Discoveries

A giant puzzle — What’s it for?

An AMAZING piece with twists and turns, dedicated individuals, secret networks and we are still left with a tantalizing mystery at the end. The internet mystery that has the world baffled For the past two years, a mysterious online organisation has been setting the world’s finest code-breakers a series of seemingly unsolveable problems. But to…

What’s kraken at the GSA meeting? (UPDATE: Creationist!)

Originally published Nov 1, 2013, see important update below. We’re seeing a revival of a story we first noted in October 2011 from the GSA (Geological Society of America) conference. The same researchers have returned to try to further convince us that a giant unknown cephalopod existed AND that it was so intelligent that it…

Iennys was not well liked. In fact, he was cursed.

An interesting find… Ancient Magician’s Curse Tablet Discovered in Jerusalem | LiveScience. A lead curse tablet, dating back around 1,700 years and likely written by a magician, has been discovered in a collapsed Roman mansion in Jerusalem, archaeologists report. The text is written in Greek and, in it a woman named Kyrilla invokes the names…

Ancient warrior prince turns out to be a princess

Oops! Etruscan warrior prince really a princess. Last month, archaeologists announced a stunning find: a completely sealed tomb cut into the rock in Tuscany, Italy. The untouched tomb held what looked like the body of an Etruscan prince holding a spear, along with the ashes of his wife. Several news outlets reported on the discovery…

Never give up, even if you’ve been eaten

A paper just published in Herpetology Notes journal describes a very unusual observation – a blindsnake was eaten by a toad and passed through ALIVE! ‘Fantastic Voyage’: a live blindsnake (Ramphotyphlops braminus) journeys through the gastrointestinal system of a toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) [PDF] Here is the abstract. We report an unusual predator-prey interaction between the Common Asian…

Feel like the walking dead? It may be your medication.

A link between renal failure, acyclovir and Cotard’s syndrome is suggested in a new paper. This unusual syndrome leads people to believe they are dead or that their organs aren’t working. Strange. Reversing walking corpse syndrome: Cotard’s Syndrome trigger found – and it’s a household cold sore cream. Pharmacologists have discovered one of the mechanisms…

A prehistoric donation

You find some odd things in the attic or basement. Funny to think someone could have just boxed this up and not been curious about it or sold it. Mysterious 10,000-Year-Old Mastodon Tooth Found in Charity’s Donation Pile | ABC News Blogs – Yahoo. John Timmer, an employee at the charity’s warehouse, found the ancient…

Unexpected tiger quoll captured on game cam

Another fine vindication of the power of game cameras. An surprise resident appears. Endangered tiger quoll spotted in Grampians for the first time in more than 140 years – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). A tiger quoll has been sighted in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria for the first time in more than…

Hide your money in the old organ

Good place to stash cash. Half a billion in German Reichsmarks found in organ More than half a billion German Reichsmarks were discovered in a time capsule from 1930 hidden inside an organ in Norway. According to a note found in the time capsule, it was placed in the organ by August Sieber, an organ…

Submerged pyramid structure found in Azores

Not sure what to make of this discovery, but it is in a volcanic area with seamounts and there are questions about the historical settlements here. Of course, this discovery is being linked to Atlantis. Terceira: Subaquatic pyramidal shaped structure found – Azores | Portuguese American Journal. An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth…

Has the extremely rare night parrot been rediscovered alive?

There was a reveal of evidence that the very rare night parrot is still out there. Queensland bird enthusiast presents museum with photos of elusive night parrot – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). A Queensland bird enthusiast claims to have caught the rare Australian night parrot on camera. The fat, ground-dwelling bird is so elusive it…

Ants may behave differently before an earthquake, research says

A new study on animal prediction of earthquakes Ant-icipation: Insects know when earthquakes are coming Ants with the world’s worst taste in real estate seem to sense earthquakes before they strike, according to research presented Thursday at the European Geosciences Union annual meeting in Vienna. Research on ants in Germany showed that they follow regular…