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UFO Sightings At International Space Station On The Rise (And You Can Help Find Them)

January 15, 2013

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As 2012 ended and 2013 began, numerous UFOs were reported around the country — nothing earthshattering there — but what about alleged unidentified objects seen in space near the International Space Station (or ISS), a couple of hundred miles above Earth? Videos have cropped up on YouTube showing images taken by NASA cameras of objects […]

Losing Our Religion: The Growth Of The ‘Nones’

January 15, 2013

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This week, Morning Edition explores the “nones” — Americans who say they don’t identify with any religion. Demographers have given them this name because when asked to identify their religion, that’s their answer: “none.” In October, the Pew Research Center released a study, ‘Nones’ on the Rise, that takes a closer look at the 46 […]

Best Optical Illusion Award

January 15, 2013

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Aliens found living in clouds may control Earth weather

January 15, 2013

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On a lazy summer day, you might look for animal shapes in the clouds, but you know they’re not real. There’s nothing alive up there but the occasional flock of airline passengers, right? Well, if you’ve ever had a microbiologist friend remark that a cloud reminded them of a bacterium, they were more right than […]

Japanese hacker continues to taunt police with clue strapped to cat

January 15, 2013

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Police in Japan have recovered a memory card from the collar of a cat found wandering on an island near Tokyo — the latest bizarre turn in their hunt for a hacker, one who has been taunting them with clues for several months. In December 2012 the National Police Agency (NPA) — Japan’s central law […]

Star Wars ‘hyperdrive’ space flight explored by physicists

January 15, 2013

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… if it were possible, the reality of interstellar travel would be a lot less spectacular, according to a group of student physicists. The ”hyperdrive” featured in Star Wars enables Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon spaceship to take short cuts between stars through a higher dimension of space. Racing through hyperspace at near light speed, the […]

More Evidence Emerges That “Hobbits” Were A Separate Species

January 15, 2013

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… Frodo fans can delight in new evidence that hobbits did in fact belong to the extinct species Homo floresiensis. A study published in Journal of Human Evolution last week shows hobbit wrists were markedly different from humans’, lending credence to the theory that they were a separate species from Homo sapiens. After studying the […]

Genomes link aboriginal Australians to Indians

January 15, 2013

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Some aboriginal Australians can trace as much as 11% of their genomes to migrants who reached the island around 4,000 years ago from India, a study suggests. Along with their genes, the migrants brought different tool-making techniques and the ancestors of the dingo, researchers say1. This scenario is the result of a large genetic analysis […]

Federal Court Admits Hepatitis B Vaccine Caused Fatal Auto-Immune Disorder

January 15, 2013

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In our society today, newborns are injected with loads of chemicals nearly as soon as they enter the world. In the name of “prevention”, we give them vaccines that we aren’t even sure are safe. As a matter of fact, in many cases, we know them to be unsafe. This is the case with the […]

Don’t read my lips! Body language trumps the face for conveying intense emotions

January 15, 2013

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Be it triumph or crushing defeat, exhilaration or agony, body language more accurately conveys intense emotions, according to recent research that challenges the predominance of facial expressions as an indicator of how a person feels. Princeton University researchers report in the journal Science that facial expressions can be ambiguous and subjective when viewed independently. The […]

Global warming may have severe consequences for rare Haleakalā silverswords

January 15, 2013

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While the iconic Haleakalā silversword plant made a strong recovery from early 20th-century threats, it has now entered a period of substantial climate-related decline. New research published this week warns that global warming may have severe consequences for the silversword in its native habitat.Known for its striking rosette, the silversword grows for 20-90 years before […]

Astronomers discover largest known structure in the universe

January 15, 2013

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Astronomers have discovered the largest known structure in the universe – a group of quasars so large it would take 4 billion years to cross it while traveling at speed of light. The immense scale also challenges Albert Einstein’s Cosmological Principle, the assumption that the universe looks the same from every point of view, researchers […]

Physicists Find Evidence That The Universe Is A ‘Giant Brain’

January 15, 2013

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The idea of the universe as a ‘giant brain’ has been proposed by scientists – and science fiction writers – for decades. But now physicists say there may be some evidence that it’s actually true. In a sense. According to a study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports, the universe may be growing in the same […]

Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice

January 15, 2013

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… The Harvard group focused on a process called telomere shortening. Most cells in the body contain 23 pairs of chromosomes, which carry our DNA. At the ends of each chromosome is a protective cap called a telomere. Each time a cell divides, the telomeres are snipped shorter, until eventually they stop working and the […]

What color is the letter A? Fisher-Price Induced Synesthesia

January 15, 2013

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Image: Letter-color matching data from the 11 subjects. The diagram shows the color selected for each letter, averaged across three trials for each subject. The left-most column indicates the colors of the Fisher-Price refrigerator magnets used by all but 1 of the subjects as children. … Synesthesia is a rare perceptual phenomenon in which the […]

Mongooses talk like us

January 15, 2013

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Animals may have more to say for themselves than most people think, a new study suggests. Scientists found that the monosyllabic call of the banded mongoose is structured in a similar way to vowels and consonants in human speech. They believe the same is true for sounds made by other animals, including frogs and bats. […]

Silbo gomero: A whistling language revived

January 15, 2013

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  On a Spanish island, an ancient whistling language that once seemed to be dying out is now undergoing a revival. The night has not yet fallen in La Gomera, one of the smallest Canary Islands. From the top of the hill I can see, scattered in the distance, a few old houses. To my […]

The Science of Why Comment Trolls Suck

January 15, 2013

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… In a recent study, a team of researchers from the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication and several other institutions employed a survey of 1,183 Americans to get at the negative consequences of vituperative online comments for the public understanding of science. Participants were asked to read a blog post containing a […]

Super Realistic Baby Head Robot

January 15, 2013

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“DIEGO-SAN”, by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation. With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive A.I. and human-robot interaction research. With high definition […]

4,000-year-old shaman’s stones discovered near Boquete, Panama

January 15, 2013

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  Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America. Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University of […]

Graphic warnings on cigarettes effective across demographic groups

January 15, 2013

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Quitting smoking is a common New Year’s resolution for Americans each year, but research has repeatedly shown it is not an easy task. Some groups, such as racial/ethnic minorities, have an even harder time quitting. New research suggests hard-hitting graphic tobacco warnings may help smokers of diverse backgrounds who are struggling to quit. A new […]