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10-29-2008, 10:21 AM
<a href="http://environment.newscientist.com/article/dn15058-chimps-compile-nixonstyle-enemies-list.html">Chimps compile Nixon-style 'enemies list'</a>

Chimpanzees have at least one thing in common with the late US president Richard Nixon: tracking those who do them favours and putting those who don't come up to scratch on an "enemies list".

Nearly 3000 hours of observations of wild chimpanzees show that they keep tabs on which of the troop has groomed them the most – returning the favour to frequent groomers, while freezing out the selfish ones.

In a way, grooming works like currency in chimpanzees, says Cristina Gomes, a behavioural ecologist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. "If you don't have a set price, then you're susceptible to being cheated and cooperation would probably break down."

Among chimpanzees, grooming seems to be a hygienic practice to pluck parasites off fur, as well as a social glue between related and unrelated apes, she says.

10-29-2008, 10:23 AM
<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/28/science/earth/28wald.html?_r=2&oref=slogin&oref=slogin">Thoreau Is Rediscovered as a Climatologist </a>

10-29-2008, 11:09 AM

INSTANT messaging may appear a detached way to interact, but it turns out to be no bar to communicating what you are feeling. And just as with talking face-to-face, these emotions are contagious.

Jeffrey Hancock and his team at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, asked 44 pairs of volunteers to chat online for 15 to 20 minutes. They were asked to find out more about each other and to discuss something that was worrying them. Earlier, one person in each pair had watched either a harrowing scene from the film Sophie's Choice, or a clip from another film depicting small talk.

The team found not only that each participant could accurately assess their partner's mood, but that those paired with someone who had watched Sophie's Choice felt sadder than before the chat.

10-29-2008, 11:11 AM


If you've ever eaten West African cuisine, you may have come across the pungent peppery spice known as grains of paradise or Aframomum melegueta, a member of the ginger family that grows well in the swamps along the coast.

The spice has long been known in African folklore as a medicine that aids digestion and now western scientists say it might also be a powerful diabetes treatment.

Ilya Raskin, a plant biologist at Rutgers University in New Jersey, has tested an extract of A. melegueta on diabetic mice and says it produces a significant drop in their blood sugar levels.

Raskin says the extract could help to prevent the onset of diabetes in people at high risk and could be given prophylactically to individuals who have a family history of diabetes, or have other risk factors for developing such disease.

In Africa, the plant seeds are chewed on cold days to "promote" body warmth and are used extensively as a food spice.

This has suggested a number of novel ways in which the extract could be marketed, perhaps as a food additive, as an "ethical" drug, a dietary supplement, or even as a cosmetic product having biologically active ingredients.

Raskin is patenting the technique for producing the extract, but offers no word on its effectiveness in humans.

Read the full diabetes spice patent application

10-29-2008, 12:12 PM
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10-29-2008, 12:25 PM

When Luke found out that the pineal gland - a little gland in the center of the brain, responsible for a very large range of regulating activities (it produces serotonin and melatonin) - was also a calcifying tissue, like the teeth and the bones, she hypothesized it would concentrate fluoride to very high levels. The gland is not protected by the blood brain rate of blood, second only to the Luke had 11 cadavers analyzed in the UK. As she predicted she found astronomically high levels of fluoride in the calcium hydroxy apatite crystals produced by the gland. The average was 9000 ppm and went as high as 21,000 in one case. These levels are at, or higher, than fluoride levels in the bones of people suffering from skeletal fluorosis. It is these findings which have just been published. It is the ramifications of these findings which have yet to be published. In the second half of her work she treated animals (Mongolian gerbils) with fluoride at a crack pineal gland research unit at the University of Surrey, UK (so there is no question about the quality of this work). She found that melatonin production (as measured by the concentration of a melatonin metabolite in the urine) was lower in the animals treated with high fluoride levels compared with those treated with low levels. Luke hypothesizes that one of the four enzymes needed to convert the amino acid tryptophan (from the diet) into melatonin is being inhibited by fluoride. It could be one of the two enzymes which convert tryptophan to serotonin or one of the two which convert serotonin to melatonin. Significance? Huge. Melatonin is responsible for regulating all kinds of activities and there is a vast amount of work investigating its possible roles in aging, cancer and many other life processes.

10-29-2008, 12:37 PM
From the lizard people....to the "Octopi" people...

From the lizard people....

to the "Squid" People....


10-30-2008, 06:13 AM

Get the LED out: The Invisible Costume.
You want to dress up for a fancy dress party, and you want to arrive in costume, but you need to cross town without drawing attention to yourself.

10-30-2008, 06:14 AM

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is well known for pushing the boundaries of science and technology in search of ways to give the U.S. military an edge—robotic pack animals, self-navigating vehicles and plant-based jet fuel, to name a few. Less well known is the agency's Cold War-era investigation into how paranormal phenomena like extrasensory perception might be used by the U.S. to get a leg up on the former Soviet Union and, perhaps more importantly, by the USSR against the United States.

Working with Washington, D.C., think tank RAND Corporation, DARPA determined that paranormal research by the Soviets focused on physical science, engineering and quantifiable results, whereas their U.S. counterparts tended to be psychologists looking instead to explore the human mind. The bottom line, according to a 1973 DARPA-commissioned study entitled "Paranormal Phenomena": "the U.S. has failed to significantly advance our understanding of paranormal phenomena."

As Halloween approaches, the report serves as a reminder of our fascination with paranormal forces (for more on this, visit Sciam.com's "Science of the Occult" in-depth report). The authors were worried that the Soviets might win the race to use the supernatural to its advantage much as they had threatened to win the space race decades earlier when they launched Sputnik. "If paranormal phenomena exist," RAND analysts P. T. Van Dyke and Mario L. Juncosa concluded, "the thrust of Soviet research appears more likely to lead to explanation, control and application than [does] U.S. research."

The authors acknowledge that the study was limited, because it was based on but a sampling of works available at the time. Among them: a decade of abstracts from the parapsychology section of Psychological Abstracts, a print version of the PsycINFO abstract database of psychological literature. They knew even less about Soviet efforts, they admitted, noting that their conclusions on that front were based on a "somewhat impressionistic" sample and "some not always reliable and frequently imprecise reports of Western visitors to the Soviet Union."

Soviet research on telepathy dates from the early 1920s when a program was established at the Institute for Brain Research at Leningrad State University. The Soviets appear to have been fascinated with telepathy, which they called "biological communication," as a ship-to-shore way of communicating with submarines without using electronic equipment. They also considered training their cosmonauts to develop and use precognitive abilities to "foresee and to avoid accidents in space."

10-30-2008, 06:16 AM

Amoebas are smarter than they look, and a team of US physicists think they know why. The group has built a simple electronic circuit that is capable of the same “intelligent” behaviour as Physarum, a unicellular organism – and say this could help us understand the origins of primitive intelligence.

In recent years, the humble amoeba has surprised researchers with its ability to behave in an “intelligent” way. Last year, Liang Li and Edward Cox at Princeton University reported that the Dictyostelium amoeba is twice as likely to turn left if its last turn was to the right and vice versa, which suggests the cells have a rudimentary memory.

This year, Toshiyuki Nakagaki at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, won an Ig Nobel prize for his work on amoeba intelligence after his team found further evidence of the amoeba memory effect. They exposed Physarum amoeba to temperatures fluctuating regularly between cold and warm. It was already known that the cells become sluggish during cold snaps, but Nakagaki's team found that the amoeba slowed down in anticipation of cold conditions, even when the temperature changes had stopped (Physical Review Letters, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.018101).

10-30-2008, 06:17 AM

Internet 'speeds up decision making and brain function'
Internet use could improve brain function and speed up decision-making, but it comes at the expense of empathy and the ability to think in abstract terms, scientists have found.

10-30-2008, 06:18 AM

Here, in this frontier town on the Sahara, one of the most challenging restoration projects in Africa is under way. Few would invest time or money in such a remote corner of the continent, but a philanthropic development agency called the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) is working with local craftsmen to restore the Djingarey Ber mosque, one of the oldest and most important mud buildings in the world. In African terms, this is the equivalent of restoring St Peter's in Rome.

Timbuktu's Djingarey Ber mosque
A relic of Timbuktu's golden age: The Djingarey Ber mosque

Founded in the 14th century, and gradually adapted and enlarged, Djingarey Ber is a relic of Timbuktu's golden age, when it stood at the intersection of west African and trans-Saharan trade routes. A thriving gateway town made rich from salt, gold and slaves, it was also an epicentre of learning and education, with several respected universities and libraries.

10-30-2008, 06:19 AM

A 3,000-year-old temple featuring an image of a spider god may hold clues to little-known cultures in ancient Peru.

People of the Cupisnique culture, which thrived from roughly 1500 to 1000 B.C., built the temple in the Lambayeque valley on Peru's north coast.

10-30-2008, 06:21 AM
The good news: The bees are back. The bad news: they are PISSED! (http://www.wpbf.com/cnn-news/17802980/detail.html)

10-30-2008, 06:24 AM

Does Nature Break the Second Law of Thermodynamics?
In seeming defiance of the second law of thermodynamics, nature is filled with examples of order emerging from chaos. A new theoretical framework resolves the apparent paradox

10-30-2008, 06:24 AM

Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking Retires From Post

10-30-2008, 06:25 AM


10-30-2008, 06:26 AM

Electricity Found on Saturn Moon--Could It Spark Life?

10-30-2008, 07:12 AM

Are You Evil? Profiling That Which Is Truly Wicked
A cognitive scientist employs malevolent logic to define the dark side of the human psyche

TROY, N.Y.—The hallowed halls of academia are not the place you would expect to find someone obsessed with evil (although some students might disagree). But it is indeed evil—or rather trying to get to the roots of evil—that fascinates Selmer Bringsjord, a logician, philosopher and chairman of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Department of Cognitive Science here. He's so intrigued, in fact, that he has developed a sort of checklist for determining whether someone is demonic, and is working with a team of graduate students to create a computerized representation of a purely sinister person.

"I've been working on what is evil and how to formally define it," says Bringsjord, who is also director of the Rensselaer AI & Reasoning Lab (RAIR). "It's creepy, I know it is."

To be truly evil, someone must have sought to do harm by planning to commit some morally wrong action with no prompting from others (whether this person successfully executes his or her plan is beside the point). The evil person must have tried to carry out this plan with the hope of "causing considerable harm to others," Bringsjord says. Finally, "and most importantly," he adds, if this evil person were willing to analyze his or her reasons for wanting to commit this morally wrong action, these reasons would either prove to be incoherent, or they would reveal that the evil person knew he or she was doing something wrong and regarded the harm caused as a good thing.

Bringsjord's research builds on earlier definitions put forth by San Diego State University philosophy professor J. Angelo Corlett as well as the late sociopolitical philosophers and psychologists, Joel Feinberg and Erich Fromm, but most significantly by psychiatrist and author M. Scott Peck in his 1983 book, People of the Lie, The Hope for Healing Human Evil. After reading Peck's tome about clinically evil people, "I thought it would be interesting to come up with formal structures that define evil," Bringsjord says, "and, ultimately, to create a purely evil character the way a creative writer would."

He and his research team began developing their computer representation of evil by posing a series of questions beginning with the basics—name, age, sex, etcetera—and progressing to inquiries about this fictional person's beliefs and motivations.

This exercise resulted in "E," a computer character first created in 2005 to meet the criteria of Bringsjord's working definition of evil. Whereas the original E was simply a program designed to respond to questions in a manner consistent with Bringsjord's definition, the researchers have since given E a physical identity: It's a relatively young, white man with short black hair and dark stubble on his face. Bringsjord calls E's appearance "a meaner version" of the character Mr. Perry in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society. "He is a great example of evil," Bringsjord says, adding, however, that he is not entirely satisfied with this personification and may make changes.

The researchers have placed E in his own virtual world and written a program depicting a scripted interview between one of the researcher's avatars and E. In this example, E is programmed to respond to questions based on a case study in Peck's book that involves a boy whose parents gave him a gun that his older brother had used to commit suicide.

The researchers programmed E with a degree of artificial intelligence to make "him" believe that he (and not the parents) had given the pistol to the distraught boy, and then asked E a series of questions designed to glean his logic for doing so. The result is a surreal simulation during which Bringsjord's diabolical incarnation attempts to produce a logical argument for its actions: The boy wanted a gun, E had a gun, so E gave the boy the gun.

Bringsjord and his team by the end of the year hope to have completed the fourth generation of E, which will be able to use artificial intelligence and a limited set of straightforward English (no slang, for example) to "speak" with computer users.

Following the path of a true logician, Bringsjord's interest in the portrayal of virtuousness and evil in literature led to his interest in software that helps writers develop ideas and create stories; this, in turn, spurred him to develop his own software for simulating human behavior, both good and odious, says Barry Smith, a distinguished professor of bioinformatics and ontology at the State University of New York at Buffalo who is familiar with Bringsjord's work. "He's known as someone on the fringe of philosophy and computer science."

Bringsjord and Smith both have an interest in finding ways to better understand human behavior, and their work has attracted the attention of the intelligence community, which is seeking ways to successfully analyze the information they gather on potential terrorists. "To solve problems in intelligence analysis, you need more accurate representations of people," Smith says. "Selmer is trying to build really good representations of human beings in all of their subtlety."

Bringsjord acknowledges that the endeavor to create pure evil, even in a software program, does raise ethical questions, such as, how researchers could control an artificially intelligent character like E if "he" was placed in a virtual world such as Second Life, a Web-based program that allows people to create digital representations of themselves and have those avatars interact in a number of different ways.

"I wouldn't release E or anything like it, even in purely virtual environments, without engineered safeguards," Bringsjord says. These safeguards would be a set of ethics written into the software, something akin to author Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" that prevent a robot from harming humans, requires a robot to obey humans, and instructs a robot to protect itself—as long as that does not violate either or both of the first two laws.

"Because I have a lot of faith in this approach," he says, "E will be controlled."

10-30-2008, 07:15 AM

Bernd Oette’s Grassland uses real dried grass as living room elements. This specially grown grass ‘ages’ and dries while in the living room, influenced by external factors as the lighting conditions. For thousands of year, we have cultivated nature, with plants being an excellent example. Why is it so appealing to have the uncontrollable yet ‘real’ change of nature in our living room again?


10-30-2008, 07:20 AM

Microsoft patents web moderator robots

The problem with the internet, as we all know, is that it gives free rein to loonies. Once upon a time, green inkers would rant away on writing paper, seal their 30-page global conspiracy theory into a recycled envelope and post it to a newspaper, which would drop it harmlessly into a wastepaper basket. Now they infiltrate chat rooms, scrawl anonymous abuse in web discussions and even have their own video blogs.

Sometimes this is entertaining; sometimes it can be offensive. So Microsoft has just been awarded a patent for technology designed to automatically detect and remove “undesired words or phrases” from all manner of digital communications, ranging from YouTube broadcasts to internet chat and songs.

The patent describes a system that listens out for phonemes (word fragments) likely to be part of a swearword. If it thinks it hears a forbidden phrase, the software either fades out the offending syllables or simply replaces the rude word with a similar-sounding but clean alternative lifted from earlier speech without a second’s delay.

With Microsoft’s software put in place by parents, children could listen to the most explicit rap music and hear nothing stronger than “gosh darn mother flippers”. Theoretically, the software could monitor thousands of digital TV broadcasts, radio stations and web chats simultaneously.

That’s all to the good, as long as the targets are “trolls” (internet slang for people whose aim is to disrupt the web community). There’s a danger, though, that it could go too far. Who’s to say that an overzealous Microsoft employee might not accidentally on purpose blacklist the names of rivals such as Apple and Linux?

Worse, there are governments around the world that would probably go further still, suppressing dissent not with guns and clubs but by preventing people from even discussing concepts such as “protest” or “freedom”. And that, I’m sure you’ll agree, is a freaking scary idea.

10-30-2008, 07:25 AM
http://www.alternet.org/election08/105089/can_you_guess_a_person%27s_politics_by_their_perso nality_psychologist_team_says_yes/

Can You Guess a Person's Politics by Their Personality? Psychologist Team Says Yes

10-30-2008, 07:55 AM
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10-30-2008, 07:56 AM
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10-30-2008, 07:57 AM

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10-30-2008, 08:00 AM
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10-30-2008, 08:02 AM

10-30-2008, 08:13 AM
http://www.alternet.org/election08/105089/can_you_guess_a_person%27s_politics_by_their_perso nality_psychologist_team_says_yes/

Can You Guess a Person's Politics by Their Personality? Psychologist Team Says Yes


10-30-2008, 08:53 AM

'The United States Has Essentially a One-Party System'

The linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky has long been a critic of American consumerism and imperialism. SPIEGEL spoke to him about the current crisis of capitalism, Barack Obama's rhetoric and the compliance of the intellectual class.


Dude, i figured that out with all your fancy degrees. ;o)

10-30-2008, 08:56 AM

Since he could speak, Brandon, now 8, has insisted that he was meant to be a girl. This summer, his parents decided to let him grow up as one. His case, and a rising number of others like it, illuminates a heated scientific debate about the nature of gender—and raises troubling questions about whether the limits of child indulgence have stretched too far.

10-31-2008, 07:32 AM

Our brains undergo a similar process under hypnosis. The similarity between hypnosis and the effects of watching television is unveiled in Dr Aric Sigman’s book called Remotely Controlled. Sigman describes hypnosis as “an altered state of consciousness”; a form of sleepwalking where our mind is influenced by another (the hypnotist or practitioner).

Under hypnosis we become more open to the suggestions of the practitioner and this happens as we are asked to refrain from being critical and relaxed. As we do this, the frontal lobe in our brain alters becoming less connected with the brain so that we switch off. Hypnosis effectively causes a change in the brain so that we use the right side of our brain. What we switch off is the left side used for critical thinking.

While hypnosis may be considered an extreme or unusual solution to certain conditions, it only takes 30 seconds for us to be in a similar state when we switch on the television. Such were the findings from Professor Herbert Krugman in a study conducted in 1971. His conclusion was that we do not think about the information transmitted via television. In other words the way television communicates is a form of brainwashing.

Left in this state for some time can mean that we become less inventive in problem-solving and less able to concentrate. This suits some environments. In the UK, television is used to keep prisoners quiet. It is regarded as one of the best types of control mechanisms by the General Secretary of the Prison Governors’ Association. Prisoners are subjected to the tranquillising effects of television which subdues behaviour, and the other benefit is that it is a cheap and effective way to do that.

10-31-2008, 07:33 AM

Hitler planned 'Big Brother' style television to broadcast Nazi propaganda

10-31-2008, 07:37 AM

A most stunning report is circulating in the Kremlin stating that some of the most Senior Generals in the United States Military are ‘pleading’ for ‘immediate’ help from both Russian and European Military to prevent their current President from starting World War III in the coming weeks.

10-31-2008, 07:38 AM

RAND Lobbies Pentagon: Start War To Save U.S. Economy

10-31-2008, 07:39 AM

AUSTRALIA will join China in implementing mandatory censoring of the internet under plans put forward by the Federal Government.

10-31-2008, 07:39 AM

Will 'Upgrades' Enhance Our Bodies?
Engineers are building strong suits and brainy prosthetics; meet humanity 2.0

10-31-2008, 07:40 AM

Former Italian President Francesco Cossiga has offered a solution to the Italian government in dealing with widespread demonstrations by students and teachers over a cut in state funding of education - use agent provocateurs to start riots and then have the police “beat the **** out of the protesters”.

Cossiga, former Italian President, Prime Minister, Minister of the Interior, and one of the founders of the Operation GLADIO covert intelligence unit, encouraged Silvio Berlusconi and current Minister of the Interior Robert Maroni to “do what I did when I was Minister of the Interior,” namely infiltrate what so far have been relatively peaceful demonstrations, radicalize them, start riots, then engender public support for a heavy-handed police response.

10-31-2008, 07:42 AM

The first Boys From Brazil: Nazi graveyard discovered deep in the Amazon rainforest

10-31-2008, 07:48 AM

Military Investigates Amnesia Beams

A team of scientists from the United States and China announced last week that, for the first time, they had found a means of selectively and safely erasing memories in mice, using the signaling molecule αCaMKII. It's a big step forward, and one that will be of considerable interest to the military, which has devoted efforts to memory manipulation as a means of treating post-traumatic stress disorder. But some military research has moved in another direction entirely.

In the 1980s, researchers found that even low-level exposure to a beam of electrons caused rats to forget what had just happened to them (an effect known as retrograde amnesia — the other version, anteretrograde amnesia, is when you can't form new memories). The same effect was also achieved with X-rays. The time factor was not large — it only caused memory loss about the previous four seconds — but the effect was intriguing.

One theory was that the amnesia was a result of the brilliant flash experienced when the electron beam struck the retina. And, indeed, it turned out that it is possible to produce amnesia in rodents using a flash of light:

Retrograde amnesia was demonstrated for the 80-, 85-, and 100-V foot-shock test trials. At 40 V the voltage may not have been great enough to be felt by the subject. For groups examined at shock levels above 100 V, the foot shock was so potent that a photoflash was ineffective in producing RA. Our conclusion was that the photoflash was an effective amnesiac until the intensity of the foot shock became more potent than the photoflash; this is consistent with the recency theory generated in serial learning and memory tasks.

This might help explain some of the disorienting effects of strobe lights used as nonlethal weapons, but there seems to have been little further research on this.

However, there have been plenty of studies on the physical effects of radio and microwave exposure on the brain. Many of those investigations have been conducted by the military.

The Air Force Research Laboratory's Human Effectiveness Directorate has carried out its own experiments in this area, which did not confirm the results of earlier studies suggesting that microwaves could cause memory loss. (The report is now removed from the AFRL website, alas.) Most scientists chalk up such effects to heating. But the Directed Energy Bioeffects division continues to research the human effects of various forms of radiation. What's more, a 2003 paper on microwave effects on the nervous system, from a team that includes Navy and Air Force scientists, states that "research with isolated brain tissue has provided new results that do not seem to rely on thermal mechanisms." It is hard to assess the real effect on working memory and other brain functions, they add.

"The many exposure parameters such as frequency, orientation, modulation, power density, and duration of exposure make direct comparison of many experiments difficult…. It is concluded that the diverse methods and experimental designs as well as lack of replication of many seemingly important studies prevents formation of definite conclusions concerning hazardous nervous system health effects from RF [radio frequency] exposure."

Still, it’s interesting to see that the notes for a classified course run by the Directed Energy Professionals Society (the people who build laser and microwave weapons) include "memory loss" as a potential effect of such devices.

I doubt whether they have a functioning Men In Black-style "Neuralizer." But as memory research continues to advance, it certainly starts to look like more of a possibility.

10-31-2008, 11:33 AM
I feel like...something's afoot lately...and it seems rather large and i don't have a good feeling about it.

10-31-2008, 01:09 PM
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10-31-2008, 01:11 PM
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/ponder ...

11-03-2008, 07:48 AM

Sacred Intentions
Inside The Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Studies

11-03-2008, 10:25 AM

Coastal Maine tide change a mystery

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine—Meteorologists are baffled by rapid tidal changes along the Maine coast, which damaged some boats and piers.

Witnesses say low tide turned and became high within a matter of minutes on Tuesday afternoon. The changes occurred six or seven times. The National Weather Service says reports from several locations indicated that water levels fell and rose from 4 feet to as much as 12 feet during the event.

In a public information statement, the weather service says the cause "remains a mystery and may never be known."

It said significant rapid rises and falls in tide levels were observed around 3 p.m. in Boothbay Harbor, Southport and Bristol. The statement said rapid surges can be caused by the underwater movement of land, most often due to an earthquake, or due to slumping of sediments along a steep canyon or shelf, but no earthquakes were reported in the area Tuesday.

A similar event occurred on Jan. 9, 1926, in Bass Harbor, the statement said.


We all now what it is....

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11-03-2008, 11:03 AM

'Ghost Of Mirach' Materializes In Space Telescope Image

ScienceDaily (Nov. 3, 2008) — NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer has lifted the veil off a ghost known to haunt the local universe, providing new insight into the formation and evolution of galaxies.

11-03-2008, 11:03 AM

Deadly Bat Disease Linked to Cold-Loving Fungus
Brian Handwerk
for National Geographic News
October 31, 2008

Scientists have pinpointed the fungus linked to white-nose syndrome, the mysterious ailment that has wiped out large populations of bats in the northeastern United States.

11-03-2008, 11:05 AM

Biologists Discover Motor Protein That Rewinds DNA

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2008) — Two biologists at the University of California, San Diego have discovered the first of a new class of cellular motor proteins that “rewind” sections of the double-stranded DNA molecule that become unwound, like the tangled ribbons from a cassette tape, in “bubbles” that prevent critical genes from being expressed.

11-03-2008, 11:05 AM

Transplantation: 'Molecular Miscegenation' Blurs The Boundary Between Self And Non-self

ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2008) — A new discovery by London biologists may yield new ways of handling the problem of transplant rejection. In a research article published in the November 2008 print issue of The FASEB Journal the scientists confirm the two-way transfer of a molecule (called "MHC") that instructs the immune system to tell "self" from "non-self."

11-03-2008, 11:07 AM

Bigfoot: Man, myth or monster?

11-03-2008, 11:08 AM

Bigfoot sighting on Highway 101
By Linda Williams/TWN Staff Writer
Article Launched: 10/29/2008 12:24:35 PM PDT

11-03-2008, 11:16 AM

Pernod Absinthe Returns After 93 Years

11-03-2008, 04:46 PM

How Hatred Transforms Your Brain
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Annalee Newitz, i09: When you see somebody you hate, whether it's an evil ex or a mean colleague, your brain undergoes a rather unexpected transformation. A new study published in PLoS One reveals that hatred isn't the blind, irrational emotion it might seem. In fact, hate activates the brain regions associated with higher reason and the ability to predict what other people will do.

British neuroscientists did fMRI brain scans of subjects while they looked at pictures of people they claimed to hate. As a baseline, they also showed them pictures of people they felt neutrally about. Not surprisingly, hatred activated the regions of the brain associated with aggression and the motor regions that would translate this aggression into action. And given that love often turns into hate, it's not too surprising that hatred also activates two brain regions, the putamen and the insula, associated with passionate, romantic love.

What is surprising is the degree to which hatred is associated with logic and planning.

11-03-2008, 04:47 PM

The first Boys From Brazil: Nazi graveyard discovered deep in the Amazon rainforest

11-04-2008, 07:36 AM

Has new physics been found at the ageing Tevatron?

Last week, physicists announced that the Tevatron particle accelerator at Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, has produced particles that they are unable to explain. Could it be a sign of new physics?

The Collider Detector at Fermilab (CDF) monitors the particles that spew from collisions between protons and anti-protons, which are accelerated and smashed head-on by the Tevatron. The collision occurs inside the 1.5-centimetre-wide "beam pipe" that confines the protons and anti-protons, and the particles created are tracked by surrounding layers of electronics.

In this instance, the CDF was looking at bottom quarks and bottom anti-quarks that decay into, among other things, at least two charged particles called muons.

The team was in for a big surprise. First, they saw far more muons coming from the collisions than expected. But crucially, some of these muons seemed to have been created outside of the beam pipe: they had left no trace in the innermost layer of the detector.

The CDF team says it is unable to explain such muons using the standard model of particle physics, or from what they know of their detector.

11-04-2008, 07:37 AM

Solar Power Game-Changer: “Near Perfect” Absorption of Sunlight, From All Angles

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have discovered and demonstrated a new method for overcoming two major hurdles facing solar energy. By developing a new antireflective coating that boosts the amount of sunlight captured by solar panels and allows those panels to absorb the entire solar spectrum from nearly any angle, the research team has moved academia and industry closer to realizing high-efficiency, cost-effective solar power.

“To get maximum efficiency when converting solar power into electricity, you want a solar panel that can absorb nearly every single photon of light, regardless of the sun’s position in the sky,” said Shawn-Yu Lin, professor of physics at Rensselaer and a member of the university’s Future Chips Constellation, who led the research project. “Our new antireflective coating makes this possible.”

Results of the year-long project are explained in the paper “Realization of a Near Perfect Antireflection Coating for Silicon Solar Energy,” published this week by the journal Optics Letters.

An untreated silicon solar cell only absorbs 67.4 percent of sunlight shone upon it — meaning that nearly one-third of that sunlight is reflected away and thus unharvestable. From an economic and efficiency perspective, this unharvested light is wasted potential and a major barrier hampering the proliferation and widespread adoption of solar power.

After a silicon surface was treated with Lin’s new nanoengineered reflective coating, however, the material absorbed 96.21 percent of sunlight shone upon it — meaning that only 3.79 percent of the sunlight was reflected and unharvested. This huge gain in absorption was consistent across the entire spectrum of sunlight, from UV to visible light and infrared, and moves solar power a significant step forward toward economic viability.

Lin’s new coating also successfully tackles the tricky challenge of angles.

Most surfaces and coatings are designed to absorb light — i.e., be antireflective — and transmit light — i.e., allow the light to pass through it — from a specific range of angles. Eyeglass lenses, for example, will absorb and transmit quite a bit of light from a light source directly in front of them, but those same lenses would absorb and transmit considerably less light if the light source were off to the side or on the wearer’s periphery.

11-04-2008, 07:37 AM

Why do people develop lung cancer?

11-04-2008, 07:38 AM

Women Carry More Bacteria on Their Hands Than Men
A scientific study showed thousands of species of bacteria on women's hands

11-04-2008, 07:38 AM

Taurid meteors may produce dazzling 'fireballs'

11-04-2008, 07:39 AM

King Solomon’s Mines and the Empire of King David
November 4, 2008 | From theTrumpet.com
As certain Israeli politicians seek to sign away chunks of Israeli territory, the stones cry out about Israel’s link to the land and testify of the Bible’s authenticity.

11-04-2008, 07:40 AM

Anti-cancer beer under development

11-04-2008, 10:43 AM

Anti-cancer beer under development

As a Cancer researcher and drunk I approve this message!

11-04-2008, 08:21 PM


mossad agents Killing Oz Tourists to Steal their Identity used in terror opps
by Bev Taylor Tuesday July 20, 2004 at 12:19 AM

mossad agents Killing Oz Tourists to Steal their Identity to use in fake al-Qaeda operations

11-05-2008, 07:07 AM
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We discovered this video of an elderly Chinese, aged 84, alleged that demonstrates the power to move objects without touching them (telequinesis or telequinesia), the article was published in a Chinese television and open to be vigilant to see if it is true, you think:

11-05-2008, 07:28 AM
CIA drug trade

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11-06-2008, 08:02 AM
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Barack Obama election night speech to be behind bullet proof glass

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11-06-2008, 08:03 AM

Gordon Brown's terror claims for ID cards are 'bunkum' says GCHQ expert
Gordon Brown's claims that a national ID card scheme would help prevent terrorist attacks are "absolute bunkum" according to a senior Government security adviser.

11-06-2008, 08:05 AM

London's new bomb-proof trash cans will survive the apocalypse, keep you updated on stock prices

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11-06-2008, 09:10 AM

Cassini Skeet Shoots Again
Cassini's last skeet shoot maneuver executed during its close flyby of Enceladus on October 31, 2008 resulted in another bounty of very high resolution views of the south polar terrain and its famed tiger stripes.

11-06-2008, 09:11 AM

Where will new Fermi telescope find dark matter?

11-06-2008, 09:11 AM

How disease can wipe out an entire species
Rat study presents first evidence for extinction due to ‘hyperdisease’

11-06-2008, 09:12 AM

Another asteroid skims past Earth

Earth had a near miss with a passing asteroid this week. The space rock, labelled 2008 VM, was only discovered on Monday (3 November) at 5.49 UT as it raced towards us.

11-06-2008, 09:15 AM

Will the Ferrari of tomorrow be fungus-powered?

Paris, Oct 04.: A reddish microbe found on the inside of a tree at a secret location in the rainforests of northern Patagonia could unlock the biofuel of the future, say scientists.

Its potential is so startling that the discoverers have coined the term "myco-diesel" - a derivation of the word for fungus - to describe the bouquet of hydrocarbons that it breathes.

"This is the only organism that has ever been shown to produce such an important combination of fuel substances," said Gary Strobel, a professor of biology at Montana State University.

"The fungus can even make these diesel compounds from cellulose, which would make it a better source of biofuel that anything we use at the moment."

The study appears on Tuesday in a peer-reviewed British journal, Microbiology.

Strobel, a 70-year-old veteran of the world's rainforests, said that he came across Gliocladium roseum thanks to "two cases of serendipity".

The first was in the late 1990s, when his team, working in Honduras, came across a previously unidentified fungus called Muscodor albus.

By sheer accident, they found that M albus releases a powerful volatile - meaning gassy - antibiotic.

Intrigued by this, the team tested M. Albus on the ulmo tree, whose fibres are a known habitat for fungi, in the hope that this would show up a new fungus.

"Quite unexpectedly, G roseum grew in the presence of these gases when almost all other fungi were killed. It was also making volatile antibiotics," said Strobel.

"Then, when we examined the gas composition of G. roseum, we were totally surprised to learn that it was making a plethora of hydrocarbons and hydrocarbon derivatives. The results were totally unexpected and very exciting, and almost every hair on my arms stood on end."

Strobel's team put the G roseum through its paces in the lab, growing it on an oatmeal-based jelly and on cellulose.

Extractor fans drew off the gases exuded by the fungus, and analysis showed that many of them were hydrocarbons, including at least eight compounds that are the most abundant ingredients in diesel.

Biofuels have been promoted as good alternatives to oil, which is sourced from politically volatile regions and is a major contributor to the greenhouse effect.

Plants store carbon from the atmosphere as a result of photosynthesis when they grow, and they release the carbon, as carbon dioxide (CO2), when they are burned.

Oil, though, comprises carbon that is stored underground. When it is burned the CO2 adds to the atmosphere.

One of the downsides of biofuels has been their impact on the world food market, because the present generation of fuels is derived from food crops that are grown on farmland.

Another avenue of exploration is in cheap, plentiful non-food fibrous plants and cellulose materials, such as switchgrass, wood chips and straw.

But these novel sources, hampered by costs and technical complications, are struggling to reach commercial scale.

"G. roseum can make myco-diesel directly from cellulose, the main compound found in plants and paper," said Strobel.

"This means that if the fungus was used to make fuel a step in the production process could be skipped."

Instead of using farmland to grow biofuels, G roseum could be grown in factories, like baker's yeast, and its gases siphoned off to be liquefied into fuel, he suggested.

Another alternative, he said, would be to strip out the enzyme-making genes from the fungus and use this to break down the cellulose to make the biodiesel.

Strobel said Montana State University had filed patents for the fungus, proceeds of which would be shared with local people.

G roseum is a variant of a known fungus species called Gliocladium. "It might be" common in some forests, said Strobel.

Asked where the fungus had been found, he pointed to the experiences of the 1848 gold rush and said the location had to be protected: "The answer to that is, what if we pushed ourselves back about a hundred and fifty years and you heard a story about a guy finding gold out in California?"

11-06-2008, 09:16 AM

An air-powered car? It may be available sooner than you think at a price tag that will hardly be a budget buster. The vehicle may not run like a speed racer on back road highways, but developer Zero Pollution Motors is betting consumers will be willing to fork over $20,000 for a vehicle that can motor around all day on nothing but air and a splash of salad oil, alcohol or possibly a pint of gasoline.

11-06-2008, 09:17 AM

Massive UFO reported in Ohio
Along the Ohio River, at the nexus of the borders of Ohio, West Virginia and Pennsylvania, a huge object said to be "about the size of a large shopping mall and parking lot" was reportedly sighted in the early morning hours of Friday, Oct. 24, by a military veteran who worked in the helicopter aviation field while in the military.

According to a report by Emmy Award-winning TV producer, investigative reporter and author Linda Moulton Howe on her Web site Earthfiles.com, truck driver Tim Comstock was on Route 7 north of the town of Empire, Ohio, at 3:45 a.m. The area is in Jefferson County (named after Thomas Jefferson).

After first seeing a brightly lit object the size of a large pickup truck apparently slowly rising above the tree line, Comstock noticed a much larger dark object that included three bluish lights in a triangular pattern. The bright object seemed to be rising toward the larger object, Comstock told Howe.

Comstock said he took three photos with his cell phone camera that caught both the brightly-lit object and the three bluish lights in the triangular formation. The photos are posted on Earthfiles.com.


11-06-2008, 09:18 AM
Can you find me some article on a cool way to cure shingles quickly so on Sunday when some hot vagina shows up I don't have a disease plaguing the left side of my body?

11-06-2008, 09:18 AM

Argentina: Alleged UFO Over Concordia

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11-06-2008, 09:23 AM
Can you find me some article on a cool way to cure shingles quickly so on Sunday when some hot vagina shows up I don't have a disease plaguing the left side of my body?




I am not a doctor though.

11-06-2008, 09:23 AM

Most Haunted angers residents over 'Village of the Damned' slur
Residents in a Welsh town are taking action against television show Most Haunted after producers branded their community the Village of the Damned.

11-06-2008, 09:24 AM

Masters of Disguise
Stunning pictures of some of North America's most impressive animal camouflage

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11-06-2008, 09:26 AM

Can animals escape the present?

ROVER stares up at you, apparently yearning for a pat on the head. But behind those endearing doggy eyes, his mind is whirring, recalling the excitement of yesterday's walk: long grass, a sloping field falling away into woodland and a rabbit running for safety. With a gentle wag of his tail, he smiles at the memory, then wonders if he's got time for a nap before today's outing.

An animal couldn't do that, could it? For most of us, the instinctive answer is no: the ability to reconstruct past events in our mind and imagine ourselves in future scenarios is something we can do, but other creatures cannot. And yet, while there is no evidence that dogs can think in this way, recent studies have suggested that some birds, great apes and a few species in between are not "stuck in the present" after all, but may be capable of thinking backwards and forwards in time.
“Some birds, great apes and a few species in between may not be stuck in the present”

The issue is getting researchers of human and animal minds rather hot under the collar. Critics argue that what looks like memory or forward thinking is nothing more than instinct or learned behaviour, and insist that there is no convincing evidence that non-human animals can remember their past or contemplate the future. As a result, every paper claiming to demonstrate the ability in animals is fiercely debated.

11-06-2008, 09:47 AM

Blue Beam Project
A Simulated "Second Coming" and the Reemergence of New "MONTAUK" Type Projects

What is the Blue Beam Project?
by David Openheimer

It involves two things. A technologically simulated "second coming" and the reemmrgence of new "MONTAUK" type projects that have the ability to take up a whole bunch of people as in a "rapture" type of situation and whisk the whole bunch into never-never land. Ironically, portions of the holographic projections have the potential for changing the planet into oneness with God. Unfortunately, this operates on the premise that Man shall somehow become God in human form and control other Men and dictate all actions and thoughts. The calculated resistance to the new religion, the New World Order and the new "Messiah" will entail human loss on a massive scale in the ensuing "holy wars".The "BLUE BEAM PROJECT" will pretend to be the universal fulfillment of the prophecies of old; as major an event as that which took place 2000 years ago. In principle, it will make use of the sky as a holographic projection screen for space-based laser-generating satellites (star wars). These projectors will project simultaneous images to the four corners of the planet, in every language by region. It deals with the religious aspect of the NEW WORLD ORDER.

The "system" has already been tested. Holographic projections of the "CHRIST IMAGE" have already been seen in some remote desert areas. These have only been reported in tabloid papers, so they are instantly rendered moot. They can also project images of alien craft, aliens, monsters, angels - you name it. Computers will coordinate the satellites and software will run the show-and-tell.

Hollography is based on very nearly identical signals combining to produce and image, or hologram, with depth perception. This is equally applicable to acoustic (ELF,VLF,LF) waves as it is to optical phenomena.

Specifically, the "show" will consist of laser projections of multiple holographic images to different parts of the planet, each receiving different images according to the predominating regional religious faith. Not a single area will be excluded. With computer animation and sound effects appearing to come from the depths of space, astonished followers of the various creeds will witness their own returned Messiah in spectacularly convincing lifelike realness.

The various images of Christ, Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, etc., will merge into ONE after "correct explanation" of the mysteries, prophecies and revelations are disclosed. This "ONE GOD" will in fact function as the "Anti-Christ", who will "explain" that the various scriptures "have been misunderstood"- that the religious of old are responsible for turning brother against brother, nation against nation - that the religions of the world must be abolished to make way for the GOLDEN AGE (NEW AGE) of the One World Religion, representing the One God they see before them.

Naturally, this superbly staged, full-scale production will result in social and religious disorder on a massive scale. Wonder what the television transmitters of religious networks will be doing on that day ?

But before all this, they have to go through four different steps in order to get to Project Blue Beam.

11-06-2008, 09:48 AM

The result of these deliberately staged events will be to show the world the new 'christ,' the new messiah, Matraia (Maitreya), for the immediate implementation of the new world religion. Enough truth will be foisted upon an unsuspecting world to hook them into the lie. "Even the most learned will be deceived."

The project has perfected the ability for some device to lift up an enormous number of people, as in a rapture, and whisk the entire group into a never-never land. We see tests of this device in the abduction of humans by those mysterious little alien greys who snatch people out of their beds and through windows into waiting "mother ships." The calculated resistance to the universal religion and the new messiah and the ensuing holy wars will result in the loss of human life on a scale never imagined before in all of human history.

The Blue Beam Project will pretend to be the universal fulfillment of the prophecies of old, as major an event as that which occurred 2,000 years ago. In principle, it will make use of the skies as a movie screen (on the sodium layer at about 60 miles) as space-based laser-generating satellites project simultaneous images to the four corners of the planet in every language and dialect according to the region. It deals with the religious aspect of the new world order and is deception and seduction on a massive scale.

Computers will coordinate the satellites and software already in place will run the sky show. Holographic images are based on nearly identical signals combining to produce an image or hologram with deep perspective which is equally applicable to acoustic ELF, VLF and LF waves and optical phenomena. Specifically, the show will consist of multiple holographic images to different parts of the world, each receiving a different image according to the specific national, regional religion. Not a single area will be excluded. With computer animation and sounds appearing to emanate from the very depths of space, astonished ardent followers of the various creeds will witness their own returned messiahs in convincing lifelike reality.

Then the projections of Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Krishna, etc., will merge into one after correct explanations of the mysteries and revelations will have been disclosed. This one god will, in fact, be the Antichrist, who will explain that the various scriptures have been misunderstood and misinterpreted, and that the religions of old are responsible for turning brother against brother, and nation against nation, therefore old religions must be abolished to make way for the new age new world religion, representing the one god Antichrist they see before them.

Naturally, this superbly staged falsification will result in dissolved social and religious disorder on a grand scale, each nation blaming the other for the deception, setting loose millions of programmed religious fanatics through demonic possession on a scale never witnessed before. In addition, this event will occur at a time of profound worldwide political anarchy and general tumult created by some worldwide catastrophe. The United Nation even now plans to use Beethovan's 'Song of Joy' as the anthem for the introduction for the new age one world religion. If we put this space show in parallel with the star wars program we get this: combination of electromagnetic radiation and hypnosis which have also been the subject of intensive research. In 1974, for instance, researcher G. F. Shapits, said of one of the research proposals that, '...in this investigation it will be shown that the spoken words of the hypnotist may also be converted by electromagnetic energy directly and to the subconscious part of the human brain without employing any mechanical device for receiving or transcording the message, and without the person exposed to such influence having a chance to control the information input consciously. It may be expected that the rationalized behavior will be considered to have been taken out of their own free will.'

Anyone investigating so-called 'channelling' phenomena right now would be wise to take this area of research into consideration. It will be noted that those who think of themselves as 'channellers' has escalated rapidly since this type of research was conducted. It is uncanny how similar their messages are, despite which entity they claim to be their source of divine guidance. It would suggest any individual considering the credibility of channelled information should be discerning and critically evaluate where the message they are receiving originates, and if the messages are specifically beneficial to the new world order.

11-06-2008, 09:50 AM

CNN Ratings, Beamed Up by Hologram

11-06-2008, 09:59 AM

11-07-2008, 07:57 AM

After 2 centuries of shrinking, Alaska glaciers got thicker this year
By Craig Medred, Space & Earth science / Earth Sciences
Two hundred years of glacial shrinkage in Alaska, and then came the winter and summer of 2007-2008. Unusually large amounts of winter snow were followed by unusually chill temperatures in June, July and August.


Sunlight has more powerful influence on ocean circulation and climate than North American ice sheets
Space & Earth science / Earth Sciences
A study reported in today's issue of Nature disputes a longstanding picture of how ice sheets influence ocean circulation during glacial periods.


Cloud radar with a silver lining - it can really predict the weather
A revolutionary system with a signal that reaches twice as high as a plane will enable more localised - and accurate - forecasts

11-10-2008, 08:08 AM

The computer systems of both the Obama and McCain campaigns were victims of a sophisticated cyberattack by an unknown "foreign entity," prompting a federal investigation, NEWSWEEK reports today.

At the Obama headquarters in midsummer, technology experts detected what they initially thought was a computer virus—a case of "phishing," a form of hacking often employed to steal passwords or credit-card numbers. But by the next day, both the FBI and the Secret Service came to the campaign with an ominous warning: "You have a problem way bigger than what you understand," an agent told Obama's team. "You have been compromised, and a serious amount of files have been loaded off your system." The following day, Obama campaign chief David Plouffe heard from White House chief of staff Josh Bolten, to the same effect: "You have a real problem ... and you have to deal with it." The Feds told Obama's aides in late August that the McCain campaign's computer system had been similarly compromised. A top McCain official confirmed to NEWSWEEK that the campaign's computer system had been hacked and that the FBI had become involved.

Officials at the FBI and the White House told the Obama campaign that they believed a foreign entity or organization sought to gather information on the evolution of both camps' policy positions—information that might be useful in negotiations with a future administration. The Feds assured the Obama team that it had not been hacked by its political opponents. (Obama technical experts later speculated that the hackers were Russian or Chinese.) A security firm retained by the Obama campaign took steps to secure its computer system and end the intrusion. White House and FBI officials had no comment earlier this week.

11-10-2008, 08:11 AM

Unknown "Structures" Tugging at Universe, Study Says

Something may be out there. Way out there.

On the outskirts of creation, unknown, unseen "structures" are tugging on our universe like cosmic magnets, a controversial new study says.

Everything in the known universe is said to be racing toward the massive clumps of matter at more than 2 million miles (3.2 million kilometers) an hour—a movement the researchers have dubbed dark flow.

The presence of the extra-universal matter suggests that our universe is part of something bigger—a multiverse—and that whatever is out there is very different from the universe we know, according to study leader Alexander Kashlinsky, an astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The theory could rewrite the laws of physics. Current models say the known, or visible, universe—which extends as far as light could have traveled since the big bang—is essentially the same as the rest of space-time (the three dimensions of space plus time).

11-10-2008, 08:12 AM

Frozen Mice Cloned – Are Woolly Mammoths Next?
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Japanese scientists have cloned mice whose bodies were frozen for as long 16 years and said on Monday it may be possible to use the technique to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species. Mouse cloning expert Teruhiko Wakayama and colleagues at the Center for Developmental Biology, at Japan's RIKEN research institute in Yokohama, managed to clone the mice even though their cells had burst.

"Thus, nuclear transfer techniques could be used to 'resurrect' animals or maintain valuable genomic stocks from tissues frozen for prolonged periods without any cryopreservation," they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Wakayama's team used the classic nuclear transfer technique to make their mouse clones. This involves taking the nucleus out of an egg cell and replacing it with the nucleus of an ordinary cell from the animal to be cloned.

When done with the right chemical or electric trigger, this starts the egg dividing as if it had been fertilized by a sperm. "Cloning animals by nuclear transfer provides an opportunity to preserve endangered mammalian species," they wrote.

"However, it has been suggested that the 'resurrection' of frozen extinct species (such as the woolly mammoth) is impracticabl

11-10-2008, 08:13 AM
If citizens of the United States really want to see change, then the best place to start is by supporting Ron Paul's "American Freedom Agenda Act", which is co-sponsored by Dennis Kucinich, some of the highlights of which are:

# No civilian or military tribunal of the United States shall admit as evidence statements extracted from the defendant by torture or coercion.
# No Federal agency shall gather foreign intelligence in contravention of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (50 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The President's constitutional power to gather foreign intelligence is subordinated to this provision.
# The Military Commissions Act of 2006 is hereby repealed.
# Any individual detained as an enemy combatant by the United States shall be entitled to petition for a writ of habeas corpus under section 2241 of title 28, United States Code.
# Notwithstanding any other law, secret evidence shall not be used by the President or any other member of the executive branch to designate an individual or organization with a United States presence as a foreign terrorist or foreign terrorist organization for purposes of the criminal law or otherwise imposing criminal or civil sanctions.


11-10-2008, 08:17 AM

Allah is a woman - The New Testament of Allah
November 9th, 2008 by Klintron

Allah is a Woman. I’m not saying that to make you angry. Allah is a Woman and She has married Her Apostle. Here are excerpts from my religious texts to this day.

Next time a Muslim kills an innocent civilian, be sure to remind them that their god is having sex with an American rapper and She will not divorce me even they plotted together, every single one of them to destroy Her Apostle. The New Testament of Allah is intended to complement the Holy Quran as the Bibles of Islam.

11-10-2008, 08:49 AM

Frozen Mice Cloned – Are Woolly Mammoths Next?
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Japanese scientists have cloned mice whose bodies were frozen for as long 16 years and said on Monday it may be possible to use the technique to resurrect mammoths and other extinct species. Mouse cloning expert Teruhiko Wakayama and colleagues at the Center for Developmental Biology, at Japan's RIKEN research institute in Yokohama, managed to clone the mice even though their cells had burst.

"Thus, nuclear transfer techniques could be used to 'resurrect' animals or maintain valuable genomic stocks from tissues frozen for prolonged periods without any cryopreservation," they wrote in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Wakayama's team used the classic nuclear transfer technique to make their mouse clones. This involves taking the nucleus out of an egg cell and replacing it with the nucleus of an ordinary cell from the animal to be cloned.

When done with the right chemical or electric trigger, this starts the egg dividing as if it had been fertilized by a sperm. "Cloning animals by nuclear transfer provides an opportunity to preserve endangered mammalian species," they wrote.

"However, it has been suggested that the 'resurrection' of frozen extinct species (such as the woolly mammoth) is impracticabl

This would require us to find an undamaged cell nucleus from a mammoth, which is not really that possible.

There is difference between the damage a frozen mouse will suffer and the damage a mammoth will suffer over 1000's of years.

This technique may have some merrit in cloning pets and other special animals, but with the loss of biodiversity it would not serve to preserve a species as all members of that species would be genetically identical and inbreeding would be rampant.

I don't see why people would want to bring back the mammoth unless it tastes really good.

11-10-2008, 09:29 AM
This would require us to find an undamaged cell nucleus from a mammoth, which is not really that possible.

There is difference between the damage a frozen mouse will suffer and the damage a mammoth will suffer over 1000's of years.

This technique may have some merrit in cloning pets and other special animals, but with the loss of biodiversity it would not serve to preserve a species as all members of that species would be genetically identical and inbreeding would be rampant.

I don't see why people would want to bring back the mammoth unless it tastes really good.

I just think some aspect of "Jurassic park" would be our next inclination....

11-10-2008, 10:04 AM
I just think some aspect of "Jurassic park" would be our next inclination....

The jurassic park method is different, and far more feasible. They didn't rely on nuclear transfer, but rather they gathered DNA fragments from partially conserved cells and then filled in the gaps with DNA that is largely conserved across species. Parts of this technology already works and has been proven, for instance in inserting insulin producing genes into bacteria or making flourescent bacteria.

We are probably never going to find an undamaged cell nucleus from long extinct species, but we could find DNA fragments in frozen or mummiphied cells and combine that with conserved DNA and genes from lizards, birds or crocodiles to create Dinosaur hybrids, the same could work for the sabretooth tiger or mammoth or even the Neanderthal man or Cro-magnon man, which would be interesting.

It would be cool to go to the drive in and order Broncosaurus baby back ribs or Wooly mammoth cheeseburger.

11-10-2008, 10:14 AM
The jurassic park method is different, and far more feasible. They didn't rely on nuclear transfer, but rather they gathered DNA fragments from partially conserved cells and then filled in the gaps with DNA that is largely conserved across species. Parts of this technology already works and has been proven, for instance in inserting insulin producing genes into bacteria or making flourescent bacteria.

We are probably never going to find an undamaged cell nucleus from long extinct species, but we could find DNA fragments in frozen or mummiphied cells and combine that with conserved DNA and genes from lizards, birds or crocodiles to create Dinosaur hybrids, the same could work for the sabretooth tiger or mammoth or even the Neanderthal man or Cro-magnon man, which would be interesting.

It would be cool to go to the drive in and order Broncosaurus baby back ribs or Wooly mammoth cheeseburger.

I'm not disagreeing with you - this stuff just fascinates the hell out of me.

LOL @ The Flintstones reset.

11-10-2008, 10:22 AM
The jurassic park method is different, and far more feasible. They didn't rely on nuclear transfer, but rather they gathered DNA fragments from partially conserved cells and then filled in the gaps with DNA that is largely conserved across species. Parts of this technology already works and has been proven, for instance in inserting insulin producing genes into bacteria or making flourescent bacteria.

We are probably never going to find an undamaged cell nucleus from long extinct species, but we could find DNA fragments in frozen or mummiphied cells and combine that with conserved DNA and genes from lizards, birds or crocodiles to create Dinosaur hybrids, the same could work for the sabretooth tiger or mammoth or even the Neanderthal man or Cro-magnon man, which would be interesting.

It would be cool to go to the drive in and order Broncosaurus baby back ribs or Wooly mammoth cheeseburger.

Can you imagine how expensive that would be for the first 50 years?

I would be all over flaunting that ****.

11-10-2008, 10:23 AM
Can you imagine how expensive that would be for the first 50 years?

I would be all over flaunting that ****.

You know, i'd like a pygmy giraffe. :)

11-10-2008, 10:27 AM
You know, i'd like a pygmy giraffe. :)

Could you eat cro-magnon or neanderthal? Or is that too close?

11-10-2008, 10:30 AM
Could you eat cro-magnon or neanderthal? Or is that too close?

No, but i wonder if the females shag well.

11-10-2008, 01:23 PM

Cities, States Questioning Wisdom of Adding Fluoride Chemicals to Public Water Supplies

11-11-2008, 06:20 AM

Windows 7 knows where you are

11-11-2008, 07:03 AM

RIYADH (Reuters) - First it was camels. Now Saudi Arabia has held its first "beautiful goat" pageant.

Owners of pedigree "Najdi" goats from around the Gulf region converged on Riyadh this week, hoping to win the prize for top male and female goat, following in the footsteps of lucrative camel competitions which have taken off in recent years.

11-11-2008, 07:09 AM
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Brilliant Noise takes us into the data vaults of solar astronomy. After sifting through hundreds of thousands of computer files, made accessible via open access archives, Semiconductor have brought together some of the sun’s finest unseen moments. These images have been kept in their most raw form, revealing the energetic particles and solar wind as a rain of white noise. This grainy black and white quality is routinely cleaned up by NASA, hiding the processes and mechanics in action behind the capturing procedure. Most of the imagery has been collected as single snapshots containing additional information, by satellites orbiting the Earth. They are then reorganised into their spectral groups to create time-lapse sequences. The soundtrack highlights the hidden forces at play upon the solar surface, by directly translating areas of intensity within the image brightness into layers of audio manipulation and radio frequencies.

11-11-2008, 07:14 AM

Windows 7 knows where you are

in some ways this is a good thing , specially for weather , I cant tell you how many storms i drove into not knowing how bad it is , and those ****ty signs saying tune to Station blah for weather info are **** ....... I use my laptop for road conditions , for example type in PENNDOT , then use search for winter road conditions ,Though PENNDOT is slow and not very reliable , for example comming out of Scranton on 84 , at mile maker 34 , they closed the road , routed us down 749 - 6 , and it got closed , I sat for 6 hours on highway 6 ..... CoDOT , WYDOT , UDOT are pretty easy to use and up to the minute .........If windows 7 could give me live update feeds based off of where was , it would make life easier .....

11-11-2008, 07:17 AM
I guess it is one of those things that can be your friend , or your worst enemy

11-11-2008, 07:18 AM
in some ways this is a good thing , specially for weather , I cant tell you how many storms i drove into not knowing how bad it is , and those ****ty signs saying tune to Station blah for weather info are **** ....... I use my laptop for road conditions , for example type in PENNDOT , then use search for winter road conditions ,Though PENNDOT is slow and not very reliable , for example comming out of Scranton on 84 , at mile maker 34 , they closed the road , routed us down 749 - 6 , and it got closed , I sat for 6 hours on highway 6 ..... CoDOT , WYDOT , UDOT are pretty easy to use and up to the minute .........If windows 7 could give me live update feeds based off of where was , it would make life easier .....

That's an interesting use of technologies.

11-11-2008, 07:39 AM
That's an interesting use of technologies.
big fleet truckers do have a system now called qualcom , it does everything a lap top will do , but you are still dealing with a dispatcher on road reports , windows 7 tech could by pass that squirrel headed bastard ( dispatcher) make things run alot smoother ........

11-11-2008, 07:40 AM
I have a few applications on my phone that are sort of similar, but not as robust as what you are describing...

11-11-2008, 07:48 AM
me and freeman were thinking of going with this http://www.qualcomm.com/products_services/mobile_content_services/enterprise/assetmanagement/omnitracs.html
But the cost just isnt worth it for 2 trucks
PS , you can also get high speed broad band through this system , and that is the main reason we was thinking about it , we use a " load board" to find loads , we dont have a dispatcher per say so we have to hustle our own loads

11-11-2008, 11:11 AM
me and freeman were thinking of going with this http://www.qualcomm.com/products_services/mobile_content_services/enterprise/assetmanagement/omnitracs.html
But the cost just isnt worth it for 2 trucks
PS , you can also get high speed broad band through this system , and that is the main reason we was thinking about it , we use a " load board" to find loads , we dont have a dispatcher per say so we have to hustle our own loads

Interesting spider. Really, that's cool stuff.

11-11-2008, 11:21 AM

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The design of Marieke Staps used free and environment-friendly energy to create light. The metabolism of biological living produces enough electricity to burn the LED. The only thing the lamp needs is mud and water. The mud is spread out into multiple warrants. These warrants also consist of copper and zinc to conduct the electricity. The more warrants there are placed the more power will be produced.


11-11-2008, 11:26 AM

Mysterious Major Changes in the Plutoid Eris
Its surface suffered unexplained modifications for two years

A team of astronomers led by Stephen Tegler from the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff were culling through pictures of the biggest dwarf planet beyond Neptune called Eris, when they came across a startling discovery. The small plutoid (as this type of planets is named) sported major changes in its surface composition, as indicated by some pictures taken at different points in time, separated by a two-year period.

The first set of spectroscopic imagery was captured in 2005 thanks to the 4.2 meter William Herschel Telescope located in Spain, while the second was obtained in 2007, by means of the Arizona-based 6.5 meter MMT observatory. The analysis based on the photos suggests a rapid and major alteration in the concentration of frozen nitrogen on Eris.

At the moment, the plutoid is situated at its orbital point farthest from the Sun (called aphelion), about 100 Astronomical Units (AU – multiples of the distance between the Earth and the Sun) far from our system's star. Considering that it takes 557 years for Eris to complete a full orbit cycle, it is easy to conclude that the influence of the Sun has not changed during the recent several years, which rules out the possibility that this phenomenon is somewhat linked to the Sun's activity or influence on the plutoid.

There is the possibility, though, that the two series of photographs captured different faces of Eris (which has a rotation period of 26 hours), which may not be similar to one another – hence the lack of consistency of the spotted event. In 2005, it seems there was a higher concentration of nitrogen near the surface, while two years later, the higher concentration was below the surface, hinting to the existence of a dynamic process as one of the only reasonable causes for the differences on such a tiny planet.

The only other explanation found so far involves cryovolcanism, meaning that, if Eris was sufficiently warm, volcanoes would eject volatile mater (such as nitrogen and methane) which would condense into a solid form, therefore altering the planet's composition. As further observations of Eris will come up with more results, we'll keep you posted.


11-11-2008, 11:27 AM

The philosopher and the wolf

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 08/11/2008
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A spur-of-the-moment decision to buy a wolf cub changed Mark Rowlands’s life. From that moment on he found human company never quite matched up

11-11-2008, 11:30 AM

In a Novel Theory of Mental Disorders, Parents’ Genes Are in Competition

Their idea is, in broad outline, straightforward. Dr. Crespi and Dr. Badcock propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes from the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg can, in effect, tip brain development in one of two ways. A strong bias toward the father pushes a developing brain along the autistic spectrum, toward a fascination with objects, patterns, mechanical systems, at the expense of social development. A bias toward the mother moves the growing brain along what the researchers call the psychotic spectrum, toward hypersensitivity to mood, their own and others’. This, according to the theory, increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later on, as well as mood problems like bipolar disorder and depression.

In short: autism and schizophrenia represent opposite ends of a spectrum that includes most, if not all, psychiatric and developmental brain disorders. The theory has no use for psychiatry’s many separate categories for disorders, and it would give genetic findings an entirely new dimension.

“The empirical implications are absolutely huge,” Dr. Crespi said in a phone interview. “If you get a gene linked to autism, for instance, you’d want to look at that same gene for schizophrenia; if it’s a social brain gene, then it would be expected to have opposite effects on these disorders, whether gene expression was turned up or turned down.”

The theory leans heavily on the work of David Haig of Harvard. It was Dr. Haig who argued in the 1990s that pregnancy was in part a biological struggle for resources between the mother and unborn child. On one side, natural selection should favor mothers who limit the nutritional costs of pregnancy and have more offspring; on the other, it should also favor fathers whose offspring maximize the nutrients they receive during gestation, setting up a direct conflict.

The evidence that this struggle is being waged at the level of individual genes is accumulating, if mostly circumstantial. For example, the fetus inherits from both parents a gene called IGF2, which promotes growth. But too much growth taxes the mother, and in normal development her IGF2 gene is chemically marked, or “imprinted,” and biologically silenced. If her gene is active, it causes a disorder of overgrowth, in which the fetus’s birth weight swells, on average, to 50 percent above normal.

Biologists call this gene imprinting an epigenetic, or “on-genetic,” effect, meaning that it changes the behavior of the gene without altering its chemical composition. It is not a matter of turning a gene on or off, which cells do in the course of normal development. Instead it is a matter of muffling a gene, for instance, with a chemical marker that makes it hard for the cell to read the genetic code; or altering the shape of the DNA molecule, or what happens to the proteins it produces. To illustrate how such genetic reshaping can give rise to behavioral opposites — the yin and yang that their theory proposes — Dr. Crespi and Dr. Badcock point to a remarkable group of children who are just that: opposites, as different temperamentally as Snoopy and Charlie Brown, as a lively Gaugin and a brooding Goya.

11-11-2008, 11:31 AM

Fridge-sized tape recorder could crack lunar mysteries

By Nic MacBean

Posted Mon Nov 10, 2008 3:00pm AEDT
Updated Mon Nov 10, 2008 4:08pm AEDT

* Audio: Restored tape recorder could hold lost moon data (The World Today)
* Map: Perth 6000

A 1960s tape recorder the size of a household fridge could be the key to unlocking valuable information from NASA's Apollo missions to the moon.

11-11-2008, 11:32 AM

Altering a protein in the brain of mice can wipe out specific memories as they are recalled
As much as you might want to wipe Uncle Frank’s tasteless joke out of your mind but still remember the flavor of Aunt Fran’s pie, memory researchers have always said “fuhgedabboudit!” Now, a genetically engineered mouse suggests it may be possible to erase certain unwanted memories.

Scientists from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and the East China Normal University in Shanghai selectively removed a shocking memory from a mouse’s brain, the team reports in the Oct. 23 Neuron.

Insight from such experiments may one day lead to therapies that can erase traumatic memories for people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, or wipe clean drug-associated cues that lead addicts to relapse.

11-11-2008, 11:33 AM

SAQQARA, Egypt – Egypt's chief archaeologist has announced the discovery of a 4,300-year-old pyramid in Saqqara, the sprawling necropolis and burial site of the rulers of ancient Memphis.

The pyramid is said to belong to Queen Sesheshet, the mother of King Teti who was the founder of the 6th Dynasty of Egypt's Old Kingdom.

Egypt's antiquities chief Zahi Hawass made the announcement Tuesday at the site in Saqqara, about 12 miles south of Cairo.

Hawass' team has been excavating the site for two years. He says the discovery was only made two months ago when it became clear that the 16-foot-tall structure uncovered from the sand was a pyramid.

Hawass says the new pyramid is the 118th discovered so far in Egypt.

11-11-2008, 11:33 AM

he not very near death experience:

I've just discovered this fantastic 1990 study from The Lancet that investigated near death experiences reported by patients. However, it did something quite different from most other studies - it actually checked to see whether the patients were actually near death or not - and many of them weren't.

The study looked at the experiences of 58 people who believed they were about to die during a medical procedure and had subsequently reported a 'near death experience' - often the classic 'light at the end of the tunnel' experience, the feeling of the consciousness had left the body like an outside observer, enhanced clarity of thought and the flashback of life's memories.

The researchers then looked through the medical records of each person to see whether they had really been 'near death'. Of the 58 in the study, 30 patients were never in danger of dying, despite their belief at the time.

The study then went on to compare whether certain experiences were more likely to appear in those patients who were genuinely near death.

The experiences were largely the same across both groups, but those who were really at risk of dying were more likely to experience an intense light and enhanced mental clarity.

The authors say they're not sure why this might be. The explanation that is usually thrown around is that 'restricted oxygen to the brain causes light sensations' but I've no idea whether this is anything more than a convenient hypothesis and has any scientific data to back it up.

Link to study paper.
Link to PubMed entry.

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11-11-2008, 11:34 AM

After two-plus years of few sunspots, even fewer solar flares, and a generally eerie calm, the sun is finally showing signs of life. "I think solar minimum is behind us," says sunspot forecaster David Hathaway of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

11-11-2008, 11:36 AM
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Nov 11, 2008
Half-Massed Star

Red supergiant stars and mysterious streamers of gas make the Large Magellanic Cloud a fertile ground for scientific speculation about its attributes. Of course, no mainstream theories include electricity as a formative agent.


11-11-2008, 11:37 AM

Brain sees fine line between speech and song

A SOUND curiosity, in which a spoken phrase seems to morph into a song when repeated, is shedding light on the difference between speech and song.

Diana Deutsch, a psychologist at the University of California in San Diego, first noticed the illusion in the mid-1990s when editing a recording of her own voice. One phrase - "sometimes behaves so strangely" - began to sound like a song when she replayed it several times.

Now Deutsch has confirmed that the illusion is real by testing it on proficient singers. Those played the same phrase just once and asked to repeat what they heard, spoke it back. But those who heard the phrase many times, sang it back (listen at www.tinyurl.com/65tcer).

The illusion only occurs when the phrase is repeated exactly - not with a slightly drifting key, for instance. "It brings to the fore a real mystery - why don't we hear speech as song all the time?" says Deutsch. She suspects our brains normally suppress musical cues when we hear speech, so that we focus on interpreting the words. But repetition of the words, which we've already processed, can sometimes override this.

"It stops the inhibition of the pitch region of the brain so we hear song, which is really what we ought to have been hearing in the first place," says Deutsch, who will discuss her findings next week at an Acoustical Society of America meeting in Miami, Florida.

Her team is now using MRI scans to see which brain regions "light up" when people perceive a shift from speech to song.

11-11-2008, 11:38 AM

Mini Nuclear Power Plants Could Power 20,000 Homes

Hyperion's miniature nuclear modules could be easily transported and buried underground, with the ability to power up to 20,000 homes.

(PhysOrg.com) -- Underground nuclear power plants no bigger than a hot tub may soon provide electricity for communities around the world. Measuring about 1.5 meters across, the mini reactors can each power about 20,000 homes.

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11-11-2008, 12:48 PM
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11-11-2008, 12:50 PM

A group of students had their ‘Mad Scientist’ party brought to an abrupt end when police mistook them for terrorists.

The private party, held in Hackney, north London, was organised by a group of friends dressed in white laboratory coats and wigs, who put on a display of theatrical ‘experiments’ to entertain guests.

But when police entered the building for a routine check in the early hours of Sunday morning, they discovered scientific debris and plastic skeletons and mistook it for terrorist paraphernalia or drug-making equipment.

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11-11-2008, 12:55 PM

* NOVEMBER 7, 2008

A Doctor, a Mutation and a Potential Cure for AIDS
A Bone Marrow Transplant to Treat a Leukemia Patient Also Gives Him Virus-Resistant Cells; Many Thanks, Sample 61

The startling case of an AIDS patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat leukemia is stirring new hope that gene-therapy strategies on the far edges of AIDS research might someday cure the disease.

The patient, a 42-year-old American living in Berlin, is still recovering from his leukemia therapy, but he appears to have won his battle with AIDS. Doctors have not been able to detect the virus in his blood for more than 600 days, despite his having ceased all conventional AIDS medication. Normally when a patient stops taking AIDS drugs, the virus stampedes through the body within weeks, or days.

11-11-2008, 01:02 PM

When the world catches flu, Google sneezes

When the next flu outbreak begins, the first alert may come from a flurry of Google searches.

Google Flu Trends, created by the company's philanthropic arm, Google.org, provides daily estimates of the number of flu cases in the US, based on trends in flu-related internet searches such as queries about symptoms.

The estimates made by Google's new software match the weekly flu statistics compiled by the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from doctors' reports, says Neil Ferguson of Imperial College London, UK, who is familiar with the project. Moreover, Google Flu Trends can detect an outbreak days before it shows up in the weekly CDC reports, he says.

The extra warning time won't stop outbreaks, but could play an important role in helping hospitals prepare for a surge in patients.

11-12-2008, 09:35 AM

Physicists Create BlackMax To Search For Extra Dimensions In The Universe

ScienceDaily (Nov. 9, 2008) — A team of theoretical and experimental physicists, with participants from Case Western Reserve University, have designed a new black hole simulator called BlackMax to search for evidence that extra dimensions might exist in the universe.

11-12-2008, 09:36 AM

Egypt Unveils Discovery of 4,300-Year-Old Pyramid
Egypt's antiquities chief unveils discovery of new pyramid believed to belong to ancient queen

11-12-2008, 09:36 AM

Via: Science Daily:

Scientists from Maastricht University have developed a method to look into the brain of a person and read out who has spoken to him or her and what was said. With the help of neuroimaging and data mining techniques the researchers mapped the brain activity associated with the recognition of speech sounds and voices.

In their Science article “‘Who’ is Saying ‘What’? Brain-Based Decoding of Human Voice and Speech,” the four authors demonstrate that speech sounds and voices can be identified by means of a unique ‘neural fingerprint’ in the listener’s brain. In the future this new knowledge could be used to improve computer systems for automatic speech and speaker recognition.

Seven study subjects listened to three different speech sounds (the vowels /a/, /i/ and /u/), spoken by three different people, while their brain activity was mapped using neuroimaging techniques (fMRI). With the help of data mining methods the researchers developed an algorithm to translate this brain activity into unique patterns that determine the identity of a speech sound or a voice. The various acoustic characteristics of vocal cord vibrations (neural patterns) were found to determine the brain activity.

Just like real fingerprints, these neural patterns are both unique and specific: the neural fingerprint of a speech sound does not change if uttered by somebody else and a speaker’s fingerprint remains the same, even if this person says something different.

Moreover, this study revealed that part of the complex sound-decoding process takes place in areas of the brain previously just associated with the early stages of sound processing. Existing neurocognitive models assume that processing sounds actively involves different regions of the brain according to a certain hierarchy: after a simple processing in the auditory cortex the more complex analysis (speech sounds into words) takes place in specialised regions of the brain. However, the findings from this study imply a less hierarchal processing of speech that is spread out more across the brain.

The research was partly funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Two of the four authors, Elia Formisano and Milene Bonte carried out their research with an NWO grant (Vidi and Veni). The data mining methods were developed during the PhD research of Federico De Martino (doctoral thesis defended at Maastricht University on 24 October 2008).

11-12-2008, 09:37 AM

DARPA Funded Research: Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep

11-12-2008, 09:38 AM

Scholar finds Mayans' buried highway through hell

By MARK STEVENSON – 2 days ago

TZIBICHEN CENOTE, Mexico (AP) — Legend says the afterlife for ancient Mayas was a terrifying obstacle course in which the dead had to traverse rivers of blood, and chambers full of sharp knives, bats and jaguars.

Now a Mexican archaeologist using long-forgotten testimony from the Spanish Inquisition says a series of caves he has explored may be the place where the Maya actually tried to depict this highway through hell.

The network of underground chambers, roads and temples beneath farmland and jungle on the Yucatan peninsula suggests the Maya fashioned them to mimic the journey to the underworld, or Xibalba, described in ancient mythological texts such as the Popol Vuh.

"It was the place of fear, the place of cold, the place of danger, of the abyss," said University of Yucatan archaeologist Guillermo de Anda.

Searching for the names of sacred sites mentioned by Indian heretics who were put on trial by Inquisition courts, De Anda discovered what appear to be stages of the legendary journey, recreated in a half-dozen caves south of the Yucatan state capital of Merida.

11-12-2008, 09:39 AM

New Bamiyan Buddha find amid destruction

3 days ago

BAMIYAN, Afghanistan (AFP) — "We got him!" screamed Afghan archaeologist Anwar Khan Fayez as he leapt from the pit beneath the towering sandstone cliffs, where the Bamiyan Buddhas once stood.

Seven years after Taliban militants blew up the two 1,500-year-old statues in a fit of Islamist zealotry, a French-Afghan team in September uncovered a new, 19-metre (62-foot) "Sleeping Buddha" buried in the earth.

The news that a third Buddha escaped the Taliban's wrath has caused excitement in this scenic valley, where the caverns that housed the ruined statues are an eerie reminder of Afghanistan's past and present woes.

"It was a happy moment for all of us when the first signs appeared. Our years-long efforts had somehow paid off," Fayez told AFP.

The team, led by France-based archaeologist Zemaryalai Tarzi, made the find while hunting for a lost 300-metre reclining Buddha mentioned in an account by seventh-century Chinese monk Xuan Zang.

11-12-2008, 09:40 AM

Chinese emperor's lavish quarters are restored

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BEIJING—In between dispatching armies to secure the empire and building China into the richest country in the world, the Qianlong Emperor commissioned a retirement home for himself in the Forbidden City palace.

Never intended as a simple hideaway, the garden quarters built in the 1770s by the fifth emperor in the Qing Dynasty set a standard for opulence befitting an emperor renowned for his power and refinement: screens inlaid with rare hardwoods, intricate silk embroideries, delicate carvings of jade and bamboo.

To Chinese eyes of 200 years ago, it screams wealth. "It's as if everything is gold-plated," said Nancy Berliner, a curator of Chinese art at Massachusetts' Peabody Essex Museum.

Unused and sealed off for most the past century, the garden is three years into a 12-year restoration. One part, a lavish apartment and private theater for the emperor -- the Studio of Exhaustion from Diligent Service -- was officially completed Monday and will be open to the public next year for the first time ever.

Having been largely abandoned, damaged by neglect rather than the vandalism that ruined many Chinese antiquities, the studio contains one of the best-preserved interiors from Imperial China.

11-12-2008, 09:42 AM

Two new 'flying lemur' species identified
Genetics reveal that one species of the acrobatic primate is really three

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11-12-2008, 09:44 AM

Marine census finds 5,600 new species

SYDNEY: The ancestry of deep-sea octopuses, a white shark "café" and a city of brittle stars are among the discoveries revealed this week by a global marine census.

The latest figures from the Census of Marine Life, a collaboration of 2,000 scientists from 82 nations, adds 5,600 new species – 110 of which have been formally described – towards an estimated quarter of a million known marine species.

The census is a 10-year initiative to track the vast and mostly-unknown diversity of the world's oceans.

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11-12-2008, 09:44 AM

Mexican scientists turn tequila into diamonds

17 hours ago

MEXICO CITY (AFP) — Mexican scientists have turned the country's national tipple tequila into diamonds, and are seeking applications for their discovery, with the crystals too small to be used in jewelry.

The tequila diamonds could be used to "detect radiation, coat cutting tools or, above all, as a substitute for silicon in the computer chips of the future," Miguel Apatiga, one of three researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico who made the discovery this summer, told AFP Tuesday.

The scientists found that the heated vapor from tequila blanco, when deposited on a stainless steel base, can form diamond films.

They began experimenting some 13 years ago with synthetic diamonds -- made by a technological process, as opposed to natural diamonds, produced by geological process -- from gases like methane.

Later they produced diamonds from liquids, and then noticed that the ideal compound of 40 percent ethanol and 60 percent water was similar to the proportion used in tequila.

"One day I went to the campus shop and bought a bottle of cheap tequila. I used it under the same experiment conditions as for a test with ethanol and water and obtained positive results," Apatiga said.

The diamonds formed were small crystals, too tiny to be used in jewelry.

"It would be very difficult to obtain diamonds for a ring," Apatiga said.

But the scientists are now investigating other applications for tequila diamonds.

"It's true that the fact it's tequila has a certain charm. It's a Mexican product and Mexican researchers developed the project ... but a businessman can say to me: 'Great, how pretty! But how can I use it?'" Apatiga said.

After the first test with a common make of tequila blanco, the group is now studying the effects of more select tequilas to find the best adapted to the surprising transformation.

11-12-2008, 09:46 AM

Awesome Or Off-Putting: 16 Minutes Of Pure Unadulterated Gigantic Black Triangular Craft (UFO) Video

"....It’s also footage jam-packed with more F-bombs than you’ve probably heard all month. There have been online commentators we’ve seen who have suggested that the high repetition of the simply-formed girls’ sentences implies they are trying too hard to sell the thing. It sounds to us more like they are in complete shock.

There was an interview conducted with the two women. Off-hand we’re not sure who conducted it, but we believe it was a UFO investigator of sorts. You can see that right here.

Then there’s the debunkers - they’ve got a valid point. It seems Blackburn has a skydiving company. One theory is that all the lights are her friends falling in formation a few different times. Interesting....."

11-12-2008, 09:48 AM


All four videos are now available and found below George Knapp's picture. Beyond that is the original article regarding the May, 2008 incident. A part 4 is in the works and I'll post it as it's made available.

11-12-2008, 09:50 AM

Mystery of the screaming mummy
By Kathryn Knight
Last updated at 9:22 AM on 10th November 2008

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It was a blood-curdling discovery. The mummy of a young man with his hands and feed bound, his face contorted in an eternal scream of pain. But who was he and how did he die?

11-12-2008, 10:06 AM

This first chord that starts A Hard Day’s Night is one of the most recognizable and famous opening chords in rock & roll. It’s played by George Harrison on his 12 string Rickenbacker.

The other reason that it’s famous is because for 40 years nobody knew for sure what it was. Many guitar players have tried in vain to recreate the sound but have usually failed miserably.

Well, someone has figured it out definitively - not a musician, but a Dalhousie mathematician.

11-12-2008, 10:09 AM

Invention: Cancer nanobomb

While surgery is the mainstay of cancer treatment, not all tumours can be removed in this way - such as when they have spread to many sites throughout the body or are hard to define.

Chemo- and radiotherapy drugs are able to destroy such diffuse cancers, but can have serious side effects. Instead Balaji Panchapakesan at the University of Delaware, Newark, suggests destroying cancers in situ using exploding nanotubes.

His idea is to fill carbon nanotubes with water before injecting them into a tumour. The area is then zapped with laser light which causes the water inside the nanotubes to boil. The tremendous pressure created by the heating causes the "nanobombs" to burst apart, killing nearby cells.

Using the correct wavelength and intensity of the laser light makes it possible to ensure only the "nanobombs" absorb significant amounts of energy, and that they explode well before other tissue is damaged.

Panchapakesan has already used the technique to kill BT474 cells - a cell line originating from a breast tumour.

The exploding nanotubes could be made to target tumours by labelling them with an antibody specific to the cancer cell receptors, he says, and adding a chemotherapy drug to the water could wipe out any cells that survive or escape a blast.

Nanobomb treatments would be minimally invasive, meaning fast recovery times and fewer side effects, says Panchapakesan.

Read the full carbon nanobomb patent application.

Since the 1970s, New Scientist has run a column uncovering the most exciting, bizarre or even terrifying new patented ideas - find the latest stories in our continually updated special report.

11-12-2008, 10:10 AM

Why fertile women hate a pretty face

11-12-2008, 10:17 AM

Awesome Or Off-Putting: 16 Minutes Of Pure Unadulterated Gigantic Black Triangular Craft (UFO) Video

"....It’s also footage jam-packed with more F-bombs than you’ve probably heard all month. There have been online commentators we’ve seen who have suggested that the high repetition of the simply-formed girls’ sentences implies they are trying too hard to sell the thing. It sounds to us more like they are in complete shock.

There was an interview conducted with the two women. Off-hand we’re not sure who conducted it, but we believe it was a UFO investigator of sorts. You can see that right here.

Then there’s the debunkers - they’ve got a valid point. It seems Blackburn has a skydiving company. One theory is that all the lights are her friends falling in formation a few different times. Interesting....."

Interesting, but Southern Cali is also maybe the largest hub of the US military in the country. There's an AFB really close to where that was filmed... Andrews, I think it's called? Camp Pendleton is an hour or two down the road and North Island 45 minutes farther south.

11-12-2008, 10:23 AM
Oh and Rev...this one is for you:


Illuminati Sightseeing: Karl and St. Germain at Louisenlund

11-13-2008, 06:56 AM

Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dr. Google
from Matt Drudge:

Tue Nov 11 2008 15:34:50 ET

GOOGLE will launch a new tool that will help U.S. federal officials "track sickness".

"Flu Trends" uses search terms that people put into the web giant to figure out where influenza is heating up, and notify the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in real time.

GOOGLE claims it would keep individual user data confidential: "GOOGLE FLU TRENDS can never be used to identify individual users because we rely on anonymized, aggregated counts of how often certain search queries occur each week."

Engineers devised a basket of keywords and phrases related to the flu, including thermometer, flu symptoms, muscle aches, chest congestion and others.

Dr. Lyn Finelli, chief of influenza surveillance at the CDC: "One thing we found last year when we validated this model is it tended to predict surveillance data. The data are really, really timely. They were able to tell us on a day-to-day basis the relative direction of flu activity for a given area. They were about a week ahead of us. They could be used... as early warning signal for flu activity."

Eric Schmidt, GOOGLE's chief executive vows: "From a technological perspective, it is the beginning."

Thomas Malone, professor at M.I.T.: "I think we are just scratching the surface of what's possible with collective intelligence."

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11-13-2008, 07:14 AM

Garden gnomes banned from church cemetery because they are 'unnatural creatures'
Garden gnomes have been banned from cemeteries by a church diocese because leaders say they are "unnatural creatures".

11-13-2008, 07:16 AM

The Alternate History Theme Park Where Dinosaurs Fought in the Civil War

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Most speculative fiction surrounding the American Civil War imagines how the world would be different had the Confederacy won its independence. But roadside attraction creator Mark Cline has imagined an entirely different kind of Civil War science fiction. His fiberglass creations tell the tale of a group of Union soldiers who discover a lost valley of dinosaurs in Virginia and plot to use them as weapons against the South.

The attraction, called “Professor Cline’s Dinosaur Kingdom,” imagines a lost chapter from Civil War history. It supposes that in 1863, a group of paleontologists inadvertently stumbled upon a valley of live dinosaurs. The discovery comes to the attention of the Union Army, who, recognizing the destructive power of the giant lizards, decide to capture them and unleash them on the Confederate Army. Naturally, it results in Jurassic Park-inspired carnage:

What you see along the path of Dinosaur Kingdom is a series of tableaus depicting the aftermath of this ill-advised military strategy. As you enter, a lunging, bellowing T-Rex head lets you know that the dinosaurs are mad — and they only get madder. A big snake has eaten one Yankee, and is about to eat another. An Allasaurus [sic] grabs a bluecoat off of his rearing horse while a second soldier futilely tries to lasso the big lizard. Another Yankee crawls up a tree with a stolen egg while the mom dinosaur batters it down. Mark has augmented some of these displays with motors: toothy jaws flap, tails and tongues wag.

It proves a devastating defeat for the North. The Dinosaur Kingdom is located in Natural Bridge, Virginia, near Cline’s other attractions: Professor Cline’s Haunted Monster Museum and Dark Maze and the fiberglass monument replica Foamhenge.

11-13-2008, 07:17 AM

The real-life Mowgli who grew up with Africa's wild animals
A remarkable range of pictures in a new book show Tippi Degre - a French girl labelled the 'real-life Mowgli' - growing up with wild animals.

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11-13-2008, 07:22 AM

'Buddha-boy' emerges from jungle after a year

11-13-2008, 07:44 AM

Thanks to a new technique, DNA strands can be easily converted into tiny fibre optic cables that guide light along their length. Optical fibres made this way could be important in optical computers, which use light rather then electricity to perform calculations, or in artificial photosynthesis systems that may replace today's solar panels.

Both kinds of device need small-scale light-carrying "wires" that pipe photons to where they are needed. Now Bo Albinsson and his colleagues at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have worked out how to make them. The wires build themselves from a mixture of DNA and molecules called chromophores that can absorb and pass on light.

The result is similar to natural photonic wires found inside organisms like algae, where they are used to transport photons to parts of a cell where their energy can be tapped. In these wires, chromophores are lined up in chains to channel photons.

11-14-2008, 10:21 AM
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"America is the best. Every other country is racist."


11-17-2008, 12:19 PM

Nuclear wasteland provides ethical challenge
It's your choice. You can be good or evil but there are consequences
Nick Lewis, Canwest News Service
Published: Saturday, November 15, 2008


Platforms: Xbox 360 (reviewed), PlayStation 3

Rated: Mature

11-17-2008, 12:25 PM

Cockroaches Plan Escape Routes, Study Shows

11-17-2008, 12:35 PM
Politicians and cockroaches really do go hand in hand.

11-18-2008, 01:13 PM

Space cowboy
For more than 50 years, UConn physics professor Ronald Mallett had a secret. Now that it's out, we may be one step closer to traveling back in time.


Earliest known shaman grave site found: study

LONDON, Nov. 4, 2008 (Reuters) — An ancient grave unearthed in modern-day Israel containing 50 tortoise shells, a human foot and body parts from numerous animals is likely one of the earliest known shaman burial sites, researchers said on Monday.


Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown Documentary - Director Frank Woodward Interview


Sharing Their Demons on the Web

FOR years they lived in solitary terror of the light beams that caused searing headaches, the technology that took control of their minds and bodies. They feared the stalkers, people whose voices shouted from the walls or screamed in their heads, “We found you” and “We want you dead.”

When people who believe such things reported them to the police, doctors or family, they said they were often told they were crazy. Sometimes they were medicated or locked in hospital wards, or fired from jobs and isolated from the outside world.

But when they found one another on the Internet, everything changed. So many others were having the same experiences.

Type “mind control” or “gang stalking” into Google, and Web sites appear that describe cases of persecution, both psychological and physical, related with the same minute details — red and white cars following victims, vandalism of their homes, snickering by those around them.

Identified by some psychologists and psychiatrists as part of an “extreme community” on the Internet that appears to encourage delusional thinking, a growing number of such Web sites are filled with stories from people who say they are victims of mind control and stalking by gangs of government agents. The sites are drawing the concern of mental health professionals and the interest of researchers in psychology and psychiatry.

Although many Internet groups that offer peer support are considered helpful to the mentally ill, some experts say Web sites that amplify reports of mind control and group stalking represent a dark side of social networking. They may reinforce the troubled thinking of the mentally ill and impede treatment.

Dr. Ralph Hoffman, a psychiatry professor at Yale who studies delusions, said a growing number of his research subjects have told him of visiting mind-control sites, and finding in them confirmation of their own experiences.

“The views of these belief systems are like a shark that has to be constantly fed,” Dr. Hoffman said. “If you don’t feed the delusion, sooner or later it will die out or diminish on its own accord. The key thing is that it needs to be repetitively reinforced.”


Wait a minute!!!!


Imagine a weapon that creates sound that only you can hear. Science fiction? No, this is one area that has a very solid basis in reality. The Air Force has experimented with microwaves that create sounds in people's head (which they've called a possible psychological warfare tool), and American Technologies can "beam" sounds to specific targets with their patented HyperSound (and yes, I've heard/seen them demonstrate the speakers, and they are shockingly effective).


Science Fiction Special: The Future of a Genre
November 16th, 2008 by TiamatsVision

“Science fiction is all about the future, but what does the future hold for science fiction?

These days, science can be stranger than science fiction, and mainstream literature is increasingly futuristic and speculative. So are the genre’s days numbered? We asked six leading writers for their thoughts on the future of science fiction, including Margaret Atwood, William Gibson and Kim Stanley Robinson.

Plus, we review the latest sci-fi novels, highlight the writers to watch and reveal the results our poll of your all-time favourite sci-fi films and books.”




Former temple followers move on, 30 years after Jonestown


Secret Directed-Energy Tech Protecting the President? (Updated)

The Secret Service is tasked with protecting the President of the United States from assailants; and given that President-elect Obama has already been the target of assassination plots they may have their work cut out after January. But they have more than earpiece radios and armored limos to help them; the Secret Service can call on the very latest technology. Documents from a recent court case indicate that they have advanced directed-energy devices which are highly classified.

You may remember Donald Friedman, who claims that government agencies are misusing non-lethal directed-energy weapons. It’s easy to dismiss him as a crank. But his obsessive digging has turned up valuable information. For instance, one of his Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests unearthed a 1998 U.S. Army program looking at a microwave device to beam sound directly into the target's skull which the rest of us had missed. (The same technology underlies the Medusa non-lethal weapon.)

Now he's found something else. Friedman's current court case involves attempts to extract information about any directed-energy weapons such as lasers and microwaves used by the Secret Service. Do they really have anything of the kind? A "Motion for an Enlargement of Time" (in other words, a request for a few more weeks) by the Secret Service's attorney indicates that they have something, and it's pretty secret:

"Plaintiff's FOIA request is for document [sic] concerning directed energy technology that is very sensitive. Some of this documents [sic] pertain to research conducted by divisions within defendant agency that is used to carry out its mandate to protect very high government officials. In fact, in one case, the documents… could not be mailed but had to be hand carried interstate."


“Book View Cafe is a new approach to publishing made possible by the Internet. While most of the fiction on the site is free, authors will also be offering expanded work, additional content, print versions, or subscriptions for a fee. Our authors are all professionals with publishing credits in the print world. The Internet is giving us an opportunity to make their out-of-print, experimental, or otherwise unavailable work to you. We love feedback on how we are doing.

Every day, new content available nowhere else will be served up on Book View Cafe: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, episodes of serialized novels, and maybe even a podcast now and then. The content will be archived and available after the posting date by visiting the author’s bookshelf.

11-19-2008, 05:25 AM

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Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed a 14-minute long Beatles track many thought was a myth does exist - and says he wants the public to hear it.

He told BBC Radio 4's Front Row the track - called Carnival of Light - was not released because the other Beatles thought it was too "adventurous".

The full interview will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Front Row on Thursday 20 November at 1915 GMT.


'Mythical' Beatles song confirmed
The Beatles
The Beatles recorded the track in January 1967 for a music festival

Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed a 14-minute long Beatles track many thought was a myth does exist - and says he wants the public to hear it.

11-19-2008, 05:27 AM

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Sold at an auction for $14,850, this 100% authentic vampire kit made circa 1800 is an absolute steal, specially compared to this $12,000 kit which is from a later date and has fewer apparatus. I mean, can you really put a price to the ability to battle vampires like Kiefer Sutherland, Dick Cheney and Bono? I say no. And make no mistakes, blood-sucking undeads, because this hand-carved walnut portable suitcase comes loaded with all I need to kill you:

• Creepy-looking cross.
• Bible.
• Hand gun and silver bullets.
• Holy oils.
• Holy water.
• Mirrors.
• Candles.
• Garlic.
• Badass wood and metal stake with added cross for vampiric extra-pain.
• Extra wood stakes, just in case.

The 19th century vampire killing kit was sold in an auction as part of the Jimmy Pippen estate, which shows that the aforementioned Jimmy Pippen was a either a complete nutcase or knew something that we don't. Just in case, I'm making one myself.

11-19-2008, 11:48 AM
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Saturn's Polar Aurora
November 12, 2008 Full-Res: PIA11396

This image of the northern polar region of Saturn shows both the aurora and underlying atmosphere, seen at two different wavelengths of infrared light as captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.



11-19-2008, 11:49 AM

Unhappy People Watch Lots More TV

Unhappy people glue themselves to the television 30 percent more than happy people.

The finding, announced on Thursday, comes from a survey of nearly 30,000 American adults conducted between 1975 and 2006 as part of the General Social Survey.

While happy people reported watching an average of 19 hours of television per week, unhappy people reported 25 hours a week. The results held even after taking into account education, income, age and marital status.

In addition, happy individuals were more socially active, attended more religious services, voted more and read a newspaper more often than their less-chipper counterparts.

11-19-2008, 11:50 AM

MY UFO EXPERIENCE: Reluctant 'Phoenix Lights' Witness Finally Comes Forward

11-19-2008, 11:50 AM

Found: An Ancient Monument to the Soul

In a mountainous kingdom in what is now southeastern Turkey, there lived in the eighth century B.C. a royal official, Kuttamuwa, who oversaw the completion of an inscribed stone monument, or stele, to be erected upon his death. The words instructed mourners to commemorate his life and afterlife with feasts “for my soul that is in this stele.”

11-19-2008, 11:51 AM

Turkey's Stonehenge

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11-19-2008, 11:52 AM

The Proud Indians of Chiapas

Inside the church of San Juan de Chamula, a fine cloud of smoke filled the air. It rose in wisps from hundreds of thin, white candles, perched delicately on the floor in ranks of 5, 10, 20, 40. Scattered around them lay a loose carpet of pine needles, the green arcs overlapping in dizzying patterns. The scents of pine resin, melted wax and burning wick mingled in my nose, and the chanted prayers of the indigenous Chamulans — who knelt before the candles, with bottles of Coca-Cola and pox, a homemade sugar-cane liquor pronounced posh, at their sides — made me feel as if I’d entered another, more mysterious universe.

11-19-2008, 11:53 AM

Woolly rhino's ancient migration
By Paul Rincon
Science Reporter, BBC News

Woolly rhino spread west into Europe during a cold snap

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Palaeontologists have pieced together the fossilised skull of the oldest example yet found of a woolly rhinoceros in Europe.

11-19-2008, 11:53 AM

Dig turns up dark end of a loving Flintstones family

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A set of ancient skeletons discovered in Germany has demonstrated that, just like the Flintstones, Stone Age humans formed nuclear families.

Genetic analysis of four bodies found in a 4,600-year-old grave shows that they belonged to a mother, a father and their two sons, who were buried together in one another’s arms.

The Neolithic remains, which belong to a man aged between 40 and 60, a woman aged between 35 and 50, and boys aged 4 to 5 and 8 to 9, provide the earliest firm evidence for the existence of nuclear family units.

They may also bear witness to an ancient massacre: they were interred along with nine others in four graves, and many of the bodies show signs of a violent end. One female had a stone projectile head embedded in a vertebra, another had a fractured skull, and others had cut marks on their hands and forearms consistent with self-defence.

11-19-2008, 11:54 AM

Borrowers heal ancient Egyptian coffin smashed in 1969 protest

11-19-2008, 11:55 AM

New theory says autism and schizophrenia same disease
November 18th, 2008 by Klintron

Their idea is, in broad outline, straightforward. Crespi and Badcock propose that an evolutionary tug of war between genes from the father’s sperm and the mother’s egg can, in effect, tip brain development in one of two ways. A strong bias toward the father pushes a developing brain along the autistic spectrum, toward a fascination with objects, patterns, mechanical systems, at the expense of social development. A bias toward the mother moves the growing brain along what the researchers call the psychotic spectrum, toward hypersensitivity to mood, their own and others’. This, according to the theory, increases a child’s risk of developing schizophrenia later on, as well as mood problems like bipolar disorder and depression.

In short: Autism and schizophrenia represent opposite ends of a spectrum that includes most, if not all, psychiatric and developmental brain disorders. The theory has no use for psychiatry’s many separate categories for disorders, and it would give genetic findings an entirely new dimension.

11-19-2008, 12:34 PM

New levitation technique floats water with noise

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Some musical shake, rattle and roll has led Belgian physicists to develop a new kind of levitation. It only works for tiny drops of liquid, but could provide a new way to handle biological or forensic samples without contaminating them.

Researchers at University of Liège, Belgium, set out to recreate the way water droplets spilt on speakers danced to the bass vibrations. They substituted a vibrating bath of oil for the speakers and released 1-millimetre-wide droplets of a less viscous oil on top.

11-19-2008, 12:35 PM

A kind of chemical remote control has been developed by UK chemists who are able to mix and separate oily and watery fluids on demand.

The chemical, which is triggered by light, can also command microscopic nanoparticles suspended in a liquid to neatly separate themselves out for collection.

While mixing together two liquids, or mixing a powder into a liquid, is easy, reversing the process is a vastly trickier proposition.

Chemists regularly wish they could perform such tricks, says Julian Eastoe, a chemist at the University of Bristol in the UK - such as after adding expensive catalytic nanoparticles to an industrial reaction mixture.

"These particles are so small that they are almost impossible to recover," he says. It is only possible using costly processes like heating to high temperatures or ultra-high-speed centrifugation.

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11-19-2008, 12:36 PM

Mysterious electrons may be sign of dark matter

The search continues

With so many unanswered questions, will we ever be able to say conclusively that dark matter has been spotted? Wefel thinks that experiments such as the recently launched Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope should continue to discover new possible sources of dark matter. These sources will need to be studied in other wavelengths and with other instruments in order to determine their properties.

"Then we shall see if any of them have the capability to produce the electron signal that ATIC observed," says Wefel. "How long do you search before you give up? I can't say but I suspect we'll keep going until Fermi and other instruments run out of new source discoveries. Meanwhile other experiments will try to study the electrons in more detail to see if they can 'pin down' the signature of dark matter annihilation."

However the pieces fit together, other experts say the ATIC discovery is intriguing. That's because there are still some questions about what accelerates electrons and other charged particles in space, called cosmic rays.

"Even if it proves not to be dark matter, the puzzle of how very high-energy cosmic rays are produced is still a mystery, and this work will help shed some light on it," thinks Andy Taylor, an astrophysicist from the University of Edinburgh.

11-19-2008, 12:36 PM

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Real-life 'gremlin' rediscovered in the wild

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists have observed a living pygmy tarsier - one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates - for the first time in more than 80 years.

Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers - two males and one female - on Mount Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park. They spotted a fourth one that got away.

The tarsiers, which some scientists believed were extinct, may not have been overly thrilled to be found. One of them bit Sharon Gursky-Doyen, from Texas A&M University, who took part in the expedition.

"I'm the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier," says Gursky-Doyen.

"My assistant was trying to hold him still while I was attaching a radio collar around his neck," she says. "It's very hard to hold them because they can turn their heads around 180°. As I was trying to close the radio collar, he turned his head and nipped my finger."

The collars were being attached so the tarsiers' movements could be tracked through their remote habitat.

11-19-2008, 12:42 PM

Woman receives windpipe built from her stem cells

A Colombian woman has become the world's first recipient of windpipe tissue constructed from a combination of donated tissue and her own cells.

Stem cells harvested from the woman's bone marrow were used to populate a stripped-down section of windpipe received from a donor, which was then transplanted into her body in June.

"Surgeons can now start to see and understand the very real potential for adult stem cells and tissue engineering to radically improve their ability to treat patients," says Martin Birchall, professor of surgery at the University of Bristol, UK, and a member of the team which constructed the windpipe tissue. "We believe this success has proved that we are on the verge of a new age in surgical careMovie Camera."

11-20-2008, 05:52 AM

10 Hilarious ACME Products

by Hein Marais, Oct 18, 2008
ACME is the fictional company that was used in several cartoons and TV shows like Bugs Bunny and The Road Runner. They had the funniest and most innovative products to help any cartoon character out of the weirdest situation. Or did they help at all?

11-20-2008, 05:53 AM

Cool Spy Gadgets for the James Bond Within You

11-20-2008, 05:54 AM

Is global warming forcing Bigfoot to move north?

11-20-2008, 06:03 AM

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Ants' Metropolis

You have to see it to believe it - what scientist uncovered when they filled ant's tunnels with cement... The structure that simply boggles the mind.

11-20-2008, 06:22 AM
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11-20-2008, 07:03 AM
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11-20-2008, 07:26 AM

New Evidence Uncovered to Identify Tomb of Bible's King Herod

By Calev Ben-David

Nov. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Excavations at a site near Jerusalem support the view that it is the mausoleum of King Herod the Great, according to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

The tomb was originally about 25 meters high, a size that excavation director Ehud Netzer said would have been appropriate to a figure of Herod's political stature, the university's Institute of Archeology said in a news release today.

Digging work has continued this year at the structure first uncovered in May 2007 at Herodium, a hilltop fortress built by Herod 15 kilometers south of Jerusalem and east of Bethlehem.

Netzer said the tomb was vandalized by Jewish forces during the Judean revolt against Rome, according to the release.

Herod was the Roman-appointed ruler of Judea, today modern Israel and the West Bank. He is famed for building the desert fortress of Masada and rebuilding Jerusalem's Second Temple, and for his depiction in the New Testament as a tyrant at the time of Jesus's birth.

To contact the writer on the story: Calev Ben-David in Jerusalem at cbendavid@bloomberg.net.

11-20-2008, 07:27 AM

US museum head says Mexico should get Mayan jade

By MARK STEVENSON – 1 day ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The director of Harvard's Peabody Museum said Tuesday he wants to return about 50 ancient carved Mayan jade pieces to Mexico, almost a century after a U.S. consul dredged the artifacts from the sacred lake at the ruins of Chichen Itza.

The artifacts were among hundreds of pieces taken to the United States by American consul Edward Herbert Thompson, who dredged up the bottom of the sacred lake between 1904 and 1910 to recover offerings deposited there by the Mayas.

William Fash, director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, said the idea would still have to be approved by authorities at the university and the museum, but that returning the artifacts could help scholars studying jade and jade-like stones which held both artistic and religious significance for the Mayas.

"It is important, I think, for many of the jades to be studied here in Mexico by people who are now doing careful studies of jades," many of which were brought long distances to Chichen Itza in Mexico's southern Yucatan peninsula by ancient pilgrims, Fash told The Associated Press.

Such pieces could say a lot about trade, commerce and artistic patterns in the pre-Hispanic world.

The return of the artifacts — many of which were pieced together from fragments by famed researcher Tatiana Proskouriakoff before her death in 1985 — could also be displayed at a museum near the site where they were originally found.

"This would be something I think they would be very pleased to exhibit," said Fash.

He said it was part of a growing trend where museums are making arrangements to return pieces to their countries of origin in exchange for short term loans of other artifacts, noting that "in this way both institutions win."

11-20-2008, 07:27 AM

‘Looted’ art treasures head home

11-20-2008, 07:28 AM

Physicists Find Dark Matter, or Something Even More Strange

A new experiment may have found the first direct evidence of dark matter particles, a discovery that could begin to unravel one of the biggest mysteries in physics.

Theorists believe that dark matter, made up of of weakly-interacting massive particles, composes 23 percent of the universe, but no one has ever directly detected one of these WIMPs.

080998_universe_contentm_2 Now, physicists have announced they've spotted electrons with just about the amount of energy they would have expected to be made by a particular kind of WIMP entering the visible world.

John Wefel of Louisiana State University and colleagues report in Nature Wednesday that they could have detected "Kaluza-Klein" electron-positron pairs resulting from the annihilation of these WIMPS.

The KK particles are predicted by multiple-dimension theories of the universe and have long-been a leading candidate as the substance of dark matter. The new discovery then, if confirmed, would provide evidence that the fabric of space-time has many "compact" dimensions beyond the four that humans perceive.

"If the Kaluza–Klein annihilation explanation proves to be correct, this will necessitate a fuller investigation of such multidimensional spaces, with potentially important implications for our understanding of the Universe," the authors conclude.

A3launchDozens of teams are working to understand the invisible dark matter and dark energy that when combined astrophysicists believe make up 95 percent of the universe. Most of the evidence for the dark stuff's existence comes through indirect observations: as physicist Myungkook James Jee put it last year, "We can't see a wind, but we can see it blow." So, the first direct detection of dark matter would be a landmark discovery.

Wefel's team sent a balloon carrying the "ATIC" particle detector aloft over Antarctica, where it measured the telltale charges and energies of electrons.

But the new detection isn't a sure indication of the existence of KK particles. Harvard astrophysicist Yousaf Butt argued that other astronomical objects could explain the creation of these high-energy electrons, in an editorial that accompanied the original paper. The leftovers from supernovas, spinning pulsars, or microquasars could all be responsible for the observations, or things could get even stranger.

"And let’s not forget that a completely new type of astrophysical object could also produce the detected electron excess; after all, pulsars were discovered only in 1967, and until 1992 we were blissfully unaware of microquasars," he wrote.

Further experiments seem likely to reveal the true source of this cosmic electron anomaly. With longer observation times or better detectors, scientists should be able to puzzle out whether the spectral signature of the detected electrons fits the dark matter thesis.

11-20-2008, 07:30 AM

Bitter Labour
18 Nov, 2008 08:42:46
Slave labor reality of Sugar-cane ethanol
SAO PAULO, November 17, 2008 (AFP) - The cost of slave labor in sugar cane fields should not be overlooked when promoting the virtues of ethanol, the Roman Catholic Church said Monday, as an international conference on biofuel got under way in Brazil.

11-20-2008, 07:31 AM

man and his metal detector

By James Tozer
Last updated at 6:48 PM on 19th November 2008

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For 40 years, Maurice Richardson has been braving all weathers to scour the countryside with his trusty metal detector, dreaming of buried treasure.

But he almost ignored an unpromising-sounding beep as he searched for debris from a wartime air crash while being pelted with rain.

However the 59-year-old is glad his curiosity got the better of him after his persistence in digging through more than two feet of Nottinghamshire mud yielded a stunning 2,000-year-old gold treasure.

11-20-2008, 07:34 AM

Korean Soldiers Get New Halo-y Armor

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The Rupublic of Korea's troops are stepping into winter fashion in a big way -- with all new threads and a sweet-ass rifle.

The new new battle uniforms would provide protection against nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks, and would feature automatic temperature control. A new protective vest is also planned. In addition to keeping the lead out, the helmet will be prewired for minicam video transmission, GPS navigation, and assorted networking gear

And the gun?

The double-barreled K-11 assault rifle lets the shooter fire either NATO 5.56- or 20-millimeter grenades, all off the same trigger. Day and night aiming is accomplished with a thermal target seeker and laser that calculates distance automatically--a true point-and-shoot.

Oh man, WANT! I just question how legitimate this new gear is seeing how the picture looks suspiciously like someone Xeroxed the cover of an old sci-fi novel.

Hit the jump for a 5:00 video about the new rifle. Pretty sweet drop-test footage starting at 4:15.

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11-20-2008, 07:35 AM

Prophesy of economic collapse 'coming true'

* 16:05 17 November 2008 by Jeff Hecht

Things may seem bad now - with fears of a world recession looming - but they could be set to get much worse.

A real-world analysis of a controversial prediction made 30 years ago concludes that economic growth cannot be sustained and we are on track for serious economic collapse this century.

In 1972, the seminal book Limits to Growth by a group called the Club of Rome claimed that exponential growth would eventually lead to economic and environmental collapse.

The group used computer models that assessed the interaction of rising populations, pollution, industrial production, resource consumption and food production.

Most economists rubbished the book and its recommendations have been ignored by governments, although a growing band of experts today continues to argue that we need to reshape our economy to become more sustainable.

Now Graham Turner at theCommonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia has compared the book's predictions with data from the intervening years.
'Steady state economy'

Changes in industrial production, food production and pollution are all in line with the book's predictions of collapse in the 21st century, says Turner. According to the book, the path we have taken will cause decreasing resource availability and an escalating cost of extraction that triggers a slowdown of industry, which eventually results in economic collapse some time after 2020.

"For the first 30 years of the model, the world has been tracking along an unsustainable trajectory," he says.

According to Herman Daly of the University of Maryland, Turner's results show that we "must get off the growth path of business as usual, and move to a steady state economy," stopping population growth, resource depletion, and pollution.

Yet Turner reckons his report [pdf format] shows that a sustainable economy is attainable. "We wouldn't have to go back to the caves," he says.

Journal reference: Global Environmental Change (vol 18, p397)

11-20-2008, 09:23 AM

Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

A new crop of supercomputers is breaking down the petaflop speed barrier, pushing high-performance computing into a new realm that could change science more profoundly than at any time since Galileo, leading researchers say.

When the Top 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers was announced at the international supercomputing conference in Austin, Texas, on Monday, IBM had barely managed to cling to the top spot, fending off a challenge from Cray. But both competitors broke petaflop speeds, performing 1.105 and 1.059 quadrillion floating-point calculations per second, the first two computers to do so.

These computers aren't just faster than those they pushed further down the list, they will enable a new class of science that wasn't possible before. As recently described in Wired magazine, these massive number crunchers will push simulation to the forefront of science.

Scientists will be able to run new and vastly more accurate models of complex phenomena: Climate models will have dramatically higher resolution and accuracy, new materials for efficient energy transmission will be developed and simulations of scramjet engines will reach a new level of complexity.

"The scientific method has changed for the first time since Galileo invented the telescope (in 1609)," said computer scientist Mark Seager of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Supercomputing has made huge advances over the last decade or so, gradually packing on the ability to handle more and more data points in increasingly complex ways. It has enabled scientists to test theories, design experiments and predict outcomes as never before. But now, the new class of petaflop-scale machines is poised to bring about major qualitative changes in the way science is done.

"The new capability allows you to do fundamentally new physics and tackle new problems," said Thomas Zacharia, who heads up computer science at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, home of the second place Cray XT5 Jaguar supercomputer. "And it will accelerate the transition from basic research to applied technology."

Breaking the petaflop barrier, a feat that seemed astronomical just two years ago, won't just allow faster computations. These computers will enable entirely new types of science that couldn't have been done before. This new generation of petascale machines will move scientific simulation beyond just supporting the two main branches of science, theory and experimentation, and into the foreground. Instead of just hypotheses being tested with experiments and observations, large-scale extrapolation and prediction of things we can't observe or that would be impractical for an experiment, will become central to many scientific endeavors.

"It's getting to the point where simulation is actually the third branch of science," Seager said. "We say that nature is always the arbiter of truth, but it turns out our ability to observe nature is fundamentally limited."

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11-20-2008, 12:49 PM
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In this clip, a YouTuber has synced the "Dawn of Man" clip to one of my favorite Pink Floyd songs, "One of These Days."

11-20-2008, 01:08 PM

It's confirmed: Matter is merely vacuum fluctuations

11-21-2008, 09:24 AM

Why the universe may be teeming with aliens

WANTED: Rocky planet outside of our solar system. Must not be too hot or too cold, but just the right temperature to support life.

It sounds like a simple enough wish list, but finding a planet that fulfils all of these criteria has kept astronomers busy for decades. Until recently, it meant finding a planet in the "Goldilocks zone" - orbiting its star at just the right distance to keep surface water liquid rather than being boiled off or frozen solid.

Now, though, it's becoming increasingly clear that the question of what makes a planet habitable is not as simple as finding it in just the right spot. Many other factors, including a planet's mass, atmosphere, composition and the way it orbits its nearest star, can all influence whether it can sustain liquid water, an essential ingredient for life as we know it. As astronomers explore newly discovered planets and create computer simulations of virtual worlds, they are discovering that water, and life, might exist on all manner of weird worlds where conditions are very different from those on Earth. And that means there could be vastly more habitable planets out there than we thought possible. "It's like science fiction, only better," says Raymond Pierrehumbert, a climate scientist at the University of Chicago, who studies planets inside and outside of our solar system.

Distance from the nearest star is, of course, important. In our own solar system, Venus has long served as an example of what can happen if a planet gets too close to its star. Venus is only 28 per cent closer to the sun than Earth is, but its surface is a sweltering 460 °C, hot enough to melt lead, and it chokes under a thick carbon dioxide atmosphere 90 times the density of Earth's.

11-21-2008, 09:25 AM

Head of Interpol Mexico arrested for drug ties

11-21-2008, 09:34 AM

e=mc2: 103 years later, Einstein's proven right

It's taken more than a century, but Einstein's celebrated formula e=mc2 has finally been corroborated, thanks to a heroic computational effort by French, German and Hungarian physicists.

A brainpower consortium led by Laurent Lellouch of France's Centre for Theoretical Physics, using some of the world's mightiest supercomputers, have set down the calculations for estimating the mass of protons and neutrons, the particles at the nucleus of atoms.

According to the conventional model of particle physics, protons and neutrons comprise smaller particles known as quarks, which in turn are bound by gluons.

The odd thing is this: the mass of gluons is zero and the mass of quarks is only five percent. Where, therefore, is the missing 95 percent?

The answer, according to the study published in the US journal Science on Thursday, comes from the energy from the movements and interactions of quarks and gluons.

In other words, energy and mass are equivalent, as Einstein proposed in his Special Theory of Relativity in 1905.

11-21-2008, 09:35 AM

Darwin Was Right About How Evolution Can Affect Whole Group

ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2008) — Worker ants of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your fertility. The highly specialized worker castes in ants represent the pinnacle of social organization in the insect world. As in any society, however, ant colonies are filled with internal strife and conflict. So what binds them together? More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin had an idea and now he's been proven right.

11-21-2008, 09:35 AM

Invasive Plants in Galápagos May Really Be Native

11-21-2008, 09:36 AM

Superdirt Made Lost Amazon Cities Possible?

Centuries-old European explorers' tales of lost cities in the Amazon have long been dismissed by scholars, in part because the region is too infertile to feed a sprawling civilization.

But new discoveries support the idea of an ancient Amazonian urban network—and ingeniously engineered soil may have made it all possible.

(See Ancient Amazon Cities Found; Were Vast Urban Network [August 28, 2008].)

Now scientists are trying to recreate the recipe for the apparently human-made supersoil, which still covers up to 10 percent of the Amazon Basin. Key ingredients included of dirt, charcoal, pottery, human excrement and other waste.

If recreated, the engineered soil could feed the hungry and may even help fight global warming, experts suggest.

11-21-2008, 09:37 AM

China's crops at risk from massive erosion

11-21-2008, 09:41 AM

The Dead Tell a Tale China Doesn’t Care to Listen To

URUMQI, China — An exhibit on the first floor of the museum here gives the government’s unambiguous take on the history of this border region: “Xinjiang has been an inalienable part of the territory of China,” says one prominent sign.

11-21-2008, 09:42 AM

Bursts Spotted at Milky Way's Black Hole

By SPACE.com staff

posted: 18 November 2008 12:53 pm ET

11-21-2008, 09:43 AM
Plumbing the oceans could bring limitless clean energy


11-21-2008, 09:44 AM

How Time-Traveling Could Affect Quantum Computing By Lisa Zyga, Physics / Physics (PhysOrg.com) -- If space-time were constructed in such a way that you could travel back in time, it would create some pretty strange effects. One of these oddities, as many people know, is the “grandfather paradox.” Here, a person travels back in time to kill their grandfather before the person’s father is born, thus preventing their own birth.

11-21-2008, 09:45 AM

Invisibility Cloak "Feasible Now"
Richard A. Lovett
for National Geographic News
November 20, 2008

The latest milestone in the quest for a Harry Potter-like invisibility cloak has been reached: a way of bending the geometry of space so that light from all directions travels around an object, rather than hitting it.

11-21-2008, 09:45 AM

History's greatest conspiracy theories

11-24-2008, 06:33 AM

IBM has announced it will lead a US government-funded collaboration to make electronic circuits that mimic brains.

11-24-2008, 06:34 AM

Magical Nihilism
Who Stole My Volcano? Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dematerialisation of Supervillain Architecture.

11-24-2008, 06:38 AM

Nearly 20 years of stagnant to falling wages, threadbare social safety nets, and no returns on savings has produced a retiree class in Japan struggling to make ends meet. Good reason to worry at the sight of the US cribbing heavily from the Japanese playbook.


Gangs of men are hunting wild deer for sport and may be selling the meat to people on Teesside.

11-24-2008, 06:40 AM

For More of Mexico’s Wealthy, Cost of Living Includes Guards

Rich Mexicans spend more on bodyguards as security deteriorates. Excellent quote by a Mexican businessman: “One bodyguard, two bodyguards, even three of them can’t do anything with these criminals, who come in groups of 20 with high-powered arms. If they want to hunt you down, they will get you.” This is going to be a gold mine of an industry in the US by early in the next decade.

11-24-2008, 07:16 AM

Selling Scientology
A Former Scientologist Marketing Guru Turns Against the Church

11-24-2008, 07:17 AM

U.S. report predicts decline for Al Qaeda

11-24-2008, 07:19 AM

New Report: CIA Lied About Missionary Plane Shot Down Over Peru

11-24-2008, 07:20 AM

TAZ History: Kowloon Walled City
November 21st, 2008 by Justin Boland

“There were only two rules for construction: electricity had to be provided to avoid fire, and the buildings could be no more than fourteen stories high, because of the nearby airport.”

When I was 17, I started constantly re-reading Hakim Bey’s TAZ, or as I like to call it, “His Only Good Book.” I had no problem with Jonathan Kozol, but Peter Lamborn Wilson builds a sentence like Turkish Muslims build a shrine. Before I discovered the playground of “Academic Critical Theory,” from Marshall McLuhan to Manuel de Landa, TAZ was the most dense language artifact I’d ever seen.

Even then, though, I wondered why Hakim Bey didn’t discuss the only real “TAZ” I could think of - the Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong. “Kowloon” means “Nine Dragons,” and you can only visit the ruins today. After an eviction process that took years and cost billions of Hong Kong dollars, the city was destroyed in 1993 and only a park remains. While it lasted, though, it was the closest thing to Pure Anarchy the world has seen outside of a war zone.

At it’s most overgrown peak in early 1987, Kowloon Walled City was home to 50,000 inhabitants. From 1899, these tenacious squatters had repelled the British, the Japanese and every would-be landlord and “property owner” in the history of Hong Kong. So why not make them the centerpiece of the book?

I’ve since come to realize it’s because he was writing a personal historical fantasy, not a tactical or practical guide. Although Kowloon truly was a Temporary Autonomous Zone, and it’s a cool idea to read and think about, it truly sucked to live there. This is best summed up by Coilhouse’s conclusion:

Yes, the anarchistic types out there are correct when they say that the Walled City is evidence that humans can co-exist, and even thrive, without laws constantly piled on them. But it’s not that simple. After all, without massive police raids (government incarnate), the place would have probably become a mob-run tyranny. Its residents had a degree of freedom that anyone who comes home to piles of bills or endless forms can’t help but envy. They also had darkness, a lower life expectancy, filthy living conditions and huge numbers of drug addicts.

But if the Walled City is a reminder that lawlessness isn’t quite as cleanly romantic as some might think, it also reminds us that a staggering number of societies are possible “� and that every one of them has a price.

It’s also worth meditating on how Kowloon came to achieve their “hands-off” status: by kicking up such a profound ****-storm of noise and problems, every single time someone tried to exert their authority, that everyone in power simply gave up. As David Robinson puts it in his great Tofu Magazine piece, “British policy came to regard Walled City as something of a hornets nest “� best not to be kicked unless absolutely necessary.”

Perhaps the lesson here is that there are no little things when it comes to defending your freedom. If either of those words are supposed to mean something, there are no acceptable tradeoffs or reasonable comprimises.

FURTHER READING: The best narrative summary is from Coilhouse, and the Wiki is surprisingly dense. My Father Lived in Kowloon City, and the hilariously mis-translated but quite interesting story of a Japanese expedition into the city the week before it was demolished in 1993. If you’re interesting in more photos, more information, and more pages to scroll through, then say hello the Skyscraper Forum, who have collected pretty much all there is to know in one thread.

11-24-2008, 07:23 AM

Obama Haters: You’re Missing the Opportunity of a Lifetime

11-24-2008, 07:26 AM
Brain worms...yes...brain worms

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11-24-2008, 07:35 AM
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Claire Bates, Daily Mail: A spectacular and almost blindingly bright meteor sparked a flurry of emergency calls to the police after it lit up the skies over western Canada. Onlookers across the province of Alberta watched in awe, describing a kaleidoscope of colours as the rock rapidly descended.

'At first I thought it was fireworks,' farmer Marcel Gobeil said. 'I've never seen anything like it; it was green and blue and then turned to bright red. It was pretty big.'

Emergency services across the region began receiving calls from 5.30pm on Thursday, with some also reporting hearing a distant 'boom.' And the police had no reason to doubt the claims. A video camera on one of their local patrol cars had captured the whole dramatic episode.

As the vehicle cruises down a street the footage shows a small bright light appearing in the sky before hurtling towards the Earth disappearing in an explosion of light just five seconds later.

11-24-2008, 11:10 AM

Dalai Lama Unleashes Revolutionary New Reincarnation Techniques

11-24-2008, 11:12 AM

The standard model of physics got it right when it predicted where the mass of ordinary matter comes from, according to a massive new computational effort. Particle physics explains that the bulk of atoms is made up of protons and neutrons, which are themselves composed of smaller particles known as quarks, which in turn are bound by gluons. The odd thing is this: the mass of gluons is zero and the mass of quarks [accounts for] only five percent. Where, therefore, is the missing 95 percent? [AFP]

The answer, according to theory, is that the energy from the interactions between quarks and gluons accounts for the excess mass (because as Einstein’s famous E=mc² equation proved, energy and mass are equivalent). Gluons are the carriers of the strong nuclear force that binds three quarks together to form one proton or neutron; these gluons are constantly popping into existence and disappearing again. The energy of these vacuum fluctuations has to be included in the total mass of the proton and neutron [New Scientist]. The new study finally crunched the numbers on how much energy is created in these fluctuations and confirmed the theory, but it took a supercomputer over a year to do so.

11-24-2008, 11:13 AM
Cool ****!


11-24-2008, 11:18 AM

Rat Poison Chemical Found in Ingredient List For HPV Vaccine

11-24-2008, 11:20 AM

Black and white Masonic groups officially recognize each other


Police investigated allegations schoolgirl was ritually sacrificed by White Knights Templar

11-24-2008, 11:20 AM

Discovered: Cosmic Rays from a Mysterious, Nearby Object

11-24-2008, 11:30 AM

Premiere: NASA [ft. Tom Waits and Kool Keith]: "Spacious Thoughts" [Stream]

Kool Keith and Tom Waits, together at last. The pairing between the rapper and the brawler/bawler/bastard doesn't sound much more natural than you'd expect on "Spacious Thoughts", the first track from the forthcoming debut album by Squeak E. Clean (aka director Spike Jonze's brother Sam Spiegel) and DJ Zegon (aka Ze Gonzales) as NASA. But it's an intriguing experiment nonetheless. Kool Keith shares some colorful reminiscences about the stars-- "I was up there watchin' James Brown's pockets/ Stuffed with Jolly Ranchers/ When the NFL had the Rams in Los Angeles"-- over a haunted, horn-bolstered psych-funk groove. Waits' ragged howl interjects in between Keith verses, carrying in its gale some archetypally Waitsian stuff like, you know, strangling a monkey with a clock, boarding a night train, or how "they say the moon, it smells just like a cherry bomb." It's well worth a listen even if just to hear Waits utter the words "ghetto booty."

11-24-2008, 11:37 AM

1,300-year-old Islamic note may solve mystery
Inscription could answer Qur'an question vexing historians for centuries

11-24-2008, 11:38 AM

Helicopter in dramatic near-miss with 'sinister' UFO 1,500ft above Birmingham

11-24-2008, 11:38 AM

Sofia Archaeologists are working on a Thracian bronze chariot, which they unearthed near the village of Karanovo in southeastern Bulgaria. More than 10,000 Thracian burial mounds are scattered across central and southeastern Bulgaria, which is considered to have been the home of the ancient society that lived in the region between 4000BC and AD300.

Digging in the mound near Karanovo was begun because local authorities feared looting. The chariot had probably been buried in the tomb of a rich man in line with the Thracian belief that belongings accompanied the dead into the afterlife, archaeologists said. “It is an ancient four-wheel chariot with a richly ornamented framework and a yoke of figured bronze,” Veselin Ignatov told national radio. (AFP)

11-24-2008, 11:39 AM
http://www.dailytech.com/New+Wind+Turbine+Generator+Ditches+Mechanical+Tran smission+Ups+Efficiency+50+Percent/article13472.htm

New Wind Turbine Generator Ditches Mechanical Transmission, Ups Efficiency 50 Percent

11-24-2008, 11:40 AM

Common Cold Virus Came From Birds About 200 Years Ago

ScienceDaily (Nov. 20, 2008) — A virus that causes cold-like symptoms in humans originated in birds and may have crossed the species barrier around 200 years ago, according to a new article published in the Journal of General Virology. Scientists hope their findings will help us understand how potentially deadly viruses emerge in humans.


Was it the dodo? ;)

11-24-2008, 11:40 AM

Hairspray linked to birth defect
Hairspray exposure was linked to a condition called hypospadias

Boys born to women exposed to hairspray in the workplace may have a higher risk of being born with a genital defect.

11-24-2008, 11:41 AM

Boy, 12, collapsed and died after 'using too much Lynx deodorant'

11-24-2008, 11:41 AM

'Little geniuses' forced to face harsh realities

* November 23, 2008

Are your children all perfect little angels? A generation has been raised to overestimate their abilities.

THEY are calling them the "smug generation". These are the children of American baby boomers who are inculcated by their parents with such faith in their own brilliance that they are shattered in later life to discover that they are not actually much good at anything.

It is, of course, impossible to get things right as a parent. In the old days, it was common, especially in America, for parents to assume the worst of their children and to believe that the only way to bring them success in life was to launch them unprotected upon the world to make their own way. Such parents would unquestioningly accept the verdict of school teachers on their children's abilities, however derogatory, and concur with enthusiasm in their efforts to discipline them. This could make children feel unloved and unappreciated.

Now, according to research by US psychologists, it is the other way round. Modern parents praise and flatter their children to such an extent that they believe they are the cat's whiskers and destined to rise effortlessly to the top of every tree. Teenagers today think they are bound to outshine their parents in all fields - as workers, spouses and as parents themselves - and so succumb to depression when it turns out that they are mediocre at everything.

The researchers found that there are no grounds for these feelings of superiority. Trawling through the results of previous surveys, they concluded that modern teenagers work less hard and are generally less competent than their parents at the same age. They are just a great deal more pleased with themselves.

One wonders why parents have come so blatantly to mislead their children as to their own abilities and prospects. They may believe, not without reason, that it is important to give children confidence in themselves. But maybe it is also dissatisfaction with their own achievements - stumbling careers, broken marriages and so on - that makes them want to believe that their children are better than they are. If you are unhappy with yourself and what you have done in life, you can at least take comfort in the belief that you have spawned a genius.

Another factor is the widespread modern belief that everyone is a victim. If a child does badly at school, it is the school's fault. If he (or she) falls foul of the school authorities and is disciplined, he is being used as a scapegoat. What is unacceptable is the idea that the child in question is in any way flawed, for that could only reflect badly on his parents.

Unwillingness to face reality as far as children are concerned is not, however, an exclusively modern phenomenon. I had a wonderful mother who always said that her four children were all "perfect" in their different ways and capable of more or less anything. We loved her for it, but I do in retrospect think that it gave me a skewed idea of my own abilities and made me idler than I would otherwise have been. As I say, parents can't win.


11-24-2008, 11:42 AM

Thousands pick up free vegetables on Colo. farm

Sunday, November 23, 2008

(11-23) 11:46 PST Platteville, Colo. (AP) --

A farm couple got a huge surprise when they opened their fields to anyone who wanted to pick up free vegetables left over after the harvest — 40,000 people showed up.

Joe and Chris Miller's fields were picked so clean Saturday that a second day of gleaning — the ancient practice of picking up leftover food in farm fields — was canceled Sunday.

"Overwhelmed is putting it mildly," Chris Miller said. "People obviously need food."

She said she expected 5,000 to 10,000 people would show up Saturday to collect free potatoes, carrots and leeks. Instead, an estimated 11,000 vehicles snaked around cornfields and backed up more than two miles. About 30 acres of the 600-acre farm 37 miles north of Denver became a parking lot.

Some people parked their cars along two nearby highways to take to the field with sacks, wagons and barrels.

"Everybody is so depressed about the economy," said Sandra Justice of Greeley, who works at a technology company. "This was a pure party. Everybody having a a great time getting something for free."

Justice and her mother and son picked 10 bags of vegetables.

Miller said they opened the farm to the free public harvest for the first time this year after hearing reports of food being stolen from churches. It was meant as a thank you for customers.

Farm operations manager Dave Patterson said that in previous years the Millers allowed schoolchildren and some church groups to come to the farm during the fall to harvest their own food.

He estimated some 600,000 pounds of produce was harvested Saturday.

Weld County sheriff's deputies helped direct traffic and the Colorado State Patrol issued citations for cars illegally parked on the side of the road.

11-24-2008, 11:43 AM

'Sneakey' photos could steal your keys

US scientists have developed a software algorithm that creates a physical key based solely on a picture, regardless of angle or distance.

The project, called Sneakey, was developed to warn people about the dangers of haphazardly placing keys in the open or posting images of them online.

"People will post pictures with their credit cards but with the name and number greyed out," says Professor Stefan Savage of University of California, San Diego (UCSD), who helped develop the software. "They should have the same sensitivity with their keys."

When Savage and his students searched online photo sharing websites, such as Flickr, they found thousands of photos of keys with enough definition to replicate.

The software could also use an image captured by a mobile phone camera to snap a quick picture of stray keys on a table top.

For a more dramatic demonstration, the researchers set up a camera with a zoom lens 60 metres away from a key. Using those photos, they created a key that was 80% accurate on their first try.

Within three attempts they opened every lock. Three attempts could take less than five minutes.

The replication process is very easy. Once the researchers have the image it takes the software roughly 30 seconds to decode the ridges and grooves on the key. If the angle is off or the lighting is tricky it takes the computer take a little longer.

The longest part of the process, about one whole minute, is cutting the key.

"I think that this work would be really easy for someone else to reproduce," says Savage. "Someone familiar with signal processing, mat lab, and image transformation could do it in two days if they are good."
No secrets

Keys, as the researchers demonstrated, are actually fairly easy to decode.

A majority of keys marketed to consumers are basically just four to six different numbers. Each number corresponds to a ridge or valley in the key.

When inserted into a lock, the ridges and valleys lines up a series of small pins that lets the lock turn.

"The premise is that a key holds some kind of secret that lets you unlock something," says Savage. "But it's a very funny secret; it's a secret that can easily be seen."

Creating a new key is easy enough that some locksmiths and security experts do it by sight alone.

The locks the UCSD team broke were some of the most common in the country.

Marc Weber Tobias, an attorney and security expert who has been picking locks since he was a boy, says the UCSD project does a good job of underscoring the insecurity of conventional cylinder locks.

But the idea of someone standing up to a kilometre away with a high resolution camera and stealing keys with a shutter is small compared to the next generation of video cameras being installed.

"The real issue is the new digital video cameras shooting at 30 frames a second," says Tobias. "There are millions and millions of these cameras everywhere."

If someone got their hands on sensitive parts of the video they could easily duplicate key sets.

Locksmiths, and the UCSD scientists won't use their talents or technology for ill-gotten gains. But not everyone is so ethical, and experts urge people to take physical security more seriously.

"This isn't the biggest security threat that you might face," says Savage. "But you should only take your keys out when you are going to use them."

11-24-2008, 11:44 AM
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IBM and US Government Seek to Build Computer Brain as Smart as a Cat

11-24-2008, 11:49 AM

Nanotech clothing fabric 'never gets wet'

* 18:02 24 November 2008 by Jon Evans
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If you were to soak even your best raincoat underwater for two months it would be wet though at the end of the experience. But a new waterproof material developed by Swiss chemists would be as dry as the day it went in.

Lead researcher Stefan Seeger at the University of Zurich says the fabric, made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments, is the most water-repellent clothing-appropriate material ever created.

Drops of water stay as spherical balls on top of the fabric (see image, right) and a sheet of the material need only be tilted by 2 degrees from horizontal for them to roll off like marbles. A jet of water bounces off the fabric without leaving a trace (see second image).

11-24-2008, 11:50 AM

Under construction: The fuel tank of the future

* 24 November 2008
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If the hydrogen economy is ever going to become reality, we will need a way to store the stuff without having to compress it to dangerously high pressures. The gas could then be fed to fuel cells to power the phones, laptops and automobiles of the future.

Just such a technique may now be coming together in a Dutch lab, in the shape of a material in which billions of carbon buckyballs are sandwiched between sheets of graphene - another form of carbon.

The US Department of Energy reckons that to be viable, hydrogen stores should hold at least 6 per cent by weight of the gas. Until now, materials designed to do the job have fallen well short of this target. Metal hydrides which bind loosely to hydrogen can hold only 2 per cent. So the race is on to develop a molecular matrix that can store more.

Last month, George Froudakis and his team at the University of Crete in Greece reported that computer simulations of a layer cake of graphene sheets connected by hollow carbon nanotubes (see right) indicate that it could store 6.1 per cent of its weight in hydrogen (Nano Letters, vol 8, p 3166).

Now Dimitrios Gournis of the University of Groningen in the Netherlands has started to make this exotic sandwich. So far he has created a 40-layer structure in which the sheets are separated by buckyballs, and is aiming to replace these with the nanotubes envisaged by Froudakis by the end of the year. The next step will be to fill the structures with hydrogen to see whether Froudakis's predictions hold true.

11-24-2008, 11:51 AM

Cellphone clusters give traffic jams away

* 22 November 2008
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SHOULD you get off the motorway now, or carry on and hope the traffic clears? Your cellphone could soon have the answer.

Researchers at Nokia and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a system that collects GPS data from mobile phones in moving vehicles and uses it to create traffic maps. The maps are available on the internet or sent to your cellphone to provide local traffic analysis.

Alex Bayen at UC Berkeley says that if enough people download the free software (from http://traffic.berkeley.edu), the system should help relieve congestion, even on small intercity roads. And in case you're worried that the neighbours will now be able to follow your every move, he says that the system anonymises GPS data so that it will be impossible to track individual cars.

11-24-2008, 11:54 AM

Invention: Personal life mapper

* 19:00 21 November 2008 by Justin Mullins
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The trouble with personal information is that it grows and evolves as time goes on.

You collect an ever-increasing variety of documents, such as images, web pages and contact details. These are stored on a wide variety of devices like smartphones, PCs, and web servers belonging to companies such as Yahoo and Google.

Not only is it more difficult to collect all your information, but it is harder to organise and represent. Search engines that produce lists in return for even an advanced search entry are not really up to the task.

Georges Grinstein and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell say they can do better by displaying the results of a search as a 2D or 3D map, with related documents and information clustered together in space.
Life in 3D

The team have developed new algorithms to do the clustering, as well as making it possible for results to be superimposed on relevant background images or 3D objects. For example, work information might be attached to a picture of your office, and receipts from a trip to Paris to a 3D Eiffel tower.

The team claim these personal information maps are easier to use because they are more akin to the way our minds store and organise information.

11-24-2008, 12:06 PM

Material slicker than Teflon discovered by accident

* 16:28 21 November 2008 by Kurt Kleiner

A superhard substance that is more slippery than Teflon could protect mechanical parts from wear and tear, and boost energy efficiency by reducing friction.

The "ceramic alloy" is created by combining a metal alloy of boron, aluminium and magnesium (AlMgB14) with titanium boride (TiB2). It is the hardest material after diamond and cubic boron nitride.

BAM, as the material is called, was discovered at the US Department of Energy Ames Laboratory in Iowa in 1999, during attempts to develop a substance to generate electricity when heated.
Eternal lubricant

BAM didn't do that, but was found to have other desirable characteristics. "Its hardness was discovered by accident. We had a terrible time cutting it, grinding it, or polishing it," says Alan Russell, a materials scientist at Iowa State University in Ames.

Those chance findings have now developed into a $3-million programme at the Ames Lab to develop the BAM into a kind of eternal lubricant, a coating for moving parts to boost energy efficiency and longevity by reducing friction.

BAM is much slipperier than Teflon, with a coefficient of friction of .02 compared to .05. Lubricated steel has a friction coefficient of 0.16.

One way to exploit this slipperiness is to coat the rotor blades in everyday pumps used in everything from heating systems to aircraft, says Russel. A slick BAM coating of just 2 microns (see image, top right) could reduce friction between the blades and their housing, meaning less power is needed to produce the same pumping power.
Mystery material

Bruce Cook, lead investigator on the Ames Lab project, estimates that merely coating rotors with the material could save US industry alone 330 trillion kilojoules (9 billion kilowatt hours) every year by 2030 - about $179 million a year.

BAM is also potentially attractive as a hard coating for drill bits and other cutting tools. Diamond is commonly used for this, and is harder, but it reacts chemically with steel and so degrades relatively quickly when used to cut the metal.

By contrast, BAM is cheaper and does not degrade when used with steel.

The exact reason for the new material's characteristics is still unclear, Russell told New Scientist. Most superhard materials, such as diamond, have a simple, regular and symmetrical crystalline structure. But BAM is complex, unsymmetrical, and its lattice contains gaps, none of which would be expected in a hard material.

Its slipperiness is also not entirely understood. Although Russell says the best theory is that the boron interacts with oxygen to make tiny amounts of boron oxide on its surface. They would attract water molecules from the air, to make a slippery coating.

11-24-2008, 12:06 PM
Celebrity 'blindness' down to brain wiring

* 18:00 23 November 2008 by Ewen Callaway
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If you can't tell Angelina Jolie from Jennifer Aniston, total ignorance of pop culture might not be the only culprit. People with a rare condition called "face blindness" lack connections in a brain area responsible for recognising faces, new research shows.

Officially termed prosopagnosia, face blindness takes two forms: acquired and inherited. People who develop the condition later in life have usually suffered a stroke or an injury in a brain region important for facial recognition called the fusiform gyrus, says Cibu Thomas, a neuroscientist who led the study while at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The inherited form – which may affect up to one out of 50 people – is far more mysterious. Tests of facial recognition can diagnose inherited prosopagnosiacs, but functional brain scans have revealed few differences between their brains and those of people who can pick out celebrities and loved ones.

"Here's a brain that looks normal in an MRI, and in some cases they have difficulty in recognising their own spouse," says Thomas, who is now at the Harvard Medical School.
Wiring differences

In search of a deeper cause, Thomas and his colleagues subjected six face-blind subjects to a type of brain imaging which reveals the structural connections that allow distant parts of the brain to communicate.

Called diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), the technique has revealed wiring differences in the brains of people with synaesthesia, compared to people without the condition.

The brains of prosopagnosiacs housed fewer connections than controls in two tracts that run smack through the fusiform gyrus; while other parts of their brains showed no such wiring differences, the team found.

Slower or noisier neuron signals to and from the fusiform gyrus could explain some cases of face blindness, Thomas says.
Face the test

On tests of celebrity face recognition – identifying a hairless Elvis Presley, for instance – these brain connections predicted the scores of people with prosopagnosia, as well as controls. This suggests that prosopagnosia is a matter of degree, Thomas says.

Test your own face blindness here

Thomas' team doesn't know what could cause these changes, but a German team has found that face blindness runs in families and is currently searching for genes linked to the condition.

This hunt might not be so clear cut, says Brad Duchaine, a cognitive neuroscientist at University College London.

Duchaine says the new findings offer a great explanation for some cases of prosopagnosia, but at least six brain regions are involved in face processing and various injuries or biological changes could affect how they work. "There are a lot of ways that face processing can go wrong," he says.

Journal reference: Nature Neuroscience (DOI: 10.1038/nn.2224)

11-25-2008, 07:06 AM

Scientology Building Security Guard Shot And Killed Man Wielding Two Samurai Swords