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The Fermi Paradox, Phase Changes and Intergalactic Colonisation

July 29, 2010

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In 1950, the Italian physicist Enrico Fermi raised the question that now bears his name. If there are intelligent civilisations elsewhere in the Universe with technologies that far surpass our own, why do we see no sign of them? Since then, the so-called Fermi Paradox has puzzled astronomers and science fiction writers alike. And although […]

Assyrian Tomb discovered in Iraq

July 29, 2010

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German and Iraqi archaeologists have completed the excavations of an Assyrian tomb which dates back to the 7th century BC. The grave chamber was discovered last year in Arbil, in the country’s Kurdistan region.According to the German Archaeological Institute, the vaulted tomb was built by baked bricks and contained at least three sarcophagoi with up […]

Ancient skull suggests head reshaping practice

July 28, 2010

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image: Unusual Paracas skull supposedly deformed by binding the growing  head of an infant. The resulting domed head was considered beautiful.  Photographed in the Museo Regional de Ica. – world-mysteries ELEVEN thousand years ago a tall and solidly built Aboriginal man lived a hard life. His bones reveal he had multiple breaks in both forearms, […]

Higgs boson still eludes capture – but now we know where it isn’t

July 28, 2010

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Scientists are a step closer to discovering an elusive particle that is thought to give mass to the basic building blocks of nature. Physicists hunting the Higgs boson at the Tevatron particle collider near Chicago said their latest results will help researchers close in on the long-sought prize. The Tevatron, which is the main rival […]

Good Connection Really Does Lead to Mind Meld

July 28, 2010

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When two people experience a deep connection, they’re informally described as being on the same wavelength. There may be neurological truth to that. Brain scans of a speaker and listener showed their neural activity synchronizing during storytelling. The stronger their reported connection, the closer the coupling. The experiment was the first to use fMRI, which […]

Garden of Eden found in Africa

July 28, 2010

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A STRIP of land on Africa’s southern coast became a last refuge for the band of early humans who survived an ice age that wiped out the species elsewhere, scientists maintain. The land, referred to by researchers as “the garden of Eden,” may have been the only part of Africa to remain continuously habitable during […]

Potentially hazardous asteroid might collide with the Earth in 2182

July 27, 2010

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“The total impact probability of asteroid ‘(101955) 1999 RQ36’ can be estimated in 0.00092 –approximately one-in-a-thousand chance-, but what is most surprising is that over half of this chance (0.00054) corresponds to 2182,” explains to SINC María Eugenia Sansaturio, co-author of the study and researcher of Universidad de Valladolid (UVA). The research also involved scientists […]

Findings show promise for nuclear fusion test reactors

July 27, 2010

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Researchers have discovered mechanisms critical to interactions between hot plasma and surfaces facing the plasma inside a thermonuclear fusion reactor, part of work aimed at developing coatings capable of withstanding the grueling conditions inside the reactors. Fusion powers the stars and could lead to a limitless supply of clean energy. A fusion power plant would […]

More accurate than Heisenberg allows?

July 27, 2010

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A quantum particle is hard to grasp, because one cannot determine all its properties precisely at the same time. Measurements of certain parameter pairs such as position and momentum remain inaccurate to a degree given by Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. This is important for the security of quantum cryptography, where information is transmitted in the form […]

Latest ‘green’ packing material? Mushrooms

July 27, 2010

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A new packing material that grows itself is now appearing in shipped products across the country. The composite of inedible agricultural waste and mushroom roots is called Mycobond™, and its manufacture requires just one eighth the energy and one tenth the carbon dioxide of traditional foam packing material. And unlike most foam substitutes, when no […]

Manhattan Eatery’s $69 Hot Dog Is World’s Most Expensive

July 27, 2010

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A Manhattan eatery’s $69 wiener was declared the world’s most expensive hot dog, the New York Daily News reported Saturday. Restaurant Serendipity 3, which also holds the record for the world’s most expensive ice-cream sundae ($1,000) and the largest hot chocolate (four gallons, 15 liters), set its latest record Friday — National Hot Dog Day. […]

Woman admits being an alien to a cop. ‘Your laws don’t apply to me’,

July 27, 2010

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A SELF-PROCLAIMED Geelong witch told a traffic cop she was not subject to earthly laws as she was “a being from another world”. “Your laws and penalties don’t apply to me. I’m not accepting them, I’m sorry, I must go, thank you,” Eilish De Avalon said, driving off with the officer’s arm caught in her […]

‘Hikikomori’ bedroom hermits should be regarded as national crisis

July 27, 2010

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There are approximately 230,000 people who almost constantly shut themselves in their rooms except to go to nearby convenience stores, according to a survey conducted by the Cabinet Office. The number increases to about 700,000 if those who only go out to do something hobby-related are included. Moreover, there are an estimated 1.55 million potential […]

Briton given permission to look for legendary treasure of Lima

July 27, 2010

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Mike Munroe believes he has pinpointed the site where the hoard – rumoured to be worth £100 million – is buried. He is convinced he can succeed where the likes of film star Errol Flynn and British racing driver Sir Malcolm Campbell have failed. Mr Munroe has spent more than a decade pawing over battered […]

Woman finds very clean snake in her washing machine.

July 27, 2010

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A TERRIFIED mother of two spent a sleepless night in her Exeter home — after finding a large snake in her washing machine.Wendy Foley made desperate calls to the police and RSPCA— but was told she would have to wait before someone could come and take it away.Mrs Foley, 51, who lives at Farm Hill, […]

Archaeologists discover biggest rat that ever lived: Weight of about 6 kilograms (over 13 lb)

July 27, 2010

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Archaeological research in East Timor has unearthed the bones of the biggest rat that ever lived, with a body weight around six kilograms. The cave excavations also yielded a total of 13 species of rodents, 11 of which are new to science. Eight of the rats weighed a kilogram or more. “East Indonesia is a […]

‘Meteorite’ lands on cricket pitch during county match

July 27, 2010

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When two spectators standing on the boundary at a cricket match saw an object hurtling down from the sky, their first instinct might have been to applaud. However Jan Marszel, 51, and Richard Haynes, 52, were not witnessing a six, but an extremely rare meteor strike. The rock, a few inches long and believed to […]

‘Pristine’ Earth impact crater discovered

July 27, 2010

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Scientists say a meteoric impact crater found in the remote Egyptian desert may be the best-preserved ever found on Earth. The Kamil crater is pristine, unlike most Earth impact sites that are partially or severely eroded, and maintains much of its structure, including the rays of ejected material thrown from the crater when the space […]

Cow gives birth to triplets of different breeds

July 27, 2010

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Holstein Friesian cow Coco delivered three healthy calves without any assistance, which is a one-in-105,000 chance. Even more rarely, two of the calves are from the Belgian Blue Cross breed and the third is a Charolais Cross. Owner Anthony Gothard, 37, who runs a dairy farm at Stoke St Gregory, Somerset, said this is because […]

World’s Stocks Controlled by Select Few

July 27, 2010

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A recent analysis of the 2007 financial markets of 48 countries has revealed that the world’s finances are in the hands of just a few mutual funds, banks, and corporations. This is the first clear picture of the global concentration of financial power, and point out the worldwide financial system’s vulnerability as it stood on […]

People Begin Living Without Electricity and Water in California

July 27, 2010

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YouTube – People Begin Living Without Electricity and Water in California.

KGB did bug Profumo and Keeler pillow talk to steal nuclear secrets

July 27, 2010

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The KGB planted bugs to eavesdrop on John Profumo’s pillow talk with Christine Keeler, according to newly released top-secret files. The topless showgirl and model’s KGB lover also persuaded her to question Profumo, Britain’s Minister of War, about Britain’s nuclear arsenal, the files reveal. The reports claim that the Russians obtained ‘a lot of information’ […]

The healing effects of forests

July 27, 2010

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“Many people,” says Dr. Eeva Karjalainen, of the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Metla, “feel relaxed and good when they are out in nature. But not many of us know that there is also scientific evidence about the healing effects of nature.” Forests – and other natural, green settings – can reduce stress, improve moods, reduce […]

Fossil Jaw Could Be From World’s Oldest Known Dog

July 27, 2010

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Every dog has its day, but that day took more than 14,000 years to dawn for one canine. A jaw fragment found in a Swiss cave comes from the earliest known dog, according to scientists who analyzed and radiocarbon-dated the fossil. Dog origins remain poorly understood, however, and some researchers say that dog fossils much […]

X files, seasons 7 & 8

July 25, 2010

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I picked up the x-files seasons seven and eight at the Green Apple Bookstore in SF for $24 each tonight. I’m starting to watch them. Okay, you can’t translate ancient Navaho letter for letter into English, that’s absurd… (see The Sixth Extinction) but good weird fun, nevertheless.

Whats your impression?

July 24, 2010

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I’m about to see this show. Only $25 for adults. Truthfully, I’m not into Impressionism, more into surrealism, but it may be interesting. While we wait, the Japanese tea garden is a few feet away. $7 for non sf residents. I’m seeing ads when I’m in the WordPress app on my iPhone looking at my […]