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Can Friendly Bacteria Help Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill? As the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico grew worse over the early summer, it was difficult to imagine how the vast pool of brown sticky goo could ever be disposed of. As in the human digestive system, at least some of the answer may yet come from bacteria, what might be called friendly bacteria. Researchers at Oregon State University say they have discovered a new strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa—a common bacteria that researchers…

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NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE GETS NEW SCRUTINY A major new study is underway in London’s Hammersmith Hospital which is intended to answer, once and for all, scientifically speaking, the question: is there life after death? Headed up by the highly respected medical scientist Dr. Sam Parnia, the project is intended to take a very rigorous look at the celebrated and so-called Near Death Experience (NDE), with the goal of determining whether or not it is real, or merely illusion. Parnia says he started as a skeptic…

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