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Human gut microbes hold ‘second genome’

The human gut holds microbes containing millions of genes, say scientists. In fact, there are more genes in the flora in the intestinal system than the rest of our bodies. So many that they are being dubbed our “second genome”. A study published in the journal Nature details the analysis of the genes, carried out… Read More »

Strange nuclear waste lint might be “biological in nature”

Savannah River Site scientists are working to identify a strange growth found on racks of spent nuclear fuel collected from foreign governments. The “white, stringlike†material was found among thousands of spent fuel assemblies submerged in deep pools within the site’s L Area, according to a report filed by the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board,… Read More »

Scientists discover 10 new species of sealife at bottom of Atlantic Ocean

Oddly-shaped, brightly-coloured or even transparent these are some of the bizarre creatures that scientists did not even know existed until recently. They are among a host of new animals that scientists have just uncovered in the hidden depths of the Atlantic Ocean during a new study which has ‘revolutionised’ thinking about deep-sea life. Scientists believe… Read More »

Denver UFOs Still Have The Mile-High City Abuzz

In early November, FOX TV affiliate, KDVR presented a series of videos, taken by an anonymous source, which purported to show UFOs buzzing around, maneuvering up and down, right and left at dazzling speeds — all allegedly not visible to the naked eye, only by video after it was slowed down. Theories, including alien ships,… Read More »

Data Leak: Galaxy Rich in Earth-Like Planets

NASA didn’t plan it this way, but earlier this month a co-investigator on the Kepler satellite mission in the hunt for other Earth-like planets announced to a conference in Oxford, England, that “planets like our own Earth are out there. Our Milky Way galaxy is rich in this kind of planet.” The announcement–which wasn’t getting… Read More »

Giant Rat Caught in China

The rat, which weighed six pounds and had a 12-inch tail, was caught at the weekend in a residential area of Fuzhou, a city of six million people on China’s south coast. The ratcatcher, who was only named as Mr Xian, said he swooped for the rodent after seeing a big crowd of people surrounding… Read More »

Scientists say dolphins should be treated as ‘non-human persons’

Dolphins have been declared the world's second most intelligent creatures after humans, with scientists suggesting they are so bright that they should be treated as "non-human persons". Studies into dolphin behaviour have highlighted how similar their communications are to those of humans and that they are brighter than chimpanzees. These have been backed up by… Read More »

Lazy Cakes: A Sleepytime Snack Elicits Public-Health Outrage

Public health officials and politicians are debating the safety of a new snack on the market — sold as Lazy Cakes, Kush Cakes and Lulla Pies. They’re brownies laced with the sleep aid melatonin. Like other compounds sold as dietary supplements, melatonin doesn’t need premarket approval by the Food and Drug Administration when sold in… Read More »

UFO hacker 'could kill himself if sent to USA'

A senior Government law officer was accused yesterday of "failing to confront the human rights arguments" against forcing a British "UFO eccentric" to face trial in America for hacking into US military networks. A QC told two High Court judges that extraditing Gary McKinnon (43), who suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome, would lead to "disastrous consequences"… Read More »

Closest Earth-like world could be 6.5 light years away

Any aliens on the closest Earth-like world to us may just be finding out that Pluto is no longer a fully fledged planet. A new analysis suggests that the nearest potentially habitable world is just 6.5 to 7 light years away, which means it should now be receiving radio broadcasts from 2006. Last month, Courtney… Read More »

Bill C-51 will

Via email from “David with Canadian Rights and Freedoms Advocates”. Two of the links in the email were bad, but the link to the bill is real. I haven’t had time to read the bill to see if it seems to really do what is claimed below. Bill C-51 will: * Remove democratic oversight, bypassing… Read More »

Deep fried beer created in Texas

A man from Texas has invented deep fried beer. In an attempt to win a fried food competition at the Texas State Fair, Mark Zable filled ravioli-shaped pieces of dough with beer and then deep fried them. The BBC’s Mark Whitaker is fascinated by the concept. Mark Zable says the frying process means the beer… Read More »

Same-Sex Marriage Was Once a Christian Rite?

I don’t know if this article at the Colfax Record correct, but I find it highly amusing when people realize their intolerance is built upon a foundation of imaginary bricks. Have the views of the Christian church, evolved into what they are today from something very different? A Kiev art museum contains a curious icon… Read More »

‘Humans will need two Earths by 2030’

Humans are overusing the planet’s resources and will need two Earths by 2030,a new report warns. According to the Living Planet Report, human demands on natural resources have doubled in under 50 years and are now outstripping what the Earth can provide by more than half; and humanity carries on as it is in use… Read More »