Washington Becomes First State to Allow ‘Human Composting’ as a Burial Method

Editor’s Note, May 23, 2019 : Washington has become the first state to legalize “natural organic reduction,” an accelerated decomposition method that transforms remains into soil, reports Gene Johnson for Associated Press . Also known as “human composting” or “recomposition,” the process takes between four to seven weeks and produces roughly a cubic yard of […]

Throughout the Ocean, Climate Change is Forcing Plankton to Move – D-brief

(Credit: Choksawatdikorn/Shutterstock) Some of the smallest creatures in the sea are also some of the most influential. Plankton, a group of microscopic marine organisms that includes bacteria, amoebas and snail larvae, among other things, prop up the base of the oceanic food chain. Every sea creature, from clownfish to whales, ultimately depend on plankton for […]

Room Temperatures Set for Men’s Comfort May Disadvantage Women, Study Finds – D-brief

Researchers say women are worse at math and word-based tasks at cooler room temperatures. (Credit: ESB Professional/Shutterstock) “The women’s winter is here. The freeze is upon us,” warns a Game of Thrones parody about men and women’s office temperature preferences. If you have a Y chromosome, you probably haven’t experienced “women’s winter.” As the video explains, […]

The Pentagon Finally Admits It Investigates UFOs

     The Pentagon has finally uttered the words it always avoided when discussing the possible existence of UFOs — “unidentified aerial phenomena” — and admits that it still investigates reports of them. By Steven Greenstreetnypost.com5-22-19 In a statement provided exclusively to The Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called […]

UFOs: Why Should Congress Act?

Friend, foe or unknown force flying overhead? Congress should find out      Since 2015, dozens of Navy F-18 fighter jets have encountered unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAPs) — once commonly referred to as UFOs — off the East Coast of the United States, some not far from the nation’s capital. Encounters have been reported by […]

Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?

     U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won’t be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago, the Pentagon reportedly shut down another official By Iain Boydwww.space.com5-21-19 program that investigated UFO sightings. What has changed? Is […]

Bipolar Disorder Increases Parkinson’s Risk Sevenfold – D-brief

(Credit: Photographee.eu/Shutterstock) Bipolar patients are seven times more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study. Though the news may be disheartening to those suffering from the already-trying condition, the link might also lead to clues about the causes behind the two conditions. Parkinson’s is a complex disease associated with a gradual decline […]

Stanton T. Friedman, Scientist Who Tracked UFOs, Dies at 84

     Stanton T. Friedman, whose conviction that extraterrestrials have arrived on Earth led him to leave his career as a nuclear physicist to lecture widely about alien visitations, died on May 13 in Toronto. He was 84. By Richard SandomirThe New York Times5-21-19

The Pentagon Finally Admits It Investigates UFOs

     The Pentagon has finally uttered the words it always avoided when discussing the possible existence of UFOs — “unidentified aerial phenomena” — and admits that it still investigates reports of them. By Steven Greenstreetnypost.com5-22-19 In a statement provided exclusively to The Post, a Department of Defense spokesman said a secret government initiative called […]

The Scientist’s Drug Dealer: How Researchers Get Illicit Drugs – The Crux

(Credit: Africa Studio/Shutterstock) Public interest in the science of powerful psychoactive drugs is at an-all-time, er, high. Evidence for the therapeutic benefits of marijuana, MDMA, psilocybin and more is growing, based on a resurgence of scientific interest in studying these compounds. But many of these drugs are strictly banned by the federal government, and those […]