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Asteroid mysteriously breaks up

Remember the old Atari Asteroids game and how the space rocks would split into smaller and smaller pieces as your little arrowhead-shaped ship shot tiny balls of light at them? Well, astronomers at UCLA have just seen, for the first time ever they say, that asteroids really do break up that way. The discovery was… Read More »

Video: Fjord of the Rings, A Large Spinning Circle of Ice in Sheyenne River, North Dakota

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PKVsOZoI4 A rare and mysterious ice circle was discovered by retired engineer George Loegering, who spotted the ‘cool’ phenomena floating in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota this past weekend while vacationing with family. He estimates that the ice ring — rotating in the river “like a record turntable” — measured about 10 feet… Read More »

Human brain cells alive in mouse brains.

Into brains of newborn mice, researchers implanted human “progenitor cells.” These mature into a type of brain cell called astrocytes… They grew into human astrocytes, crowding out mouse astrocytes. The mouse brains became chimeras of human and mouse, with the workhorse mouse brain cells – neurons – nurtured by billions of human astrocytes. Neuroscience is… 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 »

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 »

Drinking Water Might Just Make You Smarter

In case you’re suffering from severe writer’s block … here’s a handy tip to wake that brain up: drink water. The benefits of drinking water are well known, but a new study confirms that when you drink water, your brain works faster. Researchers at the University of East London School of Psychology in England discovered… Read More »

Self-Expiring Medicine Packaging Could Change The World

For most of us, the blister packs our medicines come in are just temporary barriers to be scratched open with our fingernails or popped open like Chiclets. We usually don’t even pay attention to the tiny, vaguely printed expiration dates tattooed on the silver skin of our aspirin or cough medicine’s packaging; we take for… Read More »

A Password So Secret Only Your Subconscious Knows It

Some efforts to replace traditional letter-and-number passwords rely on gestures, wearable devices, or biometrics. An approach in the works from research-and-development company SRI International and Stanford and Northwestern takes a different tack: passwords that you know but don’t know you know. Patrick Lincoln, director of SRI’s computer science laboratory and a researcher on the project,… 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 »

Lost City of Ciudad Blanca Discovered?

The Google Map of eastern Honduras is almost blank. A vast and virtually unexplored rainforest region known as the Mosquitia covers around 32,000 square miles, home to dense jungle, hostile terrain and the terrifying-sounding jumping viper. Legend has it that somewhere beneath the forest canopy lies the ancient city of Ciudad Blanca — and now… 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 »

Surprising Sex Specific Benefit from a Vegetarian Diet

In a recent study published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the association between a vegetarian diet lifestyle and that of mortality using data gleaned from 73,308 Seventh-day Adventist men and women who participated in the study by answering a quantitative food frequency questionnaire. Based on the questionnaire, the study participants were categorized… Read More »

Vitamin D Boosts Energy — from Within Cells

Vitamin D is vital for making our muscles work efficiently and boosting energy levels, new research from Newcastle University has shown. A study led by Dr Akash Sinha has shown that muscle function improves with Vitamin D supplements which are thought to enhance the activity of the mitochondria, the batteries of the cell. (Full Image:… Read More »

US Government Being Sued for Tax Fraud

One private citizen in Georgia has reportedly filed a civil suit recently against the government for tax fraud. No attorney contacted has accepted an assistance request, saying, “[I] have never heard of this kind of suit.” …if any response was given at all. The plaintiff who has not commented publicly is rowing the boat on… Read More »

Study finds poverty reduces brain power

Poverty and the all-consuming fretting that comes with it require so much mental energy that the poor have little brain power left to devote to other areas of life, according to the findings of an international study published on Thursday. The mental strain could be costing poor people up to 13 IQ (intelligence quotient) points… 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 »

Blood-Red Babbling Brook Mystery Solved

The mystery of a stream that turned blood red has been solved after an investigation by the Environment Agency. Villagers were left puzzled when the babbling brook near Moulton, in Northamptonshire, flowed a gory crimson hue last week. Rumours began to circulate on social media about the likely cause – with some comparing it to… Read More »

Living with no pulse, How doctors reinvented the heart

The ancient Egyptians believed, as some modern people do, that the mind exists in the heart instead of the brain. I guess they would claim that anesthesia works on the heart and the changes seen in the brain are unrelated to consciousness. There is proof, however, that consciousness does not reside in the heart: Living… 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

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 »

Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles

A team of researchers at Florida State University has found an epigenetic factor involved in voles’ lifelong pair bonding. In their paper published in the journal Nature Neuroscience , the researchers describe how they found the act of mating – along with time spent alone – led to permanent brain changes in the voles involved… Read More »

Video: Evidence of Time Travelers on the Internet?

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YavZ0kMVCQ Researchers at Michigan Technological University released the findings of a study last week which sought to uncover evidence indicating that time travelers had left traces of their presence on the Internet. RELATED: Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers – You only need one Time-Traveler’s Convention. They could keep going back to… Read More »

Time Travel: Realistically colored photos from the black and white past

Over the last couple years, an increasingly popular trend online has been to create and share colorized photos from history. Artists such as Jordan Lloyd, Dana Keller and Sanna Dullaway take intriguing old black-and-white photos and bring them to life with color as if they’d been taken only yesterday. http://twentytwowords.com/2013/11/06/realistically-colorized-historical-photos-make-the-past-seem-incredibly-real-36-pictures/ These black and white photos… Read More »

Video: Chladni Figures: Amazing Resonance Experiment

Warning: Turn your volume way down during this entire video. The sound that produces the patterns is loud enough to cause permanent hearing damage. … This demonstration is by a prolific YouTube user who goes by the handle brusspup. I’ve been enjoying his amazing visual illusions for a few years – and I’m not the… Read More »

Frakensparrow: Robot created from dead bird

A dead bird animated by off-the-shelf robotics helped US biologists study behaviour in the swamp sparrow species. Scientists at Duke University in North Carolina worked with engineering students and a taxidermist to operate the wings of a deceased swamp sparrow. They programmed simple Picaxe computer chips, and built a tiny linear motor to fit inside… Read More »

ultra-rare “impossible” quasicrystal found in Russian meteorite

A quasicrystal’s atomic structure combines the symmetrical properties of a crystal and the chaos of an amorphous solid. Originating in outer space, these crystals aren’t just incredible because of how rare they are – their atomic structure is so peculiar, for decades their existence was dismissed as “impossible”, and they cost the scientist who first… Read More »

Obama makes history — mentions Area 51

The annual Kennedy Center Honors reception isn’t normally a place to break news, but President Obama opted Sunday to publicly mention Area 51 — the installation where the government is supposedly storing UFOs and alien life, the inspiration for innumerable conspiracy theories. The reason: Oscar-winning actress Shirley MacLaine and her claims to have seen UFOs… Read More »

Video: Pizza delivered by drone — the next big thing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on4DRTUvst0 Pizza company Domino’s has released footage purporting to show it testing a remote-controlled drone to deliver its pizzas. In the video posted on YouTube by the company’s UK and Ireland division, a craft nicknamed the “DomiCopter” flies over fields and rivers directed by a member of staff to deliver two pizzas to an expectant… 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 »

London driver says skyscraper “melted” his car

A cluster of new skyscrapers transforming the London skyline are often blamed for spoiling the view. Now one has been accused of “melting” a car. A motorist said intense sunlight reflected from the “Walkie Talkie” – one of several flashy towers under construction in The City, London’s historic financial district – warped his Jaguar which… Read More »

Say no to “excess” water with meals?

… Research shows that sipping a little water during meals isn’t a cause for concern but drinking a glass or two may interfere with digestion. It is best to drink fluids before and two hours after meals as this helps in absorption of nutrients, researchers have found. Elaborating on what exactly happens inside you when… Read More »

Chupacabra found and killed.

Here are a few more close up pictures of the mouth of the Lufkin, Texas chupacabra. See our chupacabra article for more. You really can see a line of hair down this one’s back in the last photo. Sad that they shot and killed it. Better to trap one so it could be examined alive.… Read More »