Archaeologists’ tricorder reveals objects’ ancient origins

Tricorder-style handheld scanners could help archaeologists uncover historical secrets without having to wait months for laboratory results. Researchers from Sheffield University have adapted technology used to identify materials in scrap metal yards and docks, in order to determine the geographical origin of certain stone tools in just 10 seconds. The portable scanner uses X-rays to… Read More »

‘Mars rat’ spied by NASA’s Curiosity rover

Is that a rat on Mars? A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones. The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took… Read More »

Brains cleaned while you sleep

It’s no secret that too little shut-eye can drain your brain, but scientists haven’t fully understood why. Now, a new study suggests that a good night’s sleep leaves you feeling sharp and refreshed because a newly discovered system that scrubs away neural waste is mostly active when you’re at rest. It’s a revelation that could… Read More »

This Optical Illusion Lets You See Your Own Brain Waves

The pinwheel-like drawing above is nothing but black and white lines. When you look at it the right way, though, something strange and beautiful happens: it begins to flicker. You may think it’s just a regular old optical illusion at first, but actually, you’re looking at your very own brain waves. To see the optical… Read More »

Ethical debate on face transplantation has evolved over time

Once viewed as an “outlandish morally objectionable” concept with science-fiction overtones, face transplantation is now accepted as a “feasible and necessary treatment” for severely disfigured patients. The evolving ethical debate over face transplantation is analyzed in a special topic paper in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery†, the official medical journal of the… Read More »

Oldest star in Universe discovered

Astronomers in Australia have found the oldest known star in the universe, a discovery that may re-write our understanding of the universe directly following the Big Bang. The team from Australian National University (ANU) say that the star, located around 6,000 light years away from Earth, is roughly 13.6 billion years old. This means it… Read More »

British IKEA selling solar panels for free energy after 7 years

Swedish flatpack pioneers IKEA are providing eco-friendly British shoppers with their own solar panels. As well as their Billy bookcases, tea light candles and meatballs with lingonberry,IKEA customers can now get add the energy-boosting panels to their shopping trolley. The Skandinavian superstore rolled out the solar panels in their Southampton store yesterday and will sell… 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 »

Arkansas legalizes sale of raw milk directly from farms

Steadfast efforts to end the senseless prohibition of raw milk sales in Arkansas have finally been successful, at least in a somewhat limited sense. Residents living in the Natural State will now be able to purchase raw milk directly from the farms where it is produced, thanks to the recent passage of House Bill 1536.… Read More »

Man amazes crowds by calling crow conferences

A young man with a microphone stepped onto a small stage and cawed like a crow. Minutes later, hundreds of noisy birds circled above him, perched on trees and sat on roof tops, astounding the crowd at a show called the “crow conference”. Gautam Sapkota, fondly known in Nepal as “charidada” or “bird brother”, then… 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 »

Scientists create never-before-seen form of matter

Harvard and MIT scientists are challenging the conventional wisdom about light, and they didn’t need to go to a galaxy far, far away to do it. Working with colleagues at the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms, a group led by Harvard Professor of Physics Mikhail Lukin and MIT Professor of Physics Vladan Vuletic have managed… Read More »

Every Streetlight in NYC to go LED

When many people think of New York City, beyond the crowds their image of the city is the lights. Soon, the lit-up skyline will be much whiter because all 250,000 street lights are being switched to LEDs in the biggest retrofit project in the nation. The switch-over is part of PlaNYC, the city’s climate change… 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 »

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 »

Phoning Firefox: Browser now makes Web calls

Mozilla today shipped Firefox 22, enabling the in-browser audio-video calling standard WebRTC and switching on a new JavaScript module that promises to speed up Web apps. The update also included patches for 17 security vulnerabilities, seven of them marked “critical.” Mozilla highlighted several of the changes in Firefox 22, notably the default support for WebRTC… Read More »

Meditation Alters Genes Rapidly, Triggers Molecular Changes

If you are a practitioner of meditation, the results of a new study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology will likely come as no surprise. But for some scientists, the revelation that meditating can actually trigger molecular changes is groundbreaking. The researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Institute of Biomedical Research in Barcelona, Spain found subjects… Read More »

Sherlock Holmes And The Expiring Copyright

Beloved sleuth Sherlock Holmes has stumbled onto a new conundrum: A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled that the characters in Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories — including Holmes and his partner, Dr. John Watson — now reside in the public domain. That means anyone who wants to write new material about the characters no longer… Read More »

Wild pigs menace suburban Atlanta

Wild pigs have descended on a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where they are scaring children, making a general nuisance of themselves, and acting as they if they own the place. Via Reuters: Oddly Enough They were here first so they do they not rightly own the place? People should just let them into their homes to… Read More »

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 »

The Dirtiest Lunar Mystery Of All

The Apollo Moon missions of 1969-1972 all share a dirty secret. “The major issue the Apollo astronauts pointed out was dust, dust, dust,” says Professor Larry Taylor, Director of the Planetary Geosciences Institute at the University of Tennessee. Fine as flour and rough as sandpaper, Moon dust caused ‘lunar hay fever,’ problems with space suits,… 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.

Negative Emotions Are Key to Well-Being

Don’t try to have all positive emotions as the “negative” ones exist for good reasons. Negative emotions also most likely aid in our survival. Bad feelings can be vital clues that a health issue, relationship or other important matter needs attention, Adler points out. The survival value of negative thoughts and emotions may help explain… Read More »

Evidence that at least one mammal can smell in stereo

  Most mammals, including humans, see in stereo and hear in stereo. But whether they can also smell in stereo is the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Now, a new study shows definitively that the common mole (Scalopus aquaticus) — the same critter that disrupts the lawns and gardens of homeowners throughout the eastern… Read More »

NASA meets Star Trek fans

Before you watch Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters this May, you may see some scenes from space that weren’t made in Hollywood. In just six days, a space industry lobbying group has successfully raised enough money on Indiegogo to get a 30-second ad trailer about NASA played on the silver screen. The trailer will… Read More »

Video: Evidence of Time Travelers on the Internet?

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YavZ0kMVCQ Researchers at Michigan Technological University released the findings of a study last week which sought to uncover evidence indicating that time travelers had left traces of their presence on the Internet. RELATED: Searching the Internet for evidence of time travelers – You only need one Time-Traveler’s Convention. They could keep going back to… Read More »

Hunter, 72, survives 19 days in snowy California wilderness

A 72-year-old California deer hunter was recovering Monday after surviving on squirrels and packing leaves around him for warmth for nearly three weeks while he was lost and alone in the snowy wilderness, authorities said. Gene Penaflor was discovered by hunters on Saturday after 19 days in the Mendocino National Forest in the Coastal Mountain… 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 »

Video: Survival using artificial glaciers

… Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during the… Read More »

Cop arrests firefighter for refusing to move truck

To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous … Stunning video shows a California Highway Patrol officer handcuffing a firefighter who was trying to help victims of a serious car crash in Chula Vista. The incident occurred on Tuesday night after a car overturned and another fell down an… Read More »

Improve Sleep and Mood with Light

Ever notice how people texting at night have that eerie blue glow? Or wake up ready to write down the Next Great Idea, and get blinded by your computer screen? During the day, computer screens look good–they’re designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn’t be looking at… 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 »

Mushrooms ‘Make Wind’ to Spread Spores

Many once thought that mushrooms spread by passively dropping their spores, after which the reproductive packets would hopefully get picked up by a gust of wind, and carried thither and yon. But new research shows mushrooms take a more active role in spreading their seed: They “make wind” to carry their spores about, said UCLA… Read More »

Video: Foldable Car, “Armadillo-T”

It does fold up a bit, but I’m not sure it folds up enough to make it worth all the effort… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qecily3WDw4   Foldable Micro All-Electric Car, “Armadillo-T” – YouTube.

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: Is Anything Real?

This video includes a nice explanation of what we currently think memories are: the result of strengthening of connections between nerve cells.

Hopping out glowing green bunnies for science

There’s a long history of scientists creating glowing animals, ranging from fish to mice to cats. Now, a team of scientists from the University of Hawaii and two universities in Turkey have genetically engineered some adorable, fuzzy, glowing baby bunnies. Out of a herd of eight baby bunnies, two glow under blacklight. The glowing is… 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 »

Unlocking Mysteries of 500-Year-Old Voynich Manuscript + Comparison to Roswell Script

Top: Undecipherable Roswell UFO symbols. Bottom: Undecipherable Voynich document writing. In the 100th issue of its quarterly, peer-reviewed journal, HerbalGram, the nonprofit American Botanical Council published a feature that may change the course of research on an approximately 500-year-old, illuminated text known as the Voynich Manuscript. Written in a curious language that is yet un-deciphered,… Read More »