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Native New Zealand albino snail discovery

November 30, 2011

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It’s the Milky Bar snail – a giant carnivorous albino Powelliphanta found living in New Zealand bush. A group of trampers stumbled across the rare find – only the second recorded – during a trip though the Kahurangi National Park at the tip of the South Island. “Our group had seen three or four snails […]

Study: States That Legalize Medical Marijuana Reduce Traffic Fatalities

November 30, 2011

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Opponents of marijuana legalization often suggest that legalization would lead to an increased number of vehicle accidents. However, a new study from the Institute for the Study of Labor finds that states that legalized medical marijuana have seen a decline in traffic fatalities, the “leading cause of death for Americans age 35 and under.” According […]

Most liveable alien worlds ranked

November 30, 2011

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Scientists have outlined which moons and planets are most likely to harbour extra-terrestrial life. Among the most habitable alien worlds were Saturn’s moon Titan and the exoplanet Gliese 581g – thought to reside some 20.5 light-years away in the constellation Libra. The international team devised two rating systems to assess the probability of hosting alien […]

Why Does Evolution Allow Some People to Taste Words?

November 30, 2011

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A neural condition that tangles the senses so that people hear colors and taste words could yield important clues to understanding how the brain is organized, according to a new review study. This sensory merger, called synesthesia, was first scientifically documented in 1812 but was widely misunderstood for much of its history, with many experts […]

Indefinite Domestic Military Detentions?

November 30, 2011

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Congress is now considering legislative language to mandate indefinite military detentions of US citizens suspected of present or past associations with alleged terrorist groups, with or without evidence to prove it. More on that below. The 2006 Military Commissions Act authorized torture and sweeping unconstitutional powers to detain, interrogate, and prosecute alleged suspects and collaborators […]

Fish? What fish?

November 30, 2011

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Ways to Inflate Your IQ

November 30, 2011

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Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it. Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years. Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks […]

Jackson doctor Conrad Murray sentenced to four years

November 30, 2011

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Conrad Murray, the US doctor convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of pop superstar Michael Jackson, has been sentenced to four years in county jail. Murray was found guilty earlier this month after a six-week trial. Judge Michael Pastor told the court that while Murray was legally eligible for probation, he did not think his actions […]

El Dorado Hills boy dies after being shot with pellet gun

November 30, 2011

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An El Dorado Hills boy has died after being shot with a pellet gun. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a shooting on Waterman Court in El Dorado Hills.According to preliminary information, the youth was shot by another juvenile in the neighborhood while playing at the neighbor’s […]

Body image correction web site

November 30, 2011

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Check out mybodygallery.com and you may discover that you should be eating more or exercising more. Interesting idea… Women, did it help with better self acceptance?

Alzheimer’s: Deep brain stimulation ‘reverses’ disease

November 30, 2011

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Scientists in Canada have raised a tantalising prospect – reversing Alzheimer’s disease. Brain shrinkage, declining function and memory loss had been thought to be irreversible. They used a technique known as deep brain stimulation – applying electricity directly to regions of the brain. In two patients, the brain’s memory hub reversed its expected decline and […]

Banishing consciousness: the mystery of anaesthesia

November 30, 2011

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Linda Geddes – … The development of general anaesthesia has transformed surgery from a horrific ordeal into a gentle slumber. It is one of the commonest medical procedures in the world, yet we still don’t know how the drugs work. Perhaps this isn’t surprising: we still don’t understand consciousness, so how can we comprehend its […]

UK’s Durham Crematorium May Sell Body Heat To Great Britain’s National Grid

November 30, 2011

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Bringing new meaning to the term “body heat,” a UK crematorium is hoping to make some extra cash by selling energy produced during the cremation process. If all goes as planned, the Durham Crematorium will install turbines in two of its burners and sell the excess energy to Great Britain’s National Grid, The Telegraph reports. […]

Dutch Researcher Created A Super-Influenza Virus With The Potential To Kill Millions

November 30, 2011

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A Dutch researcher has created a virus with the potential to kill half of the planet’s population. Now, researchers and experts in bioterrorism debate whether it is a good idea to publish the virus creation ”recipe”. However, several voices argue that such research should have not happened in the first place. The virus is a […]

E. Coli Bacteria Engineered to Eat Switchgrass and Make Transportation Fuels

November 30, 2011

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Strains of E. coli bacteria were engineered to digest switchgrass biomass and synthesize its sugars into gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Lynn Yarris – A milestone has been reached on the road to developing advanced biofuels that can replace gasoline, diesel and jet fuels with a domestically-produced clean, green, renewable alternative. Researchers with the U.S. […]

Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – YouTube

November 29, 2011

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Octopus Walks on Land at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve – YouTube. A trained human free diver could easily be under water for as long as this octopus was out of water, but it is still amazing. Octopus breathe through gills that should be suspended “weightless” under water for all the tiny lamellae to be in touch […]

Occupy LA claims victory over police

November 29, 2011

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Occupy LA protester have claimed victory as police left the site of their encampment after failing to evict demonstrators following the expiry of the deadline set by the mayor. US police in Los Angeles detained several people after ‘Occupy’ protesters outside City Hall defied their eviction order. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the street as […]

How the brain strings words into sentences

November 29, 2011

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While it has long been recognized that certain areas in the brain’s left hemisphere enable us to understand and produce language, scientists are still figuring out exactly how those areas divvy up the highly complex processes necessary to comprehend and produce language. Advances in brain imaging made within the last 10 years have revealed that […]

Reality in the eye of the beholder

November 28, 2011

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Joseph Blumberg – You know they couldn’t possibly look that good. But what did those models and celebrities look like before all the retouching? How different is the image we see from the original? Dartmouth Computer Science Professor Hany Farid and Eric Kee, a PhD student at Dartmouth College, are proposing a method to not […]

Julian Assange Blasts Media, Accepts Journalism Award

November 28, 2011

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By Ed Silverstein , TechZone360 Contributor – The controversial WikiLeaks site has won a prestigious journalism award from Australia’s Walkley Foundation, as the site’s leader remains under house arrest. “This year’s winner has shown a courageous and controversial commitment to the finest traditions of journalism: justice through transparency,” according to a foundation statement announcing the […]

New compound defeats drug-resistant bacteria

November 28, 2011

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Chemists at Brown University have synthesized a new compound that makes drug-resistant bacteria susceptible again to antibiotics. The compound — BU-005 — blocks pumps that a bacterium employs to expel an antibacterial agent called chloramphenicol. The team used a new and highly efficient method for the synthesis of BU-005 and other C-capped dipeptides. Results appear […]

Yoga is the work of the devil, says Vatican’s chief exorcist (and he doesn’t like Harry Potter much either)

November 28, 2011

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Father Gabriel Amorth has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms in his capacity as Chief Exorcist at the Vatican. The 85-year-old can boast 25 years in the post after being appointed by the late Pope John Paul II. At a conference today, he surprised the delegates by revealing some of his greatest dislikes – yoga […]

A theory of everything (else) – Jacques Vallee

November 28, 2011

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Show tonight

November 25, 2011

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Invitation: If you are in Sacramento tonight (black Friday, 2011) come down to Luna’s cafe. Amy and I will be playing some songs at a benefit around 7 pm. -Xeno

Prickly water

November 25, 2011

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In the past week, in two different cities, I’ve twice encountered non-carbonated water that tastes “prickly” like it has been spiked with nano carbonation. My sixth sense told me to avoid it. Anyone else notice a change in the water? Update: must be a cleaning product. Another glass from the same restaurant was fine.

Amish haircut attacks lead to arrest

November 24, 2011

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What started as an internal dispute between different Amish religious groups in the state of Ohio has now ended up in a federal court. http://news360.com/article/35407850