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Science Fiction Timeline of Inventions (Listed by Publication Date)

April 27, 2011

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Most of these items are linked to information about similar real-life inventions and inventors; click on an invention to learn more about it. Date Device Name (Novel Author) 1726 Laputa – a floating island (from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift) 1726 Bio-Energy – produce electricity from organic material (from Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift) 1726 […]

How Bacteria Could Generate Radio waves

April 27, 2011

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Can bacteria generate radio waves? On the face of it, this seems an unlikely proposition. Natural sources of radio waves include lightning, stars and pulsars while artificial sources include radar, mobile phones and computers. This is a diverse list. So it’s hard to see what these things might have in common with bacteria that could […]

Bacteria Grow Under 400,000 Times Earth’s Gravity

April 27, 2011

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Proving that you don’t have to be big to be tough, some microbes can survive gravity more than 400,000 times that felt on Earth, a new study says. Most humans, by contrast, can tolerate forces equal to about three to five times Earth’s surface gravity (g) before losing consciousness. The extreme “hypergravity” of 400,000 g […]

Crop Circle at Innage, nr Chepstow. Gwent Wales. Reported 22nd April 2011.

April 27, 2011

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Well done to Olivier Morel and Francine Blake’s group for photographing this aerial shot of the formation at Innage, nr Chepstow. Gwent. Wales. Reported 22nd April. We know this was a long and expensive flight due to this there was great reluctance by other photographers to take to the air. via Crop Circle at Innage, […]

Escaped Egyptian tycoon attempts to smuggle out tons of antiques

April 27, 2011

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Airport Customs stopped yesterday evening 100 parcels allegedly belonging to Egyptian tycoon Hussein Salem, which were headed to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The parcels weighed three tons together and included paintings, antiques, carpets, gold plated trays, gold statues, expensive watches, clocks, clothes and items that may be subject to the Egyptian Law for the Protection of […]

Factory Uses Robots To Grow Human Skin

April 27, 2011

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Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology in Germany oversee a skin-making process controlled by robots. They currently produce 5,000 penny-sized disks of tissue every month, at around $72 per unit. It is hoped that in the future there will be many similar factories, mass-producing skin at a low cost for use […]

Lost City Revealed Under Centuries of Jungle Growth

April 27, 2011

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Archaeologist Brigitte Kovacevich in a looters’ tunnel inside the pyramid at the Head of Stone site. Hidden for centuries, the ancient Maya city of Holtun, or Head of Stone, is finally coming into focus. Three-dimensional mapping has “erased” centuries of jungle growth, revealing the rough contours of nearly a hundred buildings, according to research presented […]

A Star as Old as the Universe Found in Milky Way — A Galactic Mystery

April 27, 2011

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“This star likely is almost as old as the universe itself.” Anna Frebel, astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Astronomers have discovered a relic from the early universe — a star that may have been among the second generation of stars to form after the Big Bang. Located in the dwarf galaxy Sculptor some […]

China confirms plans to build own orbital station

April 27, 2011

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Chinese space officials have confirmed plans to build a 60-ton space station by 2020 and develop a space freighter for hauling supplies to the station, the China Daily newspaper said on Tuesday. The China Manned Space Engineering Office unveiled on Monday a blueprint of the future orbital station, which will comprise an 18.1-meter core module […]

Lemming hordes perish in Swedish roadside ‘massacre’

April 27, 2011

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Hordes of lemmings have been spotted leaving the safety of the mountains to make their way down to more inhabited areas, falling victim to traffic and being preyed upon by other animals.“I must have seen a thousand just since Saturday. They are absolutely everywhere. They are swimming about in the lake close to our house, […]

Dogs Detecting Cancer? It’s in the Breath, Experts Say

April 27, 2011

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Carol Witcher says she knows it sounds crazy, but she swears that her dog, Floyd Henry, discovered the cancer in her breast in 2008. “When he sniffed me, he kind of turned back and really pushed into my right breast, real hard,” she said. “He started sniffing, sniffing, sniffing, sniffing.” It took four days of […]

Search for ET Put on Hold

April 27, 2011

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The Allen Telescope Array, a major instrument designed to speed up our hunt for intelligent beings elsewhere in the galaxy, has been turned off. On April 15, this phalanx of small antennas, built to eavesdrop on signals that might reach us from civilizations hundreds of trillions of miles distant, was put into park, and its […]

Amazon seller lists book at $23,698,655.93 — plus shipping

April 27, 2011

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Lots of normal people would pay $23 for a book. But $23.7 million plus $3.99 shipping for a scientific book about flies!? This unthinkable sticker price for “The Making of a Fly” on Amazon.com was spotted on April 18 by Michael Eisen, an evolutionary biologist and blogger. The market-blind book listing was not the result […]

Video: Norman Foster Recreates Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion Car

April 27, 2011

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http://vimeo.com/21160399 “I was privileged to collaborate with Bucky for the last 12 years of his life and this had a profound influence on my own work and thinking. Inevitably, I also gained an insight into his philosophy and achievements,” shared Lord Norman Foster. Recreating the legendary futuristic Dymaxion Car, Foster’s No. 4 version was a […]