Discoveries

Flesh-eating fungus deaths were unanticipated consequence of tornado

“This is one of the most severe fungal infections that anyone’s ever seen…” Fungus responsible for 5 deaths in the wake of massive tornado. A fast growing, flesh-eating fungus killed 5 people following a massive tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., according to two new studies based on genomic sequencing by the Translational Genomics Research Institute…

South Pacific island does not exist (Updated:Caution – items on maps may not appear as noted)

BBC News – South Pacific Sandy Island ‘proven not to exist’. A South Pacific island, shown on marine charts and world maps as well as on Google Earth and Google Maps, does not exist, Australian scientists say. The supposedly sizeable strip of land, named Sandy Island on Google maps, was positioned midway between Australia and…

Brahe death not a mystery, not poison

Astronomer Tycho Brahe ‘not poisoned’, says expert The 16th-Century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe is unlikely to have been poisoned, according to a researcher studying his remains. Brahe was thought to have died of a bladder infection, but a previous exhumation found traces of mercury in hair from his beard. However, the most recent tests have…

Elephant mimics Korean words

This is a remarkable behavior noted for the first time. BBC News – Elephant mimics Korean with help of his trunk. An Asian elephant called Koshik has astounded scientists with his Korean language skills. Researchers report that the mammal has learnt to imitate human speech and can say five words in Korean: hello, no, sit…

Ionospheric phenomena exciting new direction for earthquake prediction

This is a very exciting story about earthquake precursors. Japan Quake May Have Struck Atmosphere First The devastating earthquake that struck Japan this year may have rattled the highest layer of the atmosphere even before it shook the Earth, a discovery that one day could be used to provide warnings of giant quakes, scientists find.…

Drake landed HERE at Point Reyes and we’re done with this discussion

Point Reyes declared Drake landing site – SFGate. The federal government has quietly ended a 433-year-old historical controversy by officially recognizing a cove on the Point Reyes Peninsula as the site where Sir Francis Drake landed in 1579 and claimed California for England. The mystery of where England’s most famous and feared sea captain landed has long intrigued…

Giant cave spiders! Good thing they are in Laos.

A harvestman was collected in Laos and recent reexamined. It is a GIANT indeed. This article notes that’s not the only huge species in Laos, a land of great (big) discoveries. Giant Harvestman Yet to Be Named: Arachnologist Discovers Another Giant of the Animal World in Laos A scientist at the Senckenberg Research Institute in…

Russian geoglyph claimed older than Nazca lines

Mysterious elk-shaped structure discovered in Russia – Technology & science – Science – LiveScience | NBC News. A huge geoglyph in the shape of an elk or deer discovered in Russia may predate Peru’s famous Nazca Lines by thousands of years. The animal-shaped stone structure, located near Lake Zjuratkul in the Ural Mountains, north of…

Cancer, iron nanoparticles, and magnets. Don’t misinterpret this new research!

Powerful magnets can ‘switch off’ cancer cells. The breakthrough treatment triggers the diseased cells to effectively commit suicide, blasting away the killer cancer from within. Programmed cell death, or apoptosis, is one of the body’s ways of getting rid of old, faulty or infected cells. The treatment works by using tiny iron nanoparticles attached to…

Media hypes Pegomastax as blood-sucking porcupine. Happy Halloween!

Pegomastax, a new dinosaur discovery was neither a blood sucker nor a porcupine. This did not prevent media outlets from using the terms “vampire” or “Dracula” and saying it was covering in quills. Scientists discover new species of dinosaur: the fanged vampire parrot – Telegraph. A peculiar-looking new species of dinosaur has been identified in…

Ironman Buddhist King from space

Ancient Buddhist statue made of meteorite, new study reveals. It sounds like an artifact from an Indiana Jones film: a 1,000-year-old ancient Buddhist statue which was first recovered by a Nazi expedition in 1938 has been analyzed by scientists and has been found to be carved from a meteorite. The findings, published in Meteoritics and…