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Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station

Unknown Cloud Seen from Space Station Added by Kimberly Ruble on October 13, 2013. This weekend, an astronaut from Italy, Luca Parmitano, put some very strange photographs upon his account at Twitter which had been taken from the International Space Station. They showed what appeared to be some sort of unknown cloud that was rising… Read More »

DNA demonstrates how closely everyone on Earth is related

Just from some basic math you can see that everyone alive today is related. New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. … The assistant professor of computational biology‘s background in math and statistics enables him to develop methods and models… Read More »

Aquatic life … on Pluto? Pluto is an ocean world?

Pluto is hiding a very big secret some 3 billion miles (5 billion km) away from Earth: a vast ocean of liquid water. … it might amount to … about 75 percent of all of Earth’s liquid water reservoir … And Pluto is one of the Solar System’s smaller ocean worlds. Researchers announced their discovery… Read More »

Eating nuts ‘may prolong life’

People who regularly eat nuts appear to live longer, according to the largest study of its kind.€  The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggested the greatest benefit was in those munching on a daily portion. The US team said nut eaters were likely to also have healthy lifestyles, but the nuts… Read More »

Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature

For several species mortality increases with age — as expected by evolutionary scientists. This pattern is seen in most mammal species including humans and killer whales, but also in invertebrates like water fleas. However, other species experience a decrease in mortality as they age, and in some cases mortality drops all the way up to… Read More »

Conjoined Grey Whales Found in Mexico

“Exceptionally rare” conjoined whale twins have been found dead in a lagoon in Mexico. Fishermen found the grey whale calves in the Ojo de Liebre lagoon in the Baja California peninsula, which opens up to the Pacific Ocean. The four-metre (13 feet) long creatures, which weighed nearly half a tonne, were linked at the mid-section.… Read More »

One of the worst patents ever just got upheld in court

A firm called Ultramercial claims to have invented the concept of showing a customer an ad instead of charging for content. The company has sought royalties from a number of Web sites, including Hulu and YouTube. Ultramercial’s patent isn’t limited to any specific software algorithm, server configuration or user interface design. If you build a… Read More »

RINGS propels satellites without propellants

Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) are testing a new propulsion system … inside the station. While this might seem like the height of recklessness, this particular system doesn’t use rockets or propellants. Developed in the University of Maryland’s Space Power and Propulsion Laboratory, this new electromagnetic propulsion technology called the Resonant Inductive Near-field… Read More »

Video: Evidence of Time Travelers on the Internet?

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YavZ0kMVCQ Researchers at Michigan Technological University released the findings of a study last week which sought to uncover evidence indicating that time travelers had left traces of their presence on the Internet. RELATED: Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers – You only need one Time-Traveler’s Convention. They could keep going back to… Read More »

Iguana-shaped rock discovered on Mars

Mars Curiosity Rover has captured the image of a rock that somewhat resembles an iguana. The iguana doppleganger was first spotted by the website UFO Sightings Daily who found the photograph on NASA’s archives of dozens of images of the barren landscape surrounding the Curiosity Rover, Fox News reported. The reptile-shaped rock is not the… Read More »

Ten-year-old boy wins Alaska’s contest for giant cabbages

A 10-year-old boy has won Alaska’s annual giant cabbage contest, submitting a 92.3-pound (41.9 kg) specimen named “Bob” to officials at the state fair. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Keevan Dinkel of Wasilla, Alaska, produced this year’s winning entry, which was carried in by several Boy Scouts, in the Alaska State Fair’s Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off on… Read More »

Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Voynich Manuscript + Comparison to Roswell Script

Top: Undecipherable Roswell UFO symbols. Bottom: Undecipherable Voynich document writing. In the 100th issue of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council published a feature that may change the course of research on an approximately 500-year-old, illuminated text known as the Voynich Manuscript. Written in a curious language that is yet un-deciphered,… Read More »

Pre- Viking Brew: Surprisingly Good

Ancient Scandinavians quaffed an alcoholic mixture of barley, honey, cranberries, herbs and even grape wine imported from Greece and Rome, new research finds. This Nordic “grog” predates the Vikings. It was found buried in tombs alongside warriors and priestesses, and is now available at liquor stores across the United States, thanks to a reconstruction effort… Read More »

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa.This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, Nature.Based on an analysis of seafloor water studies conducted… Read More »

Research team confirms existence of Higgs boson elementary particle

An experiment conducted by an international research team has confirmed the existence of Higgs boson, which is widely believed to grant mass to substances in the universe, establishing the standard theory of the elementary particle. The team, comprising researchers from the University of Tokyo, the High-Energy Accelerator Research Organization and overseas research institutes, will announce… Read More »

UCI researchers fabricate new camouflage coating from squid protein

What can the U.S. military learn from a common squid? A lot about how to hide from enemies, according to researchers at UC Irvine’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering. As detailed in a study published online in Advanced Materials, they have created a biomimetic infrared camouflage coating inspired by Loliginidae, also known as pencil squids… Read More »

Scientists discover dark lightning

… scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark lightning. Unknown to Franklin but now clear to a growing roster of lightning researchers and astronomers is that along… Read More »

British IKEA selling solar panels for free energy after 7 years

Swedish flatpack pioneers IKEA are providing eco-friendly British shoppers with their own solar panels. As well as their Billy bookcases, tea light candles and meatballs with lingonberry,IKEA customers can now get add the energy-boosting panels to their shopping trolley. The Skandinavian superstore rolled out the solar panels in their Southampton store yesterday and will sell… Read More »

Mysterious Package Found in Century-Old Time Capsule

If you opened a 101-year-old time capsule and found a mysterious package addressed to the descendants of an unknown man, would you open it? That’s the question a church in Michigan now faces after they recently cracked open a time capsule from 1912, and found something they couldn’t quite explain. The Lansing State Journal has… Read More »

Half of British pilots admit to falling asleep in cockpit – survey

More than half of British airline pilots say they have fallen asleep in the cockpit, a survey said, ahead of an EU vote on flying hours which a pilots’ association said could compromise flight safety. … According to the British Airline Pilots’ Association (BALPA), 56 percent of 500 commercial pilots admitted to being asleep while… Read More »

How to Build a Happier Brain

There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to anything, it seems – you can get your dream job, marry a wonderful human, finally get 1 million dollars or Twitter followers – eventually we acclimate and find new… Read More »

Video: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 by 167 theremin nesting dolls

The theremin instrument was invented by Laeon Theremin in 1920. The sound is like that of the Tannerin, an electrotheremin which appeared in The Beach Boys hit Good Vibrations. In the musical performance below, the performers are playing an invention of Masami Takeuchi. € Takeuchi placed the frequency antenna of a theremin inside a Russian nesting… Read More »

Sherlock Holmes And The Expiring Copyright

Beloved sleuth Sherlock Holmes has stumbled onto a new conundrum: A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories — including Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson — now reside in the public domain. That means anyone who wants to write new material about the characters no longer… Read More »

JK Rowling to pen Harry Potter spin-off film

JK Rowling is to make her screenwriting debut in a new Harry Potter-themed film series, Warner Bros has announced.The first film of the series will be titled Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Warner Bros said the film series was part of an “expanded creative partnership” with the best-selling author. Warner Bros will also… Read More »

Sensing the Light, But Not to See

Among the animals that are appealing “cover models” for scientific journals, lancelets don’t spring readily to mind. Slender, limbless, primitive blobs that look pretty much the same end to end, lancelets “are extremely boring. I wouldn’t recommend them for a home aquarium,” says Enrico Nasi, adjunct senior scientist in the MBL’s Cellular Dynamics Program. Yet… Read More »

Experts Call for Redefinition of “Cancer”

A panel of experts commissioned by the U.S. National Cancer Institute says that the word “cancer” may need to be redefined to prevent overdiagnosis and overtreatment of conditions that are often not lethal. Writing in the July 29 online edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association, the experts say that widespread cancer screening… Read More »

Passerby captures lion roaming streets of Kuwait

A passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help, an incident that raised concerns about wild animals kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough

Why are owls attacking people in Missouri?

There’s Timmery Clark, who sent the station a picture of a bird just hanging out on the back of her head. Clark told KYTV, “It was very gentle–I thought it might hurt me, but both times it very calmly and gently settled on my head (even though I was laughing and screaming). It was pretty… Read More »

Can you spot the hidden dwarf galaxy?

Scientists have discovered a hidden dwarf galaxy orbiting our own Milky Way – and it could change our understanding of how dark matter holds galaxies together. The reason this galaxy has remained hidden is that it’s incredibly faint – in fact, it’s the faintest satellite galaxy we’ve found to date. And the discovery suggests that… Read More »

Video: Foldable Car, “Armadillo-T”

It does fold up a bit, but I’m not sure it folds up enough to make it worth all the effort… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecily3WDw4   Foldable Micro All-Electric Car, “Armadillo-T” – YouTube.

Woman sees dragon faces

A 52-year-old woman whose rare condition was reported in The Lancet suffered from hallucinations that caused her to see human faces as dragons. “She could perceive and recognize actual faces, but after several minutes they turned black, grew long, pointy ears and a protruding snout, and displayed a reptiloid skin and huge eyes in bright… Read More »

Eerie otherworldly blue clouds descend over Antarctica

Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though dense layers of ice crystals to create a brilliant, glowing haze that can be seen from space. But according to new images recorded by NASA, those otherworldly clouds made their annual appearance way earlier than expected this year,… Read More »

Doctors: Feces May Help Fight Serious Infections

Doctors have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do “fecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help. It’s a gross topic but a serious problem. Half a million… Read More »

NASA Goes Low-Tech: Sends Balloon to Study Comet ISON

As stargazers keep their hopes up for an awesome show from ISON, dubbed the “comet of the century,” a balloon NASA sent into space is intended to bring back more information about the celestial event. But this is not your average balloon. At 671 feet tall, NASA’s balloon – named BRRISON, which stands for Balloon… Read More »

Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter

Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, a group led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic have managed… Read More »