Studies Suggest Combining Renewables Can Fully Cover Energy Needs by 2030

The permanent closure of San Onofre also marked the 2,000-megawatt milestone for utility-scale solar power in California, doubled from 1,000-megawatts last September. Solar power has expanded rapidly in California as a result of high insolation and community support. As a result of programs such as Governor Schwarzenegger’s Million Solar Roofs initiative and the California Public… Read More »

First Crop Circle in the Sky?

A strange S-shaped formation which appeared on weather bureau radar off the West Australian coast was not caused by cloud, the bureau says. The shape was spotted on the weather bureau’s radar map on Wednesday about 30 kilometres west of Rottnest. After checking the satellite, the bureau’s Neil Bennett ruled out the phenomenon being caused… Read More »

Woman Says She Could See, Smell God

A woman who said she saw, heard, spoke with and even smelled God during a near-death experience in 2009 recounted her experiences on an episode of Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday. Crystal McVea, an Oklahoma native, said she spent time in heaven when she went into full respiratory arrest after a medical procedure… 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 »

UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

International team will synthesise genome of brewer’s yeast with a view to creating strains that make biofuel, vaccines and drugs Britain’s latest bid to embrace the futuristic science of synthetic biology will be revealed by the government on Thursday when it announces plans to make new strains of brewer’s yeast. Researchers will receive nearly £1m… Read More »

Life-producing phosphorus carried to Earth by meteorites

Scientists may not know for certain whether life exists in outer space, but new research from a team of scientists led by a University of South Florida astrobiologist now shows that one key element that produced life on Earth was carried here on meteorites. In an article published in the new edition of the Proceedings… 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 »

How the turtle got its shell

…All other animals with body armour, including lizards and armadillos, are known to form it from bony scales on the surface of their skin. Turtles are the only ones that fuse ribs and vertebrae to make a shell made up of around 50 bones on the outside of their bodies, it has been found. Until… 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 »

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 »

Fighting superbug bacteria with other bacteria

Want to save 10 million people? Find a solution to superbugs. … If things keep going as they are, antibiotic-resistant superbugs are expected to kill 10 million people by 2050, and so far, we have no solution. But researchers have found that we could actually fight fire with fire – a predatory bacterium has been… Read More »

In Seeing the Brain, Losing the Mind

Understanding the brain is of course essential to developing treatments for devastating illnesses like schizophrenia or Parkinson’s. More abstractly but no less compelling, the functioning of the brain is intimately tied to our sense of self, our identity, our memories and aspirations. But the excitement to explore the brain has spawned a new fixation that… Read More »

Bees tell birds to buzz off

A new study highlights the ‘parasitism by theft’ of bumblebees that invade birds’ nests and claim them as their own. Their warning buzz helps bumblebees to “scare” the bird away from the nest. The work by Piotr Jablonski and colleagues, from the Laboratory of Behavioral Ecology and Evolution at Seoul National University in South Korea,… Read More »

Sunken City: Kekova-Simena

The ancient Lycian city of Simena, often referred to as Kekova-Simena, once straddled the long and narrow island of Kekova in the Mediterranean Sea near the Turkish coastline. In the olden times, Simena was a small fishing village and was later an outpost of the Knights of Rhodes. Part of the city lies on the… 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 »

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 »

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 »

Researchers: Ten Percent of Ozone Pollution in California is from Asia

Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary research presented today, March 31, by the University of California, Davis. Secondhand smog from Asia and other international sources is finding its way into one of the… Read More »

3D Printer Used To Save Baby’s Life

… Bryan and April Gionfriddo have a 6-month-old baby, Kaiba, who suddenly couldn’t breathe due to his bronchus suddenly collapsing. The baby’s parents took him to the emergency room where it was determined Kaiba would require a splint being inserted in order to hold open his bronchial tube, to hopefully allow the tissue to grow… Read More »

Quantum gravity takes singularity out of black holes

Falling into a black hole may not be as final as it seems. Apply a quantum theory of gravity to these bizarre objects and the all-crushing singularity at their core disappears. In its place is something that looks a lot like an entry point to another universe. Most immediately, that could help resolve the nagging… 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 »

Japanese government seeks approval to dump Fukushima groundwater into sea

The government on Monday sought approval of a nationwide fisheries federation to dump groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water’s contamination level is far below the legal limit. During talks with the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, industry ministry officials explained that… Read More »

Could cabbage protect against the effects of radiation?

The humble cabbage could be the key to protecting people from radiation during cancer therapy. Researchers claim a compound derived from cruciferous vegetable – such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli – protected rats and mice from lethal doses of radiation. Their study suggests the compound, already shown to be safe for humans, may protect normal… Read More »

Lawsuit Alleges NASA Is Failing To Investigate Alien Life

You may recall, NASA recently announced that a strange rock had somehow “appeared” in front of its Mars Opportunity rover. The explanations for the mystery rock were straight-forward: maybe some kind of nearby impact sent a rock toward the rover, or, more likely, the rover knocked the rock out of the ground and no one… Read More »

Researchers: Neanderthals Taught Humans How to Use Bone Tools

Scientists gathered to participate in the analysis of new evidence surrounding Neanderthals at the University of Wollongong. Their conclusions center around specialized tools, crafted from deer ribs that were discovered with Neanderthal dead. Previously these tools were solely associated with modern humans. Findings suggest that these tools were actually invented by Neanderthals and later adopted… Read More »

No viral cause found for breast cancer and brain tumors

Image: Raymond Rife who, in the 1930s, observed with a super microscope he built, a filterable virus he extracted from Mayo Clinic tumor samples. It was about 50 years before science accepted that some viruses do cause cancer. This makes the following study particularly interesting: A major study conducted at the Sahlgrenska Academy has now… Read More »

Giant snotty jellyfish invades Tasmania

A previously unidentified species of giant jellyfish is invading southern Tasmania this summer, baffling scientists after one of the animals washed up on the beach. And watch out – the new species is described as being a type of “snotty”. The Lim family were collecting shells on a beach in Howden, south of Hobart, last… 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 »

Health kick ‘reverses cell ageing’

Going on a health kick reverses ageing at the cellular level, researchers say. The University of California team says it has found the first evidence a strict regime of exercise, diet and meditation can have such an effect. But experts say although the study in Lancet Oncology is intriguing, it is too early to draw… Read More »

Video: Common blood pressure drug reverses diabetes in mice

New research conducted at UAB has shown that the common blood pressure drug verapamil completely reverses diabetes in animal models. Now, thanks to a three-year, $2.1 million grant from the JDRF, UAB researchers will begin conducting a potentially groundbreaking clinical trial in 2015 to see if it can do the same in humans. Update 2018:… Read More »

Man faces charges in ‘alien invasion’ school threat

A Trenton man is facing charges of false public alarm after he allegedly tried to call in an alien invasion to the county’s special services school district twice in nine days, police said. Darren Morris, 31, has no obvious connection to the school for disabled and troubled youths and was not a student there, Capt.… Read More »

Doctors: Feces May Help Fight Serious Infections

Doctors have found a way to put healthy people’s poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections — a less yucky way to do “fecal transplants.” Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help. It’s a gross topic but a serious problem. Half a million… Read More »

New York town finds 850 snakes in man’s home

Authorities in the New York town of Shirley found 850 snakes, including two illegal 6-foot-long (2-meter) Burmese pythons, in the home and garage of an animal control officer suspected of dealing in the reptiles, local media reported. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough That’s too many snakes in one place.

Passerby captures lion roaming streets of Kuwait

A passerby lured a runaway lion roaming an upmarket suburb of Kuwait into his car and then called the police for help, an incident that raised concerns about wild animals kept as pets in the wealthy Gulf Arab state. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough