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- Carbon nanotubes may have given ancient swords of Damascus their edge.
- Stone Age twins discovered buried under mammoth’s shoulder blade.
- 38,000-year-old Neanderthal DNA pinpoints divergence of modern humans from their long-faced, barrel-chested relatives.
- Did catastrophe fall from above in 2807 B.C.?
- Going for a blast into the real past: If his experiment with splitting photons actually works, physicist says the next step will be to test for quantum retrocausality.
- Life in 2056: Scientists predict bonding with aliens and animals.
- Solar wind particles solve lunar mystery.
- Mars rover Opportunity snaps panorama of yawning crater, and Spirit is finally on the move again.
- NASA studies manned asteroid mission.
- The mysterious antigravity that caused the expansion of the cosmos to speed up was already present in space before the acceleration.
- Strong Leonid meteor shower expected this weekend. How to hear the Leonid meteor shower.
- Enviro-cateclysm of the week: Deep-sea trawling is destroying underwater mountains.
- Physics promises wireless recharging of electronic gadgets.
- Natural painkiller in human saliva is six times more powerful than morphine.
- Resveratrol found to double endurance and extend lifespan of mice.
- When Denise Faustman declared she had cured diabetic mice by getting them to regrow their insulin-producing cells, skeptics warned of bad experiments and false hope, but 3 research groups – who were each given $1m to prove her wrong – have reproduced her results.
- Failing hearts can carry out their own repairs – with a little help from science.
- A hands-on approach to the study of brains – including Einstein’s.
- Scientists studying personal space say, in some circles, two is a crowd – even in cyberspace.
- High-tech ‘Air guitar T-shirt’ is an easy-to-use, virtual instrument that allows real-time music-making – even by players without significant musical skills.
- New intelligent prosthetic foot is so advanced, it may even allow amputee soldiers back into battle.
- Saudis to build $12b security fence to seal off border with Iraq.
- UK intelligence services ignored spy’s al-Qaeda warnings.
- The UK’s new hi-tech biometric passport is protected by military-level encryption. We cracked it in just 48 hours. Now the government is facing demands for a recall.
- Update: A review of PSIence: How New Discoveries in Quantum Physics and New Science May Explain the Existence of Paranormal Phenomena (Amazon US & UK), and an interview with author Marie D Jones.
- Deceiving the public: The secret world of Lonelygirl15, the breakout Web hit that, in September, was unmasked by fans as a work of fiction – when they noticed the photo of Aleister Crowley on her ‘bedroom’ wall.
Quote of the Day:
I sit here in this old house, all the while listening to the ghosts walk up and down the hallway. At 4 o’clock I was awakened by three distinct knocks on my bedroom door. No one was there. Damned place is haunted….
Harry Truman, writing about the White House in a letter to his wife