Entered By: grant on September 8, 2014 No Observations

It helps, as the BBC points out, if you’re washing your hands in a river running through one of the world’s oldest civilizations. But for an 11-year-old boy in China’s Gaoyou County (not far from Nanjing), what could be cooler than finding a priceless ancient weapon:

“Some people even offered high prices to buy [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 7, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Echinodermata, Plate V</i> detail, by James A. Grieg, 1921

This is the heart (and brain and pretty much anything that’s not an arm) of a brittle star, as sketched for Echinodermata, a study of the sea urchins, sand dollars, sea stars and close relatives collected by the Michael Sars Deep Sea Expedition in the North Atlantic in 1910. It was published by [...]

Entered By: grant on September 5, 2014 No Observations

Popular Mechanics celebrates a new *double* record-breaker, a dinosaur bigger than anything that walked the Earth:

Today an international team of paleontologists unveiled the newest Mesozoic badass: Dreadnoughtus schrani. Weighing in at an astonishing 65 tons, standing two stories high at the shoulder, and measuring 85 feet long, this titan is the heaviest [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 4, 2014 No Observations

Science Daily breaks the news that telepathy – brain communication through machines – is not only possible, but scientists have already done it across 5,000 miles:

“We wanted to find out if one could communicate directly between two people by reading out the brain activity from one person and injecting brain activity into the second [...]

Entered By: grant on September 3, 2014 No Observations

The Associated Press (through the Wall Street Journal and other outlets) has been sharing the discovery of the artwork that changes the way we think about Neanderthals… and the way they thought:

The cross-hatched engravings inside Gorham’s Cave in Gibraltar are the first known examples of Neanderthal rock art, according to a team of [...]

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Entered By: grant on September 2, 2014 No Observations

The Guardian brings a small tragedy happening a long, long way away vividly home with 10 well-chosen words: Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission:

The federal space agency released a statement saying the landing apparatus of the Photon-M satellite had returned to earth as planned, falling into Russia’s Orenburg region at [...]

Entered By: grant on September 1, 2014 No Observations

ScienceDaily has more on a Northwestern University experiment using transcranial magnetic stimulation to improve memory:

The discovery opens a new field of possibilities for treating memory impairments caused by conditions such as stroke, early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, cardiac arrest and the memory problems that occur in healthy aging.

“We show for the first time [...]

Entered By: grant on August 31, 2014 No Observations
Science Art: <i>Urban Expansion of Shenyang, China</i>, 2014.


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This is a story of explosive growth, as told by the USGS Landsat satellite, and recorded in the Earth Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center “Image of the Week” collection.

On the left is Shenyang in 1984. On the right, the same location 30 years later. City is spreading like… [...]

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Entered By: grant on August 29, 2014 No Observations

You might have heard, like many Discovery News readers, of the weird moving rocks of Death Valley – the ones with the long, curving trails behind them. No one’s ever seen how these huge boulders skate across the desert until now:

The first witnesses to an enduring natural mystery are an engineer, a biologist [...]

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