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 »

So Many Sun Loops

In profile, the magnetic field lines emerging from several active regions were easily observed as they reached across from one magnetic pole to another (Sept. 4-5, 2013). When viewed in extreme ultraviolet light, the tracings of charged particles along the magnetic field lines are revealed. The bright, active regions are areas of intense magnetic forces.… Read More »

Video: Woman sued by her two frozen embryos

“Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara is being sued by her two frozen embryos in an unusual lawsuit as part of a three-year battle by her ex-fiance to see the embryos brought to life. The female embryos, which were created when Vergara was engaged to businessman Nick Loeb, are given the names Emma and Isabella and… 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 »

The Noah’s Ark of US creative history is a nuclear bunker

The Library of Congress has over 160 million items in its collection, including 23 million books, and more than 1.1 million films, and television programs ranging from motion pictures made in the 1890s to today’s TV programs. … The library also holds nearly 3.5 million audio recordings of public radio broadcasts and music, representing over… 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 »

Bacteria can Shrink Tumors

If there is a microbial cause for cancers, and especially if certain microbes disable the human immune system in some way, then using other microbes to trigger the body’s immune system makes sense. In the 1890s, a New York surgeon named William Coley tested a radical cancer treatment. He took a hypodermic needle teeming with… Read More »

Website maps 1.2 billion Facebook faces

Facebook has so many users — more than a billion, or roughly the population of India — that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible. And yet someone has done just that. A new project, “The Faces of Facebook,” collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site, arranged in… Read More »

Video: 2014 Grammy Winner: Best Rock Song

Interesting. I wanted more chord changes. This doesn’t touch songs like “Live and Let Die” but they have a nice line up and the sound is great. This song needs a chorus or more contrast or interesting lyrics that are about something. Perhaps the lack of all that is what makes it a great rock… Read More »

The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth’s mantle

Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to… 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 »

Man ranting about Zombies shot dead for invading a home, making threats

A California man shot dead after breaking into a young family’s suburban home over the weekend had ranted about zombies hours before he showed up screaming threats in their backyard and smashed into their house, authorities said on Monday. The Orange County Sheriff’s department said that 22-year-old was killed in the affluent community of Yorba… Read More »

Video: No hundredth monkey effect

The hundredth monkey effect is a supposed phenomenon in which a new behavior or idea is claimed to spread rapidly by unexplained, even supernatural, means from one group to all related groups once a critical number of members of one group exhibit the new behavior or acknowledge the new idea. The story behind this supposed… Read More »

Spiders build sculptures of other spiders

Two species of spider have been discovered building life-like spider effigies from dead insects, leaves, & twigs. What’s remarkable is that one species is in Peru, the other in the Philippines. Scientists think the spider sculptures either help lure prey or scare off predators. Perhaps the spiders are just very lonely. Or even more disturbing,… 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 »

Anti-Joke: The man with half of his head a giant orange

  A guy walks into a bar. Half of his head is a giant orange. The bartender goes, “OH MY GOD, YOUR HEAD IS A GIANT ORANGE!” Out of his half-mouth, the guy says, “Yeah, yeah, I know. Pour me a shot and I’ll explain.” Confused, the bartender pours the guy a shot. The guy… Read More »

Scientists discover bees of the sea

For the first time, researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land. Just like their terrestrial cousins, grasses under the sea shed pollen to sexually reproduce. Until now, biologists assumed the marine plants relied on water alone to spread their genes far and wide. But… 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 »

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 »

Monster Earthworm Breaks UK Record

A giant earthworm called Dave has made his way into the record books after growing to the size of a small snake. The 40cm (15.7in) annelid, weighing 26g, is the largest earthworm ever found in the UK. He was spotted by Paul Rees from Widnes, Cheshire in his vegetable patch and named by his stepson… Read More »

Mount Etna: volcano blows rings

These incredible pictures taken over Mount Etna show an unusual sequence of what appear to be smoke rings. Also known as vortex rings, they are actually an emission of steam and gas   via Mount Etna: volcano blows rings – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com.

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 »

British scientists claim to have found proof of alien life

A team of British scientists is convinced it has found proof of alien life, after it harvested strange particles from the edge of space. The scientists, sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere, which came back carrying small biological organisms which they believe can only have originated from space. Professor Milton Wainwright told The Independent… Read More »

Surprising diversity in aging revealed in nature

For several species mortality increases with age — as expected by evolutionary scientists. This pattern is seen in most mammal species including humans and killer whales, but also in invertebrates like water fleas. However, other species experience a decrease in mortality as they age, and in some cases mortality drops all the way up to… Read More »

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after the… Read More »

How Leon Foucault taught us to watch the world spin

Leon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the turning of the Earth. Google honored the French physicist with an interactive doodle. It’s easy to forget that while you read this article, you and your computer screen are racing through space at a nearly unimaginable speed. The earth constantly rotates on its axis at 1,037 miles per… Read More »

Drinking water from air humidity

Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry. But the air contains water, and research scientists have found a way of obtaining drinking water from air humidity. The system is based completely on renewable energy and is therefore autonomous. Cracks permeate the dried-out desert ground, the landscape bears testimony to the… Read More »

Giant face photographed in killer volcano

At least 14 people killed as Mount Sinabung in Sumatra province releases clouds of noxious gas and lava. An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months has witnessed a major eruption, killing at least 14 people, officials say. Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and… Read More »

Florida family finds $300,000 worth of sunken treasure

A Florida family who spends their time together hunting for treasure struck it rich over the weekend, hauling up an estimated $300,000 worth of gold from an historic wreckage in the Atlantic Ocean. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough Quite a find and it sounds like a great family pasttime.

IBM unveils computer powered by electronic blood

IBM has unveiled a prototype of a new brain-inspired computer powered by what it calls “electronic blood”. The firm says it is learning from nature by building computers fuelled and cooled by a liquid, like our minds. The human brain packs phenomenal computing power into a tiny space and uses only 20 watts of energy… Read More »

Blue Diamond ‘Worth Tens Of Millions’ Discovered

A massive diamond with a possible price tag of more than £36m has been discovered at a mine in South Africa. The 29.6 carat blue diamond, described as being “exceptional”, was dug up at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria – owned by Petra Diamonds. Chief executive Johan Dippenaar said: “The stones in the last year… Read More »

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