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The True Strange News Archives is a grab-bag of interesting stuff. Discover and explore unusual news, science breakthroughs, odd ideas and unlikely true events from around the world. Statement on world events: I, Xeno, oppose violence. My primary vibe is LOVE. Next curiosity, creativity, sexiness and deeper, sadness. I rarely feel anger, which I believe… Read More »

Skull may change story of human evolution

Georgian scientists on Friday showed off a 1.8 million-year-old skull discovered in the Caucasus nation that researchers say could force a re-evaluation of current theories of human evolution. The skull – unearthed in the medieval town of Dmanisi some 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Tbilisi – is the first completely preserved skull found from… Read More »

‘Seeing’ the flavor of foods

 The eyes sometimes have it, beating out the tongue, nose and brain in the emotional and biochemical balloting that determines the taste and allure of food, a scientist said here today. Speaking at the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), he described how people sometimes “see” flavors in foods and… Read More »

Evidence that at least one mammal can smell in stereo

  Most mammals, including humans, see in stereo and hear in stereo. But whether they can also smell in stereo is the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Now, a new study shows definitively that the common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) — the same critter that disrupts the lawns and gardens of homeowners throughout the eastern… Read More »

Mysterious object blocks Seattle tunnel drilling

In this photo made with a fish-eye wide-angle lens, Bertha, the massive boring machine that is drilling a two-mile tunnel under Seattle, is shown in July before work began. The tunnel will replace a double deck highway along the downtown Seattle waterfront. Ted S. Warren/AP The state Department of Transportation and contractors building a highway… 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 »

US Inventor: Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029

Machines will achieve human-level artificial intelligence by 2029, a leading US inventor has predicted. Humanity is on the brink of advances that will see tiny robots implanted in people’s brains to make them more intelligent, said Ray Kurzweil. The engineer believes machines and humans will eventually merge through devices implanted in the body to boost… Read More »

Pa. haunted house drops nude option

Visitors to a Pennsylvania “Naked and Scared” haunted house may still be spooked, but they certain won’t be nude. Shocktoberfest has pulled the plug on the au naturel aspect of its haunted house amid opposition from officials. The heavily-publicized “Naked and Scared Challenge” at the seasonal “Scream Park” in Sinking Spring, Pa., was to allow… 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 »

Researchers: We can watch 3-D with only one eye

Humans can see 3-D images with only one eye, according to new research, suggesting a future in which the technology could become cheaper and more accessible. Simply looking through a small hole is enough to experience 3-D, says Dhanraj Vishwanath, a psychologist at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. His research was published in… Read More »

Living Dinosaurs Seen in Modern Times?

These are great photos, but I think you’d be right to suspect photoshop or other shenanigans. Are Living Dinosaurs Seen in Modern Times? “Reports of strange flying reptiles, some quite large, have continued well into modern times. As we shall see, reports of pteranodons, dragons, thunderbirds, and other similar monsters, are relatively common. … Giant… 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 »

An Interview with Jacques Vallee

Listen to the podcast on binnallofamerica: Episode #331: Jacques Vallee :: Alien Contact Trilogy and Messengers of Deception Sunday, July 20, 2008 5:00 PM Jacques Vallee was born in France, where he received a B.S. in mathematics at the Sorbonne and an M.S. in astrophysics at Lille University. Coming to the U.S. as an astronomer… 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 »

The Next Great Leaps Into Space Are Happening This Week

It’s going to be a busy seven days for the private space industry, with a pair of launches from the companies operating the new delivery trucks to the International Space Station. Both SpaceX and Orbital Sciences will be flying rockets in the coming week, and the launches are happening on opposite coasts. First up is… 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 »

Ireland Mystery: A 5,000-Year Old Empty Tomb

The Neolithic passage tomb of Seefin stands on top of a 650m high mountain in North Wicklow. It appears to be part of a series of tombs, as a number of other peaks in the area like Seefingan and Seahan also have similar large cairns covering passage tombs. This would have been an incredibly difficult… Read More »

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be surprised… Read More »

Oxygen mystery: How marine mammals hold their breath

…Scientists say they have solved the mystery of one of the most extreme adaptations in the animal kingdom: how marine mammals store enough oxygen to hold their breath for up to an hour. The team studied myoglobin, an oxygen-storing protein in mammals’ muscles and found that, in whales and seals, it has special “non-stick” properties.… Read More »

Ag-Gag Laws Could Make America Sick

Video of a downed cow forklifted into position at a Hallmark/Westland Meat Packing Company plant in Chino, California filmed in 2008 by an undercover investigator with the Humane Society of the United States, led to the largest meat recall in U.S. history. A wave of laws that target animal welfare activists who take undercover videos… Read More »

Down Syndrome Neurons Grown from Stem Cells Show Signature Problems

In new research published this week, Anita Bhattacharyya, a neuroscientist at the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, reports on brain cells that were grown from skin cells of individuals with Down syndrome. “Even though Down syndrome is very common, it’s surprising how little we know about what goes wrong in the brain,” says… Read More »

92 Years of Bigfoot Sightings Map

A Bigfoot sighting in Washington state. Sasquatch “evidence” in Pennsylvania. For years the legendary giant, hairy man-like creature has been, apparently, spotted. And yet, conclusive, scientific evidence has not been able to pin down the elusive character. Josh Stevens, a geographic information scientist, cartographer and PhD candidate at Pennsylvania State University, said “every now and… Read More »

New material holds big energy hope

A new material that can store large amounts of energy with very little energy loss has been developed by researchers at the Australian National University. The material has practical applications in renewable energy storage, electric cars and defence and space technologies. “Dielectric materials are used to make fundamental electrical components called capacitors, which store energy,”… Read More »

42 Principles of Maat 2000 years before Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments, eight of them at least, were taken from the Egyptian Principles of Ma’at written at least 2000 years earlier. Written at least 2,000 years before the Ten Commandments of Moses, the 42 Principles of Ma’at are one of Africa’s, and the world’s, oldest sources of moral and spiritual instruction. Ma’at, the Ancient… Read More »

Archaeologists’ tricorder reveals objects’ ancient origins

Tricorder-style handheld scanners could help archaeologists uncover historical secrets without having to wait months for laboratory results. Researchers from Sheffield University have adapted technology used to identify materials in scrap metal yards and docks, in order to determine the geographical origin of certain stone tools in just 10 seconds. The portable scanner uses X-rays to… Read More »

Lightning May Cause Headaches

According to new research, headaches may have more to do with electrical storms than anyone imagined. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that lightning may in fact contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines. (Explore an interactive of the human body.) Lightning has been linked to headaches. Photograph by Shireen Nadir, My… 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 »

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 »

Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M

Secretive London-based company specializes in combining machine learning to build general-purpose learning algorithms. Google is expanding its ambitions in artificial intelligence with the $400 million acquisition of AI company DeepMind, according to a report Recode. DeepMind’s Web site describes the London-based company as “cutting edge,” specializing in combing “the best techniques from machine learning and… Read More »

Iranian Scientist Claims To Invent ‘Time Machine’

An Iranian inventor recently claimed he created a “time machine,” according to reports. But the Internet is skeptical, and with good reason. The Telegraph caused a stir Wednesday with a story about a young Tehran-based scientist, Ali Razeghi, and an invention he calls“The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine.” Reportedly something of a mad scientist, Razeghi claimed… Read More »

Bigfoot expo shines light on hairy mystery

Hundreds gather in Texas to discuss Sasquatch sightings. “… there have been more than 2,550 seemingly credible Bigfoot sightings reported in North America the past century, according to Christopher L. Murphy’s 2004 book ?Meet the Sasquatch.? … Colyer and others estimate that about 2,000 are in North America today, reclusive nocturnal animals living in thickly… Read More »

Mysterious Stinking Foam Errupts from Road in China

Stinking white foam leaked from Wende Road after the pavement cracked in Pukou District in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu province on May 11, 2013. According to the World Bank in 2007, 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are in China. (AFP/Getty Images) via Photos: Strange and Mysterious Happenings in China | Photos –… Read More »

Video: Army Tests New Hybrid Airship

What I’m wondering is if you could make a combination jet and balloon where you retract the balloon part as you fire up the jet engines. That would be awesome. You’d hear reports like this: “The object hovered for 20 minutes, then suddenly accelerated straight up at high speed. Definitely aliens.”

Gut microbes predict undernutrition

Gut microbes may predict whether or not children will suffer undernutrition as they grow, according to a study with twins in Malawi. Tens of trillions of microbes live in the gut, where they synthesize vitamins and process nutrients in the diet to keep the body healthy. These microbes and their genes, collectively known as the… Read More »

104 Studies: Pesticides linked Parkinson’s

… A recent meta-analysis published in the journal Neurology, examined data from 104 studies published between 1975 and 2011, in search for a potential link between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease. As many previous studies, it found one… Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder in which neurons in a region within your brain responsible for normal… 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 »