England’s second crop circle of the year was seen by Queen guitarist and mathematics PhD Brian May as he flew over Hippenscombe and the complex design of a large octagon with saw blades facing inward around four connected spheres orbiting a fifth one prompted May to ask on social media if it was of extraterrestrial origin. You’re under pressure to respond to May’s crop circle question before another one bites the dust – was it caused by aliens or field-scooting fat bottomed girls?
Lonestar Data Holdings Inc. announced it is launching a series of data centers to the lunar surface to store all of humanity’s knowledge like an ark or a seed bank in order to preserve it in the event our planet is destroyed, while also making it available for future lunar missions and access from Earth. If the Moon is the cloud, won’t that make it a sitting duck for alien hackers?
NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei, who holds the American record for the longest consecutive ISS stay (355 days), revealed he heard the rumor in March the Russian space agency might abandon him aboard the ISS in a message from his wife. The only thing worse than an astronaut getting a ‘Dear John’ message is getting a ‘Don’t trust Ivan’ text.
A new study of softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) embryos found that they start out as males, but with the right temperature and proteins can become female before they hatch – and with the wrong temperature will overload the population with too many males and not enough females. If global warming wasn’t bad enough, now we have to worry about turtle warming too.
Bad news for those who sleep with their dogs – researchers have found that mcr-1 gene, believed to be transmitted from animals to humans via microscopic fecal particles, has built up a resistance to certain life-saving drugs and can make dog lovers vulnerable to drug-resistant infections from superbugs. If you solve this problem by sleeping alone in the dog house, you’ve got other issues to deal with.
Researchers using LIDAR-equipped helicopters flying over Llanos de Mojos region of the Amazon basin found evidence that the mysterious Casarabe people who lived there between 500 CE and 1400 CE were much more numerous than previously thought and lived in two large settlements and numerous small ones connected by a network of roads, causeways, reservoirs and canals. One of these days, pre-Columbian history will finally exceed post-Columbian history.
Paleontologists in Australia say burn marks discovered on 50,000-year-old eggshell fragments show that the first Australians cooked and ate melon-sized eggs from Genyornis, a giant flightless ‘mihirung’ (also called thunder birds or demon ducks) that became extinct between 30,000 and 5,000 years ago. Which came first – the extinction of the mihirung or the egg?
The high-tech vacuum cleaner, fan and hair dryer company Dyson announced it is planning to revolutionize other household chores by developing a line of robots with hands that can grasp so they can do the dishes, pick up clutter around the house toys, and find lost objects between furniture cushions – the company is recruiting 250 robotics engineers immediately to create the products. Things could get interesting when your Dyson vacuuming robot meets your Roomba.
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Biology and ETH Zurich found that horses and pigs can detect negative sounds in human speech and even mirror the emotion, which behavioral biologists say is the first step in exhibiting empathy. Do pigs really feel empathy when you exhibit a negative emotion upon finding out there’s no more bacon?
England's Chester Zoo has partnered with a tissue bank called Nature’s SAFE to cryogenically freeze genetic material from animals that die at the zoo in the hopes of preserving species in the event the world outside the zoo drives them to extinction. Somewhere in the afterlife, Noah is wondering, “Why didn’t I think to bring along two crates of ice?”