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Archaeologists Discover Remains of Egyptian Army From the Biblical Exodus in Red Sea
Post Date: 2016-02-12 19:08:21 by sneakypete
Egypts Antiquities Ministry announced this morning that a team of underwater archaeologists had discovered that remains of a large Egyptian army from the 14th century BC, at the bottom of the Gulf of Suez, 1.5 kilometers offshore from the modern city of Ras Gharib. The team was searching for the remains of ancient ships and artifacts related to Stone Age and Bronze Age trade in the Red Sea area, when they stumbled upon a gigantic mass of human bones darkened by age. The scientists lead by Professor Abdel Muhammad Gader and associated with Cairo Universitys Faculty of Archaeology, have already recovered a total of more than 400 different skeletons, as well as hundreds of weapons ...
Are scientists to blame for Zika virus? Researchers released genetically modified mosquitos into Brazil three years ago
Post Date: 2016-01-31 18:51:58 by cranky
Didcot-based firm Oxitec genetically modified mosquitoes in 2012 They were released into Brazil to target disease-carrying insectsIt has led to claims the modified bugs could have sparked Zika outbreakBut Oxitec denies this and has been asked to expand its work in Brazil Concerns have been raised scientists could be to blame for the Zika virus outbreak after genetically modified insects were released into Brazil three years ago. Didcot-based biotechnology company Oxitec worked on the same type of mosquito that carries the virus in 2012, engineering them to have offspring that die out before they can breed, reducing the population of disease-carrying bugs.Some scientists questioned the ...
Earth is actually two planets, scientists conclude
Post Date: 2016-01-29 19:04:50 by cranky
The early Earth was mixed with a baby planet called Theia following a head on collision 4.5 billion years ago, scientists have found Today's Earth is made up of early Earth and the embryonic planet Theia Earth is actually made up from two planets which came together in a head-on collision that was so violent it formed the Moon, scientists have concluded. Initially it was believed that the Moon was created when a smaller planet called Theia grazed the Earth and broke up, sending a smaller chunk into space where it was caught in Earths gravity. But if that was the case the Moon would have a different chemical composition to the Earth, because it would be made up, predominantly, ...
Zebra cousin went extinct 100 years ago. Now, it's back
Post Date: 2016-01-27 12:16:47 by cranky
Never heard of the quagga? You're not alone. The animal, a relative of the zebra, went extinct over 100 years ago. Now, a group of scientists outside of Cape Town are bringing it back. Like zebras, the quagga has stripes, though these only appear on the front half of their bodies. Unlike the zebra, they are brown along the rear half of their body. These animals used to roam South Africa in vast herds, but European settlers fixed the beasts in their sights, killing them at an alarming rate. By the 1880s, the last known example had died. Now, however, scientists have bred an animal that looks strikingly similar with the help of DNA and selective breeding. Reverse engineering A group ...
Maglev: Floating Bonsai Trees Are Now A Reality
Post Date: 2016-01-25 17:52:56 by Willie Green
Air Bonsai | Create your "little star" by Hoshinchu Air Bonsai Garden The creators want to raise $80,000 USD to support their creation, which will be offered for $200 USD (basic set). You can help them out by donating here: Air Bonsai | Create your "little star"Poster Comment:My cat would love this thing... LOL!
Have scientists found a CURE for Type 1 diabetes? Experts halt the disease by implanting cells that help produce insulin
Post Date: 2016-01-25 11:45:07 by cranky
Experts transplanted cells into mice that began producing insulinThey also stopped cells being rejected by the body's own immune systemThe results mean a cure for Type 1 diabetes could be one step closerScientists are now working to replicate results in people with the conditionA cure for Type 1 diabetes is a step closer after scientists managed to halt the condition for at least six months thanks to insulin-producing cells.Experts from US hospitals and institutions including Harvard University managed to transplant cells into mice, which immediately began producing insulin.The team was also able to show they could prevent the cells being rendered useless by the body's own immune ...
IVF: First genetically-modified human embryos 'could be created in Britain within weeks'
Post Date: 2016-01-13 15:52:13 by cranky
The research involves editing of the genes of day-old IVF embryosThe first genetically-modified human embryos could be created in Britain within weeks according to the scientists who are about to learn whether their research proposal has been approved by the fertility watchdog. Although it will be illegal to allow the embryos to live beyond 14 days, and be implanted into the womb, the researchers accepted that the research could one day lead to the birth of the first GM babies should the existing ban be lifted for medical reasons. A licence application to edit the genes of spare IVF embryos for research purposes only is to be discussed on 14 January by the Human Fertilisation ...
Sonic youth: vaginal speaker lets you play tunes to foetuses
Post Date: 2016-01-05 14:19:11 by Willie Green
Does anybody else remember when a Donny Osmond poster was found up a womans vagina? Because I do. Ive never forgotten it, and I never will. Now, theres another means of smuggling Osmond into ones insides a vaginal speaker. Spanish company Babypod has invented a speaker that is designed to be inserted into the vagina, stimulating foetal development. Babies learn to speak in response to sound stimuli, especially melodic sound. Babypod is a device that stimulates before birth through music. With Babypod, babies learn to vocalise from the womb, reads the blurb on the companys website. There has been plenty of research on the effect of sound on ...
Periodic table's seventh row filled; four elements added
Post Date: 2016-01-04 13:53:31 by nativist nationalist
Chemistry textbooks as we know it are officially out of date, as four new elements will soon be added to the periodic table. Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have formally been recognized by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. USA TODAY Time to update all those science textbooks across the globe. Scientists in Japan, Russia and America discovered four new elements that have been added to the periodic table, completing its seventh row, according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The discoverers are invited to suggest permanent names and symbols for the new elements, according to an IUPAC statement on Dec. 30. The Joint Institute for ...
New photos of SpaceX booster show sooty, but undamaged rocket
Post Date: 2016-01-04 12:56:59 by Tooconservative
The Falcon 9 rocket not only survived, it now appears increasingly clear it did so in good shape. On Sunday SpaceX released a new photo of the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket that it successfully landed two weeks ago. Aside from soot, produced by the rocket's engines, the Falcon 9 booster appears to be structurally intact. That was the assessment of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who tweeted, "No damage found, ready to fire again," on New Year's Eve. Musk has said the flown booster will undergo "static fire" testing on the launch pad, in which the rocket is restrained while its engines are fired. After testing the rocket is expected to become a valued artifact, ...
TIME Magazine Screws the Pooch on North Pole Temperature
Post Date: 2015-12-31 09:33:53 by Tooconservative
Alexandra Sifferlin at TIME Magazine says the temperature at the North Pole is over 50 degrees higher than average. Global Warming!!!!!1!!1!North Pole Unfrozen as Temperature Soars Stormy weather in the North Atlantic has brought balmy weather to the worlds northernmost point. The temperature in the North Pole hit 42 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday morning, which Discovery News says is 50 degrees higher than average for this time of year. Storms over Iceland and Greenland, fairly common in winter, are pushing warmer air to the Arctic. Fifty degrees higher than average certainly seems noteworthy. Except, where it says 42 degrees Fahrenheit in the above passage . . . where does that ...
Scientists Create the Superman of Metals
Post Date: 2015-12-29 17:52:56 by Stoner
A group of scientists say they have created the Superman of metals, a material so strong and lightweight it could lead to the creation of faster vehicles and revolutionize the airline and automotive industries. Engineers at the University of California, Los Angeles, used a combination of ceramic silicon carbide nanoparticles and magnesium. The new metal boasts a stiffness-to-weight ratio that far surpasses other strong metals that engineers have reliably used for generations. The metal is also capable of absorbing and withstanding high heat without having its integrity altered. Nanoparticles are a tiny speck of any material, just 1 to 100 nanometer in size, or a billionth of a ...
The Boxing Day miracle of the cloned puppy
Post Date: 2015-12-26 16:49:52 by cranky
British couple witness birth of the first of two new puppies in South Korea as result of their dead pet being cloned in groundbreaking procedure It was a miracle of science which put a smile back onto the faces of Laura Jacques and her partner Richard Remde. Six months ago the couple were left devastated when their beloved boxer dog Dylan died of a heart attack at the age of eight, after being diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. One of the cloned puppiesBut yesterday they received the first of two new puppies as a result of their dead pet being cloned in a groundbreaking procedure. Ms Jacques, 29, and Mr Remde, 43, from Skipton, North Yorkshire, became the first British couple ...
The Most Comprehensive Assault On 'Global Warming' Ever
Post Date: 2015-12-24 20:05:17 by Tooconservative
It made sense. Knowing that CO2 is a greenhouse gas and that our industrialized world is adding a large amount of it to the atmosphere on a yearly basis, I accepted the premise that this would cause global temperatures to rise. But one day about 7 years ago, I looked at the ubiquitous graph showing the global temperature of the last 150 years and noticed something odd. It was subtle, and as I found out later, disguised so that it would be overlooked. There appeared to be a period of about 40 years between 1940 and 1980 where the global temperatures actually declined a bit. As a data analysis expert, I could not ignore that subtle hint and began to ...
SpaceX launches Falcon 9 rocket, lands booster back on land
Post Date: 2015-12-22 09:58:19 by Stoner
SpaceX successfully launched their Falcon 9 rocket carrying 11 satellites to low-Earth orbit. This mission also marked SpaceX's first successful landing of the first stage booster. VPC 635863299837790943-Screen-Shot-2015-12-21-at-9.26.13-PM.png (Photo: SpaceX) 5032 CONNECTTWEET 78 LINKEDIN 60 COMMENTEMAILMORE CAPE CANAVERAL The Falcon has landed. It may not top the Eagles 1969 moon landing, but SpaceXs confirmation Monday night that it successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket booster at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station could be remembered as a historic turning point in rocketry. USA TODAY Budget deal fully funds NASA's Commercial Crew Program It ...
NOAA Relies On ‘Compromised’ Thermometers That Inflate US Warming Trend
Post Date: 2015-12-18 08:37:49 by Tooconservative
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations reliance on poorly-sited weather stations to calculate surface temperatures is inflating the warming trend of the U.S. and maybe even the rest of the world, according to a landmark study looking at three decades of data. The majority of weather stations used by NOAA to detect climate change temperature signal have been compromised by encroachment of artificial surfaces like concrete, asphalt, and heat sources like air conditioner exhausts, Anthony Watts, a seasoned meteorologist and lead author of the study, said in a statement Thursday. These compromised weather stations run hotter than stations that are ...
Behold, the catalog of cellphone spying gear the feds don’t want you to see
Post Date: 2015-12-17 19:24:47 by Tooconservative
The Intercept A secret catalog of cellphone spying gear has been leaked to The Intercept, reportedly by a person inside the intelligence community who is concerned about the growing militarization of domestic law enforcement. Among the 53 items are the now-familiar Stingray I/II surveillance boxes. They're billed as the "dragnet surveillance workhorse [that] has been deployed for years by numerous local law enforcement agencies across the United States." It has a range of 200 meters and sells for $134,000. A chief selling point is the "ready-made non-disclosure agreements from the FBI and Harris Corp. [that] will provide a pretext for concealing these features from ...
Google: We have proof that our quantum computer really works
Post Date: 2015-12-09 17:47:39 by cranky
Google announced a breakthrough in the field of quantum computing Wednesday. The company thinks it's found a quantum algorithm that solves problems 100 million times faster than conventional processes. If confirmed, this discovery could not only lead to iRobot-style artificial intelligence but also advance the US space program by light years. Back in 2013, Google and NASA went halvsies on a D-Wave X2 computing system. The D-Wave is supposedly the world's first functional quantum computer, though experts both within and without the company have never been able to conclusively prove that the machine actually taps into the quantum realm to produce its calculations. That is, until ...
Impression of King Hezekiah's royal seal discovered in excavations in Jerusalem
Post Date: 2015-12-03 13:25:24 by redleghunter
First seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king ever exposed in situ in a scientific archaeological excavation Date:December 2, 2015 Source:The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Summary:Excavations by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem at near the southern wall of the Temple Mount have unearthed an impression of the royal seal of King Hezekiah (727-698 BCE). This is the first seal impression of an Israelite or Judean king to come to light in a scientific archaeological excavation. It brings to life the Biblical narratives about Hezekiah and activity in Jerusalem's Royal Quarter in the First Temple Period. The Ophel excavations at the foot of the southern wall of the Temple Mount, ...
Hypersonic rocket engine could revolutionize space flight
Post Date: 2015-11-30 14:57:33 by Stoner
Oxfordshire-based Reaction Engines are developing a new aerospace engine class that combines both jet and rocket technologies. They call it the greatest advance in propulsion since the jet engine; potentially revolutionizing hypersonic flight and dramatically reducing the cost of space access. The company recently announced a strategic investment from BAE Systems of 20.6 million pounds ($31.4 million USD), in addition to a grant funding of 60 million pounds ($.4 million USD) from the British government, to accelerate the development of their unique SABRE engine. SABRE, which stands for Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine, is designed to enable aircraft to operate from a standstill on ...
Teen who was allergic to WiFi commits suicide
Post Date: 2015-11-30 12:12:18 by Willie Green
An English teen committed suicide because she was allergic to WiFi, her devastated mom said. Jenny Fry, 15, suffered from blinding headaches, tiredness and bladder issues problems that her parents said were caused by electro-hypersensitivity, according to The Mirror Online. Jenny was getting ill and so was I, her mother, Debra Fry, told the Oxfordshire Coroners Court. I did some research and found how dangerous WiFi could be, so I had it taken out of the house. Fry said she pleaded with her daughters teachers to allow her to work in rooms without WiFi at school as she continued to get in trouble for skipping class and acting out, but they refused. ...
The fiddling with temperature data is the biggest science scandal ever
Post Date: 2015-11-30 09:08:43 by Tooconservative
When future generations look back on the global-warming scare of the past 30 years, nothing will shock them more than the extent to which the official temperature records on which the entire panic ultimately rested were systematically adjusted to show the Earth as having warmed much more than the actual data justified. Two weeks ago, under the headline How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual ...
"Massively Altered" …German Professor Examines NASA GISS Temperature Datasets
Post Date: 2015-11-24 08:36:48 by Tooconservative
UPDATE 2: Tremendous interest in Ewerts findings: shared or liked 2400 times up to now. Ive decided to take the day off from blogging and let this one run another day. UPDATE 1: Also read here. Veteran journalist Günter Ederer* writes a piece reporting that massive alterations have been found in the NASA GISS temperature data series, citing a comprehensive analysis conducted by a leading German scientist. These results are now available to the public. Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert. Source: University of Paderborn Ederer reports not long ago retired geologist and data computation expert Professor Dr. Friedrich Karl Ewert began looking at the data behind the ...
Earth's Great Oxidation Event: 'Multiple whiffs' of O2 2.5 billion years ago led to stable atmosphere
Post Date: 2015-11-22 08:53:01 by cranky
Earth developed its oxygen-rich atmosphere as a result of "multiple whiffs" of O2 from a sort of blue-green algae found in shallow oceans around 2.5 billion years ago. These bursts of oxygen continued until a tipping point was crossed, leading to the stable atmosphere, scientists said.A team from Canada and the US were looking to better understand what we know as the Great Oxidation Event, where oxygen was released from Earth to create a permanently oxygenated atmosphere 2.4 billion years ago. Ariel Anbar, from Arizona State University, explained: "How and why Earth developed an oxygenated atmosphere is one of the most profound puzzles in understanding the history of our ...
32 serial killers with high IQs
Post Date: 2015-11-04 00:59:28 by redleghunter
1) Ted Kaczynski (A.K.A. The Unabomber) - Ted Kaczynski is hard to top. Labeled not merely a serial killer, but a 'domestic terrorist' by the FBI, Kaczynski skipped the 5th grade after testing 167 on an IQ test. He entered Harvard at the age of 16 where he earned his undergraduate degree by age 20. He earned his PhD in mathematics at the University of Michigan, where he focused on geometric function theory. After this, he was hired by the University of Berkeley, becoming their youngest professor . He won the University of Michigan's Sumner B. Myers prize, thanks to a PhD thesis on boundary functions, recognized as that year's best mathematics dissertation. Kaczynski was ...
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