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Grasshopper’s Journey Hints at New Era in Spaceflight

In 1997 McDonnell Douglas was the prime contractor in the Delta Clipper-Experimental project, commonly known as DC-X. During the years of 1993-1996, DC-X achieved several successful tests in the quest to become the first single stage to orbit reusable launch vehicle, ascending vertically, moving laterally, and then descending to the ground. Originally a project of… Read More »

Extraterrestrial Intelligence Overwhelmingly Likely to be Post-Biological

During an epoch of dramatic climate change 200,000 years ago, Homo sapiens (modern humans) evolved in Africa. Several leading scientists are asking: Is the human species entering a new evolutionary, post-biological inflection point? Paul Davies, a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science and Co-Director of… Read More »

Microscopic Flowers Created with Chemistry

They look for all the world like a collection of flowers bursting into life. Yet in fact, these are microscopic crystals grown in a Harvard laboratory. Measuring just microns across, they were created to assemble themselves a molecule at a time. The team say the work, carried out on glass slides, is able to control… 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 »

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 »

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 »

A Japanese toothpaste that heals cavities

 Apagard M Plus toothpaste contains anticaries Medical Nano-hydroxyapatite remineralizing agent (nano-mHAP). The insulting tone of the following  article is amusing. What other reason than vanity could there possibly be for avoiding cavities, pain and dental bills? Perhaps people believe Apaguard toothpaste works because it does. WOULD YOU PAY $24 FOR A TUBE OF TOOTHPASTE? The… Read More »

So Many Sun Loops

In profile, the magnetic field lines emerging from several active regions were easily observed as they reached across from one magnetic pole to another (Sept. 4-5, 2013). When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, the tracings of charged particles along the magnetic field lines are revealed. The bright, active regions are areas of intense magnetic forces.… Read More »

Yes, atomic bomb that fell in US almost went off, says document

An H-bomb that accidentally plunged into a North Carolina field in 1961 came far too close to actually exploding, according to a secret document newly published by the Guardian. “Yeah. It would have been bad news – in spades.” Newly declassified documents are on everyone’s mind these days … the Guardian reports that the US… Read More »

Video: What the heck is this little alien creature?

Dr. Greer is associated with some very interesting finds. This, for example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTBrAb_btWY I’ve seen something like this before. Compare to the images of a little “alien” I posted some time before April 2007. Is this a different creature? Consider the little insectoid creature found alive in the Southern Chilean city of Concepcion on Oct… Read More »

Antarctic flood produces ‘ice crater’

Scientists have seen evidence for a colossal flood under Antarctica that drained six billion tonnes of water, quite possibly straight to the ocean. The cause is thought to be a deeply buried lake that suddenly over-topped. Satellites were used to map the crater that developed as the 2.7km-thick overlying ice sheet slumped to fill the… Read More »

Bizarre frog tunes ears to specific frequencies

… University of Illinois professor Albert Feng says the frog known as “Odorrana tormota” is the only known animal that actively selects what frequencies it hears. He pointed out that the frogs seem to possess an ability to tune in to specific sound frequencies as circumstances change. For instance, when the low frequency background noise… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Stem Cells Mimic Human Brain

With the right mix of nutrients and a little bit of coaxing, human stem cells derived from skin can assemble spontaneously into brain-like chunks of tissue. Researchers provide the first description and application of these “mini-brains” today in Nature. “It’s a seminal study to making a brain in a dish,” says Clive Svendsen, a neurobiologist… Read More »

In Seeing the Brain, Losing the Mind

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia or Parkinson’s. More abstractly but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that… Read More »

DNA demonstrates how closely everyone on Earth is related

Just from some basic math you can see that everyone alive today is related. New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. … The assistant professor of computational biology‘s background in math and statistics enables him to develop methods and models… Read More »

The pink fairy armadillo of Argentina.

… in the deserts of Argentina. Here dwells the remarkable pink fairy armadillo (Chlamyphorus truncatus), a 5-inch-long, quarter-pound critter with a rosy shell atop silky white hair. This smallest of all armadillos spends almost its entire life burrowing through the earth, hunting various invertebrates and chewing up plant matter. It is a rarely seen, almost… Read More »

Detected radio bursts evidence of “exotic phenomena”

The detection of four short bursts of radio waves, possibly arising from explosions billions of light years away, could be powerful tools to study our Universe, according to research published in Science. In 2006, a similar so called “Lorimer burst” was detected with the CSIRO Parkes radio telescope and its authenticity was debated with widespread… Read More »

Mind control skills are learnt like motor skills, study finds

The patterns of brain activity people use to learn to move objects with their mind are similar to neurological activity that occurs when learning to ride a bike or swing a golf club, researchers have found. Scientists have previously been successful in developing brain-controlled tools – such as robotic arms and motorised wheelchairs – but… Read More »

Aquatic life … on Pluto? Pluto is an ocean world?

Pluto is hiding a very big secret some 3 billion miles (5 billion km) away from Earth: a vast ocean of liquid water. … it might amount to … about 75 percent of all of Earth’s liquid water reservoir … And Pluto is one of the Solar System’s smaller ocean worlds. Researchers announced their discovery… Read More »

Massaging Vest Combats Stress While You Wear It

Grabbing a massage as you walk around town has never been so easy. A group of Cornell students recently invented an electric vest embedded with tiny motors intended to knead and massage the user’s back and shoulders. The vest, which was created in hopes of relieving stress linked to negative health effects, was even designed… Read More »

First dino “blood” extracted from ancient bone

… A dinosaur bone buried for 80 million years has yielded a mix of proteins and microstructures resembling cells. The finding is important because it should resolve doubts about a previous report that also claimed to have extracted dino tissue from fossils. Proteins such as collagen are far more durable than DNA, but they had… Read More »

Oregon bartender gets $17,500 tip

One of Aurora Kephart’s regulars at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield often tips her with Keno tickets from the Oregon Lottery. On Tuesday evening, the man who wishes to remain anonymous asked Kephart to choose two. When she checked the numbers, Kephart’s first ticket won $5. The second turned into a $17,500 gratuity. “The… 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 »

New York town finds 850 snakes in man’s home

Authorities in the New York town of Shirley found 850 snakes, including two illegal 6-foot-long (2-meter) Burmese pythons, in the home and garage of an animal control officer suspected of dealing in the reptiles, local media reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough That’s too many snakes in one place.

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 »

Texas Bill: Cops To Collect Traffic Fines on Spot Via Credit or Debit Card

A house bill recently introduced in the Texas legislature would allow police officers to collect immediate payment from “defendants” for Class C misdemeanor traffic fines “by use of a credit or debit card,” completely circumventing the rule of law and citizens’ due process rights. H.B. No. 121, introduced on Monday by State Rep. Allen Fletcher,… 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 »

Real Ligers and Tigons

“The 10ft Liger who’s still growing… He looks like something from a prehistoric age or a fantastic creation from Hollywood. But Hercules is very much living flesh and blood – as he proves every time he opens his gigantic mouth to roar. Part lion, part tiger, he is not just a big cat but 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 »

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 »