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Photo: Road trip to the beach to escape the smoke

July 12, 2008

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Road trip to the beach to escape the smoke, originally uploaded by xeno735.

Former Bush Spokesman Tony Snow Dies at 53

July 12, 2008

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Here are the top 10 tips to keep from getting colon cancer.  In short: Eat healthy, don’t be overweight, exercise. What did Tony Snow eat most days? Just curious.

A UFO! … suspended from a helicopter.

July 12, 2008

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Dominic Harris of Cinimod Studio, who recently brought you the hypnotizing Illuminating Table, has just produced a new artwork that’s even more startling. Particularly startling if you were walking the streets of Gdansk last Friday with a bit too much goldwasser swirling inside you: it’s a huge, flashing, LED-lit UFO. And it flies. Ok… it’s […]

Dragon’s blood trees

July 12, 2008

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Dragon’s blood trees grow in the archipelago, which consists of four islands and two rocky islets that trail for 150 miles (250 kilometers) off the Horn of Africa. “The site is of universal importance because of its biodiversity with rich and distinct flora and fauna: 37 percent of Socotra’s 825 plant species, 90 percent of […]

World’s first brain prosthesis revealed

July 12, 2008

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The world’s first brain prosthesis – an artificial hippocampus – is about to be tested in California. Unlike devices like cochlear implants, which merely stimulate brain activity, this silicon chip implant will perform the same processes as the damaged part of the brain it is replacing. The prosthesis will first be tested on tissue from […]

Want to Enhance Your Brain Power?

July 12, 2008

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A little brain boost is something we could all use now and then. A new option may be on the horizon. Researchers at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, in Bethesda, MD, are studying how applying gentle electrical current to the scalp can improve learning. Previous small-scale studies have suggested that a stream […]

Fish fossils plug hole in evolutionary theory

July 12, 2008

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Some odd-looking fish fossils discovered in the bowels of several European museums may help solve a lingering question about evolutionary theory, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The 50 million-year-old fossils — which have one eye near the top of their heads — help explain how flatfish such as flounder, sole and halibut developed the strange […]

For Future of Mind Control, Robot-Monkey Trials Are Just a Start

July 12, 2008

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A study in the journal Nature this spring all but confirmed the latest evolution in the hard-charging, heady field of cybernetics: Monkeys can control machines with their brains. In the experiment, conducted by neuroscientists at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, a pair of macaque monkeys with electrodes implanted in their brains were […]

Jupiter’s third red spot torn apart by siblings

July 12, 2008

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Jupiter’s third giant red storm has been chewed up by a collision with the planet’s other two red spots and does not appear to have survived. Astronomers are still scrambling to capture pictures of the aftermath, but it appears Jupiter’s third spot was torn up last week when it squeezed between its larger cousins, the […]

India Basins Half a Billion Years Older Than Thought, supports “snowball Earth” hypothesis

July 12, 2008

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India’s Vindhyan Basins have hidden their age well—by as much as 500 million years, according to controversial new research. The basins, which stretch across a 39,000-square-mile (100,000-square-kilometer) swath of central India, were initially believed to have formed about 500 to 700 million years ago after Earth’s crust stretched, thinned, and then faulted. Six of the […]

A man who knows how to feed us and how to stop the rise of the sea

July 12, 2008

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Carl Hodges is growing salicornia, a crop nourished by ocean water that holds the potential to provide food and fuel to millions. … The crop is salicornia. It is nourished by seawater flowing from a man-made canal. And if you believe the American who is farming it, this incongruous swath of green has the potential […]

F.C.C. Chief Would Bar Comcast From Imposing Web Restrictions

July 12, 2008

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Federal regulators are prepared to take action against sellers of Internet access that want to restrict what their customers can do online. Kevin J. Martin, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, said Friday that Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company, should be sanctioned because it had interfered with the Internet connections of users who were […]

Photo: Why does the sun streak this way?

July 12, 2008

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Why does the sun streak this way?, originally uploaded by xeno735.