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To continue using our website and consent to the use of cookies, click away from this box or click 'Close' Find out about our cookies and how to change them Log in Your login is case sensitive I have forgotten my password close My New Scientist Look for Science Jobs 13 more things that don't make sense (Image: Loungepark / The Image Bank / Getty) Strive as we might to make sense of the world, there are mysteries that still confound us. Axis of evil Radiation left from the big bang is still glowing in the sky – in a mysterious and controversial pattern Dark flow Something unseeable and far bigger than anything in the known universe is hauling a group of galaxies towards it at inexplicable speed Eocene hothouse Tens of millions of years ago, the average temperature at the poles was 15 or 20 °C.

Fly-by anomalies Hybrid life Morgellons disease. Burning Man 2010 on the Behance Network. The Worlds of David Darling. Fukushima Radiation Moving Steadily Across Pacific. Teams of scientists have already found debris and levels of radiation far off the coast of Japan, one year after the nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

Fukushima Radiation Moving Steadily Across Pacific

Reports are now suggesting that nuclear radiation has traveled at a steady pace. That contaminated debris and marine life could reach the US coast as soon as one year from now, depending on ocean currents.Radiation from Fukushima’s nuclear disaster is appearing in concentrated levels in sea creatures and ocean water up to 186 miles off of the coast of Japan. The levels of radiation are ‘hundreds to thousands of times higher than would be expected naturally’ according to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Researchers are questioning how the radioactive accumulation on the seafloor will effect the marine ecosystem in the future. “What this means for the marine environment of the Northwest Pacific over the long term is something that we need to keep our eyes on,” said the WHOI. 55 Magnificent Natural Waterfalls. Color flip .com by rafaël rozendaal, 2008, collection of sébastien de ganay. Ichthyosaur Page Home. Dinosaurnews Webzine. Curious Expeditions. Wordorigins.org. 9 newly discovered species: Phobaeticus chani stickbug. The Shrike - On the Cutting Edge Exhibition. Bizarre animals that are new to science - Image 9. Old species, new insights It's not only new species that can amaze scientists.

These creatures, discovered decades ago, are only now giving up their secrets. The fish with a cockpit head Discovered: California, 1939 Described: 2009 The 15-centimetre-long deep-sea barreleye fish Macropinna microstoma was discovered 70 years ago off the California coast. This year, however, Bruce Robison from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California has collected the first footage of a live M. microstoma, filmed 600 to 800 metres down. For the first time, researchers were able to see a delicate, transparent, fluid-filled dome on the fish's head, which completely encloses its bright green eyes. The eyes were already known to face upwards to search for food through the gloom, but the live specimens revealed that once it has spotted food, it can swivel its eyes forward and swim straight upwards to catch it.

(Image: 2004 MBARI) Logy Magazine. As corals continue to decline in abundance around the world, researchers are turning their attention to a possible cause that’s almost totally unexplored – viral disease. It appears the corals that form such important parts of marine ecosystems harbor many different viruses – particularly herpes. And although they don’t get runny noses or stomach upset, corals also are home to the adenoviruses and other viral families that can cause human colds and gastrointestinal disease.

In a research review published in the Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, scientists point out that coral declines are reaching crisis proportions but little has been done so far to explore viral disease as one of the mechanisms for this problem. “We’ve identified 22 kinds of emerging disease that affect corals, but still don’t know the pathogens that cause most of them,” Vega-Thurber said. “Most researchers have looked only at bacteria. StumbleUpon. The Online Literature Library - StumbleUpon.

The Experimental Food Society Spectacular. *rugenius in food+drink , 11:58 From our London based editor, Justine Aw… Some fun highlights from this year’s Experimental Food Society Spectacular exhibition housed in Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery!

The Experimental Food Society Spectacular

How could we not check out an event that boasted “an awe‐inspiring assemblage of jellymongers, sonic food artists, one‐of‐a‐kind dining conceptualists, cake sculptors, food landscape artists and food magicians”? There were some amazing cakes (including a dodo!) , beautiful pieces created from chocolate as well as incredible quail egg cakes (made both from and in the eggs!) These are some absolutely adorable quail egg cakes (made from the eggs and then baked and served inside the shells!) I also loved sampling my way through ‘medicinal marshmallows’ from The Robin Collective (who are behind the Barbican’s cryptozoology tours and other fun projects).

And here are some more highlights from the show! Incredible bust of chocolate from Paul Wayne Gregory. Monster octopi with scores of extra tentacles ~ Pink Tentacle - StumbleUpon. In nature, it is quite rare to encounter octopi with extra tentacles (or "arms," for the purists), but a pair of aquariums in Japan's Mie prefecture have some extraordinary specimens on hand.

Monster octopi with scores of extra tentacles ~ Pink Tentacle - StumbleUpon

The permanent display at the Shima Marineland Aquarium in the town of Shima includes a 96-tentacled Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) that weighed 3.3 kilograms (about 7 lbs) and measured 90 centimeters (3 ft) long when it was captured in nearby Matoya Bay in December 1998. Before dying 5 months later, the creature laid eggs, making it the first known extra-tentacled octopus to do so in captivity. All the baby octopi hatched with the normal number of tentacles, but unfortunately they only survived a month. 96-tentacled octopus laying eggs The preserved octopus actually has the normal number of 8 appendages attached to its body, but each one branches out to form the multitude of extra tentacles. 85-tentacled octopus at Toba Aquarium [Related: Photo: Nine-tentacled octopus]

Mind Junker - StumbleUpon. The Lost America America, One of the Most Powerful Continent in World as well as, the Most Modernized and Advanced Continent of Today.

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But somewhere in this Race we have Lost the America that it looked before. Here we have Collected a Beautiful Pictures to Revive the Old Memories that how America was before the Development. Including the early Industrialization, Cultural Ethics and much more to see as follows. Source: Shorpy.com Be Sociable, Share! Robert Hookes Micrographia - StumbleUpon. Great inns open only to those with good hiking shoes. Repost: Cookie-Cutter Cat Not as Cute as the Name Sounds. [This is a repost of an essay I originally published October 27, 2011.]

Repost: Cookie-Cutter Cat Not as Cute as the Name Sounds

The prehistoric cookie-cutter cat was not as cute as the name suggests. That’s especially true when you consider the fossil felid’s scientific label — Xenosmilus. That roughly translates to “alien knife.” The name certainly fits. Xenosmilus was not a sleek, gracile beast like modern cheetahs, leopards, or tigers. The unique nature of Xenosmilus was not immediately clear when the cat was discovered. At the time, the two partial sabercat skeletons were thought to have belonged to a widespread form called Homotherium serum. Up until the discovery of Xenosmilus, the saber-toothed cats of the past 23 million years or so have been categorized by paleontologists into one of two categories on the basis of their dental cutlery and body shape.

Xenosmilus doesn’t fit into either category. That’s almost all there was to say about Xenosmilus for over a decade. References: Martin, L.; Babiarz, J.; Naples, V. 2011. Find Dinosaur Pictures - Illustrations of Dinosaurs - Dinosaurios - Dinosaur Art - StumbleUpon. Strange Science: Dinosaurs and Dragons. Despised in the West and revered in the East, dragons have a long history in human mythology. How did the myth start? No one knows the exact answer, but some myths may have been inspired by living reptiles, and some "dragon" bones probably belonged to animals long extinct — in some cases dinosaurs, in others, fossil mammals. Starting in the early 19th century, scientists began to find a new kind of monster, one that had gone extinct tens of millions of years before the first humans evolved. Because the first fragments found looked lizard-like, paleontologists assumed they had found giant lizards, but more bones revealed animals like nothing on earth today.

Did these terrible lizards ever coexist with people? Most Recent Additions Mar-08-2014 Feb-21-2014 Year: 1853 Scientist: Sir Richard Owen Artist: Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins Still appears in: Crystal Palace Park, London (photo by Michon Scott) Besides Iguanodon and Megalosaurus, the Crystal Palace Park sculptures included Hylaeosaurus. Ocean Wildlife Nature Pictures. Largest Star Ever Discovered. Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012 - StumbleUpon. By Dean Praetorius | HuffingtonPost.com Earth could be getting a second sun, at least temporarily.

Two Suns? Twin Stars Could Be Visible From Earth By 2012 - StumbleUpon

Dr. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland, outlined the scenario to news.com.au. Betelgeuse, one of the night sky’s brightest stars, is losing mass, indicating it is collapsing. It could run out of fuel and go super-nova at any time. When that happens, for at least a few weeks, we’d see a second sun, Carter says. The Star Wars-esque scenario could happen by 2012, Carter says... or it could take longer. But doomsday sayers should be careful about speculation on this one.

In fact, a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth. UPDATE: To clarify, the news.com.au article does not say a neutrino shower could be beneficial to Earth, but implies a supernova could be beneficial, stating, "Far from being a sign of the apocalypse, according to Dr Carter the supernova will provide Earth with elements necessary for survival and continuity. " Top Image: Source. The Naked Scientists Online, Science Podcast and Science Radio Show - StumbleUpon. Humans Killed off Australian Herbivores. Humans landed on the shores of Australia more than 45,000 years ago.

Humans Killed off Australian Herbivores

The land they encountered was full of huge plant-eating animals, such as the 6,000-pound rhinoceros wombat and giant kangaroo. Sadly, things would soon change. Soon after humans settled on Australia, some 55 giant animal species vanished from Australia, with various theories, from climate change to human hunting, put forth to explain the extinction. Now, researchers have discovered that the arrival of these humans was likely the driver of intense changes to the region, which led to the annihilation of Australia's giant herbivores and drastic changes to the habitat that turned a patchy, shrub-filled landscape into a fire-prone grassy eucalyptus forest. "People turn up in Australia and it's quite soon after that you start to see this series of events unfolding," study researcher Christopher Johnson, of the University of Tasmania in Australia, told LiveScience. Ancient forests Fecal fungus A recurring problem.

Worlds largest telescope underway, scientists definitely observe big bang. Once again astronomers are observing formative explosions, but this time a little bit closer to home. Three million cubic feet of planet earth is being blasted from the Chilean Andes as work on what will be the world's largest telescope begins. The location is the Carnegie Institution's Las Campanas Observatory, and the project is a collaboration between South Korean, Australian and American institutions to create the Giant Magellan Telescope.

The first mirror segment is just being completed, and is so precise, it matches its optical prescription to within a millionth of an inch. The project will cost $700 million once complete, small change we say for a chance to glimpse light from the edge of the Universe. Comments. Venus, Jupiter & Moon Conjunction. Two bright planets in the evening sky, Venus and Jupiter, will put on a nice celestial show on Sunday (March 25), and NASA is inviting people to talk about it online as it happens.

Venus, Jupiter & Moon Conjunction

This weekend, Venus and Jupiter will shine together in the western sky, and the slim crescent moon will also play a part in the celestial show. The agency is hosting a webchat Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. EDT (0100 to 0300 GMT March 26), during which participants can discuss how Venus and Jupiter are aligned in the sky. Melissa McGrath, chief scientist in the Science & Technology Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsvilla, Ala., will also be on hand to answer questions about the skywatching event, which astronomers call a conjunction. During the webchat, users will also be able to tune into a live feed of NASA's view of the planets as they brighten the night skies. "This will be the best Venus-Jupiter conjunction for years to come," NASA officials said in a statement. What are gravitational waves Video - 5min.com - StumbleUpon. 31 National Geographic Photos. Get the FlatPix UI Kit for only $7 - Learn More or Buy Now National Geographic has been on the forefront of photography for over100 years.

31 National Geographic Photos

Their timeless images taken all over the world will live on as some of the best nature and human photography of all time. The examples listed below are only from the past 3 years of National Geographic Magazine and are just a sample of some of the breathtaking images captured in the magazine. All images courtesy of National Geographic Magazine. Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine. Knots, ties and splices; a handbook for seafare... Nanotechnology. SyNAPSE: a cognitive computing project from IBM Research - United States - StumbleUpon. Big Data growth is accelerating as more of the world's activity is expressed digitally. Not only is it increasing in volume, but also in speed, variety and uncertainty.

Most data now comes in unstructured forms such as video, images, symbols and natural language - a new computing model is needed in order for businesses to process and make sense of it, and enhance and extend the expertise of humans. Rather than being programmed to anticipate every possible answer or action needed to perform a function or set of tasks, cognitive computing systems are trained using artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to sense, predict, infer and, in some ways, think.

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