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Anti-gravity superfluid superconductor core uncovered inside neutron star

February 24, 2011

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Brian Murphy – A University of Alberta astronomer has glimpsed the inner working of a neutron star and found a unique world where the physics can be described as “weird.” Craig Heinke’s team found the neutron star’s core contained a superfluid, a friction-less liquid that could seemingly defy the laws of gravity. “If you could […]

Migrating sea turtles have magnetic sense for longitude

February 24, 2011

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Elisabeth Lyons – From the very first moments of life, hatchling loggerhead sea turtles have an arduous task. They must embark on a transoceanic migration, swimming from the Florida coast eastward to the North Atlantic and then gradually migrating over the course of several years before returning again to North American shores. Now, researchers reporting […]

Meditation beats dance for harmonizing body and mind

February 24, 2011

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The body is a dancer’s instrument, but is it attuned to the mind? A new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that professional ballet and modern dancers are not as emotionally in sync with their bodies as are people who regularly practice meditation. UC Berkeley researchers tracked how closely the emotions of seasoned […]

Ancient Remains Suggest a Fox Was Man’s First Best Friend

February 24, 2011

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In a 16,500 year-old graveyard in Jordan, archaeologists have found evidence of man’s first furry friend: a fox. Archaeologists from the University of Toronto in Ontario and Cambridge University in England uncovered remains of the fox, alongside other animals, at a burial site containing 11 sets of human remains. The fox’s remains are seen to […]

South African doctor invents female condoms with ‘teeth’ to fight rape

February 24, 2011

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South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers was on call one night four decades ago when a devastated rape victim walked in. Her eyes were lifeless; she was like a breathing corpse. “She looked at me and said, ‘If only I had teeth down there,'” recalled Ehlers, who was a 20-year-old medical researcher at the time. “I […]

Swedish scientists create three arm illusion

February 24, 2011

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Scientists working at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have demonstrated how to fool the brain into thinking that the body has three arms.The scientists were able to make healthy volunteers believe that they had an extra appendage by stroking the subject’s right hand and a prosthetic rubber hand with two small brushes, synchronizing the strokes as […]

UT researchers crack code to harmful brown tides

February 24, 2011

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Whitney Holmes – A team involving University of Tennessee, Knoxville, researchers has conducted the first-ever genetic sequencing of a harmful algal bloom (HAB) species, cracking the genome of the micro-organism responsible for the Eastern Seaboard’s notorious brown tides. Brown tides decimated the scallop industries of New York and New Jersey in the 1980s and 1990s […]

Man Stops Car in Road, Tells Police He’s From 33 A.D.

February 24, 2011

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Police in Solon, Ohio, responded to calls early Monday of a car stopped in the middle of Richmond Road. Why did the driver, a 32-year-old man from Poland, Ohio, tell police he stopped in the middle of the road? Because “his heavenly father” told him to. The man said “he was busy talking to God” […]

“Staying Alive” ringtone plays at funeral

February 24, 2011

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A mourner must have felt his cheeks burning after his phone went off during a funeral. But when the ringtone that echoed round the church was Staying Alive by the Bee Gees, it is fair to say he wished the earth could have swallowed him up. Now Reverend Martin Morgan from St Margaret’s Church in […]

You’ll be sorry if you force a smile while you’re at work

February 24, 2011

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Left: Real smile, Right: Fake smile. Putting on a bright face at work could leave you feeling miserable. Workers who fake a smile to keep their customers and colleagues happy could be making themselves depressed. A new study says that fake smiling on the job actually worsens a person’s mood and could even cut work […]

Wormlike “Walking Cactus” Fossil Found

February 24, 2011

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Fossils of an ancient, spiny creature dubbed a “walking cactus” have been found in China, a new study says. The 2.4-inch-long (6-centimeter-long) Diania cactiformis had a worm-like body and ten pairs of armored and likely jointed legs. It would have lived about 500 million years ago during a period of rapid evolution called the Cambrian […]

Evidence Neanderthals used feathers for decoration

February 24, 2011

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Researchers studying a large deposit of Neanderthal bones in Italy have discovered the remains of birds along with the bones, and evidence the feathers were probably used for ornamentation. The findings add evidence that the now extinct Neanderthals could have been as cultured as our own ancestors. Paleoanthropologist Marco Peresani from the University of Ferrara […]

Redesign of National Donor-Liver Network Could Boost Transplants By Several Hundred Per Year, Pitt Researchers Report

February 24, 2011

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A redesign of the nation’s donor-liver distribution network developed by University of Pittsburgh researchers could result in several hundred more people each year receiving the transplants they need.The team reports in the journal INFORMS Management Science that donor livers currently are doled out to 11 national regions that evolved with little regard for geography and […]

T. rex more hyena than lion: Tyrannosaurus rex was opportunistic feeder, not top predator, paleontologists say

February 24, 2011

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The ferocious Tyrannosaurus rex has been depicted as the top dog of the Cretaceous, ruthlessly stalking herds of duck-billed dinosaurs and claiming the role of apex predator, much as the lion reigns supreme in the African veld. But a new census of all dinosaur skeletons unearthed over a large area of eastern Montana shows that […]

Scientists steer car with the power of thought

February 24, 2011

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You need to keep your thoughts from wandering, if you drive using the new technology from the AutoNOMOS innovation labs of Freie Universität Berlin. The computer scientists have developed a system making it possible to steer a car with your thoughts. Using new commercially available sensors to measure brain waves — sensors for recording electroencephalograms […]

CIA secret agent gadgets: Website reveals Charlie the robot catfish

February 24, 2011

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Meet ‘Charlie’: The agency’s Office of Advanced Technologies and Programs developed this Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) to study aquatic robot technology. ‘Charlie’ contains a pressure hull, ballast system, communications system, and a propulsion system in the tail. It’s the sort of idea that would be laughed out of any plot for a spy film: Secret […]

Staged 100 MPH train crash tests nuclear container strength

February 24, 2011

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Woah. Cataclysmic. What about two trains each going 100 MPH in a head on collision?

Worlds fastest car: 763.035 mph in 1997

February 24, 2011

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ThrustSSC, driven by Royal Air Force pilot Andy Green, holds the land speed record: 763.035 mph. Thrust SuperSonic Car in the Black Rock Desert, USA, crossing the measured mile in 1997 with Andy Green at the controls. With a top speed of 763mph Green became the fastest man on the planet – and the first […]

The Teargas Harpoon for your Car

February 24, 2011

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Tonight is weirdest youtube videos night I guess.  

Not Photoshopped

February 24, 2011

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I’m not afraid of heights, but this picture found on oddee is freaking INSANE!  I squirm when I look at it. Then I found the VIDEO below and I’d just like to say, “Dean, seriously, quit while you are ahead!” The base jumping is crazy enough but in this photo he has no safety net, […]

ET, The Really Gross Scary Sequel

February 24, 2011

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Libya: Who is propping up Gaddafi?

February 24, 2011

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Unlike in Egypt or Tunisia, it is not the conventional military that holds the balance of power in Libya. Instead, it is a murky network of paramilitary brigades, “revolutionary committees” of trusted followers, tribal leaders and imported foreign mercenaries. The actual Libyan Army is almost symbolic, a weakened and emaciated force of little more than […]

Burgulars twarted by Blind man who tackled them

February 24, 2011

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A blind man has taken on two burglars who broke into his home. Keith Jones, 48, from Ebbw Vale, Blaenau Gwent, says he sensed where the pair were standing and tackled them. But the raiders fled without stealing anything when Mr Jones, who has been blind since he was three, grabbed the phone to alert […]

Brazilian woman finds alligator behind sofa

February 24, 2011

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A woman in Brazil was shocked to find an alligator hiding behind her sofa after heavy rains flooded her house in the central town of Parauapebas, in Para state. She said she was alerted to the animal’s presence by her son, who was patting the alligator’s head. The woman snatched the child away and called […]