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links for 2006-09-28

  • CHANNEL 4 is to show a human corpse hanging on a cross in a documentary that has sparked outrage from Christian groups: a “90- minute film for More4 in which Gunther von Hagens plastinates (a conservation technique) `Jesus'”.
    (tags: religion tv)
  • Human hands glow, but fingernails release the most light, according to a recent study that found all parts of the hand emit detectable levels of light: fingernails light up more: “It may be because of the optical window property of fingernails.”
    (tags: med weird)
  • Burglars in Vienna opted for a speedy getaway after they found eight severed human heads when breaking into the basement of an apartment building, Austrian police said Friday. A dentist had stored the mummified heads, which he used for research.
    (tags: crime)
  • 100 found slaughtered and mutilated with their tongues, eyes and sexual organs removed on Dartmoor in Devon in the past year. All of the bodies had been arranged in a satanic star shape on the floor or laid out in a circle with their necks broken.
    (tags: crime)
  • “China has fired high-power lasers at U.S. spy satellites flying over its territory in… a test of Chinese ability to blind the spacecraft,” Defense News is reporting.
  • An Australian man who says “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin shaped his love for reptiles said Tuesday he plans to feed the placenta from his newborn son to his pet goannas to bring the family closer to lizards.
  • Four amateur cave explorers in Sequoia National Park have discovered a vast cave formed 1 million years ago, a labyrinth that stretches more than 1,000 feet into a mountain and features some of the most beautiful rock formations ever seen.
    (tags: history hidden)
  • Schizophrenics sometimes feel the presence of an unknown person behind them who mimics their movements. Now scientists have produced the same effect in a nonschizophrenic by applying electric stimulation to a specific area of her brain.
    (tags: med weird neuro)
  • An experimental lung cancer drug has extended patients’ life expectancy by more than 50% in preliminary trials.
    (tags: med)
  • Patton Oswalt’s one of the headliners, Morgan Murphy’s on at 1am.
    (tags: people)
  • A team of French doctors say they have carried out a successful operation on a human under “weightless” conditions in an adapted aircraft.
    (tags: med space)