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Updated: 2018-03-06T17:33:18.026-06:00

 



Is The Chupacabra Real?

2015-02-04T01:18:05.117-06:00

Is the Chupacabra real? The video below explains the possible species connections the Chupacabra could have. For example, is it a rat/kangaroo mix? Or what? Is the Chupacabra a new species all together? Is it a cross between two species?

Many of the sightings that are hyped in the media are always proven false. That doesn't mean the Chupacabra isn't real. Nature can do weird things, and the idea of strange mutations isn't a crazy one.

Until caught, the Chupacabra will remain reclusive, and mythological. The truth is out there.

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The Real Sounds Of Hell

2015-02-04T01:18:18.803-06:00



Researchers from a remote part of Siberia claim to have recorded real sounds from hell. They drilled a hole roughly 14 kilometers deep into earth's crust. The researchers noted an unusual amount of heat coming from the hole. After dropping ultra-sensitive microphones into the hole--to measure the earth's movements--they discovered strange feedback coming into the mics. The video below is a sample of what they recorded. It's the real sounds of hell. Maybe...
If you get scared easily, don't watch the video. I warned you.

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'The last discovery was nevertheless the most shocking to our ears, so much so that the scientists are afraid to continue the project. We tried to listen to the earth's movements at certain intervals with supersensitive microphones, which were let down through the hole. What we heard turned those logically thinking scientists into a trembling ruins. It was a sometimes a weak, but high pitched sound which we thought to be coming from our own equipment. But after some adjustments we comprehended that indeed the sound came from the earth's interior. We could hardly believe our own ears. We heard a human voice, screaming in pain. Even though one voice was discernible, we could hear thousands, perhaps millions, in the background, of suffering souls screaming. After this ghastly discovery, about half of the scientists quit because of fear. Hopefully, that which is down there will stay there,' said lead researcher, Dr Azzacov.



Cold Weight Loss Benefits Without The Cold

2014-06-07T22:26:55.549-05:00

Brr-brr-brr! Scientists have discovered a way to make the body of mice burn calories as if they were exposed to the freezing cold. A potential future treatment for obesity in humans!

White fat to brown fat 

Humans are born with a decent amount of brown fat. Brown fat is the fat best used for insulation from the cold. White fat stores energy, while brown fat is the energy burner--which comes in really handy when you want to lose some weight. Sadly, as we humans get older, brown fat seems to disappear. Ajay Chawla (UC), San Fran, and his team injected obese mice with interleukin-4 (a signalling molecule that turns white fat into brown fat) four times over the course of eight days. And two weeks later...

How much weight did the mice lose? 

After two weeks the mice lost 12% of their body weight, four grams of it was beige fat--And their energy expenditure went up 10% to 20% as well, which just means they will burn more calories throughout the day.

What does this all mean?

There is already a company that is using this research called Ember Therapeutics. In the future, after more tests and research on humans, we may see this being a option for the treatment of obesity and of course type 2 diabetes. And probably people who just want to lose some weight!

And now I leave you with a video about the weight loss benefits of cold for humans. Imagine being able to get these benefits without actually sitting (or exercising) outside in the North Pole.

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Most fascinating science news of the week (Dec 15, 2012)

2012-12-15T19:19:47.055-06:00

Here are some of the most fascinating science news stories of the week:CU-Boulder team develops swarm of pingpong ball-sized robotsUniversity of Colorado Boulder Assistant Professor Nikolaus Correll likes to think in multiples. If one robot can accomplish a singular task, think how much more could be accomplished if you had hundreds of them. Read more: http://www.colorado.edu/news/releases/2012/12/14/cu-boulder-team-develops-swarm-pingpong-ball-sized-robotsAstronomers discover 'missing link' of black holes The discovery of a bingeing black hole in our nearest neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, has shed new light on some of the brightest X-ray sources seen in other galaxies, according to new work co-authored by astronomers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research's Curtin University node. Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/icfr-ad121112.php\UCLA engineers develop new energy-efficient computer memory using magnetic materials By using electric voltage instead of a flowing electric current, researchers from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have made major improvements to an ultra-fast, high-capacity class of computer memory known as magnetoresistive random access memory, or MRAM. Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uoc--ued121412.php  Stretchable electronicsElectronic devices become smaller, lighter, faster and more powerful with each passing year. Currently, however, electronics such as cell phones, tablets, laptops, etc., are rigid. But what if they could be made bendable or stretchy? Read more: http://www.udel.edu/udaily/2013/dec/stretchable-electronics-121112.html  Dolphin hearing system component found in insectsA hearing system component thought to be unique in toothed whales like dolphins has been discovered in insects, following research involving the University of Strathclyde. Read more: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-12/uos-dhs121312.php [...]



Geminid meteor shower live stream

2012-12-13T20:40:41.198-06:00

The Geminid meteor shower occurs on an annual basis, when the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon sprinkles the Earth with its debris tail. Get outside tonight between midnight and 3 a.m. to catch a glimpse of this amazing spectacle.

Expect to see roughly 100+ meteors per hour during the peak at 2-3 a.m.


If you can't get out to see Geminid, NASA will be live streaming the event via a camera at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Below is the embedded live stream:

If you would like to go directly to the NASA live stream event, here's the link: http://www.nasa.gov/connect/chat/geminids2012.html

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The damage Toutatis would cause if it struck Earth

2012-12-13T09:00:05.497-06:00

If the asteroid Toutatis were to hit planet Earth, the aftermath would be catastrophic. The asteroid that ended-it-all for the dinosaurs was 6-miles wide. At 3-miles wide, Toutatis is half the size of the rock that killed off the dinosaurs.

Experts say that an impact from Toutatis could possibly end civilization as we know it. Even an asteroid 0.6 miles wide would cause severe global damage. Don't panic though, experts are fairly confident that Toutatis will not hit the Earth for at least 600 years, if ever.

Calculate the potential damage yourself by using the asteroid damage calculator: Impact: Earth

Set the diameter to 2.45 km (Toutatis is 3-miles wide, but 2.45 km for the diameter would be equal to its overall volume. )

Set the density to dense rock (Toutatis has a varying spectrum of density, due to this, scientists believe that Toutatis may be made up of several smaller asteroids.)

Set the velocity to 7 m/s or so (Toutatis was observed traveling at around 24,000 mph, convert that into miles per second and you get 6-7 m/s.)

The other parameters you can just play around with.

As I ran the simulator, I kinda came out thinking that Toutatis would probably cause more damage than what the simulator calculates. Since Toutatis is shaped like a peanut, has a weird orbit, tumbles like a football, and has varying density, I think the consequences of an impact would be species-ending.



Toutatis Live Stream On Thursday

2012-12-12T19:12:21.212-06:00

If you missed the live stream of Toutatis on Tuesday, there will be another live event courtesy of the Virtual Telescope Project on Thursday at 3 p.m. EST (2 p.m. Central).

Here's the link to the event: www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/

This is your last chance to see one of the live events so make sure you bookmark the link above. The next time you will see Toutatis will be in 2016.

Here is a video of Toutatis taken on December 8, 2012 by the Virtual Telescope Project: allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/w50aYwczRk0" width="560">



Asteroid 4179 Toutatis Live Streams

2012-12-12T18:53:41.235-06:00

Catch a glimpse of the near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis as it cruises by Earth.

Toutatis is a 3-mile wide asteroid that will come within 4.3 million miles of Earth in the next couple of days. Don't worry, it has no chance of hitting Earth.

*This event has passed
At 10 p.m. EST tonight ( 9 p.m Central ) SLOOH SpaceCamera will broadcast a live stream of Toutatis.

Here is the link to the live stream: www.slooh.com

If you missed the live stream from slooh, there will be another live stream of Toutatis on Thursday via the Virtual Telescope Project at 3 p.m. EST. www.virtualtelescope.eu/webtv/



Looks like Apple has a new market: CATS!

2012-09-12T17:16:59.791-05:00

We all know that Apple rules the world. And the Apple iPad has not seen a worthy competitor yet. However, do you think Jobs knew that the world was going to be ruled by cats! I mean, how could he? With the soon-to-happen cat takeover of the Earth, Apple is already beginning to prepare! Just watch the video below and you will see a cat playing on an iPad!

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Make your e-reader smell like a real book

2012-09-09T20:31:18.569-05:00

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Paper Passion. Steidlville.com
We all know that e-readers will eventually replace old-fashioned, paper books. But there are some of us that still don't want to let go of the joy of picking up a real book, flipping through the pages, and smelling the stench of fresh ink. Sniff. Sniff. Mmm.

If you are an e-reader owner, but love that real-book-smell, what better way than to trick the senses with Paper Passion: a perfume that smells like a freshly printed book. That's right, it's a perfume that you can spray on your e-reader to make it smell like a real book!

Own your own bottle for only $115. Spray it on yourself or spray it on your e-reader!


To purchase follow the link below:
http://steidlville.com/books/1312-Paper-Passion.html



5 ways to live forever

2012-08-29T21:36:26.448-05:00

In about 20 years, scientists claim that they may have the technology to enable humans to live forever. That will make it the year 2032. It may not happen on that exact date, but if you can live long enough to at least see the 2030s, you may never die. Here are 5 ways humans may live forever in the coming future.How can this be done? Here are 5 of the methods we may use in the future to live forever:Replacement of our vital organs:  Scientists can create artificial pancreases so this isn't as crazy as it sounds. It won't be long before this technology is perfected. This means that we will get to replace any organ in our body with a new one. If your heart is failing, you can go to the doctor to order a replacement. It's basically like going to the body mechanic to have parts replaced. We will get to do this over and over again until technology is advanced enough to enable our bodies to live forever on a molecular level. Neurological implants: Computer chips that can attach to the human brain is not as far fetched as it sounds. It's already being done in the laboratory to help people with brain disorders like severe terrets and others. These computer chips will help stimulate the brain for people who have had strokes or head injuries, e.c.t. They will also ease the effects of Parkinson's disease and depression. In addition, they can be used as a pathway from brain to computer. In the future you will be able to control machines with your mind. Perhaps you could even control other people, who knows. This technology will most likely ensure that our brains will never degenerate and our memory will never delete or get destroyed. Any brain damage will be automatically repaired (or transferred into a machine). (See: Transferring Human Consciousness)3. Nanobots: These will be used as a supplement to our natural blood cells and they will be thousands of times more effective. For example, oxygen will be supplied much more effectively and you will most likely be able to run at a full sprint for 15 minutes and stay under water for hours without a breath. Also, they will allow healing and repair to be nearly instant and will ensure that the cells in our body never decay, allowing us to never age or maybe we could even grow younger instead of older.4. Cyborg technology: This is pretty self explanatory. In the future instead of replacing body parts with biological copies, we may be able to replace them with mechanical copies. We will then become super human biological cyborgs. We will live forever and be nearly invincible. (See: Dog's Head Kept Alive Without a Body)5. Cryonics: Cryonics is a technology that uses vitrification instead of freezing for the preservation of humans and animals. The idea is you can have yourself preserved until medical technology is available to heal you. So even if you die today, you can be restored at a later date. Currently, around 200 people have had this procedure since 1962. In the United States, only people who are pronounced clinically dead can have cryonics performed. The only problem, the technology does not yet exist to bring these people back to life without killing them. Would you take the risk? I sure would.I recently watched the movie Zardoz and found it was a compelling take on the effects of living forever. In the movie, people were begging for death. Would life really get that boring? align="right" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=timehuman-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B000059HAE&fc1=000000&IS2=1<1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr" style="height: 245px; padding-right: 10px; padding-top: 5px; width: 131px;"> [...]



Where is Albert Einstein's Brain?

2015-01-03T01:09:40.271-06:00

Where in the world is Einstein's brain? Where has it gone?

When his body passed away, Albert Einstein's brain was surgically removed 7 hours later. It was taken by Thomas Stoltz Harvey, who was the guy that did the autopsy on Albert. Whether he took the brain with permission is still unkown.

In a 1971 biography by Ronald Clark, Einstein said he wanted his brain to be used for research and his body cremated. However, according to Einstein's relatives, that wasn't necessarily true at all and Harvey did indeed take the brain without permission.

Einstein's son, Hans Einstein, did agree to the removal of the brain, but
only for research that would be included in the best scientific
journals.
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Mr. Harvey was hoping to study Einstein's brain--to see why he was such a genius.  He took pictures of the brain and then dissected it into 240 blocks, which he put into jars. Because of Mr. Harvey's lack of expertise, he never found anything significant.

Harvey didn't only remove Einstein's brain. He took his eyes out and gave them to a dude named Henry Abrams who was Einstein's eye doctor.

A few months later, Mr. Harvey was fired from Princeton Hospital. The reason for his firing was due to the fact that he wouldn't share the brain. Mr. Harvey kept it and took it with him. It was his own personal pet. Slowly, over time, he let bits and pieces be taken by researchers. It wasn't until 1996 when Harvey brought what was left of the brain to Dr. Elliot Krauss at Princeton Hospital, where it remains today.



Raw Video Footage of Albert Einstein Arriving in America

2011-06-07T20:46:47.623-05:00

Here is a video of the coolest man to ever live, Albert Einstein. The video is very short and has no sounds, but, any video with Albert Einstein in it is a cool video indeed!

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Summer Science Reads For 2011

2011-06-06T18:32:08.220-05:00

Here are some great science books to get you through the summer. I've already read all of these. Try to catch up! :)Note: all links go to amazon.com and if you buy something I get a small commission. The commission does not affect the price in any way.  Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 On the origin of species by means of natural selection,: Or, The preservation of favoured races in the struggle for lifeThe Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human ValuesBeyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines---and How It Will Change Our LivesSpace: From Earth to the Edge of the UniverseGod Created the Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed HistoryThe Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the CosmosThe Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryThe Universe in a NutshellTranscend: Nine Steps to Living Well ForeverAnyone have suggestions for other science books? [...]






Michio Kaku Takes Us On A Journey Through His Office

2011-06-03T21:39:59.918-05:00

Astrophysics, Michi Kaku, author of Physics of the Impossible(image) , Physics of the Future(image) , and other fascinating titles, takes us on a journey through his personal office space. I don't believe I have ever seen such an office space in perfect mathematical order! Just watch the video and you will see what I mean.
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