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This Needle-Covered Patch Dissolves Excess Body Fat Wherever You Stick It

A skin patch that effectively melts excess body fat wherever you decide to apply it sounds too good to be true, but this thing actually exists, thanks to new research. The medicated patch uses an array of skin-piercing microneedles to deliver nanoparticles of drugs to the body, and while it hasn’t yet been tested on humans, trials with mice show it reduces fat by as much as 20 percent in treated areas. Developed by researchers at Columbia University and the University of North Carolina, the skin patch doesn’t just hold promise (and potential riches) for the cosmetics industry – it …

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Mystery Fossil Finally Confirmed to Be an Animal After 70 Years of Research

How animals evolved on Earth is somewhat murky. We know that most major animal phyla we see today appeared during the Cambrian explosion 541 million years ago – but before that, the fossil record is patchy. But that doesn’t mean it’s nonexistent. Before the Cambrian explosion, there lived a group of strange lifeforms known collectively as the Ediacaran biota. But exactly what those lifeforms were and how they fit in with the tree of life has long remained a mystery. Now, we might finally have some answers. A team of researchers from Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, and the British Geological Survey has …

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Resurrecting a Long-Lost Galapagos Giant Tortoise

If you go to Floreana Island, in the Galapagos, you can still see descendants of the giant tortoises that Darwin documented in the 19th century when he visited these islands. From the dock, just weave between indolent sea lions and impassive ruby-red marine iguanas and ask around for the truck to the highlands. It’ll be driven by one one of the locals and you can sit on a wooden bench in the back. Hop off at the Asilo de la Paz and wander around until you come across the largest land reptile you have ever seen, eating some iceberg lettuce …

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This Is How Weed Actually Affects Your Sleep

If you speak to someone who has suffered from insomnia at all as an adult, chances are good that person has either tried using marijuana, or cannabis, for sleep or has thought about it. This is reflected in the many variations of cannabinoid or cannabis-based medicines available to improve sleep – like Nabilone, Dronabinol and Marinol. It’s also a common reason why many cannabis users seek medical marijuana cards. I am a sleep psychologist who has treated hundreds of patients with insomnia, and it seems to me the success of cannabis as a sleep aid is highly individual. What makes …

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Seven of the most haunted places in Bishop’s Stortford

Comments (0) We always hear of places that may or may not be haunted and whether you believe in the paranormal or not, many tales make you think. Eerie Place is a website that curates some of the best and spookiest anecdotes, whereby according to witnesses, Bishop’s Stortford has its fair share of ghostly goings on. The ‘Grey Lady’ is one figure spotted on more than one occasion at different places throughout town. Below is a list of the seven haunted places in Bishop’s Stortford. Have you seen anything spooky there? Bishop’s House Strange noises, phantom banging and objects being thrown …

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New Dates Push Back Use of Zero

OXFORD, ENGLAND—The Guardian reports that new radiocarbon dates have been obtained for the Bakhshali manuscript, which was written in an ancient form of Sanskrit on 70 pieces of birch bark, by members of the Heritage Science team at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries. The text, discovered in 1881 in a village located in what is now Pakistan, is thought to have been a training manual complete with practice arithmetic problems for merchants trading on the Silk Road, and is known for its use of a dot to represent the concept of zero. The new dates indicate the oldest pieces …

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Titanic Asteroid Vesta May Host Buried Ice

New research suggests that the asteroid Vesta could host ice beneath its surface. Large smooth patches of terrain suggest that impacts could have brought up buried ice that melted, flattening the surface. The giant asteroid Vesta may possess ice buried under its surface, a new study finds. Vesta is the second-largest asteroid in the solar system, a 330-mile-wide (530 kilometer) titan in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that is sometimes visible to the naked eye on Earth. The only larger asteroid is Ceres, which is also classified as a dwarf planet. NASA’s Dawn spacecraft orbited Vesta from 2011 …

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Russians Knew About the Existence Of Aliens in 1969 • Latest UFO sightings

The theory that Russia has known about extraterrestrial civilizations for many years probably sounds familiar. It could be the most legendary story involving a space UFO crash and the subsequent autopsy of its ET crew. Those incidents reportedly took place in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947. Official explanations said that it was a secret military spy balloon that came down. Nearly the same alleged incident involved the Soviet Union; wherein a UFO had crashed close to the former District of Sverdlovsk in 1969. The Soviet UFO-autopsy story is not new, but the Russian event is all of a sudden getting …

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Pharaohs of Egypt as Alien Hybrids: Truth or Myth? • Latest UFO sightings

There are wall paintings and petroglyphs from every corner of the earth that seem to indicate we have had visitors from other worlds. Who were they? The old inscriptions depict aliens with halos around their heads and appear to be trying to show something from other worlds. There has also been much talk about alien species being responsible for the pyramids. At first, it was a believed to be a myth, but now, it is more than that. According to the latest and modernized genetic studies, Egyptian Pharaohs were the subject to genetic manipulation through an advanced Alien civilization. The …

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The Hellfire Club

 The Hellfire Club was a club of young, wealthy gentleman that came together in the early 18th century to rebel against traditional Christian ideology.   They were largely a product of the humanist movement and the Irish called the blasters, short for blasphemy.    The actual hunting lodge that is commonly called The Hellfire Club is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Ireland by some and was a meeting place for the blasters off and on. On my tour of the Hellfire Club today it was clear that the tour guide thought much of the darker …

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