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The Great Guatemalan Sinkhole

October 26, 2010

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Looks like a test attack from a big tunnel boring machine. Has someone repelled down there? I’d love to see pictures.  Here is a link to a high res image… still can’t see much more. There are rumors of great underground empires. Guatemala City has had experience with sinkholes before: In 2007, three people and […]

Hormone research suggests rich live longer

October 26, 2010

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Andy Bloxham – … DHEAS – or dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate – is produced by the brain, adrenal glands and sexual organs and is a guide to life expectancy. Researchers from University College London, working on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, found evidence that biological ageing is slower among people with better socio-economic circumstances. It found […]

Are there no universal laws?

October 26, 2010

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  QUOTE from an editorial on the New Scientist website: “It looks like physics works differently in different places. If so, everything we think we know about the cosmos may be wrong.” Astronomer John Webb says that, according to his team’s analysis of the light from distant galaxies, the way physics works may depend on […]

Australian Border Officials Check Honeymooners for Porn

October 26, 2010

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A travel tip for tourists to Australia: Delete any racy honeymoon photographs from your phone or computer. Under a new law, the Australian government is demanding visitors Down Under declare to border officials any “illegal” pornography they are bringing into the country. But the move has confused travelers to such an extent that airport arrival […]

Live ‘Gong Show’ Gives Break to Yodeling Goat-Milkers and Other Quirky Talents

October 26, 2010

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David Moye – Showbiz is a hard career, but it’s even more difficult if you’re trying to make it big by singing “Silent Night” like a pigeon, yodeling while milking a cardboard goat or imitating Ralph Kramden doing Shakespeare. But New York radio personality Leslie Gold is doing a sort of showbiz stimulus package for […]

Christopher Columbus cleared of importing syphilis from the Americas to Europe

October 26, 2010

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Niall Firth – Christopher Columbus and his crew have long been blamed for syphilis back from the Americas to Europe after their historic first voyage. In 1493 they returned to Spain bringing news of lands across the Atlantic and the first cases of the potentially deadly disease thanks to their exploits abroad, it was believed. […]

Fake diploma spam

October 26, 2010

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If you get this scam, “Diploma of world famous universities can be bought here.” Report it to: http://www.ag.ny.gov/online_forms/complaint_spam_action.jsp The phone number below is in New York. —– spam scam below —- On Oct 25, 2010, at 10:11 PM, Want to have a highly paid job but level of your education doesn’t let you have it? […]

New road vs historic site with 3 million 40,000 year old Aboriginal artifacts

October 26, 2010

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Kathy Marks in Sydney, Australia – It was an extraordinary find: three million Aboriginal artefacts dating back more than 40,000 years, uncovered beneath a nondescript and overlooked grassy floodplain by a Tasmanian river. Archaeologists believe the treasure trove, found at what was obviously an important meeting-place for local tribes, is the oldest evidence of human […]

The Dawn of Writing

October 26, 2010

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GERALDINE FABRIKANT – One of the stars of the Oriental Institute’s new show, “Visible Language: Inventions of Writing in the Ancient Middle East and Beyond,” is a clay tablet that dates from around 3200 B.C. On it, written in cuneiform, the script language of ancient Sumer in Mesopotamia, is a list of professions, described in […]

Butterflies and moths mimic snakes and foxes to fool predators, claims researcher

October 26, 2010

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Richard Gray – … The dazzling colours and patterns on their wings make butterflies and moths some of the most eye catching creatures in the animal kingdom, but a new book suggests these dramatic designs also help turn the insects into master illusionists capable of fooling potential predators. Professor Philip Howse, a retired entomologist from […]

Human hearts with couples’ photos pinned to them found in Colma cemetery

October 26, 2010

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Joshua Melvin – A maintenance worker’s macabre discovery has sparked a police investigation into the identities of two couples whose photos were found pinned to human hearts and buried at a cemetery. The worker was in an isolated part of the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery at 1500 Mission Road on Oct. 12 when he spotted […]

Meet the World’s Smelliest Animal

October 26, 2010

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Larry Knowles… Known as the lesser anteater, the tamandua is a slender, long-snouted animal native to Central and South America notorious for the foul scent it emits from its anal gland when it feels threatened. “I would describe the smell as a pungent, slightly sweet skunky smell that you can smell before you even see […]

U.S. Must Be Ready to Meet Asteroid Threat, White House Science Adviser Says

October 26, 2010

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Jeremy Hsu – National emergency plans for natural disasters can also work in the unlikely scenario of an asteroid strike on the U.S., according to a letter to Congress by the White House’s top science adviser, SPACE.com has learned. The 10-page letter by John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology […]