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The planet Venus is slowing down

February 10, 2012

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ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft has discovered that our cloud-covered neighbour spins a little slower than previously measured. Peering through the dense atmosphere in the infrared, the orbiter found surface features were not quite where they should be. … In the 1980s and 1990s, the Venera and Magellan orbiters made radar maps of the surface of […]

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

February 10, 2012

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The parasite T. gondii, [right] may be changing connections between our neurones, altering how we act and feel. (Dennis Kunkel Microscropy, Inc./Visuals Unlimited/Corbis Images) Certainly Flegr’s thinking is jarringly unconventional. Starting in the early 1990s, he began to suspect that a single-celled parasite in the protozoan family was subtly manipulating his personality, causing him to […]

Swiss Build the World’s First Solar-Powered Ski Lift

February 10, 2012

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In the tiny mountain village of Tenna, a farming village in eastern Switzerland not far from resorts such as St. Moritz and Davos, big green ideas have been introduced. Although larger, well-known ski resorts overshadow it, when their aging ski lift needed replacing, locals raised enough money to update it and then went a step […]

Iron Sky Movie Trailer

February 10, 2012

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‘Killer beast’ warning to North crofters

February 10, 2012

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NORTH-coast crofters are being warned to be on the lookout for a “killer beast” which is rumoured to be prowling the fields of the Far North. It comes after the carcase of a ewe was found stripped to the bone at Swordly, near Bettyhill, in north Sutherland. Andy McLachlan (54), of Kirtomy, said a big […]

Flaming Tampons Attack On Car: Pennsylvania Police Arrest Couple

February 10, 2012

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Pennsylvania State Police say Patricia Deshong, 25, and Quentin Deshong, 22, were arrested Jan. 7 in Metal Township, Penn., after allegedly attempting to blow up a vehicle outside of a bar using flaming feminine hygiene products, according to documents obtained by The Smoking Gun. The incident took place outside the Hillside Tavern at around 2:50 […]

Study Reveals Possible New Key to Human Evolution

February 10, 2012

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Structural and functional brain imaging analyses, combined with computational analyses, reveal highly connected, centrally located regions of the human cortex (front part of the brain) that form a “structural core” of the brain.  Liza Gross, Wikimedia Commons  For the first five years of life, human cognition slowly comes to fruition, receiving and storing information and […]

‘Woolly Mammoth’ spotted in Siberia?

February 10, 2012

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Mammoth, or just a bear carrying a fish in its mouth? Mr. Snuffleupagus perhaps? As with all anomalous videos, the questions that need to be asked are things like: what happened before and after the video? Did they follow it, or at least alert authorities who would be able to track it? In short: fun […]

Zebra stripes evolved to keep biting flies at bay

February 10, 2012

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Why zebras evolved their characteristic black-and-white stripes has been the subject of decades of debate among scientists. Now researchers from Hungary and Sweden claim to have solved the mystery. The stripes, they say, came about to keep away blood-sucking flies. They report in the Journal of Experimental Biology that this pattern of narrow stripes makes […]

Steve Jobs’ FBI files question his honesty and morality

February 10, 2012

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The FBI files of Steve Jobs have been released, showing a man who commanded respect as an innovator but was questioned on his honesty and morality.The file was prepared on the Apple founder as he was considered for a presidential appointment in 1991 during George H W Bush’s time in office.Documents also revealed that Jobs […]