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  • Mysterious Purple Sea Orb Stymies Scientists

    07/28/2016 6:44:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/28/16 | Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
    "Have a look at that dark purple blob on the left, there." With those words, scientists aboard the Exploration Vessel Nautilus uncovered a marine mystery: a small purple orb tucked halfway under a rock off the coast of California. Researchers are so far stumped as to what the colorful, bumpy little ball might be. Their best guess is that it might be a gastropod (a mollusk such as a snail or slug that belongs to the class Gastropoda) called a pleurobranch — and possibly a new species.
  • North Korea Is Sending Mysterious Coded Radio Messages Again

    07/21/2016 7:33:11 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 57 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/21/16 | Kyle Mizokami - Popular Mechanics
    A North Korean short wave radio station abruptly returned to the airwaves last Friday after a sixteen year absence. The mysterious broadcast has South Korean intelligence agents scrambling to figure out what its message means-and whom the message was intended for. The transmission, which began at approximately 12:45 on Friday, was made by an unnamed female announcer and began with, "From now on, I will give review work for the subject of mathematics under the curriculum of a remote education university for exploration agents of the 27th bureau." The announcer went on to say, "On page 459, question number 35,...

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Health officials are investigating nine cases of muscle weakness or paralysis in Colorado children and whether the culprit might be a virus causing severe respiratory illness across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday sent doctors an alert about the polio-like cases and said the germ - enterovirus 68 - was detected in four out of eight of the sick children who had a certain medical test. The status of the ninth case is unclear. The virus can cause paralysis but other germs can, too. Health officials don't know whether the virus...
  • Strange, Spooky, Outer-Worldly Sounds Enigmatic, Super Freaky on Fox News

    09/05/2014 5:27:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies ^ | September 5, 2014 | Staff
    There are countless sounds cataloged of strange, weird sounds, many might just as well have originated in a parallel universe or dimension. Two specific examples are 1.the utterly alien sound emanating from the World Trade Center recorded just a few days ago and appearing on Fox News. 2. Similar spine-tingling sounds occurring during the Holocaust Memorial Siren in Israel signaling two minutes of silence and also separately during the memorial for the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 against the Nazis. But there's a huge collection of strange, freaky stuff recorded coming out of anywhere, but appears to be emanating from the...
  • Why Sunglasses Make Everyone Better Looking

    06/29/2014 7:24:46 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 57 replies
    Newser ^ | June 29, 2014 | Matt Cantor
    There is, somehow, an instant attractiveness boost conferred by sunglasses. But why is it that covering up our eyes creates this effect? Believe it or not, there is an expert on the topic (it was the subject of her PhD), and UK professor Vanessa Brown explains the situation to Science of Us. The Guardian notes Brown's research spun out of her catching sight of her own reflection one day—walking into a supermarket in scruffy painting clothes but looking, she believed "quite cool," thanks to her sunglasses. That may be because, first of all, symmetry makes us look better, and sunglasses...
  • Car accident killed SD girls missing since 1971

    04/28/2014 1:05:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 31 replies
    AP via ^ | 04/15/2014 | Carson Walker
    ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) — Two South Dakota girls on their way to an end-of-school-year party at a gravel pit in May 1971 drove off a country road and into a creek where their remains lay hidden until last fall when a drought brought their car into view, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Mysterious new man-made gases pose threat to ozone layer

    03/10/2014 9:43:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies
    BBC News ^ | 3/9/14 | Matt McGrath
    Scientists have identified four new man-made gases that are contributing to the depletion of the ozone layer. Two of the gases are accumulating at a rate that is causing concern among researchers. Worries over the growing ozone hole have seen the production of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases restricted since the mid 1980s. But the precise origin of these new, similar substances remains a mystery, say scientists. Lying in the atmosphere, between 15 and 30km above the surface of the Earth, the ozone layer plays a critical role in blocking harmful UV rays, which cause cancers in humans and reproductive problems in...
  • Mysterious privacy board touted by Obama has deep government ties

    06/21/2013 6:59:13 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Guardian ^ | 6/21/13 | Dan Roberts
    The body charged by President Obama with protecting the civil liberties and privacy of the American people exists in shadows almost as dark as the intelligence agencies it is designed to oversee. The Privacy & Civil Liberties Board (PCLOB) was due to meet Obama at the White House on Friday afternoon at 3pm in the situation room to discuss growing concerns over US surveillance of phone and internet records – or, at least, that´s what unnamed "senior administration officials" said would happen. The meeting did not appear on the president´s official diary issued to journalists, nor has
  • The Mysterious Case Of Richard Windsor

    01/18/2013 12:57:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Power Line ^ | 1/18/13 | Scott Johnson
    All is not as it appears in the case of Richard Windsor, the alias used by outgoing EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, apparently to shield email messages from discovery and disclosure. Under court order to cough up the email messages to Chris Horner of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and having turned over a first installment of 2,100 such email messages earlier this week, the Obama administration is making this a case that might challenge the ingenuity of Sherlock Holmes. With Horner’s assistance, my daughter Eliana tries to pierce the fog of administrative war in her NRO column “Lisa Jackson’s gadfly.”
  • 'Mysterious' Baltic Sea Object Is a Glacial Deposit

    08/30/2012 12:36:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 38 replies on Yahoo ^ | 8/30/12 | Natalie Wolchover |
    A feature on the floor of the Baltic Sea that was discovered last summer by Swedish treasure hunters is making headlines once again. The latest media coverage draws upon an hour-long radio interview with Peter Lindberg, head of the Ocean X Team (which made the "discovery"), in which Lindberg delivers a string of cryptic and titillating statements about the "strange" and "mysterious" seafloor object his team has been exploring for a year. Lindberg discusses various possibilities for what the object might be: "It has these very strange stair formations, and if it is constructed, it must be constructed tens of...
  • Trooper, motorist: Mysterious object fell from sky

    04/12/2012 9:20:09 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/12/12 | AP
    LITCHFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Connecticut say they didn't find anything after a state trooper and another person reported a large object falling out of the sky in Litchfield. The Republican-American of Waterbury reports ( ) that a person driving in Litchfield at about 2 a.m. Tuesday reported that a green, glowing object the size of a whale fell from the sky and crashed into Bantam Lake. Officials say that at about the same time, a state trooper 10 miles away in Warren called dispatchers to report that something fell out of the sky and landed near Bantam...
  • Wis. town longs for relief from mysterious booms

    03/21/2012 6:28:34 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 22 replies · 1+ views
    ap ^ | Mar 21, 8:15 PM EDT | DINESH RAMDE and CARRIE ANTLFINGER
    CLINTONVILLE, Wis. (AP) -- ... The strange disturbance sounds like distant thunder, fireworks or someone slamming a heavy door. At first, many people were amused or merely curious. But after three restless nights, aggravation is mounting. And some folks are considering leaving town until investigators determine the source of the racket. There have been no reports of injury or damage, despite some residents saying they could feel the ground roll beneath their feet. City officials say they have investigated every possible human cause. They checked water, sewer and gas lines, contacted the military about any exercises in the area, reviewed...
  • Mysterious metal ball from space falls in Namibia

    12/22/2011 10:58:53 PM PST · by geraldmcg · 38 replies ^ | 12-23-11 | CleanTV
    A mysterious metal ball reportedly fell from space , landing in a grasslands area of the African nation of Namibia. So far experts claim the object is not of alien origin. It has two bumps on each end, appears to be hollow and weights about 13 pounds. Namibia's National Forensic Science Institute Director Paul Ludik said the sphere is 3.6 feet around and is made out of a "sophisticated" alloy that is not unknown to modern science, although it has no identifying markings to link it with a country or a company. So far that's about all we're told. But...
  • Mysterious Lights Over East El Paso, News Channel 9 (video)

    10/18/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 85 replies · 1+ views
    You Tube ^ | 10/18/10 | News Channel 9
    News of UFO Sighting in East El Paso. Very similar to NYC and other sightings recently.
  • Rare sighting in Laos of mysterious beast (twin-horned saola)

    09/17/2010 9:36:25 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/10 | AFP
    HANOI (AFP) – One of the world's rarest animals, the secretive and mysterious twin-horned saola, has been seen for the first time in a decade, conservationists say. Villagers in Laos captured a saola in August and took it to their remote community, but it died after a few days in captivity, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a statement. The animal was photographed before its death, the first confirmed record since 1999 when pictures of wild saola were taken by automatic cameras in Laos, said IUCN, a Swiss-based network of scientists and environmental organisations. No biologist...
  • Mysterious Q Balls -Created in the Heat of the Newborn Universe: Are They SciFi or SciFact?

    09/11/2010 5:00:25 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 34 replies
    Daily Galaxy ^ | 9/10/10 | Casey Kazan
    Q-balls zoom through the Universe, according to CERN physicist Brian Cox, vaporizing stars and flouting the laws of physics. Each one is like a new universe in a nutshell. Inside a Q-ball, the familiar forces that hold our world together don't exist, which means that a single Q-ball can eat the heart out of a super-dense star,causing it to self-destruct in an almighty cosmic explosion. This was the scientific premise of the scifi thriller, Sunshine, directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, The Beach). That's the fiction. The fact is that a Q-ball would travel through a light star like the sun...
  • Mysterious Asteroid Unmasked By Space Probe Flyby

    07/10/2010 4:50:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 1+ views ^ | 7/10/10 | Denise Chow
    A European spacecraft zoomed by past a mysterious asteroid Saturday to take the first-ever close look at the space rock while flying more than 282 million miles from Earth. The European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta space probe flew past the asteroid Lutetia, an object discovered in 1852 that appeared only as a bright speck in the sky to astronomers until today. The first new photos of the asteroid revealed Lutetia to be a lumpy rock with a potato-like appearance. Rosetta was about 1,900 miles (3,100 km) from the asteroid at its closest approach. The enigmatic space rock, which is about...
  • Speculation rife over identity of Israel's prisoner ‘Mr X’

    06/22/2010 2:07:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    The National ^ | 6/23/10 | Vita Bekker
    TEL AVIV // A mysterious arrest carried out recently by Israel’s security services has renewed condemnation from human rights groups about the country’s treatment of prisoners and its possible infringement of press freedoms. A report last week on the website of Israel’s biggest newspaper, Yediot Ahronot, said that a so-called “Mr X” is being held in complete seclusion at the maximum-security Ayalon prison, and his identity is being kept so closely under wraps that it is not even known to his prison guards or fellow inmates. The report cited an unidentified official at Israel’s penitentiary service as saying: “I don’t...
  • Afghanistan opium poppies hit by mysterious disease

    05/13/2010 4:13:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies · 713+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/10 | AFP
    KABUL (AFP) – As the pink poppy fields of southern Afghanistan yield their sticky harvest, opium production in the country that supplies the world with heroin is set to fall, farmers and officials say. That's good news for the fight against the multi-billion-dollar drugs trade but it could be bad news for Afghan farmers struggling to feed their families as the war against Taliban insurgents and drugs gangs escalates. "This year we had less poppy cultivation, which I think was because of our public awareness campaign which we launched before cultivation started," said Gul Mohammad, head of the counter-narcotics department...
  • Mysterious New Object Discovered in Space ("micro-quasar")

    04/19/2010 12:18:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 964+ views ^ | 4/19/10 | Charles Q. Choi
    A strange and mysterious new object in space may the brightest and long-lasting "micro-quasar" seen thus far, a miniature version of the brightest objects in the universe. The object suddenly began pumping out radio waves last year in the relatively nearby galaxy M82, some 10 million light-years away. Its discovery was announced Tuesday. "The new object, which appeared in May 2009, has left us scratching our heads — we've never seen anything quite like this before," said researcher Tom Muxlow, a radio astronomer at the University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory in England. M82 is a "starburst galaxy," one that...
  • Mysterious shipwreck unearthed at bottom Gulf

    03/09/2009 5:57:30 AM PDT · by BBell · 45 replies · 3,237+ views
    Times Picayune ^ | March 08, 2009 | John Pope
    Nearly 200 years ago, a ship sank in the Gulf of Mexico, about 35 miles off Louisiana's coast. It stayed, undiscovered, on the seabed, about 4,000 feet below the surface, until 2002, when a crew happened upon the wreckage while checking out a pipeline. An expedition led by Texas A&M University found no skeletal remains and nothing to indicate the vessel's name, where it came from or how it sank. But underwater sleuths discovered plenty of artifacts, including a telescope, pottery, French bottles, swords, English mustard jars, hourglasses, a cast-iron stove and a Scottish cannon, Louisiana State Museum spokesman Arthur...
  • Astronomers Aim to Grasp Mysterious Dark Matter (In search of WIMPs)

    12/29/2008 2:46:01 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 484+ views on Yahoo ^ | 12/29/08 | Clara Moskowitz
    For the past quarter century, dark matter has been a mystery we've just had to live with. But the time may be getting close when science can finally unveil what this befuddling stuff is that makes up most of the matter in the universe. Dark matter can't be seen. Nobody even knows what it is. But it must be there, because without it galaxies would fly apart. Upcoming experiments on Earth such as the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) particle accelerator in Switzerland, and a new spacecraft called Gaia set to launch in 2011, could be the key to closing the...
  • Mysterious New 'Dark Flow' Discovered in Space

    09/23/2008 4:46:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 252+ views on Yahoo ^ | 9/23/08 | Clara Moskowitz
    As if the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy weren't vexing enough, another baffling cosmic puzzle has been discovered. Patches of matter in the universe seem to be moving at very high speeds and in a uniform direction that can't be explained by any of the known gravitational forces in the observable universe. Astronomers are calling the phenomenon "dark flow." The stuff that's pulling this matter must be outside the observable universe, researchers conclude. When scientists talk about the observable universe, they don't just mean as far out as the eye, or even the most powerful telescope, can see....
  • Smithsonian Puts Mysterious Crystal Skull on Display

    09/23/2008 4:04:46 PM PDT · by Justice Department · 27 replies · 517+ views
    foxnews ^ | Wednesday, July 09, 2008
    WASHINGTON — Some mysteries are such fun you almost don't want to know the truth. That may help explain why people are fascinated with crystal skulls. "People like to believe in something greater than themselves," Smithsonian anthropologist Jane MacLaren Walsh said, and crystal skulls are mysterious and beautiful.
  • Earth's Hum Sounds More Mysterious Than Ever

    04/17/2008 11:07:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 72 replies · 82+ views on Yahoo ^ | 4/16/08 | Charles Q. Choi
    Earth gives off a relentless hum of countless notes completely imperceptible to the human ear, like a giant, exceptionally quiet symphony, but the origin of this sound remains a mystery. Now unexpected powerful tunes have been discovered in this hum. These new findings could shed light on the source of this enigma. The planet emanates a constant rumble far below the limits of human hearing, even when the ground isn't shaking from an earthquake. (It does not cause the ringing in the ear linked with tinnitus.) This sound, first discovered a decade ago, is one that only scientific instruments -...
  • Scottish Masons' Mysterious Signatures In Stone To Be Recorded

    02/09/2008 6:38:15 PM PST · by blam · 41 replies · 173+ views
    24 Hour Museum ^ | 2-8-2008 | Courtesy Historic Scotland
    SCOTTISH MASONS' MYSTERIOUS SIGNATURES IN STONE TO BE RECORDED By 24 Hour Museum Staff 08/02/2008 Courtesy Historic Scotland Mysterious symbols carved into Scotland’s medieval churches, castles and bridges are to be studied and recorded in a new scheme supported by Historic Scotland. Masons’ marks are enigmatic signatures cut into stone wherever they worked, and hold clues as to dates of construction as well as the craftsmen who worked on the structure. However, little is known about the identities and life stories of these men who played such an important role in creating the country’s most cherished buildings from the Middle...
  • Mysterious Migrations

    03/23/2007 3:38:50 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 876+ views
    Science News ^ | 3-23-2007 | Bruce Bower
    Mysterious MigrationsOur prehistoric ancestors journeyed out of Africa on contested roads Bruce Bower It was the most momentous immigration ever, a population realignment that marked a startling departure for our species, Homo sapiens. After emerging in eastern Africa close to 200,000 years ago, anatomically modern people stayed on one continent for roughly 140,000 years before spreading out in force around the world. Then, from 40,000 to 35,000 years ago, our forerunners advanced into areas stretching from what is now France to southeastern Asia and Australia. DIGGING THE PAST. Workers excavate deep into a site near the Russian village of Kostenki,...
  • The Mysterious Case Of Columbus's Silver Ore Libraries

    02/20/2007 11:35:03 AM PST · by blam · 5 replies · 640+ views
    Newswise ^ | 2-19-2007 | University Of Arizona
    University of Arizona Mon 19-Feb-2007, 17:00 ET The Mysterious Case of Columbus's Silver Ore Libraries What was thought to be the first evidence of successful prospecting for precious metals in the New World turns out to be something completely different. Silver-bearing ore found at the settlement founded by Christopher Columbus's second expedition was not mined in the Americas. Copyright 1998. James Quine, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida. Co-authors Kathleen Deagan and Jose M. Cruxent standing by the foundations of La Isabela's royal storehouse, where metallurgical activities took place. Newswise — Silver-bearing ore found at the settlement founded...
  • The mysterious saga of Sister Khadijah ( and her connections to funding int'l terrorism)

    02/11/2007 12:27:11 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 921+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/11/07 | Sean Webby and Brandon Bailey
    Khadijah Ghafur sat silently in hijab and correctional jumpsuit, facing a judge, a lengthy prison term and the complete collapse of her elaborate plans. With a boundless determination that opened eyes and pockets, Sister Khadijah had built a chain of state-funded charter schools that stretched from Sunnyvale to Southern California. Now they were closed, and the self-styled civil rights activist from Selma, Ala., was convicted of stealing tens of thousands of dollars of public money meant for kids. Superior Court Judge R.L. Putnam got right to the point. He sentenced her to 14 years. But even after Ghafur's monthlong trial,...
  • Tattoos - The Ancient And Mysterious History

    01/03/2007 3:20:58 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 1,040+ views
    Smothsonian Magazine ^ | 1-3-2007 | Cate Lineberry
    Tattoos - The Ancient and Mysterious History By Cate Lineberry Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as amulets, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, adornments and even forms of punishment. Joann Fletcher, research fellow in the department of archaeology at the University of York in Britain, describes the history of tattoos and their cultural significance to people around the world, from the famous " Iceman," a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy, to today’s Maori. What is the earliest evidence of tattoos? In terms of tattoos...
  • Girls leave room, big rig crashes through it

    09/21/2006 7:50:48 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 8 replies · 530+ views
    AP, via MSNBC ^ | 21 Sept. 2006 | Staff
    LAFAYETTE, La. - Two little girls, who apparently couldn't sleep, got out of the bed they shared less than a half-hour before a tractor-trailer plowed through their bedroom. Cori Morgan, 7, and her sister, Shadia, 3, had left their bedroom for the living room just before the 4:30 a.m. crash, said Cerrisa Moore, whose mother owns the house.
  • Mayan Ruins Said Center Of Mysterious Civilization

    09/09/2006 10:42:41 AM PDT · by blam · 15 replies · 721+ views
    Reuters ^ | 9-8-2006 | Science News
    Mayan ruins said center of mysterious civilization Fri Sep 8, 2006 11:43pm ET TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (Reuters) - Experts are examining the ruins of a pre-Columbian culture in an area of Honduras where there had been no previous evidence of major indigenous civilization. The site, discovered earlier this year, consists of 14 mounds that form part of what are believed to be ceremonial grounds, the Honduran Institute of Anthropology said. "They are part of a very important site, a governing center of a pre-Columbian civilization," Oscar Neils, the institute's head of research, told Reuters. "We had no idea that there was...
  • Hybrid Comet-Asteroid In Mysterious Break-Up

    04/11/2006 3:06:42 PM PDT · by blam · 33 replies · 1,206+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 4-11-2006 | Jeff Hecht
    Hybrid comet-asteroid in mysterious break-up 09:30 11 April 2006 news service Jeff HechtThe large, diffuse breakaway object is centred at the 2 o'clock position relative to the nucleus. The image is a negative, with the darkest areas representing the brightest objects. Something substantial has broken off an icy 50-kilometre object beyond the orbit of Saturn, leaving puzzled astronomers trying to figure out why. Comets have been seen breaking up before, but only after heating when passing close to the Sun or a gravitational disturbance following a close encounter with a planet. However, at 1.9 billion kilometres, this object is...
  • Mysterious Fish 'Party' Near NC Shore (Jubilee?)

    03/04/2006 5:02:14 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,094+ views
    Live Science ^ | 2-27-2006
    Mysterious Fish 'Party' Near N.C. Shore By The Associated Press posted: 27 February 2006 11:38 am ET JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP)—State and local wildlife experts are trying to figure out what led more than a thousand flounder, spot and pin fish to beach themselves at the Marine Corps' New River air base—and then swim away. They believe it may be related to a popular phenomenon known in coastal Alabama as "jubilee.''The fish surfaced in shallow water Friday morning. They were lethargic, but alive. "It's kind of strange,'' said Mike Sanderford, New River Riverkeeper. "It's a bunch of fish up here, but...
  • Jennings Explores ABCs of UFOs

    02/21/2005 4:14:51 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 139 replies · 3,230+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Sunday, February 20, 2005 | Kathy Blumenstock
    Flying saucers and strange beings who have visited Earth aren't the typical topics reported by Peter Jennings, anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight." Jennings, whose new two-hour special tackles the subject of UFOs, admits he and his production team began the project with doubts and a dose of curiosity. "We have a lot of skeptics -- I am very skeptical -- but we seriously investigated something a lot of people are serious about," he said. "And when we come to the end, this is wonderfully interesting. "More than 80 million Americans believe intelligent beings from somewhere else have come here,"...
  • Mystery Syringes Mailed to British Ambassador in Moscow

    02/19/2005 7:52:02 AM PST · by genefromjersey · 8 replies · 394+ views
    MosNews ^ | 02/19/05 | vanity
    On Thursday,02/17/05,a postal courier delivered 4 boxes to the British Embassy in Moscow. The packages were addressed to the British Ambassador-no return address. When opened,the packages were found to contain medical syringes-filled with an unknown liquid - now being tested by the police lab. Theories,anyone ??
  • The Mysterious End Of Essex Man (UK)

    01/23/2005 3:16:48 PM PST · by blam · 44 replies · 1,105+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-23-2005 | Robin McKie
    The mysterious end of Essex man Archaeologists now believe two groups of early humans fought for dominance in ancient Britain - and the axe-wielders won Robin McKie, science editor Sunday January 23, 2005 The Observer Divisions in British culture may be deeper than we thought. Scientists have discovered startling evidence that suggests different species of early humans may have fought to settle within our shores almost half a million years ago. They have found that two different groups - one wielding hand-axes, the other using Stone Age Stanley knives to slash and kill - could have been rivals for control...
  • Mysterious New Spy Program Called 'National Threat'

    12/09/2004 7:26:11 AM PST · by crushelits · 19 replies · 771+ views ^ | Wednesday, December 8, 2004 Posted: 9:45 PM EST |
    Mystery surrounds costly spy programWASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress' new blueprint for U.S. intelligence spending includes a mysterious and expensive spy program that drew extraordinary criticism from leading Democrats, with one saying the highly classified project is a threat to national security.In an unusual rebuke, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, complained Wednesday that the spy project was "totally unjustified and very, very wasteful and dangerous to the national security." He called the program "stunningly expensive."Rockefeller and three other Democratic senators -- Richard Durbin, Carl Levin and Ron Wyden -- refused to sign the congressional compromise...
  • Mysterious Pottery Shows True Face Of First Pacific Settlers

    10/23/2004 2:48:19 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 1,302+ views
    ABC Net ^ | 10-23-2004
    Mysterious pottery shows true face of first Pacific settlers Staring out from an ancient piece of pottery, the mysterious face of a bearded man has given scientists a unique glimpse of what the first settlers of Fiji may have looked like. Researchers say the "extraordinary discovery" is a vital clue in mapping out how the South Pacific came to be inhabited some 3,000 years ago, suggesting the first direct link to islands some thousands of kilometres away. Thought to be the work of the Lapita people - a long-lost race which originated near modern-day Taiwan then migrated to Polynesia -...
  • Mysterious Attack Hits Web Servers

    06/25/2004 9:12:00 AM PDT · by all4one · 44 replies · 409+ views
    The ^ | June 25, 2004 | Internet Broadcasting System, API
    Government and industry experts are reporting a mysterious, large-scale Internet attack against thousands of popular Web sites. The virus-like infection tries to implant hacker software onto the computers of all Web site visitors. Industry experts and the Homeland Security Department are studying the infection to determine how it spreads across Web sites and find adequate defenses against it. A government warning says even Web sites trusted by users may contain the potentially malicious code. The infection appears to target at least one recent version of Microsoft's Internet Information Server, which is popular among businesses and organizations. The United States Computer...
  • Curtain Raised On Ancient Ethnic Regime In NW China

    04/20/2004 4:34:11 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 318+ views
    Curtain raised on mysterious ancient ethnic regime in NW China 2004-04-20 14:48:08 YINCHUAN, April 20 (Xinhuanet) -- The mystery of the ancient ethnic Xixia regime that once reigned over part of northwest China will be revealed as some 100,000 pages of historical documents of the regime collected in Russia become accessible to Chinese experts for the first time. "We will get the complete copy of the Heishuicheng manuscripts collected in the St. Petersburg Branch of the Institute of Oriental Studies (IOS) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, all precious firsthand historical materials for the research on the history of...
  • A translation unmasked?

    02/11/2004 5:55:57 AM PST · by vannrox · 6 replies · 320+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | FR Post 2-11-04 | By David Kohn
    Dispute: A heralded linguistic deciphering of an extinct hieroglyphic script accomplished in the 1990s is under attack by two researchers. FOR LINGUISTS, it's like hitting a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the World Series. Terrence Kaufman and John Justeson struck that blast in 1993 when they cracked one of the planet's few remaining undeciphered writing systems - a hieroglyphic script from the mysterious Isthmian civilization, which occupied southern Mexico 2,000 years ago.
  • New Surprises from Mysterious Pluto

    07/10/2003 8:13:24 AM PDT · by bedolido · 54 replies · 633+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 07/10/03 | Staff Writer
    Pluto, the most distant of the nine planets in our solar system, has piqued the curiosity of astronomers once again. It seems the planet's atmosphere is expanding as it travels away from the sun, rather than contracting as expected. The only planet yet to have been visited by spacecraft, Pluto is relatively poorly known. But when it is aligned with the stars just so, observations from Earth are possible. Analyses of data collected last year during one of these rare configurations revealed the surprising atmospheric findings, which were published today in the journal Nature. Because Pluto is currently journeying swiftly...
  • Authorities rule out SARS in death of Bulgarian seaman off Brazilian coast (2nd mysterious death)

    05/01/2003 10:30:52 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 12 replies · 242+ views ^ | May 1, 2003 | Canadian Press
    SAO PAULO, Brazil (CP) - Authorities in Brazil's northeastern state of Alagoas on Thursday ruled out SARS in the death of a Bulgarian seaman aboard a cargo vessel. Todor Andrev Petrov, 48, died Wednesday, hours after the Cypriot-flagged ship Mike M. left the port of Suape in neighbouring Pernambuco state en route to Argentina. After discovering Petrov had died, the captain headed to Maceio, 2,000 kilometres northeast of Sao Paulo. "Preliminary results of the tests . . . have ruled out the possibility of SARS as the cause of death," said Ronaldo Lima, spokesman for the Alagoas health department. Lima...
  • Mysterious Scribe Writes Baghdad Web Log

    03/29/2003 7:56:37 PM PST · by jern · 9 replies · 303+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 28 , 2003 | RACHEL KONRAD
    Mysterious Scribe Writes Baghdad Web Log Fri Mar 28, 5:58 PM ET By RACHEL KONRAD, Associated Press Writer SAN JOSE, Calif. - Every day, tens of thousands of people turn to the Web seeking updates from a mysterious scribe whose detailed accounts of life in besieged Baghdad have made him a cyberspace celebrity. Little is known for sure about Salam Pax, whose nom de plume means "peace" in Arabic and Latin. But his Web journal — ostensibly written from his Baghdad home — vividly criticizes the authoritarian rule of Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and the U.S.-British war on...
  • CDC Investigates Mysterious Illness (still don't know: virus or bacteria)

    03/16/2003 6:10:25 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 17 replies · 293+ views
    FoxNews ^ | March 16, 2003 | AP
    <p>ATLANTA — Federal health officials said Sunday they are analyzing samples from a mysterious pneumonia-like illness that has afflicted more than 150 people in seven countries and caused nine deaths.</p> <p>They are also handing out information cards to travelers from countries where the disease has appeared, asking them to see a doctor if they experience symptoms such as high fever or respiratory problems.</p>
  • Downfall of the Yarri

    01/27/2003 6:37:49 AM PST · by vannrox · 2 replies · 611+ views
    Forteantimes ^ | FR Post 1-25-03 | Darren Naish
    Downfall of the Yarri, or Will the real Thylacoleo please stand up? Darren Naish In 1926 A. S. le Souef and Harry Burrell included the ‘Striped marsupial cat’ in their influential popular volume The Wild Animals of Australasia. Concerning a cryptid reported from Australia and usually termed the Queensland tiger, their decision was significant as few cryptids have been regarded so sympathetically by non-cryptozoologists. This near-acceptance reflected both the apparent quality and consistency of eyewitness accounts as well as the long-standing academic interest there had been in the creature. First brought to attention by European Australians in the 1870s,...
  • Mysterious Giant Human Remains Found In Fiji

    07/14/2002 1:19:44 PM PDT · by blam · 106 replies · 40,995+ views
    Times Of India ^ | 7-14-2002
    Mysterious giant human remains found in Fiji AFP [ SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2002 10:29:37 AM ] SUVA: Mysterious skeletal remains of what appears to be a 3,000-year-old giant have been unearthed on a South Pacific islands, but the bones' discovery has rattled local archaeologists who say poor treatment of the remains may have lost vital information. Little is known about the highly unusual find, which includes a skull bearing strange holes drilled into its cheekbones, with authorities keen to keep the controversial discovery under wraps. According to sources, the body, found at Lomaiviti, an island to the north of here,...
  • Rats blamed for mysterious cattle mutilations

    07/01/2002 7:10:07 PM PDT · by vannrox · 33 replies · 386+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | Posted July 1 2002, 5:04 PM EDT | Reuters
    Rats blamed for mysterious cattle mutilations Reuters July 1, 2002, 5:04 PM EDT BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Recent mutilations of cattle and horses in the Argentine countryside were the work of rodents, scientists said on Monday, not ritualistic slayings by extraterrestrials or vampires as some farmers feared. Argentina's national food and animal health inspection service Senasa sent its own ``X-Files'' scientists to the remote plains to look into the deaths of farm animals found mutilated and drained of blood. Frightened farmers claimed to have seen bright lights and UFOs in the area where the deaths occurred. But Senasa officials said...