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Bear In A Lamborghini Shuts Down LA Traffic

A man driving around with a pet bear in his Lamborghini shut down traffic on an LA street yesterday because he was driving around with a bear, a real bear, in his Lamborghini…. You can see another picture of the bear in the car right here. Surprisingly, a man claiming to be the owner of… Read More »

Drinking water from air humidity

Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous. Cracks permeate the dried-out desert ground, the landscape bears testimony to the… Read More »

Did Homer Simpson Solve Fermat’s Last Theorem?

In an episode of The Simpson’s called The Wizard of Evergreen Terrace, Homer appears to write a valid solution to defeat Fermat’s Last Theorem on a blackboard. But given that Fermat’s last theorem is proven, is it real? Well, obviously not–but in this video mathematician and author Simon Singh explains why he wasn’t actually too… 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 »

Hepatitis C virus entry factor identified

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects more than 170 million people worldwide. Approximately 80 percent of infections lead to chronic illness including fibrosis, cirrhosis, cancer and also hepatic iron overload. A new study completed by researchers at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine reveals that HCV not only alters expression of the iron-uptake receptor known… 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 »

Plain surfaces transformed into low-cost touch screens

A low cost system developed by Nanyang Technological University (NTU), based on the principles of vibration and imaging that is able to track the movements of multiple fingers and of objects, can do just that. Retrofitting the system onto existing flat-panel TVs will transform it into new, touch sensitive display screens, at only a fraction… Read More »

Video footage shows Pope Francis ‘performing exorcism’

… Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of a young man on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him. Photo: AP The Vatican was more cautious. In… 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 »

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 »

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 »

CERN: New particle is confirmed Higgs boson

A new particle discovered at the Large Hadron Collider last year has been confirmed to be the Higgs boson. Here, proton-proton collisions at the Large Hadron Collider showing events consistent with the Higgs. (Credit: CERN/CMS/Taylor, L; McCauley, T) Physicists from the Atlas and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider announced Thursday that they are… 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 »

Sacred Lotus Genome Offers Insight Into Aging

A team of international scientists report today that they have sequenced and annotated the genome of the sacred lotus (Nelumbo nucifera), which is thought to have a powerful genetic system. The team, which includes researchers from the US, China, Australia and Japan, have sequenced nearly 90 percent of the plant’s 27,000 genes. The sacred lotus,… Read More »

Hunter, 72, survives 19 days in snowy California wilderness

A 72-year-old California deer hunter was recovering Monday after surviving on squirrels and packing leaves around him for warmth for nearly three weeks while he was lost and alone in the snowy wilderness, authorities said. Gene Penaflor was discovered by hunters on Saturday after 19 days in the Mendocino National Forest in the Coastal Mountain… Read More »

Tennessee judge orders baby’s name changed from ‘Messiah’

A Tennessee judge has ordered a baby’s first name changed from “Messiah” to Martin, saying that the only true messiah is Jesus Christ, a ruling the boy’s mother promises to appeal, a Tennessee television station has reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough For at least one Tennessee family, it’s very likely that a “Messiah” will return.… Read More »

Amazon founder Bezos Buys the Washington Post for $250 Million

Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) founder Jeff Bezos will buy the Washington Post newspaper for $250 million in a surprise deal that ends the Graham family’s 80-year ownership and hands one of the country’s most influential publications to the tech entrepreneur. Bezos, hailed by many as a visionary who helped transform Internet retail, called his acquisition a… Read More »

Common Core State Standards Initiative

Building on the excellent foundation of standards states have laid, the Common Core State Standards are the first step in providing our young people with a high-quality education. It should be clear to every student, parent, and teacher what the standards of success are in every school. Teachers, parents and community leaders have all weighed… Read More »

Video: WiSee: Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZ7Nz942yAY WiSee: Wi-Fi signals enable gesture recognition throughout entire home – YouTube. WiFi is everywhere and still growing in 2018. This video from 2013 seems to support the odd claim that WiFi could potentially be used as part of a monitoring technology to map the layout of your house, your location inside it and even… 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 »

The Dachshun that Stares

Today we heard about part-human mice, and the fact that laughter is good for your heart. To finish out the day, perhaps you can help my friend… “I need a favor !! My neighbor has a puppy he’s giving away (FREE!). It’s a Dachshund, it’s house broken, and it’s great with kids. He’s giving it… Read More »

Learning mechanism of the adult brain revealed

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Fortunately, this is not always true. Researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN-KNAW) have now discovered how the adult brain can adapt to new situations. The Dutch researchers’ findings are published on Wednesday in the prestigious journal ‘Neuron’. Their study may be significant in… 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 »

Three days in sugar solution gives see-through tissue sample

In a Nature Neuroscience report posted online yesterday, Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology show how they’ve grabbed a ball tossed by Stanford psychiatrist/ neuroscientist/bioengineer Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, and run with it. In April, Deisseroth’s team announcedan amazing new method for transforming biological tissues (in this case, the brain of a… Read More »

Magnitude 6.0 quake shakes northeastern Japan

A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Sunday in the same region devastated by a giant tsunami and temblor 2 1/2 years ago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck shortly after midday, and was centered off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture, and… Read More »

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces

Facebook has so many users — more than a billion, or roughly the population of India — that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible. And yet someone has done just that. A new project, “The Faces of Facebook,” collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site, arranged in… Read More »

South Korea bans Japanese fish

… South Korea announced on Friday that it was banning all fish imports from along Japan’s northeastern coast because of what officials called growing public worry over radioactive water leaking into the Pacific Ocean near the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. Fisheries in Fukushima prefecture are nearly all closed, and fish caught in nearby… Read More »

German Scientists Freeze Light for a Minute

It turns out that the fastest known thing in the universe, light, can in fact be stopped. A German team of scientists have successfully stopped light from traveling for a whole minute. The record-breaking event could be a major breakthrough in the field of quantum memory storage. So how did scientists freeze light for a… Read More »

Research renaissance offers new ways out of depression

As Susan sits chatting to a nurse in a London clinic, a light tapping sound by her head signals that parts of her brain are being zapped by thousands of tiny electro-magnetic pulses from a machine plugged into the wall. The 50 year-old doctor is among growing ranks of people with so-called treatment-resistant depression, and… Read More »

Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon

An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of an 88-pound (40 kg) rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA scientists said on Friday. The explosion on March 17 was the biggest seen since NASA began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. So far,… Read More »

Solve a math puzzle, win $1 million

The Beal Prize was funded by Andrew Beal, a prominent banker who is also a mathematics enthusiast. An AMS-appointed committee will award this prize for either a proof of, or a counterexample to, the Beal Conjecture published in a refereed and respected mathematics publication. The prize money — currently US$1,000,000 — is being held in… Read More »