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Submission + - Gut feeling that people who are fat, depressed or autistic may need pro-biotics 2

NewsWatcher writes: Australia's ABC is reporting evidence that people who have a range of "Western lifestyle diseases" like obesity, diabetes or allergies may just have a bad batch of intestinal biota.
There a lots of unknowns, but it could be that humans have evolved around the micro-organisms just as much as they evolved around us, and they influence us in ways never imagined before. We could be the willing zombies for the 100 trillion bacteria inside each of us.
Mice given some parasites try to get eaten by cats. The same parasite in humans has been linked to schizophrenia and depression.
The cure — getting someone else's feces transplanted into your intestines.
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Submission + - UFO sightings linked to sci-fi?

NewsWatcher writes: The BBC has an interesting story about the link between sightings of UFO and sci-fi films. From the article: "Documents from the Ministry of Defence released by the National Archives show the department recorded 117 sightings in 1995 and 609 in 1996." Those years correlate with the screening of the film Independence Day (1996) and when The X-Files was at the height of its popularity in the UK (1995). "The more that alien life is covered in films or television documentaries, the more people look up at the sky and don't look down at their feet," said an expert on UFO sightings based at Sheffield Hallam University.

"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.

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