Crime, Privacy, And Your DNA

The methods used by authorities in the arrest of accused serial killer, former police officer, Joseph James DeAngelo, have brought to light concerns expressed by people monitoring the public’s right to privacy in genealogical DNA testing. DeAngelo was arrested after his DNA was matched to crime scene DNA, using genetic material from a distant relative, […]

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Chris Cogswell Talks MUFON: Spaced Out Radio Interview Saturday, Newsweek Magazine Article Sunday

In January, 2018, the Mutual UFO Network chose a new Director of Research, Chris Cogswell, who is based in Minnesota, and produces a podcast on the philosophy of science, technology, and pseudosciences, titled “Mad Scientist”. Cogswell came to MUFON with a PhD in chemical engineering, focusing on nano materials for adsorption and catalysis.  On April 13, 2018, only […]

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Smelliest Cheese In Britain

If one were a unique cheese in Britain, the sobriquet, Smelliest Cheese would be a name proudly worth bearing. That title indeed exists, and goes to Stinking Bishop, an award winning artisanal cheese. This is a Gloucestershire cheese, with a  nutty flavor, but is best known for its strong odor, that being comparable to a reeking, […]

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Is It Trump’s Galician Sister

A hard hard working woman, farming in northwestern Spain, has just found surprising fame and attention. Dolores Leis Antelo was photographed by journalist, Paula Vázquez, who was covering a story about farming in the area, and posted one of her pictures of Dolores on Instagram. It did not take long for the social media platform […]

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No Joke! Uranus Stinks

Patrick Irwin, of Oxford University in England, and his colleagues have studied the air around Uranus, and found, among other things, that it stinks. Its most unpleasant smell is caused by hydrogen sulfide, the molecule that gives rotten eggs their unmistakable odor.  Using the Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer (NIFS), an instrument on the 26-foot Gemini […]

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My Selfie Not Yours

In 2011, wildlife photographer, David Slater, walked away from his camera, leaving it unattended for a few moments. While he was gone, Naruto, a 7 year old crested macaque, who was living on a reserve in Indonesia, came across the camera, and took several selfies. Slater found the photos on his camera, and later published them. […]

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Let’s Picnic In The Cemetery

Rest in peace is a common enough expression. Everyone knows what it means, and why someone would say it. And they certainly know where the resting place is located; that being the local cemetery. But what may not be known, is not so very long ago, people gathered in graveyards to also dine and visit […]

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Mysterious File Sent By Mistake

MuckRock, is a news organization specializing in filing Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests with state and federal government bodies. In its many filings, strange and unexpected results have been received, but none quite so surprising as the bundle just received from the Washington State Fusion Center.  When journalist Curtis Waltman wrote to WSFC, a […]

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Tarantula Burger Coming Up

In the past 6 years, Bull City Burger And Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, has celebrated its April Exotic Meat Month by featuring unusual foods from across the country and around the world. The restaurant has served iguana, alligator, camel, python, turtle, and a variety of insects. This month, it is a tarantula burger being […]

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