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September 6 2014

The Bizarre Beast of Bandai


Some strange mysteries are hard to really categorize. There are cases of mysterious creatures or apparitions where it is difficult to discern if you are looking at a mystery animal, a ghost, a phantom, an alien, or all of the above. Certainly counted among these is the curious case of a quiet mountain hamlet on Japan’s Mt. Bandai that was held in the grip of terror by a shadowy, evil, entity that to this day remains unidentified.

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September 6 2014

Pope Pius II Wrote an Erotic Book


Before he was Pope Pius II, Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini was a poet, scholar, diplomat, and rakehell. And an author. In fact, he wrote a bestseller. People in fifteenth-century Europe couldn’t get enough of his Latin novella Historia de duobus amantibus. An article in a scholarly publication on literature claims that Historia “was undoubtedly one of the most read stories of the whole Renaissance.” The Oxford edition gives a Cliff Notes version of the storyline.

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September 6 2014

Damon's story, by Jonathan Black


Mark Booth, my editor, who writes as Jonathan Black in the UK, is the author of the bestselling "The Secret History of the World". His new book is "The Sacred History", released today in paperback in the UK. Here he shares a story his publishers found so so disturbing that they asked him to omit it from "The Sacred History": http://www.grahamhancock.com/forum/BlackJ3.php.
-Graham

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September 6 2014

The Mystery of the Ancient Roman Tunnel to Hell


There is a place on the northern shore of the Bay of Naples that has long been steeped in history, mystery, myth, and magic. Known as the Phlegræan Fields, it is a desolate place; a barren wasteland strewn with rubble and intersected by deep underground vents that belch out choking fumes and fire. Legends and strange phenomena cling to this hellish, smoke-wreathed landscape, so it is perhaps no wonder that these fields are a location believed since ancient times to hold a tunnel that leads to Hell itself.

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September 6 2014

Millennia-old sunken ship could be world’s oldest, researchers suggest


Underwater excavations led by Ankara University’s Research Center for Maritime Archaeology (ANKUSAM) have uncovered sunken ships ranging from the second century B.C. to the Ottoman period in Izmir's Urla district.

A recent excavation uncovered a ship estimated to date back 4,000 years, which experts say would make it the oldest sunken ship to have been discovered in the Mediterranean.

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September 6 2014

Ancient boat and Stone Age settlement found


Archaeologists are currently raising and examining what is being called the oldest boat ever found in Denmark.

The ancient six to seven metre long vessel is estimated to be 6,500 years old – in comparison, the oldest Pyramid in Egypt is a mere 4,500 years old – and although it is damaged, archaeologists are finding it very interesting.

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September 6 2014

1,500-Year-Old ‘Last Supper’ Papyrus Casts New Light on Early Christianity


Dr Roberta Mazza at the University of Manchester’s John Rylands Research Institute has discovered what she says is the world’s oldest surviving document to use the Christian Eucharist liturgy as a protective charm. The intriguing papyrus document from Roman Egypt, which appears to be nearly 1,500 years old and refers to the Last Supper and ‘manna from heaven,’ casts new light on early Christianity – just 300 years after the Roman emperor Constantine converted to the religion.

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September 5 2014

Introducing Dreadnoughtus - the newly discovered biggest dinosaur ever


The discovery of a new supermassive species of dinosaur, one of the biggest ever found, is detailed in new research published today.

With a 37-foot neck and weighing in at 65 tonnes - the equivalent of seven Tyrannosaurus Rex – the 85-foot Dreadnoughtus schrani was one of the largest dinosaurs to walk the earth. It is the biggest land animal for which a body mass can be accurately calculated, say scientists.

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September 5 2014

Ancient Mammal Relatives Were 'Night Owls'


Mammals were long thought to have evolved nocturnal lifestyles as a way to co-exist with dinosaurs, but new research finds that nighttime behavior may have evolved 100 million years earlier than mammals did.

The eye bones of ancestors of modern mammals that lived more than 300 million years ago, such as the sail-finned carnivore Dimetrodon, suggest that at least some of these animals were already active at night, researchers say.

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September 5 2014

Tragedy: Russia’s orbiting zero-g sex geckos have all died


Several weeks back, we learned of the harrowing tale of the zero-g sex geckos: blasted into low Earth orbit aboard the Russian Foton-M4 satellite as part of a biological experiment to study reproduction in microgravity, the sex geckos mission was endangered almost from the beginning when Russian space agency Roscosmos lost positive control over the geckos’ spacecraft. Roscosmos was able to receive telemetry, but it couldn't send commands. Without ground control, the Foton-M4 would slowly decay out of orbit and enter the atmosphere uncontrolled.

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September 5 2014

The Rains Of Titan Change When They Hit Underground Reservoirs: Study


Titan — that moon of Saturn that has what some scientists consider precursors to elements for life — is a neat place to study because it also has a liquid cycle. But how the hydrocarbons move from the moon’s hundreds of lakes and seas into the atmosphere and the crust is still being examined.

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September 5 2014

'Soccer-ball' robots to patrol space for deadly junk


IN SPACE, junk can make you scream. The International Space Station (ISS)regularly changes orbit to avoid colliding with derelict satellites, rocket stages and other objects whizzing around Earth at thousands of kilometres per hour. Soon robots may fly out to assess the danger presented by the vast array of objects not already tracked by radar.

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September 5 2014

Hayabusa 2: Japan's New Asteroid Mining Plans Could Hold Answer to Life on Earth


The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is planning to launch a new probe into space to mine the asteroid 1999 JU3. This is the second attempt at mining an asteroid after the last spacecraft, Hayabusa, failed in its core mission.

The new spacecraft, named Hayabusa 2, has been completed and is ready and waiting to ship to its launch site.

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September 5 2014

NASA Wants Your Future Predictions for Asteroid-bound Time Capsule


If you have any predictions about the state of space exploration a decade from now, NASA would like to hear them.

The space agency is inviting the public to contribute messages and pictures to a "time capsule" aboard the Osiris-Rex spacecraft, which is scheduled to launch in 2016. The probe will collect samples from an asteroid and return the material to Earth in 2023.

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September 5 2014

The First Successful Demonstration Of Brain-To-Brain Communication In Humans


For the first time ever, neuroscientists have demonstrated the viability of direct — and completely non-invasive — brain-to-brain communication in humans. Remarkably, the experiment allowed subjects to exchange mentally-conjured words despite being 5,000 miles apart.

It's the neuroscientific equivalent of instant messaging.

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September 5 2014

'Smart' chopsticks unveiled in China


Electronic chopsticks that can detect whether food is unsafe to eat have been unveiled by Chinese tech company Baidu.

The search giant said the utensils could detect unsanitary cooking oil - a common concern in the country.

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September 5 2014

Wrecked knees? Nose cartilage can fix them


IF YOU need a new knee, look no further than the end of your nose. It turns out that nasal cartilage is a good substitute for the knee's natural shock-absorbing tissue – so much so that nine people have undergone the first nose-to-knee cartilage transplant.

Unlike many tissues in the body, cartilage, which covers and cushions the surface of joints, has little capacity to regenerate once damaged. Sports injuries or falls can lead to loss of cartilage, but it also degenerates in diseases like osteoarthritis. Treatment options are limited and people often need to have the entire joint replaced with an artificial one.

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