Tuesday, March 31, 2009
The ABCs of skepticism
A Poem Beyond Belief by Phil Plait.
Sydney summers by 2060 could be deadly
Global warming, drier weather and smog will make Australia's lifestyle capital a health hazard.
Lights in Sky Prompt Flood of Calls In Md., Va.
The National Weather Service said there is no evidence of any naturally occurring phenomenon to explain bright lights.
New theory for largest known mass extinction
Extinction could have been triggered by gas emissions of giant salt lakes.
UFO Investigator Finds Mystery at CO Springs Park
UFO investigator Chuck Zukowski documents the unexplainable.
--Colorado Springs Gazette
Monday, March 30, 2009
Volunteers flock to space experiment
Six volunteers will live in cramped metal containers.
Giant ice flows bolster case for volcanoes on Titan
Slushy water from a hidden ocean may be pooling onto the icy surface of Saturn's moon Titan.
Kept 30 years, supposed UFO piece now 'for sale'
A mysterious white-hot object that fell in Ohio fuels speculation.
Two more cows found mutilated
Trinidad and Walsenburg ranchers find dead cow, calf.
Kusshi: The Mystery of Lake Kussharo
An unknown creature has long been sighted in Lake Kussharo, in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Chinese computer espionage network uncovered
A study reveals the network GhostNet had invaded 1,295 computers in 103 countries.
Scientists Map the Brain, Gene by Gene
The Allen Brain Atlas seeks to describe the brain at the level of specific genes and individual neurons.
Loch Ness Monster Obsession Lives On
Photos, video and sonar have picked up unusual shapes and movements in Loch Ness.
--Good Morning America
Headmaster: No Vampires At Our School
A school administrator wants to set the record straight: There are no vampires at Boston Latin.
Astronomy: The rock that fell to Earth
Researchers document a cosmic impact from start to finish for the first time.
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Five inventions that will change your life
A look at five inventions in development at some of the most cutting-edge research labs in the U.S.
Pair disturbed by unexplained noises in night
Accounts of supernatural activity have been reported at Hooker hut on New Zealand's Mt Cook.
Dogs (not chimps) most like humans
Man's best friend serves as model for understanding human social behavior.
Russian bigfoot expedition postponed
The expedition that went looking for bigfoots in a cave in Siberia has so far been fruitless.
Doctor in mid-surgery heart scare
An Italian surgeon finished a brain operation on a patient - despite suffering a heart attack.
Friday, March 27, 2009
Ice that burns could be a green fossil fuel
Natural gas locked up in water crystals could be a source of enormous amounts of energy.
Mars domes may be 'mud volcanoes'
The structures could be the best place to search for life.
Ghosts in the Machine - with picture slideshow
Richard Wiseman launched an online investigation into the photographic evidence for ghosts earlier this month.
Victorian 'ghost' picked up by Google Street View
A ghostly figure dressed in Victorian clothes was filmed before vanishing into thin air.
Florida UFO reports on the rise
Florida witnesses reported nine UFO incidents over 12 days.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Deja vu: Where fact meets fantasy
The feeling that history is repeating itself is one of the weirdest sensations a human can have.
O'Hare UFO video surfaces on Youtube
MUFON director has questioned the footage.
You Pay, Computer Prays For You
A look at the intersection between religion and technology.
New type of DNA has 12 chemical letters instead of usual 4.
Briny pools 'may exist on Mars'
Pools of salty water might be able to exist just below the surface of Mars.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Pancake ice takes over the Arctic
Researchers work to put changing ice types into climate models.
Unsung scientist who invented the 'death ray'
Harry Grindell Matthews was an eccentric British inventor and the genius behind a real-life laser-gun.
At MIT's AgeLab growing old is the new frontier
Researchers seek to understand the needs of the aging.
Sea Serpents Likely to be Discovered
A team of scientists have concluded that three new unusual species might await discovery.
Sleep Paralysis & Supernatural Assault
Audio interview with filmmakers Andrew Barnes & Paul Taitt.
--Binnall of America
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Space storm alert: 90 seconds from catastrophe
A fierce solar storm could lead to a global disaster.
UFO files: USAF pilot's death explained
The death was not the result of a UFO encounter but a 'tragic' accident.
Horror film draws unwanted visitors to Conn. house
Fans are making a beeline for the Southington home that inspired upcoming movie.
Expedition sets off to check Bigfoot sightings
Two-day expedition will take scientists to a cave in Siberia.
New watch 'tells the future'
Swiss watch-makers have teamed up with Indian fortune tellers.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Newly Restored "Picture of the Century"
NASA program, aimed at refurbishing lunar images, cleans up famous Copernicus picture.
UFO files: photographs of 'UFO next to RAF jet'
Recently released Ministry of Defense files detail internal furor over photographed objects.
10 Ideas Changing the World
Transforming the suburbs, moving businesses to Africa, and "biobanks" are just some of the emerging new trends in today's world.
Liquid saltwater is likely present on Mars
Analysis of water, pictured on the Mars Rover's leg, indicates important ecological building block.
Loren Coleman looks at the debate over whether or not dinosaurs had trunks.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Smart-grid hackers could cause blackouts
Tests show that a hacker can cause a major blackout after breaking into a smart-grid system.
Trapped under ice
talks to the team behind a risky mission to map the underside of an Antarctic glacier.
Finding Twin Earths Is Harder Than Thought
Does a twin Earth exist somewhere in our galaxy? If so, will that planet be habitable?
Mysterious Boom Rattles CRSA
A resounding boom rattled residents of Georgia-Carolina (with video report).
Three UFO low fly reports over IN, CA, VT
Three low flying UFOs were spotted over Indiana, California and Vermont on March 19th.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
The human brain is 'on the edge of chaos'
The human brain functions at a critical point between order and randomness, new study says.
Pink elephant is caught on camera
A pink baby elephant has been caught on camera in Botswana (with photo).
The man they could not hang
Supernatural tales surround John 'Babbacombe' Lee, who survived three attempts at hanging.
--South Devon Herald Express
World's lightest material made into muscle
Material, when electrified, instantly and powerfully contracts.
Motorist blames GPS for trip down tracks
A motorist who drove along 20ft of a railway line told police officers his sat nav had directed him to turn on to the track.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Shortages will create 'perfect storm'
Growing populations, falling energy sources and food shortages will create the "perfect storm" by 2030, says scientist.
Egypt unveils pharaonic embalming bed
The bed was used to prepare bodies for mummification more than 3,000 years ago.
Crawling the Web to Foretell Ecosystem Collapse
Human beings can serve as sensors by mining their online communications.
The Psychology of 'Knowing'
The tendency for the human mind to find coincidences, patterns, and connections in random data is called apophenia.
Tsunami 'trigger' spotted on Google Earth
The software could prove a useful tool where other types of survey prove too difficult or expensive.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Military Laser Hits Battlefield Strength
Huge news for real-life ray guns.
Bat Hung On For a Ride Into Space
NASA hoped the bat would fly away before the spacecraft's Sunday evening liftoff.
Man has lost finger replaced with USB drive
A computer programmer has built a special prosthetic finger to use as computer storage.
NASA may send fleet of spacecraft to Venus
Two balloons, two landers, and an orbiter could be sent together to Venus.
Eight surprising fossil finds
Fossils reveal stories of life long past, and sometimes a story is unexpected.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Fossil of 'ultimate predator' unearthed in Arctic
The remains of the huge 'Predator X' have been discovered in a remote Arctic archipelago.
MRI Lie Detection to Get 1st Day in Court
Defense attorneys are for the first time submitting a controversial neurological lie-detection test as evidence in U.S. court.
Wild Green Men
Loren Coleman talks about green men, Jolly Green Giants, and Wild Men traditions.
Building the 21st-Century Mind
A professor of cognition and education reveals the five minds you need for success.
FBI: Comic book holds clue in D.B. Cooper case
The hijacker may have taken his name from a French comic book.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
New Dinosaur Was Smaller Than Housecat
Scientists have described the smallest dinosaur in North America, and it was a carnivore.
Mind over body?
Can people think themselves sick? This is what psychiatrist Simon Wessely explores.
Scientists aim to replicate the sun
Nuclear fusion experiments may offer the world a clean source of energy.
Lady in Blue still climbs the stairs
Morgan's Alley is rumored to be haunted by a spirit known as the Lady in Blue.
Blobs in Photos of Mars Lander Stir a Debate
Several photographs taken by NASA's Phoenix Mars spacecraft show what look like water droplets.
Monday, March 16, 2009
20 Things You Didn't Know About...Time
The beginning, the end, and the funny habits of our favorite ticking force.
Physicist develops battery using new source of energy.
The Day the Sun Brought Darkness
Twenty years ago, astronomers witnessed a powerful explosion on the sun.
Ten ways to save the World
Which less orthodox proposals could stave off disastrous climate change?
Pentagon plans blimp to spy from new heights
The giant dirigible would use radar to closely and constantly monitor activity on the ground from 65,000 feet.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
FBI Declines 2 of 3 Information Requests
FBI tells two out of three FOIA requesters that no such documents exist, study finds.
Galaxies protected by mysterious dark matter
Hubble uncovers evidence of galaxies embedded in the unseen substance.
In Arctic and Antarctic, a Species Overlap
The top and bottom of the Earth share a surprising number of species in common.
Erasing traumatic memory possible
A group of researchers have erased brain cells in mice that store fearful memories.
Moon hides scars of a violent past
Our closest neighbor has been struck by three times more asteroids than previously thought.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Cow abducted by UFO?
Rancher thinks aliens abducted cow, carved it up and then dropped it back by the river.
Finger Length Predicts Speed, Aggression, Smarts
Boys with ring fingers longer than their index fingers run faster, a new study finds.
Ghost debunking exercise launched by Professor
Thousands of people are posting snapshots of alleged ghosts online for an experiment at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Scientists able to read people's minds
Brain scanner translates thoughts of participants in maze experiment.
Sasquatch linked to mysterious footprints
A researcher in British Columbia claims to have photographic evidence that sasquatches exist.
--Prince George Citizen
Friday, March 13, 2009
Similar Videos Suggest Proof of Aliens
Both recordings show odd 'stick figures.'
Artificial life 'could be created within five years'
Laboratories across the world are closing in on a 'second genesis.'
Pluto a Planet Again --in Illinois
March 13, 2009 was declared 'Pluto Day' in the State of Illinois, in honor of the date its discovery.
Caravaggio was early 'photographer'
Italian artist used an early form of photography to create his masterpieces - 200 years before the invention of the camera.
ISS Astronauts Take Shelter from Space Debris
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station took refuge inside their Russian-built Soyuz lifeboat.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Giant Stingray Could be World's Largest
In central Thailand an enormous freshwater stingray was captured, tagged and released. --EcoWorldly
Mass hysteria breaks out in central America
People have reportedly fallen ill with what is known locally as grisi siknis ('crazy sickness').
The new science of making anything disappear.
Human-like robot smiles, scolds in classroom
Japan's robot teacher has eerily lifelike face.
Discovery Creates Mystery Into Human Origins
Analysis of elongated skulls found in Russia.
--Third Eye Concept
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Satellite Debris Falling into Atmosphere
Engineers have been watching debris from recent collision over Siberia. --Space.com
'Dracula' fish shows baby teeth
Scientists have discovered a highly unusual fish with fangs made of bone. --BBC News
Missile-throwing chimp plots attacks on tourists
A chimp deliberately fashions discs of concrete to later hurl at zoo visitors.
10 Best Uses for RFID Tags
List includes Saguaro cacti and surgical sponges.
Strangest Beasts Ever to Die
More than 99 percent of all species that have lived on Earth are now extinct.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Skeptics Dispute Climate Worries and Each Other
The International Conference on Climate Change brings together political figures, conservative campaigners, scientists, & an Apollo astronaut. --NY Times
Believers hunt UFO at annual meeting
The recent International UFO Congress Convention & Film Festival has brought together the extraterrestrially curious for 18 years. --AP
Belief and the brain's 'God spot'
Scientists say they have located the parts of the brain that control religious faith.
Kangaroo intruder terrorizes sleeping family
An Australian couple thought they were being attacked by an intruder when a kangaroo crashed through their bedroom window.
Personal Experiences With 'Shadow People'
Man writes of terrifying encounter.
--Phantoms & Monsters
Monday, March 9, 2009
MUFON to receive major funding from billionaire
Bob Bigelow aims to help the Mutual UFO Network form "rapid response" teams to investigate UFO incidents. --Nashville UFO Examiner
Famed pastor predicts imminent catastrophe
David Wilkerson foresees riots and fires spreading across America's urban centers. --World Net Daily
Lost Fringe Conspiracy Occultists of Americana
Micah A. Hanks looks at some forgotten conspiracy theories and the minds behind them.
--The Gralien Report
Cannibalistic Jupiter ate its early moons
Astronomers theorize that the gaseous giant may have absorbed up to 20 moons.
NASA: Shuttle's Risk of Debris Strike Up 6 Percent
Remnants of the recent satellite collision raises risk of shuttle suffering a "catastrophic hit."
Sunday, March 8, 2009
'No proof' of bee killer theory
Scientists say there is no proof that a mysterious disease blamed for the deaths of billions of bees actually exists.
'Invisibility cloak' directs light away from eye
A new metamaterial created by Rice University scientists could hide objects from human sight.
Watchmen: The Science of Dr. Manhattan
Newsarama talks with Dr. James Kaklios, scientific adviser to Watchmen about explanations for Dr. Manhattan's powers.
Roswell Fireman Says It was a Flying Saucer!
A firefighter who was with the Roswell Fire Dept. talks about what crashed there in 1947.
--The UFO Iconoclast(s)
Metal Bits Self-Assemble Into Lifelike Snakes
At Argonne National Laboratory, nickel particles in a beaker are building themselves into magnetic snakes (with video).
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Only a Dream? Maybe Not
New study explores how dreams influence day-to-day behavior.
UFO buzzes town, many stunned witnesses
Media in the Czech Republic is widely reporting a series of UFO sightings that occurred last month (with photo).
--All News Web
Woman Finds Bone in M&M's
J. Paulette Potts of Atlanta claims to have found a bone while eating M&M's candy.
Baby Olympian? DNA test screens sports ability
But some worry about mental toll the results of at-home test may bring.
'Vampire' discovered in mass grave
A skeleton exhumed from a Venice grave is being claimed as the first example of the "vampires" widely referred to in contemporary documents.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Mysterious noise shakes Orange County
Local authorities were swamped with phone calls from anxious residents.
Meet the bionic reporter
Rob Spence is planning to have a camera embedded in his eye socket.
Invisibility cloak closer to reality
Scientists have made huge strides in the past few years in the rapidly developing field of cloaking.
Otzi the prehistoric iceman goes online
Site users can virtually tour his body.
Shocking cancer treatment may also yield weapon
A technique thought to be a promising cancer treatment is also being investigated as the basis for a Taser-like weapon.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Bionic eye gives blind man sight
A man who lost his sight 30 years ago says he can now see flashes of light.
Howard Menger Passes
Famed UFO contactee Howard Menger died at his Florida home on February 25th.
Two black holes spiraling towards collision
A galaxy merger has sent two supermassive black holes on a collision course.
China's artificially-induced snow closes highways
Heavy snow brought on after seeding clouds with chemicals.
This Cat Is Pretty Ugly... Seriously
Pet cat has gnarly locks but the rest of his skin is bald and rubbery.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
The headset that will mimic all five senses
A virtual reality helmet recreates the sights, smells, sounds and even tastes of far-flung holiday destinations.
Ancient supernovae may be recorded in ice
An Antarctic ice core shows what may be the chemical traces of supernovae that exploded a thousand years ago.
Italian doctor says he has cloned three babies
A controversial Italian doctor known said he cloned three babies who are now living in eastern Europe.
New Saturn Moon Photo
Tiny gem found in outer ring.
--National Geographic News
Aussie cobbles together Get Smart shoe phone
An Australian computer scientist has developed a mobile phone housed in a shoe.
--Sydney Morning Herald
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Mars had 'recent' running water
Images from a NASA spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet show fan-shaped gullies on the surface.
The True Story Behind Push
You think government-trained psychic spies are a bunch of hooey? Col. John Alexander would like to politely disagree.
Dial H for Happiness
How neuroengineering may change your brain.
Man pulled car by eyelids
A Chinese man pulled a car by a rope attached only to his eyelids for more than five metres.
The remarkable pet can eat with both heads at the same time.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Earth Critters Hitch Ride to Martian Moon and Back
A Russian spacecraft to Phobos will carry critters and microbes.
Solar calendar secret revealed in Suffolk church
This year's spring equinox will shed light on a religious statue.
Explorers begin epic Arctic trek
A British team has begun a gruelling trek to the North Pole to discover how quickly the Arctic sea-ice is melting.
A Sketchy Brain Booster: Doodling
Asked to remember names they'd heard on a recording, people who doodled while listening had better recall.
UFOs witnessed over four states
A silent V-shaped craft moved across CO skies near Boulder on Feb. 28.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Radio chip coming soon to your driver's license?
Homeland Security seeks next-generation REAL ID.
Parrots teach man to speak again
A man who lost his power of speech in an accident has been taught to speak again by parrots.
Market gloom can be self-fulfilling prophecy
"Recency" causes people to look to the recent past to guide their future course of action.
--Globe and Mail
Police hunt radioactive man on the run
Police are hunting down a man whose medical treatment has made him radioactive.
David Attenborough: Yetis real
Wildlife expert David Attenborough says he believes there is "very convincing" evidence Yetis exist.