Category: Science

Non-Human DNA Found in Hip Bone of Otzi the Iceman

Non-Human DNA Found in Hip Bone of Otzi the Iceman

Via Yahoo Much of what is known about Otzi the Iceman, who lived thousands of years ago, stems from a tiny bone sample preserved in a glacier in the Otztal Alps, which allowed researchers to decode his genetic makeup. Now, scientists have further analysed the hip bone and discovered it contains non-human DNA. Researchers from the European Academy of Bozen/Bolzano (EURAC) and […]

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Unlocked sea secrets

Unlocked sea secrets

By John Yeld/Daily News He may have started life as a boy on a Free State farm, far from the ocean, but Peter Timm became a leading expert in the highly dangerous field of deep-water diving to depths of 100m or more – and he achieved well-deserved fame as “the man who brought the coelacanth home to South Africa”. Tragically, […]

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2,000-Year-Old Earthquake Detector Worked With Accuracy in China

2,000-Year-Old Earthquake Detector Worked With Accuracy in China

By Tara MacIsaac/ Epoch Times In 132 A.D., Zhang Heng presented the Han court with the world’s first seismoscope. A 2005 replica was even said to detect earthquakes with the same precision as modern instruments.  Historical accounts tell of its great accuracy, though its precise design remains a mystery. The outer appearance and functioning is known for certain, but its inner workings remain […]

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Update: Einstein Is Still Full of Surprises

Update: Einstein Is Still Full of Surprises

Via Dave Reneke The breathtaking announcement that cosmologists may have found the gravitational fingerprint of the Big Bang adds a lot of support to the theory that the universe began with a runaway phase of expansion known as “inflation.” That theory builds on the idea that empty space is full of intense energy fields–an idea that in turn traces its […]

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Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy

  By Catherine Brahic/New Scientist Unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere Stick an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy […]

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Scientists discover ‘alien’ colour so dark the human eye can’t see it

Scientists discover ‘alien’ colour so dark the human eye can’t see it

Via Belfast Telegraph Puritans, Goths, avant-garde artists, hell-raising poets and fashion icon Coco Chanel all saw something special in it. Now black, that most enigmatic of colours, has become even darker and more mysterious. A British company has produced a “strange, alien” material so black that it absorbs all but 0.035 per cent of visual light, setting a new world record. […]

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Scientists baffled by gigantic 262ft HOLE that has appeared in Siberia

Scientists baffled by gigantic 262ft HOLE that has appeared in Siberia

Via Daily Mail An urgent expedition will leave tomorrow to probe a giant crater that has appeared in gas-rich northern Siberia. Extraordinary aerial images show a mysterious hole which experts say may be up to 262 feet wide, in the Yamal Peninsula of northern Russia. A scientific team has been sent to investigate the hole and is due to arrive at […]

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LHC scientists to search for ‘fifth force of Nature’

LHC scientists to search for ‘fifth force of Nature’

By Pallab Ghosh/BBC News The next couple of years will be make or break for the next big theory in physics called supersymmetry – SUSY for short. It might make way for a rival idea which predicts the existence of a ‘fifth force’ of nature. Next Spring, when the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) resumes its experiments, scientists will be looking […]

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Mysterious Man-Made Ditches Predate Amazon Rainforest

Mysterious Man-Made Ditches Predate Amazon Rainforest

Via Ancient-Origins A new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has revealed that a series of mysterious lines and geometric shapes carved into the Amazonian landscape were created thousands of years ago before the rainforest even existed, according to a report in Discovery News. The purpose of the massive earthworks and who created them […]

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Mystery ‘blob’ emits cosmic rays

Mystery ‘blob’ emits cosmic rays

Via Courier Mail A mysterious “hot spot” in the sky is emitting unusual numbers of powerful cosmic rays, say scientists. The discovery may shed new light on the origin of ultra-high energy cosmic rays, which still cannot be fully explained. The hot spot is centred two hand-widths below the “handle” of the Big Dipper, or Plough, an arrangement of seven stars […]

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