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Gut Bacteria Divide People Into 3 Types, Scientists Report

April 21, 2011

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In the early 1900s, scientists discovered that each person belonged to one of four blood types. Now they have discovered a new way to classify humanity: by bacteria. Each human being is host to thousands of different species of microbes. Yet a group of scientists now report just three distinct ecosystems in the guts of […]

Professor notices Abe Lincoln’s signature on a picture hanging in his office

April 21, 2011

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When Western Illinois University’s University Television (UTV) Associate Director Roger Kent looked a bit closer at a picture that had been hanging in his office for a few years, he noticed what looked like a signature belonging to the nation’s 16th president. Curiosity got the better of him, so he contacted a Lincoln authority: the […]

Did the early universe have one dimension? Scientists outline test for theory

April 21, 2011

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Did the early universe have just one spatial dimension? That’s the mind-boggling concept at the heart of a theory that University at Buffalo physicist Dejan Stojkovic and colleagues proposed in 2010. They suggested that the early universe — which exploded from a single point and was very, very small at first — was one-dimensional (like […]

Gigantic New SuperOrganism with ‘Social Intelligence’ is Devouring the Titanic

April 21, 2011

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In 2000, Roy Cullimore, a microbial ecologist and Charles Pellegrino, scientist and author of Ghosts of the Titanic discovered that the Titanic –which sank in the Atlantic Ocean 97 years ago — was being devoured by a monster microbial industrial complex of extremophiles as alien we might expect to find on Jupiter’s ocean-bound Europa. What […]

Oil Crisis Just Got Real: Sinopec (Read China) Cuts Off Oil Exports

April 21, 2011

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As if a dollar in freefall was not enough, surging oil is about to hit the turbo boost, decimating what is left of the US (and global) consumer. Xinhua, via Energy Daily, brings this stunner: ” Chinese oil giant Sinopec has stopped exporting oil products to maintain domestic supplies amid disruption concerns caused by Middle […]

Scientists observe single gene activity in living cells

April 21, 2011

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Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have for the first time observed the activity of a single gene in living cells. In an unprecedented study, published in the April 22 online edition of Science, Einstein scientists were able to follow, in real time, the process of gene transcription, which occurs when […]

US deploys armed drones over Libya

April 21, 2011

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Armed US Predator drones are carrying out missions over Libya, Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said. Mr Gates said their use had been authorised by President Barack Obama and would give “precision capability” to the military operation. US drones are already used to target militants along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Libyan rebels have been battling Col […]

The loaf is out there: How frozen Siberian ‘alien’ really was BROWN BREAD

April 21, 2011

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The students behind the discovery of an alien’s body at a UFO ‘crash site’ have admitted that it was a ‘crummy’ hoax made out of stale bread. Friends Timur Hilall, 18, and Kirill Vlasov, 19, shot the video that showed the alien’s mangled remains frozen in snow in Irkutsk, Siberia. The pair were questioned by […]

Carbon monoxide found in Pluto’s air

April 21, 2011

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After nearly two decades of searching, astronomers have detected carbon monoxide in Pluto’s thin atmosphere, as they expected. But they didn’t expect to find so much of it. Pluto’s dramatic seasonal changes serve as further evidence that the dwarf planet is one surprising little bugger. “Everything about Pluto is surprising,” Jane Greaves, an astronomer at […]

1/2 foot long fossilised spider ‘biggest on record’

April 21, 2011

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The legs would have spanned up to 15cm, front to back (scale-bar: 5mm) Scientists say a fossilised spider from the Inner Mongolian region of China is the biggest yet found. The female, which lived about 165 million years ago, belongs to a collection of spiders well known today – the golden orb weavers. These creatures […]

Coming Soon From the Air Force: Mind-Reading Drones

April 21, 2011

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Scientifically speaking, it’s only a matter of time before the drones become self-aware and kill us all. Now the Air Force is hastening that day of reckoning. Buried within a seemingly innocuous list of the Air Force’s recent contract awards to small businesses are details of plans for robot planes that not only think, but […]

The Science of Why We Don’t Believe Science

April 21, 2011

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… The group was led by Dorothy Martin, a Dianetics devotee who transcribed the interstellar messages through automatic writing. Through her, the aliens had given the precise date of an Earth-rending cataclysm: December 21, 1954. Some of Martin’s followers quit their jobs and sold their property, expecting to be rescued by a flying saucer when […]

CDC predicts smoking bans in every state by 2020

April 21, 2011

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US health officials predict that by 2020, the entire nation could be covered by smoking bans in workplaces, bars and restaurants.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that’s a possibility, if state and local bans continue to be enacted at the rate they have been. A CDC report released Thursday said the number of […]