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Weather satellites capture shots of volcanic plume blasting through clouds

May 24, 2011

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Just in case you forgot that the Earth is one of the most geologically active worlds in the solar system*, the Icelandic volcano Grimsvötn has sent a very loud reminder: after seven years of relative inactivity, the volcano woke up on Saturday, rocketing a plume 11 kilometers (7 miles) into the air. The ash column […]

Brazilian Thief Steals Woman’s ‘Virgin’ Hair

May 24, 2011

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Brazilian police say a thief cut off and stole a woman’s long hair while she waited at a bus stop. Police say the hair was virgin, meaning it had not been chemically treated, and will probably be sold for the production of wigs. Inspector Jose Carlos Bezerra da Silva said Friday to Globo TV’s G1 […]

VietNam: Mystery beast causing panic

May 24, 2011

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According to Cao Tan Son, police chief of the Binh Dong Commune, these mysterious incidents have been occurring since May 7 at the foot of Dinh Mountain in Son Tra Commune. However, no one has seen the strange creature that could have caused such large footprints measuring almost 12-15cm. Over 20 dogs have also been […]

Inca success in Peruvian Andes ‘thanks to llama dung’

May 24, 2011

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One of the world’s greatest ancient civilisations may have been built on llama droppings, a new study has found. Machu Picchu, the famous Inca city set in the Peruvian Andes, celebrates the centenary of its “‘discovery” by the outside world this July. Dignitaries will descend on site for a glitzy event in July marking 100 […]

Scientists find odd twist in slow ‘earthquakes’: Tremor running backwards

May 24, 2011

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Earthquake scientists trying to unravel the mysteries of an unfelt, weeks-long seismic phenomenon called episodic tremor and slip have discovered a strange twist. The tremor can suddenly reverse direction and travel back through areas of the fault that it had ruptured in preceding days, and do so 20 to 40 times faster than the original […]

Teaching algae to make fuel

May 24, 2011

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Many kinds of algae and cyanobacteria, common water-dwelling microorganisms, are capable of using energy from sunlight to split water molecules and release hydrogen, which holds promise as a clean and carbon-free fuel for the future. One reason this approach hasn’t yet been harnessed for fuel production is that under ordinary circumstances, hydrogen production takes a […]

Studies show no meaningful difference between high fructose corn syrup and sucrose

May 24, 2011

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The Corn Refiners Association would like you to know that… David Knowles – A comprehensive review of research focusing on the debate between High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and other sweeteners presented today finds there is no evidence of any significant variation in the way the human body metabolizes HFCS as opposed to standard table […]

PBDEs can cause developmental malformations, changes in behavior and death

May 24, 2011

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A new study by Baylor University environmental health researchers found that zebra fish exposed to several different technical mixtures of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – a common fire retardant – during early development can cause developmental malformations, changes in behavior and death. The study will appear in the June issue of the journal Environmental Toxicology […]

How to Learn a Star’s True Age

May 24, 2011

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… how can we tell if a star is one billion or 10 billion years old? Astronomers may have found a solution – measuring the star’s spin. “A star’s rotation slows down steadily with time, like a top spinning on a table, and can be used as a clock to determine its age,” says astronomer […]

The Great Triangular UFO Invasion of May 23rd, 2011

May 24, 2011

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Well, here is one anyway. Perhaps I’ll find more… Yes, here is another one posted on “unexplained mysteries” (Posted 23 March 2011 – 01:11 AM) Here are more. Triangle UFOs were reported 2011-05-23 in Texas, and in Tricities Washington. There was one the night before in Florida.

15 minutes of hell: F4 Twister hits city of 50,000

May 24, 2011

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From the second floor, he watched the storm approach. The swirling rain began to form about a mile away. Then the glass doors he was holding onto — with a 100-pound magnet to keep them locked — were suddenly pulled open. Pace was sucked outside briefly and then pushed back in like a rag doll, […]

British children growing weaker as computers replace outdoor activity

May 24, 2011

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Children are becoming weaker, less muscular and unable to do physical tasks that previous generations found simple, research has revealed. As a generation dedicated to online pursuits grows up, 10-year-olds can do fewer sit-ups and are less able to hang from wall bars in a gym. Arm strength has declined in that age group, as […]

How a jab of gel could be the surgery-free solution to your bad back

May 24, 2011

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An injection that could ease the misery of back pain for millions has been invented by British scientists. It contains thousands of microscopic sponge-like particles that inflate and gel together inside the body, repairing damaged and worn-away spinal discs. Almost everyone over the age of 50 has degeneration of the intervertebral discs, which cushion the […]

Climate Commission Report Warns Of Sea Levels Around Australia

May 24, 2011

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Global warming is real, man made, and could cause the world’s sea level to rise a metre by the end of the century, much higher than previously thought, according to the federal government’s Climate Commission. Melbourne faces extreme and more frequent flooding, while higher sea levels are already “bad news” for fragile areas including Kakadu […]

Laser puts record data rate through fibre

May 24, 2011

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Researchers have set a new record for the rate of data transfer using a single laser: 26 terabits per second. At those speeds, the entire Library of Congress collections could be sent down an optical fibre in 10 seconds. The trick is to use what is known as a “fast Fourier transform” to unpick more […]

Bacteria ‘linked’ to Parkinson’s disease

May 24, 2011

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The bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers have been linked to Parkinson’s disease, according to researchers in the US. Mice infected with Helicobacter pylori went onto develop Parkinson’s like symptoms. The study, presented at a meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, argues that infection could play “a significant role”. The charity Parkinson’s UK said the […]

Hoard of Roman coins unearthed at Colchester dig

May 24, 2011

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Two pots, one of them containing 1,247 coins, were discovered on the site of the former Hyderabad and Meeanee barracks, which are being redeveloped. The coins, known as antoniniani, date back to between 251 and 271 AD. Philip Crummy from the Colchester Archaeological Trust said the find would shed light on how people looked after […]

Comet Dive-Bombs Sun During Big Solar Explosion

May 24, 2011

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A comet plunged into the sun this week just as a huge eruption exploded from the star’s surface, but the two events are likely not related, NASA scientists say. NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spotted the ill-fated comet diving toward the sun between Tuesday and Wednesday (May 10 and 11), never to be seen […]

Exclusive Area 51 Pictures: Secret Plane Crash Revealed

May 24, 2011

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Area 51 was created so that U.S. Cold Warriors with the highest security clearances could pursue cutting-edge aeronautical projects away from prying eyes. During the 1950s and ’60s Area 51’s top-secret OXCART program developed the A-12 as the successor to the U-2 spy plane. Nearly undetectable to radar, the A-12 could fly at 2,200 miles […]

World’s First Pirate ISP Launches In Sweden

May 24, 2011

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The Swedish Pirate Party, who are at the forefront of anti-copyright lobbying in Sweden, are planning to shake up the country’s ISP market. After taking over the supply of bandwidth to The Pirate Bay, Piratpartiet will now partner in the launch of Pirate ISP, a new broadband service that will offer anonymity to customers and […]

Toy tiger sparks armed police alert in Southampton

May 24, 2011

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The alert was raised by several members of the public yesterday afternoon when they spotted what they believed to be a live white tiger in a field near Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire. The police helicopter was scrambled and a golf course cleared after police arrived at the scene and confirmed the sighting. Armed police were […]