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8 Alleged Resting Places of the Ark of the Covenant

Oct 22, 2012 by

The Ark of the Covenant is an artifact associated with Jewish, Islamic, and Christian faiths. Depending on the source, the Ark holds the Ten Commandments, a staff that once became a snake, a portion of the Torah, and more. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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Angry birds rock! Crows pelt MPs cars with pebbles

Oct 22, 2012 by

In a scene reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller The Birds, a murder of crows has stoned several expensive vehicles parked near a regional legislative body in the Russian Urals, prompting internet jokes about possible political motives. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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Anonymous strikes back: Hacktivists to launch new leak platform to rival WikiLeaks

Oct 22, 2012 by

The hacktivist collective Anonymous will launch TYLER – a ‘secure, no cost and decentralized’ online leaks release platform to circumvent problems inherent in WikiLeaks and to continue to disclose information that governments are hiding from people. One of the group’s members, who specified that he is representing the collective, spoke about the TYLER project and [...]

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Energy drink Monster Energy sued by family of fourteen year old Anais Fournier

Oct 22, 2012

THE family of a 14-year-old US girl is suing the California makers of Monster Energy, alleging too much caffeine in the popular energy drink led to her death.Lawyers said the 0.7 litre cans of Monster Energy consumed by Anais Fournier, of Maryland, in the 24 hours prior to her fatal cardiac arrest in December 2011 [...]

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Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

Oct 22, 2012

Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests — and to finally get some answers. Heather Brooke [...]

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Top Stories Ignored By The Mainstream Media

Oct 22, 2012

Project Censored has been documenting inadequate media coverage of crucial stories since it began in 1967 at Sonoma State University. Each year, the group considers hundreds of news stories submitted by readers, evaluating their merits. Students search Lexis Nexis and other databases to see if the stories were underreported, and if so, the stories are [...]

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World’s oldest undeciphered writing

Oct 22, 2012

Proto-Elamite is the last remaining undeciphered writing from the ancient worldThe world’s oldest undeciphered writing system, which has so far defied attempts to uncover its 5,000-year-old secrets, could be about to be decoded by Oxford University academics. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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Fish break law of physics, become invisible

Oct 22, 2012

Silver-colored fish, such as herrings, sardines and sprat, are breaking a basic law of physics, according to a new study published in Nature Photonics. The ability allows the fish to become invisible to predators. The researchers found that the skin of sardines and herring contain not one but two types of guanine crystal. Each has [...]

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NOC the talking whale learns to imitate human speech in attempt to 'reach out' to human captors

Oct 22, 2012

A captive white whale that made unusual mumbling sounds when he was in the presence of people may have been trying to mimic his human companions, scientists have found. See it on Scoop.it, via Mindscape Magazine

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The Medicines Myth

Oct 22, 2012

What are medicines for? What do medicines do? Your first instinct might be exactly wrong “Medicines cure disease”. Isn’t that what medicines do? No, it is not. It is more economically motivating for drug companies to produce drugs that you ‘keep taking’. Drugs that ‘cure disease’ don’t sell as much, because once the disease is gone [...]

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