant to discuss consciousness, considering it a topic for quacks and charlatans. Indeed, the mere mention of the ‘c’ word could ruin careers.

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July 26 2014

The Spiraling Synchronicity of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17


Only months after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 seemingly vanished off the face of the Earth, tragedy struck again last week as reports that another Malaysia Airlines flight had gone down, this time crashing near the Russian-Ukrainian border. The blame has largely been leveled against pro-Russian Ukrainian separatists, and Russian media was widely criticized immediately following the incident for taking obvious liberties with the facts they were reporting.

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July 26 2014

The Mysterious Moving Coffins of Barbados


Barbados is an island in the Lesser Antilles of the southern Caribbean Sea and is best known as a sun-kissed, tropical island paradise popular among tourists and travelers aboard cruise ships. It is lesser known for its mysterious burial vault long known for the bizarre and unexplainable phenomena associated with it. In the early 19th century, starting from the year 1807, the Chase Family Vault in the Christ Church Parish cemetery of Barbados, quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of supernatural activity, and has become one of the most enduring and enigmatic mysteries on the island.

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July 26 2014

This water wheel is the most promising solution to ocean plastic


The city of Baltimore has installed a solar-powered water wheel that can process 23 metric tonnes of floating garbage every day.

There’s no way to know for sure, but scientists estimate the amount of plastic bobbing around the world’s oceans is around 1 million tonnes - and that’s a conservative estimate. And to make matters worse, much of this waste is accumulating in five large floating islands of garbage, two in the Atlantic Ocean, two in the Pacific Ocean, and one in the Indian Ocean.

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July 26 2014

North Atlantic right whales have a ‘baby boom’


In the past decade, an unexpectedly high number of calves have been born to North Atlantic right whales—a species once projected for extinction.

The baby boom is linked to a climate-induced shift in the oceanic ecosystem, one that has improved the feeding conditions for the whales in the northwest Atlantic and especially the Gulf of Maine during the first decade of the 2000s.

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July 26 2014

Humans share fairness concerns with other species


Humans aren't the only species to react strongly to actions they consider unfair. A similar drive for fairness in monkeys and some dogs may offer insight into people's desire for equity.

Psychologists will talk about how studies of other species help explain how humans came to care so much about fairness and why they invest so strongly in actions that benefit others, rather than just themselves.

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July 26 2014

Moth Eyes Inspire Different Solar Cell


You wouldn’t think that things as mundane as rust or the eyes of a garden-variety moth would have much in common with advances in sustainable energy. But Swiss researchers report that a way to create highly efficient solar panels may involve photocells incorporating light-absorbing qualities of iron oxide within a structure similar to moth eyes.

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July 26 2014

Bats use polarized light to navigate: First mammal known to use polarization to navigate


Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate -- the first mammal that's known to do this.

The bats use the way the Sun's light is scattered in the atmosphere at sunset to calibrate their internal magnetic compass, which helps them to fly in the right direction, a study published in Nature Communications has shown.

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July 26 2014

World's Largest Aquatic Insect Reportedly Found In China


Gadzooks! The world's largest aquatic insect has reportedly been found in China. This cute/terrifying little creature, which is definitely worth writing home about, was found in the the mountains of Chengdu in Sichuan province, Scientific American reports. It boasts a wingspan of 8.3 inches. That breaks the previous record held by a species of South American helicopter damselfly, with a wingspan of 7.5 inches.

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July 26 2014

Newly Discovered Virus Lives in Half the World's Population


A virus that lives in the human gut has just been discovered, and to the surprise of scientists, it can be found in about half the world's population, according to a new study.

While it's not yet clear exactly what the virus does, scientists are eager to find out whether it promotes health or influences susceptibility to certain conditions, said Robert Edwards, a bioinformatics professor at San Diego State University and one of the researchers who worked on the study.

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July 26 2014

Is Your Life Story Written in Your Poop?


Doing things such as travelling to another country or contracting a disease could change the makeup of the bacteria community living in the gut. But how much of a person's life story could be told by tracking such bacterial changes?

In a new experiment, researchers studied gut and saliva bacteria in two people over a year, to investigate how microbial communities in people's bodies, called their microbiota, changed over time.

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July 26 2014

Bacteria manipulate salt to build shelters to hibernate


For the first time, researchers have detected an unknown interaction between microorganisms and salt. When Escherichia coli cells are introduced into a droplet of salt water that is left to dry, bacteria manipulate the sodium chloride crystallization to create biomineralogical biosaline 3-D morphologically complex formations, where they hibernate.

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July 26 2014

Therapeutic bacteria prevent obesity in mice, study finds


A probiotic that prevents obesity could be on the horizon. Bacteria that produce a therapeutic compound in the gut inhibit weight gain, insulin resistance and other adverse effects of a high-fat diet in mice, investigators have discovered. Regulatory issues must be addressed before moving to human studies, but the findings suggest that it may be possible to manipulate the bacterial residents of the gut to treat obesity and other chronic diseases.

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July 26 2014

Bug ‘tunnels’ suggest quick rebound after asteroid


Leaf-mining insects disappeared from the western United States after the late-Cretaceous asteroid impact that also triggered the extinction of dinosaurs.

Only a million years later, at Mexican Hat, in southeastern Montana, fossil leaves show diverse leaf-mining traces from new insects that were not present during the Cretaceous, according to paleontologists.

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