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Your Amalgam fillings may be a health hazard - officially declared dangerous

Amalgam dental fillings – which contain the highly toxic metal mercury – pose a health risk, the Food and Drug Administration declared After years of insisting the fillings are safe, the US government's Food and Drug Administration FDA has issued a health warning about them It represents a landmark victory for campaigners, who say the fillings are responsible for a range of ailments, including heart conditions and Alzheimer's disease Earlier this month, in an unprecedented U-turn,

Yet another archaeology fraud - Ida is not a prehuman

Remember Ida, the fossil discovery announced last May with its own book and TV documentary A publicity blitz called it "the link" that would reveal the earliest evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans Experts protested that Ida wasn't even a close relative And now a new analysis supports their reaction In fact, Ida is as far removed from the monkey-ape-human ancestry as a primate could be, says Erik Seiffert of Stony Brook University in New York He and his colleagues com

Things you never knew about cars

Here is a fun pic of some things that you may not have known about automobiles Did you know someone actually swapped out an engine in a Ford Escort in 42 seconds Or that most car horns beep in the key of F Or that it would take about 157 days to drive to the moon at 60 mph Graphic from http://blogsthecarconnectioncom/marty-blog/1036545_16-things-you-never-knew-about-the-automobile Originally from USA Today, but link unknown

How to estimate distance with only your arm and your eyes - and other science body tests

Have you ever wanted to measure long distances but can never work it out This simple trick looks like a handy way to calculate distance, and a neat party trick as well Your arm is about ten times longer than the distance between your eyes That fact, together with a bit of applied trigonometry, can be used to estimate the distance between you and any object of approximately known size Imagine, for example, that you're standing on the side of a hill, trying to decide how far it is to

Apophis -The Destroyer - (no longer) threatens the earth

Two upcoming asteroid encounters are now regarded as no longer a threat to the Earth - see last post for update NASA is drawing up a shortlist of ideas to be unveiled early next year for diverting a 40m-ton asteroid that is on course to pass dangerously close to Earth The schemes will be presented and discussed at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Fears that the planet may be in danger from asteroids were heightened by the discovery of o

Is Ida the new 'human fossil' just a PR campaign and not an authentic skeleton?

Ida the new 'human' fossil was found in 1992 Just why did it take 14 years to become public Because it was so fragile, so destroyed, that it almost had to be totally remade The backstory to this find pokes holes in the massive public relations and advertising campaign currently being run in the worlds media [quote]In 1992, the Middle Awash Research Team, co-led by [Tim] White, made a discovery that ended Lucy’s reign About 75 kilometers south of Lucy’s resting place, at Aramis in the

Smoking bans cut heart attack rates up to 26% in long term studies

Many communities have enacted smoking bans in public places, some of which have been in effect for several years How is that affecting our overall health According to an analysis of studies, the bans are significantly cutting the rate of heart attacks in those communities In longer-term studies it showed up to 26% decrease in heart attacks per year that the ban had existed So this proves “the longer a community bans smoking, the greater the effect” It also appears the people who s

Did you know? - excellent facts video

Video of amazing facts that you never knew Well worth watching [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/N3rqW_n1Y8o&hl=en&fs=1&[/flash] [flash=640x385]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/6ILQrUrEWe8&hl=en&fs=1&[/flash]

We are in the middle of a writing revolution - everyone is doing it

We often complain that so many people are taking to the net, making blogs, posting on social networking sites, communicating with text messages, all with the rationale that writing is getting worse because of these new publishers But hang on, because so many more people are actually writing than ever before, as a society we are getting better at putting our thoughts online in written form Is a revolution, the biggest we have ever seen Andrea Lunsford is a professor of writing and rhet

Want to grow a 4 times larger crop of tomatoes? Just pee on them.

Gardeners keen to boost their crop of tomatoes may be surprised to learn they can turn to an unusual and free source of fertilizer It works just as well with cucumber, corn, cabbage and other crops Mind you, I would make sure they are thoroughly washed before eating A team of Finnish researchers found that sprinkling tomatoes with human urine mixed with wood ash was the ultimate eco-friendly fertiliser Scientists discovered the unusual addition made crops up to four times larger A

Laser guided pool shot teaching machine and a pool playing robot

Pool playing robot, and laser guided pool shots Both these inventions are amazing, the pool playing robot, is just plain scary, while being given guidance as to how to play your shot with laser guides, is great However thats what beer and pool partners are for It would still be a great teaching tool [flash=640x505]http://wwwyoutubecom/v/AENJxqR0g48&hl=en&fs=1&[/flash]

Stephen Hawking wonders if life in the universe might be actually very rare - Yes we are alone

What are the chances that we will encounter some alien form of life, as we explore the galaxy" If the argument about the time scale for the appearance of life on Earth is correct, Hawking says [quote]There ought to be many other stars, whose planets have life on them Some of these stellar systems could have formed [i]5 billion years before the Earth [/i] So why is the galaxy not crawling with self-designing mechanical or biological life forms I discount suggestions that UFO's co

22 million horsepower Ares 1 rocket engine test - video

The new Ares 1 development motor being tested, with the heat of 2/3 of that of the sun Amazing NASA and ATK successfully test fired a five-segment solid-fuel booster in Utah on September 10, 2009, thursday It was a full scale, 2 minutes test of the first stage motor of Ares-I rocket The stationary ground test provided valuable measurements of thrust, roll, motor vibration and acoustics to the engineers for further development of the rocket NASA Ares rockets are planned to return h

Japan to focus on space based solar energy production

So imagine a huge beam of electricity somehow being beamed from a space platform to receiving stations in Japan, it sounds like the plot from a James Bond movie, what could possibly go wrong Harvesting solar power from space through orbiting solar farms sounds extremely interesting Mitsubishi Electric Corp, a manufacturer of solar panels, has decided to join an AUD $25 billion Japanese project to construct a massive solar farm in space within three decades Japan has already started w

Orange Country choppers - create an electric Chopper

Orange County Choppers, known for building machines as brutish as they are loud, has produced this paradoxical bike touted as the “first custom electric American chopper” On Wednesday, Siemens, the electronics and electrical engineering global powerhouse, unveiled the Smart Chopper it commissioned from the renowned custom motorcycle outfit Siemens claims the bike has a 60-mile range and a 100 mph top speed An onboard charging unit can be plugged into any 110-volt socket to charge the
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