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Full Moon ‘disturbs a good night’s sleep’

A full Moon can disturb a good night’s sleep, scientists believe. Researchers found evidence of a “lunar influence” in a study of 33 volunteers sleeping in tightly controlled laboratory conditions. When the Moon was round, the volunteers took longer to nod off and had poorer quality sleep, despite being shut in a darkened room, Current… Read More »

‘World’s oldest calendar’ discovered in Scottish field

Archaeologists believe they have discovered the world’s oldest lunar “calendar” in an Aberdeenshire field.Excavations of a field at Crathes Castle found a series of 12 pits which appear to mimic the phases of the moon and track lunar months.A team led by the University of Birmingham suggests the ancient monument was created by hunter-gatherers about… Read More »

Mount Etna: volcano blows rings

These incredible pictures taken over Mount Etna show an unusual sequence of what appear to be smoke rings. Also known as vortex rings, they are actually an emission of steam and gas   via Mount Etna: volcano blows rings – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com.

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 »

Deep sea hoax photos?

A reader commented about my previous strange deep sea creatures news: “Phuket deep sea creatures found on the seaside after the tsunami.” As a former student in marine biology, I’ve found it weird, most of these species belonging to bathypelagic depth… Hmm… It’s a hoax, please check it at: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/item.php?news=546 However, the PHOTOS ARE REAL… 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 »

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 »

Ghostbusters: Website Tells You Who Died In Your House

If you’ve been watching a little too muchAmerican Horror Story and want to make sure you don’t move into a house that’s haunted, DiedinHouse.com will take care of that for you. Since the website’s launch in June, CEO Roy Condrey said that they’ve been swamped with requests, according to The Houston Chronicle. For a fee… Read More »

Fukushima end-game, radiated water has nowhere to go

  http://collapseofindustrialcivilization.com/tag/freelance-journalist-rob-edwards/ In the weeks after the Fukushima nuclear plant was destroyed by a triple meltdown in March 2011, the plant’s owner turned to three of Japan’s largest construction companies for a quick fix to store radiated water that was pooling in the disaster zone. The result was a rush order for steel tanks supplied… Read More »

Woman Says She Could See, Smell God

A woman who said she saw, heard, spoke with and even smelled God during a near-death experience in 2009 recounted her experiences on an episode of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. Crystal McVea, an Oklahoma native, said she spent time in heaven when she went into full respiratory arrest after a medical procedure… Read More »

Perfect pitch may not be so ‘perfect’

… People classified with perfect pitch may not actually be as in tune with the notes they hear as they think. Played a long piece of music, a study group failed to notice when scientists turned the tones ever so slightly flat. They then misidentified in-tune sounds as being sharp. Researchers say it demonstrates the… Read More »

‘Alien Megastructure’ Star Mystery Deepens

Three months back, after conducting a detailed study of the star KIC 8462852, astronomers came to the conclusion that it was, unequivocally, “the most mysterious star in our galaxy.” Now, the star, whose bizarre behavior sparked speculation over existence of an alien civilization around it, is grabbing headlines once again. First, some background. In September,… Read More »

Video: Jesus of Siberia

Deep in Siberia’s Taiga forest is Vissarion, a cult leader who looks like Jesus and claims to be the voice of God. He’s known as “the Teacher” to his 4,000 followers, who initially seem surprisingly normal. Over time, however, their unflinching belief in UFOs and the Earth’s imminent demise made this group start to look… Read More »

Ancient Maya City Discovered in Mexico

It must be World Discover-Lost-Cities Week! Barely a week after we heard the exciting news of a lost city found in Cambodia, comes the announcement of an ancient Maya city discovered in Mexico’s Central Lowlands.  … Past Horizons wrote: In these spaces are scattered numerous pyramidal structures, two ballgame courts, patios, plazas, sculptured monuments and… Read More »

Pope starts tweeting to followers

Pope Benedict XVI he sent his first tweet from his new account, a move seen as part of the Catholic Church’s attempt to attract a new audience of believers through social media. In perhaps the most drawn out Twitter launch ever, the 85-year-old Benedict pushed the button on a tablet brought to him at the… Read More »

See-Through Solar Film Gets Big Efficiency Boost

A novel, transparent, two-layer solar film — possessing an impressive efficiency conversion of 7.3% — has been created by researchers at the University of California–Los Angeles. This is about double the transparent solar cell efficiency the researchers had previously achieved. The solar film can be placed on windows, buildings, sunroofs, electronics displays, etc; harvesting energy… Read More »

Synthetic DNA Created, Evolves on Its Own

Step aside, DNA–new synthetic compounds called XNAs can also store and copy genetic information, a new study says. And, in a “big advancement,” these artificial compounds can also be made to evolve in the lab, according to study co-author John Chaputof the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University. (See “Evolution vs. Intelligent Design: 6 Bones… Read More »

Meet the NASA scientist devising a starship warp drive

To pave the way for rapid interstellar travel, NASA propulsion researcher Harold “Sonny” White plans to manipulate space-time in the lab The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this? Within general relativity, there are two loopholes that allow you to go somewhere very… Read More »

Hobbits: Discovery of Homo floresiensis

The Top Cryptozoology Stories of 2004. By Loren Coleman, author of Bigfoot! The Discovery of Homo floresiensis The story is as remarkable as the finding of the first coelacanth, the 65 million year extinct “living fossil” found off Africa in 1938. The biggest story in anthropology for 2004 may become the event of the decade… Read More »

Cave paintings in Mexico: Carvings uncovered in Burgos

Archaeologists in Mexico have found 4,926 well-preserved cave paintings in the north-eastern region of Burgos. The images in red, yellow, black and white depict humans, animals and insects, as well as skyscapes and abstract scenes. The paintings were found in 11 different sites – but the walls of one cave were covered with 1,550 scenes.… Read More »

‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Is that a rat on Mars? A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones. The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took… Read More »

Witch Makes News at Loch Ness

Witch Makes News at Loch Ness A white witch took to the shores of Loch Ness today to cast a blocking spell on a Swedish scientist hoping to catch the Loch Ness Monster. In what was dubbed the Clash of the Titans – Kevin Carlyon, a high priest in the British Coven of White Witches,… 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 »

Phoning Firefox: Browser now makes Web calls

Mozilla today shipped Firefox 22, enabling the in-browser audio-video calling standard WebRTC and switching on a new JavaScript module that promises to speed up Web apps. The update also included patches for 17 security vulnerabilities, seven of them marked “critical.” Mozilla highlighted several of the changes in Firefox 22, notably the default support for WebRTC… Read More »

Washington’s corpse flower ends its stinky reign

For weeks, gawkers lined up at the U.S. Botanic Garden, hoping to be among the lucky ones to catch the show when a giant-sized corpse flower bloomed for the first time in seven years. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Even without the smell, a flower that blooms every seven years is interesting. Here’s a much better… Read More »

Video: Solar Freakin’ Roadways

Not a good idea from an engineering point of view, but fun! For practical reasons we would be much better off building huge solar arrays across the Sahara desert, not to mention harnessing the tides. Tides are more predictable than wind energy and solar power. Among sources of renewable energy, tidal power has traditionally suffered… 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 »

Fighting superbug bacteria with other bacteria

Want to save 10 million people? Find a solution to superbugs. … If things keep going as they are, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are expected to kill 10 million people by 2050, and so far, we have no solution. But researchers have found that we could actually fight fire with fire – a predatory bacterium has been… Read More »

Deep Impact mission ends, leaves bright comet tale

NASA today announced the end of operations for the Deep Impact spacecraft, history’s most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. UMD scientists – who helped conceive the mission, bring it to reality and keep it going years longer than originally planned – say… 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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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 »