Why the world won't end in 2012

Why the world wonMAYAN RIVIERA, MEXICO–If there's a word in Mayan for "malarkey" that's what shaman Gerardo Carrera thinks of Hollywood's end-of-days spin on Dec. 21, 2012.
With Roland Emmerich's big-budget disaster movie 2012 riding a wave of studio publicity into theatres Nov. 13, people are talking about what seems to be the date the sophisticated Maya calendar runs out, perhaps triggering the downfall of civilization.

Richey: Yellow dock can be used for survival

Richey: Yellow dock can be used for survivalYellow dock (Rumex crispus), also known as curly dock due to the wavy edges of its long, narrow leaves, is an introduced plant from Northern Africa, Europe and Asia. It's currently found all over North and South America, and has become a staple in traditional American herbal medicine practices.

Amazon rainforest activist shot dead

Amazon rainforest activist shot deadSix months after predicting his own murder, a leading rainforest defender has reportedly been gunned down in the Brazilian Amazon. José Cláudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife, Maria do Espírito Santo, are said to have been killed in an ambush near their home in Nova Ipixuna, in Pará state, about 37 miles from Marabá.

Can Belief in Black Magic Make You Sick?

Can Belief in Black Magic Make You Sick?Belief in malignant supernatural forces causing illness or misfortune is a common tradition in cultures around the world. The concept of "black magic", the "evil eye", curses, witchcraft, bringing down disaster on unwitting victims has inspired a host of ritual practices designed to protect users from harm.

A look at life in and around Russia’s Lake Baikal

A look at life in and around Russia’s Lake BaikalIn South-Eastern Siberia there is an amazing wonder of nature – Lake Baikal. It is so vast and deep that locals call it the sea. But its water is pure and fresh: a fifth of the Earth’s freshwater is contained in this lake.