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The Mining of Mars Begins, Planet Not Red Inches Down

In a first for interplanetary exploration, NASA engineers said Wednesday that the $2.5 billion Curiosity robot rover successfully mined material from inside a rock on Mars, advancing the agency’s search for conditions once favorable for microbial life. Held in a scoop on the rover’s mechanical arm, the tablespoon of pulverized gray rock offers planetary scientists… Read More »

Radioactive Bacteria Attack Cancer

Ananyo writes “Two dangerous things together might make a medicine for one of the hardest cancers to treat. In a mouse model of pancreatic cancer, researchers have shown that bacteria can deliver deadly radiation to tumours — exploiting the immune suppression that normally makes the disease so intractable. The researchers coated the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes… Read More »

81-year Old Woman Jailed Without Bond for Feeding Backyard Animals

Neighbors say Mary Musselman has been feeding backyard animals as long as they can remember. “She fed the squirrels, the birds, strays and that was in the community. She’s just always been that kind of soul,” says neighbor Patty Palmer. That is, until Wednesday, when the 81-year retired physical education teacher was hauled to jail… Read More »

Video: Doctor perform lifesaving surgery on Roona

Well-wishers around the world contribute towards £34,000 cost of life-saving surgery to save hydrocephalic baby’s life. A toddler whose head swelled up to three times its normal size has undergone surgery which could save her life. Roona Begum caught the world’s attention when images of her plight were published in a last-ditch bid to help… 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 »

Mother Has Third Set Of Twins At 500,000:1

A mother has defied odds of 500,000 to one by giving birth to her third set of twins – baby girls Rowan and Isla. Karen Rodger, 41, and husband Colin, 44, from Langbank in Renfrewshire were “over the moon” at the new arrivals to their family on May 29 at the Southern General Hospital in… Read More »

Scientists to Io: Your volcanoes are in the wrong place

Image: NASA’s New Horizons mission captured a giant plume from Io’s Tvashtar volcano. Snapped by the probe’s Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) as the spacecraft flew past Jupiter in 2007 … Hamilton and his team performed the spatial analysis using the a new, global geologic map of Io, produced by David Williams of Arizona State… 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 »

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.

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 »

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 »

Lego is a tool of Satan, warns Polish priest

A Polish priest has warned parents to be on their guard against Lego, warning the plastic blocks are a tool of Satan and can “destroy” children’s souls. In a presentation aimed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said the popular Danish toy company had taken a lurch to the dark side with its series of Monster… 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 »

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience

… Scientists are just now beginning to understand how traumatic early-life experiences can alter how genes are expressed. A developing field of study, known as epigenetics, examines how environmental factors like stress and parental attachment can turn genes regulating the brain’s stress response system on or off. Ruiz states, “Emerging research on the biology of… 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 »

The Drone Built To Find Bigfoot: The Project To Finally Prove Sasquatch Exists Can’t Get Off The Ground

There are two ways to explain why Bigfoot can’t be found. There’s the conventional view–that Bigfoot doesn’t exist–and then there’s what we might call the Donald Rumsfeld view: that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. In this view, we haven’t found Bigfoot because we haven’t looked hard enough. Specifically, we haven’t… 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 »

Why Do Mysterious Lizards Have Green Blood?

It’s not a trick of the imagination or a penchant for food coloring –Prasinohaema skinks living on the island of New Guinea actually have green blood, bones, and tissue – and one scientist is trying to figure out why. Louisiana State University biologist and National Geographic explorer Christopher Austin first became interested in these odd… Read More »

Meet the NASA scientist devising a starship warp drive

To pave the way for rapid interstellar travel, NASA propulsion researcher Harold “Sonny” White plans to manipulate space-time in the lab The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this? Within general relativity, there are two loopholes that allow you to go somewhere very… 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 »

Urine stem cells used to create teeth

Stem cells obtained from urine could allow us to regrow lost teeth, according to scientists. In mice, a new system of tissue culture has allowed researchers to grow the cells into tiny structures resembling teeth, and they hope one day the technology could permit them to build the real thing in human patients. The stem… Read More »

Scientists transform cement into liquid metal

It’s not the same as turning lead into gold, but scientists at the Illinois-based Argonne National Laboratory and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8 have developed a method for turning cement into a liquid metal semiconductor. The process sounds like a mad scientist’s invention. It involves equipment like an aerodynamic levitator and a carbon dioxide… Read More »

Discovery of Oldest Primate Skeleton, Ancestor of Humans and Apes

An international team of researchers has announced the discovery of the world’s oldest known fossil primate skeleton representing a previously unknown genus and species named Archicebus achilles. The fossil was unearthed from an ancient lake bed in central China’s Hubei Province, near the course of the modern Yangtze River. In addition to being the oldest… Read More »

Microalgae produce more oil faster for energy, food or products

Scientists have described technology that accelerates microalgae’s ability to produce many different types of renewable oils for fuels, chemicals, foods and personal-care products within days using standard industrial fermentation. The presentation was part of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on April 7. Walter Rakitsky, Ph.D, explained that microalgae… Read More »

Illusion of the Week: The Knobby Sphere Illusion

This week’s illusion was discovered by Dartmouth College neuroscientist Peter Tse, author of “The Neural Basis of Free Will: Criterial Causation”, and presented as a Top 10 finalist at the recent Best Illusion of the Year Contest. The Knobby Sphere Illusion tricks your sense of touch. To experience it, you will need a regular pencil… Read More »

FDA: Antibacterial chemicals may pose health risks

“New data suggest that the risks associated with long-term, daily use of antibacterial soaps may outweigh the benefits,” Colleen Rogers, an FDA microbiologist, wrote in a statement on Monday. Certain ingredients in such products – such as triclosan in liquid soaps and triclocarban in bar soaps – may contribute to bacterial resistance to antibiotics, the… Read More »

Cancer’s Origins Revealed: DNA-Damaging Processes Identified

— Researchers have provided the first comprehensive compendium of mutational processes that drive tumour development. Together, these mutational processes explain most mutations found in 30 of the most common cancer types. This new understanding of cancer development could help to treat and prevent a wide-range of cancers. via SciDaily Nice that science has had so… Read More »

Comet ISON to fly by Mars

Image: Comet McNaught, also known as the Great Comet of 2007 and given the designation C/2006 P1. € € Image credit Wikimedia Around the world, astronomers are buzzing with anticipation over the approach of Comet ISON. On Thanksgiving Day 2013, the icy visitor from the outer solar system will skim the sun’s outer atmosphere and, if it… Read More »