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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 »

Blue Diamond ‘Worth Tens Of Millions’ Discovered

A massive diamond with a possible price tag of more than £36m has been discovered at a mine in South Africa. The 29.6 carat blue diamond, described as being “exceptional”, was dug up at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria – owned by Petra Diamonds. Chief executive Johan Dippenaar said: “The stones in the last year… Read More »

Florida family finds $300,000 worth of sunken treasure

A Florida family who spends their time together hunting for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up an estimated $300,000 worth of gold from an historic wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Quite a find and it sounds like a great family pasttime.

First dino “blood” extracted from ancient bone

… A dinosaur bone buried for 80 million years has yielded a mix of proteins and microstructures resembling cells. The finding is important because it should resolve doubts about a previous report that also claimed to have extracted dino tissue from fossils. Proteins such as collagen are far more durable than DNA, but they had… Read More »

Sleep Through Your Alarm

You may think you’re doing nothing at night, but to your brain, sleep means finally having some spare time to take stock of the day’s events. Freed from the distractions of recording new experiences, a deeply sleeping brain can organize and strengthen memories, especially emotional ones. For Katherina Hauner, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University Feinberg… Read More »

NASA used satellite to follow plume left by exploding meteor

… NASA says sensitive instruments on a satellite allowed them to track the dust plume created by the meteorite that exploded over Russia in February for months. NASA atmospheric physicist Nick Gorkavyi and his colleagues in Greenbelt, Md., were able to use the satellite data to record a never-before-seen view of the atmospheric aftermath of… Read More »

Breathe through your nose and live longer

€ …€  Your mouth was designed for eating, not breathing. Likewise, your nose and sinuses were designed to optimize breathing in ways that may surprise you. Your upper airways are designed to “pretreat” the air you breathe as it enters your body. When you breathe through your mouth, many of the things that aresupposed to happen… 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 »

Are Super-Intelligent Aliens Hiding Within Our Atoms?

Okay, so that headline sounds pretty off-the-wall, and considering it’s a Daily Grail headline then you know it’s pretty weird! But that’s exactly the question put forward by artificial intelligence researcher Hugo de Garis, who wonders whether the advanced artificial intelligences of extremely old alien civilisations might end up harnessing the vast computational power offered… Read More »

Wonder drug and supercharged immune cells offer cancer hope

GENETICALLY “supercharging” immune cells, and combining this with a new wonder drug, offers a new way to boost the body’s cancer defences, Melbourne researchers have found. Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre researchers hope the new treatment combination, tested successfully in animals, will eventually allow cancer patients to be immunised against relapses. The team combined the anti-PD-1… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Giant snotty jellyfish invades Tasmania

A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach. And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”. The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last… Read More »

Fanette Guilloud’s Strange Art

The French artist and photographer paints geometric shapes onto abandoned walls, giving the three dimensional spaces the guise of two dimensionality when captured on film. The photos couple the surreal qualities of painting with the truth-telling promise of photography, depicting, in a single image, art’s ability to create the impossible. “You can only see these… Read More »

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Pond swallowed by sinkhole fuels legends in Bosnian village

Just outside the village, children fished in a tranquil pond bobbing with green algae and lined with willow trees, as cattle grazed nearby. Now, Rezak Motanic gazes in disbelief down a gigantic crater where the pond used to be. It’s like something from a science fiction movie: a sinkhole swallowed the water, the fish and… 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 »

This Optical Illusion Lets You See Your Own Brain Waves

The pinwheel-like drawing above is nothing but black and white lines. When you look at it the right way, though, something strange and beautiful happens: it begins to flicker. You may think it’s just a regular old optical illusion at first, but actually, you’re looking at your very own brain waves. To see the optical… Read More »

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

Mark Twain once said: “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” He was making an unknowing reference to the , which drives the weather over North America and Europe like a high-altitude conveyor belt. But increasingly, the jet stream is taking a more circuitous route over the… Read More »

Good news: type 2 diabetes is generally reversible

A new study from Newcastle University has shown that people who reverse their diabetes and then keep their weight down remain free of diabetes. … A growing body of evidence is showing that people with Type 2 diabetes who successfully lose weight can reverse their condition because fat is removed from their pancreas, returning insulin… 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 »

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 »

Winnipeg deep freeze as cold as uninhabited planet

In terms of astonishing weather facts, it doesn’t get much more impressive than being as cold as a distant planet for a day.The Manitoba Museum is reporting Winnipeg’s temperatures on Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. According to the Curiosity Rover, Mars reached a maximum temperature of -29 C on Tuesday,… Read More »

Video: Common blood pressure drug reverses diabetes in mice

New research conducted at UAB has shown that the common blood pressure drug verapamil completely reverses diabetes in animal models. Now, thanks to a three-year, $2.1 million grant from the JDRF, UAB researchers will begin conducting a potentially groundbreaking clinical trial in 2015 to see if it can do the same in humans. Update 2018:… 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 »

A Japanese toothpaste that heals cavities

 Apagard M Plus toothpaste contains anticaries Medical Nano-hydroxyapatite remineralizing agent (nano-mHAP). The insulting tone of the following  article is amusing. What other reason than vanity could there possibly be for avoiding cavities, pain and dental bills? Perhaps people believe Apaguard toothpaste works because it does. WOULD YOU PAY $24 FOR A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE? The… 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

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 »

1,345 pound man extracted from house on order of Saudi king

Khalid Mohsen Shaeri is removed from his Jazan apartment with a forklift. A Saudi Arabia man who may be the heaviest person in the world is now getting proper medical treatment — thanks to his king. Khalid Mohsen Shaeri, who weighs 1,345 pounds, was extracted from his Jazan home and airlifted to a medical facility… Read More »

Robber Steals $53M in Jewels at Cannes Hotel

The Cannes, France, hotel that served as the setting for one of the most famous jewel heist movies of all time today was the scene of a brazen armed robbery, when a gunman made off with an estimated $53 million in jewels and diamonds from a gem exhibition. The gunman walked into the luxury Carlton… Read More »

Woman Arrested For Kissing Cop On The Nose

When 62-year-old Peggy Hill reportedly laid a wet one on a police officer, she basically kissed her freedom goodbye. The Florida woman was arrested for allegedly kissing a cop on the nose Saturday evening and jailed on charges of felony battery of a law enforcement officer. Authorities were responding to a report of an altercation… Read More »