Browsing All Posts published on »August 22nd, 2011«

How birds of a feather flock together

August 22, 2011

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… a Dutch scientist, Charlotte Hemelrijk, of Groningen University, in an article in the online journal PLoS ONE, has proposed… that this seemingly sophisticated behaviour [starlings swirling and swooping aerial ballets that appear to be synchronised] can be explained using only a few simple behavioural rules. And not only are these rules true for starlings, […]

Turning people into puppets

August 22, 2011

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One person’s expressions (top row) are mapped to another person’s face (bottom row) by real-time matching to an image database. In this case, the input is a video of Cameron Diaz, and the database is formed from a video (John Malkovich, bottom-left 4 images) or an unstructured set of photographs downloaded from the Internet (George […]

Elephant Makes a Stool—First Known Aha Moment for Species

August 22, 2011

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In an apparent flash of insight, a young Asian elephant in a zoo turned a plastic cube into a stool—and a tool—a new study says. That eureka moment is the first evidence that pachyderms can run problem-solving scenarios in their heads, then mentally map out an effective solution, and finally, put the plan into action, […]

Chineese Spacecraft To Save Earth From Asteroid Apophis In 2036?

August 22, 2011

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Shengping Gong, Junfeng Li, and Xiangyuan Zeng of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, have published an article in Research in Astronomy and Astrophysics (RAA), proposing to place a small spacecraft with a solar sail into a retrograde orbit to prevent an asteroid from colliding with the Earth in 2036. Near Earth Asteroids have a possibility […]

The Archaeology News Network: Homo Erectus travelled the high seas

August 22, 2011

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Early manlike creatures may have been smarter than we think. Recent archaeological finds from the Mediterranean show that human ancestors traveled the high seas. A team of researchers that included an N.C. State University geologist found evidence that our ancestors were crossing open water at least 130,000 years ago. That’s more than 100,000 years earlier […]

Police officer killed in ‘grease devil’ riot

August 22, 2011

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Angry Sri Lankans killed a police officer in the latest outbreak of violence sparked by a fear of nocturnal prowlers known popularly as “grease devils” that has gripped rural areas in the island nation over the past two weeks. Another officer and five other people were hurt in two separate incidents in the north-western town […]

Air Force Pilots Have Anti-Freeze in Their Blood, Air Force Doesn’t Know Why

August 22, 2011

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The Air Force recently noticed that some of their F-22 Raptor fighter pilots were acting erratically, specifically, they were acting drunk. But sozzled they weren’t, instead it’s been revealed that anti-freeze, oil fumes and propane invaded their blood. Whaaaat? It’s amazing, some of the pilots forgot simple things like how to operate the radio because […]

Bid to rename Homo sapiens called unwise

August 22, 2011

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Given the havoc humans are wreaking on natural systems, putting ourselves and so many other living things in peril, we don’t deserve this name, contends Julian Cribb, an Australian science writer and book author. In a letter published in the Aug. 18 issue of the journal Nature, Cribb makes a proposal. “Changing our species name […]

‘New Vasa’ shipwreck found on Baltic seabed

August 22, 2011

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Swedish divers have uncovered what they believe to be the legendary Swedish warship Mars, lost in a sea battle with the Danish-Lübeckian navy in 1564, near the coast of the Baltic island of Öland.“The ship is lying port-side up and the site is virtually littered with cannons,” said diver Richard Lundgren to The Local.Mars was […]

Aliens may destroy humans to save the Earth

August 22, 2011

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NASA-affiliated scientists have suggested that aliens may seek to wipe out the human race because of how we have treated planet Earth. In a new report by the Nasa Planetary Science Division at Pennsylvania State University, researchers suggest that alien races could see us as a long-term threat to the environment. “A preemptive strike would […]

People soon to be on loan at B.C. library

August 22, 2011

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A new library in Surrey, B.C., will be home to a “human library,” with people on loan as living books. The $36-million Surrey City Centre library, set to open at the end of the month, will allow users to “check out” people and pick their brains about their experiences with blindness, immigration, religion or a […]

Dallas Police on the Lookout for Pantie-Headed Bandit

August 22, 2011

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We ask that you now stop what you’re doing and take a close look at this security video footage, shot 5:25 pm Tuesday at a Dallas Exxon TigerMart. In it, a man wearing a black and white flower dress with white boots, a pair of panties over his face, and what might possibly be an […]

Teen With Rare Condition Could Die From Brushing Hair

August 22, 2011

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A teenage girl in Scotland with an extremely rare medical condition was told by doctors that brushing her hair could kill her. Megan Stewart, 13, suffers from hair brushing syndrome, which means that contact with static electricity could cause her brain to shut down, the Scottish Daily Record reported Thursday. Her condition came to light […]

Greatest Guitar Solo Ever?

August 22, 2011

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The YouTube title of the above song is “Greatest Guitar Solo Ever”. I don’t agree, but Prince is great and I especially enjoyed Jeff Lynn (ELO) and Tom Petty singing this George Harrison song. Greatest Guitar Solo Ever – YouTube. My vote for greatest guitar solo ever: Edward Van Halen performing Eruption.

27 String Guitar: Keith Medley “Hall of the Mountain King”

August 22, 2011

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Keith Medley makes beautiful music on his own creation; the one-of-a-kind 27-string guitar. http://keithmedleymusic.com/ In this new video Keith has re-arranged the classic piece “Hall Of The Mountain King” composed by Edvard Grieg for Peer Gynt in 1875. It is most recently know as an arrangement by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for the David […]

Modified ecstasy ‘attacks blood cancers’

August 22, 2011

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3 days ago 3 days ago Modified ecstasy could one day have a role to play in fighting some blood cancers, according to scientists. Ecstasy is known to kill some cancer cells, but scientists have increased its effectiveness 100-fold, they said in Investigational New Drugs journal. Their early study showed all leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma cells could be killed […]

Fukushima – Worst Case China Syndrome(s) happening?

August 22, 2011

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After 160 days, the Fukushima disaster is still worsening.

Charter jet crashes in Canadian arctic killing 12

August 22, 2011

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A Boeing 737 charter jet has crashed in Canada’s Arctic region, killing 12 people and injuring three others. The First Air flight was travelling from Yellowknife to Resolute Bay, when it came down not far from its destination. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said 15 people had been on board the flight, including four crew […]

Loch Ness search for mysterious balloon-like object

August 22, 2011

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The emergency services undertook a night-time search of Loch Ness after reports a balloon-like object had fallen from the sky. The police, coastguard, lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter scoured the area but found nothing. The alarm was raised at 20:00 on Saturday after members of the public said they saw a blue […]