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Filmmaker David Lynch touts transcendental meditation for PTSD and new documentary

Veteran filmmaker David Lynch says US authorities should use more transcendental meditation to help soldiers returning from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder. Hosting a Beverly Hills screening of “Meditation, Creativity, Peace,” his new 70-minute documentary about the technique, Lynch also touted its positive impact on troubled schoolchildren, jail inmates and…

Japanese salarymen race to read new Murakami novel

Japanese salarymen interrupted their morning commute to buy Haruki Murakami’s new novel Friday, as papers and broadcasters raced to give the first review of one of the most awaited books of the year. Stores opened early in Tokyo, with special stands stacked high with the hardback books, as businessmen, housewives…

Rare photos of John F. Kennedy emerge from ashes of 9/11

Rarely seen photos of John F. Kennedy, once feared to have been lost forever when the World Trade Center was destroyed on 9/11, form part of a striking exhibition opening Friday which aims to shed new light on the iconic US leader. The Newseum — a Washington museum dedicated to…

New space race: Putin unveils $50 billion drive for Russian supremacy

President Vladimir Putin on Friday unveiled a new $50 billion drive for Russia to preserve its status as a top space power, including the construction of a brand new cosmodrome from where humans will fly to space by the end of the decade. Fifty-two years to the day since Yuri…

Billionaire Koch brother wins fake wine trial

A New York jury on Thursday backed a US billionaire who complained that wines he bought costing thousands of dollars a bottle were phony. Bill Koch, brother to the politically connected siblings who help fund the US conservative Tea Party movement, sued wealthy businessman Eric Greenberg over what he said…

Music activates brain region associated with reward

Scientists know that music can give intense pleasure by delivering chemical rewards in the brain that are equal to the joy of good food or even sex, but now they think they may have identified the part of the brain where this pleasure starts. Researchers scanned the brains of subjects…

Fossils uncover ‘weird’ chimp-human creature called Australopithecus sediba

She walked with a knock-kneed gait, with a heel like a chimp but the upright posture of a human, and she may provide the most complete evidence yet of early man’s closest ancestor, scientists said Thursday. Two-million-year-old Australopithecus sediba’s awkward strut would eventually send a modern man begging for a…

Protesters demand Obama close Guantanamo Bay prison

Rights activists across the United States held a series of protests on Thursday demanding the closure of Guantanamo Bay as a hunger-strike at the jail entered a third month. In a day of action aimed at drawing attention to the plight of prisoners at the facility, demonstrators — many wearing…

‘Inaccurate’ to say North Korea has nuclear missiles: U.S.

The United States on Thursday insisted North Korea did not have nuclear-armed missiles as officials sought to play down a leaked intelligence report warning Pyongyang had likely succeeded in building atomic warheads that could be fit on a ballistic missile. Pentagon spokesman George Little said “it would be inaccurate to…

Documentary explores pervy performance art of eco-sex activists

“Blood and sperm. The perfect mix,” says a tattooed hippy, as he licks both off his hands, having just had sex with a woman in front of a small audience in a Berlin basement. “Life-giving fluids we are all so afraid of. We’re so afraid of ourselves! It’s all organic.”…

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