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Costa Concordia: latest photos from Giglio of the righted cruise ship - Telegraph

Deadly Amoeba in Water Supply Possibly Linked to Hurricane Katrina - ABC News

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House Bill Would Cut 3.8 Million People From Food Stamp Rolls

The House of Representatives is expected to take up a bill Thursday that would chart the course for federal nutrition programs for years to come.<p>The measure calls for $40 billion in cuts over a decade to the federal food stamp program, now known as SNAP. The measure's Republican backers say it …

Yair Golan, Israeli General, Says Syria's Assad Could Survive For Years

By Dan Williams<p>JERUSALEM, Sept 18 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad could cling to power for years despite having lost overall control of his country, according to Israel's top commander on the frontier with Syria.<p>Major-General Yair Golan's remarks, published on Wednesday in the Yedioth …

Atheists Start PAC To Elect Nonreligious Candidates

Americans who count themselves among the "nones" — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.<p>The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the …

Scientists Say Earth's Solid Iron Inner Core Spins East While Molten Outer Core Spins West

Scientists at the University of Leeds have determined that the Earth's solid iron inner core superrotates in an eastward direction. It spins fast …

Sea of Galilee Town Could be Dalmanutha Referenced in Bible, Researchers Say

A Sea of Galilee town dating back more than 2,000 years may have been found in Israel’s Ginosar valley, according to reports this week. Researchers …

Before FEMA Arrived, Private Drone Mapped Colorado Flooding [Updated]

An 8-foot drone did what larger aircraft couldn't in the wake of devastating rains.<p>In the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster, emergency responders need clear images of the affected area as quickly as possible. When massive flooding hit Colorado last week, a local company called CLMax …

FYI: How Forceful Is A Sneeze?

About as strong as a cough<p>A long-standing estimate pins the velocity of a sneeze at roughly 100 meters per second, or 224 miles per hour, but that appears to be a gross exaggeration. The figure originates from a mid-century researcher named William Firth Wells, who analyzed the size of airborne …

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

How Much Do We Really Know About Venus?

NASA's proposed planetary landsail rover is the latest addition to humanity's on-again, off-again relationship with Earth's sister planet.<p><b>Venus used to be described as a sister planet</b> because it shares a similar size, mass, and composition with Earth. But the similarities end there. Venus's …

How does the body clock work?

<b>Last month scientists</b> <b>discovered proteins within our cells</b> <b>that prevent us from drastically adjusting our body clock, leading to the familiar sensation of jet lag. We ask one of the study's authors,</b> <b>Dr Stuart Peirson</b> <b>from the University of Oxford to explain:</b><p><b>What exactly is the body clock?</b><p>The body …

The amazing diversity of animal life – in pictures

The vast majority of animals with which we share our planet go almost unnoticed, eclipsed by the bigger, more charismatic creatures such as the mammals, amphibians and reptiles. A book published this week – Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures by Ross Piper – seeks to redress …

Line of Fire: What Happened at Yarnell Hill?

In late June, 19 firefighters from the Granite Mountain Hotshots died while fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona. Now, as the investigation into what went wrong nears completion, PopMech Contributing Editor Kalee Thompson reports on the fire—and the fallout.<p><b>It started with a thunderstorm.</b> …

Fire Fighting

What is Foucault's Pendulum?

Google's latest doodle marks what would have been the 194th birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the French physicist who used a simple pendulum to prove that the Earth rotates in space. But how does his elegant experiment work?<p>During Foucalt’s life it was already proven that the Earth rotated, …

Amazing videos of lightning striking the ground

Amazing footage that shows how dangerous lightning can truly be.<p>Lightning is a powerful force and has been responsible for 21 deaths in the United …

Where does imagination happen in our brains?

The answer, researchers suggest, lies in a widespread neural network – the brain’s “mental workspace” – that consciously manipulates images, symbols, …

The Launch of Cygnus!

Juan Baigorri Velar's Rainmaking Machine

<i>“Let it rain, let it rain<br>Baigorri is in the cave<br>Plug in the device, and watch it rain…”</i><p>An accordion accompanies these verses, dedicated to a man …

Today’s worst watershed stresses may become the new normal

“By midcentury, we expect to see less reliable surface water supplies in several regions of the United States,” said the study’s lead author, Kristen …

Could Ancient Peruvians Soften Stone?

If you take a look at some of the masonry in South America’s megalithic structures and walls, such as the 12-sided stone at Cuzco, Peru, you’ll …

Arctic sea-ice minimum is sixth smallest on record : News blog

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Aeroscraft Brings Back The Blimp

The rigid-frame airship went down in flames as a method of transport back in the 1930s. Literally: The Hindenberg disaster ensured that nobody would …

Fascinating Paintings by Zhang Linhai

Contemporary Art.<p>Zhang Linhai (張林海) is a contemporary artist from China. He was born in Shanghai in 1963 and graduated in 1990 from the Tianjin …

Inside the Beautifully Bizarre World of Inventor Blair Somerville

Recently chosen as a “Staff Pick” on Vimeo, this delightful short film, by New Zealand-based filmmaker Joey Bania takes you inside the world of a quirky artist, inventor and self-professed tinkerer named Blair Somerville. For over 10 years, Blair has owned and operated a magical wonderland called …

New Zealand

Surprising details about first American killed by a car

On this day in history we are offered a cautionary tale.<p>But the most surprising detail was not even noteworthy enough to make the newspaper: the car was electric.<p>It was the evening of September 13, 1899, when 69-year-old Henry H Bliss stepped from a trolley car along New York’s Central Park, was …

Opel Monza, on a wing and a prayer

Opel, General Motors’ German division, has struggled with a stodgy, workaday image – and years of losses – but the slinky Monza concept should help push perception of the company towards the more contemporary end of the spectrum.<p>The primary way to shift perceptions, of course, is through styling, …