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 »

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.”

Video: Eight (seven?) real hoverboards that work

The company claims Flyboard Air can reach an altitude of 10,000 feet –€ more than three times the height of the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world€ — hit speeds of 93.2 mph, and fly for about 10 minutes at a time. In the test shown on video, however, the device flew at 35 mph… 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 »

Whitby councillor claims to have fathered alien child

A LABOUR politician has defended his beliefs in extra-terrestrial life – after claiming to have fathered a child with an alien. Married father-of-three Simon Parkes, who represents Stakesby on Whitby Town Council, said his wife had rowed with him after revealing he had a child called Zarka with an alien he refers to as the… Read More »

Gum Disease may be linked to Dementia

A new study published today states that poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. According to the website www.cbs47.tv, the study, which is from the University of Central Lancashire School of Medicine and Dentistry, is the first to pinpoint a specific gum disease bacteria in the brain. The… Read More »

More than 600 ancient seals and amulets found

Classical scholars from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” made an unusually large find of seals in an ancient sanctuary in Turkey. They discovered more than 600 stamp seals and cylinder seals at the sacred site of the storm and weather god Jupiter Dolichenus, 100 of which in the current year alone. “Such large… Read More »

Deep sea hoax photos?

A reader commented about my previous strange deep sea creatures news: “Phuket deep sea creatures found on the seaside after the tsunami.” As a former student in marine biology, I’ve found it weird, most of these species belonging to bathypelagic depth… Hmm… It’s a hoax, please check it at: http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.uk/pfk/pages/item.php?news=546 However, the PHOTOS ARE REAL… Read More »

Feet home to more than 100 fungi

We all have nearly 200 different types of fungi colonising our feet, scientists have discovered. Fungi live all over the human body, but their favourite spots are the heel, under toenails and between the toes, according to a US study. A new map of the body’s fungal diversity could help combat skin conditions such as… Read More »

Video: What are Ultraterrestrials?

Coined by ufologist John Keel in the 1970s (in his Operation Trojan Horse) to explain the mystery airships, and the Mothman, among other things, ultraterrestrials are like extraterrestrials: a much more technologically and scientifically advanced civilization than ours. Unlike extraterrestrials, however, the ultraterrestrials come not from space but from our own Earth. They have been… 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 »

Researchers Turn Off Down Syndrome Genes

  The insertion of one gene can muzzle the extra copy of chromosome 21 that causes Down’s syndrome, according to a study published today in Nature. The method could help researchers to identify the cellular pathways behind the disorder’s symptoms, and to design targeted treatments. “It’s a strategy that can be applied in multiple ways,… Read More »

Mystery giant bird spotted in Alaska

A bird the size of a small airplane has been spotted flying over south-west Alaska, puzzling scientists, the Anchorage Daily News reported this week. The newspaper quoted residents in the villages of Togiak and Manokotak as saying the creature had a wingspan of 4.6 metres (15 feet), making it the size of a small airplane.… Read More »

Light from nothing

‘Virtual particles’ can have real physical effects. A vacuum might seem like empty space, but scientists have discovered a new way to seemingly get something from that nothingness, such as light. And the finding could ultimately help scientists build incredibly powerful quantum computers or shed light on the earliest moments in the universe’s history. Quantum… Read More »

Nonstick chemicals may trigger heart attack

Nonstick and stain-repelling chemicals are convenient, but in terms of health, they might not be worth it. Previously linked to infertility, high cholesterol, and ADHD, a September 2012 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine also shows a connection between perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) chemicals and heart disease. Regardless of age, body mass, or the… Read More »

Earth telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble

Telescope captures images twice as sharp as Hubble Astronomers say they are now able to capture images of the sky that are twice as sharp as those captured by the Hubble telescope. A team of scientists from the University of Arizona, Arcetri Observatory in Italy and the Carnegie Observatory developed the technology that will allow… Read More »

PayPal accidentally credits man $92 quadrillion

When Chris Reynolds opened his June PayPal e-mail statement, something was off. The Pennsylvania PR executive’s account balance had swelled to a whopping $92,233,720,368,547,800. That’s $92 QUADRILLION (and change). Money that would make Reynolds — who also sells auto parts on eBay in his spare time — the richest man in the world by a… Read More »

NASA: New planet forming far from its star “shouldn’t exist”

Extrasolar planet spotted by Hubble “shouldn’t exist” according to current planet formation theories. The TW Hydrae protoplanetary disk is much wider than our solar system. The gap in the TW Hydrae disk produced by a suspected planet resides 7.5 billion miles from the star. At this distance, the planet would orbit beyond our Kuiper Belt,… Read More »

Meteoroid impact triggers bright flash on the moon

An automated telescope monitoring the moon has captured images of an 88-pound (40 kg) rock slamming into the lunar surface, creating a bright flash of light, NASA scientists said on Friday. The explosion on March 17 was the biggest seen since NASA began watching the moon for meteoroid impacts about eight years ago. So far,… Read More »

Russian billionaire wants to create cyborgs

The man is named Dmitry Itskov, and no, this isn’t an April Fools’ joke. Itskov is totally serious about wanting to make humans immortal by merging them with machines, and he’s been pushing the project forward since 2011 when he founded the 2045 Initiative, ostensibly the deadline for “substance-independent” minds to receive artificial bodies —… Read More »

Friday the 13th: Would you board flight 666 to HEL? Now you can’t.

HELSINKI For superstitious travelers, boarding flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th might have been tempting fate. But Finnair passengers on AY666 to Helsinki — which has the 3 letter designation HEL — didn’t seem too bothered. Friday’s flight was almost full. “It has been quite a joke among the pilots” said veteran Finnair… Read More »

The UN vs the Asteroids

… The UN voted last week to adopt a proposal from the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) to form an “International Asteroid Warning Group” to defend the planet from asteroids, Scientific American first reported. Member states will use the group to share information on Near Earth Objects (NEOs) and pull together a response to a… Read More »

Animal “Commuters”: Train-Riding Monkeys

From birds on a train to goats on a bus – adaptable animals are learning how to get around our expanding cities. Many are domestic – like cats – but coyotes, monkeys and other wild species are also finding their way onto public transportation. These animal “commuters” are motivated more by food and security than… Read More »

Elastic Electronics – Stretchable Gold Nanoparticle Networks

Flexible electronics are now one step closer to being a reality thanks to new research from the University of Michigan — the researchers there created an extremely stretchable electrical conductor out of networks of gold nano-particles embedded in elastic polyurethane. “Polyurethane studded with gold nanoparticles can conduct electricity even when stretched to more than twice… Read More »

NHTSA May Mandate That New Cars Broadcast Location, Direction and Speed

  Image: “… before the motor laws…” – Rush, Red Barchetta. … Before the end of this year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will decide whether or not to begin the rulemaking process to mandate that newly manufactured cars include what is being called “vehicle-to-vehicle” V2V communications technology that constantly broadcasts via radio wave… 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 »

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 »

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 »