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Rock solid proof of alien life? Scientists claim fossilized algae inside meteorite

January 21, 2013

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Fossilized algae recently discovered inside a Sri Lankan meteorite could finally prove the existence of extra-terrestrial life, claim the authors of the new paper. ­In a recently published article in the Journal of Cosmology titled “Fossil Diatoms in a New Carbonaceous Meteorite”, scientists from the UK and Sri Lanka claim to have found fossilized algae […]

Scientists in Germany Draft Neanderthal Genome

January 21, 2013

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9 hours ago 9 hours ago Scientists report that they have reconstructed the genome of Neanderthals, a human species that was driven to extinction some 30,000 years ago, probably by the first modern humans to enter Europe. The Neanderthal genome, when fully analyzed, is expected to shed light on many critical aspects of human evolution. It will help document […]

Original Batmobile sold for $4.2m at US auction

January 21, 2013

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The Batmobile used by actor Adam West in the original TV series of Batman has sold for $4.2m (£2.6m) at a US auction. The car was bought by Rick Champagne, a logistics company owner from Phoenix, Arizona. The 56-year-old, who was just 10 when the high-camp TV series began in 1966, said it “was a […]

ShotSpotter Hits the Suburbs as the Police Fight Gun Violence

January 21, 2013

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BANG! The shot rang out after midnight, sending revelers who had spilled from a house party screaming and running down a scrappy Long Island street. Four miles away, in a concrete bunker 25 feet below ground, an emergency dispatcher jumped at the sound, and homed in on its source. Within moments, a police car, its […]

Leprosy spreads by reprogramming nerve cells into migratory stem cells

January 21, 2013

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The bacterium that causes leprosy spreads through the body by converting nerve cells into stem cells with migratory properties, according to research published today in the journal Cell. The new findings could improve treatments for leprosy and other infectious diseases caused by bacteria, and help clinicians to diagnose them earlier. They may also provide a […]

300-million-year-old UFO tooth-wheel found in Russian city of Vladivostok

January 21, 2013

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Lighting the fire during a cold winter evening a resident of Vladivostok found a rail-shaped metal detail which was pressed in one of the pieces of coal that the man used to heat his home. Mesmerized by his discovery, the responsible citizen decided to seek help from the scientists of Primorye region. After the metal object […]

Forget the Placebo Effect: It’s the ‘Care Effect’ That Matters

January 21, 2013

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Americans spend $34 billion a year on so-called alternative medicine — botanical pills, acupuncture, energy healing, and the like — despite the fact that few of these techniques are backed by any science. Study after study has rejected the ability of such treatments to cure. But the same studies routinely find that treated patients do […]

Australian 177 oz gold nugget worth more than its weight in gold

January 21, 2013

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The Y-shaped nugget, weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces), was buried 60cm beneath the ground near the town of Ballarat in Victoria. Local experts said they could not recall any nugget even approaching that size being discovered in the area previously. Michael Cooper believes it is likely to attract the attention of aficionados of the precious metal. […]

Captain Kirk’s Predecessor: Star Trek Was RAND Corporation Predictive Programming

January 21, 2013

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In a rare and recently unearthed interview from 1965, the actor who preceded William Shatner as first captain of the Enterprise, stated that the series was based on the RAND Corporation’s “projection of things to come”. Actor Jeffrey Hunter, who played captain Christopher Pike in the Star Trek pilot “The Cage” told a Hollywood columnist […]

Koch-Funded Study Finds 2.5°F Warming Of Land Since 1750 Is Manmade not Solar

January 21, 2013

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  Image: The decadal land surface temperature from BEST average (black line), “compared to a linear combination of volcanic sulfate emissions (responsible for the short dips) and the natural logarithm of CO2 (responsible for the gradual rise) shown in red. Inclusion of a proxy for solar activity did not significantly improve the fit. The grey […]

Navy wants drones stashed on the seafloor

January 21, 2013

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The U.S. Navy wants to pack aerial drones and other intelligence-gathering technology into special containers built to withstand deep ocean pressures and distribute them around the world’s seas. The containers will rise to the surface when called into service from a remote location.These “upward falling payloads” are seen as readying the Navy to address conflicts […]