28 feb. 2014

Weekender: The Road to Mars

The concept has provided ample inspiration for scientists, science-fiction writers, poets and musicians, but the possibility of "Life on Mars" may soon become a reality because the first manned mission from Earth to the Red Planet is allegedly just a few short years away. Mars One is a Dutch non-profit foundation assembled with the sole purpose of sending the first human visitors to Martian soil.

In April 2013, it announced its aspirations to establish the first human colony on the Red Planet by 2025. Its team comprises an impressive array of scientists, academics, and business leaders who are all combining their skills to make their vision into a reality.

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Billionaire claims aging process 'reversed'

Fashion mogul Peter Nygard's investment in stem cell research has allegedly resulted in a cure for aging. The 70-year-old billionaire who lives in the...

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'Three-parent baby' could be born by 2015

A change in regulations could soon make it possible for a baby to be born using the DNA from two mothers. The UK is set to become the first country in...

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Road closed to aid mass toad crossing

A road in Lincolnshire is to be closed for a month so that toads can reach their local breeding grounds. The decision was made after large numbers of ...

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2014 Crop Circle Calendar

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27 feb. 2014

Los agujeros negros liberan más energía de lo que se pensaba

Un equipo de astrofísicos coordinado desde Australia ha analizado las emisiones energéticas de un agujero negro que crece en la galaxia M83. Los resultados revelan que estos misteriosos objetos, aunque sean pequeños, pueden aportar al entorno gran cantidad de energía mecánica a través del viento y los chorros que generan.

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NASA discovers 715 new extrasolar planets

The record-breaking haul of newly discovered worlds comes courtesy of the Kepler Space Telescope. The sheer volume of new planets was made possible th...

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ADHD - A Disease of Modern Times?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a neurobehavioral condition that has risen to epidemic proportions in recent times. The symptoms include inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior.

Psychologist Enrico Gnaulati, of Pasadena, California, claims that ADHD is now “as prevalent as the common cold.”

The causes may not be known, but one thing is certain, the condition is running rife through the children of Western society.

“So many kids have trouble these days,” says long-time ADHD researcher L. Alan Sroufe, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. “I doubt it’s a change in our genetic pool. Something else is going on.”

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Thu 27 Feb 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Man found asleep in coffin with corpse, woman impregnated by squid, rabbit sucked up chimney, Edinburgh's rudest street

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Gladiator school unearthed in Austria

Archaeologists have uncovered the first gladiator training facility to be found outside of Rome. The remains of the school were found hidden underneat...

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26 feb. 2014

Descubren el dropletón, la gotita cuántica

Físicos de Alemania y EE UU han descrito por primera vez un tipo de cuasipartícula formada por un puñado de electrones y huecos. Sus propiedades se asemejan a las de las gotas de los líquidos, por lo que ha sido bautizada como dropletón, nombre derivado de la palabra inglesa droplet, ‘gotita’.

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Egyptian desert spiral turns out to be art

A large circular swirling pattern in the sand of the Sahara has been perplexing onlookers for years. At first glance the outwardly spiraling pattern o...

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NASA Scientist Claims That Extra-Terrestrial Life Really Exists!

A retired Astrobiologist who worked at NASA for 46 years has confirmed in a recent interview that alien life definitely exists.

In a recent interview with Lee Speigel of the Huffington Post (a recording of which accompanies this article), Richard Hoover described how, through his work with NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), he came to make extensive studies of micro-organisms living in extreme environments, including remains of biological entities discovered inside crashed meteorites from outer space.

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Indian Air Force jet intercepts 'UFO'

The aircraft was scrambled when radar stations picked up an object flying at a height of 28,000ft. Officials took the decision to scramble the jet whe...

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Wed 26 Feb 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Man saved by Bible, woman slapped with large bream in Asda, 19th century fish attends hospital for X-ray

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Científicos del Tevatron completan el puzle del quark top

Dos colaboraciones científicas del acelerador Tevatron (EE UU) han descubierto una nueva forma de producir el quark top, la partícula elemental más pesada. Este fenómeno es muy infrecuente y completa las predicciones del modelo estándar para la producción del último quark descubierto. Investigadores del Instituto de Física de Cantabria (IFCA), el Instituto de Física de Altas Energías (IFAE) y el CIEMAT han participado en los experimentos del acelerador.

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20,000 rats roam India's Karni Mata Temple

An unusual temple in Rajasthan, India is home to several thousand rats that roam freely around its halls. Conventionally a rat infestation is consider...

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Dreamland 911 Guest Has Killed Himself or Been Murdered. This is His 2008 Interview

2008 Dreamland guest Phillip Marshall has either killed himself and his children or been the victim of a brutal multiple murder. He was a pilot who maintained that poorly trained terrorists could not have executed some of the flight maneuvers that the 911 jets carried out. Shortly before his death, he allegedly told friends that he had earth-shaking new information,

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25 feb. 2014

Record-breaking impact observed on Moon

A meteorite impact on the lunar surface in September produced the brightest flash ever recorded. The event was picked up by astronomers in Spain and p...

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Science confirms another "Master of the Key" Prediction

Even the most outlandish Master of the Key predictions seem to come true, including one of the most peculiar - that computer memory can be stored in a gas - which now has powerful new scientific support.

The intriguing discovery was made by a team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose quest was originally to turn a cloud of ultracold atoms known as a Bose-Einstein condensate (BEC) into a completely new kind of circuit element.

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Bus driver's life saved by pocket Bible

Rickey Waggoner miraculously escaped death when his Bible stopped two bullets from penetrating his chest. The 49-year-old Dayton bus driver had parked...

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Tues 25 Feb 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Farmer busts cow porn ring, leopard invades cinema, surfing croc closes beach, giant mango stolen, modern art is rubbish

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Oldest known Earth fragment discovered

Scientists have identified a zircon crystal in Australia that dates back more than 4.375 billion years. Among some of the toughest materials on the pl...

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Observado el mayor impacto de una roca contra la Luna

Investigadores de la Universidad de Huelva y el Instituto de Astrofísica de Andalucía (IAA-CSIC) detectaron el pasado 11 de septiembre el choque de un objeto del tamaño de un automóvil pequeño contra la Luna. Ahora publican los detalles de la colisión, tres veces más potente que la mayor detectada hasta ahora.

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Miraculous Journey

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24 feb. 2014

Are 'Chupacabras' being purposely bred ?

Chupacabra sightings could be the result of people deliberately breeding dogs to look like them. Houston animal control officials have warned that som...

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Endangered axolotl found living in the wild

Researchers have identified two of the highly endangered creatures living in the lakes of Mexico City. Having come up empty following an extensive sea...

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World's Oldest Crystal Holds The Key To Earth's History, But What Of Its Future?

With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus.

Writing in the journal Nature Geoscience, an international team of researchers led by University of Wisconsin-Madison geoscience Professor John Valley reveals data that confirm the Earth’s crust first formed at least 4.4 billion years ago, just 160 million years after the formation of our solar system. The work shows, Valley says, that the time when our planet was a fiery ball covered in a magma ocean came earlier.

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Computers to outsmart humans by 2029 ?

Google's Ray Kurzweil has claimed that within 15 years we will be interacting with intelligent computers. As the search giant's director of engineerin...

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23 feb. 2014

New planet hunting spacecraft planned

The recently selected PLATO mission will focus on identifying Earth-like worlds orbiting distant stars. In a similar way to NASA's Kepler telescope, P...

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Chihuahua gangs terrorize Phoenix suburbs

Roaming packs of small dogs are proving to be an unexpected menace in some parts of Arizona. Chihuahuas might not be the first breed that springs to m...

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Glacier melted long before climate change

Scientists have argued that the Pine Island Glacier was melting just as quickly over 8,000 years ago. The glacier has long been considered to be the p...

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22 feb. 2014

How the Government Hides the Big Lie. If You're a UFO Investigator, Watch Out!

Stan Romanek and, years ago, Wendelle Stevens, were accused of crimes relating to child abuse. Stevens ended up in a situation where he was tried and convicted without ever seeing his accuser or knowing who she or he was. His lawyer was not allowed to see the accuser or know any details of the crime. He ended up with a choice of 15 years in prison or 5 years if he pleaded guilty. He did so and was out in 2 years, a broken and discredited man.

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Brain scans reveal dogs' vocal responses

A new study has shown that a dog's brain reacts to voices in much the same way as the brain of a human. Researchers conducted the study by analyzing t...

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Ghost stories still surround Japan Tsunami

A series of strange tales and incidents have appeared in the wake of the devastating 2011 tsunami. Nearly 20,000 people lost their lives when an under...

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21 feb. 2014

Now It Can Be Told! UNEDITED Sochi Wolf Video!

Heck, this would've been fun, now it's just kinda dull. I want a wolf in my hotel! Now!

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Viking 'end of the world' is now imminent

According to experts at the Jorvik Viking Center, the apocalyptic 'Ragnarok' will soon be upon us. Norse legend tells of Ragnarok as a cataclysmic ser...

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Heart attack victim: 'there is an afterlife'

41-year-old Brian Miller reported a vivid near-death experience when his heart stopped for 45 minutes. Technically dead for the better part of an hour...

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Un lingüista asegura haber descifrado el misterioso idioma del manuscrito Voynich

"El manuscrito Voynich es uno de los libros más valiosos del mundo. Datado en el siglo XV, está escrito en un idioma desconocido, que ha sido objeto de estudio de cientos de criptógrafos. Su origen no está claro, y hay teorías para todos los gustos. Lo único seguro es que se trata de un auténtico texto medieval y que su contenido sigue siendo un misterio.

Muchos científicos han insistido en que se trata de un engaño: un objeto creado a propósito para parecer misterioso y antiguo ante los ojos de los reyes de finales de la Edad Media, cuyo único objetivo era ser vendido al mejor postor. Pero Stephen Bax, un lingüista de la Universidad de Bedfordshire, en Reino Unido, asegura todo lo contrario: el manuscrito es real. Y lo es porque ha logrado traducir partes del texto que todo el mundo creía indescifrable.

Bax ha estado dos años estudiando el manuscrito, utilizando análisis lingüísticos letra por letra. “Mi idea era identificar nombres propios en el texto, la técnica que se ha usado con éxito para descifrar jeroglíficos egipcios y otros textos misteriosos”, ha explicado el profesor en un comunicado de la universidad. “Una vez que descifras esos nombres puedes trabajar con partes del manuscrito” (...)"

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Lemurs are now on the brink of extinction

The unique inhabitants of the Indian Ocean island Madagascar are on the verge of disappearing forever. Despite there being around 100 different specie...

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20 feb. 2014

Woman gets chased by stampede of rabbits

A recently uploaded video filmed in Japan shows a tourist being chased by hundreds of hungry bunnies. The bizarre spectacle was filmed on the small Ja...

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(1916) Un submarino mercante para burlar el bloqueo británico

La ya prácticamente centenaria Gran Guerra (siempre me ha gustado más ese término que Primera Guerra Mundial), está repleta de terribles historias pero, también, de curiosidades. He aquí un ejemplo a medio camino entre lo triste y lo sorprendente. Triste por el marco histórico que llevó a la creación de esta nave submarina, sorprendente porque se trató de algo único.

Sí, a lo largo de la historia ha habido muchos proyectos para crear grandes submarinos mercantes civiles, incluso petroleros, pero sólo una vez se ha visto así algo en el mundo real, lejos de los gabinetes de diseño naval. El submarino Deutschland formó, junto con su buque hermano, el Bremen , la única flota submarina mercante privada que se haya visto.


El Deutschland, poco antes de llegar a Baltimore. Fuente: Hojas Selectas, 1916. Biblioteca Nacional.

Aquella aventura no fue un capricho. Estuvo motivada por el grave problema que le suponía a los alemanes intentar mantener cierto comercio exterior crítico cuando el bloqueo británico impedía llevar a cabo con normalidad tales actividades. Así, surgió la idea de construir una flota de submarinos privados que fuera capaz de sortear el bloqueo sin problemas. El objetivo no era otro que alcanzar las costas de los Estados Unidos, que en 1915, cuando se construyeron los dos submarinos, todavía no había entrado en la guerra. En el momento en que eso sucedió, las dos naves pasaron a formar parte de la flota militar, pero lo que me ocupa hoy es mencionar algunos aspectos de aquella singular flota mercante submarina antes de su conversión en armas de guerra.

Hay que tener en cuenta que en los Estados Unidos, en plena fiebre aislacionista, la guerra europea se veía como algo muy lejano, salvo para algunos grupos de opinión. Es más, existía cierto ambiente germanófilo, minoritario pero no despreciable, que veía en el bloqueo británico poco menos que un acto criminal. Así las cosas, el magnate alemán Alfred Lohmann consiguió los fondos necesarios en 1915 para construir una flota de submarinos capaces de surcar las aguas del Atlántico hasta los Estados Unidos y, allí, ejercer las funciones de barco mercante. Se pensó en construir una flota numerosa, pero al final sólo las dos naves mencionadas llegaron a navegar. Cada una de ellas partía de Alemania con cerca de siete toneladas y media de carga. En América esas mercancías eran vendidas y, de nuevo, las naves volvían a Alemania con productos del nuevo continente. Lo que Alemania necesitaba eran materias primas vitales para el esfuerzo de guerra y el comercio exterior era, por ello, de gran importancia.

El Deutschland, bajo el mando del capitán Paul König, zarpó de Bremen el 23 de junio de 1916. Cargado con medicamentos y colorantes de gran valor, producidos por la pujante industria química alemana, entre otros productos, alcanzó las costas americanas sin problema alguno. La nave regresó a Alemania cargada de caucho crudo y metales. El valor de la carga de vuelta era tan alta que superaba varias veces el total del valor de la propia nave submarina. Los británicos y aliados protestaron por aquello, pero todavía hubo tiempo de un nuevo viaje. En 1917 todo el proyecto cambió de enfoque, los Estados Unidos entraron en guerra contra Alemania y la primera flota mercante submarina de la historia dejó de existir, pasando a servir como buques militares.

Los viajes del Deutschland supusieron toda una novedad para los periódicos de la época. He aquí, por ejemplo, lo publicado en El año político tras la llegada de la nave a Baltimore:

Bloquead Alemania, y siendo muy difícil su abastecimiento, por impedirlo las escuadras inglesas, llevaba sus esfuerzos y sus inventos hasta lo indecible, llegando a establecer el comercio submarino. (…) El viaje por el mar del Norte ofreció grandes peligros, por la estrecha vigilancia británica. Poco después, el sumergible tuvo que descender a gran profundidad, para evitar una gran tormenta. Pasados esos riesgos, y a la altura del cabo Virginia, navegando el Deutschland sobre la superficie, fue sorprendido por unos cruceros ingleses y franceses, que lo persiguieron tenazmente, retrasando la llegada cuatro días. El submarino está movido por dos motores diésel, cada uno de 600 caballos de fuerza. Sobre la superficie puede alcanzar una velocidad de 14 nudos. Lo tripulan 29 hombres y no tiene ningún armamento. El barco permaneció varios días en Baltimore, y salió sin novedad, llegando a su destino, llevándose un buen cargamento de níquel y otras materias de los Estados Unidos. Los aliados reclamaron, pero el gobierno de los Estados Unidos declaró que el barco tenía completo carácter mercante, por lo cual había estado dentro de la ley.

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'Ghost' caught on camera in haunted pub

Staff at one of Britain's oldest pubs believe that they may have captured something paranormal on CCTV. The footage was taken at the Ye Olde Man and S...

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Could the Turin Shroud Have Been Created By An Earthquake?

The Turin Shroud

The Turin Shroud is one of the most enigmatic artefacts on earth. It is purported to be the burial cloth used to shroud the body of Jesus Christ after his crucifixion, and the faint image of a naked man imprinted on the cloth is believed to be that of the Messiah Himself.

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Monkey's brain controls 'avatar' movements

Scientists have managed to enable one monkey to control the movements of a second 'avatar' monkey. In an experiment that is eerily reminiscent of Jame...

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19 feb. 2014

Near-Earth asteroid 'Moby Dick' goes missing

A sizable asteroid measuring 270m across that was due to pass by the Earth seems to have disappeared. The space rock dubbed 2000 EM26 was set to pass ...

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Registrada la masa atómica más precisa del electrón

Investigadores alemanes han determinado que la masa atómica del electrón es 0,000548579909067 (unos 9,109 x 10-28 gramos), un dato 13 veces más preciso que el registrado hasta ahora. El nuevo valor permitirá profundizar en el modelo estándar de la física y estudiar lo que pueda haber más allá.

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High Strangeness: Not So Imaginary Beings?

High Strangeness: Not So Imaginary Beings?

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Some readers may look back with a certain fondness upon their youthful pastimes, such as the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, which allowed players to imagine an existence in a sword-and-sorcery setting under the controlling eye of a “dungeon master”, fighting all manner of impossible creatures in a hunt for treasure, weapons and spell books. Armed only with pencil, paper, dice of assorted geometries and a lead figurine marking the player’s position on the hexagonal chart paper of the dungeon, tens of thousands of teens and young adults shared in the common experience. Most important of all was the list of recommended reading that appeared in the introductory game modules, which served to introduce players to a number of written works – not just Tolkien and R.E. Howard, but older works such as Amadís de Gaula (the late medieval “book of chivalry”) and most importantly, The Book of Imaginary Beings by Jorge Luis Borges.

Inspired by the bestiaries of old, Borges – one of the leading authors of the 20th century – included creatures from different cultures and times, including fictitious beasts such as a reptile imagined by C.S. Lewis for Perelandra (second volume of his “Space Trilogy”). This illustrated collection of fanciful creatures included some with powerful roots in historic tradition, such as the Golem.

“The cabbalists,” wrote Borges, “sought the secret of the creation of organic beings in the sacred texts. It was said demons could create large and solid creatures like the camel, but not fine and delicate ones, and Rabbi Eliezer denied them the ability to create anything smaller in size than a grain of barley. Golem was the name given to the man created by a combination of letters. The word literally means amorphous or inert matter.” He then goes on to cite Austrian writer Gustav Meyrink, author of Der Golem (1915): “The origin of the story goes back to the 17th century. According to lost Kabbalistic formulas, a rabbi created an artificial man – called the Golem – to ring the bells of the synagogue and engage in hard labor. He was not a man like others, and was motivated by a shallow and vegetative life. He endured until night, and owed his virtue to the power of a magical text place behind its teeth, attracting the free energies of the universe. One evening, before prayer, the rabbi forgot to remove the seal from the Golem’s mouth and the creature fell into a frenzied state, running down the darkened alleys, smashing all those who stood before it. The rabbi ultimately managed to tackle it and shatter the seal that animated it. The creature fell to the ground, leaving nothing more than the squalid clay figure that is still visible today in the Prague synagogue.”

Was the great Argentinean writer, poet, translator and critic aware of certain facts that led him to include this figure among the denizens of his Book of Imaginary Beings?

Guillermo Barrantes and Victor Coviello, authors of Buenos Aires es Leyenda, include in their compendium of the urban folklore of the Argentinean capital the strange story of the Gigante de Once (the Once Giant), a three-meter (9.8 ft.) tall entity reported by the residents of the city’s Balvanera district. The towering presence, however, was seen as a guardian angel of sorts, keeping a watchful eye on every street and alleyway. Local residents interviewed for the project agreed that there was a belief in a gentle giant as tall as a tree, walking in slow motion, fighting crime much like a superhero. A student from the Colegio San José is reported as saying: “One of my classmates says his uncle was saved by a three meter tall giant. He crashed his car, and the giant pulled him out before the vehicle exploded.”

Mystified, Barrantes and Coviello conducted an exhaustive search of documentary sources in the hopes of establishing a provenance to this legend. A report from 1930 mentioned the presence of a “giant figure removing debris” after the destruction of a confectionary shop during urban violence. Another source mentioned the arrival of a rabbi in Buenos Aires in the year 1900, either with his own Golem or the ability to create one. The whereabouts of this creation, after the rabbi’s passing, are also the subject of controversy: “According to some documents, it is said that the rabbi locked the monster in a room that cannot be entered. Some believe this room to be located in an annex of the Hospital Francés in the Caballito district. The hospital was built without this enclosure having ever been touched.”

A 1916 text by one Mascimiano Funes (a fascinating name, bearing in mind that “Funes the Memorious” is one of J.L. Borges’s better known short stories) advises: “There is an alleyway that cannot be seen, except from a balcony no one can reach, and this hidden alleyway is the dwelling place of He-Who-Was-Not-Born-of-a-Mother, the forsaken giant, who wanders aimlessly in that place, waiting, waiting…”

Leaving no stone unturned, the authors of Buenos Aires es Leyenda came across another compelling lead. In the early 1890s, Maria Salomé Loredo, a healer and seeress, had turned her home in the Balvanera district into a temple where she could receive her thousands of followers. Some suggest that there was a connection between the healer and the enigmatic rabbi with the Golem, the latter having shared Kabbalistic secrets with her that represented the wellspring of her curative abilities. The creature remained in her care after the rabbi’s passing, and was seen for the last time at María Loredo’s funeral in 1928, when a tall, slow-walking man was seen to make his way to her coffin, place a hand on it, and mutter a few words. “Some stories identify the mysterious visitor with the Golem itself, which had come to say farewell to his last mistress before walking away along the streets of Once, destined to wander them for eternity.”

Vampires: Fact, Fiction and Hearsay

The traditional image of the vampire – castle, expensive attire, medals and casket – is not readily associated with the Spanish-speaking Americas, although it figured prominently in a number of horror movie productions, usually involving Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula or his descendants having made the journey across the Atlantic for unspecified reasons that are not important to the plot.

Mexico, perhaps, can boast of having seminal cultures that turned vampires into gods – among the most fearsome in any pantheon of the Americas. The Mayan god Camatzotz (“death bat”) was a terrifying entity sent down from the sky to behead the second race of men, created out of wood, since their condition did not allow them to venerate their deities. Worship of this bat-god spread throughout Mesoamerica, leading some to suggest that the giant vampire bat (Desmodus draculae) of the Pleistocene may have survived into historic times, prompting humans to consider it a deity to be feared and appeased. The goddesses collectively known as Cihuateteo also had vampiric qualities, wandering the night and attacking children, having themselves died in childbirth.

But not all such entities can be consigned to the safety of myth and legend.

A story has been making the rounds of the Mexican paranormal world for many years now. Efforts at finding its putative source (a radio broadcast from the early 2000s) have been fruitless, so it should be classified as hearsay or the ultimate FOAFtale. Nonetheless, it is sufficiently compelling to include in this essay on high strangeness and improbable entities.

A nurse phoned a Mexican radio call-in show to describe – with considerable trepidation – an incident that allegedly occurred in 1977 at a very specific location: The Hospital Civil de Guadalajara’s specialized medicine unit. While workmen took their sledgehammers to a wall as part of a remodeling project, they were shocked beyond belief to see the old masonry crumble to dust, only to reveal the body of a woman immured since the colonial period of Mexican history, judging by her heavy and costly garments.

Legends about “emparedados” (a word currently for sandwiches, but employed in the 16th century for the cruel practice of burying victims behind walls, literally walling them in while alive) are common in the chronicles of Viceregal-age Mexico. In such stories an old wall crumbles by design or accident to reveal the skeleton of a family member punished for disgracing the family or a number of other reasons. It has also proven a popular fictional device in classic works of literature such as The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe. The difference in this case is that the immured woman was apparently alive.

Stretching the limits of credulity to their most threadbare, the nurse said the woman’s body was free of any corruption, perfectly preserved in a glass case. The laborers and their foreman were shocked beyond belief, as were physicians and nurses who flocked to see the phenomenon – but their amazement and even cries of “¡milagro!” (a miracle) that may have briefly filled the air were stifled by the fact that an adorned wooden cross had been driven into the woman’s heart.

No specifics are given, but the physicians must have opened the glass case and actually touched the body, as the nurse added that the immured woman’s eyelids were raised for inspection and she had “intense blue eyes.”

Rather than contacting the authorities – continued the nurse – the hospital staff called in clerics, believing that the woman was a vampiresa. Church authorities reported to the hospital, workers placed the body into a wooden casket and “wrapped the body in tinfoil” (probably Mylar) and took it away. Medical students and doctors alike were enjoined not to discuss the matter, threatened with the loss of their professional credentials. The nurse waited twenty years before speaking publicly, closing her astonishing tale by saying “the incorrupt body had been sent to the Vatican under Papal instructions.”

The only other bit of tangible information was that Dr. Mario Rivas Souza of SEMEFO (Servicio Médico Forense, the Mexican medical examiners’ unit) had been a party to the mind-bending event, having been the senior administrator who dealt with the four clergymen sent to handle the situation. A search reveals that Dr. Rivas was in fact affiliated with that clinical branch at the time of the alleged event, but had not practiced medicine at the hospital since the 1960s. Further sleuthing suggests that the event – if there is any truth to it – would have occurred not in the gleaming tower of the Hospital Civil de Gualajara but in the “Hospital Civil Viejo Fray Antonio Alcalde” – the single story building on Coronel Calderón street, whose construction began in the year 1788 and completed in 1794, adding another solid detail to the incredible story.

Nor is this the only sample of vampire lore coming out of Guadalajara: the narrative of the vampire buried under a tree in the city’s Panteón de Belén cemetery is widely known and has acquired international standing.

For a more tangible Latin American vampire story we must go to Perú, where the citizens of Pisco are split between veneration and fear over a tomb in the city’s old Beneficiencia Pública cemetery. It houses the remains of Sarah Ellen, a migrant to South America who died over a hundred and fifty years ago. The place housing her mortal remains became notorious when it was among the few structures in the cemetery not levelled by a 7.9 earthquake in 2007.

Sarah Ellen was described as beautiful and infatuated with ritual magic. According to the inscription on her tombstone, she was born in Blackburn, England in 1872 and died in 1913. There are several contradictory versions of the story, but the likeliest one posits that she died while her seafaring husband – one J. Roberts – was in Perú on business. On her deathbed, Sarah cursed the neighbors who accused her of being a witch, saying she would come back from the afterlife in eighty years to exact revenge. Not taking any chances, her body was shipped to her husband in Pisco, where it was buried. Another less gothic account states Sarah was the wife of a sea captain; she took ill when his ship pulled into the port of Pisco, died and was buried. Among the remedies she consumed to treat an unspecified malady was a red liquid -- interpreted by some as a regular dose of blood.

Fact and fancy, thus intertwined, nested in the minds of the residents of the Peruvian city, passed along through generations until the year 1993, the predicted year of her resurrection. Crowds gathered in fear and excitement, wondering if the alleged vampire would come to life, and the authorities found it prudent to post extra security just in case. It was rumored that the slab covering the tomb had made a creaking sound, but the vampires did not emerge. This, too, was attributed to the fact that pilgrims and shamans had periodically come to pray at her tomb, in hopes of keeping the prophecy from coming to pass.

We shall end this section on a somewhat lighthearted note.

Cuban folklorist Gerardo Chavez’s Imaginario Popular: Mitología Cubana, a scholarly work, deals with the urban folklore of Havana and the legends that surround that city. One of them involved a 19th century grande dame who would have been considered a vampire by many, driven around the cobblestoned streets of Havana in a dark carriage, resembling a horse-drawn hearse, dressed in black. Described as a “pale and haggard woman who appeared to be on the verge of death”, her slim, veiled figure nonetheless projected an aura of unearthly mystery that men found alluring. The accoutrements of her colonial mansion were more proper to a funeral home.

Gerardo Chavez writes: “In this coffin-shaped bed she practiced the oldest trade in the world with the greatest discretion and skill for the high-ranking gentlemen of Havana. It is said that she was found well and truly dead one morning in her, apparently strangled by a client while playing at being lifeless, and was formally declared deceased.”

A 16th Century Poltergeist?

Anyone with a passing interest in the paranormal will remember “Gef the Talking Mongoose” – one of the strangest cases on record – involving an entity in the Isle of Man that held long conversations with the members of a household between 1931 and 1937. Around this same period of time, the Spanish city of Zaragoza was enthralled by its own “duende” (imp or goblin) that spoke to a family from the depths of a kitchen stove in 1934, becoming well known to readers of the local press and even overseas, as the London Times also carried stories of the unusual poltergeist.

A similar entity filled the chronicles of the Spanish settlers of the city of Valladolid in the year 1560, a scant thirty-five years after the destruction of the Aztec Empire.

Pedro Sánchez de Aguilar had been born five years before the first manifestations of the paranormal phenomenon. His grandfather had been among the first Spanish settlers in the Yucatan Peninsula and his siblings were “encomenderos” (land grant holders). As the youngest brother and landless, Pedro became a priest, rising to become a curate, the dean of the Mérida Cathedral, and hold other important posts. His writings on Mayan language and customs are still read today, but these are hardly as compelling as the story of the Duende de Valladolid, which appeared in Informe contra los adoradores de ídolos del obispado de Yucatán. (Barcelona: Linkgua 2007).

“The talking demon or goblin,” he writes, “would converse with anyone willing to do so between eight and ten o’clock at night, with all the candles out and in pitch darkness. The goblin spoke in the manner of a parrot, answering all questions posed by a noble Conquistador, Juan López de Mena, and yet another, Martín Ruiz de Arce. This goblin would speak and converse at these homes more than others, where he was asked to play the vihuela (a plucked string instrument), and it did so with great skill. It enjoyed doing this and laughed, but was not seen, nor did it allow itself to be seen.”

These displays of an amiable nature, however, were deceitful. “One cannot believe a demon,” cautioned Sanchez de Aguilar, “as they are the fathers of lies, untruths and seeders of discord. At times it would speak poorly of certain damsels, saying of one she had been mistreated by her stepfather. When asked who he was, he said he was a Christian, native of Old Castille, and would pray the Our Father and other prayers.”

Traditional poltergeist behavior was also part of its stock in trade, such as casting stones against walls and windows without causing any damage, and making noise on rooftops. A local cleric, writes the chronicler, tried to exorcise the spirit by visiting one of the homes where it normally made its presence felt. To this end, he concealed the preparations for the banishing ritual under his cloak, but the goblin did not materialize. After the priest departed, the entity laughed in the darkness and told those who remained: “The priest would like to seize me, but he will not. A surprise awaits him on his supper table.”

Apports – articles that appear or are transferred out of nowhere, produced by unseen entities – are common to poltergeist phenomena and were no exception here: when the priest returned home, he found plates of food on his table covered “with excrement from his mule” and the flagon of drink “filled with old mule piss.”

Artemio del Valle Arizpe, who included his own version of the story in his Obras Completas (Mexico: Libreros Mexicanos Unidos, 1959), describes the worsening of conditions following the incident with the priest. “The entire world lost the quiet enjoyment of its peace. The entire population was at a loss, and no saint in heaven would aid them. The goblin’s terrors and pranks became increasingly worse, sharpening his tongue against persons of good reputation.”

Sánchez de Aguilar’s original confirms this. “The Bishop, hearing of the lies of this goblin and the abuse directed at some, commanded that none should speak to [the entity] or make reply. Obeying these instructions, people ceased to address it, and this demon or goblin took to weeping and railing against the Bishop, making sharper noises and louder reports, astounding people and causing them to lose sleep. He then took to setting fires [unexplained fires being commonplace in poltergeist activity] to houses, which were largely made of straw and palm fronds. So the people asked the priest to find them a patron saint by drawing lots, promising to celebrate his feast with a procession to a convent.”

Picking up the story centuries later, Valle Arizpe writes that the chosen saint was Saint Clement, and that a carver of holy images “carved a statue of Saint Clement holding in his hand a chain to which a hideous demon was fastened, its mouth muzzled, covered in gold leaf.” The townspeople, however, failed in their promise to join the procession, and the priest took the statue to the convent alone.

“This goblin fell silent for over thirty or forty years,” writes Sánchez de Aguilar, “until the year 1596, when I was a priest in that town…it set fires to the huts of the poor Indians, and I was summed by devout Indians to conjure it and banish it from their village [Yalcoba], where it would enter at noon or one o’clock without fail in a whirlwind, kicking up a dust with a noise of storm and stone.”

Religious ceremonies seemed to offer only temporary relief against the entity, which ceased its activity in Yalcoba only to return to Valladolid, continuing its fire-starting activity. The Spanish settlers, notes the chronicler, believed that the cause was to be found in the native sorcerers and enchanters that filled the area. “This is a veracious and well-grounded belief,” he says, “as I myself kept a prisoner from the town of Tecoc, a great idolater, enchanter who would seize a viper or rattlesnake with certain gentle words to invoke the prince of darkness. I wrote them down out of curiosity, and they are not worthy of pen or paper.”

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El bosón de Higgs y otros aspectos de la ciencia vistos por los escolares

El concurso organizado por el CERN con motivo del premio Príncipe de Asturias de Investigación ha recibido más de 1.400 trabajos de alumnos españoles. Las imágenes seleccionadas por expertos del CERN y el Centro Nacional de Física de Partículas, Astropartículas y Nuclear (CPAN) se pueden votar on line hasta el 28 de febrero. España también es el segundo país en inscripciones al concurso internacional del CERN para hacer un experimento con un haz de partículas en el laboratorio.

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Have the Loch Ness Monsters Become Extinct?

The Loch Ness Monster is one of the most enduring legends of Scotland, bringing thousands of visitors to the country each year. A strange fate may have befallen our favourite cryptid, however, as there have not been any sightings of her since 2012.

It is claimed that one of the first recorded sightings of "Nessie," as the monster is affectionately known, was made by St. Columba in A.D. 565 when the saint scared away a huge aquatic beast that was preparing to attack a man in the Ness River, which flows into the lake. This tale has been thought by many, however, to be an allegorical story depicting the power of God overcoming the evil of Satan.

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Resuelven la estructura de una nueva zeolita microporosa

Investigadores del Sincrotrón ALBA y del Instituto de Tecnología Química (ITQ) han sinstetizado la estructura de una zeolita bautizada como ITQ-52. Este tipo de material microporoso puede tener aplicaciones industriales en tratamiento de gases, encapsulación de moléculas y mejoras en la obtención de gasolina.

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New species of marsupial discovered

Scientists have identified a new type of antechinus that can only be found in Springbrook National Park. The more common variety of antechinus hit the...

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Whitley and I both got new recliners from a special back store. I hurt my back in a fall, and Whitley has such a bad back that he’s had periods in his life when he’s slept on the floor, and been unable even to raise his feet while walking. When we went to bed, I’d lean over and say ‘goodnight’ and he would wave to me from the floor. We went on that way for many years.

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18 feb. 2014

Scientists grow working human lungs in a lab

In a world first, a fully functional pair of human lungs has been grown by researchers in a laboratory. Scientists at the University of Texas Medical ...

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Un modelo matemático presenta una alternativa a la subducción para explicar la tecnónica de placas

El movimiento de las placas tectónicas se debe a la subducción o hundimiento de una placa bajo otra por diferencias de densidad, según la teoría más aceptada. Pero según un modelo de investigadoras del Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) ese movimiento podría ser espontáneo, originado por la dinámica interna del manto. El nuevo enfoque plantea que la simetría y los cambios bruscos de viscosidad con la temperatura podrían estar influyendo.

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New Zealand PM forced to deny 'alien' claim

Prime Minister John Key offered a formal response to a particularly strange Open Information Act request. Some conspiracy theorists have long argued t...

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Un modelo matemático presenta una alternativa a la subducción como causa de la dinámica de placas tectónicas

Una de las teorías más aceptadas indica que el movimiento de las placas tectónicas se debe al hundimiento de una placa bajo otra por diferencias de densidad. Es lo que se conoce como subducción, pero según un modelo de investigadores del Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT) ese movimiento podría ser espontáneo, provocado por la dinámica interna del manto. Los resultados muestran la influencia de la presencia de la simetría y la importancia de considerar un cambio brusco de viscosidad con la temperatura, un enfoque novedoso qupuede ser útil tanto para estudiar la dinámica del interior de la Tierra como la de otros planetas.

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Another Asteroid Near Miss?

In the last few hours, a "Deep Impact" style scenario has unfolded in space as a huge asteroid grazed past Earth last night at 27,000mph.

The asteroid passed within 2 million miles of Earth, not exactly a "near miss" but close enough to make scientists sit up and track its progress with more than a passing interest.

The asteroid, known as 2000 EM26, was a chunk of space rock of around 885 feet (270m)in diameter, and was discovered on March 5th 2000.

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Robot band 'Z-Machines' to release an album

A musical three-piece made up entirely of robots is set to release its very own album of original music. The unconventional trio includes a guitarist ...

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17 feb. 2014

Snake-handling preacher dies of snake bite

Pastor Jamie Coots is believed to have died after being bitten on the right hand by a rattlesnake. Coots had become a well known figure due to his app...

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Asteroid 2000 ME 26 passes us tonight. You can watch live.

2000 ME 26 is the size of two football fields and would cause a major catastrophe were it to strike Earth. Fortunately, it's going to pass us at what is thought to be a safe distance of two million miles. It will be possible to watch the flyby in a number of places, including Slooh.com. Is there any chance that they're wrong and that it will strike us? The answer is: very little to none. An asteroid that size would have to be traveling much more slowly and pass far closer to Earth for it to be captured by our gravity. If that happened, it would be drawn into a 'following orbit' that would eventually end in a collision.

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Valentine's Day Madness: Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Floods and Superstorms

Across the world it was a volatile Valentine's Day last week, with superstorms raging, the earth trembling and volcanoes erupting.

More than 7,000 properties in England and Wales were left without power after gale force winds of up to 173km per hour (108mph) battered the United Kingdom.

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Giant isopod dies after 5-year hunger strike

The huge deep sea crustacean was kept at a Japanese aquarium and hadn't eaten for 1,869 days. The peculiar creature sprung to fame after footage of it...

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Mon 17 Feb 2014 - Daily round-up of the world's weird news

Bank of England's ghostly black nun sighted, Brazilian werewolf on the loose, snake-handling preacher dies from snake bite, plus Nazi mosquitoes and Martian doughnut mystery solved

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'Toenail of Bigfoot' discovered in Arizona

A toenail allegedly belonging to the legendary hominid is being hailed by some as proof of its existence. Researchers have been attempting to find con...

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16 feb. 2014

S-shaped radar trace mystery solved

The strange snake-like trace was picked up by an Australian weather beareau radar last Wednesday. While the radar can sometimes pick up unusual patter...

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Sir Alec Guinness once witnessed a ghost

The legendary award-winning actor detailed his encounter in a recently published letter to his wife. The letter was written by Sir Alec on March 23, 1...

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Scientists create pizza that can last years

The US military had been requesting a ready-to-eat pizza for soldiers as an alternative to field rations. Researchers at the US Army Natick Soldier Re...

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La imagen de la Sábana Santa, ¿provocada por un terremoto?

nvestigadores italianos creen que la radiación por neutrones causada por un seísmo en Jerusalén en el año 33 d.C. dejó «impresa» la figura en la tela y que la datación por radiocarbono realizada en 1988 puede estar «equivocada»

"Un grupo de investigadores italianos sugiere en una investigación publicada en la revista Meccanica, una publicación científica especializada, que un terremoto ocurrido en la antigua Jerusalén en el año 33d.C. pudo haber provocado la aparición de la imagen de un hombre crucificado en la famosa Sábana Santa de Turín, que la tradición y muchos creyentes consideran que envolvió el cuerpo de Jesús. Los científicos, del Politécnico de Turín, creen que la radiación de neutrones causada por el seísmo pudo dejar «impresa» la figura en la tela de lino y que la datación por carbono 14 realizada en 1988 y que dice que el tejido es mucho más moderno puede estar equivocada por el mismo motivo.

El año 1988 los laboratorios de Oxford, Tucson y Zurich publicaron los resultados de los análisis efectuados con el método del carbono 14 a tres muestras de la sábana de unos 50 miligramos cada una, datando el tejido entre los años 1260 y 1390. Los resultados del experimento, con una fiabilidad del 95%, fueron publicados en la prestigiosa revista Nature ante el desagrado de muchos de los estudiosos de la sábana de Turín, que veían peligrar la mayor reliquia de la Cristiandad.

Otros investigadores, sin embargo, han sugerido que el sudario es mucho más antiguo y que el proceso de datación es incorrecto debido a la radiación por neutrones, un proceso que resulta de la fusión o la fisión nuclear y durante el cual se liberan neutrones libres que reaccionan con los núcleos de otras moléculas estables para formar nuevos isótopos de carbono (...)"

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Redescubren un escarabajo que Darwin halló hace 180 años

"En 1832 Charles Darwin desembarcó del Beagle en Bahía Blanca, Argentina, donde el famoso naturalista recogió varios fósiles de grandes mamíferos y muchos organismos vivos, entre ellos varios insectos. Uno de ellos era un nuevo escarabajo de colores brillantes que pasó a formar parte de los fondos del Museo de Historia Natural de Londres pero que, por desgracia, desapareció hace muchos años. Nada se supo del especimen hasta que en 2008 fue redescubierto por un entomólogo de la Universidad de Tennesee en Chattanooga, EE.UU., quien lo encontró casualmente cuando consultaba unas muestras en préstamo del museo. Ahora, más de 180 años más tarde, en el 205 cumpleaños de Darwin, el 12 de febrero, los científicos han confirmado que se trata del mismo escarabajo recogido por el «padre» de la evolución.

Según aparece publicado en la revista de acceso libre ZooKeys, el escarabajo fue descubierto y descrito por Stylianos Chatzimanolis como un nuevo género y especie. El nombre científico es Darwinilus sedarisi, en honor a Charles Darwin y al escritor estadounidense David Sedaris. «Encontrar una nueva especie es siempre emocionante , encontrar una recogida por Darwin es verdaderamente increíble», reconoce el entomólogo (...)"

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Resuelto el misterio de la piedra que apareció de la nada en Marte junto a ‘Opportunity’

"¡Se ha resuelto el misterio de la piedra que, a principios de enero, apareció de la nada en Marte junto a Opportunity! Tal como sospecharon desde el primer momento Steve Squyres, científico jefe de la misión, y su equipo, llegó allí después de haber salido disparada al pisarla una de las ruedas del todoterreno de la NASA. “Imágenes recientes muestran la piedra que originalmente golpeó la rueda del rover un poco cuesta arriba desde donde está Isla Pináculo [así fue bautizada la enigmática roca]”, explicó ayer James Rice, investigador del Instituto de Ciencias Planetarias (PSI) y miembro del equipo de la misión.

El 8 de enero, Opportunity, que lleva diez años en Marte, fotografió al borde del cráter Endeavour una piedra, con forma de donut relleno, que no estaba allí el 26 de diciembre. Pocos días después, Squyres anunciaba que la NASA esperaba solucionar el enigma en unos días. Por de pronto, habían descubierto que la roca no se parecía a nada que hubieran visto antes. Según los primeros análisis, “es muy rica en azufre y en magnesio, y tiene el doble de manganeso que cualquier otra piedra que hayamos analizado en Marte. No sabemos lo que todo esto significa. Estamos completamente confundidos, y todo el mundo en el equipo está discutiendo y peleando sobre ello. ¡Estamos pasándolo de maravilla!”. El toque friki lo puso a finales de enero, Rawn Joseph, un neuropsicólogo partidario de la panspermia que demandó a la NASA en un tribunal californiano porque, en su opinión, la piedra era un ser vivo (...)"

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Aterriza donde puedas: ¿cuántos pilotos se confunden de aeropuerto en EE.UU. ?

"En los últimos 20 años al menos 115 pilotos de líneas de vuelos internos de EE.UU. intentaron tomar tierra en un aeropuerto equivocado y 35 efectuaron un aterrizaje en un aeropuerto incorrecto.

La agencia AP basa su reporte en los datos de la Administración Federal de Aviación estadounidense (FAA) e informes de medios de comunicación, pero advierte que en realidad el número puede ser mucho más alto, argumentando que una gran parte de los incidentes no se comunica. La FAA, por su parte, subraya que ninguno de los aterrizajes equivocados resultó en daños a los pasajeros, sino únicamente en una inconveniencia de grandes proporciones.

AP incluso identificó un aeropuerto que supone un 'foco de problemas' frecuente para los pilotos desorientados. Se trata del aeropuerto civil y militar conjunto Moffett Field, donde un total de seis vuelos intentaron aterrizar en lugar del Aeropuerto Internacional de San José Norman Y. Mineta, al que tenían que dirigirse en realidad. Los dos aeropuertos se encuentran a 15 kilómetros el uno del otro.

"Casos como este ocurren todos los inviernos cuando hace mal tiempo", declaró un controlador aéreo en su informe de noviembre de 2012 acerca del caso, cuando un avión se dirigió a Moffett después de que le dijeran que era seguro aterrizar en San José. Afortunadamente, los controladores aéreos lograron disuadir a tiempo al piloto de completar el aterrizaje.

San José no es el único aeropuerto que se presta a confusiones. Los pilotos se equivocan en casos en los que dos aeropuertos están situados cerca uno del otro o tienen pistas con trazados similares, como por ejemplo los aeropuertos de Nashville y de Smyrna, en el estado de Tennessee, o el Aeropuerto Internacional de Tucson y la Base de la Fuerza Aérea Davis–Monthan, en Arizona. Según los especialistas, las confusiones se deben a que los pilotos normalmente dejan de guiarse por el equipamiento de navegación cuando ven las luces de la pista, ya que es preferible orientarse con la vista."

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Un saudita descubre en su oído una 'chuleta' que usó 20 años atrás para aprobar

"En Arabia Saudita uno de sus ciudadanos hizo un insólito descubrimiento en su propio oído, donde encontró un pedazo de papel que le ayudó a aprobar un examen 20 años atrás, antes de ingresar en la universidad.

El hombre, cuyo nombre no ha trascendido, acudió a una clínica al no soportar más los "fuertes dolores que lo aquejaban desde hace varios días". Tras los chequeos y para sorpresa de los médicos, la causa de los padecimientos del paciente era "un viejo trozo de papel con manuscritos, que parecían ser respuestas a un cuestionario", informó el canal de televisión árabe Al Arabiya.

Según la información, el hombre "se graduó en la universidad, luego se casó y tuvo hijos, pero se olvidó del papel que un día había metido en el interior de su oreja".

El 'copión' tenía dolores en su cuello y en el conducto del aparato auditivo. Sin embargo, creía que simplemente se debía a la suciedad acumulada en el interior del órgano auditivo. No obstante, "a medida que envejecía, empezó a sentir un intenso dolor en su oído", agregó el canal.

Luego de que los doctores le extrajeran la 'chuleta' ('chivo' en Cuba, 'polla' en Ecuador, 'torpedo' en Chile y otras denominaciones dependiendo del país), el paciente indicó que usó el material 20 años atrás y que le ayudó a aprobar un examen para graduarse de la escuela secundaria.

Además, conforme la información del canal, el hombre decidió guardar el trozo de papel para "aconsejar a sus hijos y a otros estudiantes que no hagan trampas en los exámenes".

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Un perro muere tras estar nueve años pegado a la tumba de su dueño

"Hay que retroceder hasta el año 2004 para poner en antecedente esta historia. Un peón chileno que vivía en Argentina falleció en un accidente laboral. Era muy conocido en la zona, sobre todo, porque tenía una mascota muy fiel que siempre le acompañaba a la mayoría de los lugares a los que iba diariamente.

'Calafate'- el perro protagonista de esta historia- decidió acudir al cementerio donde estaba enterrado su dueño todos los días, hasta que finalmente se quedó allí a vivir para siempre. Los empleados del recinto señalan que siempre se colaba o se escondía para evitar gente y que en muchas ocasiones, le 'pillaban' comiéndose las velas de otros sarcófagos.

A pesar de las dificultades que le ponía todo el mundo, Calafate llegó a permanecer al lado de su dueño más de 9 años, convirtiéndose en uno de los focos de atracción de la ciudad con el que los visitantes se hacían fotos y al que le llevaban mucha comida que aceptaba encantado.

Sin embargo, un trágico destino le esperaba a Calafate. En un descuido, otros dos perros le atacaron violentamente y le hirieron de gravedad. Parecía que tras un par de semanas recuperaba su estado normal pero, más lejos de la realidad, los empleados del cementerio le encontraron muerto cerca de la tumba de su dueño. Seguro que su deseo era eso, estar cerca de él por lo que le enterraron al lado del hombre que le había hecho feliz."

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Un brasileño de 10 años sobrevive tras atravesarle el cuerpo una barra de acero

"Los médicos del Hospital Público Municipal de Macaé, en el estado brasileño de Río de Janeiro, hicieron un verdadero milagro. Operaron exitosamente a un niño que al caer de un árbol se clavó una barra de acero de 60 centímetros. La caída fue tan fuerte que la barra metálica le entró por la axila izquierda y le salió por el lado derecho cerca de la oreja.

El niño fue rescatado de inmediato por el cuerpo de bomberos y trasladado al hospital para someterle a una intervención quirúrgica. Los médicos que hicieron la tomografía dijeron que la barra le pasó muy cerca de una arteria y del corazón, y que era un milagro que el pequeño Weverton sobreviviera tras un trauma tan serio.

Weverton permanece ingresado en el hospital, en el Departamento de Cuidados Intensivos Pediátricos, y según el último parte médico su estado es estable."

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William Henry The Watchers

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15 feb. 2014

10-year-old steals car, claims to be a dwarf

A 10-year-old from Norway hit the headlines after he stole his family's car and drove more than 10km. According to reports, the boy had gotten up in t...

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Manchester 'alien' howl mystery solved

An ominous 'alien-like' noise was heard across the city this week as strong winds battered the region. Perplexed shoppers took to Twitter to report th...

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Mexico: Mysterious Object Over Yucatán

Source: El Criterio and Planeta UFO

Date: 13 February 2014

Mexico: Mysterious Object Over Yucatan

A putative UFO was recorded on video on 11 February 2014. The videographer adds that it was recorded at 22:00 hours on that day, adding: "I'm not saying it's a spaceship, but it is an unidentified flying object."

The video - 1:30 minutes long - shows a light in the sky whose trajectory eliminates the likelihood of it being an airplane, as it comes and goes. The sighting took place at the Los Almedros II Park in Ciudad Caucel.

The videographer's attention was drawn by the shining object and he decided to record it on his tablet.

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[Translation (c) 2013, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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Argentina: Tucumán - Another Alleged UFO in the News

Source: El Cívico (www.elcívico.com.ar)

Date: 13 Feb 2014

Argentina: Tucumán - Another Alleged UFO in the News

TUCUMAN - A strange object was seen in the skies over San Miguel de Tucumán, creating doubts as to whether it was a UFO.

The images were recorded with a cellphone camera from the corner of Mate de Luna and Pellegrini avenues from the capital city of the "Jardín de la República" (garden of the republic - the name bestowed by president Domingo Sarmiento on the area when he encountered the subtropical cloud forest [yungas] of the Tucumán-Bolivia region - Ed).

The videoclip is 42 seconds long and a displays a slow-moving white object or light.

After a number of seconds, the light vanishes behind the treeline as a radio broadcast can be heard in the background.

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[Translation (c) 2014, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO]

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Argentina: A UFO Over Lake Musters?

Source: Cronica (http://ift.tt/1cI1qTv)

Date: 13 Feb 2014

Argentina: A UFO Over Lake Musters?

The current "urban drought" - a result of supply restrictions aimed at recovering reserves as well as accidental pipe leakage - leads us to pay closer attention to Lake Musters and examine any particularities concerning water volume, evaporation, flow and distribution through one of the country's most complex aqueduct systems. The beautiful lake and its surroundings have again become the focus of attention, but this time on account of a strange unidentified flying object.

This alleged "UFO" appeared in the sights of tyro photographer's camera. An avid observer of the Patagonian landscape and quick to capture its natural beauty, he was startled to look through his viewfinder to see an odd object suspended in the air, looking quite different from the clouds or accidental solar reflections.

The photograph was taken last Monday at 4:00 in the afternoon, when several young people from Sarmiento were enjoying a warm afternoon at the lake's edge - a relaxed afternoon that ended almost abruptly upon seen the recorded image, desiring to download it to a unit with a wider screen to see exactly what it was.

While efforts at taking a second photo were made shortly after the first, when [the photographer] tried to focus on the strange object, it was no longer in the area -- that is to say, suspended over Cerro Silva and seen from the southern sector of the lake to the northeast or even more graphically, from the Fishing Club's beach area toward the water supply that fills our blessed and ancient aqueduct.

It should be added that while such a faithful and clear photo as this one had not been taken in recent years, many residents of Sarmiento have seen large objects over the lake, moving at unusually high speeds, although generally at night, according to reports.

(Translation (c) 2014, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Guillermo D. Giménez, Planeta UFO)

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NASA solves Mars rock mystery

The rock caused quite a stir last month when it appeared out of nowhere in a photograph taken on Mars. Dubbed "Pinnacle Island", the strange rock gene...

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14 feb. 2014

'Fish car' allows goldfish to drive around

A perplexing new automobile has been invented that gives goldfish the opportunity to go for a drive. The bizarre contraption is essentially a fish tan...

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[Gráfico rompedor] Los libros de ahora ya no son como los de antes…

…¡desde hace casi un siglo! Al menos eso es lo que se intenta explicar1, con tono irónico y mucho humor, en un librillo publicado en 1919 por el calígrafo y diseñador editorial William Addison Dwiggins , junto a otros autores. Se pretendía mostrar su queja sobre la pérdida de calidad de los libros, tanto en los materiales empleados en el proceso editorial como en el uso de tipografías, maquetación y demás detalles. Todo el libro se puede resumir en el delicioso gráfico que aparece en su comienzo, una genialidad que expresa una idea compleja de un vistado. Un gráfico rompedor, ni más ni menos… ¿Qué pensaría Dwiggins de los libros electrónicos?

Vía: Book Patrol.


1 Extracts from an investigation into the physical properties of books, as they are at present published, undertaken by the Society of Calligraphers. by Society of Calligraphers.

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Weekender - Time Signature: How Music Plays With Our Perceptions

We all know the feeling of being transported by a lilting melody, or enraptured by a rhapsody that seems to mute our senses to all else but its divine resonance.

Yet we may not realise that music is a powerful medium which can actually affect the way we perceive the world; science has proved that it alters our brain functions and can have a positive effect on brain development in infants.

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Scientists create detailed map of Ganymede

The largest moon in the solar system has been mapped in unprecedented detail thanks to a new project. A satellite of Jupiter, Ganymede is larger than ...

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Termite-like robots could build on Mars

Scientists have developed automated robots capable of working together to build complex structures. In much the same way as termites are able to build...

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13 feb. 2014

Starfire Tor Part 2: Whitley and Anne's New Timeslip

February 15, 2014

Shortly after recording last week's show with Starfire Tor, Whitley and Anne Strieber had another timeslip. Even stranger, the new event was strikingly similar to one that happened to them when in the company of Starfire in 2006. Here the Striebers describe the new event, then Starfire brings her knowledge and her theories to the table to explain why it would be that a discussion of timeslips would bring on another timeslip.

This is very unusual information, a real look behind the curtain that conceals the mechanics of life in the matrix of time and reality in which we are living.

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Raindrops are shaped liked hamburger buns

Scientists at NASA have discovered that the traditional idea of a tear-shaped raindrop is incorrect. The researchers found that as the moisture begins...

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NASA Images Suggest Flowing Water on Mars

The quest to confirm the existence of liquids on Mars has been ongoing for decades; it was known to host water billions of years ago and water is has been found to exist there in the form of ice, but the latest images from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) indicate that water may not only be present, but running down the Martian hills.

Newly released photographs from a variety of different locations across the southern latitudes of the Red Planet show dark streaks, known as ”recurring slope lineae” or RSL, that appear to course down inclines in the same manner as flowing liquid.

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Virgin Mary statue 'weeping tears of oil'

Crowds of people have flocked to a small town in Israel to catch a glimpse of the weeping statue. The otherwise unremarkable sculpture had been purcha...

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Virgin Mary statue weeps oil, suicide bomb trainer blows up own students, possessed woman marries exorcist plus AK47-wielding human banana

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Lykoi 'werewolf' cats are latest pet craze

An unusual breed of cat that resembles a wolf and acts like a dog has been gaining in popularity. With hair missing from around the eyes, nose, ears a...

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12 feb. 2014

El buitre y el dirigible

En todas las épocas, en todos los tiempos, además de la burocracia hay algo que ni ha cambiado ni parece que vaya a cambiar. Se trata de los bulos. Y es que, noticias falsas aparecen por todas partes y no hay día que no salten por acá o por allá.

Graf_zeppelinMe encontré hace poco con un ejemplo muy curioso que vendría a ser el típico bulo de causa y efecto, solo que la relación, que tan lógica parecía para algunos, no tenía ni pies ni cabeza. Todo comenzó con la admiración de los madrileños ante el paso por las alturas de un gigantesco dirigible. El más famoso de todos los diribibles, con permiso del tristemente célebre Hindenburg (LZ 129), fue sin duda alguna el Graf Zeppelin (LZ 127). El gran pájaro de 236 metros de longitud, repleto de hidrógeno en sus entrañas, era capaz de transportar cómodamente a una veintena de pasajeros en viajes intercontinentales. Cruzó el Atlántico en decenas de ocasiones y realizó viajes alrededor del planeta y vuelos polares.

El miércoles 21 de septiembre de 1932, y en jornadas posteriores, la prensa española mostró su admiración por esa gran nave aérea. A su paso por Madrid, las gentes quedaron asombradas. He aquí, por ejemplo, lo publicado en el diario Luz, aquel mismo día…

A las siete de la mañana de hoy el vecindario madrileño se vio sorprendido con la presencia sobre la capital del “Graf Zeppelin”. El ruido de los motores de la aeronave despertó la curiosidad de mucha gente, que se asomó a los balcones o se lanzó a la calle para contemplar al enorme aparato. (…) Regresa de América y ayer fue registrado su paso por Tenerife. Voló sobre Madrid muy bajo, y la gente se detuvo en las calles para admirarlo. En cuanto fue advertida su presencia, se elevaron cuatro aparatos en Cuatro Vientos, que escoltaron al “Zeppelin” durante sus evoluciones sobre Madrid.

Apareció por la parte sur y llegó hasta el norte de la capital. Evolucionó por los Cuatro Caminos a la hora citada, en que en dicha barriada hay gran animación por ser el momento en que los obreros acuden al trabajo. Después voló sobre Vallehermoso y dio otra vuelta y desapareció por la Prosperidad, rumbo nordeste.

Como hemos dicho, la aeronave volaba bajísima y era fácil distinguir a los viajeros, que saludaban a los millares de curiosos. (…) A las diez de la mañana el público que transitaba por la plaza de Herradores se vio sorprendida con el descenso de un enorme buitre. Alrededor del animal se agruparon muchísimas personas, haciéndose los naturales comentarios. (…) Abundaban las explicaciones al hecho. Entre ellas destaca la de que el buitre debió ser víctima de los disparos de los pasajeros del “Graf Zeppelin” que poco antes había volado sobre Madrid. El buitre mide dos metros de punta a punta de las alas. Un barrendero que pasaba por aquel lugar, más oportuno que el resto del público, cogió el buitre y se marchó tranquilamente con él, ignorándose el destino que le habrá dado.

Veamos, la historia del pobre buitre se repitió por doquier aquella jornada. El asunto de la lógica sencilla de causa y efecto no admitída dudas para muchos. Había pasado un gran dirigible sobre Madrid y, al poco, un gran buitre aparecía en una calle de la ciudad. Estaba claro, o le habían disparado desde la nave volante o se había estrellado contra ella. El culpable, sin duda, era el dirigible alemán. Pero claro, las identificaciones de causa y efecto no suelen ser tan simples. Así, la solución llegó al día siguiente. El diario La voz publicó el jueves 22 de septiembre de 1932 la siguiente aclaración…

La aparición de un buitre en las calles de Madrid fue ayer tema periodístico que estuvo a punto de eclipsar las informaciones sobre la visita del “Graff Zeppelin”, y el caso no era para menos, ya que tal descubrimiento era bastante singular. (…) Algún diligente repotero se ha empeñado en meter la nariz en el extraño asunto y ha dado al traste con la leyenda que corrió ayer por todas las calles de la villa. (…) Y el caso no puede ser más vulgar. El desdichado buitre, ni cayó en la plaza de Herradores ni siquiera fue cazado a escoba por el barrendero aprehensor, sino que vino hace días por ferrocarril en una jaula de gallinas, remitido como obsequio de un industrial de aves a un abastecedor de Madrid.

Pero el abastecedor, que por lo visto no es aficionado a esa clase de ejemplares, al ver que el buitre era cojo, lagrimeaba del ojo izquierdo y además estaba plagado de piojos, temeroso de que infestara de parásitos a sus excelentes gallináceas, decidió deshacerse del corbirrostro, y como en Madrid no hay asilo para cierta especie de seres vivientes, se lo entregó al primero que pasaba por la calle y que en esta ocasión fue el barrendero. He aquí, pues, explicada la historia del buitre, que ni regalado siquiera lo ha querido admitir don Cecilio en el Parque del Retiro. Respecto a que todos dijéramos que había volado sobre la plaza de Herradores, nada hemos de rectificar, ya que la leyenda, cuando llegó a nosotros, había volado por todo Madrid. Después de todo, vuelan a diario tantas cosas…

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Did an earthquake create the Turin Shroud ?

Scientists in Italy believe that the image of Christ on the shroud may have been caused by an earthquake. For years the Turin Shroud, a length of line...

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Crocodiles are able to climb trees

Researchers have discovered that crocodiles and alligators are remarkably adept at climbing up trees. The next time you find yourself being pursued by...

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PROGRAMA 181 - La prodigiosa esfera de Alexandros Bellos

En este programa os hablaremos de un artefacto que en los años 50 del siglo pasado revolucionó la comunidad espirita y científica de Grecia, un artefacto capaz de plasmar en su interior "otras real idades". Alexandros Bellos fue su inventor, con una simple esfera de vidrio en cuyo interior se provocaban condiciones de bajas presiones. Si quieres saber los fundamentos de este "ingenio", sus posibilidades y su destino no te pierdas este programa. Un programa donde el espiritismo más clásico se da la mano con la ciencia ficción más candente del momento.

NOTA: Información obtenida gracias a los trabajos de Thanassis Vembos 


6 feb. 2014

Do We go Anywhere when We Die, and If so, WHERE?

Do we have an afterlife, and, if so, where do we go? Starfire Tor has more than an inkling about this. You will find this one of the most interesting interviews ever posted on this website. The show is full of new information that Starfire has gathered from just beyond the edge. Dreamland and Unknowncountry are about empowerment in a world that seeks to diminish us and convince us that we are helpless. This discussion is profoundly empowering.

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Ingredients of life found within stardust

Researchers have discovered that organic material may be hitching a ride in interstellar dust particles. The discovery was made thanks to a new analyt...

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Ghost Pets

February 8, 2014

Starfire Tor is back with us to talk about ghost pets, especially ghost cats. She took one of the best ghost photos Whitley Strieber has ever seen, of her beloved cat. But why ghost pets, and cats in particular? Starfire is one researcher who can tell us, and here she explains ghosts and especially why it is that the spirits of our pets will linger in our lives even to the point that, as in Starfire's case, they can actually be photographed in a nonphysical state.

Dreamland is about wonder and empowerment, and this show is really wonderful and full of empowerment! We have Starfire and Whitley and Anne to thank for that, but also their CATS! Listen and enjoy!

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Fracking Threatens to Drain Water Reserves and Exacerbate Droughts

Yet more adverse side effects of fracking have been identified, as new research indicates that it could threaten water supplies in drought-prone areas.

Fracking is a controversial method of extracting gas reserves from underground seams, using high pressure water jets which are injected into the ground to fracture shale rocks and release the natural gas inside.

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Giant jellyfish found on Australian beach

Marine biologists have been struggling to identify a 4ft jellyfish that washed up on a Tasmania beach. Thought to be related to the lion's mane jellyf...

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Giant snotty jellyfish discovered, intestine-faced flasher, girl cries stones and woman brings up baby bigfoot

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'Animal Pompeii' discovered in China

The remarkable preservation of 120-million-year-old fossil beds in China may have finally been explained. Scientists have long pondered over how such ...

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Hombre desnudo "casi sobrehumano" ataca a familia a mordidas

"Tony Grein describe como “casi sobrehumano” al hombre desnudo que intentó atacar a su hermana cerca de su casa en el Condado Palm Beach, lo mordió en la cara cuanto intentó defenderla y prácticamente ni se inmutó cuando le clavó varias veces una navaja.

Según la Oficina del Sheriff de Palm Beach, Anesson Joseph, de 28 años, tampoco pudo ser sometido por las descargas del Taser de un oficial y siguió peleando. Después de que un agente le disparara tres veces, afirmaron las autoridades, Joseph seguía intentando levantarse y luchaba incluso con los bomberos que intentaban atenderlo.

Joseph murió el martes por la noche en Delray Medical Center, a donde fue trasladado.

La policía afirma que antes de intentar atacar a la hermana de Grein, Joseph golpeó severamente a un oficial retirado de la Policía de Nueva York, Douglas R. Kozlik, de 66 años, y luego huyó, según reportó el Palm Beach Post.

Grein, de 18 años, salió el martes cerca de las ocho de la noche para acompañar a su hermana de 16 años a botar la basura. Afirmó que vio la figura de un hombre, pero que no pensó que fuera un problema.

En un momento escuchó los gritos de su hermana, que caminaba delante de él, y vio a Joseph abalanzarse contra ella (...)"

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Tesla de tableta

Vale, pues ya está. Ha sido un proyecto que me ha comido muchas neuronas, más que nada en el proceso de activación de las aplicaciones en el reino de la manzana. La app para iPad sobre Nikola Tesla ya está disponible, tanto en inglés , como en castellano .

No daré más la lata con el tema, sólo me queda comentar que, si te interesa la figura de Nikola Tesla y tienes un iPad, te animo a comprar la aplicación. :-) Me han preguntado bastantes personas si va a haber versión para Android. Me gustaría que lo hubiera, pero ahora mismo me parece demasiado complejo, como desarrollador para iOs el mundo de los androides se me presenta como una selva complicada y tengo muchas dudas que aclarar a la hora de lanzarme a exportar la aplicación, pero lo estoy considerando. En unos días espero retomar el pulso normal de TecOb y La Cartoteca después de varias semanas teslianas.

Nikola Tesla iPad app

Pocas veces en la historia de la humanidad un personaje ha reunido tantas cualidades y contradicciones. Nuestro mundo moderno existe en gran parte gracias al genio de Nikola Tesla y, sin embargo, durante gran parte del pasado siglo su figura fue prácticamente ignorada, olvidada y hasta menospreciada.

La genialidad de Tesla dio forma a una vida apasionante que te presentamos en esta aplicación biográfica a través de diversas escenas y la recreación de su voz partiendo de fragmentos de sus propios escritos. Ingeniero eléctrico y mecánico de primer orden, científico singular, futurista y apasionado, Tesla es el padre de la tecnología de corriente alterna que alimenta hoy día nuestros hogares y máquinas. Sin su genio posiblemente la historia del último siglo y medio hubiera sido muy diferente.

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5 feb. 2014

Massive Glacier in Rapid Meltdown Could Raise Seas to Unprecedented Levels

A recent study has indicated that the Jakobshavn Glacier in Greenland is experiencing a rapid melt that threatens to raise sea levels by up to one centimeter.

The glacier, which is thought to have yielded the iceberg that ended the Titanic's fated voyage, has begun to melt at an alarming rate, about four times faster than it was reducing in the 1990s. This puts it at the top of the glacier-melting charts, making it the fastest flowing river of ice in the world.

The recent research project, published in the Cryosphere journal, examined images from the German TerraSAR-X satellites to monitor the speed of the glacier.

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