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‘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 »

Invention eats air pollution

Is there a room sized version ? U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne nasties.… 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 »

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 »

Robot spacecraft ready for launch to study moon dust, NASA says

Weather conditions were “looking real good” for NASA’s Friday night launch of a small robotic spacecraft on a mission to investigate the mysterious moon dust that Apollo astronauts encountered decades ago, a spokesman said. The Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer spacecraft, known as LADEE, is scheduled for launch at 11:27 p.m. EDT on Friday… 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 »

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

A popcorn kernel is a cereal grain seed. It is made up of four major physical structures: 1 The Pericarp seed coat or outer hull: a hard outer thin covering. 2 The Endosperm: starchy part that forms the bulk of the kernel and consists almost entirely of starch along with smaller amounts of protein, fat,… Read More »

Vodafone Germany hack hits two million customers

Personal details of more than two million customers of Vodafone Germany have been stolen by a hacker.Vodafone said the attacker got access to customer names, addresses, bank account numbers and birth dates. The trove of information was stolen from a database sitting on the company’s internal network. The operator said customers had been told about… Read More »

Video: Horrific Starfish Mass Die-off Mystery, Now Solved?

Washington: Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem. Scientists first started noticing the mass deaths in June 2013. Different types of starfish, also known as sea stars, were affected, from wild ones along… Read More »

Ethical debate on face transplantation has evolved over time

Once viewed as an “outlandish morally objectionable” concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a “feasible and necessary treatment” for severely disfigured patients. The evolving ethical debate over face transplantation is analyzed in a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery†, the official medical journal of the… 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 »

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 »

80-year-old becomes oldest man to climb Mount Everest

An 80-year-old Japanese man on Thursday became the oldest person to reach the top of Mt. Everest, officials said. Yuichiro Miura reached the top of Everest Thursday morning with his physician son Gota, mountaineering official Gyanendra Shrestha said from the base of Everest. Miura’s achievement eclipses that of a Nepali man who climbed Everest at… 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 »

Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity

… Can enormous heat deep in the Earth be harnessed to provide energy for us on the surface? A promising report from a geothermal borehole project that accidentally struck magma–the same fiery, molten rock that spews from volcanoes–suggests it could. The Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, IDDP, has been drilling shafts up to 5km deep in… Read More »

Researchers: Ten Percent of Ozone Pollution in California is from Asia

Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary research presented today, March 31, by the University of California, Davis. Secondhand smog from Asia and other international sources is finding its way into one of the… Read More »

Puma In Kitchen Surprises Woman At Breakfast

  A woman got a shock when she went downstairs, started making breakfast and found a puma roaming around in her kitchen. Amalin Haddad screamed as she made the startling discovery in the family home in the Lo Curro area of Santiago, Chile. At first, she thought it was a dog but then realised it… 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 »

iPhones on AT&T get government “Carrier Settings” update.

  Modern smartphones have the ability to display emergency alerts pushed out by government agencies. These include notifications about dangerous weather, unsafe situations or Amber Alerts for missing children and seniors. Carriers must enable the features on specific phones and until today, iPhone users on AT&T were not invited to the party. Now, AT&T is… Read More »

Bowling a perfect game (300 score)

I beat my previous best game of 180 with a 184 today and started wondering if a perfect game, 12 strikes in a row for 300 points, has been televised. The answer is yes, several. … A handful of 300 games have been broadcast on live TV. Grazio Castellano of Brooklyn, New York was the… Read More »

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 »

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. “The major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust,” says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee. Fine as flour and rough as sandpaper, Moon dust caused ‘lunar hay fever,’ problems with space suits,… 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 »

GMO labeling to be outlawed?

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is scheming to criminalize state-by-state GMO labeling laws in a deviously evil effort to keep consumers ignorant of what they’re eating. Remember, the GMA is the same organization that got caught running an illegal money laundering scheme in Washington state, secretly funneling money from big food manufacturers into a campaign… Read More »

Real Popular Vote: Nobody for president won by a landslide

Nearly half of eligible voters (231,556,622 people) did not vote in the 2016 presidential election, according to data of early turnout rates compiled by the United States Election Project and crunched by Josh Nelson. The full results may not be available until two weeks. The early data found that of the U.S. population: 46.6% didn’t… Read More »

Video: Survival using artificial glaciers

… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the… Read More »

Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature

For several species mortality increases with age — as expected by evolutionary scientists. This pattern is seen in most mammal species including humans and killer whales, but also in invertebrates like water fleas. However, other species experience a decrease in mortality as they age, and in some cases mortality drops all the way up to… Read More »

Biologist discovers a new species, up his nose

Tony Goldberg, a US professor of pathobiological science, recently returned from an Africa research trip only to discover that a potentially new species of tick had come back with him hidden up his nose. “When you first realize you have a tick up your nose, it takes a lot of willpower not to claw your… Read More »

Woman Wins Battle Over 35 Letter Surname

A woman in Hawaii with a 35-letter surname has persuaded the island’s authorities to change their ID card and driving licence formats because her long name will not fit. Janice “Lokelani” Keihanaikukauakahihuliheekahaunaele said she would never consider using a shortened version, and so used the media to urge officials to take action. For years she… Read More »

The Earth does not really revolve around the Sun

Can you handle the truth? Ok, here it is: Our planet is not revolving around the Sun. The Earth and our sun both revolve around a point known as the barycenter. (Red dot in image) What’s at the barycenter? Absolutely nothing and this does not violate any laws of gravity. How can this be? Sun… 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 can play back four symphonies in his head… At once!

Bob Milne is one of the best ragtime piano players in the world, but his talents go further than that – right into the land of amazing. Bob’s brain works a little differently to the rest of us, as he can compartmentalise various functions, which allows him to play complex piano pieces while carrying on… Read More »

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare, but… Read More »