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Who wouldn’t pay a penny for a sports car?

March 16, 2012

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The right strategy doesn’t guarantee advantage in auctions, real estate or stock market Who wouldn’t pay a penny for a sports car? That’s the mentality some popular online auctions take advantage of — the opportunity to get an expensive item for very little money. In a study of hundreds of lowest unique bid auctions, Northwestern […]

Giant squid eyes are sperm whale defence

March 16, 2012

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The world’s biggest squid species have developed huge eyes to give early warning of approaching sperm whales. Colossal and giant squid both have eyes that can measure 27cm (11in) across – much bigger than any fish. Scientists found that huge eyes offer no advantages in the murky ocean depths other than making it easier to […]

Strange Exits: Chinese schoolgirls commit suicide in attempt to travel back in time

March 16, 2012

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Two schoolgirls committed suicide in an attempt to travel through time, possibly inspired by popular TV shows, according to state-owned newspaper China Daily. The case brings the issue of time travel-centered television shows back into the spotlight in China, which recently implemented a ban on these types of shows during primetime hours, between 7 and […]

Why moon did not always look like it does now

March 16, 2012

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Scientists have released two new videos, which takes viewers through the moon’s evolutionary history, and reveals how it came to appear the way it does today. Another video gives viewers a guided tour of prominent locations on the moon’s surface, compiled by the spacecraft’s observations of the moon. NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team at […]

Near-miss asteroid to return even closer next year

March 16, 2012

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An amateur team spotted the unusual asteroid, named 2012 DA14, on February 22. Its small size and orbit meant that it was observed only after it had flown past Earth at about seven times the distance of the Moon. However, current predictions indicate that on its next flyby, due on 15 February 2013, it will […]

Berndnaut Smilde creates a raincloud in a room, as art

March 16, 2012

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You might think it would be bad luck for a raincloud to follow you around, and avoid being in one’s vicinity. But not for Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde, who actively seeks to create them. As the saying goes, every cloud has a silver lining and Smilde’s have made him famous, quite literally taking the art […]

Five Legged Frog Saved From Cooking Pot In China

March 16, 2012

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A five-legged bull frog’s extra appendage has saved him from the cooking pot in China, after a chef spotted the amphibian’s weird protrusion. The oily black leg, which stuck out at an angle from the bull frog’s body, wasn’t spotted by his first owner, as he was part of a wholesale batch crammed together at […]

Judge rejects UC Davis pepper-spray report secrecy

March 16, 2012

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Image: “Police State Graphic on a UC Davis building, Friday March 16, 2012” The report on the November pepper-spraying of students and protesters at UC Davis likely will be ordered released today, although a potential court appeal may delay public release until at least April 2. In a tentative ruling issued late Thursday, an Alameda […]

White rice increases risk of Type 2 diabetes

March 16, 2012

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Stephanie Burns – The risk of type 2 diabetes is significantly increased if white rice is eaten regularly, claims a study published today on bmj.com. The authors from the Harvard School of Public Health look at previous studies and evidence of the association between eating white rice and the risk of type 2 diabetes. Their […]

A wandering mind reveals mental processes and priorities

March 16, 2012

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Odds are, you’re not going to make it all the way through this article without thinking about something else. In fact, studies have found that our minds are wandering half the time, drifting off to thoughts unrelated to what we’re doing – did I remember to turn off the light? What should I have for […]

Mysterious planet-sized ‘Death Star’ captured on video as it ‘refuels’ at the surface of the sun

March 16, 2012

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An orbiting Nasa space telescope captured a dark, planet-sized object flying close to the sun on Monday – and extending what looks like a refueling tube into the star’s surface. The black, Death Star-like, orb is briefly engulfed in light from the sun, then flies off into space. A video edited from the Solar Dynamics […]

Fossils discovered in China hint at new human species

March 16, 2012

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The most recent fossils ever found of a human-like species in southeast China have presented scientists with a mystery about what may be an unknown Stone Age culture, researchers said today. Sometimes called the “red deer people,” the remains are about 11,500 to 14,500 years old and appear to show a mix of modern and […]

Italian mayor bans dying over lack of space in local cemetery

March 16, 2012

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The mayor of small town in Italy’s south has surprised residents with an order that seems impossible to obey: don’t die, as the local cemetery is short of space. ­The 4,000 residents of Falciano del Massico, a town some 50 kilometers north of Naples, have been challenged with a recent order by mayor Giulio Cesare […]

Austrian UFO Hole Explained by Historians

March 16, 2012

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Historians have solved the mystery of a perfectly round hole going 25 foot underground after it appeared in the middle of an Austrian field. Hundreds of people travelled to the field at Neuhofen im Innkreis in Austria after the mysterious perfectly round hole appeared overnight, leading down to “something metallic”. One schoolgirl told local media […]

Tineye, the reverse image search engine

March 16, 2012

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If you find a scam web site like “News Daily 7 – Work at home mum makes … blah blah blah” try www.tineye.com to do some detective work. 1. Start on the page with the image in question, right-click on the image and copy the link. 2. Go to www.tineye.com and paste the link to […]