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How to Find Your Ancient Statue Doppelgänger

January 30, 2017

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In addition to supporting the arts and broadening your horizons, a trip to a museum is an opportunity to find your millennia-old look-alike hiding in an exhibit. If you haven’t been lucky enough to make such a discovery on your own, the Musée de la civilisation in Quebec City wants to help you find your […]

Human cells grown in pig embryos

January 28, 2017

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Eventually, unfortunately, human organs will be grown in pigs. It would be preferable to grow new needed organs in the persons who need the new organs, and I think that’s where we are headed, after the pig phase. Anyway, progess has been made on the pig front: Part of the difficulty involved timing: Pig embryos […]

Faux T-Rex feeds a 500 lb alligator 

January 28, 2017

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What does an alligator think about a Tyrannosaurus Rex? In October 2016, Jason McDonald, 35, who works at the Colorado Gators Reptile Park, disguised himself as a T-Rex to taunt a 500 lb alligator with fish. But why? Well, for fun, and the park worker insists he was making Morris, as the reptile is known, “work […]

Metallic hydrogen created

January 26, 2017

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This is an exciting time. One of the most potentially valuable materials on the planet was just created. Nearly a century after it was theorized, Harvard scientists have succeeded in creating the rarest – and potentially one of the most valuable – materials on the planet. The material – atomic metallic hydrogen – was created […]

Zuckerberg disease foundation buys AI engine to scour scientific papers for possible cures

January 25, 2017

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I’m really excited by this idea, applying AI to research analysis, because  researchers too often don’t seem to know about eachother’s work. There’s just too much going on in many fields, not to mention interdisciplinary innovation. I am a bit skeptical about machines understanding what is written well enough that this could work, but with […]

Ultrasound restores memory in Alzheimer’s rats

January 24, 2017

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Here is some research that could yield miraculous results in the area of anti-aging: A potential method of treating Alzheimer’s disease using ultrasound is being hailed as a “breakthrough”. A team of researchers at the University of Queensland’s Queensland Brain Institute Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research have successfully restored memory function in mice […]

Common chemicals causing diabetes; mechanism: melatonin mimic

January 22, 2017

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Will you be poisoned by pesticides today?  Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks, University at Buffalo researchers have found. The research suggests that exposure to these insecticides adversely affects melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Published […]

Graphene as a superconductor 

January 22, 2017

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Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor – meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material […]

A house made of newspapers

January 22, 2017

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In Rockport Massachusetts, on Pigeon Hill Street look for a sign that says “Paper House”. You can visit this unique, one story red house that looks like an ordinary log cabin. It is actually made of paper. The paper house began in 1922 when Elis Stenman, a mechanical engineer, began building a small summer home. […]

New hope for depression and anxiety

January 19, 2017

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If you want to be calm and happy, make sure  JNK proteins are not suppressing newly generated nerve cells in your hippocampus. From the research below, I’d take an educated guess that learning new things in a happy environment would be a potent remedy for some types of anxiety and depression.  Researchers have made a […]

Stopping Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)

January 18, 2017

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Ever have an unwanted radio sound in your speakers?  Here are my pro tips to eliminate RFI (Radio Freqiency Interference) in recording equipment. For fast reference, actions you can take are bold below. If the problem is intermittent, this may seem obvious, but the first tip is don’t try to fix a RFI problem at […]

How to age more slowly

January 15, 2017

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Centenarians reach age 100 because they age more slowly. Genetics play a part in resisting damage that accumulates over time, but there are things anyone can do to slow the aging process and improve health.   According to Israeli physician Nir Barzilai of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New […]

Flying car predicted in three years (only $14M)

January 9, 2017

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By 2020, we could finally have our flying car. A new drone created by the Israeli firm Urban Aeronautics can carry passengers, ferrying up to 1100 pounds at speeds of up to 115 miles per hour, according to Reuters. Around the size of a regular car, the Cormorant AUV (named after the aquatic bird) completed […]

Regeneration of human skin, a step closer

January 6, 2017

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Will gray hair and wrinkles be optional in our lifetime? Doctors have found a way to manipulate wounds to heal as regenerated skin rather than scar tissue. The method involves transforming the most common type of cells found in wounds into fat cells – something that was previously thought to be impossible in humans. Researchers […]

Why not have real wind up cars?

January 6, 2017

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Think about the implications of spring stored energy scaled up to real cars. Is it possible? An aspiring aerospace engineer blogging at Astrochara, shared with Truestrange a video of a mousetrap powered model car that will travel 60 feet. The plans are available so you can make one: In my AP Physics class we were required […]

Glass penny sells for $70,500

January 6, 2017

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We don’t usually think about R&D done by the U.S. mint, but there have been many experiments. A rare experimental glass penny made during World War II has netted a pretty penny at auction – selling for $70,500. Heritage Auctions announced Friday that the penny was sold during Thursday’s auction based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, […]

Is Mbah Gotho 146 years old?

January 5, 2017

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A centenarian who claims to be the world’s oldest man says he recently celebrated his 146th birthday. According to his ID card, Mbah Gotho, from Indonesia, was born on 31 December 1870. If this is accurate, he is the oldest person to have ever lived, taking the title from French Jeanne Calment, who died at […]

Have you heard of putpockets?

January 3, 2017

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A former pickpocket is educating people in a unique way.

Man stopped going to work, no one noticed for 6 years

January 1, 2017

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Here’s a strange news story from 2016 that I missed: A man stopped going to work – and nobody noticed for six years.  A Spanish civil servant who failed to turn up for work for “at least” six years has been caught after becoming eligible for a long service award. Joaquin Garcia, 69, was fined […]

Video on WordPress?

January 1, 2017

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From the iPhone WordPress app, you can upload video just as you would a photo. Here’s a quick video test of me playing my new guitar in the new year, with my new purple fingers. WordPress video upload appears to delete the audio if you use the iPhone WordPress app, but if you view the […]

Hollyweed: Prankster alters L.A. landmark sign

January 1, 2017

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The iconic hillside sign overlooking Southern California’s film-and-television hub was defaced overnight in honor of marijuana. Residents awoke on Sunday to find “Hollyweed” staring down at them in four-story, white letters from Los Angeles’ Mount Lee, where a version of the picture-ready “Hollywood” sign was first erected in 1923. City surveillance cameras captured footage of […]

New Years rituals

January 1, 2017

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I asked several people what they will doing tonight. Here’s what they said: A: I’m singing at the Hyatt in midtown for their NYE party.  T: I’ll make happy pancakes for dinner, berries and organic sour cream, topped with a square of dark chocolate. I’ll sing the New Years song.  K: I don’t believe in New […]