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Scientists find one of most massive objects in universe

Through the thick fog of our own galaxy, astronomers have spotted an ultimate prize: one of the largest-known structures in the Universe. Called the Vela supercluster, the newly discovered object is a massive group of several galaxy clusters, each one containing hundreds or thousands of galaxies. … Kraan-Korteweg and her team published their discovery of… Read More »

Brain Protein Is a Key to ‘Senior Moments,’ Study Finds

A protein in the brain could hold the key to reversing the age-related memory loss that causes “senior moments” of forgetfulness, Columbia University researchers report. Deficiency of a protein called RbAp48 in the hippocampus appears to significantly contribute to the memory loss that creeps up on you as you age, said study co-author Dr. Scott… Read More »

Scientists to Io: Your volcanoes are in the wrong place

Image: NASA’s New Horizons mission captured a giant plume from Io’s Tvashtar volcano. Snapped by the probe’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter in 2007 … Hamilton and his team performed the spatial analysis using the a new, global geologic map of Io, produced by David Williams of Arizona State… Read More »

Awesome giant hand/whale cloud over Lake Tahoe

There have been some awesome clouds up here at Lake Tahoe on this windy day. This one only lasted for about 2 minutes. I may be the only one who saw it, but I have proof… Giant hands that turn into whale shaped clouds are real! 😉 Great planet.

Video: Healthy Bacon Flavored Mushrooms?

A Tucson mushroom company claims their oyster mushroom variety tastes like bacon when cooked, but is much healthier. It’s fitting that Craft Bacon Flavor Mushrooms were conceived in Tucson, AZ, the first World City of Gastronomy (UNESCO) in the United States. Tucson’s Foodie scene is rivaled only by it’s amazing local selection of craft beer… 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 »

Four Wings? Extra Feathered Limbs May Have Helped Early Birds Fly

It’s now generally accepted that the large leg feathers of the Microraptor were useful in flight, but a nagging question long remained unanswered: Did birds go through a “four-winged” stage, or were dinosaurs like the Microraptor merely an evolutionary side-branch?The new study, which published in the journal Science on Friday, has provided the first “solid… 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 »

No viral cause found for breast cancer and brain tumors

Image: Raymond Rife who, in the 1930s, observed with a super microscope he built, a filterable virus he extracted from Mayo Clinic tumor samples. It was about 50 years before science accepted that some viruses do cause cancer. This makes the following study particularly interesting: A major study conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy has now… 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 »

Pa. haunted house drops nude option

Visitors to a Pennsylvania “Naked and Scared” haunted house may still be spooked, but they certain won’t be nude. Shocktoberfest has pulled the plug on the au naturel aspect of its haunted house amid opposition from officials. The heavily-publicized “Naked and Scared Challenge” at the seasonal “Scream Park” in Sinking Spring, Pa., was to allow… Read More »

Surprising Sex Specific Benefit from a Vegetarian Diet

In a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the association between a vegetarian diet lifestyle and that of mortality using data gleaned from 73,308 Seventh-day Adventist men and women who participated in the study by answering a quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire, the study participants were categorized… Read More »

Parasitic DNA proliferates in aging tissues

The genomes of organisms from humans to corn are replete with “parasitic” strands of DNA that, when not suppressed, copy themselves and spread throughout the genome, potentially affecting health. Earlier this year Brown University researchers found that these “retrotransposable elements” were increasingly able to break free of the genome’s control in cultures of human cells.… Read More »

Video: What are Ultraterrestrials?

Coined by ufologist John Keel in the 1970s (in his Operation Trojan Horse) to explain the mystery airships, and the Mothman, among other things, ultraterrestrials are like extraterrestrials: a much more technologically and scientifically advanced civilization than ours. Unlike extraterrestrials, however, the ultraterrestrials come not from space but from our own Earth. They have been… Read More »

Vermont passes GMO labeling law

Senator David Zuckerman and Representative Carolyn Partridge describe the amazing efforts, which spanned more than a decade, resulting in this unprecedented, game-changing new law…. Here’s the quick facts: 1. Starting July 1, 2016, products sold in Vermont that contain more than 0.9% GMO content contamination will require a statement on the label indicating that genetic… Read More »

Two Weeks of Military Drills in Downtown LA

Residents in and around downtown Los Angeles could hear helicopters or other military aircraft over the coming days as Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton train in preparation for a deployment. The training is part of a two-week military exercise that starts Friday and extends through Dec. 16 and involves about 2,400 members of the… Read More »

Category: War

81-year Old Woman Jailed Without Bond for Feeding Backyard Animals

Neighbors say Mary Musselman has been feeding backyard animals as long as they can remember. “She fed the squirrels, the birds, strays and that was in the community. She’s just always been that kind of soul,” says neighbor Patty Palmer. That is, until Wednesday, when the 81-year retired physical education teacher was hauled to jail… Read More »

New Microplasma Device Could Potentially Revolutionize Archaeology

A team of researchers, including experts from Uppsala University in Sweden have developed a miniature device that they claim could revolutionize the way in which archaeologists date objects they discover in the field. The instrument in question is being described as a high-tech microplasma source that is capable of exciting matter in a controlled, efficient… 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 »

The only known dwarf who grew to be a giant

Adam Rainer (1899 — 4 March 1950) is the only person in recorded history to have been both a dwarf and a giant. Rainer was born in Graz, Austria-Hungary. In 1917, at age 18, he was measured at 122.55 cm (4 ft 0.25 in). A typical defining characteristic of dwarfism is an adult height below… Read More »

Blood-Red Babbling Brook Mystery Solved

The mystery of a stream that turned blood red has been solved after an investigation by the Environment Agency. Villagers were left puzzled when the babbling brook near Moulton, in Northamptonshire, flowed a gory crimson hue last week. Rumours began to circulate on social media about the likely cause – with some comparing it to… Read More »

Video: What is Electricity?

Think about it for a minute. Do you really know what electricity is? Does anyone? What is electricity? Electricity is the set of physical phenomena associated with the presence and motion of electric charge. What is an electric charge? It is the physical property of matter that causes it to experience a force when placed… Read More »

Life-producing phosphorus carried to Earth by meteorites

Scientists may not know for certain whether life exists in outer space, but new research from a team of scientists led by a University of South Florida astrobiologist now shows that one key element that produced life on Earth was carried here on meteorites. In an article published in the new edition of the Proceedings… Read More »

NASA owns the moon, offers mining opportunities

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals. Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies will win a contract to build prospecting… 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 »

In Seeing the Brain, Losing the Mind

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia or Parkinson’s. More abstractly but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that… Read More »

Centuries-old frozen plants revived

Plants that were frozen during the “Little Ice Age” centuries ago have been observed sprouting new growth, scientists say. Samples of 400-year-old plants known as bryophytes have flourished under laboratory conditions. Researchers say this back-from-the-dead trick has implications for how ecosystems recover from the planet’s cyclic long periods of ice coverage. The findings appear in… Read More »

Teleportation of consciousness rediscovered

Experiments by researchers at the Karolinksa Institutet in Sweden show that it is possible to rather easily trick the mind’s sense of self into leaving the body. Given visual cues and physical sensations of the right timing your brain will ‘teleport’ what you experience as ‘you’ into space, into a complete stranger or even into a mannequin.  This can… Read More »

Grasshopper’s Journey Hints at New Era in Spaceflight

In 1997 McDonnell Douglas was the prime contractor in the Delta Clipper-Experimental project, commonly known as DC-X. During the years of 1993-1996, DC-X achieved several successful tests in the quest to become the first single stage to orbit reusable launch vehicle, ascending vertically, moving laterally, and then descending to the ground. Originally a project of… Read More »

Lonely, young planet drifting in space without a star

The solitary life of this newly discovered planet, with the catchy name PSO J318.5-22, has astronomers excited. Only 80 light-years from Earth, the 12 million-year-old planet has properties similar to those of gas-giant planets orbiting young stars. But because it is floating alone through space, rather than around a host star, astronomers can study it… Read More »

Bible of Hung Kuen Kung Fu Published

It’s the staple of almost every kung fu action film ever made: the hero is targeted for revenge after teaching the deadly and closely guarded secrets of the martial art to outsiders and, even worse, foreigners. But ask Lam Chun-fai Sifu — the 73-year-old practitioner of the 300-year-old kung fu style known as Hung Kuen… Read More »

Virgin Galactic ship shakes its space-flight feathers

… The first vehicle purpose-built for carrying tourists into space has now tested not just its wings, but also its feathers. Although it still hasn’t reached space, Virgin Galactic’s SpaceshipTwo flew slightly longer and higher than it did on its first powered flight in April – and this time it also deployed a safety mechanism… Read More »