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Ancient Maya City Discovered in Mexico

It must be World Discover-Lost-Cities Week! Barely a week after we heard the exciting news of a lost city found in Cambodia, comes the announcement of an ancient Maya city discovered in Mexico’s Central Lowlands.  … Past Horizons wrote: In these spaces are scattered numerous pyramidal structures, two ballgame courts, patios, plazas, sculptured monuments and… Read More »

Fanette Guilloud’s Strange Art

The French artist and photographer paints geometric shapes onto abandoned walls, giving the three dimensional spaces the guise of two dimensionality when captured on film. The photos couple the surreal qualities of painting with the truth-telling promise of photography, depicting, in a single image, art’s ability to create the impossible. “You can only see these… Read More »

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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 »

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 »

First-ever high-resolution images of a molecule as it breaks and reforms chemical bonds

When Felix Fischer of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) set out to develop nanostructures made of graphene using a new, controlled approach to chemical reactions, the first result was a surprise: spectacular images of individual carbon atoms and the bonds between them. “We weren’t thinking about making beautiful images;… Read More »

CBD Gives Birth To New Neurons In the Brain

A study published in The International Journal of Neurophamacologypoints to Cannabidiol (CBD) as a cause of Neurogenesis in the brain. Specifically, this birth of new neurons occurred in theHippocampus, an area typically associated with conscious memory and navigation. Neurogenesis is responsible for creating new neurons within the brain. These neurons process and carry information to… 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 »

Germany Breaks Its Own Record For Solar Power Generation

Germany just broke its monthly solar power generation record once again. In July, the grey-skied country logged 5.1 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity from solar power, slightly better than the 5 TWh of electricity generated by wind turbines it produced in January. As Inhabitat points out, “The accomplishment proves once again that a lack of… Read More »

Rats given sixth sense in laboratory

The rats had no reduction in their ability to “feel” things as a result US researchers have effectively given laboratory rats a “sixth sense” using an implant in their brains. An experimental device allowed the rats to “touch” infrared light – which is normally invisible to them. The team at Duke University fitted the rats… Read More »

Ancient Jewelry Had Extraterrestrial Origin

Iron is a great material for making tools. But the oldest known iron artifacts were actually intended for decoration: nine Egyptian beads that date back to 3200 BC. And now we know that this ancient jewelry has an even more impressive origin–the iron out of which it was crafted came from space. The metal cylinders… Read More »

Someone Just Bought $148 Million Worth Of Bitcoin

Someone just transacted $148 million worth of Bitcoin. That’s about 195,000 Bitcoins. We say transacted because there is no way of knowing whether any money actually changed hands. The Bitcoins were transferred from several Blockchain “addresses” to another single address. Addresses are basically routing numbers, and an individual’s Bitcoin wallet can contain multiple addresses. So… Read More »

Chupacabra. A cover up?

A comment I think may be bogus: (woai.com) “The first round of DNA tests on the Elmendorf beast came back inconclusive because the animal had been dead for too long.” Okay, to test the Elmendorf beast, biologists dug up bone fragments. If being dead for a long time messes up DNA tests, how is it… Read More »

Snoring “cured by singing exercise”

A study carried out by the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital has proved that snoring can be reduced simply by singing. For three months, the patients in the clinical trial have been doing singing exercises to improve the tone of their throat muscles. Choir director Alise Ojay is the inventor of Singing for Snorers exercises.… Read More »

How to Build a Happier Brain

There is a motif, in fiction and in life, of people having wonderful things happen to them, but still ending up unhappy. We can adapt to anything, it seems – you can get your dream job, marry a wonderful human, finally get 1 million dollars or Twitter followers – eventually we acclimate and find new… Read More »

Sherlock Holmes And The Expiring Copyright

Beloved sleuth Sherlock Holmes has stumbled onto a new conundrum: A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories — including Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson — now reside in the public domain. That means anyone who wants to write new material about the characters no longer… 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 »

Fluorescent Sheep Born In Uruguay

Uruguay is home to a group of fluorescent sheep. The animals glow when ultraviolet light is shined on them. Uruguayan scientists genetically modified sheep to glow under ultra violet light. Photo Credit; Photo News It isn’t a natural phenomenon but a man made alternative. The sheep were genetically modified. Fluorescent gel, extracted from glowing jellyfish,… Read More »

Man faces charges in ‘alien invasion’ school threat

A Trenton man is facing charges of false public alarm after he allegedly tried to call in an alien invasion to the county’s special services school district twice in nine days, police said. Darren Morris, 31, has no obvious connection to the school for disabled and troubled youths and was not a student there, Capt.… Read More »

Experts: Prices Keep Leukemia Drugs From Patients

Pricey cancer medications prevent many Americans with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) from receiving lifesaving treatment, an international team of experts claims. These drugs can cost more than $100,000 a year for patients with CML, once considered a death sentence but now highly treatable with ongoing treatment, according to a commentary penned by 120 specialists in… Read More »

‘Invisible’ Wetsuits Confuse Attacking Sharks

A company in Australia has developed a range of wetsuits which they say renders the wearer nearly invisible or repulsive to sharks. It is hoped the suits will help prevent attacks on divers, surfers and even swimmers who wear them in coastal areas that are shark infested. They incorporate patented Shark Attack Mitigation System technology… Read More »

Happy Birthday, M.C. Escher!

M.C. Escher, the master of paradox, would turn 115 years old if he were still alive today. Maurits Cornelis Escher was born in 1898 in Leeuwarden, in the northern part of the Netherlands, and spent most of childhood in perpetual uncomfort due to a reoccurring skin rash. His grades in primary school were lackluster, yet… Read More »

Petroglyphs in North America dated to up to 14,800 years ago

University of Colorado Boulder researcher shows the oldest known petroglyphs in North America, which are cut into several boulders in western Nevada, date to at least 10,500 years ago and perhaps even as far back as 14,800 years ago. The petroglyphs located at the Winnemucca Lake petroglyph site 35 miles northeast of Reno consist of… Read More »

Synthetic Biology Circuits Perform Logic Functions and Remember the Results

Synthetic Biology Circuits Perform Logic Functions and Remember the Results Engineers at MIT have developed genetic circuits in bacterial cells that not only perform logic functions, but also remember the results. Image: Liang Zong and Yan Liang Researchers at MIT have developed new synthetic biology circuits that combine memory and logic. MIT engineers have created… Read More »

The Crab on Mars

   THE Mars Curiosity Rover has taken a strange image that has left space enthusiasts captivated. Captured by NASA, the image shows a crab-like object on the surface of the red planet. Since emerging online, social media has been abuzz with users claiming the finding is proof of alien life. However, scientists have been quick… Read More »

Video: How to Fly a Model Helicopter Using Only Your Thoughts

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LWz4qa2XQA For decades, scientists have been developing brain-computer linkages they hope will enable people to manipulate objects hands free. Duke neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis reported a few years ago that a monkey fitted with implanted electrodes could use its brainpower to control the walking patterns of a robot . Less invasive, more commercial efforts include electroencephalalography… 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 »

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 »

Special Nose Cover Can Stop Snoring + Singing and EO Cures

Abstract Primary snoring, defined as snoring in the absence of obstructive sleep apnea/hypopnea OSA, is a very common problem that can significantly worsen the sleep quality of the bed partner and has been linked to important medical conditions. Health- care providers are frequently asked by their patients for snoring treatment recommendations. Unfortunately, although there are… 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 »

Mother Ship Unveiled for $200,000 Place in Space

After years of secretive construction, Scaled Composites and Virgin Galactic presented the first stage of its commercial launch platform, White Knight Two, today at the Mojave Air and Space Port. – wired British entrepreneur and adventurer Richard Branson on Monday took the wraps off an aircraft that, for $200,000 a seat, may someday take tourists… Read More »

Video: Foldable Car, “Armadillo-T”

It does fold up a bit, but I’m not sure it folds up enough to make it worth all the effort… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecily3WDw4   Foldable Micro All-Electric Car, “Armadillo-T” – YouTube.

Scientists find ethnicity linked to antibodies

Cracking the DNA code for a complex region of the human genome has helped 14 North American scientists, including five at Simon Fraser University, chart new territory in immunity research. They have discovered that a good number of our antibody genes, how well they operate and, potentially, what they fight off, actually vary from person… Read More »

Life-producing phosphorus carried to Earth by meteorites

Scientists may not know for certain whether life exists in outer space, but new research from a team of scientists led by a University of South Florida astrobiologist now shows that one key element that produced life on Earth was carried here on meteorites. In an article published in the new edition of the Proceedings… Read More »

Star Trek deflector shield could protect Mars mission from cancer risk

A Star Trek style deflector shield that could protect deep-space astronauts, such as the much-discussed manned mission to Mars, from cancer-causing levels of radiation is in testing, researchers have revealed. The system, described as a “mini-magnetosphere” in reference to the Earth’s magnetic field which protects us from solar radiation, is the handiwork of the Rutherford… 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 »

Ugliest dog contest winner is not a Chupacabra

“Sam, the above-pictured canine, is a 14-year-old pedigreed Chinese crested owned by Susie Lockheed of Santa Barbara, California. In June 2005, Sam won the “World’s Ugliest Dog” title at the Sonoma-Marin Fair contest for the third consecutive year.” – snopes  

What Will Humans Look Like in 100,000 Years?

Think you’re done evolving? You might want to think again. While homo sapiens has come a long way since the Stone Age, and modern medicine is ever-rapidly developing, new biological and psychological ailments enter our vocabularies all the time — many of them incurable. Not to mention, robots have taken over many formerly human occupations… 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 »