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Carbon’s new champion: Theorists calculate atom-thick carbyne chains may be strongest material ever

Rice University researchers have determined from first-principle calculations that carbyne would be the strongest material yet discovered. The carbon-atom chains would be difficult to make but would be twice as strong as two-dimensional graphene sheets. (Image Credit: Vasilii Artyukhov/Rice University) Carbyne will be the strongest of a new class of microscopic materials if and when… Read More »

Group unveils Satan statue design for Oklahoma

A satanic group unveiled designs Monday for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan it wants to put at the Oklahoma state Capitol, where a Ten Commandments monument was placed in 2012. The New York-based Satanic Temple formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds, including an artist’s rendering that depicts Satan as… Read More »

107-year-old man shot and killed by Arkansas police

  An elderly Arkansas man allegedly shot at a SWAT team responding to a call about a disturbance, and was killed in the confrontation. TODAY’s Thomas Roberts reports. A 107-year-old Arkansas man was shot and killed by SWAT officers after allegedly provoking a shootout on Saturday night, according to police. The Pine Bluff Police Department… Read More »

Physicist Disentangles “Schrodinger’s Cat” Debate

In an article published August 8 byPhysical Review A, a journal of the American Physical Society, Hobson argues that the phenomenon known as “nonlocality” is key to understanding the measurement problem illustrated by “Schrodinger’s cat.” In 1935, Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrodinger used the example of a cat in a closed box to illustrate the central… Read More »

Colossal new predatory dino terrorized early tyrannosaurs

This is an illustration of Siats meekerorum. Credit: Jorge GonzalesA new species of carnivorous dinosaur — one of the three largest ever discovered in North America — lived alongside and competed with small-bodied tyrannosaurs 98 million years ago. This newly discovered species, Siats meekerorum, (pronounced see-atch) was the apex predator of its time, and kept… Read More »

Health kick ‘reverses cell ageing’

Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, researchers say. The University of California team says it has found the first evidence a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation can have such an effect. But experts say although the study in Lancet Oncology is intriguing, it is too early to draw… Read More »

“Continuous” nuclear fusion comes one step closer

Researchers at a California lab have got one step closer in achieving self-sustaining nuclear fusion. If successfully harnessed, fusion – the process which powers the sun – could become an unlimited, and crucially, cheap source of energy. In order to become a viable, sustainable form of energy, power plants driven with fusion would need to… 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 »

92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings Map

A Bigfoot sighting in Washington state. Sasquatch “evidence” in Pennsylvania. For years the legendary giant, hairy man-like creature has been, apparently, spotted. And yet, conclusive, scientific evidence has not been able to pin down the elusive character. Josh Stevens, a geographic information scientist, cartographer and PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University, said “every now and… Read More »

Studies Suggest Combining Renewables Can Fully Cover Energy Needs by 2030

The permanent closure of San Onofre also marked the 2,000-megawatt milestone for utility-scale solar power in California, doubled from 1,000-megawatts last September. Solar power has expanded rapidly in California as a result of high insolation and community support. As a result of programs such as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Million Solar Roofs initiative and the California Public… Read More »

Could the Banksters Grab Your Bank Deposits?

… The recent news about Cyprus banks confiscating depositor’s funds sent chills throughout the financial world here and abroad. I couldn’t believe that the plan in Cyprus hinged on the idea that the bank could just steal customer’s funds to balance the bank’s books. I muttered to myself when I read the story that something… 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 »

Lead-based underwear for Fukushima protection

A Japanese company has invented carbon wetsuits and lead-based underwear that can protect against radiation amid the growing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. It comes as Japan fights to stop the flow of radioactive water leaking into the sea. Three of the Fukushima plant”s nuclear reactors were damaged by an earthquake-triggered tsunami on March… Read More »

Video: M-Disc: 1,000 year back up available now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1zKZISYjZU As technology rapidly advances, we’re living longer, doing more, creating more memories and recording more data. Every scrapbooker, business owner, photographer, every person fears losing the legacy they have spent their lifetime creating. M-DISC© eliminates that fear. Once written, your documents, medical records, photos, videos and data will last up to 1,000 years. “Just… Read More »

Doctor bets against Traditional Chinese Medicine

A skeptic of traditional Chinese medicine is challenging practitioners of the age-old craft to prove themselves by putting his own money on the line. One has accepted the challenge. At stake is the claim that practitioners can discern whether a woman is pregnant by her pulse. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a point of contention… Read More »

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after the… Read More »

Giant face photographed in killer volcano

At least 14 people killed as Mount Sinabung in Sumatra province releases clouds of noxious gas and lava. An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months has witnessed a major eruption, killing at least 14 people, officials say. Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and… Read More »

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

A popcorn kernel is a cereal grain seed. It is made up of four major physical structures: 1 The Pericarp seed coat or outer hull: a hard outer thin covering. 2 The Endosperm: starchy part that forms the bulk of the kernel and consists almost entirely of starch along with smaller amounts of protein, fat,… Read More »

High School student scores perfect ACT score

High school senior Isaac Hanemann has no plans to follow in his father’s footsteps to become an agribusiness consultant. “It’s a lot of writing and writing; it’s just not for me,” he said. Instead, he’s a man of science. “Right now I really want to go into research for physics” Hanemann said. “I want to… Read More »

Florida Coeds have the right to bring guns on campus

Score one for hard-working public university students in the Sunshine State, just trying to get by with a couple of pump-action 12-gauge Remingtons in the trunks of their Civics. Most Florida state colleges had been trying to limit the availability of firearms on campus by barring students from keeping the weapons in cars parked at… Read More »

Friday the 13th: Would you board flight 666 to HEL? Now you can’t.

HELSINKI For superstitious travelers, boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th might have been tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — didn’t seem too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full. “It has been quite a joke among the pilots” said veteran Finnair… Read More »

Asteroid mysteriously breaks up

Remember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? Well, astronomers at UCLA have just seen, for the first time ever they say, that asteroids really do break up that way. The discovery was… Read More »

Study: More than 300,000 homes are foreclosed zombies

RealtyTrac for the first time analyzed data on zombie properties after a Reuters’ special report in January examined the special problem of zombie titles, Blomquist said. Reuters revealed the plight of people who walked away from their homes not realizing that their names remained on the deed and that they were financially liable for taxes… Read More »

Anti-Joke: The man with half of his head a giant orange

  A guy walks into a bar. Half of his head is a giant orange. The bartender goes, “OH MY GOD, YOUR HEAD IS A GIANT ORANGE!” Out of his half-mouth, the guy says, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Pour me a shot and I’ll explain.” Confused, the bartender pours the guy a shot. The guy… Read More »

US Inventor: Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people’s brains to make them more intelligent, said Ray Kurzweil. The engineer believes machines and humans will eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost… Read More »

Coca-Cola: Stolen laptops had personal information of 74,000

Coca-Cola Co. said on Friday that personal information on as many as 74,000 employees, contractors and suppliers were on laptops that it said were temporarily stolen from its Atlanta headquarters. The beverage giant told its U.S. and Canadian employees the data on the laptops, which wasn’t encrypted, included names, Social Security numbers and addresses, as… Read More »

200,000 people apply to be first to live on Mars

If you have ambitions of being one of the first people on Mars, listen up: A Dutch company says it is moving along with its plan to send four lucky Earthlings to colonize the Red Planet. The catch: They won’t ever come back. The Mars One foundation announced Tuesday that it has secured lead suppliers… Read More »

Mother Has Third Set Of Twins At 500,000:1

A mother has defied odds of 500,000 to one by giving birth to her third set of twins – baby girls Rowan and Isla. Karen Rodger, 41, and husband Colin, 44, from Langbank in Renfrewshire were “over the moon” at the new arrivals to their family on May 29 at the Southern General Hospital in… Read More »

Curiosity Mars rover views eclipse of the Sun by Phobos

Images taken with a telephoto-lens camera on NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity catch the larger of Mars’ two moons, Phobos, passing directly in front of the sun – the sharpest images of a solar eclipse ever taken at Mars.Phobos does not fully cover the sun, as seen from the surface of Mars, so thesolar eclipse is… Read More »

Giant Underwater Ice Balls in Lake Michigan

Visitors to the shores of Lake Michigan were greeted by an interesting sight this week, as waves lapped against hundreds of massive ice balls. The balls, or boulders, as some have called them, are formed when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim… Read More »

President Obama and Iranian President Discuss Nukes by Phone

It’s the First Time the Heads of the Two Countries Spoke Since 1979 President Obama spoke by phone today with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the first time the heads of these two countries have had direct communications since 1979. “While there will surely be… 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 »

Whitby councillor claims to have fathered alien child

A LABOUR politician has defended his beliefs in extra-terrestrial life – after claiming to have fathered a child with an alien. Married father-of-three Simon Parkes, who represents Stakesby on Whitby Town Council, said his wife had rowed with him after revealing he had a child called Zarka with an alien he refers to as the… Read More »

Meditation Improves Brain Function

There is mounting evidence from researchers at leading research institutions about the benefits of meditation for brain health and function. One of the latest series of studies, from researchers at Harvard, was explained at length in the Washington Post. The short story – meditation improves brain function and grows the brain in important ways. Sara… Read More »