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Exploding Corpses in Socialist Utopia:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, November 11, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


A benefit of socialism has finally been discovered. It provides an exciting new way to celebrate Halloween, thanks to exploding corpses:

Bodies at a morgue in the Venezuelan state of Zulia have begun exploding from rot due to lack of electricity, an investigative report by BBC Mundo has revealed.

Normally morgues are kept cool so that the gases resulting from decay don’t cause the bodies to burst. But that takes energy, which Venezuela lacks, despite sitting on the world’s largest prov...

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The Extreme Male Brain Versus Soy Boys:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 14, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 





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Propelled by Minimum Wage, Here Comes Flippy:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 10, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


In utopia, everyone receives a generous wage, regardless of whether it makes economic sense for their particular employment. When utopia meets reality, those still on the bottom rung of the latter lose their jobs to robots like Flippy, which has expanded its repertoire:

Flippy, the burger flipping robot, has a new gig cooking fried chicken tenders and tater tots at Dodger Stadium.

The robot debuted earlier this year at a Pasadena, California, burger restaurant, only to get stage fright fro...

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Transgenderism is Ideology NOT Science! (Dr. Leonard Sax Uncut):

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 20, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


Is transgenderism cultural Marxism? It follows the classic formula: a group of alienated outliers is created as necessary by social engineers and then embittered and agitated for deployment against the core population of normal people. Steven Crowder interviews Dr Leonard Sax to find the answer:




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Rise of the Sex Robots:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 1, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


Advances in computer science and engineering mean that sex robots are no longer just science fiction. The first sex robots, with animatronic movement and artificial intelligence, are being sold now. Jenny Kleeman crosses continents to meet the men who are making sex robots, the customers who want to buy them, and the critics who say they are dangerous:




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Governor Jerry Brown Screams That 3 Billion Will Die of Global Warming:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 4, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


Never mind the strikingly cold winter we are just now finally coming out of. Jerry Brown shouts that if we don’t drastically increase taxes and regulation with a cap and trade program, 3 billion will die of “heat events” — and that’s just for starters:

    “The prospect is 3 billion people on this planet will be subject to fatal lethal heat events – 3 billion – and 1 billion will be subjected to vector diseases that they’re not now subject to now,” he said. “This is ...

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Inequality and hierarchy give life its purpose:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 21, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 





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The Truth About Social Media

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 14, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 





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Induced Male Lactation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, January 21, 2018, In : Wierd Science News 


Progressives have progressed still further into the realm of sheer horror with the concept of induced male lactation:

Writing in the journal Feminist Theory, sociology professor Robyn Lee [University of Alberta] argues that men can easily breastfeed infants if only they agree to go through the draconian process of hormone supplementation and near-constant nipple stimulation.

The process would start with high doses of female birth control pills and estrogen supplements to “stimulate the s...

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Global Warming Blamed for Snow in Alaska Mountains

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 24, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


One of the most terrifying aspects of climate change is that you never know how it is going to come at you next. Not long ago, warmists warned that it would soon cause the end of snow. Now, it appears that climate change is making it snow in the mountains of Alaska:

    Snowfalls atop an Alaskan mountain range have doubled since the start of the industrial age, evidence that climate change can trigger major increases in regional precipitation, according to research published in the journa...

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Some Cute Toys Can Bring a Hacker Into Your Home

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, December 22, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


My Friend Cayla, a doll with nearly waist-length golden hair that talks and responds to children’s questions, was designed to bring delight to households. But there’s something else that Cayla might bring into homes as well: hackers and identity thieves:

Earlier this year, Germany’s Federal Network Agency, the country’s regulatory office, labeled Cayla “an illegal espionage apparatus” and recommended that parents destroy it. Retailers there were told they could sell the doll o...

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Canadian Eskimos: Polar Bears Are Flourishing...

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 17, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


The overwhelming conclusion from years of accumulated conversations with native populations about polar bears is that there is almost no connection between the long-term observations of polar bear ecology and the more recent claims that polar bears as a species are in grave danger due to climate change and thinning sea ice.

In fact, the long-term observations suggest that polar bear subpopulations are currently faring quite well, with 92% of the subpopulations studied either remaining sta...

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College Newspaper Editorial: White DNA Is an Abomination, Whites Should Not Exist...

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 10, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


College campuses pride themselves on being safe spaces — but not for white people:

    Texas State University’s student newspaper published an op-ed Tuesday telling “white people” that “your DNA is an abomination.”

    “When I think of all the white people I’ve ever encountered—whether they’ve been professors, peers, lovers, friends, police officers, et cetera—there is perhaps only a dozen I would consider ‘decent,’” student columnist Rudy Martinez begins the op...

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Chinese Hypersonic Multi-Nuke Will Be Able To Strike Anywhere In The World

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, December 1, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Bragging Rights:

In mere months, China will have a ballistic missile completed and ready to strike anywhere in the world in 30 minutes. And it can carry up to ten nuclear warheads.

The Dongfeng-41 missile, which is said to have the longest range of any ballistic rockets in the world, has undergone its eighth test and is now near completion, according to state-run media.

Previous reports have claimed that the missile has a range of at least 7,500 miles (12,000km) and could carry up to 10 nuc...

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Geologists See 2018 As Year Of Monster Quakes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, December 1, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINGTON – Geophysicists who studied seismic activity over the past 117 years report 2018 could be shaping up as a year of monster earthquakes – especially around the equator.

Why?

The signal that causes the alarm from a historical pattern, they say, is the slowing of the Earth's rotation.

The new study, presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America, in Seattle, is published in Geophysical Research Letters by geologists Roger Bilham of the University of Colorado...

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What Happens When Google Disagrees With You?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, November 19, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 





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Yellowstone megavolcano may erupt sooner than expected

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, October 15, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


A monster volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park may erupt sooner than expected and drive the Earth into a volcanic winter, scientists say. The sleeping supervolcano could develop the conditions it needs to erupt within a few decades, Arizona State researchers found. Previously, geologists thought it would take centuries for the volcano to be ready to blow again after a major explosion.


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Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion? Check it out:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 13, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Are male and female one and the same? Or are there real male-female differences rooted in biology? Ashley McGuire, author of "Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female," explains:




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Weather Channel Founder: 'So put me to death' for climate denial

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, August 20, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


The retired TV weatherman and founder of the Weather Channel, known for his skepticism of the view that mankind is a significant cause of climate change, is issuing an ultimatum to Al Gore and others who insist “deniers” are the worst of humanity: “So put me to death.”

In an interview with MyNewsLA.com, John Coleman expressed how he feels about his critics.

“I’m just a dumb old skeptic — a denier as they call me — who ought to be jailed or put to death,” he said. “I und...

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Study Reveals That Dogs and Cats are Helping to Destroy Our Planet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, August 13, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Pet ownership in the United States creates about 64 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, UCLA researchers found:

According to liberal ideology, carbon dioxide is bad, although plants would beg to differ. Another thing libs don’t like is meat:

The problem lies with the meat-filled diets of kitties and pooches, according to the study by UCLA geography professor Gregory Okin.

Dogs and cats are responsible for 25 to 30 percent of the impacts of meat production in the United States, said Or...

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Facebook shuts down robots after they invent their own creepy language

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, August 6, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Facebook shut down a pair of its artificial intelligence robots after they invented their own, creepy language.
Researchers at Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research built a chatbot earlier this year that was meant to learn how to negotiate by mimicking human trading and bartering.

But when the social network paired two of the programs, nicknamed Alice and Bob, to trade against each other, they started to learn their own bizarre form of communication.

The chatbot conversation "led to div...

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Government Funds Study on Using Video Games to Brainwash Teenagers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 28, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Big Government and academia are teaming up to introduce us to a brave new world in subliminal mind control via video games:
   
The National Institutes of Health is spending nearly $400,000 testing how to insert subliminal messages against cigarette smoking in video games played by teens.

    The University of Connecticut received a grant for the study earlier this year that suggest teenagers are easier targets for anti-cigarette messaging when they are lost in video games.
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It's Begun - First U.S. Company Wants To Microchip Employees

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Yes, you read that right; a Wisconsin company, Three Square Market, wants to implant a rice-sized microchip into its employees, ABC News reported.

"It's the next thing that's inevitably going to happen, and we want to be a part of it," Three Square Market Chief Executive Officer Todd Westby said.

So, according to Westby, microchipping employees is "the next thing that is inevitably going to happen."

Three Square Market designs software for break rooms that are commonly seen in office places...

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Robots are inventing their own languages:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 15, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 
Thanks Info Wars!



Along with assurances that we’re facing an imminent takeover of industrial production by robots and other artificial intelligence (AI), we’re also being told that AI can develop its own systems of communication and operation, without help from humans.

Here is a sprinkling of quotes from the mainstream and technical press:

The Atlantic, June 15, 2017: “When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.”

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Top Reasons Why You Should Live in a Dung Hut

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 9, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Stay the course:

What housing material repels mosquitos, makes a stable foundation against natural disasters, acts like a thermal insulator and is the best natural disinfectant? You guessed it, poop! It’s a mood booster too.
Oh, and using poop makes home construction so much more environmentally sustainable.

Among the reasons given for why we should live in dung huts:

•    Fiberglass allegedly causes cancer.
•    Decades ago, lead paint was used.
•    Dung huts supposedly do not need t...

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Scientific Journal Proclaims It Is “Ethically Inappropriate” to Regard Breastfeeding as Natural

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 13, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


The triumph over science must be nearly complete. A prominent scientific journal warns that it is no longer compliant with politically correct dogma to regard mammals nursing their young as natural if those mammals are people:

It’s “ethically inappropriate” for government and medical organizations to describe breastfeeding as “natural” because the term enforces rigid notions about gender roles, claims a new study in Pediatrics.

“Coupling nature with motherhood… can inadverten...

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No Big Surprise Here: California Plans to Tax Space Travel

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 12, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


The pathologically excessive greed of progressives ensures that if free market space travel really takes off, it won’t launch from the Land Ruled by Fruits and Nuts:

The earthly convention of paying taxes may soon extend into outer space, if California regulators have anything to say about it.

The state’s Franchise Tax Board is seeking public comment on its proposal for computing taxes on commercial space transportation companies. …

It would apply to companies that use California as a...

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Netflix Version of Bill Nye Episode Omits Segment About Biological Basis for Gender

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 12, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


In the USSR, the slaves used to joke, “The future is certain. It’s the past that keeps changing.” Likewise in the USSA, where our answer to Trofim Lysenko benefits from having past statements that no longer comply with official dogma stuffed down the Memory Hole:

A segment saying that chromosomes determine one’s gender on an episode of the educational children’s show “Bill Nye the Science guy,” is cut out on the Netflix version. …

In the original episode, titled “Probabil...

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Man Surgically Transforms Himself Into an Elf

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 12, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Luis Padron, 25, from Buenos Ares, Argentina, became obsessed with the world of elves, angels and fantasy beings after being bullied as a child.

He became determined to look like his favourite otherworldly characters and started bleaching his hair and skin.

He now has a £4,000-a-month ritual applying specialist creams, dyes, treatment and SPF 100 sunscreen.

He has almost spent more than £25,000 on surgery including liposuction on his jaw, a nose job, full body hair removal and operations ...

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Former Obama Official Admits Scientific Data Twisted to Push Global Warming Hoax

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 5, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Former Energy Department Undersecretary Steven Koonin told The Wall Street Journal Monday that bureaucrats within former President Barack Obama’s administration spun scientific data to manipulate public opinion:

“What you saw coming out of the press releases about climate data, climate analysis, was, I’d say, misleading, sometimes just wrong,” Koonin said, referring to elements within the Obama administration he said were responsible for manipulating climate data.

He pointed to a N...

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Science Versus Pseudoscience:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 15, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Which side would you place global warming ideology on?




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$4.3 million Solar Roadways Project Doesn’t Generate Enough Electricity to Run a Hair Drier

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 14, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Finally, a return on investment for all of our money that Big Government has been wasting on flaky green energy boondoggles. From Idaho:

The Solar FREAKIN’ Roadways project generated an average of 0.62 kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity per day since it began publicly posting power data in late March. To put that in perspective, the average microwave or blow drier consumes about 1 kWh per day.

All they have to do is double output and they could completely cover the energy needs of an av...

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Why Has Cheerios Been Distributing Seeds of Noxious Invading Species?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 24, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Cheerios recently announced that it would mail out free wildflower seeds as part of its “Save the Bees” campaign.

The seeds, once planted, were meant to provide more nectar for the declining bee population.

As of Friday, Cheerios had sent out 1.5 billion seeds on behalf of the bees.

There’s one problem with Cheerios’ charitable effort, however: some of the wildflower species included in the packet of seeds can do serious damage to various ecosystems across the US, reports Lifehacker...

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Flippy Flips Burgers Freely...

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 12, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Something good has come of the lunatic push to raise minimum wage. It has spurred technological innovation:

Flippy has mastered the art of cooking the perfect burger and has just started work at CaliBurger, a fast-food chain.

The robotic kitchen assistant, which its makers say can be installed in just five minutes, is the brainchild of Miso Robotics. 

More Flippy robots will be introduced at CaliBurgers next year, with the aim of installing them in 50 of their restaurants worldwide by the e...

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84% of U.S. students feel unable to cope

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 12, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


A 2016 UK survey found that, since 1990, rates of depression and anxiety among the young have increased by 70%, while the American Counseling Association has reported a “rising tide of personality disorders among millennials.” …

In 2014, a survey of 100,000 college students at 53 U.S. campuses by the American College Health Association found that 84% of U.S. students feel unable to cope, while more than half experience overwhelming anxiety.

A byproduct of such fear has been the growt...

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Arctic 'doomsday' seed vault receives 50,000 new deposits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, February 24, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


HELSINKI — Nearly 10 years after a "doomsday" seed vault opened on an Arctic island, some 50,000 new samples from seed collections around the world have been deposited in the world's largest repository built to safeguard against wars or natural disasters wiping out global food crops:

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a gene bank built underground on the isolated island in a permafrost zone some 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) from the North Pole, was opened in 2008 as a master backup to the ...

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Big Government Wastes Our Money Paying People to Eat Asparagus and Then Sniff Their Pee

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, February 19, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


The federal government confiscated $1,084,840,000,000 in tax revenues in the first 4 months of the fiscal year — and still managed to spend $156,940,000,000 more than it took in. This amazing feat was accomplished by wasting the money in ways that defy any normal person’s imagination. For example:

A taxpayer-funded study set [out] to find out if people can smell their own “asparagus pee.”

Researchers at Harvard on two active studies that received over $3 million last year surveyed ...

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Scientist 2 Years Away From Resurrecting Wooly Mamoths

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, February 19, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


Scientists at Harvard University believe they are within two years of bringing the wooly mammoth back from the dead:

Speaking ahead of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Boston this week, the scientist leading the ‘de-extinction’ effort said the Harvard team is just two years away from creating a hybrid embryo, in which mammoth traits would be programmed into an Asian elephant.

    “Our aim is to produce a hybrid elephant-mammoth embryo,...

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The Banality of Climate Change

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, February 3, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 
Thanks Moonbattery



A single graph, employing the government’s own data, puts climate change into historical perspective:



This and more charts that should help cool off global warming hysteria can be found at the Right Track.


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Legalized Murder in Holland

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, February 2, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


A Dutch woman doctor who asked an elderly patient’s family to hold her down while she administered a fatal drug dose has been cleared under Holland’s euthanasia laws:

Mailonline reported that the patient fought desperately in an attempt not to be killed.

Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the Regional Review Committee, which considered the case, said: “I am convinced that the doctor acted in good faith…”

The victim suffered from dementia.

As healthcare becomes more socialized, our contem...

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McDonald’s Rolls Out Big Mac Vending Machines

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, January 29, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 



You can’t beat the price — at least for now:

The automated cheeseburger machine will offer three different sizes: traditional, the Mac Jr. and the Grand Mac, according to Metro Boston. The sandwiches are expected to be free of charge and available for a short time period.

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Environmentally Friendly Plants to Grow From Spent Ammunition

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, January 21, 2017, In : Wierd Science News 


With people like Obama in charge, it can lead to lunacy like this:

The Department of Defense is currently in the market for “biodegradable composites with embedded seeds for training ammunition,” according to a proposal solicitation from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) agency, a government program that links small businesses with federal programs. Motherboard, which first noticed the solicitation, notes it sounds like an idea for a bad Banksy painting.

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Only a Quarter of Americans Believe in Global Warming Consensus

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, December 10, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


We are approaching a consensus on global warming. That consensus is that progressives are lying to us about there being a consensus:

The study which concluded there’s 97% consensus of climate scientists believing the man-made global warming hypothesis is simply bogus. It’s laden with faulty research. Thankfully the American Public isn’t buying the 97% nonsense, according to a Pew study released earlier this week.

Any objective examination of the methodology of the study will conclude...

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Turbines That Would Generate $1.39/Day of Electricity — If They Were Running — $107,516

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, December 10, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Three windmill-like turbines loom motionless over the city of Port Angeles’ new Waterfront Park:

The $107,516 spires stand immobile more than two months after they were erected and more than a year after the city council approved them. …

They have not been activated because the city is involved in an inspection-related dispute with the manufacturer, UGE International Ltd. of New York City, Community and Economic Development Director Nathan West said last week.

The impasse could be resol...

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Facebook developing AI to censor users

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, December 2, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Facebook Inc is working on automatically flagging offensive material in live video streams, building on a growing effort to use artificial intelligence to monitor content, said Joaquin Candela, the company’s director of applied machine learning.

The social media company has been embroiled in a number of content moderation controversies this year, from facing international outcry after removing an iconic Vietnam War photo due to nudity, to allowing the spread of fake news on its site.




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SCIFI Weapons That Actually EXIST!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, December 2, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 




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Seattle Uses Data From Supermarket Discount Cards to Go After Unlicensed Pet Owners

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, November 6, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


The Information Age is allowing Big Government to become very powerful indeed. From Seattle:

    A King County letter that ended up in the mailboxes of thousands of pet owners is raising concerns over privacy.

    The letter told pet owners to license their pets or face a $250 fine.

Turns out for the last four years, King County has been using data companies to target specific taxpayers, or in this case pet owners. That means every time customers swipe those rewards cards, they’re gatheri...

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Reusable Grocery Bags Are a Menace to the Environment

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, November 5, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


One method of demonstrating self-righteous moonbattery to the world is to use a bacteria-infested reusable tote bag at the grocery store instead of paper or plastic. No one will mistake the symbolic rectitude — although according to the moonbats at Alternet, the reusable bags are actually worse for the environment unless you use them many, many times:

In a U.K. Environment Agency study, researchers crunched the environmental tally of various carrier bags such as the standard high-densit...

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Supposedly Transgender 4-Year-Old to Be Subjected to “Full Transformation”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 16, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Everybody already has a Prius with a COEXIST sticker. Now to keep up with the Joneses you need a transgender child. If Dante had been able to conceive of a crime against innocence as horrific as what this story implies, he would have invented a new circle of hell for it:

A four-year-old who identifies as transgender has begun to transition before their first day at school, hoping to complete the full transformation by 2017.

It appears that “full transformation” may actually mean what i...

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When We are All Equal in 2081:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, September 15, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


2081 depicts a dystopian future in which, thanks to the 212th Amendment to the Constitution and the unceasing vigilance of the United States Handicapper General, everyone is "finally equal...." The strong wear weights, the beautiful wear masks and the intelligent wear earpieces that fire off loud noises to keep them from taking unfair advantage of their brains. It is a poetic tale of triumph and tragedy about a broken family, a brutal government, and an act of defiance that changes every...
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CRISIS ALERT: Internet to Have Global Governance October 1

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, September 1, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Very soon, on October 1, 2016, much of the internet's governance will shift from the US to a nonprofit multi-stakeholder entity,known as ICANN. While the transition may appear ostensibly "technical", the absence of the United States in overseeing the governance of the internet could spell the end of the current era of free speech on the internet, as well as free enterprise.


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Weird Occult Ritual At CERN [VIDEO]:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, August 21, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


In what may be one of the strangest videos you’ll see today, researchers at the CERN performed a mock human sacrifice in front of a statute of Shiva, the Hindu goddess.

CERN is home to the large hadron collider, the heavy duty physics experiment that has provided scientists with what they are calling “The God Particle”.  Shiva’s presence is a strange omen, possibly tied to Robert Oppenheimer’s infamous speech following the success of the first atomic bombs.

Why the occult ritual?...

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Obamacare Costs Incentivized Smokers to Forego Coverage, Smoke More

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 11, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


The Affordable Care Act allowed health insurance plans to charge smokers up to 50 percent more in premiums, which incentivized smokers to forego coverage and smoke more, according to a study from Health Affairs.

Obamacare included provisions that were supposed to incentivize smokers to quit, requiring health insurance plans to screen for tobacco use and cessation treatment with no cost sharing. Plans were also allowed to charge smokers up to 50 percent more in premiums than non-smokers.

Th...

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Locust From The Book Of Revelation? Bizarre Winged Creature Stirs Controversy

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 30, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Earlier today, I visited L.A. Marzulli's blog, and I was astounded by what I saw.  There in living color was a bizarre winged creature that doesn't bear any resemblance to any animal that science currently knows about. 

L.A. Marzulli did not personally discover this creature.  Rather, it was originally discovered on the side of a highway by a 13-year-old Mexican boy who didn't know what it was.  He ultimately turned it over to a well known Mexican investigative journalist named Jaime Maus...

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Abortion Drugs Found In Bill Gates’ Tetanus Vaccine

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 29, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Doctors in Kenya have accused UNICEF, the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation of secretly trying to sterilise millions of women in Africa via a tetanus vaccine program. 

According to LifeSiteNews, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association say that doctors have uncovered evidence of a mass sterilisation program sponsored by the Kenyan government and funded by Bill Gates.

The Kenyan government denies there is anything wrong with the vaccine, and says it is perfec...

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Petition Calls for State Department to Forsake AC, Which Kerry Says Is as Dangerous as ISIS

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 28, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Petitions are a waste of time in most respects, but at least this one makes a good point. Secretary of State Hanoi John Kerry recently proclaimed that refrigeration and air conditioning — two of America’s greatest contributions to the modern world — are as dangerous as the Islamic State, which has been inspiring massacres around the world, on the grounds that AC and refrigerators make it be too hot outside according to leftist ideology. In light of Kerry’s announcement, a petitio...

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Pee in the Shower and Save Your Planet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 23, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


First they “nudge.” Then they demand. Then they impose by force of law. With peeing in the shower, we are still at the nudge stage:

Progressives appear to believe that once water goes down the drain, it disappears forever, as if all drains lead to a giant pipe that pours it into outer space.

Once they figure out how to deal with solid waste after toilets have been banned, peeing in the shower will be mandatory.

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Coming Soon: Punitive Tax on Meat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 14, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Soda taxes are only the thin edge of the wedge. Our overlords have decided that they don’t like that humans eat meat as a normal part of our diet (which is why we have canine teeth). The objections used to be that eating meat oppresses animals (never mind that the animals we eat would be rare or nonexistent if we did not raise them for food), but now it is primarily because according to leftist dogma, eating meat makes it be too hot outside. Naturally this will be exploited as an oppor...

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Bizarre 'Portal-Shaped Clouds' Form Over CERN During The 'Awake Experiment'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 7, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


There are some "major concerns" about what the scientists at CERN are doing these days.  The European Organization for Nuclear Research, more commonly known by the acronym "CERN", is purposely smashing particles into one another at astonishingly high speeds.  

Just last month, the researchers working at the facility began a new experiment called "Awake" that uses "plasma wakefields driven by a proton beam" to accelerate charged particles.  

On June 24th, pictures of some extremely bizarre ...

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New Smartphone Patent Has Terrible Implications

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 2, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


The patent would allow for the iPhone’s camera to be remotely disabled using infrared light.  The innocuous excuse that Apple is trying to force down our throats is that this technology will allow concert performers and movie theaters to disable the phone’s recording capability.  Obviously, there are much broader implications.

“Apple really doesn’t want you to record videos where it’s forbidden.

“The company is working on a technology that can disable phones’ photo and video...

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AMA Warns of Harmful Health Effects of New Environmentally Correct Streetlights

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 30, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Caution — environmentally correct streetlights can be hazardous to your health:

    The American Medical Association is concerned that the glare, the high blue light content of “energy efficient” LED streetlights being rolled out across America, might be suppressing drivers’ night vision, and causing other harmful health effects.

From an AMA press release:

    High-intensity LED lighting designs emit a large amount of blue light that appears white to the naked eye and create worse ...

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New rule lets feds hack your computer anywhere, anytime:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 23, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


A proposal that Washington bureaucrats be given nearly unfettered permission to hack into private computers, which WND reported earlier was being described as the ultimate “Big Brother” move, is drawing strong opposition from privacy activists and members of Congress.

“We’re in the midst right now of one of the biggest battles in the privacy world that we have faced,” said U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, on a website mobilizing opposition. “If we keep down this path, we...

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Democrat Congressfolk: First Amendment Does Not Protect Global Warming Skepticism

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 18, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


When our progressive ruling class has finished with the Second Amendment, the First will not be far behind. Already we learn that disputing the global warming hoax does not count as free speech:

California congressmen wrote a letter to state attorney general Kamala Harris claiming the freedom of speech “is not designed to protect fraud and deceit” of the likes being spread by oil company ExxonMobil about global warming.

Nineteen Democratic lawmakers told Harris her “investigation as...

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Russia Successfully Develops Secret Weapon That Threatens America’s Safety

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 28, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Russia conducted a successful flight test of a developmental anti-satellite missile on Wednesday that is capable of destroying satellites in orbit, American defense officials said.

The Nudol direct ascent anti-satellite missile was launched from the Plesetsk test launch facility, located 500 miles north of Moscow, said officials familiar with the situation.

The missile was monitored by U.S. intelligence satellites and the test appeared to be successful.

The launch marks another major miles...

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Government, Industry Studying Threat of Nuclear EMP Attack on Electric Grid

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 19, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


American power companies are studying ways to protect electric grids against a high-altitude nuclear blast and other directed energy attacks that could severely disrupt electricity transmission, an industry representative told a Senate hearing Wednesday.

Scott Aaronson, managing director for cyber and infrastructure security at the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), stated in testimony that a consortium of U.S. electric companies is working with the Energy Department to study how to protec...

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Stupid e-cigarette regulations could have unintended consequences

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 14, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asserted its authority over electronic cigarette manufacturers — an industry that has operated under little regulations up until this point. Moving forward, e-cig companies will be subject to a number of rules related to labeling and sales, including government approval for new products.

While the new rules aim to promote safety in the e-cig industry, in effect it will shut down countless startups, decreasing competition and increasing ...

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Weather Channel Founder Slams Bill Nye: Calls him ‘a pretend scientist in a bow tie’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 5, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Weather Channel Founder John Coleman, a meteorologist for over six decades, slammed Bill Nye, ‘the science guy’ for saying that the new skeptical global warming film ‘Climate Hustle’ is “very much not in our national interest and the world’s interest.”

Coleman is featured introducing ‘Climate Hustle’ in theatres on May 2 for the one-night only showing.  www.ClimateHustle.com Nye is also featured in the panel discussion that follows the skeptical film in theatres on May ...

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San Andreas Fault ‘locked, loaded and ready to go’ with big quake, expert says:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 5, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


LONG BEACH, Calif. — Southern California’s section of the San Andreas Fault is “locked, loaded and ready to roll,” a leading earthquake scientist said Wednesday at the National Earthquake Conference in Long Beach.

The San Andreas Fault is one of California’s most dangerous, and is the state’s longest fault. Yet for Southern California, the last big earthquake to strike the southern San Andreas was in 1857, when a magnitude 7.9 earthquake ruptured an astonishing 185 miles betw...

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Foggy San Francisco Mandates That Rooftops Be “Solar Ready”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 30, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


There is no chance whatsoever that San Francisco’s recent decree mandating that any new construction of a building shorter than 10 floors have at least 15% of roof space “solar ready” will have any effect on sea levels. You would be equally likely to alter sea levels by pointing a bone at the ocean and muttering incantations. However, it will make the regulatory burden of trying to do anything constructive in a city run by idiots even more onerous.

Using coercion to push solar pane...

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China Unveils "Anti-Riot" Security Robot to Patrol Public Places

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 23, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


It looks more like a vacuum cleaner than Robocop, but this new “anti-riot” security robot is set to be deployed in public places to help authorities keep an eye on potentially unruly Chinese citizens.

Weighing in at 78kg and standing at 1.49 meters tall, “Anbot” is being billed as “China’s first robot security guard.” The system made its debut at the Chongqing Hi-Tech Fair earlier today.

“The security robot is capable of autonomous patrol, intelligent monitoring, emergency...

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Transsexual Has Ears and Nose Cut Off to Make Itself Into a “Dragon Lady”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 7, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


I wonder what he will look like if he lives to his 80's?

It’s not enough to make yourself into a make-believe woman. That’s old hat by now. Unless you are already famous, it won’t even get you a reality show.

Now going by the full name Eva Tiamat Baphomet Medusa – or Tiamat for short, the name of a dragon video game character – [he] has taken on several personas over the years and undergone multiple stages of transformations before finally settling on becoming a dragon.

Hopefully...

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Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 25, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot. 

Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen girl', in order to improve the customer service on their voice recognition software. They marketed her as 'The AI with zero chill' - and that she certainly is.



To chat with Tay, you can tweet ...

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In Face of Minimum Wage Madness, Carl’s Jr. Considering Automated Restaurants

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 24, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Careful what you wish for; you just might get it. Workers who want the government to force employers to pay them above market rates will have to face the inevitable consequence — unemployment:

The CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s has visited the fully automated restaurant Eatsa — and it’s given him some ideas on how to deal with rising minimum wages.

“I want to try it,” CEO Andy Puzder told Business Insider of his automated restaurant plans. “We could have a restaurant that...

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Feds Work on How to Make Wind Turbines Stop When a Bird Comes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 19, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


The task would seem impossible, but in the belief that anything is doable if you spend enough of other people’s money, our overlords have set about making the generation of electricity with wind turbines even less efficient.

Finally acknowledging that the economically inefficient, noisy, and unsightly wind turbines that they have been strewing across the formerly beautiful countryside have been killing large numbers of eagles and other birds, the bureaucrats have proposed a solution: s...

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Feds Waste Over $400,000 on Study of “Relationship Between Gender and Glaciers”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 12, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Until people who believe in limited government are put in charge, the waste will continue to spiral out of control. The situation has already deteriorated to the point of gibbering lunacy:

The National Science Foundation has spent more than $400,000 on a study that published scientific results on the “relationship between gender and glaciers.”

The paper “Glaciers, gender, and science,” published in January 2016, concluded that “ice is not just ice,” urging scientists to take a...

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Mandatory Mental Health Screening Coming Soon?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 11, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


What if your next trip to the doctor's office resulted in your being dragged off kicking and screaming to the nearest mental asylum?

Yet all you did to warrant that unexpected fate was to answer a few short questions. At some point the doctor reviewing your responses then decides that you must be 'mentally ill', and need to be detained and treated "for your own safety and that of others".

As implausible as it may sound, it is being reported that normal people are at risk of just such trea...

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This Is What Would Happen If A 9.0 Earthquake Hit The Cascadia Subduction Zone

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 10, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you have probably already heard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone.  It is where the Juan de Fuca plate meets the North American plate, and it stretches approximately 700 miles from northern Vancouver Island all the way down to northern California.  

This subduction zone is capable of producing far more powerful earthquakes than the much more famous San Andreas fault in southern California, and scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time before ...

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Health, Fertility, and Cell Phones

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, February 25, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


A brand new study has just come out that shows that men that carry around cell phones in their pockets continually are much less fertile than other men. Of course we have known that cell phone use has some very nasty consequences for our health for a very long time. 

Most people believe what they want to believe, and most people dont want to believe that cell phone use is harmful.

A new study found that sperm levels of men who kept their phones in their pocket during the day were serious...

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Obama Helps Combat Smoking in Russia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, February 20, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 

Obama is finally doing some good. Whether he still smokes himself or is content to chomp on nicotine gum even at the most inappropriate times is unknown, but he has helped warn Russians away from this health hazard:



The sign reads, “Smoking kills more people than Obama, although he kills an awful lot of people. Don’t smoke. There’s no need to be like Obama.” 


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Global Warming and Depressed Dogs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Across Britain, there are reports of down-in-the-mouth mutts, and under-the-weather canines.

Leading pet behaviourists told The Independent that the number of depressed and unsettled dogs they have seen in recent months is unprecedented.

Carolyn Menteith, “a dog behaviourist who was named Britain’s Instructor of the Year in 2015,” barks that

“People are quite happy to get their dogs out in frosty, hard weather but not when it’s muddy and horrible.” …

The lack of physical exerc...

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Information on you and your driving habits are being sold worldwide:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, February 5, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


A network of around 8,300 'Big Brother' spy cameras takes photos of about 30 million plate numbers each day in the U.K. A police database exists that contains details of 22 billion vehicle journeys. 

Britain's surveillance Czar Tony Porter has warned that the database is illegal, intrusive, and prone to abuse. As such, legal action is now being threatened against the authorities for breaches of privacy. Senior officers, however, claim the systems and records are invaluable in preventing ...

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Weed-Killing Robot Developed: No Herbicides Needed

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Could a new robot developed by the German company, Bosch, known for making car parts and power tools in partnership with the German food and agriculture department, Osnabrück University, and Amazone, actually end the need for herbicides on farms?

It’s called BoniRob, and it can learn what weeds look like, travel through fields, and pluck them up faster than a speeding bullet (well, not really that fast). It kills weeds so fast, it’s almost impossible to see it in action. Using an ex...

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Coming to America: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


One advantage of erasing the border between America and less developed countries is that it enriches our wondrous multicultural tapestry with exotic diseases that otherwise we might never have heard of — like Zika:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that there are at least “a dozen or so” confirmed cases of Zika virus in residents who recently traveled to countries where the mosquito-borne virus is spreading.

That would be countries in the Third World, fro...

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Elites Pouring Billions Into Gene-Therapy Research

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, January 23, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Stuart Kim, a genetics professor at Stanford University, recently appeared on Fox Business News speaking about his work in the field of “gene therapy.”

Kim said the scientific community is close, about 10 years off, to developing a gene that could allow humans live to 100 or even 110 years of age.

“I have a lot of faith in the scientists in the world. They’re very creative and doing amazing things. Ten years is a long time. Ten years ago, we didn’t know about this thing called t...

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Scientists uncover evidence of giant planet beyond Pluto

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Scientists at the California Institute of Technology announced Wednesday that they had uncovered evidence of a giant planet existing beyond Pluto in the outer solar system.

The planet, nicknamed Planet Nine, is estimated to have a mass approximately 10 times larger than Earth’s and an orbit 20 times farther from the sun. It is estimated that it would take Planet Nine between 10,000 to 20,000 years to orbit the sun just one time.

“This would be a real ninth planet,” researcher Mike B...

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Government Software Calculates Your 'Threat Score'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Do you know what your "threat score" is? Today, more than 90 percent of all local police departments and nearly all government agencies employ some sort of technological surveillance:

One of the most common applications is called "Beware", and it scans billions of "arrest reports, property records, commercial databases, deep Web searches" and social media postings to give authorities an idea of who they are dealing with. 

So the next time that police pull up in front of your home, it is l...

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Global Warming Skeptics Could Lose Their Second Amendment Rights?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Wierd Science News 


Under Obama’s new rules, doctors can now report people deemed “mentally ill” to the FBI so they can be denied gun licenses....

If, as Pres. Obama has repeatedly claimed, climate change is a greater threat than terrorism, then aren’t people who deny the climate threat “a danger to themselves or others” and unfit to own guns?

Oregon-based professor of “sociology and environmental studies” Kari Norgaard has declared climate skepticism a mental illness that must be “treated....

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Meet the world's newest glacier

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 28, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Inside the steaming caldera of Mt. St. Helens the world's newest glacier is getting bigger every year.

Warming earth scientist are calling this "an oddity".

Mt. St. Helens was once covered with a dozen small glaciers, but that all ended on May 18, 1980, when the top 1,300 feet of the mountain were blown off in a massive eruption of rock and lava. It was the largest landslide in recorded human history.

By 1988, there was snow and ice in the crater year-round, and by 1996 it was carving crev...

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Bette Midler blames our thoughts for weather in New York City.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 27, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 
Thanks Moonbattery!



There is slow, there is stupid, there is cognitively malfunctional, and then there is Bette Midler:




No wonder liberal establishmentarians fear those of us that don't buy into global warming. We can control the weather in their Northeast heartland with our thoughts. 


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Mark Steyn Lays Waste to Ecofascists at Climate Hearing

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, December 10, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Mark Steyn isn’t a scientist, so when he went before a Senate hearing to testify regarding the global warming hoax, he didn’t attack it on scientific grounds. He is an intellectual, so he attacked it extremely effectively on intellectual grounds by pointing out that the concept is “so weak that it cannot be subjected to the normal vigorous debate of free society”:



If global warming theory is scientific fact, why do tyrants like Sheldon Whitehouse want to throw people in prison fo...
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Youtube Blocks Polar Bear Population Explosion

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, December 5, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Popular video publishing site bans film showing thriving polar bear population, ice formations



The strong hand of YouTube censorship has struck down a powerful voice speaking out against the human rights violations of the climate action movement.

Filmmaker J. D. King has been actively proving the destructive reality and profit driven motivations behind climate change legislation and geo-engineering.

His latest endeavor, a film entitled “Vice Bear” ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...

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Time to Panic: Global Warming Could Make There Be Too Many Lobsters

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, November 7, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


When it comes to the global warming hoax, finding new ways to panic gullible fools requires ever more creativity:

Due to warming water trends, experts say the province of Prince Edward Island could become a veritable hatchery for lobster within a half-century.

“With the temperature increasing in P.E.I. waters and decreasing the number of days a baby lobster is susceptible, you have less predation and an increase in settlement size lobsters,” says Memorial University grad student Rya...

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Rise Of The Insect Drones

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, November 5, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Being a fly on the wall in that highly guarded, closed or exclusive location used to be the stuff that daydreams were made of. Not any longer, though.

Indications are that the U.S government now has increasingly advanced secret miniature drones, capable of spying on people and activities. These ‘robobug’ drones then record and transmit, or deliver sensitive private information that can be downloaded in the form of images, videos, and sound. They can even be programmed to kill.

Accord...

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LIFE WITH BIG BROTHER: Windows 10 to automatically download on your PC

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 31, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Not interested in installing Windows 10 on your computer after reading news reports indicating Microsoft will track your online behavior and save your search queries, private emails and contents of private folders, including photos?

Too bad. You may not be given much of a choice.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 is preparing to automatically download onto computers currently installed with Windows 7 or 8 – without the computer users’ knowledge, London’s Guardian reported.

According to the re...

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Scientists Discover That Sleep Is Racist

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 30, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


News of the development comes from National Journal in a lengthy article that debuted late last week.

The article, which manages to reach nearly 6,000 words, cites several studies, including one conducted at the University of California, San Diego. For the five-year study, researchers hooked 164 human subjects up to a polysomnography machine (which features a brain scanner, eye trackers, breathing sensors and much else). They found that black participants and white participants experienc...

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Gene-editing scientists ready to play God: 'They're only limited by their imagination'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 30, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Emerging gene-editing technology is primed to turn the scientific community into an army of Victor Frankensteins.

A three-year-old technique called CRISPR has experts in genetics and genomics saying the world is on the precipice of revolution.

“We’re basically able to have a molecular scalpel for genomes,” biologist Jennifer Doudna told Tech Insider on Wednesday. “All the technologies in the past were sort of like sledgehammers. … This just gives scientists the capability do som...

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Silicon Valley Experts: Use Pop Ups to “Shame” People Who Make Offensive Posts

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 24, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Two Silicon Valley experts interviewed for a Wired Magazine piece about online harassment suggested that pop-ups could be used to “shame” people who make racist Internet posts or use offensive words.

In the context of a discussion about the need to create new “antiabuse tools,” developer Adria Richards endorsed the implementation of warnings that appear on people’s computer screens before they are able to post ‘offensive’ content.

“There could be little pop-up warnings: ...

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The Largest Behavioral Conditioning Experiment In History Has Begun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 23, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The largest behavioral conditioning experiment in the history of mankind has just begun in China and, for those who value their freedoms in the West, one can only pray it never makes it here:

A citizen score system has been developed which will rate each citizen on the basis of their political views, their expression on social media, the kinds of purchases they make, and their credit scores.

These scores, ranging between 350-950, will be taken into account when handing out loans, approvi...

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Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers’ DNA

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement. DNA, after all, can be a key to solving crimes. It “has serious information about you and your family,” genetic privacy advocate Jeremy Gruber told me back in 2010 when such services were just getting popular....

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Ted Cruz Eviscerates Sierra Club’s Aaron Mair on Global Warming Hoax [MUST SEE VIDEO]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, October 11, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Anyone who doesn’t get it yet that the supposed global warming crisis is a hoax hasn’t seen Ted Cruz grilling Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the topic:



Looks like mindlessly reciting the same mendacious talking point over and over again like a defective automaton isn’t much of a defense against someone with the guts to call a hoax a hoax. As noted long ago, the “97% of scientists” mantra is bogus.




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Psychologist Pours Drain Cleaner in Woman’s Eyes Because She Thinks She Was Meant to Be Blind

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 3, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Modern medicine has taken the next step after indulging the pathological delusions of men who want to deform themselves into crude parodies of women. Introducing Jewel Shuping:

Jewel has Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled.

Her need to lose her sight was so strong that in she decided to blind herself – by having a sympathetic psychologist pour DRAIN CLEANER into her eyes.

The psychologist put in numbing ey...

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Study Correlates Opposition to Homosexual Agenda With Mental Illness

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 3, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


For thousands of years homosexuality was acknowledged as a form of disease. For example, it was listed as a mental illness in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual until political pressure from the Left resulted in it being removed in 1973. In the absence of effective resistance, this political pressure has only increased, to the point that now it is the healthy who are considered diseased:

A new study purports to show that those who hold traditional ...

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EPA Proclaims That Sunlight Is Bad for Plants

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 1, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


If carbon dioxide can be regarded as a pollutant by our overlords, even though it is actually not only totally harmless but a precious nutrient without which plants cannot grow, why not sunlight?



Expect appropriate regulations to follow. Please don’t let on that it is actually the sun and not CO2 that causes g...
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Measles (sort of) kills first patient in 12 years; Measles vaccine kills 108 in that same time

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 25, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The woman’s measles was undetected and confirmed only through an autopsy, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The woman’s name was not released, but officials said she lived in Clallam County.

The woman was probably exposed to measles at a medical facility during a measles outbreak this spring, according to the health department. She was at the hospital at the same time as a patient who later developed a rash and was diagnosed with measles. Patients with measles c...

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Antibiotic Resistant Diseases Will Cause Social Breakdown, Say Scientists

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, September 19, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The impending failure of antibiotics to treat life-threatening diseases could cause a social and economic “apocalypse” in Britain and throughout the first world, scientists warn.

Medical experts predict many dangerous diseases will become completely resistant to antibiotics in the near future, causing social unrest on an unprecedented level.

The crisis could result in people barricading themselves into enclaves as the health system collapses under the strain of chronic diseases, scie...

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20 ‘Climate Scientists’ Ask Obama to Use RICO Act to Criminalize and Go After Climate ‘Skeptics’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 18, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Debate no more! Jailed for scientific dissent?! Twenty climate scientists, including Top UN scientist, call for RICO investigation of climate skeptics in letter to Obama

Warmist scientists including UN IPCC Lead Author Kevin Trenberth to Obama: 'We appreciate that you are making aggressive and imaginative use of the limited tools available to you in the face of a recalcitrant Congress. One additional tool – recently proposed by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse – is a RICO (Racketeer Influe...

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President Obama Orders Behavioral Experiments On American Public

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 18, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


President Obama announced a new executive order on Tuesday which authorizes federal agencies to conduct behavioral experiments on U.S. citizens in order to advance government initiatives.

“A growing body of evidence demonstrates that behavioral science insights — research findings from fields such as behavioral economics and psychology about how people make decisions and act on them — can be used to design government policies to better serve the American people,” reads the execut...

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And now it’s global COOLING! Probably caused by global warming

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, September 13, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Check it out:

 - 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than in 2012
 - BBC reported in 2007 global warming would leave Arctic ice-free in summer by 2013
 - Publication of UN climate change report suggesting global warming caused by humans pushed back to later this month

A chilly Arctic summer has left 533,000 more square miles of ocean covered with ice than at the same time last year – an increase of 29 per cent.

The rebound from 2012’s record low comes six years after the ...

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Giant Viruses Could Be Freed by Melting Ice That Is Actually Expanding

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 11, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The alleged effects of global warming come ever more to resemble concepts rejected in the 1950s as B-movie horror scripts.

It’s not the first ancient virus that scientists have found frozen — it’s the fourth found since 2003. And you can be sure it won’t be the last. And with climate change causing massive melts, it’s not totally alarmist to suggest that something deadly might one day emerge from a long, icy sleep.

As if climate change didn’t already suck enough, right?

The new...

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60,000 Antelopes Died in 4 Days — And No One Knows Why

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 4, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


It started in late May.

When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground.

"But since there happened to be die-offs of limited extent during the last years, at first we were not really alarmed," Zuther, the international coordinator of the Altyn Dala Conservation Initiative stated.

But with...

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Salad Proclaimed to be Enemy of the Planet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, August 24, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 

Nothing is safe. At the Washington Post, our overlords have pointed the finger of righteous condemnation at yet another dietary staple. This time it is not sugar, not salt, not meat, but something you would never expect them to condemn:

It occupies precious crop acreage, requires fossil fuels to be shipped, refrigerated, around the world, and adds nothing but crunch to the plate.

It’s salad, and here are three main reasons why we need to rethink it.

Salad vegetables are pitifully low in ...

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Islamic State Might Be Selling the Organs of Its Victims

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, August 22, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Q: Besides that they are both fanatics who kill people and who have been allowed to flourish due to liberal rule, what do ISIS and Planned Parenthood have in common?

A: Both may sell the organs of their victims:

A new report by the Middle East Media Research Institute – which monitors ISIS online – claims militants are openly discussing slavery on social media.

It says that the terrorists are discussing prices for the women – some of whom are yet to reach their teenage years.

The shoc...

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'Artificial Intelligence Is As Dangerous As Nuclear Weapons': AI Pioneer Warns

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 23, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Leading artificial intelligence pioneer Stuart Russell has compared artificial intelligence to the development of nuclear weapons. He particularly fears what will happen if AI is used in weapons and military systems. Films such as Terminator have given what some believe is a glimpse of what could happen

He points towards the rapid development in AI capabilities by companies such as Boston Dynamics, which was recently acquired by Google, to develop autonomous robots for use by the militar...

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Facebook Censors Post Revealing Secret Bill to Ban GMO Labeling

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 18, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Facebook is actively censoring shares of an article regarding a federal bill aiming to ban GMO food labeling.

Multiple users of the social media platform are finding themselves unable to share an article entitled, “This New Bill Could Ban GMO Labeling For Good,” which discusses H.R. 1599 – a bill known as the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

Instead of allowing immediate shares, Facebook prompts users with an error that reads, “This message contains content that ...

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NASA Taking First Steps to Colonizing the Moon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 17, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


NASA may use the huge cavernous craters on the moon's surface to build colonies inhabited by humans.

The space agency is receiving funds to research the possibility of human colonization after robots are used to build a structure that would be habitable, Popular Science is reporting.

The Shackleton Crater, which is twice as big as Washington, D.C., is the proposed spot for the lunar colony.

NASA would use a rover droid to build solar reflectors to send light to the inside of craters, which...

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US Company Gives Glimpse Into Future Of Government Surveillance

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 17, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


A small private firm in the US has developed a surveillance system of Orwellian proportions that could very well be the future of big brother.

Thirty kilometres above a chosen city, a plane hangs out of sight of the thousands of people scurrying below — continuously circling the metropolis underneath. Every second, the plane takes a photo of the entire city and all the happenings within a 64sq km radius. The images are beamed down to a control centre where they create what is akin to a...

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Support for a Young Earth? Scientists Baffled by Preserved Dinosaur Blood Cells

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 16, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The discovery of well-preserved blood and proteins in a supposedly 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossil has stumped secular scientists and led one Christian apologist to herald the findings as evidence of a young Earth.

A team of scientists at the U.K.’s Imperial College London carefully examined eight Cretaceous dinosaur bones discovered in North America, scrutinizing the bones’ interiors with an electron microscope. The researchers were stunned when they discovered what appeared to ...

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Woolly Mammoth Clones Closer Than Ever

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 8, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Scientists are one step closer to bringing a woolly mammoth back to life.

A new analysis of the woolly mammoth genome has revealed several adaptations that allowed the furry beasts to thrive in the subzero temperatures of the last ice age, including a metabolism that allowed them to pack on insulating fat, smaller ears that lost less heat and a reduced sensitivity to cold.

The findings could enable researchers to “resurrect” the ice-age icon — or at least a hybridized Asian elephant...

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California Governor Signs Vaccine Bill Banning Personal Belief, Religious Exemptions

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 2, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a controversial bill into law on Tuesday that prohibits families from using “personal belief” or religious exemptions to keep their children from getting vaccinations in order to attend public school.

Senate Bill 277 “eliminates the exemption from existing specified immunization requirements based upon personal beliefs,” and only allows exemption from future immunization requirements “deemed appropriate by the State Department of Public Health...

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Report: NASA cuts live feed as UFOs fly past Earth

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 29, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Mysterious footage said to depict three UFOs racing by Planet Earth is causing an out-of-this-world discussion on YouTube, as some people think it’s proof-positive of alien life.

The 4-minute long video titled “UFO Mysteries: UFOs, Angels Or Biological Creatures Seen Leaving The Earth?” was uploaded a week ago and has more than 214,000 views.

The video, reportedly shot from the International Space Station, shows three unidentified flying objects shooting upward out of Earth’s atmo...

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You’re Being Secretly Tracked With Facial Recognition, Even In Church

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 26, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


We know that Facebook has a vast facial recognition database so good that it can recognize you when your face is hidden, that the FBI has built a millions-strong criminal facial recognition system, and that Google’s new Photos app is so effective at face recognition that it can identify now-adults in photos from their childhood. But now facial recognition is starting to pop up in weird and unexpected places: at music festivals (to identify criminals); at stadiums (to weed out “sport...
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Global Warming Threatens to Make Bread Smaller

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 25, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Long-term global warming could cause loaves of bread to shrink in size due a reduction in the amount of protein in grains, Australian scientists have found.

Loaves based on 2050 atmospheric carbon dioxide levels predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were baked by researchers at the Victorian government and Melbourne University.

I wish I had that kind of time on my hands.

At least the smaller loaves might be good news for the glucose intolerant.

Smaller loaves of bread. ...

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Belgian Doctors Are Euthanizing Patients Without Their Consent

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 20, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


A study published this month in the Journal of Medical Ethics examined the “deliberate” euthanasia of patients in Belgium without their explicit, voluntary consent as required by law.

The study’s author, Raphael Cohen-Almagor, a professor of philosophy and ethics at the United Kingdom’s Hull University, found that life-ending drugs were used “with the intention to shorten life and without explicit request” in 1.7 percent of all deaths in Belgium in 2013.

In 52.7 percent of the...

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Soft Robotic Tentacles Pick Up Ant Without Crushing It

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, June 14, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Tiny soft robotic tentacles might be ideal for delicate microscopic surgery, say researchers, who were able to use the teensy "limbs" to pick up an ant without damaging its body.

In experiments, these new tentacles also wrapped around other tiny items — such as fish eggs, which deform and burst easily when handled by hard tweezers — without damaging them, scientists added.

Conventional robots are built from rigid parts, making them vulnerable to harm from bumps, scrapes, twists and fa...

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DIY ‘Laser Shotgun’ So Powerful You Just Have to See It to Believe It

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 8, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Drake Anthony, aka the D-I-Y Laser Guy, has been tearing apart and building lasers since he was 12 years old. He has also been posting videos demonstrating these homemade lasers on his popular Styropyro YouTube channel.




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Video: How to Feel Happier in 30 Seconds

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 6, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


With all of the negativity in the news and around the world, depression and stress has become a worldwide epidemic.

Unfortunately, so many of us handle these factors the completely wrong way. By changing our mindset in the simplest of ways and understanding the true source of happiness, we can take just 30 seconds to completely alter our state and instantly become happier.

It’s not a gimmick or a trick — it’s a building block of true happiness. It’s important that you watch the vi...

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2,400-Year-Old Bongs Made of Solid Gold Found in Russia

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 5, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The bongs, the cups and the jewelry are said to be the work of Scythians, a warrior people known to have ruled over large portions of Eurasia between the 9th century BC and the 4th century AD.

Interestingly, the bongs were discovered not by researchers but by workers fitting new power lines. Archaeologists simply confirmed the importance of the find.



Historians have long been aware of the fact that this nomadic warrior race was all too familiar with drugs and their effect on the human psy...

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The Internet Was Used By 3.2 Billion People In 2015

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 29, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Nearly half of the global population will be using the internet by the end of this year, according to a new report.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body, predicts that 3.2 billion people will be online. The population currently stands at 7.2 billion.

About 2 billion of those will be in the developing world, the report added.

But just 89 million will be in countries such as Somalia and Nepal.

These are part of a group of nations described as "least developed...

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The New Silent Missile That Can Destroy Enemy Electronics With Microwave Pulses

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 29, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


From Ocean's Eleven to Star Trek, weapons that wipe out enemy electronics are a staple of science fiction films.

For years, scientists have been attempting to create such a weapon as part of Champ, or the Counter-electronics High-powered microwave Advanced Missile Project.

Now, the US Air Force claims it has advanced the technology, and says it can deploy it using the stealthy Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range (JASSM).

According to Foxtrot Alpha, once integrated into JA...

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NSA Can Identify You By Your “Smartphone Handwriting”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 28, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The NSA has technology that can identify anyone from the way they swipe and text on a smartphone, according to officials with Lockheed Martin who helped design it.

The revelations were made in an interview with Lockheed IT and Security Solutions’s senior fellow John Mears, who told Nextgov that the technology, known as ‘Mandrake’, remotely analyses the curve, speed and acceleration of a person’s finger strokes on a device.

“Nobody else has the same strokes. People can forge your...

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Iris Scanners, Widely Used By US Military, Could Be Coming To A Police Department Near You

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 15, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Iris scans could become part of a routine traffic stop, thanks to technology being developed by researchers at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University that can grab an image from a distance of 40 feet. The technology would allow police to take an image the second a driver glances into the rear-view mirror.

“It’s no different than a camera taking a picture of you,” said Marios Savvides, a research professor at CMU’s computer engineering department and the director of the CyLab B...

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Company Was Tracking Her Movements 24/7 With an App, So She Deleted It. Now She’s Been Fired.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


A California woman is suing her former employer, saying she was wrongfully fired after she removed an app from her phone that was tracking her location even during non-work hours.

Documents filed in Kern County Superior Court on May 5 say that Myrna Arias, who was employed last year as a sales executive at Intermex Wire Transfer in Bakersfield, was required to download Xora, a smartphone app that “contained a global positioning system (GPS), which tracked the exact location of the pers...

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Town Installs License Plate Scanning Cameras in Fake Cactus

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 8, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The town of Paradise Valley in Arizona has installed license plate scanning cameras in fake cacti with no public consultation whatsoever, just days after the DHS announced its intention to revive a nationwide version of the program.

Residents were alarmed to see the cactus cameras popping up throughout the town over the last few days with no indication of what they were being used for as city officials refused to explain their purpose until all the cameras were installed.

Town leaders ini...

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Ancestry.com Is Now Sharing Your DNA With the Police

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 7, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The police state just took a very dark turn. We all know that private corporations tend to side with the government on privacy issues, and they’re more than willing to hand over our information when the government asks for it. Google and Facebook are pretty well-known examples of that, and they’ve been doing it for so long that nobody even bats an eye at their government compliance anymore. What people don’t realize is that this situation applies equally to all major companies, no...
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Shrinking Sensors Mean Wearables May Soon Disappear Into Your Skin

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Forget 'wearables', and even 'hearables'. The next big thing in mobile devices: 'disappearables'.

Even as the new Apple Watch piques consumer interest in wrist-worn devices, the pace of innovation and the tumbling cost, and size, of components will make wearables smaller - so small, some in the industry say, that no one will see them.

Within five years, wearables like the Watch could be overtaken by hearables - devices with tiny chips and sensors that can fit inside your ear. They, in tur...

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Faking Cancer and Other Diseases for Online Fame Is Now a Recognized Medical Condition

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 4, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


How would you fake cancer? Shave your head? Pluck your eyebrows? Install a chemo port into your neck? These days you don’t need to. Belle Gibson’s story is a masterclass on faking cancer in the modern age. She fooled Apple, Cosmopolitan, Elle and Penguin. She fooled the hundreds of thousands who bought her app, read her blog and believed that her story could be their story. 

Diagnosed with a brain tumor aged 20, Gibson had four months to live. She blogged her journey of radiotherapy ...

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Big Brother Finds EZ Way To Secretly Spy On Drivers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 2, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The city and state of New York have installed a network of wireless-reader devices to monitor the locations of drivers who use the E-Z Pass tag to electronically pay bridge and tunnel tolls, according to documents obtained by the New York Civil Liberties Union.

The program – meant to monitor traffic patterns, according to officials – came to light when a privacy activist hacked his E-Z Pass transponder and programmed it to make a sound each time the device was being remotely read. He...

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Air Force Watching Falling Russian Satellite

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 2, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


‘Progress’ supply craft with toxic fuel to reenter in 10 days (Updated)

The Air Force is watching an out-of-control Russian satellite tumbling toward earth that could reenter the atmosphere with some 3,000 pounds of toxic fuel within two weeks.

An Air Force center in charge of monitoring space threats at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., said the unmanned Space Station resupply cargo craft known as “Progress-M 27M” was initially determined to be in trouble at 3:04 A.M. on Wednesd...

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'Smart Policing' Coming to Dubai With Robo-Cops

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 1, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


In the next two years robots will be used to bolster police forces patrolling malls and other public areas.

Dubai Police will be turning into “robo-cops” in the next few years. According to the Chief Information Officer and General Director of the Dubai Police HQ Smart Services Department, the move — that is part of the lead up to Expo 2020 — is aimed at helping the police deal with an ever-increasing populace.

Colonel Khalid Nasser Alrazooqi said that in the next two years robots...

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Greg Gage: How to control someone else's arm with your brain [great short video]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 30, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 





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Miami Police Set to Launch Federally-Funded Pre-Crime System

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 24, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The Miami Police Department is preparing to launch a new federally-funded software program aimed at stopping crime even before it occurs.

Purchased with the help of a $600,000 grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the “Hunchlab” predictive policing system will reportedly allow officers to “best forecast when and where crimes are likely to emerge.”

Utilizing years worth of local crime data, the program will use mathematical algorithms to create maps of areas likely to produc...

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Female Freakazoid Vies to Become Ultimate Men’s Health Guy

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The ideologically driven freak show that now passes for our culture is really getting creepy:

The hundreds of men who have entered this year’s Ultimate Men’s Health Guy Search all have a story of personal transformation to share.

But Aydian Dowling, who is currently perched atop the Guy Search leaderboard, has a transformation tale that’s a bit unlike any other contestant’s.

The 27-year-old from Eugene, Oregon is vying to become the first transgender man [i.e., woman posing as a ma...

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‘Intelligent’ Streetlights To ‘Watch’ Florida Residents

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 20, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The Jacksonville, Florida, city government is preparing to install more than 50 “intelligent” streetlights under a new General Electric pilot program.

In accordance with the “GE Intelligent City Initiate,” the “data-collecting” LED streetlights will be placed throughout the city’s downtown and surrounding areas.

According to a Thursday morning presentation by GE, the lights will be “interconnected with one another and will collect real-time data,” as reported by the Jack...

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Children to Be Aborted for Research Purposes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 19, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


“Never again,” the world swore, after it learned of the ghastly medical experiments conducted by Josef Mengele. But that was then. Now we read this:

Researchers in Hawaii are recruiting girls as young as 14 to participate in second trimester abortions, where the preborn baby is 18-24 weeks gestation, in order to test whether or not oxytocin can reduce bleeding in mothers during and after abortion.

The study is being conducted by the University of Hawaii and the University of Washingto...

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Police Militarization Goes Into Overdrive

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 18, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Last summer’s riots in Ferguson, Missouri, prompted much talk by President Obama and certain members of Congress about the need to demilitarize local police forces. Nearly a year later, the opposite is happening.

New and more powerful weapons are flowing into local police departments daily, and still others are new to the marketplace.

One weapon about to make its debut is the “Z-Ro Retinal Obfuscation” gun. When fired, the gun allows an officer to temporarily blind his targeted subj...

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Expert: Terrorists Hacking Into Robots, Drones to Use as Weapons

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The "day of robo-hacking has arrived" – and America's security and defense systems are totally unprepared, Defense One reports.

The rise of the criminal and terrorist unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs – is "completely incompatible with our current security paradigms… our security and defense mechanisms were meant to protect us from offending human criminals, not robotic ones," author Marc Goodman writes for Defense One.

In a chilling history of the threat, Goodman traces robo-hackin...

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STUDY: Too Much Time On Facebook Can Lead To Feeling Depressed

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


No surprise there

From photos of that incredibly fit friend to new baby announcements and vacation gloaties, Facebook can sometimes be a source of anxiety and envy.

Now, a new study reveals using the social media site could lead to symptoms of depression.

University of Houston researchers found that Facebook users felt depressed when comparing themselves to others on the site.

The lead researcher notes that too much time using Facebook and comparing oneself to others can be linked to depres...

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NOAA Warning: Strong El Niño Could Turn Drought into Mass Flooding

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 12, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


On April 9, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) officially declared a strong El Niño advisory reflecting substantially above-average surface sea temperatures forming across the equatorial Pacific. This means that there is a 60 to 70 percent probability that America could experience a monster winter like the El Niño that hit in 1997-1998, causing torrential rains in the Southeast, ice storms in the Northeast, tornadoes in Florida, and mass flooding in California....
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House Dem: Global Warming Turns Women into Prostitutes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 2, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


This Week’s Sign the Apocalypse is Upon Us

Just when we thought we knew every reason it’s our fault that the earth is trying to exterminate us, a kindly Congresswoman from the People’s Republic of California has revealed yet another reason to fear the ground on which we tread:

Global warming turns women into prostitutes.

California Democrat Barbara Lee proposed a resolution in the House of Representatives this week that claims women will eventually be forced to sell their bodies for ...

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Microsoft's Windows Hello Will Make Your Face, Finger Or Iris The New Sign-In

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Microsoft is the latest tech company to turn our bodies into passwords.

With Windows Hello, announced Tuesday, users of the upcoming Windows 10 operating system will be able to sign in to their devices using their fingerprint, their face or even the iris of their eye. Microsoft is expected to release Windows 10 later this year.

"You -- uniquely you -- plus your device are the keys to your Windows experience, apps, data and even websites and services, not a random assortment of letters and...

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New York City Installs “Gun Shot Detector” Listening Devices

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Mayor De Blasio announced the expansion at a press conference at New York Police Department headquarters. The program will cost $1.5 million to install 300 listening devices around the precincts with the highest rates of gun violence. The devices are already live in the Bronx and should be operational in Brooklyn soon.  The microphones are attached to lamp posts and utility poles and connected through a wireless network called ShotSpotter. New York City is the latest to join more than s...

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A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


div>Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell. Unlike other “transparent” solar cells that we’ve reported on in the past, this one really is transparent, as you can see in the photos throughout this story. According to Richard Lunt, who led the research, the team are confident that the transparent solar panels can be eff...
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Report: Chance of Mega-Quake Hitting California Increases

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 13, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Scientists are virtually certain that California will be rocked by a strong earthquake in the next 30 years. Now they say the risk of a mega-quake is more likely than previously thought.
Check it out:

The chance of a magnitude-8 quake striking the state in the next three decades jumped to 7 percent from 4.7 percent, mainly because scientists took into account the possibility that several faults can shake at once, releasing seismic energy that results in greater destruction.

While the risk ...

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Stoned rabbits: DEA agent warns Utah lawmakers about stoned bunny rabbits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Jeremy Roberts, president of Medical Cannabis Payment Solutions, said Fairbanks is way off in his representation of “actual science,” calling his speech “a little bit of hyperbole,” especially considering that the law requires marijuana to be grown indoors.

Stoned rabbits? Something to absolutely fear, says one DEA agent. The concept would give new meaning to the term “stewed rabbits,” and reminds us of Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail killer bunny attack scene, whe...

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See the Aftermath of the ‘Highest Power’ Test of a Fiber Laser Weapon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 6, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


In what is being called the “highest power ever documented by a laser of this type,” Lockheed Martin announced this week that it fired a 30-kilowatt fiber laser weapon system at a truck more than a mile away.

The defense company’s ATHENA — Advanced Test High Energy Asset — burned through a truck’s engine manifold in just seconds, according to a Lockheed news release.

“Fiber-optic lasers are revolutionizing directed energy systems,” Keoki Jackson, Lockheed Martin chief tech...

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Time is Up: The Truth About 'Net Neutrality' [updated]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, February 26, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The federal government is about to seize control of the Internet and most Americans don’t even know about it.



February 26, 2015 [pm] UPDATE:
In what one Republican called a “monumental shift toward government control of the Internet,” the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved a proposal granting the federal government the authority to regulate Internet broadband providers under the same law as public utilities.

The five commissioners voted 3-2 along party lines ...

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CT Scan of This Buddha Statue and Makes an Ancient Discovery

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, February 23, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


A nearly 1,000-year-old statue of Buddha is getting attention, not because of its artistic detail but because of what was found on the inside.

Inside the statue are the mummified remains of Buddhist master Liuquan, a news release about the discovery stated.



Experts at Meander Medical Center in the Netherlands took CT scans and samples from the statue in September 2014, but news of it is just starting to make its rounds around the Web now.

During the examination, the team found paper with C...

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TV Maker: Don't discuss personal info in front of TV

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, February 9, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Your SmartTV just might be smarter than you think.

Did you know someone might be listening on the other end of your TV?

Would you have guessed that many someones are indeed listening if you are using a voice-recognition SmartTV?

Convenience may come at the expense of privacy and security in the expanding world of interconnected devices and voice control recognition, cautions Samsung, which issues this warning on its SmartTVs: “Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or...

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The U.S. Navy’s New Railgun Can Fire Projectiles Up To Mach 7 [VIDEO]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, February 8, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The U.S. Navy publicly unveiled its latest futuristic weapon at the Future Force Science and Technology Expo in Washington, D.C. this week — the electromagnetic railgun, which can fire projectiles at an air-splitting 5,300 miles per hour.

By using electromagnetic pulses to generate a magnetic force between two rails, the latest prototype of the railgun developed by defense contractor BAE in conjunction with the Office of Naval Research can accelerate a projectile up to Mach 7 within 10...

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Ferguson Police To Test Bozo Bullet Which Turns Guns Into Non-Lethal Weapons

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, February 7, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Ferguson police are testing a new non lethal attatchment for handguns.

It allows them to fire alloys ‘ping pong balls’ – which can bring a person down but not kill them.

This week, five instructors for the Missouri city’s police department are training to use the device, called the Alternative.

The Ferguson Police Department, which reportedly intends to distribute the Alternative to all of its officers following training, found itself at the center of national debates over policing...

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Dawn of the Three-Parent Baby

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, February 6, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


In an historic move, MPs have voted in favour of the creation of babies with DNA from two women and one man.

The UK is now set to become the first country to introduce laws to allow the creation of babies from three people.

In a free vote in the Commons, 382 MPs were in favour and 128 against the technique that stops genetic diseases being passed from mother to child.

During the debate, ministers said the technique was “light at the end of a dark tunnel” for families.

Proponents said th...

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Chip & skin: The office that microchips its staff [VIDEO]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


As older folks die off, younger people are going to completely embrace this eventually. (The Bible tells us it will become mandatory. Revelation 13:17)

Want to gain entry to your office, get on a bus, or perhaps buy a sandwich? We're all getting used to swiping a card to do all these things. But at Epicenter, a new hi-tech office block in Sweden, they are trying a different approach - a chip under the skin.

Felicio de Costa, whose company is one of the tenants, arrives at the front door a...

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Biometrics To Replace Passwords... Sooner Than You Think

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, January 31, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Once the territory of futuristic films, soon biometrics may just spell the end for passwords, says V3.

A new report by Visa has shown that nearly half of people aged 16 to 24 believe that passwords and PIN numbers will be old news by 2020. And 69% of those who took part in the study aged between 16 and 24 (Generation Z) believe that using biometric identification will be an easier and faster alternative to remembering passwords and PIN numbers. A large majority of them (76%) would be hap...

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Police want app ‘Waze’ to be disabled

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


A smartphone app called Waze, which allows drivers to mark where they spot police cars along roadsides, is under fire by police officers who want the app disabled.

Waze, which was bought by Google in 2013 for $966 million, is a free, social media type app which allows drivers to interact in real-time with other drivers on the road. The app currently has 50 million users in over 200 countries.

Traffic conditions are constantly updated within the app and any route detours or bad road condit...

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Harvard Prof: Government Mosquito Drones Will Extract Your DNA

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, January 25, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Harvard Professor Margo Seltzer warned that miniature mosquito drones will one day forcibly extract your DNA on behalf of the government and insurance companies as she told elitists at the World Economic Forum in Davos that privacy was dead.

Seltzer, a professor in computer science at Harvard University, told attendees, “Privacy as we knew it in the past is no longer feasible… How we conventionally think of privacy is dead.”

Seltzer went on to predict that in the near future, mosqui...

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New Police Radars Can 'See' Inside Homes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


At least 50 U.S. law enforcement agencies have secretly equipped their officers with radar devices that allow them to effectively peer through the walls of houses to see whether anyone is inside, a practice raising new concerns about the extent of government surveillance.

Those agencies, including the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service, began deploying the radar systems more than two years ago with little notice to the courts and no public disclosure of when or how they would be used. The...

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Marines Developing Super-Bullets

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The Marines are on the verge of finalizing a new super bullet for their sniper teams. The .50-caliber round is designed to be able to change direction in mid flight and steer itself on target, the Marine Corps Times reported.

The agency responsible for developing the Defense Department’s next generation, science fiction-like technology is working to bring guided bullets that can change direction mid-flight to the military’s most elite marksmen.

After successfully test firing a guided ...

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US approves new weight-loss device for obese people

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 15, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


US regulators on Wednesday approved a new kind of pacemaker-like device that aims to help people lose weight by stimulating a nerve that runs from the brain to the stomach.

The Maestro Rechargeable System is made by Minnesota-based EnteroMedics, and is the first device for weight loss approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in eight years.

Patients are surgically implanted with electrodes in the abdomen, and an externally-controlled electrical pulse generator sends signals to the ...

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The Movies That Make Most Women Cry? Here’s What They Do to Men

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 14, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The commonly accepted view is that guy-cry films — the movies that red-blooded males are allowed or even encouraged to watch with eyes full of manly tears — are all about sports and war, while women are likely to weep through a romantic movie.

But when FiveThirtyEight statisticians set out to assess the state of cinema sobbing, they found that the conventional wisdom didn’t hold up: Men and women both cried the most during romance movies.

In fact, the top three genres likely to indu...

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‘Smart’ Pacifier Tracks Tots and Takes Temperature, While Bathing Them in Radiation

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, January 9, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


Like babies, but hate the hassle of having to track their every move? Even worse is misplacing that pesky pacifier. And why’s it always like pulling teeth taking your kid’s temperature?

For years, parents have frustratingly searched for answers to these questions. Luckily, the wait is over.

Blue Maestro, a British health technology company, has dumbed-down parents covered.

Introducing the Pacif-i, a high-tech pacifier that syncs with your smart phone to make caring where your baby is a...

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Smart grid powers up privacy worries

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, January 2, 2015, In : Wierd Science News 


The next Big Data threat to our privacy may come from the electricity we consume in our homes.

“Smart” online power meters are tracking energy use — and that data may soon be worth more than the electricity they distribute.

The Department of Energy is publishing in January the final draft of a voluntary code of conduct governing data privacy for smart meters, 38 million of which have already been installed nationwide. The meters gather information about household electricity consump...

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‘Amazingly Beautiful’: See 12,500 Pictures Become One Incredible Video From Space

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Who could get starstruck gazing into deep space when the shining lights of planet Earth are so alluring?

Alexander Gerst, an astronaut who was aboard the International Space Station between May and November 2014, took some 12,500 pictures during his stint in space and turned them into one dazzling timelapse video.

From the glittering greens of the Aurora Borealis…



…to the sparkling lights of Europe’s major cities, Gerst’s photos capture unique looks at the planet we call home.



Watch...

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NSA Capable of False Flag Sony Hack Blamed on North Korea

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, December 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A presentation by a former NSA analyst revealed it’s feasible for the NSA to hack a large corporation, such as Sony Pictures, and blame it on a foreign country such as North Korea.

Charlie Miller, who spent five years exploiting foreign computers for the NSA, gave a presentation entitled Kim Jong-il and Me: How to Build A Cyber Army to Attack the U.S. in which he explained various hacking methods and how easy it was to blame an attack on another country.

His presentation largely relied ...

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Spy Drone Hacks WiFi Networks, Listens To Calls

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


It's small. It's bright yellow, and it's capable of cracking Wi-Fi passwords, eavesdropping on your cell phone calls and reading your text messages. It's an unmanned spy drone and it just landed in Washington, D.C.

Long-time friends and former Air Force buddies, Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, describe their state-of-the-art cyber drone as hard to take down, hard to see and virtually hard to detect.

They built it in a garage, using off the shelf electronics to prove a drone can be used to l...

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Nanny State Vending Machines

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, December 11, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


For nanny state authoritarians like Michelle Obama, it is a dream come true:

The Luce X2 Touch TV vending machine, which was debuted to industry professionals in Hertfordshire in October, is claimed to be the first in the world to use facial recognition technology.

The machines are able to identify and greet a user, remember a person’s preferences and even refuse to vend a certain product based on a shopper’s age, medical record, dietary requirements or purchase history.

For example, a...

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Good News If You’re Tired of Waiting Too Long for Elevators

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, December 4, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The days of waiting way too long for the elevator may soon come to an end.

A company called ThyssenKrupp Elevators is introducing the “MULTI” elevator. The company says it will limit the amount of time people will have to wait for elevators, take up less space and increase elevator capacity by up to 50 percent.

The new technology uses magnetic levitation – similar to how trains move along a track – instead of traditional elevator cables. ThyssenKrupp Elevators CEO, Andreas Schiere...

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Scientist says he is 'terrified' of geoengineering Earth

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, November 27, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A climate scientist has said he is ‘terrified’ of the futuristic technologies he is helping to develop in a bid to slow global warming.

Yesterday he admitted that despite the millions already spent on research, scientists are still decades from seeing their dreams turn into reality.

And he said they could indeed be dangerous.

The schemes could see rainfall patterns change, droughts spread across the world and the ozone layer damaged beyond repair.

‘Personally, this stuff terrifies me,...

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A Scientific Phenomenon Occurs When You Use a Plate to Create a Ripple Effect in a Pool

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A video posted online this week is gaining attention for showing a scientific phenomenon that occurs when a ripple effect is created in a swimming pool using a plate.




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Using coal, oil, and gas, THE MORAL CHOICE

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, November 24, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Review: Alex Epstein, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Penguin 
Publishing, November 2014; 248 pages; ISBN-10: 1591847443, 
ISBN-13: 978-1591847441, $20.89 on Amazon.

                               

In his new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Alex Epstein makes one of the most compelling arguments for the moral value of fossil fuels and the need to increase their use I have ever read.
Check it out:

Epstein is an ethical humanist; for him, the well-being of human life is the standard of ...

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Millions Of Voiceprints Being Collected By Governments, Corporations

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, November 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Over the telephone, in jail and online, a new digital bounty is being harvested: the human voice.

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.

"We sometimes call it the invisible biometric," said Mike Goldgof, an executive at Madrid-based AGNITiO, one of about 10 leading companies in the field.

Those companies have helped enter more than 65 million voiceprints...

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An Airport Screening Method That Is 20 Times More Effective at Catching Deception

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 7, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Technology and pat-downs aside, airport security employs other screening methods to detect potentially dangerous travelers. A new study found one method is over 20 times more effective than others at spotting deceptive people.

What does it involve? Having a simple conversation.

Experiments led by British researchers over eight months at several international airports found that talking to travelers and asking them simple questions is better than just evaluating their body language.

“The ...

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Gravity. It Isn't Just a Good Idea. It's the Law. [VIDEO]

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A video recently posted online shows what happens when a bowling ball and feather are dropped in a room that has been vacuumed entirely free of air.

Naturally, under normal conditions, a bowling ball crashes to the ground at a much faster speed than a group of feathers — as demonstrated by the BBC’s Brian Cox, who visited NASA’s Space Power Facility in Ohio.

“Now in this case, the feathers fell to the ground at a slower rate than the bowling ball, because of air resistance,” Cox...

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‘Swarms of Cooperative, Autonomous’ Robots To Hit Battlefields

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Swarms of highly intelligent militarized robots are predicted to hit the battlefield in the near future and could spark a modern day arms race, according to a report released Monday by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

Teams of interconnected robots will change the way America and other countries fight their wars, providing them with more range and the ability to conduct “suicidal missions” without risk to living humans, according to the report, entitled, “Robotics on ...

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ATLAS robot gets closer to walking like a human

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 25, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 




hen Boston Dynamics first revealed their ATLAS robot on July 11, 2013, the bipedal humanoid robot was a clunky, slow moving contraption tethered to a jumble of cords that performed a variety of controlled tasks awkwardly. Still, we were all impressed by the ATLAS robot’s humanlike legs and frame that no doubt offered a tantalizing glimpse into the near future of robotics.

Fast forward a year, and with help from the Florida Institute for Human & Machine Cognition (IHMC), the ATLAS robot...

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Real Books are Better for You than E-Books

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 25, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


It turns out that those of us who believe reading real books is inherently better than reading e-books are right. This is the finding of a recent study conducted by Anne Mangen of Norway’s Stavanger University. According to this study, “the tactile feedback of a Kindle does not provide the same support for mental reconstruction of a story as a print pocketbook does.” If this column sounds like an old rooster crowing I told you so, bear with me. Mangen’s study revealed some infor...
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Interpol Plans to Launch Global Anti-Terror Facial Recognition System in 2015

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 24, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Interpol, a non-governmental organization promoting international cooperation between law enforcement agencies, hosted a conference on October 14 and 15 at which experts on facial recognition technology were invited to plan the development of a global facial recognition system. The system, which would allow police worldwide to share biometric data and compare faces captured on video cameras with a single global list of photos, is slated for launch in 2015. Interpol officials hope that i...
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Scientists: Ebola Can Spread By Air In Cold Weather

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 23, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Ebola can spread by air in cold, dry weather common to the U.S. but not West Africa, presenting a “possible, serious threat” to the public, according to two studies by U.S. Army scientists.

After successfully exposing monkeys to airborne Ebola, which “caused a rapidly fatal disease in 4-5 days,” scientists with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) concluded Ebola can spread through air but likely hasn’t in Equatorial Africa because the regi...

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Ohio Inmate Becomes First in the State Diagnosed With Leprosy

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 18, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
An Ohio prison inmate recently diagnosed with leprosy is the first such case in the entire history of the state.

Officials said the inmate is a native of Micronesia in the south Pacific Ocean and likely contracted the disease there, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. It can take up to 20 years after infection for a person to show any of the symptoms.

The inmate, whose name officials have not released, was being held at the correctional institution in Chillicothe and has been admitted to...

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First GMO Mosquitoes: Now Oxitec Wants To Release GMO Moths In New York

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, October 5, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Will the crazy GMO-creations ever come to a halt? Are our crops not enough for biotech? GM mosquitoes developed by Oxitec, a UK company, were already released in other countries as a means to control disease. The company is also trying to release them in the Florida Keys, while working to release GM olive flies in Spain. But it gets even more bizarre – now Oxitec wants to release GM moths in New York.

GeneWatch UK has been following Oxitec’s moves and has noted that the company’s G...

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Global Warming Alarmists Decide to De-Emphasize Temperatures Because They’re Not Rising

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 4, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


From Reuters: “A temperature goal set by almost 200 governments as the limit for global warming is a poor guide to the planet’s health and should be ditched.” This is a new study from professors at the University of California, San Diego. They say that environmentalists need to give up on the UN’s temperature goals as the mission for the global warming movement. And why? Because they’re not rising. The temperatures aren’t going up, so they need to find some other objective, ...
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U.S. State Dept Orders 160,000 Ebola Hazmat Suits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 3, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Oh goodie. Seems that the State Department has a bit of an idea of what is coming.
Check it out:

The U.S. State Department has ordered 160,000 Hazmat suits for Ebola, prompting concerns that the federal government is anticipating the rapid spread of a virus that has already claimed an unprecedented number of lives.

In a press release posted by Market Watch, Lakeland Industries, a manufacturer of industrial protective clothing for first responders, announced that it had signaled its intenti...

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Ebola in America – The Deadly Implications

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 2, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


So, Ebola has finally arrived. I’m not surprised, and you probably aren’t, either. But, there are a few things that you might not be aware of.

For instance, you might not know that:

Ebola is MORE contagious in colder climates, in the winter -than in areas where the outbreak occurred.
It is AT LEAST as contagious as Influenza A.
It takes an amazingly small amount of the Ebola virus to infect you.
They’ve been lying to you about this virus.
Oh, and one more thing…

…they’re doing it o...

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SADISTS, PSYCHOPATHS FIND NEW HOME ONLINE

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Have violent sexual offenders and serial killers found a non-violent outlet for their psychopathy?

A recent study suggests that Internet trolls could be the same type of people who, before the Internet age, would have taken their aggression out in a way that is physically violent and harmful to others.

“In Internet slang, a troll is a person who sows discord on the Internet by starting arguments or upsetting people, by posting inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online...

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Pharmaceutical Giant Dumps Live Polio Virus into Belgian Water

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, September 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Employees with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) dumped more than 45 liters of concentrated live polio into the water at a Belgian treatment plant earlier this month according to a statement from health officials.

A press release from the Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment in Belgium stated that “human error” resulted in the live virus making its way into the Lasne and Dyle rivers in Rixensart on Sept. 2.

“The liquid was rejected, accordi...

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Coming Soon: Police Detection Gun That Can Tell If You're Texting

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


If you’re driving down the road in the future and you see a cop pointing what appears to be a radar gun your way, stepping on the brake to slow down might not help you out, because speeding might not be what he’s looking for.

A Virginia-based company is developing a detection gun that can tell if a person in the vehicle is texting.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, ComSonics is creating a device that picks up on radio frequencies that come from a cellphone being used inside the car. M...

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Are Bio-Martyrs Crossing Our Southern Border?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The porous United States Southern border and the Ebola outbreak of recent weeks may be creating a “perfect storm” of sorts for Islamic Jihadist terrorists as they seek to strike fear into the hearts of American’s. According to a recent Homeland Security Today article, terrorists may be using the soft southern US border as an entrance for Ebola infected martyrs attempting to transmit the disease to unsuspecting victims here in the US.

Sounds like something out of a Hollywood screenp...

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‘Genetically Modified Micro Humans’ to be ‘Farmed’ for Drug Testing by 2017

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, September 13, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Developers of artificial micro-humans, or ‘mini GM humans,’ are hoping to release their technology on the market by 2017.

No this isn’t a sci-fi joke. Scientists are developing artificial humans in the same vein as GM plants with the hope that these creations will replace the need for using animals in laboratory testing.

Artificial humans will be ‘farmed’ with interacting organs that can be used in drug tests, speeding up the process of FDA and other government regulatory approv...

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NEW POLICE “COMPLIANCE WEAPON” BLINDS TARGETS

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A firm that provides non-lethal equipment to law enforcement is set to release a new “compliance weapon” that temporarily blinds targets for up to 15 minutes, amidst a national conversation about the militarization of police in the aftermath of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.

Shield Defense Systems, LLC, a company based in Reno, Nevada, is currently developing the Z-RO “retinal obfuscation” gun. According to the firm’s website, the weapon, “Obstructs the target’s vision tempo...

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Amazing Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea (video)

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, September 7, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Incredible footage posted online captured Papua New Guinea’s Tavurvur Volcano eruption — in addition to the ensuing sonic boom.

The video, posted to Facebook earlier this week, shows several individuals nearby on a boat react in shock when they see ash spew into the sky.

Then the apparent cameraman makes a keen observation, warning others to “watch out for the aftershock” because “it’s coming.”

Moments later, a sonic boom ripples through the area, making an extremely loud ban...

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Discovery Reveals Half of Viking Warrior Corpses were Women

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 5, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Shieldmaidens are not a myth! A recent archaeological discovery has shattered the stereotype of exclusively male Viking warriors sailing out to war while their long-suffering wives wait at home with baby Vikings. (We knew it! We always knew it.)

Plus, some other findings are challenging that whole “rape and pillage” thing, too.

Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains.

Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as...

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Summer Ice Cap in Arctic Grows Very Large, Despite Al Gore’s Predictions

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, September 2, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


And yet there is an international initiative on ‘Climate Change’ that Obama is helping to pass.

The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’

Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.

But seven years after his warning, far from vanishing, the Arct...

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Scientists Solve the Mystery of Death Valley’s ‘Wandering Stones’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 29, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


For more than 50 years, scientists have puzzled over rocks that seemed to move across the dry landscape of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. They could see their trails but only speculated how they might have moved from point A to point B, not seeing one actually in the act of transit.

Until now.



Researchers recently recorded the first observation of the rocks moving using GPS and time-lapsed cameras.

Initially, Ralph Lorenz with Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Labora...

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Federal government spends 1 million to track hate speech on twitter

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The federal government is spending nearly $1 million to create an online database that will track “misinformation” and hate speech on Twitter.

The National Science Foundation is financing the creation of a web service that will monitor “suspicious memes” and what it considers “false and misleading ideas,” with a major focus on political activity online.

The “Truthy” database, created by researchers at Indiana University, is designed to “detect political smears, astroturf...

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Main Ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, Patented as an Antibiotic, Destroying GI Tract

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 22, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


“Negative impact on the body is insidious and manifests slowly over time”



A global threat? A slight nuisance? Whatever you decide to call it, the U.S. government gave Monsanto a patent for the main ingredient in toxic RoundUp, glyphosate, in 2010. It has been killing a wide range of pathogenic organisms (including the healthy bacteria we need to fight super bugs) even since it first came into use in 1974.

Monsanto will tell you that:

    “Roundup® brand herbicides continue to be a p...

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What is a Faraday Cage? Simple EMP protection at home:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Have you heard how a Faraday cage is something that can protect critical electronics from an EMP (electro magnetic pulse) attack…

But still aren’t quite sure what a Faraday cage is?

Here’s a simple video that explains it for you.








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China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads.

The latest test of the new hypersonic glide vehicle (HGV) known as Wu-14 took place Aug. 7 at a missile facility in western China, said U.S. government officials familiar with details of the test reported in internal channels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Jeffrey Pool ...

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Ferguson Police Have Body Cameras… But Don’t Wear Them

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Recent events such as the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, have attracted a multitude of criticism. One thing the public questions is how this shooting could have been avoided, and if the newly popular body-mounted cameras worn by police officers would have made a difference.

While Ferguson police claim that Wilson “fired only after Brown tried to grab his gun,” eyewitnesses maintain, “Brown’s hands were raised when...

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Boston PD Tested Facial Recognition Software By Recording Every Face At Local Music Festivals

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Concertgoers at last year’s annual Boston Calling music festivals weren’t just there to watch the show — they were watched themselves as test subjects for Boston police’ new facial recognition technology, which reportedly analyzed every attendee at the May and September two-day events.

Employees at IBM — the outside contractor involved in deploying the tech alongside Boston Police — planned the test of its Smart Surveillance System and Intelligent Video Analytics to execute ...

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Scientists build 'army' of robots capable of swarming into 3D formations (+video)

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, August 18, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


In the past, building a giant robot swarm was out of the question for researchers because of the time and money it would cost to develop each bot, Rubenstein said. But at $14 apiece, the Kilobots are a bargain.

Like an army of miniature robots with a highly effective drill sergeant, 1,024 coin-size machines can race into meticulous formation to create three-dimensional shapes.

Researchers at Harvard University have successfully built a huge horde of tiny bots that use infrared lights and...

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Google's Satellites Could Soon See Your Face From Space

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
by Elyse Wanshel



Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How?

Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest satellite company in North America, DigitalGlobe, the US government relaxed restrictions to allow for commercially available satellite imagery up to 25 cm resolution—twice as detailed as the previous limit of 50 cm.

Now, the first commercial satellite set to capture these high-res images, DigitalGlobe's Worldview-3, wil...

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Private sector steps up to protect US power grid as feds stall

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 14, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINGTON — A persistent failure by federal lawmakers to protect the nation’s electric grid from attack isn’t stopping private sector efforts to prevent damage from a nuclear blast.

An Obama administration initiative to spend $7 billion on the development of the electric grid in six African nations, as Watchdog reported, earned a stern rebuke from a security expert concerned about the administration’s priorities.

But state level efforts are under way to protect the grid against s...

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Shopper Tracking Device Embedded in Store Mannequins

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Several large retailers in the United Kingdom have begun testing a new type of mannequin that sends digital alerts to shoppers’ cell phones as they walk past.

Created by tech developer Iconeme, the mannequins deliver detailed messages about a store’s merchandise to customers who download the accompanying app.

“Mannequins in the shop window or within the store environment communicate with a customers smartphones via an app,” Iconeme says. “When the customer walks past visual merc...

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MIT Develops Tech to Record Conversations Using Inanimate Objects

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Lead author Abe Davis and his team demonstrated that movements in objects like chip packets or pot plants could be recorded by video cameras and then turned back into audible sound, including words, even when the camera is outside the room where the conversation is taking place.

“Using only a video of the object and suitable processing algorithm we can extract these minute vibrations and partially recover the sounds that produced them letting us turn everyday objects into visual microp...

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UN and Feds Plan to Fight Ebola With Tyranny

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 7, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


There are plenty of ways to protect public health without resorting to tyranny. Securing the Southern border would be a good first step

With estimates suggesting more than 800 people have died from the ongoing Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa, concerns are spreading in the United States about how federal and state authorities would react if — or when — a life-threatening virus such as Ebola begins spreading domestically. Global responses to the outbreak are also stirring fe...

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America's Ebola response is 'madness'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, August 4, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The madness of Ebola is only matched by the madness of America.

Let’s start with common sense. If a member of your family has the viral illness known as the common cold, what do you normally do? Well, you try to avoid contact with that person. Certainly, you want to avoid them sneezing on you or the droplets from their cough spreading anywhere in the house.

You both isolate and avoid an infected patient. Well, Ebola is a viral illness. Common sense would dictate you isolate and avoid co...

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Scientist fired for making dinosaur discovery

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, August 3, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A team of attorneys is jumping to the defense of a scientist who was fired after making the stunning discovery of soft tissue attached to a triceratops skeleton, undermining the belief that dinosaurs roamed earth no less than 60 million years ago.

The Pacific Justice Institute said its case on behalf of Mark Armitage alleges a university official where Mark Armitage worked shouted at him, “We are not going to tolerate your religion in this department!”

The suit against California Stat...

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DARPA Wants New Technology to Predict “Societal Unrest”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 26, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


U.S. Defense Department looks to track "all human activities that can be measured"

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is soliciting companies to provide new technology that would allow the U.S. Department of Defense to predict future “societal unrest” by keeping track of “all human activities that can be measured.”

A solicitation posted on FedBizOpps outlines DARPA’s intent to fund research and development of “game-changing technologies” that will “provi...

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Campaign: 1950s nuke-survival skills needed now

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


When the Soviet Union was rattling its nuclear missiles and issuing not-so-veiled threats to the free world, students in American schools trained to hide under their desks at the sound of a siren.

Families built bomb shelters in their back yards, some of which still exist.

And who can forget when Soviet Premier Nikita Khruschev pounded a shoe on the U.N. podium and declared, “We will bury you!”

Actually, his son, Sergei, who later moved to the United States, recalled that his father’...

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20 Signs The Drought In The Western United States Is Starting To Become Apocalyptic

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 18, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 




When scientists start using phrases such as "the worst drought" and "as bad as you can imagine" to describe what is going on in the western half of the country, you know that things are bad. Thanks to an epic drought that never seems to end, we are witnessing the beginning of a water crisis that most people never even dreamed was possible in this day and age.

The state of California is getting ready to ban people from watering their lawns and washing their cars, but if this drought pers...

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Microchip Implants For Medical Purposes Could Be Trojan Horse To Expanded Uses

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


For those who still think that microchip implants are something that will become commonplace or gain traction in perhaps many years to come, think again: people are now currently queuing up voluntarily to be injected with a microchip in their arm. ABC news recently reported that the 5 million or so U.S residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease are the current prime target for the microchips, being implanted in the name of keeping Alzheimer’s patients safe, as well as allowing qui...
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The Bleeding Edge of Technology: ‘Biohackers’ Embed Computer Chips in their Bodies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 13, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Editor’s Note: Apparently getting a computer chip embedded in you is all the rage now. Is this the government trying to make this sound cool, so other people will voluntarily “hack” themselves? Or are these people that daft?

In tattoo parlors and basements around the world, people are turning themselves into cyborgs by embedding magnets and computer chips directly into their bodies.

They call themselves biohackers, cyborgs and grinders. With each piece of technology they put beneath...

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HEY, AL GORE: Summer Temps to Dip 10-30 Degrees As Cold Air Moves In

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 12, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The polar vortex part two is headed our way again – please warn Al Gore. In the peak of the summer, temps will be dropping 10-30 degrees below the average. See below via The Daily Mail…

A nasty polar vortex that wreaked havoc on the east coast in January is making a shock return next week – though don’t pull out your puffer coat just yet.

Unseasonably chilly air is headed for parts of the northern and northeastern U.S. where residents have been sweltering in 90 degree weather this...

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Not The Gingers! Global Warming To Wipe Out Red Heads, Say Climate Crazies

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Global warming is a strange, inexorable force determined to take away our sandy beaches, our ski resorts, our air conditioning and everything good in life. That’s what well-paid people who fly around the world in huge jet airplanes keep threatening.

And, wouldn’t you know it, now scientists are claiming that redheads may be wiped out from Scotland as the northern third of the island of Great Britain becomes sunnier as a result of climate change.

The theory goes that red hair is an evo...

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Most people keen to share biometric data for smoother travel

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A study of people’s attitudes to the use of biometric identification for travellers has revealed that 89% of citizens are willing to provide details such as fingerprints.

The huge backing comes despite the fact that 69% of the 3,000 people questioned have not yet shared biometric data.

The survey of people in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Japan and the US was carried out by Accenture.

Over half (62%) of citizens in the six countries said they were willing to share biometric informa...

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By 2045 'The Top Species Will No Longer Be Humans,' And That Could Be A Problem

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 7, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


"Today there's no legislation regarding how much intelligence a machine can have, how interconnected it can be. If that continues, look at the exponential trend. We will reach the singularity in the timeframe most experts predict. From that point on you're going to see that the top species will no longer be humans, but machines."

These are the words of Louis Del Monte, physicist, entrepreneur, and author of "The Artificial Intelligence Revolution." Del Monte spoke about his thoughts surr...

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Asian Tiger Mosquito Invades US - Threatens Chikungunya Fever Outbreak

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, July 6, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Chikungunya fever and the Asian tiger mosquito: two names you may not know, but which could soon threaten your health.

In Swahili, “chikungunya” it means “walking bent over,” referring to the fact that those who contract the disease often have trouble walking due to headaches, rashes, fevers and, most of all, paralyzing joint pain.

Before late last year, the disease was concentrated in Africa and Asia, but now it threatens American shores as a mosquito that carries it, the Asian t...

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Apollo Astronaut: Climate Alarmism Is the ‘Biggest Fraud in the Field of Science

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 5, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Climate alarmism is "the biggest fraud in the field of science" and the 97% consensus claim is nonsensical, Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham tells MRCTV in a preview of his presentation at the upcoming Heartland Institute climate conference, July 7-9.

"Since about 2000, I looked farther and farther into it," Col. Cunningham (USMC, Ret.) tells MRCTV in an exclusive interview. "I found that not one of the claims that the alarmists were making out there had any bearings, whatsoever. And...

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Hospitals Spy on Your Purchases to Spot Bad Habits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 27, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


You may soon get a call from your doctor if you’ve let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of picking up candy bars at the check-out counter or begin shopping at plus-sized stores.

That’s because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do.

Information compiled by data brokers from public records and credit card transactions ca...

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‘Kill Switch’- New power could be used to stifle dissent

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Google and Microsoft have agreed to include kill switches in all new Android and Windows phones at the behest of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a measure aimed at combating theft but one which will also raise alarm bells for privacy-oriented libertarians.

“Google, based in Mountain View, California, said in a statement today it will add a “factory reset protection solution” to its next version of Android,” reports Bloomberg. “Microsoft’s Vice President for U.S. ...

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Google - The Hidden Superpower

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Remember back in the good old days, when Google was just a search engine? Those days are long gone now, and it doesn't look like they're ever coming back.

It was always at least a little unnerving, realizing how good Google's search algorithms were. It was like they knew you. The search results have always been right on target, but they're improving all the time, and as they do, it's just scary. It's as if those giant server farms used by the search engine could anticipate exactly what ...

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‘Fountains of the Great Deep’ Discovered? Scientists Find Huge Underground Ocean

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Geophysicists say they have discovered an immense water reservoir deep below the Earth’s surface—a find which Christian scientists say could be an affirmation of a verse in the biblical Great Flood account.

On Thursday, researchers with Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico announced the discovery of a vast underground ocean several miles beneath the Earth’s surface. Though the scientists cannot immediately verify their claims, they remain confident about their c...

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“Riot Control” Drone To Shoot Pepper Spray Bullets At Protesters

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A drone that is capable of firing 4000 rounds of pepper spray and paint balls, as well as employing “blinding lasers” and loudspeakers to deter protesters has been developed and sold to an undisclosed company following a demonstration at a trade show in London.

Reports indicate that an undisclosed mining company in South Africa has purchased 25 of the “Skunk riot control copter” devices developed by military surveillance and communications contractor Desert Wolf.

The company’s w...

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Obama administration tells local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 14, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are using to sweep up basic cellphone data from entire neighborhoods, The Associated Press has learned.

Citing security reasons, the U.S. has intervened in routine state public records cases and criminal trials regarding use of the technology. This has resulted in police departments withholding materials or heavily censoring documents in rare instances when they disc...

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Study: HIV Vaccine Actually Increases the Risk of HIV

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 3, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Many vaccines are known to bring on the disease they are meant to cure

A new study shows that an experimental vaccine manufactured by Merck actually increased the risk of contracting HIV infection in recipients.





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Is This the End of the Internet As We Know It?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 2, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Thousands of paedophiles have rushed to use a new form from Google giving them the 'right to be forgotten' which lets people apply to get themselves removed from search results.

The changes come after a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice that people have the 'right to be forgotten' - so they can have Google search results removed if they tarnish their reputation.

Over 12,000 people across Europe have used the form since Google launched the online form yesterday morning.

If t...

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Racist Elephants

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 30, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
Excerpt by Neal Boortz



We’re going to talk about elephants. Not the GOP kind of elephant, but actual big-eared lumbering wild African elephants (loxodonta Africana) living in Africa, as African elephants are predisposed to do.

These particular elephants are living in the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, where they have been the subjects of some rather extensive studies by people who extensively study elephants. I learned of the results of these studies reading an article by Virginia Mor...

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Possibilities of ‘Solar Roadways’ Are Pretty Exciting, Even If You Don’t Buy Into Climate Change

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, May 25, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


If you haven’t heard about “Solar Roadways” and all the possibilities that the emerging technology comes with, this viral video from the guys behind the initiative is a good place to start. The video had more than 1.3 million views as of Friday afternoon:



There is currently a crowdfunding campaign underway to help pay for the development. The website describes what Solar Roadways can do:

    Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of...

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Morning After Abortion Pill Now Available On Amazon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 24, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Is this really something that we want out there for anyone to be able to get?



A controversial morning after pill known as Plan B, once a prescription, behind-the-counter contraceptive, is now being sold freely on the widely popular online marketplace Amazon, bringing the option to abort an unborn embryo right to people’s doorsteps.

Multiple listings have cropped up on the retail giant’s digital shelves, with prices starting at just $16.90 plus shipping, but increasing the drug’s ava...

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Google Wants To Display Targeted Ads On Your Refrigerator

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 22, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Google plans to use “smart” devices, such as refrigerators and thermostats connected to the Internet, to serve targeted advertisements to users in the near future, according to its recent filing with the Security Exchange Commission.

In the filing, the multinational tech company refused to disclose how much money it makes from displaying ads on mobile devices because Google expects “the definition of ‘mobile’ to continue to evolve as more and more ‘smart’ devices gain tract...

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Desalination Could Be the Solution to California's Drought

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


One of the drawbacks of desalination is the enormous amount of energy it takes to turn salt water into fresh water. A potential solution has launched in the dry heat of California’s Central Valley, where a pilot project is using solar energy to operate a new kind of desal system.

In San Joaquin Valley’s Panoche water and drainage district, where the experimental solar desalination project is based, the water is brackish—less salty than the ocean, but still too salty to be easily us...

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Best and worst companies for Internet privacy

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A consumer organization concludes that when it comes to protecting customer information from government requests, Snapchat has a dismal record of failure, and Comcast, AT&T and Amazon aren’t far behind.

The report by the Electronic Frontier Foundation,”Who Has Your Back,”  surveyed major Web companies from Adobe to Yahoo regarding their policies and practices regarding the personal information of customers.

The report examines how 26 of the top technology companies handle customer p...

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CLIMATE CHANGE: Jupiter’s Giant Red Spot Getting Smaller

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 17, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


How will we fix this? We need a big government solution!

Jupiter’s trademark Great Red Spot — a swirling anti-cyclonic storm larger than Earth — has shrunk to its smallest size ever measured.

According to Amy Simon of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope observations confirm the Great Red Spot now is approximately 10,250 miles across. Astronomers have followed this downsizing since the 1930s.

Historic observations as far back...

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Environmentalists want cigarette filters banned

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 16, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Guess they just want everyone smoking pot.
Check it out:

Ban cigarette filters. Start a deposit-return scheme for used butts. Hold manufacturers responsible for clean-ups. Place warnings on packets about the impact of simply flicking one’s used cigarettes away.

These are among the policy measures that Thomas Novotny of the San Diego State University in the US and Elli Slaughter advocate to curb the environmental harm done through the large-scale littering of cigarette butts, packaging an...

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Scientists: Robots Could be Programmed to Kill You ‘For the Greater Good’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


As the United Nations debates legislation that could outlaw ‘killer robots’, scientists predict that artificially intelligent systems could one day decide to kill humans “for the greater good.”

In an article for Popular Science, Erik Sofge outlines a scenario whereby robot cars would decide to sacrifice their human owner in order to prevent a collision that could kill more people.

    A front tire blows, and your autonomous SUV swerves. But rather than veering left, into the oppos...

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Obama: Americans are ‘literally destroying the Earth’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


It’s all about government control.

A new report from the White House on Tuesday explains how Americans “literally are destroying the Earth,” according to a critic, and lists threats ranging from longer growing seasons and carbon dioxide to rising ocean levels and less ice in the Arctic.

Or is that more ice?

Whatever.

Because meteorologist Brian Sussman, who authored “Climategate: A Veteran Meteorologist Exposes the Global Warming Scam,” said the agenda, and the report, are not nec...

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'Predictive Policing' is Already Here

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 3, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Predicting crime before it happens, is it possible? If the possibility exists, then how is it accomplished?



“Pre-crime” and “predictive policing”, monikers for forecasting criminal behavior and future crimes, are growing techniques being used more frequently by cities, states and national law enforcement agencies.

Advanced technologies are being enlisted in the predictive policing law enforcement arena, with the purpose being “to identify people who are a risk to the state down ...

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Simple trick allows you to see clearly without glasses

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


A new video posted on a popular YouTube channel provides individuals with bad vision a simple trick allowing them to see clearly without glasses.

According to Minute Physics, those with poor vision can sharpen their eyesight by simply creating a tiny hole with their fingers and looking through it.




Individuals who watched the video and gave the trick a try were in awe.

“I am very nearsighted, and I could read the text on my book across the room. Incredible!” one user commented on YouT...

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The Mark: Scientist Claims Human Microchip Implants Will Become “Not Optional”

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 28, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Americans currently rely on the same nine-digit password for everything from loans to taxes: Social Security numbers. This convenience also translates into opportunity for fraudsters. A recent data breach at one of the three major credit bureaus (Experian) exposed the identification digits of more than 200 million Americans. Market Watch.com in its recent report on the subject, stated that to combat such crimes, experts say government agencies have begun to consider alternatives, includ...
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Psychiatrists now say non-conformity is a mental illness: only the sheeple are 'sane'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 27, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Modern psychiatry has become a hotbed of corruption, particularly the kind that seeks to demonize and declare mentally ill anyone who deviates from what is regarded as the norm. This is abundantly evident in the latest installment of the industry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, which dubs people who do not conform to what those in charge declare to be normal as mentally insane.



The so-called "condition" for why a person might choose to resist conformity h...

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NASA has a new mission. Warbots.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 24, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


NASA's new mission looks like sci-fi horror.

Thanks to Barack Obama, NASA has pretty much terminated space exploration.

So the agency is now developing a disturbing new technology you may have seen in some of the most popular films ever.

While the federal government’s increased use and advocacy of drones over U.S. skies is widely known, its promotion of another technological advancement has received less attention: the accelerated deployment of “humanoid robots” into American society...
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The Desert Tortoise Greatly Benefits from Bundy’s Cattle Grazing

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 17, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
By Adan Salazar



The Bureau of Land Management’s ongoing dispute with cattle rancher Cliven Bundy has supposedly been waged over unpaid grazing fees. Bundy’s cattle is said to have grazed in protected areas regulated to preserve endangered species, chiefly the desert tortoise.

Later we learned the BLM had actually been euthanizing scores of endangered tortoises, as well as releasing some into the wild, in advance of closing the doors to the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, which th...

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Pot Vending Machine to Debut

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Didn’t we do away with tobacco machines like this? Seems that kids would be able to get easy access.
Check it out:

A Colorado company has introduced the first-ever marijuana vending machine, which will soon be put to use at a dispensary in Eagle-Vail, Colo.

The so-called Zazz machine was produced by Stephen Shearin’s company, American Green, and was delivered to the Herbal Elements dispensary Friday.

The dispensary debuted the machine to the public outside Montana’s Smokehouse barbecu...

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Old enough to remember the Sony Walkman?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The once-ubiquitous portable cassette player turns 35 on July 1. Introduced in 1979, Sony did not know if the Walkman was going to be a hit, barely selling 3,000 at first. That number ultimately grew to more than 200 million sold over the Walkman’s lifetime.

The success of the Walkman eventually succumbed to the inevitable change in portable music technology. Cassette tapes were replaced by CDs, which were ultimately made obsolete by digital audio players like the iPod.

The award-winnin...

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Internet users told to change ALL passwords in wake of ‘catastrophic’ security bug

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 11, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


After the discovery this week of a massive security flaw in the open source software used to secure and encrypt a vast portion of internet communications, major tech firms are urging users across the Web to change the passwords on all of their accounts.

Dubbed the “Heartbleed” bug by the researchers responsible for uncovering it, the widespread security hole allows hackers to steal code from websites and online services which reveal the most sensitive of user information — includin...

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Farts Caused By Eating Baked Beans Responsible For Global Warming

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 10, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


How do stupid people get in positions of power to make such idiotic statements?
Check it out:

People should eat fewer baked beans to reduce flatulence which can contribute to global warming, a minister suggested today.

Fears were raised about the impact of ‘smelly emissions’ caused by Brits eating more beans than any other country in the world.

Climate change minister Lady Verma said it was an ‘important’ issue and urged the public to ‘moderate our behaviour’.

Concerns have previ...

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Newly Found Megalithic Ruins In Russia Contain The Largest Blocks Of Stone Ever Discovered

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Alternate history buffs are about to be whipped into a frenzy!

An ancient “super-megalithic” site has been found in the Siberian Mountains.  Found recently in Gornaya Shoria (Mount Shoria) in southern Siberia, this site consists of huge blocks of stone, which appear to be granite, with flat surfaces, right angles, and sharp corners.  The blocks appear to be stacked, almost in the manner of cyclopean masonry, and well…they’re enormous!



Russia is no stranger to mysterious ancient s...

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First-Ever Asteroid With Rings Knocks Astronomers for a Loop

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 27, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


When astronomers got a rare look at an asteroid passing in front of a distant star last year, they discovered something rarer still: the first asteroid with rings.

Telltale variations in light show that the space rock, known as Chariklo, has two dense, narrow rings. That makes it only the fifth ringed world known to exist in the solar system, after Saturn, Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune.

"We weren't looking for a ring and didn't think small bodies like Chariklo had them at all, so the discov...

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Gamers Beware - You are Being Watched Inside And Outside The Game

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 15, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Unfocused, mass surveillance of citizens by their government, until last year, most of us would have thought this improbable. However, since Edward Snowden leaked classified government surveillance documents last year, reports keep surfacing revealing the extent to which governments have used technological advances to spy on ordinary citizens.

A surveillance initiative dubbed Optic Nerve, intercepted and filed away Yahoo webcam images of millions of online users, between 2008 to 2010, ac...
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The Lights Are Watching

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, March 1, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Are the lights that illumine your room or current location, doing more than just providing light? Could it be that the lights are also watching you? It would seem that LED light fixtures are now emerging as the latest tools in spying and investigation.

Judy Molland, in a recent article for care2.com describes the light-emitting diode (LED) as one of today's most energy-efficient and rapidly-developing lighting technologies. Quality LED light bulbs last longer, are more durable, and offer...

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Alien-seeking space observatory to hover between Earth and sun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, February 24, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The search for alien worlds has received an unprecedented burst of energy, with the European Space Agency's (ESA) vote this week to fund a 34-telescope observatory that will scan the sky for habitable planets, from a fixed spot between Earth and the sun. 

The new PLATO mission (Planetary Transits and Oscillations of Stars) projects a 2024 launch of the observatory, which will seek out the Earth-like planets believed to orbit neighboring stars, as part of ESA's Cosmic Vision program.

“P...

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Real-life Iron Man armor to be ready by June

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 




In an attempt by fact to imitate fiction, the US military’s “Iron Man” armor will take an important step towards reality in June, when multiple prototypes will be revealed and tested.

According to a report by Defense Tech, Navy Admiral William McRaven said three prototypes of the TALOS – Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit – are currently being put together in the hopes that they’ll be ready for testing this summer.

If everything goes according to schedule, McRaven said the ...

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How much weather is being caused by climate change? Maybe 1 part in 1,000.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, February 17, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
By Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D.



In another silly pseudo-science rambling, the President’s science advisor, John Holdren, has recently stated, “Weather practically everywhere is being caused by climate change.”

Drought in California. Record snows in the East. It’s tempting for many to blame it all on our use of fossil fuels.

What Causes Weather?
Let’s start with the basics. Weather is caused by energy imbalances, primarily (1) between the solar heated surface of the Earth and the atmosph...

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Report: 95 percent of global warming models are wrong

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Environmentalists and Democrats often cite a “97 percent” consensus among climate scientists about global warming. But they never cite estimates that 95 percent of climate models predicting global temperature rises have been wrong.

Former NASA scientist Dr. Roy Spencer says that climate models used by government agencies to create policies “have failed miserably.” Spencer analyzed 90 climate models against surface temperature and satellite temperature data, and found that more th...

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Watch ’007′ the Crow Effortlessly Solve an 8-Step, Complex Puzzle

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 




Doubt a crow’s intelligence? You won’t after seeing this sneak peek for a new “Inside the Animal Mind” BBC special.

The clip, just over  three minutes in length, shows a crow — dubbed “007″ — easily solve a complex, eight-step problem to earn a snack. Posted to the BBC’s YouTube channel just last week, the clip has gone viral, sitting at just under 700,000 views at the time of publication.

Individuals commenting on YouTube appear stunned that the animal is so effortlessl...

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Is the future of auto safety a personal privacy issue?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINGTON (AP) — Your car might see a deadly crash coming even if you don't, the government says, indicating it will require automakers to equip new vehicles with technology that lets cars warn each other if they're plunging toward peril.

The action, still some years off, has "game-changing potential" to cut collisions, deaths and injuries, federal transportation officials said at a news conference on Monday.

A radio signal would continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, spee...

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FAA halts beer deliveries via drone to Minnesota ice fisherman

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Disappointed customers and supporters of the brewery launched a White House petition drive but after an initial flurry of online signatures the effort has stalled about 99,000 names short of the 100,000 minimum required for presidential review.
Check it out:

It’s apparently a hazard faced by ice fisherman — running out of beer while hunkered down on the ice. So it must have been a godsend when Minnesota’s Lakemaid Brewery devised an ingenious solution — using a six-rotor drone to ...

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VIDEO: Edge-of-Space Jump From a Perspective You Haven’t Seen Yet: His

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, February 2, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


You might remember Felix Baugartner, the crazy daredevil who jumped from the “edge of space” back in 2012. Though the historic jump from Earth’s stratosphere was almost a year and a half ago, new footage was just released.

It shows a perspective not yet seen before in its entirety: his.




Take a vicarious leap from the outer edges of Earth’s atmosphere just by watching Baumgartner’s point-of-view footage (Note: skip to two minutes in to get to the action):




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Scientists reveal implantable battery that can charge from the movement of our organs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 30, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Forget carrying around a charger - you next mobile could be powered by the beating of your heart, researchers have revealed.

A team of US and Chinese researchers has revealed a tiny implantable battery they have used to power a pacemaker.

It converts the constant movement of organs such as the heart, lungs and diaphragm into energy.

In the future, they say, it could be used to power a wide range of gadgets.

The tiny piezoelectric power plants are comprised of lead zirconate titanate nanorib...

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AMC movie theater calls “federal agents” to arrest a Google Glass user

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Check out this guys story:

    I have been using Google Glass for about 2 months now, and about 2 weeks ago I got prescription lenses for the glasses. So in the past two weeks I was wearing Google Glass all the time. There were no stories to write about, until yesterday (1/18/2014).

    I went to AMC (Easton Mall, Columbus, OH) to watch a movie with my wife (non- Google Glass user). It is the theater we go to every week, so it has probably been the third time I’ve been there wearing Goo...

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Google’s Home Invasion Via NEST

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


After discovering that Google is teaming up with the NSA and the military, it might feel very tempting to turn your phone and computer off. Are you going to want to turn off your thermostat too?

It was recently announced that Nest was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion. The company is the maker of a thermostat that makes adjustments according to what your living patterns are. Nest also came up with a fire alarm to link to the thermostat. Many individuals believe that by acquiring this ...

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Smart Guns And Smart Bullets May Change Warfare

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


At this year's SHOT Show (the largest gun show in Las Vegas, Nevada), a company called Tracking Point, Inc., which specializes in producing precision guided firearms, debuted a new rifle by asking novice shooters to try and hit a target at a distance of a thousand yards.

Of those who made the attempt, some seventy reporters and other novice shooters in all, only two failed to find their mark on the first shot. The Chief Executive Officer of TrackingPoint later told reporters that sniper...

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Scientists warn the Sun has 'gone to sleep' and could cause temperatures to plunge

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The Sun's activity is at its lowest for 100 years, scientists have warned.

They say the conditions are eerily similar to those before the Maunder Minimum, a time in 1645 when a mini ice age hit, Freezing London's River Thames.

Researcher believe the solar lull could cause major changes, and say there is a 20% chance it could lead to 'major changes' in temperatures.

'Whatever measure you use, solar peaks are coming down,' Richard Harrison of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire...

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Robotic probe to awaken for comet rendezvous, landing

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, January 20, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


After a 10-year journey, Europe's Rosetta spacecraft is due to end its hibernation on Monday and prepare for an unprecedented mission to orbit a comet and dispatch a lander to the surface.

Rosetta's on-board alarm clock is due to go off at 5 a.m. EST (1000 GMT), but it will take the spacecraft about seven hours to warm up its star tracking navigation gear, fire up rocket thrusters to slow its spin, turn on its transmitter and beam a message back to Earth, the European Space Agency said i...

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'Absolutely Startled': Scientists Mystified Over Mars Discovery

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, January 19, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Though the couple billion-dollar Curiosity rover seems to get all the attention on the red planet these days, it’s one of the veteran rovers on Mars that captured an event that is stunning scientists and space fans alike.

The crux of the issue surrounds these photos snapped by the rover Opportunity on two different missions.

The rock perched on the ground in the right photo in the side-by-side comparison was not there before.

“It was a total surprise, we were like ‘wait a second, tha...

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Facial recognition app matches strangers to online profiles

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, January 11, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Soon your face could be your calling card. An upcoming app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass called NameTag will allow you to photograph strangers and find out who they are -- complete with social networking and online dating profiles.

Spot someone out and about that you want to identify, and you can capture their face using your device's camera. The app will send the photo wirelessly to NameTag's server, where it will compare the photo to millions of online records and return with a na...

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White House: U.S. Is Cold Because Planet Is Hot

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The White House released a video on Wednesday assuring Americans that the extreme cold freezing the nation does not disprove global warming, that the U.S. is extremely cold because the planet is increasingly hot.



"If you've been hearing that extreme cold spells, like the one that we're having in the United States now, disprove global warming, don't believe it," warned President Barack Obama's Science and Technology Advisor, Dr. John Holdren. "No single weather episode can either prove o...
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Cybernetic Implants: The Next Step for Wearable Technology

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, January 9, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


There is a company (or more) out there with the mindset that even a George Orwell and his 1984 wouldn't be able to comprehend.

Like his classic novel, MC10 out of Cambridge, Massachusetts, is turning our fantasies into a reality. It might be the shirt on your back that can monitor your vital signs and conform to your body with every beat of your heart, or how about a sensor under the skin, or even a tattoo (yes, a tattoo!) that can monitor and track the most intimate of human biological ...

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How Many Trees Must We Plant to Compensate for the Stupidity of the Global Warming Ships That Got Stuck in Ice?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 
Rush excerpt



Not that planting trees is not a great thing to do, but...
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The United States is the ultimate rescuer of these people because the ChiCom rescuers got stuck, and the New Zealand or Australia, whoever, the other ones got stuck, and it took the United States Coast Guard to go down there and get them. And that’s gotta be embarrassing because it portrays us as the superpower. And that flies in the face of the Obama agenda.

At any rate, the environmentalist wackos, I k...

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“Polar Vortex” created to Make You Think Winter is Caused by Global Warming

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


Rush Excerpt

The way the media is acting you would think it’s never gone below 0 before.
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So, ladies and gentlemen, we are having a record-breaking cold snap in many parts of the country. And right on schedule the media have to come up with a way to make it sound like it’s completely unprecedented. Because they’ve got to find a way to attach this to the global warming agenda, and they have. It’s called the “polar vortex.” The dreaded polar vortex.



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Hilarious: Jimmy Kimmel Reminds Viewers Just How Sensitive Los Angeles Reporters Are To ‘Cold’ Weather - VIDEO:

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


They must be desperate for some news out there.
Check it out:

A high of 50 degrees is just too low for local NBC, Fox and CBS affiliates



Jimmy Kimmel spent a good portion of his childhood in New York, so he knows cold. On Thursday, however, the late-night comedian reminded his audiences that many local Los Angeles news reporters do not.

In the wake of the cold front moving through Southern California this week, labeled “arctic” by some outlets, Kimmel compiled a cut of the reporters rac...

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Man Eats Only McDonald's Food For 90 Days - Looses 37 Pounds

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


He Ate Only McDonald’s Food for 90 Days — and Ended Up Losing Weight

After the 2004 documentary “Supersize Me,” which featured a man who only ate McDonald’s cuisine for a month, fast food got pretty bad grades after the filmmaker reported his health declined during filming.

But John Cisna of Ankeny, Iowa, a science teacher, took a different approach to the McDonald’s experiment…with stunning results, KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa reported.

“I can eat any food at McDonald’s ...

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Al Sharpton — in Lab Coat, Behind Bubbling Test Tubes — Lectures On ‘Right-Wing Meltdown Over Global Warming’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, January 6, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


The Rev. Al Sharpton got all gussied up, donned a lab coat, and stood behind a nifty chemistry set to lecture the likes of Fox News, climate-change deniers, and the right wing in general on why global warming is a fact.




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AL GORE’S A DUMBASS: Historic Freeze With Windchills 70 Below Zero

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, January 5, 2014, In : Wierd Science News 


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – It has been decades since parts of the Midwest experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to arrive Sunday, with potential record-low temperatures heightening fears of frostbite and hypothermia even in a region where residents are accustomed to bundling up.

This “polar vortex,” as one meteorologist calls it, is caused by a counterclockwise-rotating pool of cold, dense air. The frigid air, piled up at the North Pole, will be pushed down to the U.S., fun...
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Media Glosses Over Irony of Global Warming Scientists Trapped in Antarctic Ice

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


 Somewhere far, far to the south where it is summer, a group of global warming scientists are trapped in the Antarctic ice. If you missed the irony of that situation, it is because much of the mainstream media has glossed over that rather inconvenient bit of hilarity. As an example here is an Associated Press story that avoids mentioning the real mission of the scientists aboard the icebound Russian ship:

    The Snow Dragon icebreaker came within 7 miles (11 kilometers) of the Russian s...

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Fukushima Aftermath? 98 Percent Of The Pacific Ocean Floor Covered By Dead Sea Creatures

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


According to an absolutely shocking study that has just been released, one area of the Pacific Ocean floor was 98 percent covered by decomposing sea creatures in July 2012.  But in March 2012, only 1 percent of that same section of the Pacific Ocean floor was covered by dead sea creatures.  This study has been going on for 24 years, and the scientists that are running this study say that during “the past 2 years” they have seen “the biggest amounts of this detritus by far”.  In ...
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Robots are the not-too-distant future of war

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 




The need for humans to participate in armed conflicts could soon be over. The next generation of military hardware might be able to think and act for itself.

Military hardware will soon consist of "autonomous robots that know neither pity nor fear" — quite a step up from the current generation of UAVs and drones operated by humans from the safety of military bases hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.

Ever since drones such as the Predator were prepared and armed for use in Iraq an...

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Asteroid-hunting telescope orbiting Earth sends first images, with clarity

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


NEOWISE, a repurposed infrared telescope orbiting Earth, has returned its first test images in preparation for its new task: hunting for and characterizing asteroids – especially those that could represent a hazard to Earth.

The images are a milestone for NASA's first mission dedicated to the hunt for near-Earth objects (NEOs) from space. In addition to discovering additional NEOs, the telescope will help refine estimates of the hazards presented by objects already discovered via optic...

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‘X Los Angeles’: Expert Warns Southern California Isn’t Ready For Major Quake

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, December 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A leading earthquake expert has issued a dire warning to Californians about the expected impact of a major disruption to the San Andreas fault line.

The title of Dr. Lucy Jones’ lecture this week to the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco was titled “Imagine America without Los Angeles.”

As KCAL9′s Dave Bryan reports, Jones, a Science Advisor for Risk Reduction at the U.S. Geological Survey, says when the “Big One” hits Southern California, the damage could be much gre...

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Beneath Yellowstone, a volcano that could wipe out U.S.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


It’s the awe-inspiring pride of the United States – and it harbors a deadly power that could kill us all.

Yellowstone National Park is pristine wilderness, full of scenic landscape and iconic hot-pools and geysers that attract tens of thousands of visitors every year.

But it’s what lies beneath that has scientists scurrying.

We’ve long known that Yellowstone is merely the skin on top of a supervolcano – a giant pool of magma sitting just under the Earth’s surface.

Exactly how gi...

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Global warming? Satellite data shows Arctic sea ice coverage up 50 percent

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


It was only five years ago in December that Al Gore claimed that the polar ice caps would be completely melted by now. But he might be surprised to find out that Arctic ice coverage is up 50 percent this year from 2012 levels.

“Some of the models suggest that there is a 75 percent chance that the entire north polar ice cap, during some of the summer months, could be completely ice-free within the next five to seven years,” Gore said in 2008.

The North Pole is still there, and growing....

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China Successfully Soft-Lands Probe on the Moon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, December 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


China on Saturday successfully carried out the world’s first soft landing of a space probe on the moon in nearly four decades, state media said, the next stage in an ambitious space program that aims to eventually put a Chinese astronaut on the moon.

The unmanned Chang’e 3 lander, named after a mythical Chinese goddess of the moon, touched down on Earth’s nearest neighbor following a 12-minute landing process.

The probe carried a six-wheeled moon rover called “Yutu,” or “Jade ...

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Google's future: microphones in the ceiling and microchips in your head

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


"I don’t have a microchip in my head – yet," says the man charged with transforming Google’s relations with the technology giant’s human users.

But Scott Huffman does envisage a world in which Google microphones, embedded in the ceiling, listen to our conversations and interject verbal answers to whatever inquiry is posed.

Huffman, Google's engineering director, leads a team tasked with making conversations with the search engine more reflective of the complex interactions people ...

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Age Of Earth May Not Be As Old As We've Been Told

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Two South African research scientists have documented a phenomenon that indicates a particular type of soil erosion might have taken place in a split second rather than eons, as mainstream scientists have believed.

The conclusion could upset widely accepted estimates for the age of the Earth.

The research by Professors Jasper Knight and Stefan Grab of the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg has been published in...

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Method of Recording Brain Activity Could Lead to Mind Reading Devices

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 9, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A brain region activated when people are asked to perform mathematical calculations in an experimental setting is similarly activated when they use numbers — or even imprecise quantitative terms, such as “more than”— in everyday conversation, according to a study by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists.

Using a novel method, the researchers collected the first solid evidence that the pattern of brain activity seen in someone performing a mathematical exercise under e...

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Scientists Discover Difference Between Male And Female Brains

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


What will liberals do now that it is again a fact that men and women are different?
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A pioneering study has shown for the first time that the brains of men and women are wired up differently which could explain some of the stereotypical differences in male and female behaviour, scientists have said.

Researchers found that many of the connections in a typical male brain run between the front and the back of the same side of the brain, whereas in women the connections are more l...

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NASA to send seeds to the moon to test vegetable garden

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


NASA is sending seeds to the moon in 2015 to see if it’s possible to grow a vegetable garden and, ultimately, if humans can ever live there.

They’re sending the seeds in sealed containers, which are rigged to release a small reservoir of water upon landing, The Daily Mail reported. A team of scientists, called the Lunar Plant Growth Habitat group, will monitor the seeds’ growth from Earth, and test how they react to lunar gravity, radiation and various other stresses.

Among the seed...

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Amazon testing deliveries by drone

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Online retailer Amazon announced Sunday that it is planning a new delivery service in which products would be delivered with the use of unmanned drones.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled the so-called "Octocopters" in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS "60 Minutes," and claimed that the drones would not be ready to take flight for another four or five years. However, after the interview aired, Amazon released a statement promising that "Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mai...

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Top Scientist: Humans Created After Chimpanzee Had Sex With Pig

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, December 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


And this guy probably thinks the story of Adam and Eve is preposterous.

One of the world’s leading authorities on genetics says the human race was born into existence after a chimpanzee mated with a pig.

Dr. Eugene McCarthy’s stunning claims were made in an online article, although it was not clear when the startling findings was initially published.

According to the University of Georgia scientist, while human beings share a number of characteristics with chimpanzees, there are others...

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Security expert builds fully operational GUN from items that can all be purchased in the airport terminal AFTER you go through security

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Those who fear 3D-printed plastic guns take note: a Tennessee man has demonstrated that a deadly firearm can also be made completely out of items available from airport retail stores.

Web developer Evan Booth of Greensboro, North Carolina moonlights as a 'security expert' and can make projectile weapons with things like hairdryers and Axe body spray--all of which you can get after you make it through security.

While he has an airport crossbow, blowgun, and spiked club, it's Booth's hand-b...

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Why Have 10 Major Volcanoes Along The Ring Of Fire Suddenly Roared To Life?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Ten major volcanoes have erupted along the Ring of Fire during the past few months, and the mainstream media in the United States has been strangely silent about this.  But this is a very big deal.  We are seeing eruptions at some volcanoes that have been dormant for decades.  Yes, it is certainly not unusual for two or three major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire to be active at the same time, but what we are witnessing right now is highly unusual.  And if the U.S. media is not concern...
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13 Nephilim Skulls Found In Mexico?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


By Michael Snyder

So much of what we have been taught about ancient history is simply not true.  According to Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, a team of archaeologists working close to the Mexican village of Onavas has made an amazing discovery.  They reportedly found 13 ancient human specimens that had grossly elongated skulls.  You can find original photographs of this discovery right here, but the descriptions of the photos are in Spanish.  The Mexican scient...
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Sun's flipping poles could mean lights out for U.S.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINGTON – A vulnerability test by the electric-power industry of the national electrical grid shows the system would fail during certain catastrophes –  and would fail even if only some of the impacts of certain catastrophes were experienced.

That is the sobering message from a preliminary readout of the results of a vulnerability test called Grid Ex II.

It revealed that even though the test was done under circumstances that didn’t represent the full impact of what would occur in...

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Texas drivers stopped at police roadblock - asked for samples of their breath, saliva and blood

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A number of drivers in Fort Worth, Texas, last week were likely stunned when they were asked for samples of their breath, saliva and even blood by federal contractors at a police roadblock.

The invasive exercise was part of a government research study that seeks to calculate how many drivers get behind the wheel while drunk or on drugs. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reportedly spending $7.9 million on the survey over three years and claims participation was “100...

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Superbugs Could Erase A Century Of Medical Advances, Experts Warn

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Drug-resistant "superbugs" represent one of the gravest threats in the history of medicine, leading experts have warned.

Routine operations could become deadly "in the very near future" as bacteria evolve to resist the drugs we use to combat them. This process could erase a century of medical advances, say government doctors in a special editorial in The Lancet health journal.

Although the looming threat of antibiotic, or anti-microbial, resistance has been known about for years, the new ...

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Like online stores, retail stores look to track you while shopping

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, November 16, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


You know those ads on the sides of some webpages that seem to know everything you’ve shopped for, like, ever?

This very well may be the kind of shopping experience retailers like Nordstrom, American Apparel and other brick-and-mortar stores have in mind for the future. Each of these companies has recently experimented with indoor customer tracking, as reported by the MIT Technology Review. Retailers not only want to track sales numbers and trends, but also, similar to sites like Amazon...

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Video: How Mars Looked 4 Billion Years Ago

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


What would a habitable, watery Mars look like? Four billion years ago, the dry, dusty planet may have had enough of an atmosphere to support bodies of water. Perhaps it looked like this beautiful, cloud-covered lake scene that animators at NASA's Conceptual Image Lab imagine in their latest video.

The animation, which NASA says is one of the most complex it has ever produced, was created with the help of the scientists working on the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) mission...

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MIT Invents A Shapeshifting Display You Can Reach Through And Touch

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


We live in an age of touch-screen interfaces, but what will the UIs of the future look like? Will they continue to be made up of ghostly pixels, or will they be made of atoms that you can reach out and touch?

At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes sha...

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New invention ‘harvests’ electricity

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, November 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Engineers at Duke University have designed a breakthrough gadget that ‘harvests’ background microwave radiation and converts it into electricity, with the same efficiency as solar panels.

The development, unveiled on Thursday, raises exciting possibilities such as recharging a phone wirelessly and providing power to remote locations that can’t access conventional electricity.

And the researchers say that their inexpensive invention is remarkably versatile. It could be used to captur...

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Texas firm makes world’s first 3D-printed metal gun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, November 9, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Depending on who you are, where you hail from, and where you stand on guns, 3D printing and related issues, this bit of news will either thrill and astound you, terrify you, or compel you to say “meh.”

But here goes: A company by the name of Solid Concepts has made the world’s first metal gun using a 3D printer.

Based out of Austin, Texas, the 3D-printed metal pistol made by Solid Concepts is based on the Browning 1911 firearm. Solid Concepts set out to make this gun in an effort t...

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Skull Discovery Throws Monkey Wrench in the Gears of Evolution

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The discovery of an ancient human skull in the Asian country of Georgia has thrown the proverbial monkey wrench into the theory of human evolution.

On October 18th, Science Magazine published a journal article titled, “A Complete Skull from Dmanisi, Georgia, and the Evolutionary Biology of Early Homo.” The article records the discovery of a human skull found in Dmanisi, Georgia, where numerous other ancient human remains have been discovered.

The skull had been discovered in 2005; how...

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DARPA Plans to Arm Drones With Missile-Blasting Lasers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, November 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The Pentagon this week edged closer to mounting missile-destroying lasers on unmanned and manned aircraft, awarding $26 million to defense contractors to develop the technology.

Under the name Project Endurance, DARPA, the Department of Defense’s research agency, awarded Northrop Grumman $14.6 million and Lockheed Martin $11.4 million in contracts for the effort, according to Military & Aerospace Electronics. Called “Project Endurance,” the research will “develop technology for p...

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Beware of the feds’ flu shots: It can make you sick!

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


My thing with the flu shot is the lie that it can’t make you sick. I know that it can since it does make me sick. 3 years in a row I got it and three years in a row I got the flu right after with each year being a worse flu. If you do a google search you will see there are lots of people who get sick from the flu shot, yet the government has these PSA’s that keep rambling on about how it can’t make you sick. It is disgusting that they can keep telling this lie since it is a fact t...
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World's First Digital Currency ATM Opens in Canada

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The world's first bitcoin ATM opened Tuesday at a coffee shop in Canada, the first of five ATMs bought by Canadian company Bitcoiniacs.

Bitcoin is the first de-centralized digital currency. It's been in circulation for about four years and is now starting to gain mainstream acceptance.

Jordan Kelly, CEO of Robocoin, said they are now "seeing a consistent increase in demand for bitcoin and rightfully so because the currency is getting more useful."

A restaurant owner said his busine...

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A Chip In The Head: Brain Implants Will Be Connecting People To The Internet By The Year 2020

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Would you like to surf the Internet, make a phone call or send a text message using only your brain?  Would you like to “download” the content of a 500 page book into your memory in less than a second?  Would you like to have extremely advanced nanobots constantly crawling around in your body monitoring it for disease?  Would you like to be able to instantly access the collective knowledge base of humanity wherever you are?  All of that may sound like science fiction, but these are ...
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Ex-CIA Chief: No Solution To EMP Attack

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, November 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINGTON – Contrary to the findings of a 2008 commission mandated by Congress to consider a defense against an electromagnetic pulse attack and its effects on the national grid, a retired Air Force general who also headed the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency says that there isn’t a solution to an EMP attack.

Speaking before the Bipartisan Policy Center at a conference on the threats to the U.S. electrical grid, Michael Hayden also said the Obama administ...

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Google 'outraged' by NSA targeting of international data centers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The National Security Agency has tapped directly into communications links used by Google and Yahoo to move huge amounts of email and other user information among overseas data centers, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

The report, based on secret NSA documents leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden, appears to show the agency has used weak restrictions on its overseas activities to exploit major U.S. companies' data to a far greater extent than realized.

Previously reported ...

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Giant mirrors bring winter sun to Norwegian village for the first time in its history

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Residents of a remote village nestled in a steeply sided valley in southern Norway are enjoying winter sunlight for the first time ever thanks to giant mirrors.

The tall mountains that surround the village of Rjukan are high enough to deprive its 3,500 inhabitants of direct sunlight for six months a year.

That was before a century-old idea was brought to life: to install mirrors on a 400-metre (437-yard) high peak to deflect sun rays towards the central square.

(READ the AFP story from Raw...

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Is Google preparing for a disaster?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


There are two mysterious structures built on barges, one in San Francisco Bay, the other in Maine’s Portland Harbor. We know Google is behind both of them, but the company has been silent on details. Most believe the barges will host data centers on water — which the company has a patent for — or serve as floating stores for Google products.

Are there advantages of building on the water?

Google explains this in its patent application for a water-based data center, which was granted ...

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Concerns Grow Over Testing Of Real Life "Terminator" Robots

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


As head of computer science at RPI, James Handler knows more about robotics and artificial intelligence than most people. So when he says the time is now for a ban on so-called "killer robots" -— machines with weaponry and decision-making power to kill, without human oversight -— it's reasonable to listen.

Last week, Hendler was among nearly 300 scientists from three dozen countries who signed a statement to the United Nations calling for governments to stop such robotic technology, ...

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Consumers Want Biometric Authentication

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Consumers want to see biometric authentication options for their smartphones and tablets as a way of protecting themselves from mobile threats, according to a Zogby poll featured in an article in Investor Ideas.

The poll also showed that people are reliant on their smartphones for making purchases and conducting other financial transactions while at the same time the vast majority of smartphone users do little to secure their devices.

More than half of those surveyed would be willing to ...

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Direct surveillance of any EU citizen suspected of being "intolerant" coming soon?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


While European leaders are busy expressing public indignation over reports of American espionage operations in the European Union, the European Parliament is quietly considering a proposal that calls for the direct surveillance of any EU citizen suspected of being "intolerant."

Critics say the measure -- which seeks to force the national governments of all 28 EU member states to establish "special administrative units" to monitor any individual or group expressing views that the self-app...

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I’m Watching You Watch Me: New Add-On Lets Users Visualize How Sites are Tracking Them and Why

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, October 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Mozilla, makers of the Firefox browser, has released an add-on called Lightbeam for Firefox which presents a visualization of your browsing history and analyzes which applications are tracking or monitoring you online and how they are connected.

The company had previously released an experimental add-on for Firefox called Collusion in a bid to better understand how first-party website tools shape a visitor’s experience and how their data is tracked.

Following on from its work with Collu...

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Second rare oarfish washes up in Southern California

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, October 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


For the second time in a week, the rare, serpentine oarfish has surfaced on a Southern California beach.

Beach goers at Oceanside Harbor crossed paths Friday afternoon with the deep-sea monster when its carcass washed ashore, Oceanside Police Officer Mark Bussey said. The fish measured 13 ½ feet long.

The discovery came just days after an 18-foot dead oarfish was found in the waters off Catalina Island.

“The call came out as a possible dead whale stranded on the beach, so we responded ...

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More enroll for Mars trip than for health exchange

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


I guess the Mars website actually works. Go figure.
Check it out:

The hits just keep on coming with Obamacare enrollee tales of disaster, with the latest joke that more people have actually completed an online application to journey to Mars than successfully signed into the White House’s websites for health reform exchanges.

The Daily Mail reported that Twitter exploded on Thursday after it was revealed that 202,586 individuals had successfully signed up for the Mars One colony project t...

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Feds sweep Twitter for ‘depression surveillance,’ tweet at depressed people

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


You could soon become an unwitting participant in a federally-funded study of depression on Twitter for a “public health surveillance” project.

The $82,800 taxpayer-funded project, called “Utilizing Social Media as a Resource for Mental Health Surveillance” and financed by the National Institutes of Health, began last month at the University of California, San Diego, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Major depressive disorder is one of the most common debilitating illnes...

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Rare, 18-Foot Deep Sea Fish Brought Up by Snorkeler

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


LOS ANGELES — A marine scientist snorkeling off the coast of Southern California made a rare find over the weekend, discovering a dead — but intact — 18-foot-long oarfish. Several times already this year similar odd, serpent-like creatures have been spotted at sea or decomposing on the shore, amazing spectators.

Jasmine Santana of the Catalina Island Marine Institute needed more than 15 helpers to drag the giant sea creature with eyes the size of half dollars to shore on Sunday.

Sta...

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'Iron Man' Suit Under Development by US Army

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, October 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


If you've always wanted a high-tech suit of armor that will make you nearly invincible — à la Tony Stark of "Iron Man" — your long wait may soon be over.

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) and other groups from business and academia are joining forces to create a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, that "promises to provide superhuman strength with greater ballistic protection," a...

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'Terminator' Self-Assembling Cube Robots Revealed By MIT

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Cube-shaped robots that can flip, jump and assemble themselves into different shapes have been unveiled by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The small robots, known as M-Blocks, have no external parts but can move using an internal flywheel mechanism. They stick together using magnets.

The scientists envisage miniaturised "swarmbot" versions self-assembling like the "liquid steel" androids in the Terminator films.

More realistically, the researchers at MIT's Co...

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The Most Dangerous Volcano In America Is Roaring To Life

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, October 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Yellowstone Supervolcano - Right now, the ground underneath Yellowstone National Park is rising at a record rate.  In fact, it is rising at the rate of about three inches per year.  The reason why this is such a concern is because underneath the park sits the Yellowstone supervolcano – the largest volcano in North America.  Scientists tell us that it is inevitable that it will erupt again one day, and when it does the devastation will be almost unimaginable.  A full-blown eruption of ...
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Death Toll From Killer Hornets Hits 42

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, October 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


BEIJING – Authorities in northern China are struggling to control a spate of attacks by aggressive hornets that has now killed 42 people and injured at least 1,640.

Residents in the cities of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo in Shaanxi province have been hardest hit, according to local news reports, with 206 people still in hospitals for treatment. Of those, 37 are said to be in critical condition.

The attacks are blamed on a particularly aggressive species of hornet known as the Asian gia...

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The poster boys of climate change thrive in the icy Arctic: Polar bears defy concerns about their extinction

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


For years polar bears have been the poster boys of global warming – routinely reported to be  threatened with extinction due to melting ice-packs and rising sea temperatures.

Indeed, when they were put on the US Endangered Species list in 2008, they were the first to be registered solely because of the perceived threat of global warming.

One prominent scientist said their numbers would be reduced by 70 per cent by 2050 while global  warming proponents – including Al Gore and Sir David...

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Temporary Tattoos—Prequel to the Mark of the Beast?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Now folks who struggle to remember passwords or those who have to carry access cards can avoid this hassle and wear a temporary tattoo on their forearm or wrist.

These “epidermal electronics” allow users to take advantage of an incredibly resilient patch of digital sensors. A tiny patch allows them to be a walking “authentication token”.

These tiny tattoos are also capable of detecting health data such as heart activity, muscle movements, hydration levels and body temperature. And...

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Top MIT scientist: Newest UN climate report is ‘hilariously’ flawed

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Not all scientists are panicking about global warming — one of them finds the alarmism “hilarious.”

A top climate scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology lambasted a new report by the UN’s climate bureaucracy that blamed mankind as the main cause of global warming and whitewashed the fact that there has been a hiatus in warming for the last 15 years.

“I think that the latest IPCC report has truly sunk to level of hilarious incoherence,” Dr. Richard Lindzen tol...

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Saudi Sheikh Has This ‘Scientific’ Warning: Driving Affects Women’s Pelvises and Ovaries

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, September 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


As women in Saudi Arabia prepare to challenge the kingdom’s ban on female driving next month, a leading Saudi cleric is warning women that driving could damage their ovaries and pelvises and could result in babies born with medical problems.

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Luhaydan, decribed by Reuters as “one of Saudi Arabia’s top conservative clerics” warns that driving “rolls up the pelvis.”

A consultant to the Gulf Psychological Association, al-Luhaydan issued this warning about ...

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Doctors Grow Nose on Man’s Forehead

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, September 28, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


After a Chinese man’s nose was irreparably damaged from infection, his doctors decided to “grow” a second nose on the man’s forehead to replace the original nose.

The patient, identified only as Xiaolian according to Reuters, has his nose damaged from an infection following a car accident. His doctors decided the only way to reconstruct his nose was to surgically form a new one on the 22-year-old’s forehead.

Tissue expanders were placed under the skin and then cut to resemble a ...

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First mind-controlled bionic leg a 'groundbreaking' advance

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, September 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


After losing his lower right leg in a motorcycle accident four-and-a-half years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has been fitted with an artificial limb that uses neurosignals from his upper leg muscles to control the prosthetic knee and ankle. The motorized limb is the first thought-controlled bionic leg, scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago reported Wednesday in The New England Journal of Medicine.

“This is a groundbreaking development,” says lead author Levi Hargrove,...

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Are You Prepared For An Extremely Bitterly Cold Winter?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Are you ready for bone chilling cold this winter? The Old Farmer’s Almanac and other weather forecasters that rely on solar activity as a factor in their weather forecasts are projecting that this upcoming winter will be bitterly cold.

Solar activity is at a 100 year low, and even though we were supposed to be in the midst of a solar maximum this year, our sun has been eerily quiet. So precisely what in the world is going on?

There have been other periods throughout history when solar...

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Extreme ‘Solar Storms’ May Have Caused Twenty Six Recent ‘Satellite Glitches’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Intensive charged particles from the sun and may have caused some recent satellite malfunctions, scientists say.

The sun, from 93 million miles away, fires solar flares, coronal mass ejections and other space weather events. These “solar storms” can send highly energized particles heading toward Earth. Some of them disrupt satellites that people rely on to watch TV and use the Internet.

The team’s research is published in the journal Space Weather.

Scientists from MIT investigated ...

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Discovered in Louisiana Plumbing System

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


An investigation is underway to determine how a rare brain-eating amoeba found its way into a plumbing system of a home in Louisiana, according to the Center for Disease Control.

A four-year-old boy from Mississippi became the fourth confirmed infection in 2013 of the amoeba, Naegleria fowleri, last week, after playing in water from the home in St. Barnard Parish, La.

The Department of Health and Hospitals in Louisiana has confirmed that the amoeba was found in the home’s plumbing sys...

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Fascinating Research Demonstrates Unborn Children Can Learn

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A group of scientists at the University of Helsinki has published findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that show that children are capable of learning and retaining information much earlier than previously believed possible, before even being born!

More specifically, they have found that babies in the third trimester were able to retain and recognize specific words. These unborn babies are, in fact, learning language while still in the womb.

In order to test their h...

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Delaware-sized lake discovered beneath Kenya desert

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, September 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Nairobi, Kenya - Scientists using technology for discovering oil have found a vast underground water reservoir in one of Kenya’s driest regions that could supply the country's needs for nearly 70 years, potentially turning arid zones into lush farmlands.

The new reserves are located in a basin in the extreme northwest that has a surface area the size of Delaware, and is estimated to hold billions of gallons, nearly nine times Kenya’s current reserves.

Almost half of Kenya’s 41 mil...

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Comet of the century' to buzz Mars

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, September 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Earthlings may be treated to a dazzling celestial display this fall as Comet ISON makes a suicidal plunge toward the sun. But spacecraft exploring Mars is poised to get close-up views of the icy wanderer first.

"Comet ISON is paying a visit to the Red Planet," astronomer Carey Lisse of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, said in a statement. "On Oct 1, the comet will pass within 0.07 AU from Mars, about six times closer than it will ever come to Earth."

One AU, or astronomic...

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Questions arise about how APPLE will handle your fingerprint

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Apple Inc.’s AAPL -2.28% latest product launch could breathe new life into a technology that failed to take hold the first time: fingerprint scanners.

Placing a finger on a computer or smartphone has long been proposed as a way to avoid the need for passwords to authenticate users of computers and other devices. People familiar with the matter said last week that Apple will include a fingerprint scanner on the more expensive of two iPhones it is expected to unveil Tuesday at an event ...

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Leaked U.N. Report Confirms Global Warming Is Nonexistent, Planet Actually Cooling…

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Global warming alarmists, Al Gore, we need to talk.

Well, this is awkward. A leaked report by the U.N.

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that the world is not warming but is actually cooling, and will continue to get colder until the middle of the century.

You remember the IPCC, right? It’s the group whose 2007 report on global warming said that snow would disappear from everywhere but the highest mountains, icebergs would melt causing sea levels to rise, deserts would spre...

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Oklahoma under siege by SWARMS of crickets

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, September 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


As if bloodworms in the water weren't bad enough.

Swarms of crickets are terrorizing residents across Oklahoma this summer.

Experts say a dry spring and early summer followed by late July and August rainfall created the perfect conditions for a full-blown insect takeover.

"It's basically just an infestation of crickets," Steve Swanson, who owns a bike shop in Oklahoma City, told local KFOR-TV. "Everywhere, literally everywhere."

In Tulsa, residents were growing ill of the swarms of bugs on ...

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N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, September 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

 The agency has circumvented or cracked much of the encryption, or digital scrambling, that guards global commerce and banking systems, protects sensitive data like trade secrets a...
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This Skyscraper Is Creating a ‘Death Ray’ That Apparently Melts Cars & Burns Carpet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


“They’re going to have to think of something. I’m gutted. How can they let this continue?” the owner of the now melted Jaguar Martin Lindsay told City A.M.

According to the BBC, 20 Fenchurch Street, a new building in London nicknamed the “Walkie-Talkie building,” has created a “hot spot” that has not only melted parts of the Jag beyond repair, but also has scorched fabric, paintwork and a bike seat in the area.

Eddie Cannon said parts of his van were melted by the “death...

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Drop everything and watch this: Riding the Space Shuttle Booster (with audio) to space and back

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Drop whatever you’re doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you’ve never seen one prepared as masterfully as this.

For one thing, the footage was shot in high definition, so the image is exceptionally clear. But what puts this video head and shoulders above most other rocketcams is the sound. The audio has been remastered by the folks over at Skywalker Sound (yes, that Skywalker Sound), and the fin...
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Team of scientists create cloned glow-in-the-dark rabbits

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

Scientists have cloned a colony of rabbits that glow bright green in the dark, in an attempt to advance research into treatments for life-threatening illnesses.

Researchers based in Hawaii and Turkey produced a litter of eight rabbits, two of which glow green in the dark.

Dr. Stefan Moisyadi, a biogenesis researcher, said the rabbits are like "an LED light", during an interview with Khon2. "And on top of it, their fur is beginning to grow and the greenness is shining right through their f...

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UFO Watcher Spots ‘Orb’ Over San Antonio

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A UFO watcher in Texas used a technique known as “skyfishing” over the weekend in the hopes of catching something “out of the ordinary.” What he captured on camera has at least UFO enthusiasts and the local media talking.

According to the description of the video posted to YouTube, skyfishing involves filming an area with reference points in view for a length of time and reviewing the footage later.

On Saturday, Mario Vallejo recorded the sky for about an hour in San Antonio, acco...

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Proposed federal rule could put ‘big brother’ in your driver’s seat

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A proposed federal rule that would require black boxes or event data recorders (EDRs) in every U.S. automobile may mean “Big Brother” could be in your passenger seat for every drive.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule requires all light passenger vehicles be equipped with an EDR by Sep.1, 2014. Ninety-six percent of new cars already have them – measuring such inputs as speed, lateral acceleration, pedal effort, seat belt use, wheel spin, steering wheel turn and...

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Spinning Lady Right & Left Brain Test

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Are You Left or Right Brain Predominant?

Look at the picture below for about 30 seconds and have a think about what you see. Then read below to evaluate the results of what you saw and find out if you are left or right brain orientated.



If you see the lady turning clockwise you are using your right brain

If you see the lady turning anti-clockwise you are using left brain

Some people do see both ways, but most people see it only one way. See if you can make her go one way and then the other ...
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Pre-Crime And Mind Control Technologies Are Already Here

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Should the government be trying to figure out if we are going to commit a crime in advance? That sounds like something out of a Tom Cruise movie, but the truth is that “pre-crime” technologies such as were portrayed in Minority Report are being aggressively developed, and some have actually already been deployed.

We live at a time when technology is advancing at an exponential rate, and it can be really hard to keep up with how rapidly our world is changing. In the future, authoriti...

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The new age of algorithms: How it affects the way we live

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, August 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Washington - They work a few hundred yards from one of the Library of Congress's most prized possessions: a vellum copy of the Bible printed in 1455 by Johann Gutenberg, inventor of movable type. But almost six centuries later, Jane Mandelbaum and Thomas Youkel have a task that would confound Gutenberg.

The researchers are leading a team that is archiving almost every tweet sent out since Twitter began in 2006. A half-billion tweets stream into library computers each day.

Their question: ...

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Conditioning The Next Generation - Palm Scanning Technology Becoming The Norm For School Cafeterias

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, August 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The School Nutrition Department takes a high-tech approach to assist students with meal purchases in the Muscogee County School District.

Now, high school students can buy their lunch with a simple scan of the palm using Meral Computing Services (MCS) software with Fujitsu PalmSecure hardware, which uses the same near-infrared technology that comes in a television remote control or Nintendo Wii video game.

The device takes a super high-resolution infrared photograph ...

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The flipping sun to cause unprecedented catastrophe?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, August 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


WASHINTON - Is the flipping sun about to cause a catastrophe of unprecedented proportions?

The sun is about to flip its magnetic field, at the peak of its 11-year solar cycle or at the half-way point of what scientists call a solar maximum – when the star is at its most violent in terms of solar flares and the Earth is most vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse.

That’s the surge of sun energy that scientists say could in an instant return the developed world to an agrarian society, e...

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FBI pressures Internet providers to install surveillance software

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, August 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


The U.S. government is quietly pressuring telecommunications providers to install eavesdropping technology deep inside companies' internal networks to facilitate surveillance efforts.

FBI officials have been sparring with carriers, a process that has on occasion included threats of contempt of court, in a bid to deploy government-provided software capable of intercepting and analyzing entire communications streams. The FBI's legal position during these discussions is that the software's ...

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It's (not) alive! Franken-meat lurches from the lab to the frying pan

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, August 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


A hamburger that looks like one you'd get at any fast-food restaurant comes with a price tag of $330,000 — and it isn't even made out of natural meat. When volunteers taste it on today, in front of rows of VIPs and TV cameras, they'll be eating the first publicly available burger that comes from a laboratory instead of a dead animal.

To produce the patty, researchers will mix lab-grown beef muscle cells with salt, egg powder and bread crumbs. Beet juice and saffron will be added to giv...

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China’s Military Preparing for ‘People’s War’ in Cyberspace, Space

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, August 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


China’s military is preparing for war in cyberspace involving space attacks on satellites and the use of both military and civilian personnel for a digital “people’s war,” according to an internal Chinese defense report. “As cyber technology continues to develop, cyber warfare has quietly begun,” the report concludes.  The study links China’s space warfare development programs with its extensive cyber warfare capabilities. Both programs are considered “trump card” weapo...
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UFO Landing Pads, Maybe?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, August 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 


Here's a true Google Earth mystery. These odd formations can be found on air bases in the U.S. and Britain — this one comes from a base outside Norwich, England. The U.K. Ministry of Defense called it a motorcycle range, but other speculate it may be some sort of calibration tool for satellites. No one really knows — and the military isn't saying anything more.




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Gov't Knows Best? White House creates 'nudge squad' to shape behavior

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The federal government is hiring what it calls a "Behavioral Insights Team" that will look for ways to subtly influence people's behavior, according to a document describing the program obtained by FoxNews.com. Critics warn there could be unintended consequences to such policies, while supporters say the team could make government and society more efficient.

While the program is still in its early stages, the document shows the White House is already working on such projects with almost a doz...

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Is Your Cable Box Spying On You?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
“Watching the watchers” is taking on a whole new meaning.

News that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) may be developing a television set-top box with a motion sensor and video camera has rekindled the debate over technology that can record so-called ambient action. Should a TV-mounted box have the ability to track our movements, record our voices and monitor our behaviors? Should cable providers and tech companies be allowed to collect such information without our consent?

Lawmakers and privacy adv...

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Genetically modified wheat in Ore. an ‘isolated incident’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The Obama administration is “very confident” that a surprise growth of genetically modified Oregon wheat that set off a trade dispute was an “isolated incident,” according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

While he’s not certain how the genetically modified strain, which is not approved for commercial growth, ended up in an Oregon wheat field, Vilsack said on Bloomberg Government’s “Capitol Gains” that people should not be afraid of such strains sneaking into the food suppl...

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MERS outbreak fear forces Saudi authorities to downsize Haj

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) Update:

Fears of an outbreak of the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia and construction in the holy city of Mecca have forced cuts in the numbers of pilgrims permitted to perform this year’s hajj.

Millions of Muslims during the annual pilgrimage head to Mecca and Medina, Islam’s two holiest sites, providing a possible means for MERS to spread around the globe as pilgrims who may become infected return to their home countries.

Fearful of such...

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PETA goes extreme with ad comparing meat to your child smoking

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The animal rights group more known for its marketing than its accomplishments is at it again with a billboard depicting a child smoking a cigar.

PETA’s billboard claims meat consumption, like smoking, increases the risk of heart disease and cancer. The company manages to increase attention to the ad by showing a child smoking next to the headline “You wouldn’t let your child smoke.”

An ad with the same image and similar copy was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority who said the...

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Who knew the 'Easter Island Heads" had bodies?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
"The reason people think they are [only] heads is there are about 150 statues buried up to the shoulders on the slope of a volcano, and these are the most famous, most beautiful and most photographed of all the Easter Island statues," Van Tilburg, who is also a fellow at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, told Life's Little Mysteries. "This suggested to people who had not seen photos of [other unearthed statues on the island] that they are heads ...
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NSA scandal delivers record numbers of internet users to DuckDuckGo

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Gabriel Weinberg noticed web traffic building on the night of Thursday 6 June – immediately after the revelations about the "Prism" programme. Through the programme, the US's National Security Agency claimed to have "direct access" to the servers of companies including, crucially, the web's biggest search engines – Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

Within days of the story, while the big companies were still spitting tacks and tight-lipped disclaimers, the search engine Weinberg founded – whi...

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Female Prisoners Pressured to Accept Sterilizations

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Doctors with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation coerced up to almost 150 female inmates into accepting sterilization over a five-year period, according to the Center for Investigative Reporting in a recent report.

Former inmates say the medical staff pressured them into having tubal ligations, and the doctors did not obtain state-required approvals for the procedures between 2006 and 2010, the center reported.

At least 148 women received the procedures in violation of p...

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Iris Scans Are The New School IDs

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, July 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Kids lose their school IDs but they don't often lose their eyeballs.

That's one of the reasons why a growing number of schools are replacing traditional identification cards with iris scanners. By the fall, several schools -- ranging from elementary schools to colleges -- will be rolling out various iris scanning security methods.

Winthrop University in South Carolina is testing out iris scanning technology during freshman orientation this summer. Students had their eyes scanned as they receive...

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Scientist’s lab-grown burger ready for public debut

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A Dutch scientist using a private donation of $325,000 to create a burger made of muscle strips grown in a lab is ready to cook the meat at a public showcase in London.

Earlier reports expected Dr. Mark Post, a Dutch scientist at Maastricht University, to cook the five-ounce hamburger in London sometime this summer. NBC News reports a media alert released by Ogilvy Public Relations announced the burger made of 20,000 muscle strips will be cooked in front of an invited audience in London on Aug...

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College Gets Heat For Hiring Scientist In Favor Of Intelligent Design

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, July 12, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Creationism and intelligent design are causing quite a stir at Ball State University, a public college in Muncie, Indiana. In addition to sparking an internal investigation into Professor Eric Hedin, a Christian who is accused by the atheistic Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), among others, of potentially indoctrinating students, there’s yet another new target. The FFRF is now joining evolutionary scientists in speaking out against the same university’s hire of Dr. Guillermo Gonzal...
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Global Warming Update: Unseasonably Cold Weather To Push Oil Demand Up In 2013

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, July 11, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The International Energy Agency nudged up its global oil demand forecast for the year 2013 and forecasts demand to grow by 1.2 million barrels per day (mbd) in 2014.

The IEA, in its monthly Oil Market Report released Thursday, upped its second quarter 2013 global oil growth demand by 645,000 bd and that of full year 2013 by 215,000 bd mainly due to unseasonably cold weather in the OECD.

Commenting on the supply, the agency said global supplies fell due to disruptions in Libya, Nigeria and Iraq....

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Study: Electric Cars No Greener Than Gasoline Vehicles

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, July 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
    BERKELEY, Calif., July 1 (UPI) – Electric cars, despite their supposed green credentials, are among the environmentally dirtiest transportation options, a U.S. researcher suggests.

    Writing in the journal IEEE Spectrum, researcher Ozzie Zehner says electric cars lead to hidden environmental and health damages and are likely more harmful than gasoline cars and other transportation options.

    Electric cars merely shift negative impacts from one place to another, he wrote, and “most e...

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Mouse Cloned From Just One Drop Of Blood

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A team of Japanese scientists has cloned a mouse from a single drop of blood, demonstrating for the first time that mice can be duplicated using "circulating blood cells."

Announcing their findings in the journal Biology of Reproduction, the researchers described how they took blood from the tail of a donor mouse, isolated the white blood cells and used the nuclei for cloning trials. This process is called "somatic nuclear cell transfer", the same cloning technique scientists used to produce D...

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Police Agencies Collecting Millions Of Records On Drivers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The paperback-size device, installed on the outside of police cars, can log thousands of license plates in an eight-hour patrol shift.

Some police insiders are saying many officers themselves are frightened and concerned about the magnitude of new police surveillance technology and data collection.

A police officer in in San Leandro, Calif. equipped with a plate reader says he has logged his own families car once a week on average, photographing his license plate and documenting the time and lo...

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What's Under The Tarp? Government Is Moving A 17-Ton Magnet

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
To call it an oversize load is an understatement.



Over the weekend, the huge undertaking of moving a 50-foot wide, 17-ton electromagnet from Long Island to Chicago began.

The component is part of particle physics experiments and is being moved from the Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory to Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

The magnet for the Muon g-2 project began its move on June 22 and although you might be wondering just how many roads they would have to shut down to...

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UK may approve creating babies with DNA from 3 people

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 28, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
LONDON –  Britain may allow a controversial technique to create babies using DNA from three people, a move that would help couples avoid passing on rare genetic diseases, the country's top medical officer says.

The new techniques help women with faulty mitochondria, the energy source in a cell, from passing on to their babies defects that can result in such diseases as muscular dystrophy, epilepsy, heart problems and mental retardation. About one in 200 children is born every year in Britain...

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Human Organs ‘Could Be Grown In Animals Within A Year’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Japanese scientists are expecting to be granted approval to grow human organs in animals and then harvest them for transplant within the next year.

A panel of scientists and legal experts appointed by the government has drawn up a recommendation that will form the basis of new guidelines for Japan’s world-leading embryonic research.

There is widespread support in Japan for research that has raised red flags in other countries. Scientists plan to introduce a human stem cell into the embryo of ...

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Most Shoppers Would Prefer A Biometric Test Over Other Forms Of Payment

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Almost half of consumers said they would be prepared to pay for goods by using fingerprint, palm print and iris scanners.

The survey of more than 2,000 shoppers revealed 49 per cent would prefer a biometric test over other payment options.

The study is likely to alarm civil liberties campaigners concerned about the rise of a ‘Big Brother’ society.

The survey also asked what shoppers thought of other ways of verifying identity such as smartphone PIN codes, text messages or online wallets ...

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Why not give stores your zip code?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Here's why.

When Jo Anna Davis declined to provide a retail store with her zip code information, she wasn’t prepared for what happened next.

It all started when she decided to return an item at an Ulta beauty care store near Sacramento, California. She says the clerk insisted she provide her zip code information.

Davis declined and things turned ugly.

“When I refused to give them my zip code, they called the manager. She wanted it and then said she couldn’t go forward with providing me a re...

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Ancient Egyptian statue at Manchester Museum moves on its own

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A millenia-old, 10-inch-tall statuette has Manchester Museum employees stumped after it did a total 180-degree turn without anyone touching it.

Part of the English museum’s collection since 1933, the mystery of the Neb-Senu statute’s diurnal movement has curator Campbell Price scratching his head. After first noticing it in February, the Egyptologist set up a video camera to record the statue.

“I noticed one day that it had turned around,” he told the Manchester Evening News. “I thoug...
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Why Is a Rare Carved Column From ‘Biblical Times’ Being Kept Quiet?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Earlier this year, a tour guide discovered a carved column in the old city of Jerusalem, but little has been reported about the treasure that experts say dates back to biblical time and could actually be part of a whole temple or place buried below.

Why so little news?

The Jewish Press, which first reported on the find in April, wrote that political reasons could be to blame, citing Israeli authorities as “trying to silence this discovery”.

The Jewish Press reported guide Binyamin Troper, wh...

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At least 50,000 bumble bees found dead in Oregon parking lot

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
WILSONVILLE, Ore. –  Workers on Friday plan to wrap bee-proof netting around blooming trees in the parking lot of an Oregon shopping center in an attempt to prevent the deaths of more bees.

Portland-area bee experts with the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation estimate at least 25,000 bumble bees have died in the lot since last weekend. The bees were clustered under dozens of linden trees.

Oregon Agriculture Department officials confirm thousands of dead bees.

The Oregonian reports th...

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Police Use Facial-Recognition Technology On Driver's Licenses And Other IDs To Aid Crime Solving

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 21, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
State ID databases and facial-recognition technology are being used by the police as a tool in the fight crime. The news comes just a week after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed the agency's secret Prism project

How much power the law agencies have over a U.S. citizen's image differs from state to state, but only 13 states do not use facial-recognition systems for driver's license photos. Of the remaining 37 states, the police forces in 26 of them have the legal right to either search...

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Big Brother Alert: Cameras in the Cable Box to Monitor TV Viewers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would allow cable companies to peer directly into television watchers’ homes and monitor viewing habits and reactions to product advertisements.

The technology would come via the cable box, and at least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill is standing in opposition.

Mass. Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano has introduced a bill, the We Are Watching You Act, to prohibit the technology on boxes and collection of information absent consumer permission...

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Go home evolution, you're drunk

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
When it comes to ugly animals, the Blobfish certainly takes the cake.

The Blobfish is so ashamed of its own appearance, that it is rarely ever seen by human beings and prefers to hide in the deep waters off the coasts of mainland Australia and Tasmania.




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New protein found to control deadly cancer metastasis

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, June 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Researchers have found a critical element that may explain why some cancers spread farther and faster than others, a discovery that could lead to one of the Holy Grails of cancer treatment: containing the disease.

Scientists from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a protein that seems to serve as a switch, regulating the spread of cancer from the primary tumor to distant spots in the body – a process known as metastasis.  The protein is used by embryo ...

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U.S. Says Deadly MERS Virus Could Affect National Security

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, June 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
As Saudi and U.N. health authorities report new infections from a troubling new respiratory disease, there are concerns that the approaching Hajj – the annual Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca – could increase the risk of spreading the virus as pilgrims return to their home countries.

Meanwhile the U.S. government, in a notice published in the Federal Register Wednesday, declared that the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV, or simply MERS) could potentially “affect national ...

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Tiny helicopter powered and steered by mental power

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, June 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
You may have had remote controlled airplanes growing up, but they probably weren't as cool as the quadcopter. This tiny helicopter looks a lot like a toy, but it's really a high-tech robot controlled exclusively by human thought.

Developed by a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota, the four-blade helicopter, or quadcopter, can be quickly and accurately controlled for a sustained amount of time using the electrical impulses associated with a subject's thoughts.

The team used a noni...

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American Psychiatric Association: Half of Americans ‘mentally ill’

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Think about what this means for gun control since they want to limit who can own based on your mental status.
Check it out:


In a move with implications for every American, the American Psychiatric Association’s new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders takes obfuscation and euphemistic language to a whole new level, calling temper tantrums “disruptive mood dysregulation disorder” and labeling grief “major depressive disorder.”

Overeating? That’s “binge eating disord...

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Lord Falconer proposes bill to legalize assisted dying for terminal ill in UK

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Lord Falconer, the former Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom, announced that he would present a bill to the House of Lords to make it legal for patients suffering with terminal illnesses to request assistance from their doctors to end their lives. If passed, the law would apply to those with less than six months to live and mirrors a similar system in Oregon.

Falconer had previously chaired the Commission on Assisted Dying, an independent inquiry supported by the think tank Demos, that reco...

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Highly preserved mammoth presents scientists with blood sample

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
An extremely well preserved woolly mammoth has been found by Russian scientists in Siberia, announced Wednesday.

The adult female was found with blood preserved still intact in ice cavities. When palaeontologists excavated the animal, blood flowed from the space below the animal's abdomen.

The discovery was made on the Lyakhovsky Islands by scientists from the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, who estimated the animal's age at 10,000 years.

The temperature of the ice at time of excava...

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Supreme Court allows police to take DNA sample without warrant

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Monday, June 3, 2013

SUPREME COURT - Police can take DNA samples from those under arrest the same as they take fingerprints and photographs, the Supreme Court said in a 5-4 decision on Monday.

The ruling defied the court’s traditional ideological divisions.

Justice Stephen Breyer, a more liberal justice, joined most of the court’s conservative bloc in the majority. Justice Antonin Scalia, an ardent conservative, joined three liberals in the dissent.





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Magnitude 6.3 quake jolts Taiwan, kills two

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Taiwan’s strongest earthquake so far this year killed two and injured 80 on Sunday, jolting an island that is already hyper-aware of the potential for temblors given its position on the Pacific Rim's ring of fire.

The magnitude 6.3 quake hit at a relatively shallow 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) underground in a rural mountain area, setting off rock slides that killed both victims and left others hurt. A collapsed road injured one person. Separately, local news reports showed one fractured road b...

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Mysterious Stone Chambers & Giants Discovered in New England

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Strange stone tunnels and chambers, perhaps pre-historic, have been found in Leyden, Wendell, Pelham, Montague, New Salem, Whitingham, VT and throughout New England. Who built these structures and when? Why?

Ashfield stonemason Jim Vieira has been exploring local stone chambers for years as a member of the Northeast Antiquities Research Association, which has studied these structures for 60 years. He describes the stone ceremonial landscape of New England, carbon-dating evidence and historical...

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Hive of about 40,000 Africanized bees attacks, kills man in Texas

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, June 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
MOODY, Texas –  A hive of Africanized bees has killed a Central Texas man and injured a woman who tried to help him.

McLennan County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Matt Cawthon told the Waco Tribune-Herald  that Larry Goodwin was driving a tractor in Moody about 30 minutes south of Waco on Saturday when attacked.

Goodwin ran to a house about 50 yards away and tried to use a garden hose. A woman came out to help and was also stung. Goodwin was pronounced dead on the scene.

Allen Miller, owner of Bee B...

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Space station astronauts snap amazing photos of Alaskan volcanic eruption

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Pavlof Volcano has been erupting for over a week, releasing a humongous plume of ash, steam, and smoke visible from the International Space Station. The eruption has quieted down, but seismic data suggests that it's not over.




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New SARS-like virus is 'threat to the entire world'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A French patient infected with a deadly new respiratory virus related to SARS died Tuesday of the disease, which has killed half the people known to be infected and alarmed global health officials.

The novel coronavirus is related to SARS, which killed some 800 people in a global epidemic in 2003. Dr. Margaret Chan, head of the World Health Organization, singled out the illness in a speech on Monday in Geneva.

"We understand too little about this virus when viewed against the magnitude of its p...

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Another beaver related death

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The fisherman wanted his photo shot with a beaver. The beaver had other ideas: It attacked the 60-year-old man with razor-sharp teeth, slicing an artery and causing him to bleed to death.

It was the most serious in a string of beaver attacks on humans in Belarus, as the rodents have turned increasingly aggressive when confronted by humans after wandering near homes, shops and schools.

"The character of the wound was totally shocking for us medical professionals," recalled village doctor Leonty ...

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Is that a rat on Mars?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Could this photo from NASA's Curiosity rover be the first evidence of life, let alone mammalian life on another planet? That's the question the author of this article, as well as the authors of dozens of other articles about this photo, desperately hopes is intriguing enough to solicit your advertising-dollar-generating clicks on this otherwise pointless news tidbit.

The “creature” was identified on the UFO Sightings Daily website, where its finder, Scott C Waring, held tight to his o...

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Monster Tornado Bennington, Kansas, 2 homes damaged and no injurys reported at this time

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Two homes were heavily damaged by a tornado in Bennington, KS Today.  The tornado stayed on the ground for more than an hour.

Bennington is about 14 miles north of Salina and is in Ottawa County.





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Mind Control: World's first 3D printed object created using brain waves

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, May 26, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A Chilean tech company has laid claim to creating the first physical object using the power of the mind.

George Lakowsky, the Chief Technical Officer for Thinker Thing, a self-described “creative group” successfully created the object using a brain-computer interface headset according to technology blog neurogadget.com.

Lakaowsky was able to use the interface to form a 3-D shape using his thoughts which were sent to a 3-D printer for fabrication of the object- a cluster of polygons that res...

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Comments On California Quake And Plate Movement

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
    Received by Steve Quayle:

    Something HUGE is going down….

    Just had Two 5.7 earthquakes just north of Sacramento near Lassen Volcanic National Park. Don’t normally post this kind of thing just giving you a heads up…

    All I can say is someone was given the word that California is about to get a big one. Moving their family out right now. They are in San Jose. Not someone who would joke around unless they knew something…

    I really don’t want to freak anyone out but this is...

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Massive Russian earthquake felt 4,000 miles from epicenter

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
MOSCOW — A powerful earthquake on Friday hit Russia's Far East with tremors felt as far away as Moscow, about 7,000 kilometers (4,400 miles) west of the epicenter.

Marina Kolomiyets, spokeswoman for Obninsk's seismic station of the Russian Academy of Sciences, told The Associated Press the epicenter was in the Sea of Okhotsk, east of the Russian coast and north of Japan. She said the quake registered 8.0 on the Richter scale.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude of 8.2. The epicent...

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5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Northern California

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
GREENVILLE, Calif. –  An earthquake in far northeastern California was felt by thousands of people as far away as San Francisco and in two other states, but there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.

The magnitude-5.7 quake broke dishes and shook mirrors when it struck at 8:47 p.m. Thursday, officials said.

It was centered near Greenville, about 25 miles southwest of Susanville in far northeastern California, said Rafael Abreu, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Nat...

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NASA funds 3-D pizza (and chocolate) printer

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Does computer-printed food conjure images of Star Trek's replicator? A prototype 3-D printer for food has already produced chocolate, but its designer has his sights set on pizza, which NASA hopes to feed to astronauts.

NASA hopes the technology may one day be used to feed astronauts on longer space missions, such as the roughly 520 days required for a manned flight to Mars. Manned missions to destinations deeper in the solar system would require food that can last an even longer amount of time.





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Massive submerged structure stumps Israeli archaeologists

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, May 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The massive circular structure appears to be an archaeologists dream: a recently discovered antiquity that could reveal secrets of ancient life in the Middle East and is just waiting to be excavated.

It's thousands of years old -- a conical, manmade behemoth weighing hundreds of tons, practically begging to be explored.

The problem is -- it's at the bottom of the biblical Sea of Galilee. For now, at least, Israeli researchers are left stranded on dry land, wondering what finds lurk below.

The mo...

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Fine for destruction of ancient Mayan pyramid? $5,000

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
BELIZE CITY –  The penalty for the near-total destruction of one of the biggest Mayan pyramids in Belize -- which the government called "unforgivable" and left archaeologists speechless -- may leave conservationists speechless: just $5,000.

To avoid the fee, fingers are frantically pointing in the Caribbean country, with the owner of De' Mar's Stone Co., the road-building company that has been blamed for the incident, saying the landowner gave him permission to extract the material.





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Alaska volcano shoots lava hundreds of feet into air

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, May 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Alaska's remote Pavlof Volcano was shooting lava hundreds of feet into the air, but its ash plume was thinning Saturday and no longer making it dangerous for airplanes to fly nearby.

A narrow ash plume extends a couple hundred miles southeast from the volcano, which is 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, said Geologist Chris Waythomas of the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The eruption that began Monday seemed to be slowing on Saturday, but Waythomas said that could change at any time.

"Things could r...

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States to get initial money from Japanese tsunami cleanup fund

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
JUNEAU, Alaska –  The five West Coast states affected by debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan are about to receive an initial $250,000 each from a $5 million gift from Japan for cleanup.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is distributing the money to Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington and will allocate the remainder as additional needs arise. It's unclear how far the money will stretch for what some state officials and beach-cleaning groups expect to be a yea...

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"Big Brother" Is Big Business?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The odds are you are not just a face in the crowd any longer. Even if your picture isn't plastered all over social networking and photo-sharing sites, facial recognition technology in public places is making it harder if not impossible to remain anonymous.

Lesley Stahl reports on the new ways this technology is being used that even has one of its inventors calling it too intrusive. Her 60 Minutes report will be broadcast Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.

Professor Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie...

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Virgin birth? Anteater mom sparks a scientific debate

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Is it a case of anteater virgin birth, a hormonal quirk or just some desperate hanky-panky? Whatever it is, Armani the anteater's surprising pregnancy has sparked a debate over what animals are capable of when it comes to sex.

The story unfolded at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn.: Last month, Armani gave birth to a cute baby pup named Archie. The only problem was, Archie wasn't supposed to exist.

Armani already had given birth last August to a female pup named Alice, ...

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Remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, with lava fountains, ash plumes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
ANCHORAGE, Alaska –  A remote Alaska volcano continues to erupt, spewing lava and ash clouds.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Thursday a continuous cloud of ash, steam and gas from Pavlof Volcano has been seen 20,000 feet above sea level. The cloud was moving to the southeast Thursday.

John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory, estimates the lava fountain rose several hundred feet into the air.

Onsite seismic instruments are picking up constant tremors f...

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In medical breakthrough, scientists convert human skin cells into embryonic stem cells

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
In a major medical breakthrough, researchers at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) have for the first time ever successfully converted human skin cells into embryonic stem cells – via a technique called nuclear transfer.

The research has major implications for the future of medical treatments, as many believe embryonic stem cells are the key to treating damaged cells lost through injury or illness.  According to various medical researchers, stem cell therapy has the potentia...

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'Lost City of Gold' found deep in Honduras rain forest?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
New images of a possible lost city hidden by Honduran rain forests show what might be the building foundations and mounds of Ciudad Blanca, a never-confirmed legendary metropolis.

Archaeologists and filmmakers Steven Elkins and Bill Benenson announced last year that they had discovered possible ruins in Honduras' Mosquitia region using lidar, or light detection and ranging. Essentially, slow-flying planes send constant laser pulses toward the ground as they pass over the rain forest, imaging t...

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Girl's organs vanish after vacation death; family believes they may have been sold

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A girl who died while vacationing in India was missing her internal organs when she returned to Britain, according to her parents who fear she may have been the victim of the illegal trade in human body parts.

Gurkiren Kaur, 8, died moments after a doctor treating her for dehydration in India’s Punjab region gave her an injection, according to her family.

When her body was returned to the U.K., it was found to be missing all of her internal organs. The organs have still not been located. Her...

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Biometric Database Of All Adult Americans Hidden In Immigration Reform

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The immigration reform measure the Senate began debating yesterday would create a national biometric database of virtually every adult in the U.S., in what privacy groups fear could be the first step to a ubiquitous national identification system.

Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, S...

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Builders bulldoze one of largest Mayan pyramids in Belize

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
BELIZE CITY –  A construction company has essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids with backhoes and bulldozers to extract rock for a road-building project.

The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology says the destruction was detected late last week.

Only a small portion of center of the pyramid mound was left standing.

Dr. Jaime Awe says he was sickened by the destruction of the Nohmul pyramid and temple platform, which date back about 2,300 years.

Photos of the portion...

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Mexican towns on alert as volcano shakes, spews ash

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
MEXICO CITY –  Seismic activity has increased at the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City, leading authorities to alert towns in two central states and the capital.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says the white-capped volcano spewed a plume of steam more than a half mile into the sky. The volcano shook during Saturday night, sometimes emitting glowing rock over the crater.

The government deployed soldiers and federal police to the area Sunday in the event of a bigger eruption, ...

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UN says: why not eat more insects?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
NEW YORK –  The U.N. has new weapons to fight hunger, boost nutrition and reduce pollution, and they might be crawling or flying near you right now: edible insects.

The Food and Agriculture Organization on Monday hailed the likes of grasshoppers, ants and other members of the insect world as an underutilized food for people, livestock and pets.

A 200-page report, released at a news conference at the U.N. agency's Rome headquarters, says 2 billion people worldwide already supplement their diet...

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New SARS? Deadly virus can likely pass person-to-person, WHO says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
World Health Organization (WHO) officials said on Sunday it seemed likely a new coronavirus that has killed at least 18 people in the Middle East and Europe could be passed between humans, but only after prolonged contact.

A virus from the same family triggered the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) that swept the world after emerging in Asia and killed 775 people in 2003.

On Sunday French authorities announced that a second man had been diagnosed with the disease after sharin...

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Man brought back to life after being clinically dead for 40 minutes

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
An Australian man who was clinically dead for 40 minutes has been brought back to life by a brand new resuscitation technique.

Colin Fiedler, 39 from Victoria, was one of three cardiac arrest patients brought back to life after being dead for between 40 and 60 minutes at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, using two new techniques in the emergency department.

The Alfred is testing a mechanical CPR machine, which performs constant chest compressions, and a portable heart-lung machine -- normally u...

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Bible-era quarry used to build Jerusalem

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
(Live Science) A huge quarry, along with tools and a key, used by workers some 2,000 years ago has been discovered during an excavation in Jerusalem prior to the paving of a highway, the Israel Antiquities Authorities (IAA) announced.

The first-century quarry, which fits into the Second Temple Period (538 B.C. to A.D. 70), would’ve held the huge stones used in the construction of the city’s ancient buildings, the researchers noted.

Archaeologists also uncovered pick axes and wedges among ot...

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Creepy ghost town emerges from sea in Argentina

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
EPECUEN, Argentina –  A strange ghost town that spent a quarter century under water is coming up for air again in the Argentine farmlands southwest of Buenos Aires.

Epecuen was once a bustling little lakeside resort, where 1,500 people served 20,000 tourists a season. During Argentina's golden age, the same trains that carried grain to the outside world brought visitors from the capital to relax in Epecuen's saltwater baths and spas.

The saltwater lake was particularly attractive because it h...

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America Is One Bad Winter Away From A Food Disaster

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Since 2006 honey bees responsible for pollinating more than 100 crops from apples to zucchini have been dying by the tens of millions. As a new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) details, scientists are still struggling to pinpoint the cause of so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and time is running out.

Currently, the survivorship of honey bee colonies is too low for us to be confident in our ability to meet the pollination demands of U.S. agricultural crops, the report ...

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East coast about to be invaded by billions

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Any day now, billions of cicadas with bulging red eyes will crawl out of the earth after 17 years underground and overrun the East Coast. They will arrive in such numbers that people from North Carolina to Connecticut will be outnumbered roughly 600-to-1. Maybe more.

But ominous as that sounds - along with scientists' horror-movie name for the infestation, Brood II - they're harmless. These insects won't hurt you or other animals. At worst, they might damage a few saplings or young shrubs. Mos...

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Doctors warn of 'aggressive' new sexually-transmitted superbug

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Doctors are warning of a new sexually-transmitted superbug that they say could ultimately prove more deadly than AIDS.

The antibiotic-resistant strain of gonorrhea HO41 was reportedly discovered in Japan two years ago in a 31-year-old female sex worker.

"This might be a lot worse than AIDS in the short run because the bacteria is more aggressive and will affect more people quickly," Alan Christianson, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, recently told CNBC. "Getting gonorrhea from this strain mig...

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Wiki Weapons Fires First 100% 3D-Printed Handgun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, May 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The Wiki-Weapons project by Defense Distributed, which has for months been striving toward its goal of creating a fully functional 3D-printed gun, has succeeded in the first tests of a firearm created using only a 3D printer.

Although much of the project up until now has been showing off plastic printed components for rifles and magazines, the gun tested last week was a .380 handgun, which Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson told TheBlaze in a phone interview Monday was always the goal to ...
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Giant solar wave erupts from the sun

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The sun celebrated May Day with a spectacular solar eruption Wednesday, unleashing a colossal wave of super-hot plasma captured on camera by a NASA spacecraft.

The solar eruption occurred over a 2.5-hour period Wednesday, May 1, and appeared as a "gigantic rolling wave" on the sun in a video recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, agency officials said in an image description. The solar eruption is what scientists call a coronal mass ejection (CME) — a type of sun storm that can fire ...

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U.K. ‘Big Brother’ Wants Ability to Remotely Shut Off Fridges & Other Appliances During Brownouts

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, May 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
In highly populated cities, brownouts, blackouts and other energy shortages are an unfortunate occurrence. But the U.K. is considering a proposal that would curb energy use of household appliances during times of peak energy demand through the use of remote sensors, a move it believes could prevent brownouts and blackouts in the long run.

In other words, as the Daily Telegraph explained it, new appliances like electric ovens, refrigerators and washing machines could be outfitted with sensors t...

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Popular Antibacterial Soap Ingredient Draws FDA Scrutiny, Sort Of.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Studies of triclosan in animals suggest that the chemical could increase the risk of infertility and early puberty and other hormone-related problems in humans.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is planning to deliver a review later this year of whether triclosan is safe. The FDA says animal studies “don’t always predict effects in humans.”

The FDA has been working on a review of whether triclosan is safe for nearly 40 years.  Its website said the review would be released in 2012, but...

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Brain Computer Interfaces Inch Closer To Mainstream

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, May 3, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Last week, engineers sniffing around the programming code for Google Glass found hidden examples of ways that people might interact with the wearable computers without having to say a word. Among them, a user could nod to turn the glasses on or off. A single wink might tell the glasses to take a picture.

But don't expect these gestures to be necessary for long. Soon, we might interact with our smartphones and computers simply by using our minds. In a couple of years, we could be turning on the...

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2-year-old girl gets windpipe made from stem cells

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment.

Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010. Until the operation at a central Illinois hospital, she had spent her entire life in a hospital in Seoul. Doctors there told her parents there was no hope and they expected her to die.

The stem cells came from Ha...

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Charge Your Smartphones With Water

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden have developed a new device which will be able to charge phones and other small gadgets using water. According to Fox News, adding just a spoon full of water is all it takes for the device to charge a phone. You can charge your handsets any where, including in desert, jungles or a place that has no provision of electricity. This could very well be the future of eco-friendly electricity.



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Can a 4,000-mile wall of trees stop Sahara Desert's drift?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The pan-African Great Green Wall project aims to build a literal wall of trees to stop the Sahara Desert's southward creep. But is the idea too good to be true?


In February 2011, an international summit in Bonn, Germany officially approved the building of a pan-African Great Green Wall (GGW) in support of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). The initiative plans to strategically plant swaths of trees roughly nine miles wide and over 4,000 miles long.

The central ide...

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Marine biologists investigating cause of sick sea lion pups

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
SAN PEDRO, Calif. –  Marine biologists are at a loss as to why an unprecedented number of sea lion pups are turning up near death along Southern California's coastline.

Since the beginning of the year, some 1,400 young California sea lions were admitted to rehabilitation centers across the state, according to Sarah Wilkin, the marine mammal stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wilkin said that figure is five times the normal rate of beached pups for ...

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New bird flu strain called 'one of most lethal' viruses baffles scientists

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 25, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A new bird flu strain that has sickened more than 100 and killed 22 in China is "one of the most lethal" of its kind, and has now spread to another country, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

A 53-year-old Taiwan businessman contracted the H7N9 strain of bird flu while travelling in China, Taiwan's Health Department said Wednesday. This is the first reported case outside China's mainland.




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Is Armageddon On The Cyber Horizon?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Cyber security has become a major threat to global infrastructure and economy. We've seen malware designed to spy on and subvert industrial systems at Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, a destructive Trojan horse disable thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco and the US Defense Secretary warning that the US could face a "cyber Pearl Harbor" following the crippling of US bank websites. The tide of increasingly sophisticated and potentially destructive attacks is rising. The possibilities are chil...
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DNA Test Results on 6-Inch ‘Humanoid of Unknown Classification’ Are In

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
After images were released of what looks like a 6-inch alien creature, a lot of buzz began to generate around a documentary film titled “Sirius.” Filmmakers said the documentary would reveal that the DNA of the miniature creature couldn’t be medically classified, insinuating that it was a foreign life form.

Well, the DNA test results are in. As it turns out, the 6-inch humanoid is, in fact, likely human.

“I can say with absolute certainty that it is not a monkey. It is human — closer ...

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Search for Northern Lights on Saturn takes off

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Astronomers using an observatory in Hawaii kicked off a month-long campaign to study the northern lights on Saturn study Sunday (April 21) in a live webcast from Hawaii's iconic Keck Observatory.

During a three-hour webcast, scientists discussed everything from the ringed planet's atmosphere to new discoveries made about the gas giant in the last year. While speaking with the public via social media, the researchers also used the Keck Observatory to observe auroras on Saturn to understand how ...

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This is pretty cool, check it out

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
See How Wringing Out a Washcloth in Space Looks Infinitely Cooler With Zero Gravity



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Private company succeeds in test launch of rocket that will carry cargo ship

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
ATLANTIC, Va. –  A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station successfully launched a rocket on Sunday in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft.

About 10 minutes after the launch from Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore, Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles declared the test a success after observing a practice payload reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket.

The Sunday launch comes after two previous attempts were scrubbed. A data ...

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Bird flu possibly transmitting from human-to-human, officials say

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
SHANGHAI –  There may have been limited human-to-human transmission of the H7N9 virus, a World Health Organization official said on Monday.

There has been no sustained human-to-human transmission but the situation remains "complex and difficult," WHO assistant director general for Health Security and Environment, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, told reporters.

As of Sunday the virus had killed 20 and infected 102 in China.

"It's virtually impossible to predict how many more cases" there could be, Dr. Fukud...

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Humongous Chicago sinkhole swallows three cars, injures one driver

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Following a severe rainstorm, a sinkhole opened up in Chicago's South Side, devouring three cars and sending one driver to the hospital.


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Gene data show China bird flu mutated 'under the radar'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 20, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The new strain of bird flu that has killed 17 people in China has been circulating widely "under the radar" and has acquired significant genetic diversity that makes it more of a threat, scientists said on Friday.

Dutch and Chinese researchers who analyzed genetic data from seven samples of the new H7N9 strain say it has already acquired similar levels of genetic diversity as much larger outbreaks of other H7 strains of flu seen previously in birds.

"The diversity we see in these first few samp...

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Powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes north of Japan

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
TOKYO –  A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck in seas off far northern Japan and far eastern Russia, but no damage was expected.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said sea changes were possible. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

The tremor around midday was in the Pacific Ocean at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. Japan and Russia both claim some of the sparsely populated islands in the remote region.

The epicenter was 160 miles east-northeast of Kuril'sk, Russia, and 328 miles northeast...

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Implantable Or Ingestible - How Will You Take Your Microchips?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 19, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Computer chips and silicon micromachines are ready for your body. It's time to decide how you'll take them: implantable, ingestible, or intimate contact. Every flavor now exists. Some have FDA approval and some are seeking it. Others are moving quickly out of the research lab stage.

Implantable sensors exist for a number of applications, having been used in animals for pet identification for many years. Other examples under development or seeking FDA approval are glucose detection for control ...

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Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo almost ready to rock

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, April 18, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A new private spaceship is one step closer to flying its first passengers after acing a spectacular test flight over the California desert last week.

Virgin Galactic's suborbital SpaceShipTwo successfully conducted its first "cold flow" flight test above the Mojave Desert. During the test, oxidizer was run through the rocket's propulsion system and out the back nozzle of the ship, though the vehicle's rocket engine was not turned on.

"As well as providing further qualifying evidence that the ro...

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Minor earthquake – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming on April 16, 2013

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

Magnitude : 2.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-04-16 03:46:48

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-04-16 09:46:48

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 4.1 km



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Mmm! Taste of beer triggers good feelings in the brain

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 16, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The taste of beer, without its alcoholic effects, may be enough to trigger the release of the pleasure chemical dopamine in the brain, a study finds.

To see how the taste of beer affects the brain, researchers gave a group of men tiny tastes of beer, and as the men sipped the beer, the researchers scanned the men’s brains. After a taste of beer, the men's brains showed a notable release of dopamine, a brain chemical associated with the pleasurable experience of consuming alcohol and other dr...
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Supreme Court weighs whether human genes can be patented

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The Supreme Court seemed worried Monday about the idea of companies patenting genes that can be found inside the human body, as it heard arguments in a case that could profoundly reshape U.S. medical research and the fight against diseases like breast and ovarian cancer.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been awarding patents on human genes for almost 30 years, but opponents of Myriad Genetics Inc.'s patents on two genes linked to increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer say patent ...

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Largest gathering of offensive hackers converges on Miami

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 13, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
No nametags. No photographs. No video. Attendees remain utterly anonymous -- and that’s the way they like it.

Formidable American offensive security hackers are meeting in Miami with other top hackers from all over the world to hone their technical expertise, swap war stories – and compete in a little digital jiu-jitsu. And real jiu-jitsu. Really.

INFILTRATE’s annual summit, focuses entirely on the technical aspects of offensive security issues, bringing together the best and brightest in...

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Mouse brains made invisble

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
NEW YORK –  Talk about clearing your head: Stanford University scientists have found a way to make see-through mouse brains.

You take the brain out of the mouse, soak it in chemicals for a couple of days, and voila: It becomes transparent.

That's not just a parlor trick. It lets scientists see both anatomical and chemical details in their natural, three-dimensional setting. And how big a deal is that? Listen to these neuroscientists:

"What these guys have done is just stupendous," said Dr. Ber...

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Mysterious stone structure discovered beneath Sea of Galilee

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.

The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.

Rising nearly 32 feet high, it has a diameter of about 230 feet.



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Does the heart have a sense of smell?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Your nose may not be the only organ able to sense the enticing aromas of roasted coffee or freshly baked bread. Such sensors are also found in the heart, lungs and blood, research shows.

"But does this mean that, for instance, the heart 'smells' the steak you just ate? We don't know the answer to that question," Peter Schieberle, a food chemist at the Technical University of Munich and the German Research Center for Food Chemistry, in Germany, said in a statement. Schieberle described the frag...

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Manatees Dying in Droves on Both Coasts of Florida

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, April 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Large numbers of manatees are dying on both coasts of Florida.

In the southwest, a persistent red tide in the Gulf of Mexico has killed over 250 manatees so far this year. These tides are algal blooms, and occur when microorganisms called dinoflagellates proliferate, staining oceans and releasing toxins into the water and air. Harmful to organisms including fish, manatees and humans, the toxins attack the nervous system, causing short-term memory loss, paralysis, seizures and ultimately death.



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Real life 'Minority Report'? New brain scan predicts criminal activity before it happens

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, April 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Neuroscientists have identified a brain scan that enables them to predict whether convicted felons are likely to land themselves back in jail after they've been released.

The scans focused on activity in a section of the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), a small region in the front of the brain involved in motor control and executive functioning. The researchers then followed the ex-convicts for four years to see how they fared.

Among the subjects of the study, men who had lower ACC activity dur...
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NASA plans to lasso asteroid, bring it closer to Earth

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Saturday, April 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
WASHINGTON –  NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.

The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the plan would speed up by four year...

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Don't panic over new bird flu outbreak, CDC says

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A deadly outbreak of a new kind of bird flu has now sickened 16 people in China and killed six, but U.S. health officials on Friday cautioned that there’s no cause for widespread alarm.

The new influenza A H7N9 virus has not been seen before in humans, but it doesn’t appear to be transmitted easily among people, and there have been no cases detected in the United States, said Dr. Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“There are no specific steps peop...

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UK Gov’t Given Go-Ahead For ‘Three-Parent’ Genetically Altered Embryos

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
A technique to implant donor DNA from a third party into in vitro embryos has been approved by the British Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

The technique is a form of “germline” alteration that involves modification of the person’s mitochondrial DNA (MDNA) to create genetic changes that will be carried on throughout subsequent generations.

The recommendation to allow the technique follows a public consultation ordered by the government in which the HFEA said they foun...

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Fukushima fallout sickens U.S. babies?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
It's already well known how devastating the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown was for Japan -- dramatic spikes in radiation-related illnesses, an increase in likely cancer deaths over the next several years, and pollution which may never truly be cleaned up.

A new study suggests what many worldwide have feared -- that the devastation from the traveling radiation has in fact sickened infants in other countries, including babies born shortly after the incident in Hawaii, Alaska, Was...

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Archaeologists Uncover 4,000-Year-Old Site in Biblical Abraham’s Hometown of Ur

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, April 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
BAGHDAD — A British archaeologist says he and his colleagues have unearthed a huge, rare complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq, home of the biblical Abraham. The team first discovered the magnificent find using a satellite.

Stuart Campbell of Manchester University’s Archaeology Department says the site goes back about 4,000 years, around the time Abraham would have lived there. It’s believed to be an administrative center for Ur.

“It has been off-limits to international a...

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Obama unveils details on brain-mapping initiative

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Called the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, the program is to be funded with $100 million from President Barack Obama's fiscal 2014 budget. [ INSERT LOUD SUCKING SOUND HERE ] The White House is slated to release Obama's budget next week.

"The BRAIN Initiative will accelerate the development and application of new technologies that will enable researchers to produce dynamic pictures of the brain that show how individual brain cells and complex ne...

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Electronic implant designed to reduce obesity to undergo trials

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 31, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
UK-based scientists have designed an 'intelligent' microchip which they claim can suppress appetite.

Animal trials of the electronic implant are about to begin and its makers say it could provide a more effective alternative to weight-loss surgery.

The chip is attached to the vagus nerve which plays a role in appetite as well as a host of other functions within the body.

Human trials of the implant could begin within three years, say its makers.

The work is being led by Prof Chris Toumazou and Pr...

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Ready To Pay The Tab? Get Out Your Fingers

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 29, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Could a new payment method that uses biometrics technology, or more specifically fingerprint scanning, replace our need to carry around a wallet full of credit cards? The team behind PayTango certainly hope so, although its technology is still in the testing mode.

The YC Combinator-backed startup, founded by four Carnegie Mellon University students who graduate later this year, has piloted the readers in three locations on campus.

To use the technology for the first time, the consumer touches t...

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Apple Can Now Track You Indoors

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Using Wi-Fi signals, WiFiSlam determines a user’s location within buildings, which has implications for shopping, advertising and social networking. According to WiFiSlam, its technology can accurately pinpoint a smartphone with 2 feet at this time.

“We are building the next generation of location-based mobile apps that, for the first time, engage with users at the scale that personal interaction actually takes place,” a description reads on AngelList’s investment page for WiFiSlam. ...
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ARE SMART METERS GOOD FOR YOU?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 24, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

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Let's put it this way - is the book a thing of the past?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 22, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
While we certainly hope not, it's a question worth exploring as tablets, smart phones, and the like are becoming far more commonplace than an actual book. In documentarian Vivienne Roumani's "Out of Print," the director explores the future of the book, along with the very future of ideas in her "fascinating, in-depth look at publishing’s milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the information age." The film has just been added to the slate of this year's Tribeca Film Festival ...
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Samsung Galaxy S4 eye-tracking smartphone unveiled

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 15, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Samsung has launched a smartphone which allows users to control its 5in (12.5cm) screen using only their eyes.

The Galaxy S4 follows on from last year's S3, a product that sold over 40 million units worldwide.

At a lavish, Broadway-themed event in New York, the company also demonstrated the phone's ability to take two different pictures at once.

Analysts widely regard Samsung to be the biggest challenger to Apple's dominance of mobile products.

The Galaxy S4 will be rolled out globally at the end...

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Polaris introducing flat-proof "airless" tires

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
For years, pneumatic tires -- the kind you fill with air -- have been a burr in the side of the ATV industry. Even on short excursions over rocky terrain a popped tire is not unexpected, and they often occur far from home.

Now, off-road vehicle specialist Polaris plans to debut a consumer version of an “airless” Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) by early next year.

Made from a proprietary plastic, the NPT replaces the conventional tire carcass with a flexible web.

“The tire works very similar to a ...

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Huge Florida mosquitoes: Monster insects poised to strike Florida

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Sunday, March 10, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
One of the most ferocious insects you've ever heard of — it's the size of a quarter and its painful bite has been compared to being knifed — is set to invade Florida this summer.

The Sunshine State, already home to man-eating sinkholes, invading Burmese pythons, swarming sharks, tropical storms and other disasters, can expect to see an explosion of shaggy-haired gallinippers (Psorophora ciliata), a type of giant mosquito, according to entomologist Phil Kaufman of the University of Florida....

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Deadly Bacteria That Resist Strongest Drugs Are Spreading

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Deadly infections with bacteria that resist even the strongest antibiotics are on the rise in hospitals in the United States, and there is only a “limited window of opportunity” to halt their spread, health officials warned.

The bacteria, normally found in the gut, have acquired a lethal trait: they are unscathed by antibiotics, including carbapenems, a group of drugs that are generally considered a last resort. When these resistant germs invade parts of the body where they do not belong, ...

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Antarctic Lake Vostok yields 'new bacterial life'

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Friday, March 8, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Russian scientists have claimed the discovery of a new type of bacterial life in water from a buried Antarctic lake.

The researchers have been studying samples brought up from Vostok - the largest subglacial lake in Antarctica.

Last year, the team drilled through almost 4km (2.34 miles) of ice to reach the lake and retrieve samples.

Vostok is thought to have been cut off from the surface for millions of years.

This has raised the possibility that such isolated bodies of water might host microbial...

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View Comet Pan-STARRS Tonight Through March 12

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

From March 6 to 24, the Comet Pan-STARRS will be passing within view, NASA says... but it might take binoculars, clear skies, and a unobstructed view of the horizon.

By March, 10, when it passes closest to the sun says EarthSky.org, which has a Pan-STARRS viewing guide it will not only get brighter, but may develop the classic comet dust tail as the heat vaporizes the ice and dust.

To see it, you'll have to look to the western horizon just after sunset, away from streetlights and other sources ...

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Could drone strikes on U.S. citizens at home be a reality?

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Thursday, March 7, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
The letter said that in a hypothetical crisis situation the administration could order strikes, but that the administration has "no intention of doing so," according to Huffington Post. Drones could be used in crises like the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, or the bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

This news comes on the heels of a Fox News poll indicating that a majority of Americans approve the use of drone strikes both abroad and at home.

Despite this popular approval,...

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TV as we know it to be dead pretty soon

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Wednesday, March 6, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 

It is an open secret that people do not watch TV as much as they used to. Many say that there is nothing interesting to watch on TV today. This answer would be considered very strange ten or fifteen years ago. Nowadays, most people miss their favorite TV shows all the time. The main disadvantage of modern television is the lack of feedback.

For this reason, more and more people prefer to switch to the Internet, where they can have interactivity whenever they wish to. In social media - blogs an...

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Giant camel fossil found in Arctic

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
Camels are the poster animals for the desert, but researchers now have evidence that these shaggy beasts once lived in the Canadian High Arctic.

The fossil remains of a 3.5-million-year-old camel were found on Ellesmere Island in Canada's northernmost territory, Nunavut. The camel was about 30 percent bigger than modern camels and was identified using a technique called collagen fingerprinting. The finding, detailed today (March 5) in the journal Nature Communications, suggests that modern cam...

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Record heat in Australia, record freezing in Antartica.

Posted by Bryan Treadway on Monday, March 4, 2013, In : Wierd Science News 
 Australia's summer of 2013 is the hottest on record so far, the country's Bureau of Meteorology announced today.

The country's average temperature this summer has been 83.5 degrees Fahrenheit (28.6 degrees Celsius), 2 degrees F (1 degree C) above normal. That breaks the previous summer temperature record, set in the summer of 1997 to 1998, by 0.18 degree F (0.1 degree C).

Summertime in the Southern hemisphere runs during wintertime in the Northern hemisphere. Australia defines the season based...

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