Bizarre frog tunes ears to specific frequencies

… University of Illinois professor Albert Feng says the frog known as “Odorrana tormota” is the only known animal that actively selects what frequencies it hears. He pointed out that the frogs seem to possess an ability to tune in to specific sound frequencies as circumstances change. For instance, when the low frequency background noise… Read More »

TV Reporter Infiltrates Raelian sect

“Among the more peculiar beliefs is that man was created in laboratories by extra-terrestrials. Rael sees himself as their last prophet, while also defending human cloning and sexuality which knows no bounds. Rael is surrounded by his “angels,” a “harem of 30 to 40 very pretty young women who have sworn in writing never to… Read More »

Lead-based underwear for Fukushima protection

A Japanese company has invented carbon wetsuits and lead-based underwear that can protect against radiation amid the growing aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear crisis. It comes as Japan fights to stop the flow of radioactive water leaking into the sea. Three of the Fukushima plant”s nuclear reactors were damaged by an earthquake-triggered tsunami on March… Read More »

The Sun’s Magnetic Field is About to Flip

Something big is about to happen on the sun. According to measurements from NASA-supported observatories, the sun’s vast magnetic field is about to flip. “It looks like we’re no more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal,” says solar physicist Todd Hoeksema of Stanford University. “This change will have ripple effects… Read More »

Could snail slime be France’s next miracle beauty cure?

The French have long appreciated snails on a plate with butter and garlic. But one rural snail farmer believes the humble molluscs have more to offer alive than dead. … Louis-Marie Guedon says the mucus secreted by snails are full of collagen, glycolic acid, antibiotics and other compounds that regenerate skin cells and heal cuts.… 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 »

ultra-rare “impossible” quasicrystal found in Russian meteorite

A quasicrystal’s atomic structure combines the symmetrical properties of a crystal and the chaos of an amorphous solid. Originating in outer space, these crystals aren’t just incredible because of how rare they are – their atomic structure is so peculiar, for decades their existence was dismissed as “impossible”, and they cost the scientist who first… 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 »

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 »

‘Invisible’ Wetsuits Confuse Attacking Sharks

A company in Australia has developed a range of wetsuits which they say renders the wearer nearly invisible or repulsive to sharks. It is hoped the suits will help prevent attacks on divers, surfers and even swimmers who wear them in coastal areas that are shark infested. They incorporate patented Shark Attack Mitigation System technology… Read More »

Scientists claim to have found evidence of ALIEN LIFE

Balloon sent to edge of atmosphere picks up organisms “that can only have come from space. British scientists believe they have found evidence alien life after sending a balloon to the edge of space. The team of scientists sent a balloon 27km into the stratosphere and captured small biological organisms they say can only have… 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 »

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 »

How to fit 1,000TB of data onto a 12cm optical disc

Just before the weekend I read about a new technique which can be used to shoehorn around 1,000TB of data onto a “DVD disc”. This is quite a feat and it was achieved by circumnavigating some laws of physics with a technique which uses two different coloured light beams to selectively cancel each other out… Read More »

Lonely, young planet drifting in space without a star

The solitary life of this newly discovered planet, with the catchy name PSO J318.5-22, has astronomers excited. Only 80 light-years from Earth, the 12 million-year-old planet has properties similar to those of gas-giant planets orbiting young stars. But because it is floating alone through space, rather than around a host star, astronomers can study it… Read More »

NASA Will Pay $18,000 To Watch You Rest In Bed

You could file this one under bizarre, but totally legit. NASA is currently looking for volunteers to lie in bed for 70 days. That’s right, you could get paid a total of around $18,000 for lying in bed, playing games on your phone, reading books, skyping with your friends and family, taking online classes –… Read More »

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare, but… Read More »

Taiwan Lawmakers Brawl Over Nuclear Plant Bill

Taiwanese lawmakers have exchanged punches and thrown water at each other ahead of an expected vote authorizing a referendum on whether to go ahead with the construction of a fourth power plant. Friday’s fracas pitted the pro-referendum forces of President Ma Ying-jeou’s ruling Nationalist Party against strongly anti-nuclear forces affiliated with the main opposition Democratic… Read More »

Three days in sugar solution gives see-through tissue sample

In a Nature Neuroscience report posted online yesterday, Japanese researchers at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology show how they’ve grabbed a ball tossed by Stanford psychiatrist/ neuroscientist/bioengineer Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD, and run with it. In April, Deisseroth’s team announcedan amazing new method for transforming biological tissues (in this case, the brain of a… 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 »

Light-emitting nanotubes get brighter with zero-dimensional states

Carbon nanotubes have the potential to function as light-emitting devices, which could lead to a variety of nanophotonics applications. However, nanotubes currently have a low luminescence quantum yield, typically around 1%, which is restricted by their one-dimensional nature. In a new study, scientists have demonstrated that artificially modifying the dimensionality of carbon nanotubes by doping… Read More »

Rancher Dissatisfied with Chupacabra DNA Results.

(woai) Rancher Dissatisfied with Chupacabra DNA Results.“Remember the Elmendorf Beast? That mystery animal a rancher shot dead on his property in South Bexar County? The man who found it is hoping to get new DNA results. Devin MacAnally says he has received the results of a DNA test, but he won’t reveal them. He says… Read More »

Oregon bartender gets $17,500 tip

One of Aurora Kephart’s regulars at Conway’s Restaurant and Lounge in Springfield often tips her with Keno tickets from the Oregon Lottery. On Tuesday evening, the man who wishes to remain anonymous asked Kephart to choose two. When she checked the numbers, Kephart’s first ticket won $5. The second turned into a $17,500 gratuity. “The… 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 »

Rare, menacing roll cloud moves across northern Virginia

On the leading edge of a cold front gliding through the D.C. metro region this morning, a scary-looking tube-shaped cloud stretched across the skies in northern Virginia. It ended up signaling mostly benign weather, in the form of some showers that followed its passage. This cloud type is known as a roll cloud or arcus… Read More »

Deep Impact mission ends, leaves bright comet tale

NASA today announced the end of operations for the Deep Impact spacecraft, history’s most traveled deep-space comet hunter, after trying unsuccessfully for more than a month to regain contact with the spacecraft. UMD scientists – who helped conceive the mission, bring it to reality and keep it going years longer than originally planned – say… Read More »

Video: Horrific Starfish Mass Die-off Mystery, Now Solved?

Washington: Starfish have been mysteriously dying by the millions in recent months along the US west coast, worrying biologists who say the sea creatures are key to the marine ecosystem. Scientists first started noticing the mass deaths in June 2013. Different types of starfish, also known as sea stars, were affected, from wild ones along… Read More »

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 »

New Bigfoot Video Alleged.

New Bigfoot Video Alleged. (Video remains private for now…) “Residents have been flocking to Georgina Henry’s house to watch two minutes and 49 seconds of video shot by her son, Bobby Clarke, on the banks of the Nelson River shortly after dawn Saturday morning. “It’s pictures of Bigfoot,” she said. “It’s black and it’s big.… Read More »