Sunday, January 24, 2010

This Week's Hot Topics

UFO papers to be made public
Hundreds of pages of secret files on New Zealand UFO sightings will be released by the military this year. —

Lasers to beam energy to Earth from space
Solar energy collected in space and beamed back to Earth by laser could soon be used to power homes and electric vehicles. — The Telegraph

Scientologists 'heal' Haiti quake victims using touch
Church of Scientology "volunteer ministers" claim to use the power of touch to reconnect nervous systems. — Breitbart

Touchscreen merges the real and digital worlds
A new tabletop computer allows designers to take advantage of touchscreens while still using traditional paper and pens. — New Scientist

Widespread antibiotic use in 1960s sparked MRSA

Early use of antibiotics in the 1960s may have given birth to one of the most common strains of MRSA, a study has found. — The Telegraph

Children's 'ghosts' haunt Australian cemetery

Does this photo show the figures of two children, born nearly a century apart, walking in their own paranormal playground? —

Earth Not Properly Protected from Asteroids

The U.S. must do more to safeguard Earth against destruction by an asteroid than merely prepping nuclear missiles, a new report has found. —

Video: Japan's new ‘facial’ security

Japanese company Omron uses walk-through recognition of facial features to determine access. — MSNBC

Electric Icarus: NASA Designs a One-Man Stealth Plane

Could the Puffin, an electric-powered flying suit, change the way we use the sky in war and peace? — Scientific American

Hunt for Earth-Like Worlds Looks in the Mirror

To find Earth-like worlds around other stars, scientists should take a page from our own planet. —

The Zone of Silence: Unmuted

Magnetic aberrations make radio communications impossible in area known as the Vertice de Trino. — Inexplicata

Humans were once an endangered species

1.2 million years ago, there were probably only around 18,500 individuals capable of breeding.

Death of UFO expert Paul Vigay 'a mystery'

The 44 year-old, who worked on the 2002 Mel Gibson film Signs, was discovered floating in the sea off the coast of Portsmouth. — The Telegraph

Slime Mold Beats Humans at Perfecting Traffic Networks

A species of gelatinous amoeba could help urban planners design better road systems.
— LiveScience

There's a 'Dark Disk of Material' Hovering Out in Space

Some kind of obstruction is blocking our view of a star in the constellation Auriga.

Toyota Sees Robotic Nurses in Your Lonely Final Years

Manufacturing robotic workers may be a hot new industry. — Gadget Lab

NASA wants your Mars photo target ideas

NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter will take public photo suggestions. — Layer 8

Tomb of the Saxon Queen: Discovered, Alfred's granddaughter

Crumbling remains have been unearthed more than 1,000 years after her death. — Daily Mail

Dinosaur 'Death Pits' Created by Giant's Footprints?

Death pits might have been created by the wanderings of a massive sauropod dinosaur.
— National Geographic News

Almost-close encounter: Meteorite hits Lorton doctor's office

Three chunks of stone on the floor that together formed a rock about the size of a tennis ball.
— Washington Post

Blind grandmother lands monster catfish

It's the biggest ever freshwater fish caught by a British woman. — Daily Mail

Deathbed Star Gives Sneak Peek of Our Sun's Demise

Chi Cygni, about 550 light-years away, has bloated in size and begun to pulse in and out.

Body With 'Very Long' Fingers Discovered On Plum Island

An alleged mutated human body washed ashore where the U.S. Government studies dangerous animal diseases. —

Poe Toaster tribute is 'nevermore'

No gift of cognac and roses left at poet's grave, ending decades-long tradition.
— Baltimore Sun

Mystery Object Behaves Both Like a Comet and Asteroid

Something awfully curious is happening 250 million miles away in the asteroid belt.
— Discovery News

Yellowstone hit by swarm of earthquakes

More than 250 quakes have struck the park in the past two days. — Denver Post

Glass frog and snail-sucking snake discovered in Ecuador

New species including 30 varieties of frog are among discoveries in threatened rainforest.
— The Guardian

Bible Possibly Written Centuries Earlier, Text Suggests

Scientists have discovered the earliest known Hebrew writing.
— LiveScience

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