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Scientists ponder invisibility cloak

[quote]WASHINGTON - Imagine an invisibility cloak that works just like the one Harry Potter inherited from his father Researchers in England and the United States think they know how to do that They are laying out the blueprint and calling for help in developing the exotic materials needed to build a cloak The keys are special manmade materials, unlike any in nature or the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry These materials are intended to steer light and other forms of electroma

Apes Shown to Be Able to Plan Ahead

[quote]They don't bring along an umbrella or sunglasses that might be needed later, but researchers say apes, like people, can plan ahead Both orangutans and bonobos were able to figure out which tool would work in an effort to retrieve grapes, and were able to remember to bring that tool along hours later, researchers report in Friday's issue of the journal Science In a series of laboratory tests the apes were shown the tools and grapes, allowed to retrieve grapes, and then removed

12 Species of Flies Get Federal Protection

[quote]HONOLULU - Twelve species of rare flies known for their elaborate courtship displays and found only in the Hawaiian Islands are now protected under the Endangered Species Act The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the protected status for the highly valued picture-wing flies Tuesday The Arizona-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the service in March 2005, accusing it of violating the Endangered Species Act The center said the agency did not move ahead fast enough

Dolphins, like humans, recognize names

[quote]WASHINGTON Reuters - Bottlenose dolphins can call each other by name when they whistle, making them the only animals besides humans known to recognize such identity information, scientists reported on Monday Scientists have long known that dolphins' whistling calls include repeated information thought to be their names, but a new study indicates dolphins recognize these names even when voice cues are removed from the sound For example, a dolphin might be expected to recognize

Pointless inventions the transparent toaster

Think of all the great inventions in the world and this one will never be included Who NEEDS a transparent toaster Even if it did work, which it doesn't http://wwwinventablescom/Product/ConceptStudioaspi=11&t=4 This transparent toaster allows you to see the bread while it is toasting so you never surprised by toast that comes out too dark This idea is based on the transparent heating glass featured in this issue Although the glass does not currently get hot enough to toa

The Gun engine - new car engine improves efficiency

How long until this idea disappears into the mw of the oil companies Good read interesting idea http://pesncom/2006/05/02/9500266_Gun_Engine/ Q: How does the Gun-engine differ from standard automotive engines that are on the market What makes your design better My gun-engine has many things in common with a traditional engine, induction and exhaust evacuation valves, crankshaft, etc yet it is different since it explodes fuel; traditional engines cannot withstand the explo

Americans sicker and fatter than British

Now here is an interesting study, Fast food consumption in America is so prevelent that entire sub cultures are unhealtheir than their British counterparts http://wwwnewscientistcom/article/dn9098-americans-sicker-than-their-english-counterpartshtml “Americans are much sicker than the English,” claim the researchers, who are based on both sides of the Atlantic They came to this conclusion after studying self-reported information about diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other

Red rain holds evidence of life from space

Now this is interesting, and worthy of a horror plot http://wwwbsnorguk/view_allphpid=11615 comes with video Seen with a powerful microscope, these are the first pictures of the strange cells which fell as red rain for six weeks, across the Kerala region of south-west India in 2001, following reports of an explosion in the sky Indian scientists who first analysed the rain expected to see grains of dust or sand, perhaps blown from the Sahara by freak winds Instea

16,000 Species Said to Face Extinction

[quote]GENEVA - Polar bears and hippos are among more than 16,000 species of animals and plants threatened with global extinction, the World Conservation Union said Tuesday According to the Swiss-based conservation group, known by its acronym IUCN, the number of species classified as being in serious danger of extinction rose from about 15,500 in its previous "Red List" report, published in 2004 The list includes one in three amphibians, a quarter of the world's mammals and conifero

Scientists Study Hundreds of Dead Dolphins

[quote]ZANZIBAR, Tanzania - Scientists tried to discover Saturday why hundreds of dolphins washed up dead on a beach popular with tourists on the northern coast of Zanzibar Among other possibilities, marine biologists were examining whether US Navy sonar threw the animals off course Villagers and fishermen were burying the remains of the roughly 400 bottlenose dolphins, which normally live in deep offshore waters but washed up Friday along a 2 1/2-mile stretch of coast in Tanzania's

Military experiments may be causing earthquake like disturbances

Now this is interesing, a part of the ocean off limits to civilians and used by the military had been found to be the focus of sound waves that mimic earthquakes Scientists speculate that military epxperiments may be the souse of the effects Some interesting secret military experiments may be underway, that might relate to the topic of the military wanting to harness weather and natural events for their own ends http://wwwsignonsandiegocom/news/metro/20060427-9999-1n27boomhtml#

Songbirds May Be Able to Learn Grammar

[quote]WASHINGTON - The simplest grammar, long thought to be one of the skills that separate man from beast, can be taught to a common songbird, new research suggests Starlings learned to differentiate between a regular birdsong "sentence" and one containing a clause or another sentence of warbling, according to a study in Thursday's journal Nature It took University of California at San Diego psychology researcher Tim Gentner a month and about 15,000 training attempts, with food as a

Scientists: Black Holes Energy-Efficient

[quote]WASHINGTON - With gasoline hitting $3 per gallon, scientists have just found the most energy-efficient engines in the universe — black holes, those whirling super-dense centers of galaxies that suck in nearly everything The jets of energy spurting out of older ultra-efficient black holes also seem to be playing a crucial role as zoning cops in large galaxies, preventing too many stars from sprouting That explains why there aren't as many burgeoning galaxies chock full of stars a

Scientists Probe the Use of the Tongue

[quote]PENSACOLA, Fla - In their quest to create the super warrior of the future, some military researchers aren't focusing on organs like muscles or hearts They're looking at tongues By routing signals from helmet-mounted cameras, sonar and other equipment through the tongue to the brain, they hope to give elite soldiers superhuman senses similar to owls, snakes and fish Researchers at the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition envision their work giving Army Rangers 36

Fossil Suggests Snakes Evolved on Land

[quote]NEW YORK - A fossil find in Argentina has revealed a two-legged creature that's the most primitive snake known, a discovery that promises to fire up the scientific debate about whether snakes evolved on land or in the sea The snake's anatomy and the location of the fossil show it lived on land, researchers said, adding evidence to the argument that snakes evolved on land Snakes are thought to have evolved from four-legged lizards, losing their legs over time But scientists ha
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