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Old 10-24-2008, 07:54 AM   #651
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Dhaka - Archaeologists in Bangladesh have discovered an ancient engraved stone, believed to be of the Gupta era nearly 2,000 years ago, in northern part of the country, a media report said on Saturday.

The sandstone, found on the bank of a pond near Sura Masjid at Ghoraghat sub-district of Dinajpur, has been put on display at an archaeological museum in Bogra, the Daily Start newspaper reported quoting museum officials. Sponsored Links: Car Insurance - Rates and Other Resources

The stonework depicts three figures dancing and holding ancient musical instruments. It escaped earlier excavations in Sura Masjid, one of the important archaeological sites of the country.

'The figures seem not be of human beings - the artwork represents dancing figures of some animals,' archaeologist Nahid Sultana, who excavated a number of archaeological sites, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa Saturday. He said the artwork might have been brought to the Sura Masjid site from elsewhere. Sponsored Links: Send a Corporate Holiday Gift

Officials of the archaeological department recovered the sandstone a month ago from Sura Masjid, which was built using stones between 1450 and 1500 AD, during the reign of Sultan Alauddin Hussain Shah, said archaeologist Badrul Alam.

He said such stones were used in Hindu or Buddhist constructions in the area during the Gupta period between 300 AD and 500 AD, an era that saw the emergence of the classical art forms and development of various aspects of Indian culture and civilization. Sponsored Links: Form an LLC


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http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2008/1...s_sign_a_.html

The Lazarus sign: a slight return:

Occasionally, brain-dead patients make movements, owing to the fact that the spinal reflexes are still intact. The most complex, and presumably the most terrifying, is called the Lazarus Sign. It is where the brain-dead patient extends their arms and crosses them over their chest - Egyptian mummy style.
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A US patient left in a coma-like state after a road accident recovered the ability to speak after repeated exposure to a magnetic field.
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http://www.physorg.com/news143465448.html
Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered that when the leaf of a plant is under attack by a pathogen, it can send out an S.O.S. to the roots for help, and the roots will respond by secreting an acid that brings beneficial bacteria to the rescue.
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Old 10-24-2008, 08:15 AM   #655
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The Electronic Frontier Foundation's posted a nifty Instructable video demonstrating the technique for spotting the secret spy-codes that many color laser-printers and copiers embed in their output. These dots were long-rumoured, but it wasn't until EFF discovered them that their existence was verified and their code was cracked. EFF's working on Freedom of Information Act requests to uncover which government agencies requested these dots, and what they do with them, but in the meantime, you can use the techniques in this video to spy on your friends and neighbours, just like the Feds! Yellow Dots of Mystery: Is Your Printer Spying on You? (via Make)
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Jacking into the Brain--Is the Brain the Ultimate Computer Interface?
How far can science advance brain-machine interface technology? Will we one day pipe the latest blog entry or NASCAR highlights directly into the human brain as if the organ were an outsize flash drive?
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The Time Traveller - The best free videos are right here

Swedish Man Discovers Time Travel Portal....Under His Kitchen Sink

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Rods were disproved as a biproduct of modern camera speeds.
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ran exposes pigeon-brained espionage plot, literally

Security forces arrest suspected 'spy pigeons,' near Natanz reactor. Last year 14 squirrels were seized on espionage claims. Fate of captive birds unknown
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Japanese woman arrested after 'murdering' virtual husband in online computer game
A Japanese woman who murdered her virtual husband after the couple got divorced in an online computer game has been arrested and faces a possible jail sentence.
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JFC Election spectacular!

In a world gone mad, does Jesus F. Christ stand a chance of winning history’s most over-hyped election?
Tune in and watch as Jesus takes on the old ****er and the smooth-talker.
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Citizens uniting against fluoride
Large-scale lawsuit seeks to ban chemical poisoning of water supply
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http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/s...08/2376933.htm

The Psychology of Conmen
October 26th, 2008 by TiamatsVision

“How do conmen convince you to part with your money? Who are they? And how do they choose their victims? Learn their secrets from someone who has studied their dark arts. Magician Nick Johnson has some interesting insights into psychology of scams…and some suggestions on how to stop your money from going up in smoke!

Damien Carrick: Now from secrets that get lifted from government, to how you and I sometimes inadvertently hand over information or money to con men. How do scammers manage to convince people to hand over their hard-earned cash? To find the answer, perhaps we could talk to a police officer or a criminologist. But someone with a lateral take is magician Nicholas Johnson. He reckons that both magicians and scammers use the same box of tools: psychology and sleight of hand. In fact he’s studied the dark arts of the scamster, and has some suggestions on how to stop your money from going up in smoke.

Nicholas Johnson: I think what I love most about con artists and the world of scammers is that they’re criminals who manage to get their victims to hand over their possessions freely. Most thieves and robbers and the like, tend to use force, or deception, in order for them to take things, whereas a con artist manages to get their victim to freely give up their stuff. And I think that’s what really fascinates me the most.”
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Interview: Investigating the Buddha’s World
October 26th, 2008 by TiamatsVision

“The teachings of the Buddha have been variously understood by scholars, monks, and laypeople over the centuries. But what was it that the Buddha actually taught? While this remains an open and oft-debated question, scholar John Peacocke—in his work as both an academic and a dharma teacher—asserts that by looking to the history, language, and rich philosophical environment of the Buddha’s day we can uncover what is most distinctive and revolutionary about his teachings. Peacocke, who does not shy away from controversy, argues that in some very important ways, later Buddhist schools depart from early core teachings.

Peacocke has been practicing Buddhism since 1970. He was first exposed to Buddhism at monasteries in South India, where he ordained as a monk in the Tibetan tradition. He later studied in Sri Lanka, where Theravada Buddhism has flourished for centuries. Returning to lay life and his native England, Peacocke went on to receive his Ph.D. in Buddhist studies at the University of Warwick. He currently lectures on Buddhist and Hindu thought at the University of Bristol and next year will begin teaching at the Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy Master of Studies program at Oxford University. A former director of the Sharpham Centre for Buddhist Studies in Devon, England, Peacocke also serves on the teaching council at nearby Gaia House, a retreat center offering instruction in a variety of Buddhist traditions. He now teaches and practices in the Vipassana tradition. Tricycle editor James Shaheen visited with Peacocke near Bristol University in April to discuss what the language of the early Pali and Sanskrit texts tells us about Buddhism today.”
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http://www.technoccult.com/archives/...e-on-the-mesa/

The current economic crisis has some people showing an an interest in survivalism, frugal lifestyles, etc. This fascinating documentary focuses on one particular group of people who live according to their own rules.

“Twenty-Five miles from town, a million miles from mainstream society, a loose-knit community of eco-pioneers, teenage runaways, war veterans and drop-outs, live on the fringe and off the grid, struggling to survive with little food, less water and no electricity, as they cling to their unique vision of the American dream…”
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British NGO Forecasts Five Brave New World Scenarios Set In 2030
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Mystery of the Mind
From rose-tinted views of childhood to clear recollections of events that never happened, research shows that memories are both suggestible and inherently idealised. Kate Hilpern finds out just how unreliable our powers of recall are.
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ran exposes pigeon-brained espionage plot, literally

Security forces arrest suspected 'spy pigeons,' near Natanz reactor. Last year 14 squirrels were seized on espionage claims. Fate of captive birds unknown
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This week's report that Iran had found "spy pigeons" near one of its nuclear faculties looked ridiculous. The very idea of using pigeons for intelligence gathering is obviously crazy. But is it crazy enough to be true?

Attaching instrumentation to pigeons easier than you might think. Beatriz de Costa attracted attention in 2006 when she started using instrumented pigeons for air quality monitoring in California. The birds are equipped with GPS and a stripped-down mobile phone and camera as well as a device to measure air pollution, and send back data via SMS texting – they have their own blog. (Da Costa is an Associate Professor at the University of California, Irvine "Departments of Studio Art, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science" and described as an "interdisciplinary researcher and artist.")

De Costa is using commercially available hardware; intelligence agencies can probably get the same capability in a much smaller package. Pigeons have long been used by intelligence agencies because they can get a message through when no other means will work. The Iraqis reportedly used pigeons in the 1991 Gulf War as a means of circumventing radio jamming ; the Swiss Army did not terminate their carrier pigeon program until 1994.

Da Costa was actually inspired by German engineer Julius Neubronner who experimented with camera carrying pigeons in 1903 -- an idea apparently later taken up by German Military Intelligence.

(The U.S. military used pigeons until 1957, long enough for pigeon-based equipment to be given its own communications system designation, such as AN/CBQ-1 for the "Air-transportable Pigeon Loft & Message Center." Some pigeons won medals for their services; the bird Cher Ami earned the Croix de Guerre for saving the lives of many U.S. soldiers during World War I. Britain's PDSA animal welfare organization awarded the Dickin medal "for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty" to 32 pigeons over the years.)

Pigeons are still useful in the modern age. Earlier this year, criminals were found to be using carrier pigeons to smuggle drugs and mobile phones into a prison in Marilia in Brazil. Kidnap gangs in Iraq reportedly used pigeons to collect ransom.

What about intelligence agencies? Back in the 1960's, the CIA experimented with "Acoustic Kitty," a cat wired up to record conversations. And just last year, Chinese scientists reported having implanted electrodes in a pigeon's brain "so they can command it to fly right or left or up or down." Darpa has performed similar experiments with sharks. So perhaps a GPS-enabled pigeon might be guided to a specific location.

Though bizarre, expensive and not very practical, pigeon spies may well be possible. But you have to look at more prosaic explanations, too.

Racing pigeons are popular in Iran. There are several native breeds, collectively known as Iranian Highflying Tumblers, that are bred for endurance and aerobatic somersaulting. So a pigeon with a metal ring on its leg -- like this week's alleged spy bird -- should not just be such an extraordinary sight.

Perhaps the Iranians will copy the approach used by British counterintelligence during WWII. The Army Pigeon Service Special Section employed two peregrine falcons to intercept pigeons released by German spies with some success.

And you thought the spy pigeons were fiction…

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Lonnie Johnson has some impressive hard science credentials.

He’s worked for the Strategic Air Command and for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, outfitting missions to Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. He holds about 100 patents, many of them in that arcane spot where chemistry, electricity and physics cross into the marketplace. And his latest invention appears to do the impossible: generating electricity with no fuel and no moving parts.

But he’s still known as Mr. Squirt Gun.

Even among the geniuses who gathered to honor him and his new thermo-electrochemical converter at a “Breakthrough Awards” banquet in Manhattan this month, the Atlanta scientist’s new invention was ignored when his most famous device was revealed.

“What?” they cried. “You invented the Super Soaker?”

Johnson, 59, doesn’t mind if he’s better known for watery mayhem than rocket science. Perhaps that’s because $1 billion worth of Super Soakers have sold since 1990. A billion dollars could buy most of a Galileo mission.

Johnson’s share (he licensed the Soaker’s design to Larami, later bought by Hasbro) won him the financial independence to pursue his own ideas, which is how the Johnson Thermo-electrochemical Converter system —- JTEC for short —- was born.

Using heat to force ions out of a hydrogen cell, the JTEC “is just a stunning insight,” said Jerry Beilinson, deputy editor of Popular Mechanics magazine, which honors innovators in its current issue and sponsors the Breakthrough Awards. “I kind of thought we were finished; I didn’t think there was a new way.”
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http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2008/10/so...r_minds-2.html

Solar Furnace Melts Steel, Our Minds

the best way to feed the world's hunger for energy, James May visited a solar furnace to see how powerful they really are. Usually, solar furnaces are used to boil water into steam to generate electricity or make hydrogen fuel. But May thought that the best way to make people understand their insane power is to do something equally as insane: Melt steel almost instantly.




A solar furnace is a mirror structure used to concentrate sun rays into a small area called the focal point. As you can expect, the concentrated rays produce extremely high temperatures: At the focal point, solar furnaces can achieve temperatures of 5,430 ºF (3,000 ºC). The idea is not new--coming from ancient Greece--but their potential is starting to become more relevant now as we try to cut dependency on fossil fuels.

While this furnace is not as big as the largest solar furnace in the world at Odeillo, in the French Pyrenees, it's capable of achieving 4,352 ºF (2,400 ºC)--which, as you can see, it's enough to melt steel in a few seconds and almost disintegrate hot dogs. [Dark Roasted Blend]
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