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The True Strange News Archives is a grab-bag of interesting stuff. Discover and explore unusual news, science breakthroughs, odd ideas and unlikely true events from around the world. Statement on world events: I, Xeno, oppose violence. My primary vibe is LOVE. Next curiosity, creativity, sexiness and deeper, sadness. I rarely feel anger, which I believe… Read More »

Video: The Chemistry of Love

Here’s a summary of some science of love, from one biological perspective. Love is a mechanism nature uses to ensure that we reproduce and that our offspring survive. The chemicals involved in our brains can make losing love one of the most painful emotional experiences we can have as human beings. Many people have died… Read More »

Massive cyberattack hits Internet users

Internet users around the globe are facing slowed-down service, thanks to what’s being called the biggest cyberattack in history. The prolonged denial-of-service assault is targeting The Spamhaus Project, a European spam-fighting group that has gone after CyberBunker, a data-storage company that offers to host any content “except child porn and anything related to terrorism.” The… Read More »

Man ranting about Zombies shot dead for invading a home, making threats

A California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home over the weekend had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said on Monday. The Orange County Sheriff’s department said that 22-year-old was killed in the affluent community of Yorba… 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 »

The Radioactive and Explosive Stones That Come From Sea

At Piriapolis city, in Punta Negra’s beach, the retired military, fisherman in his spare time, 78 years – Juan Carlos B√zon, was walking on the seaside when he noticed a small stone, just over 3 inches wide. He noted that it had a strong color in a fluorescent green hue, flecked with dark spots, brownish.… Read More »

What Will Humans Look Like in 100,000 Years?

Think you’re done evolving? You might want to think again. While homo sapiens has come a long way since the Stone Age, and modern medicine is ever-rapidly developing, new biological and psychological ailments enter our vocabularies all the time — many of them incurable. Not to mention, robots have taken over many formerly human occupations… Read More »

How to Trick Your Brain to Create a New Healthy Habit

Have you ever started a diet or exercise program but didn’t stick with it? If you’re like millions of other people, you’ve set out with the best intentions but failed to keep the momentum going. Here’s why relying on motivation and willpower doesn’t work (and what works instead). When you begin any new self-improvement program,… Read More »

New Microbatteries Most Powerful Yet

illustration: a high-power battery technology from the University of Illinois. Ions flow between three-dimensional micro-electrodes in a lithium ion battery. Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone… 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 »

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… Read More »

Electricity Spitting Mongolian Death Worm?

Scientists search for Mongolian Death Worm Attempt to confirm existence of legendary beast. Mongolian nomads have made extraordinary claims about the animal, reporting that the death worm can spit a corrosive yellow saliva that acts like acid and that they have the ability to generate blasts of electricity powerful enough to kill a full grown… Read More »

Vitamin D: More may not be better

  In recent years, healthy people have been bombarded by stories in the media and on health websites warning about the dangers of too-low vitamin D levels, and urging high doses of supplements to protect against everything from hypertension to hardening of the arteries to diabetes. But new research from Johns Hopkins finds that blood… Read More »

Earth telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble

Telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble Astronomers say they are now able to capture images of the sky that are twice as sharp as those captured by the Hubble telescope. A team of scientists from the University of Arizona, Arcetri Observatory in Italy and the Carnegie Observatory developed the technology that will allow… Read More »

“Happy Birthday”: Who Owns the Rights?

Usually, “Happy Birthday” is a happy, celebratory song that often precedes cake and ice cream. But it might soon become part of a contentious legal battle. Jennifer Nelson, the president and owner of the New York based Good Morning to You Production Corp., is producing a documentary about the history of “Happy Birthday to You.”… Read More »

20-foot Boat Drifted to California from Tsunami

The barnacle-covered boat with Japanese lettering spent 758 days at sea before it drifted onto a Northern California beach. Nearly three weeks after the 20-foot boat washed ashore in Crescent City, about 20 miles south of the Oregon border, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration determined it was from the 2011 tsunami, the first confirmed… Read More »

Pig Born With 2 Heads in China

A two-headed piglet was born in China earlier this week. According to the AFP, it was born on April 10th in a village in Jiujiang. A local vet told the AFP that the condition was cause by a rare deformity and thus the pig would likely not live very long. However, asthe Inquisitr reports, the… Read More »

Math explains history: Simulation accurately captures the evolution of ancient complex societies

The question of how human societies evolve from small groups to the huge, anonymous and complex societies of today has been answered mathematically, accurately matching the historical record on the emergence of complex states in the ancient world. Intense warfare is the evolutionary driver of large complex societies, according to new research from a trans-disciplinary… Read More »

A Potential Cause of Autism? Key Enzymes Are Found to Have a “Profound Effect” Across Dozens of Genes Linked to Autism

Problems with a key group of enzymes called topoisomerases can have profound effects on the genetic machinery behind brain development and potentially lead to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), according to research announced today in the journal Nature. Scientists at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have described a finding that represents a significant… 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 »

Cell Reprogramming to Cure Leukemia and Lymphoma?

Researchers from the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) in Barcelona reprogramme lymphoma and leukemia cells to halt their malignancy. Resulting cells remain benign even when no longer subjected to treatment and reduce likelihood of developing new tumours. Results are published in this week’s edition of the scientific journal Cell Reports. Leukemia and lymphoma are two… 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 »

Man amazes crowds by calling crow conferences

A young man with a microphone stepped onto a small stage and cawed like a crow. Minutes later, hundreds of noisy birds circled above him, perched on trees and sat on roof tops, astounding the crowd at a show called the “crow conference”. Gautam Sapkota, fondly known in Nepal as “charidada” or “bird brother”, then… Read More »

42 Principles of Maat 2000 years before Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments, eight of them at least, were taken from the Egyptian Principles of Ma’at written at least 2000 years earlier. Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one of Africa’s, and the world’s, oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. Ma’at, the Ancient… Read More »

Stark Love: Iron Man Three Grabs the Global Gold

The kids keep pestering Tony Stark about his last adventure, in The Avengers, but he doesn’t want to talk about it: he’s preoccupied with his brand-new world-saving mission. Tony needn’t have worried about the comparisons. Iron Man Three, starring Robert Downey Jr. as the brilliant, arrogant industrialist, earned $175.3 million at North American theaters, according… Read More »

Priest Fined $1000 For Ear Biting

A West Australian priest has been fined $1000 for biting off the ear of a fellow elderly clergyman in a dispute over a sprinkler. Thomas Henry Byrne, 81, was spared a criminal conviction after pleading guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm on Tuesday, because a Perth magistrate accepted dementia had played a central role in… Read More »

Bigfoot-Shaped Rock Is A Rock, Not A Bigfoot Fossil Skull

Man Believes He Found Fossilized Bigfoot Head Standard-Examiner This story has given us the most amusing quote we’ve heard all week and yes, we realize it’s only Monday. From Kenneth Carpenter, director of paleontology at Utah State University: “I’ll admit that it is the most head-like rock I have seen.” This statement was in response… Read More »

Giant Eel in Melbourne Australia Frightens Tourist.

“The eel, which is said to be at least three metres long with a head the size of a football, has been scaring fishermen at Tommy Finn’s trout farm. Farm manager Gary Wales says an Irish tourist got the fright of his life when he encountered the eel early this morning.” There are some really… Read More »

Syrian Internet and Phone Blackout Enters Second Day

The Internet shutdown in the war-torn nation of Syria has entered its second day. Government media reports there are blaming a “fault in fiber optic cables,” according to a report from Al-Jazeera, the Dubai-based news organization that covers the Middle East. The reports from SANA, the official Syrian government news agency, are also confirming reports… Read More »

Improve Sleep and Mood with Light

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good–they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at… Read More »