News Desk Archive

Author of the Month

To sign up to the Graham Hancock newsletter mailing list, please click here.

Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  next  >>>

 

February 28 2015

The Curiosity robot confirms methane in Mars' atmosphere which may hint that existed life


The tunable laser spectrometer in the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument of the Curiosity robot has unequivocally detected an episodic increase in the concentration of methane in Mars' atmosphere after an exhaustive analysis of data obtained during 605 soles or Martian days.

This puts an end to the long controversy on the presence of methane in Mars, which started over a decade ago when this gas was first detected with telescopes from Earth.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Life 'not as we know it' possible on Saturn's moon Titan


A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers.

Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world - specifically Titan, the giant moon of Saturn. A planetary body awash with seas not of water, but of liquid methane, Titan could harbor methane-based, oxygen-free cells.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Physicists offer a solution to the puzzle of the origin of matter in the universe


Most of the laws of nature treat particles and antiparticles equally, but stars and planets are made of particles, or matter, and not antiparticles, or antimatter. That asymmetry, which favors matter to a very small degree, has puzzled scientists for many years.

New research by UCLA physicists, published in the journal Physical Review Letters, offers a possible solution to the mystery of the origin of matter in the universe.


Related: New theory could prove how life began and disprove God

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Big Bang, Deflated? Universe May Have Had No Beginning


If a new theory turns out to be true, the universe may not have started with a bang.

In the new formulation, the universe was never a singularity, or an infinitely small and infinitely dense point of matter. In fact, the universe may have no beginning at all.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Water-World Earths Could Host Life, Even If They’re Askew


Life could be habitable on an Earth-sized waterworld tilted on its side if the oceans aren’t too shallow, a new study reveals.

As long as the entire world was covered in oceans of at least 50 meters (165 feet) deep, temperatures would be moderate enough at the poles to support life. Even at the equator, which would be the chilliest part of that world since it only would receive a bit of sunlight in spring and fall, life could still exist.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Did The Red Baron Really Shoot Down A UFO During WWI? The German Ace’s Fellow Pilot Believes So


German fighter pilot ace, Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen, also known as the Red Baron, is officially credited with shooting down 80 enemy planes during World War I, but a sensational new book claims that the man considered the flight ace supreme was also the first pilot in history to shoot down a UFO.


Related: The Time a UFO Invaded Los Angeles: UFO Diary Recreates the Great LA Air Raid of 1942

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

White and gold or blue and black? The dress has confused the internet but science has the answer


The internet has been divided into two warring tribes by a picture of a dress functioning as an accidental colour perception experiment.


Alt: What colour is the dress? Here's why we disagree
Alt: The optical illusion dress that's divided the internet: Celebrities join fierce debate over whether this frock is white and gold or blue and black... so which colours do YOU see?

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Anger Can Trigger a Heart Attack


New research suggests that anger can trigger a heart attack. Researchers at the University of Sydney found that the risk of a heart attack is 8.5 times higher in the two hours following a burst of intense anger.

"Our findings confirm what has been suggested in prior studies and anecdotal evidence, even in films -- that episodes of intense anger can act as a trigger for a heart attack,"


Related: Frequent sauna use protects men against cardiac death

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Introverts prefer mountains


In a series of three studies, researchers tested whether there is a link between personality and an aspect of physical ecology: flat terrain versus mountainous terrain. The study found that only one of the Big Five personality traits predicted terrain preference -- extraversion.


Related: Brain scans show extroverts come in 2 types

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Robear: the bear-shaped nursing robot who'll look after you when you get old


A number of companies have explored the idea of humanoid robots as future home-helpers for elderly people. The latest experiment from Japan is distinctly more bear-shaped, though.

Meet Robear, an experimental nursing-care robot developed by the RIKEN-SRK Collaboration Center for Human-Interactive Robot Research and Sumitomo Riko Company.


Related: In Japan, robot dogs are for life - and death

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Mad Scientists at MIT Are Designing Chairs That Assemble Themselves


The last chair you purchased likely arrived fully assembled, but let’s be clear: It didn’t assemble itself. There’s only one chair in the world that can do that, and it’s way too small for you to sit on. This very special chair, standing upon a 15 cm by 15 cm footprint, is the work of Skylar Tibbits and his team at the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Stem cells from your teeth could repair your eyes


Stem cells from the dental pulp of wisdom teeth can be coaxed to turn into cells of the eye’s cornea.

Researchers say this could one day be used to repair corneal scarring due to infection or injury. This could also be new source of corneal transplant tissue made from the patient’s own cells.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

One day we could borrow ‘antifreeze’ proteins from ticks to resist cold


Feeling a bit nippy? For now you'll have to stick to your hat and scarf to warm up, but one day some antifreeze proteins from a fish or a tick might do the trick.

In a preliminary study published Wednesday in PLOS ONE, researchers report using specially bred mice -- ones spliced with the genes that give ticks antifreeze cells -- to show that mammals can benefit from the proteins that other species use to keep from icing over.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Fungus plays 'biomusic' duet


A duet for slime mould and piano will be premiered at an arts festival this weekend, giving new meaning to the term "culture".

Festival director and musician Eduardo Miranda has put the decomposition into composition: his new work uses cultures of the fungus Physarum polycephalum.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

Plants Don't Have Mouths, But They Can Sing


A small red alligator clip connects to one of the plant's leaves. Another "grounding" cord is wedged into the soil, at the plant's roots. Both cords connect to a biofeedback machine, which is more typically used to measure changes in the body, such as heart rate, via electrical sensors.

Today, that machine is synced with a synthesizer, which supposedly translates the plant's energy levels, as measured through biofeedback, into audible tones, which are then played through speakers.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 28 2015

To save the rainforest, let the locals take control


SATELLITE images of the Amazon rainforest are startling. Islands of green are surrounded by brown areas of land cleared for farming. In places, the brown advances, year by year. But in others, the forest holds firm. Why the difference? Mostly, the surviving green areas belong to local tribes.


Related: King of deforestation cut down: Can logger’s arrest stem tide of destruction in Amazon? - "HE’s known as the King of Deforestation and is thought to be responsible for 20 per cent of recent destruction in the Brazilian Amazon. Ezequiel Antonio Castanha was arrested this weekend for operating a network that illegally seized government lands, cleared them and sold them to cattle grazers"

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]
February 27 2015

Vertical farm can make 44,000 pounds of tomatoes on the side of a parking lot


The Wyoming town of Jackson gets long and bitter winters. One mile above sea level in a landlocked state, months of heavy snow leave the town unable to grow much of its own produce, forcing it to import fresh fruit and vegetables from other states or other countries. But the creators of a new initiative called Vertical Harvest — a multi-story greenhouse built on the side of a parking lot — hope that one of the world's few vertical farms can help feed the town with tomatoes, herbs, and microgreens.

[View as single article...] [Follow article link...]

Back to News Desk...

Page: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  next  >>>

Enjoy the newsdesk? Please tell others about it:

Tweet
Add Graham via his official Twitter, Google+ and facebook pages.

G+. Site design by Amazing Internet Ltd, maintenance by Synchronicity. Site privacy policy. Contact us.

Dedicated Servers and Cloud Servers by Gigenet. Invert Colour Scheme / Default