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1,000-Year-Old Onion and Garlic Eye Remedy Kills MRSA

March 31st, 2015

Via: BBC: A 1,000-year-old treatment for eye infections could hold the key to killing antibiotic-resistant superbugs, experts have said. Scientists recreated a 9th Century Anglo-Saxon remedy using onion, garlic and part of a cow’s stomach. They were “astonished” to find it almost completely wiped out methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as MRSA. Their findings will […]

Amazon Tests Delivery Drones at Secret Canadian Site After U.S. Frustration

March 31st, 2015

Via: Guardian: Amazon is testing its drone delivery service at a secret site in Canada, following repeated warnings by the e-commerce giant that it would go outside the US to bypass what it sees as the US federal government’s lethargic approach to the new technology. The largest internet retailer in the world is keeping the […]


March 31st, 2015

Warning: Nothing that appears on Cryptogon should be considered medical advice. Update: Vitamin B-12 Vitamin B-12 worked for reader KD. — Update: Thanks to Everyone Who Emailed Woh. A lot of people have had experience with hives. The large majority of people concur with everything you’d read within two minutes on the Internet: 1) Find […]

Shooting Incident at NSA

March 30th, 2015

Update: “Two cross-dressing men…” This one gets a Cryptogon WTF Gold Star. Via: Guardian: Two cross-dressing men who were shot at by National Security Agency police when they disobeyed orders at a heavily guarded gate had just stolen a car from a man who picked them up for a motel “party”, police said Tuesday. One […]

Court Accepts DOJ’s ‘State Secrets’ Claim to Protect ‘An Extremist Neocon Front Group’

March 29th, 2015

Via: First Look: A truly stunning debasement of the U.S. justice system just occurred through the joint efforts of the Obama Justice Department and a meek and frightened Obama-appointed federal judge, Edgardo Ramos, all in order to protect an extremist neocon front group from scrutiny and accountability. The details are crucial for understanding the magnitude […]

The Toxins That Threaten Our Brains

March 28th, 2015

Via: The Atlantic: Leading scientists recently identified a dozen chemicals as being responsible for widespread behavioral and cognitive problems. But the scope of the chemical dangers in our environment is likely even greater. Why children and the poor are most susceptible to neurotoxic exposure that may be costing the U.S. billions of dollars and immeasurable […]

Secret Trials in Britian

March 27th, 2015

Via: BBC: On 13 October 2013, armed police blew out the tyres of a car near the Tower of London. That much we know for sure about the arrest and prosecution of Erol Incedal for preparing for acts of terrorism. Since then, he has faced two trials for preparing for acts of terrorism. But what […]

Australia Outlaws Warrant Canaries

March 27th, 2015

Via: BoingBoing: The exceptionally broad new surveillance bill lets the government do nearly unlimited warrantless mass surveillance, even of lawyer-client privileged communications, and bans warrant canaries, making it an offense to “disclose information about the existence or non-existence” of a warrant to spy on journalists.

DEA Agents had Cartel-Funded ‘Sex Parties’ in Colombia

March 26th, 2015

Via: Fusion: Agents working abroad for the Drug Enforcement Administration allegedly attended and participated in drug cartel-funded “sex parties,” according to a new report released Thursday by the Department of Justice’s inspector general. “We were particularly troubled by multiple allegations involving several DEA special agents participating in ‘sex parties’ with prostitutes while working in an […]

Peak… Sand?

March 26th, 2015

Via: Wired: Apart from water and air, humble sand is the natural resource most consumed by human beings. People use more than 40 billion tons of sand and gravel every year. There’s so much demand that riverbeds and beaches around the world are being stripped bare. (Desert sand generally doesn’t work for construction; shaped by […]

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