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Health: Body Builders

Health: Body Builders
Can organs be built in a lab? This research isn’t something that might happen in the distant future. It’s being used today to grow fresh organs, open up new ways to study disease and the immune system, and reduce the need for organ transplants. Organ-farming laboratories are popping up across the planet, and showing impressive results. Here we look at the state of the union of a rapidly advancing... 

Oldest Mummies in the World

Oldest Mummies in the World
When we think of famous mummies, our minds naturally turn to the legendary Valley of the Kings in Egypt, final resting place for the great Pharaohs and their queens. But where are the world’s oldest mummies? The answer: Chile! Around 8,000 years ago, the little known fishing communities of the Chinchorro began mummifying their dead in a sophisticated process that belies their otherwise primitive... 
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A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash

A Crude Awakening – The Oil Crash
Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack’s nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of contemporary society. The subject at hand is crude oil – specifically, the depletion of petroleum from the Earth, in an era when consumption threatens to exceed supply. The... 
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Earth 2100: The Final Century of Civilization?

Earth 2100: The Final Century of Civilization?
Interesting propaganda from ABC. Planet at Risk: Experts Warn Population Growth, Resource Depletion, Climate Change Could Bring Catastrophe in Next Century. It’s an idea that most of us would rather not face – that within the next century, life as we know it could come to an end. Our civilization could crumble, leaving only traces of modern human existence behind. It seems outlandish, extreme –... 
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What Really Killed The Dinosaurs

What Really Killed The Dinosaurs
For more than 150 million years, dinosaurs dominated Earth. They were so successful that other animal groups – mammals included – had little chance of playing anything more than secondary roles. Then, 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs vanished from the world forever. Did they meet a quick and catastrophic end, or did they fade away gradually? In the search for answers to what killed the dinosaurs,... 
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The Ape That Took Over The World

The Ape That Took Over The World
In 2001, scientists announced an amazing discovery: the oldest skull of a human ancestor ever found. The 3½ million year old fossil was remarkably complete, and unlike any previous fossil find. Its discovery – by a team led by Meave Leakey of the famous Leakey fossil-hunting family – has revolutionized our understanding of how humans evolved. The great mystery of our evolution is how an ape could... 
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What Darwin Didn’t Know

What Darwin Didn’t Know
The theory of evolution by natural selection is now scientific orthodoxy, but when it was unveiled it caused a storm of controversy, from fellow scientists as well as religious people. They criticized it for being short on evidence and long on assertion and Darwin, being the honest scientist that he was, agreed with them. He knew that his theory was riddled with difficulties, but he entrusted future... 
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The Mystery of the Human Hobbit

The Mystery of the Human Hobbit
Is the hobbit a new human species or nothing more than a modern human with a crippling deformity? On the far-flung island of Flores, in the Indonesian archipelago, a team of archaeologists happened upon a tiny 18,000-year old skeleton. It was no more than a metre tall. They assumed they have found the remains of a young girl. But other signs suggested she was in fact much older. They had discovered... 
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