Browsing All Posts published on »November, 2009«

Surprise! Your Skin Can Hear

November 26, 2009

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We not only hear with our ears, but also through our skin, according to a new study. The finding, based on experiments in which participants listened to certain syllables while puffs of air hit their skin, suggests our brains take in and integrate information from various senses to build a picture of our surroundings. Along […]

Become a Martian

November 26, 2009

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The public can assist in analyzing the plethora of Mars data available from missions like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA and Microsoft Corp. of Redmond, Wash., have collaborated to create a Web site where Internet users can have fun while advancing their knowledge of Mars. Drawing on observations from NASA’s Mars missions, the “Be a […]

Iraq was only fourth on WMD risk list, inquiry hears + peak oil, the unspoken “why”.

November 26, 2009

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The full extent of how Tony Blair misled the public about Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction before and after the Iraq War was laid bare yesterday. The Chilcot Inquiry heard that just ten days before the invasion of Iraq Mr Blair was told Saddam had no way of using weapons of mass destruction. And […]

One man shows how to move stonehenge sized blocks alone

November 25, 2009

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I think I saw this several years ago, but it is still interesting. One man can build construction like Stonehenge this video shows it. Wally Wallington has demonstrated that he can lift a Stonehenge-sized pillar weighing 22,000 lbs and moved a barn over 300 ft. What makes this so special is that he does it […]

Cup of mint tea is an effective painkiller

November 25, 2009

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A cup of Brazilian mint tea has pain relieving qualities to match those of commercially available analgesics, a study suggests. Hyptis crenata has been prescribed by Brazilian healers for millennia to treat ailments from headaches and stomach pain to fever and flu. Working on mice, a Newcastle University team has proved scientifically that the ancient […]

Websites ‘need to pay for news’

November 25, 2009

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Rupert Murdoch has said it is time for internet search engines and other websites to start to pay for any news reports they currently take for free. Mr Murdoch, owner of media giant News Corporation, said such sites would soon have to pay for any content taken from his firm’s many news providers. He was […]

Gold hits record highs, why I recommend Palladium now

November 25, 2009

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Gold is a new bubble waiting to burst, but not for a while. If, like me, you bought low years ago, congrats! This is not really the time to buy gold. This is the time to buy things that are currently low in cost but will go up in the future. I posted a tip […]

Implant-based cancer vaccine is first to eliminate tumors in mice

November 25, 2009

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A cancer vaccine carried into the body on a carefully engineered, fingernail-sized implant is the first to successfully eliminate tumors in mammals, scientists report this week in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The new approach, pioneered by bioengineers and immunologists at Harvard University, uses plastic disks impregnated with tumor-specific antigens and implanted under the skin […]

Cells defend themselves with protein bodyguards

November 25, 2009

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When cells are confronted with an invading virus or bacteria or exposed to an irritating chemical, they protect themselves by going off their DNA recipe and inserting the wrong amino acid into new proteins to defend them against damage, scientists have discovered. These “regulated errors” comprise a novel non-genetic mechanism by which cells can rapidly […]

Researchers discover biological basis of ‘bacterial immune system’

November 25, 2009

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Bacteria don’t have easy lives. In addition to mammalian immune systems that besiege the bugs, they have natural enemies called bacteriophages, viruses that kill half the bacteria on Earth every two days.Still, bacteria and another class of microorganisms called archaea (first discovered in extreme environments such as deep-sea volcanic vents) manage just fine, thank you, […]

More Hacktivism: 9/11 Pager data, where are the UFO leaks?

November 25, 2009

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From 3AM on Wednesday November 25, 2009, until 3AM the following day (US east coast time), WikiLeaks is releasing over half a million US national text pager intercepts. The intercepts cover a 24 hour period surrounding the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and Washington. The messages are being broadcast to the global community […]

‘Police targeting people for their DNA’

November 25, 2009

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Police forces have been arresting people simply to add them to the controversial DNA database as a result of lax rules that have developed with almost no public scrutiny, the Government’s independent DNA watchdog warns today. The Human Genetics Commission (HGC) also says there is little evidence that the national DNA database, the largest of […]

Learning while you sleep may work after all

November 25, 2009

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Cosmos magazine describes an interesting study that appears in Science, but John Rudoy, a neuroscientist at Northwestern University, in Chicago, USA. … Half of the sound cues were then played to the participants once they had reached the ‘deep sleep’ stage of their nap, as determined by electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings. When tested post-nap, it was […]

Design fixed for 1,000mph car

November 25, 2009

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The UK team aiming to smash its own land speed record by driving a car beyond 1,000mph (1,610km/h) has settled on a final design for the vehicle. It calls for a major re-configuration of the vehicle’s two power units, with a Eurofighter jet engine now being positioned above a hybrid rocket. The car, known as […]

British intelligence fingers US Citizen in India Bombing

November 25, 2009

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British intelligence tipped off the American authorities over a suspect in the Mumbai bombings, the Daily Telegraph has learned. David Coleman Headley, also known as Daood Sayed Gilani, made frequent visits to the Indian city where he mixed with the Bollywood set as a cover for his activities, it is claimed. He joined a local […]

The FDIC Reserve is gone. Blame our maniacal optimism.

November 25, 2009

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The cash reserves needed for the FDIC to keep paying depositors at failed banks has all been used up. Don’t panic (yet anyways), the FDIC has an open credit line to the Treasury Department (uh, that means us tax payers) that will keep the FDIC floating in cash to keep paying out money to Grandma […]

Lucky, the world’s oldest sheep, dies

November 25, 2009

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The 23-year-old ewe, recognised by the Guinness Book of Records, died peacefully on her farm at Lake Bolac, 57 miles west of Melbourne, after a short illness. Lucky’s owner Delrae Westgarth says her beloved sheep had found the recent hot weather in Victoria hard to endure. “It’s a relief,” said Mrs Westgarth. “She was good […]

Jetman attempts first intercontinental flight, doesn’t make it, will try again

November 25, 2009

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Yves Rossy, who calls himself “Jetman”, is poised to make the first intercontinental flight powered by a jet-pack when he attempts to fly across the Strait of Gibraltar from North Africa to Europe on Wednesday. The 50-year-old Swiss adventurer powered into the record books a year ago when he crossed the English Channel from Calais […]

Three buildings collapsed on 9/11, fire brought down Building 7 says report

November 25, 2009

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NO PLANE flew into Building 7 at the World Trade Centre. But seven hours after the Twin Towers collapsed in flames on September 11, 2001, this third skyscraper fell too. Like its larger neighbours, it fell rapidly, vertically, almost symmetrically, like an implosion. It took 5.4 seconds for its 47 storeys to complete their fiery […]

The Climate Research Unit hack (64 MB, FOI2009.zip)

November 25, 2009

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A few days after leaked e-mail messages appeared on the Internet, the U.S. Congress may probe whether prominent scientists who are advocates of global warming theories may have misrepresented the truth about climate change. Sen. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican, said on Monday the leaked correspondence suggested researchers “cooked the science to make this thing […]

Building a Better Alien-Calling Code

November 25, 2009

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Alien-seeking researchers have designed a new, simple code for sending messages into space. To a reasonably clever alien with math skills and a bit of astronomical training, the messages should be easy to decipher. As of now, Earthlings spend much more time searching for alien radio messages than broadcasting news of ourselves. We know how […]

Under the microscope: Glowing alien-like flea takes top photography prize

November 25, 2009

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This strange alien-like creature is not a character from a science-fiction blockbuster but actually from far closer to home. The eerily beautiful image is of a water flea with a radiant green ‘crown of thorns’ to protect it from predators. It took top prize in the 2009 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, the world’s foremost […]

Sting claims he once confronted a ghost

November 25, 2009

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Sting has claimed he once confronted a ghost which wandered into his room at the dead of night. The singer, who famously sang Spirits In The Material World in the 1980s, said wife Trudie Styler also witnessed the figure, standing with a child in the corner of their bedroom. Sting said he also experienced flying […]

Lightning’s gamma rays may destroy matter

November 25, 2009

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A satellite dispatched to scout out high-energy gamma rays streaming from the cosmos found that not only were flashes of gamma rays oddly close to home, but they were also powerful enough to annihilate matter. The radiation stemmed from lightning storms on Earth. Scientists using NASA’s Fermi Gamma Ray Telescope recorded 17 gamma ray flashes […]

Over 100 icebergs drifting to N.Zealand: official

November 25, 2009

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More than 100, and possibly hundreds, of Antarctic icebergs are floating towards New Zealand in a rare event which has prompted a shipping warning, officials said on Monday. An Australian Antarctic Division glaciologist said the ice chunks, spotted by satellite photography, had passed the Auckland Islands and were heading towards the main South Island, about […]

Kangaroo tries to drown dog, attacks owner

November 25, 2009

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A kangaroo startled by a man walking his dog attacked the pair, pinning the pet underwater and slashing the owner in the abdomen with its hind legs. The Australian, Chris Rickard, was in stable condition Monday after the attack, which ended when the 49-year-old elbowed the kangaroo in the throat. Rickard said he was walking […]