Sunday, March 30, 2008
Today, several news sources covered the discovery of a mysterious spherical object found in the Australian outback last year. The farmer who made the discovery has only just started to make enquiries into what the object actually is.
So are the two objects connected in some way? Are they indeed from outer space?The answer is "yes", and "yes". But don't go getting too excited, they're not bits from a broken alien spacecraft. view article here. http://www.universetoday.com/2008/03/28/the-mysterious-case-of-two-spheres-falling-to-earth-in-australia-and-brazil/
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
The biggest black hole beats out its nearest competitor by six times. Fortunately, it’s 3.5 billion light years away, forming the heart of a quasar called OJ287. Quasars are extremely bright objects in which matter spiraling into a giant black hole emits large amounts of radiation. Full article here. http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2008/03/18-billion-suns.html
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
From NewScientist.com news service writer Tom Simonite... A neckband that translates thought into speech by picking up nerve signals has been used to demonstrate a "voiceless" phone call for the first time.
With careful training a person can send nerve signals to their vocal cords without making a sound. These signals are picked up by the neckband and relayed wirelessly to a computer that converts them into words spoken by a computerised voice.
A video (above) shows the system being used to place the first public voiceless phone call on stage at a recent conference held by microchip manufacturer Texas Instruments. Michael Callahan, co-founder of Ambient Corporation, which developed the neckband, demonstrates the device, called the Audeo.
Users needn't worry about that the system voicing their inner thoughts though. Callahan says producing signals for the Audeo to decipher requires "a level above thinking". Users must think specifically about voicing words for them to be picked up by the equipment. Full article here. http://technology.newscientist.com/channel/tech/dn13449-nervetapping-neckband-allows-telepathic-chat.html
Fewer than 3000 are thought to have survived the extensive destruction of the west African habitat where it lives and its rarity has placed it in the list of endangered species. Now, a British zoologist has taken some of the first pictures of pygmy hippos in the wild with the help of a network of automatic camera traps.
Capturing images of the retiring animals in Liberia is even more remarkable, given that the region has had two civil wars and an epidemic of brutal poaching for bushmeat in remote forests where well-armed miners pan illegally for gold.
Ben Collen, a research fellow at the Zoological Society of London, took the shots with the help of a team of locals who set up 32 camera traps spaced 2km apart over a network covering a sizeable part of the Sapo National Park where many of the remaining pygmy hippos live.
To his surprise, the animals were photographed within three days of the camera traps being set. "We knew we'd get something or other, but I never dared hope that we'd get pygmy hippos so soon," Dr Collen said.
"The pygmy hippo is an extraordinary, mysterious creature that has almost never been seen in the wild ... we were delighted to discover that a population still persists there, but remain highly concerned for the species, which continues to face significant threats from poaching and habitat degradation."
The pygmy hippo grows to about half the height of its full-sized cousin and leads a solitary life, feeding on ferns, leaves, fruits and indeed anything it can find on the forest floor. Its vastly reduced habitat extends into four countries: Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Ivory Coast. Three other species of pygmy hippo that lived on Madagascar have become extinct in modern times, as has a subspecies that lived in Nigeria.
Unlike prehistoric dwarf hippos that lived on the Mediterranean islands of Sicily, Malta and Crete, the pygmy species are not descended from a larger species that became smaller as a result of living on an island.
Dr Collen said it was important to confirm the presence of pygmy hippos in the Sapo National Park because it would help attempts to assess their numbers and maintain a viable breeding population.
The zoological society has identified pygmy hippos as one of the key species in its Edge animal-conservation programme that are in need of urgent attention if the species is to survive.
John Woods, managing director of the Forestry Development Authority in Liberia, which helped to organise the camera-trap project, was surprised to discover the pygmy hippo alive and well.
"I was pessimistic about [its] existence ... at Sapo." - INDEPENDENT
The well-preserved pelvis of the upland moa was found by Department of Conservation rangers under an overhang in a tributary to the Hopkins River. Its position protected it from strong winds and high rainfall.
The upland moa was one of the smallest of the moa species. It lived in higher, cooler parts of the country and was one of the last moa species to become extinct - around 500 years ago.
Canterbury Museum curator of vertebrate zoology Paul Scofield said upland moa bones were rarely found because of the absence of limestone caves in the area.
Dr Scofield said a study of coprolites, dung fossils, around the site would be made to find out about the species' diet. - NZPA
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
The company Global Intelligence Solutions, which specialises in forensic imagery, is helping to examine satellite images of what a US team believes is a 300 metre long ship lying on its side.
Director Rod McCourt says the object cannot be seen clearly because it is under a layer of ice. The Turkish government also will not allow ground teams in.
However Mr McCourt says researchers have already determined the anomaly could be man-made because of its symmetry and evenness of shape. His company is in the process of receiving new images from the best commercial satellite available and will analyse them next week. [NZ Herald]
For more, including video footage, visit The Sun. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article902014.ece
Monday, March 10, 2008
A giant meteor may have exploded over Alaska thousands of years ago, shooting out metal fragments like buckshot, some of which embedded in the tusks of woolly mammoths and the horns of bison. Simultaneously, a large chunk of the meteor hit Alaska south of Allakaket, sending up a dust cloud that blacked out the sun over the entire state and surrounding areas, killing most of the life in the area.
Embedded iron particles surrounded by carbonized rings in the outer layer of a mammoth tusk from Alaska. Inset photo shows how an object ripped through the tusk. Image courtesy Richard Firestone. Full report here. http://alaskareport.com/news28/ned71119_mammoth_tusks.htm
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Full article here. http://www.paranormalnews.com/article.asp?ArticleID=1240
The long, smoky spiral was videotaped by Tony and Marie Quigley of North Tryon. Researchers in Manitoba used digital software to enlarge the images, and were able to rule out meteors, satellites and airplanes, but beyond that they just don't know.
Chris Rutkowski, head of the Ufology Research Centre in Winnipeg, said the Quigleys join a group of hundreds of Canadians who see something unexplainable in the sky every year.
"They were witness to a very interesting phenomenon and they're one of the hundreds of people in Canada every year who see UFOs," said Rutkowski.
"In their case, it was something very spectacular in 2007."
Only about one third of sightings each year are definitively explained. The incident will be included in the group's annual report, due out in a couple of weeks.
Environment Canada and the Transportation Safety Board also examined the video, but were unable to explain the phenomenon. The best explanation offered is it might have been a fighter jet dumping fuel.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Richard Hall, president of the Phoenix Astronomical Society, said the solar system's smallest planet, Mercury, was also visible on the moon's other side, but it was not as bright as Venus.
He said having the two planets so close to the moon was unusual. "It can make quite a pretty picture early in the morning."
"Certainly Mercury's quite a bright object but sort of pales into insignificance alongside Venus."
Mr Hall said the two planets would be close to the moon for just a few more days.
More information is online at www.Astronomynz.org.nz
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
A team at the University of Edinburgh has developed a method of making the nanomagnets stronger, opening the way for their use in cancer treatment.
The bacteria-produced magnets are better than man-made versions because of their uniform size and shape, the Nature Nanotechnology study reported.
It is hoped one day the magnets could be guided to tumour sites and then activated to destroy cancerous cells.
The bacteria take up iron from their surroundings and turn it into a string of magnetic particles.
The man, who did not want to be named, claims to have seen a strange object in the sky above Overton, near Wrexham, at about 6am on Friday.This is the latest in a string of UFO sightings in the Wrexham area in recent months, prompting one flying saucer enthusiast to dub the region "a UFO hot spot".In July last year, the Evening Leader had its largest ever internet response to a video, posted on its website, of 'UFOs' which had been seen by a number of people over Borras.Referring to the latest sighting, the Overton resident said: "I don't want to be made a laughing stock, but I thought I'd let you know I saw a UFO this morning over Overton at around 5.40am."I viewed it for three minutes or so. I hope it was a plane or something but I was watching it for a while and it didn't ring of a plane to me. I'm just hoping someone else has seen it so I don't look silly."One of Britain's most famous UFO incidents, dubbed North Wales' very own 'Roswell incident' allegedly occurred on the Berwyn Mountains in 1974. Full article here. http://www.wrexhamleader.co.uk/news/UFO-seen-hovering-over-village.3841592.jp
Hundreds of documented sightings of UFOs across the UK will be released by the MoD to the National Archive in the coming weeks. Full article here. http://paranormal.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?zi=1/XJ&sdn=paranormal&cdn=newsissues&tm=110&gps=160_901_1217_601&f=11&su=p284.8.150.ip_&tt=2&bt=0&bts=0&zu=http%3A//news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/tayside_and_central/7275649.stm
From TechCrunch: "Spielberg has apparently had at least one paranormal experience himself. There are stories of him staying in a hotel called Excelsior House and being so frightened by ghosts that he fled the room and moved 20 miles away. We’ve also heard anecdotes about Spielberg seeing the ghost of a dead relative repeatedly as a child. Whether based in reality or the product of an exceptional imagination, these experiences may have had an impact on his life’s work and this upcoming social network."
Saturday, March 1, 2008
The print is believed to have languished since being taken in February 1965, but a plan to display it by the Devonport Navy Museum has sparked speculation about the mystery object. UFO expert Peter Hassall, who wrote a book on the subject in New Zealand, is excited by this previously unreported sighting.
The image was captured by the photographer on large-format black and white negative film shot from the cruiser's wing bridge as it approached what looks like Cape Brett in Bay of Islands. The Royalist was on its way back from Waitangi celebrations in February 1965.
It was first spotted by museum staff member Paul Restall as he was assembling images for the museum's new website. Full article and zoom enlargement photo here. http://ufo.whipnet.org/xdocs/nz.navy.ufo/index.html
University Of Exeter academic Karolina-Slavka Mueller was in London for the weekend, when she took some shots with her camera phone of the sights.
But when she looked back at the January 19 night time pictures of Tower Bridge and the London Eye, she was shocked to see an apparent UFO. And experts claim it is the real thing.
Karolina said in an email: "What's very strange about this is the fact that we didn't actually see this object in the sky while I was taking the photos. Full article and photos here. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article857527.ece
By TIM CRONSHAW - The Press
The quartz crystal quivers, then leans ever so slightly, with no apparent sleight- of-hand direction from Dave Penney.
Slowly, the pointed end of the crystal zeroes in on a blue pen mark scribed on a map.
Penney is a picture of concentration, his hands clasped around a cord attached to the crystal. "It's moving on that one," says the 70-year-old retired motoring and ground engineer, under his breath. "See Johns Road? That aquifer is coming from a main artery here. What I have found with divining is the water is coming from the Antarctic, sourcing through the southern lakes."
Penney is a water diviner, but not for him the conventional forked willow or the two L-shaped metal rods. The divining rods are only used as a back-up. The rest of the time, he lets the crystal run its course over maps, plotting the direction of aquifer arteries and their sub-branches.
Full article here.http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/4420780a3600.html