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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 »

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 »

Boy, 6, Saved From Drowning In Road Sinkhole

Landon Reese of Jackson, Miss., thought he was bicycling through a puddle, his mother said. It turned out to be a sinkhole as deep as some swimming pools. The 6-year-old “nosedived” into the hole Saturday and nearly drowned, the Clarion-Ledger reports. Tai Shelby, a neighbor, saw the boy’s flailing arms and grabbed him. Landon’s mother,… Read More »

Video: Dolphins Steal The Show In US Surf Contest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVUO5lyWM4I A pod of dolphins have shown their competitive spirit by joining a group of more than 200 surfers in California’s Rincon Classic competition.The surprise entrants drew cheers from the crowd as they joined the line-up at the contest in Santa Barbara, South California.Hundreds of spectators looked on as the pod of at least a… Read More »

NIH Begins Gene Therapy Trial for Parkinson’s Disease

All eyes were on Perry Cohen when he froze at the microphone. His voice failed him. He couldn’t read his notes. Eventually, the once-powerful Parkinson’s disease speaker had to be helped off the stage halfway through his speech. That was in February 2012, but the memory of that day is emblazoned in his mind. “It… 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 »

Video: Healthy Bacon Flavored Mushrooms?

A Tucson mushroom company claims their oyster mushroom variety tastes like bacon when cooked, but is much healthier. It’s fitting that Craft Bacon Flavor Mushrooms were conceived in Tucson, AZ, the first World City of Gastronomy (UNESCO) in the United States. Tucson’s Foodie scene is rivaled only by it’s amazing local selection of craft beer… Read More »

Those Fish Oil Supplements Might Cause Cancer

There’s a Forbes article that says fish oils may cause cancer http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevensalzberg/2013/07/23/those-fish-oil-supplements-might-cause-cancer/ The article below explains why this is probably not true. On July 10, 2013, the media jumped on news that too much fish oil might boost prostate cancer risk. As someone who has studied the many benefits of fish oil for many years,… Read More »

The Anchoring Effect

Your teen is in desperate need of a new wardrobe. You set a day for a shopping trip. Lucky you. It’s not long until your daughter finds the perfect pair of jeans. Great, you tell her — until you check the price tag: $149.95. “Sorry honey, no deal. Too expensive. I’m sure you can find… 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 »

‘Intelligent’ surgical knife can sniff out cancer tissue

Scientists have created an “intelligent” surgical knife that can detect in seconds whether tissue being cut is cancerous, promising more effective and accurate surgery in future. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Some day we may just learn to help the body by identifying and getting rid of whatever causes the inflammation that leads to cancer.

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 »

University creates sperm bank for honeybees

There’s a lot of buzz at Washington State University over work to develop the first sperm bank for honeybees. Entomologist Steve Sheppard and his crew are using liquid nitrogen to preserve semen extracted from the industrious insects that pollinate much of the nation’s food supply but face environmental threats. The goal is to preserve and… Read More »

New Insect Is Mind-Blowingly Small

A new species of tiny fly named after the fairy in “Peter Pan” is mind-blowingly miniscule, with delicate wings trimmed in fringe. Tinkerbella nana is a newly discovered species of fairyfly from Costa Rica. Fairyflies are a type of chalcid wasp, and almost all are parasites, living on the eggs and larvae of other insects.… Read More »

Self Healing Computer that “Never Crashes”

A revolutionary new computer based on the apparent chaos of nature can reprogram itself if it finds a fault OUT of chaos, comes order. A computer that mimics the apparent randomness found in nature can instantly recover from crashes by repairing corrupted data.  Dubbed a “systemic” computer, the self-repairing machine now operating at University College… Read More »

Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Voynich Manuscript + Comparison to Roswell Script

Top: Undecipherable Roswell UFO symbols. Bottom: Undecipherable Voynich document writing. In the 100th issue of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council published a feature that may change the course of research on an approximately 500-year-old, illuminated text known as the Voynich Manuscript. Written in a curious language that is yet un-deciphered,… Read More »

Bigfoot-Shaped Rock Is A Rock, Not A Bigfoot Fossil Skull

Man Believes He Found Fossilized Bigfoot Head Standard-Examiner This story has given us the most amusing quote we’ve heard all week and yes, we realize it’s only Monday. From Kenneth Carpenter, director of paleontology at Utah State University: “I’ll admit that it is the most head-like rock I have seen.” This statement was in response… 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 »

Fukushima now in state of emergency, leaking 300 tons of radioactive water into the ocean daily

Japan’s nuclear watchdog has now declared the leak of radioactive water from Fukushima a “state of emergency.” Each day, 300 tons of radioactive water seeps into the ocean, and it’s now clear that TEPCO has engage in a two-and-a-half-year cover-up of immense magnitude. “I believe it’s been leaking into the ocean from the start of… Read More »

Royal Caribbean cruise to end early; more than 600 sick

The Royal Caribbean cruise ship Explorer of the Seas will return to New Jersey two days early after more than 600 people were sickened by a fast-moving gut bug that spiked over the weekend. At least 564 passengers and 47 crew members have reported symptoms of a possible norovirus outbreak since the 10-day cruise to… 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 »

Video: Is Anything Real?

This video includes a nice explanation of what we currently think memories are: the result of strengthening of connections between nerve cells.

Smelling rosemary can improve memory

Shakespeare was right in saying rosemary can improve your memory. Researchers have found for the first time that essential oil from the herb when sniffed in advance enables people to remember to do things. It could help patients take their medication on time, it is claimed, or even help the forgetful to postba birthday card.… Read More »

NASA has Found a Free Particle Accelerator Floating in Space

In early 2007, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft observed something extraordinary around Saturn. An unusually strong blast of solar wind sent subatomic particles crashing into the ringed planet’s magnetic field, giving rise to perhaps the most tremendous shock wave ever observed emanating from the planet. But newly announced findings reveal the biggest surprise was yet to come.… Read More »

New Microbatteries Most Powerful Yet

illustration: a high-power battery technology from the University of Illinois. Ions flow between three-dimensional micro-electrodes in a lithium ion battery. Though they be but little, they are fierce. The most powerful batteries on the planet are only a few millimeters in size, yet they pack such a punch that a driver could use a cellphone… 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 »

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 »

Video: Whale knocks surfer unconscious at Bondi Beach

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpqBuZSv4p4 A surfer recovers in hospital after being knocked unconscious by a 15-metre humpback whale that flicked him off his board at Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The whale was swimming among surfers about 70 metres offshore on Sunday morning. Bishan Rajapakse lost consciousness for about 10 seconds and other surfers managed to help him back to… Read More »

2013: Fukushima Radiation Levels Hit 2-Year High

Seawater just outside one of Japan”s damaged Fukushima Daiichi reactors registered radiation levels on Wednesday 13 times the previous day”s reading, the operator of the crippled nuclear plant said on Thursday. Japan”s Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), said combined Cesium-134 and Cesium-137 readings just outside the damaged No. 2 reactor jumped to 1,200 becquerels per… Read More »

Non-wetting fabric drains sweat

Waterproof fabrics that whisk away sweat could be the latest application of microfluidic technology developed by bioengineers at the University of California, Davis.The new fabric works like human skin, forming excess sweat into droplets that drain away by themselves, said inventor Tingrui Pan, professor of biomedical engineering. One area of research in Pan’s Micro-Nano Innovations… Read More »

Physicist Disentangles “Schrodinger’s Cat” Debate

In an article published August 8 byPhysical Review A, a journal of the American Physical Society, Hobson argues that the phenomenon known as “nonlocality” is key to understanding the measurement problem illustrated by “Schrodinger’s cat.” In 1935, Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrodinger used the example of a cat in a closed box to illustrate the central… 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 »

Lake monster sighted

Lake monster sighted in Vermont. Termed “North America’s Loch Ness Monster” and known affectionately as “Champ,” the legendary Lake Champlain Monster reportedly haunts the waters of its namesake. Lake Champlain began roughly 10,000 years ago when an estuary of the Atlantic Ocean, the Champlain Sea, was transformed by receding glaciers into an inland, fresh-water body… Read More »

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor

Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, Nature. Based on an analysis of seafloor water… Read More »

The Science Behind Owning a Universe

“At the level of subatomic particles the world is governed by quantum physics. Quantum theory is the most successful scientific theory ever: more successful than Newton’s laws or Einstein’s relativity! The evidence that it correctly describes reality is simply overwhelming. Yet quantum theory is very strange and goes against most of our fundamental beliefs about… Read More »