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Old 11-11-2008, 01:02 PM   #876
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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.
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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.
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Egypt Unveils Discovery of 4,300-Year-Old Pyramid
Egypt's antiquities chief unveils discovery of new pyramid believed to belong to ancient queen
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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).
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DARPA Funded Research: Snorting a Brain Chemical Could Replace Sleep
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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.
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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.
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Chinese emperor's lavish quarters are restored



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

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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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Mexican scientists turn tequila into diamonds

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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.
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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....."
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VIDEOS: NEEDLES UFO MYSTERY ON THE RIVER - UPDATE

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.
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Mystery of the screaming mummy
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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?
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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.
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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.
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Why fertile women hate a pretty face
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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.
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Illuminati Sightseeing: Karl and St. Germain at Louisenlund
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Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dr. Google
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SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS
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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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".
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The Alternate History Theme Park Where Dinosaurs Fought in the Civil War



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.
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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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'Buddha-boy' emerges from jungle after a year
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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.
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