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Mass Extinctions “Change the Rules of Evolution”

September 3, 2010

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A reinterpretation of the fossil record suggests a new answer to one of evolution’s existential questions: whether global mass extinctions are just short-term diversions in life’s preordained course, or send life careening down wholly new paths. Some scientists have suggested the former. Rates of species diversification — the speed at which groups adapt and fill […]

Exotic New Mars Images From Orbiting Telephoto Studio

September 3, 2010

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A new batch of sharp Martian close-ups from NASA’s HiRISE camera were released on Sept. 1. HiRISE (High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment) has been circling Mars on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for four years now, taking dramatic photos of the red planet with a telephoto lens to make any paparazzi jealous. The camera can focus […]

Earth and Moon as viewed from the planet Mercury

September 3, 2010

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What does Earth look like from the planet Mercury? The robotic spacecraft MESSENGER found out as it looked toward the Earth during its closest approach to the Sun about three months ago. The Earth and Moon are visible as the double spot on the lower left of the above image. Now MESSENGER was not at […]

Recipe for water: Just add starlight

September 3, 2010

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ESA’s Herschel infrared space observatory has discovered that ultraviolet starlight is the key ingredient for making water in space. It is the only explanation for why a dying star is surrounded by a gigantic cloud of hot water vapour. Every recipe needs a secret ingredient. When astronomers discovered an unexpected cloud of water vapour around […]

How Billy Meier hoaxed his UFO videos

September 3, 2010

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It’s only a model.

Triangulum galaxy a city of stars

September 3, 2010

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In a new picture, hundreds of young, bright stars heat up the gases of the Triangulum galaxy, creating a distinctive red glow. The image is being billed as the sharpest shot yet of the star-forming region known as NGC 604. Released August 30, the view combines data from a wide range of wavelengths, captured by […]

NASA Aims to Plunge Car-Sized Probe Into the Sun

September 3, 2010

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NASA is developing an ambitious new mission to plunge a car-sized probe directly into the sun’s atmosphere, boldly going where no spacecraft has gone before.The spacecraft, called Solar Probe Plus, is slated to launch no later than 2018, NASA announced Thursday.The space agency has picked the five science experiments to ride aboard the new sun-exploring […]

NYC sky-scrapers dim lights to help migratory birds

September 3, 2010

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A growing number of New York sky-scrapers are switching off their lights to help reduce the number of birds hitting the high-rise buildings. The “lights out” project – organised by NYC Audubon – runs until 1 November, when migratory birds are expected to have completed their autumn migrations. The Empire State and Chrysler buildings are […]

Deep fried beer created in Texas

September 3, 2010

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A man from Texas has invented deep fried beer. In an attempt to win a fried food competition at the Texas State Fair, Mark Zable filled ravioli-shaped pieces of dough with beer and then deep fried them. The BBC’s Mark Whitaker is fascinated by the concept. Mark Zable says the frying process means the beer […]

Early man ‘butchered and ate the brains of children as part of everyday diet’

September 3, 2010

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A model of a homo antecessor female scooping out the brains of human head Early cavemen in Europe ate human meat as part of their everyday diet, new research suggests. A new study of fossil bones in Spain shows that cannibalism was a normal part of daily life around 800,000 years ago among Europe’s first […]

Chupacabras Suspected in 300 Goat Beheadings

September 3, 2010

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Shepherds in Mexico are up in arms — or heads, as the case may be — over a rash of beheadings inflicted on their goats, and many people are blaming the legendary predator known as the chupacabra. Over the past two months, more than 300 goats owned by shepherds in Mexico’s Puebla state have been […]

Roberto Carlos wonder goal ‘no fluke’, say physicists

September 3, 2010

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Physicists have explained one of football’s most spectacular goals. Brazilian Roberto Carlos’s 1997 free-kick against France curved so sharply that it left goalkeeper Fabian Barthez standing still and looking puzzled. Now, a study published in the New Journal of Physics suggests that the long-held assumption that the goal was a fantastic fluke is wrong. A […]

God did not create the universe, says Hawking

September 3, 2010

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God did not create the universe and the “Big Bang” was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. In “The Grand Design,” co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, […]

Thomas Magill Falls 39 Stories From New York City Building, Lands on Car, Survives

September 3, 2010

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A New York man plunged 39 stories from a Manhattan apartment building and crash-landed on a parked sports car. The car was totaled, but the man survived. Thomas Magill, 22, was conscious Tuesday when emergency crews arrived and found his contorted body in the back seat of the red Dodge Charger that broke his fall.”He […]

Geomagnetic Field Flip-flops In A Flash

September 3, 2010

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Just north of a truck stop along Interstate 80 in Battle Mountain, Nev., lies evidence that the Earth’s magnetic field once went haywire. Magnetic minerals in 15-million-year-old rocks appear to preserve a moment when the magnetic north pole was rapidly on its way to becoming the south pole, and vice versa. Such “geomagnetic field reversals” […]

Darwin’s secret experiment may help us terra-form Mars

September 3, 2010

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A lonely island in the middle of the South Atlantic conceals Charles Darwin’s best-kept secret. Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice. Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical “cloud forest”. What happened in the interim is the amazing story of how the architect of evolution, Kew Gardens and the […]

You Swallow These Invisible Shrimp With Every Gulp of NYC Tap Water

September 3, 2010

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New York’s water is delicious—and filled with tiny crustaceans called “copepods”. (Making it possibly not kosher.) H&E stain the water and put it under a microscope and you’ll find these little guys. Crunchy closeup after the jump. Delicious! (And completely harmless. Copepods are even known to eat mosquito larvae, so don’t think of them as […]

‘Minority Report’ style software to predict crime

September 3, 2010

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Is it possible for the police to predict who will commit crimes beforehand? Yes, say scientists who have developed a new software similar to that of Hollywood sci-fi thriller ‘Minority Report’. The software, which will soon be used by law-enforcement agencies in America, may even be able to tell where, when and how the crime […]

Vaccine hope Tasmanian Devil dies from cancer

September 3, 2010

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A Tasmanian Devil who scientists hoped was immune to a facial cancer that threatens his species has been euthanised after developing tumours. The marsupial, named Cedric, was believed to have a natural immunity to the disease that he could pass on to future generations. But two weeks ago researchers found untreatable tumours. His death is […]

Insurance company: Flowers started Ark. house fire

September 3, 2010

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A fire that did $20,000 in damages to a northeast Arkansas home wasn’t caused by an electrical problem or burning food or arson, an insurance investigator concluded. Instead, the dead plants did it, according to a report summary provided to the homeowner, Brian Duncan. “The fire was caused by self-heating through decomposition of organic materials […]

Man replaces ex-girlfriend with custom-made sex doll

September 3, 2010

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A SEX-starved businessman was so hung up on his ex-girlfriend after she dumped him that he paid $18,000 to recreate her as a life-sized sex doll. The 50-year-old man put together a collection of photos of his ex and told Italian adult toymaker Diego Bortolin: “I want it just like her but with bigger boobs”, […]