William Engelbrecht

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You are living in a unique time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking

You are living in an amazing time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking.<p>Scientists say there are more unique minerals on our planet than ever before in its 4.5-billion-year history, and it's thanks in part to us.<p>In a paper published this week in American Mineralogist, a team of researchers …

Earth Science

Computer Lets Fully Paralyzed Patients Speak for First Time

When a new brain-computer interface reached the thoughts of completely locked-in patients for the first time ever, it found them engaged and happy to …

New Crypt-Keeper Wasp Is Parasite That Bursts From Host's Head

The insect, native to the southeastern U.S., is named after the Egyptian god of evil and chaos—for good reason.<p>Scientists have discovered a new parasitic wasp species with a life cycle so diabolical, they named it after Set, the Egyptian god of evil and chaos.<p>Meet <i>Euderus set</i>, otherwise known as the …

Human-pig hybrid grown in lab. (Actually happened)

Part pig. Part human. All real.<p>An international team of scientists created a human-pig hybrid in a research project that raises the prospect organs for transplantation might someday be grown, according to research published in the journal Cell.<p>The scientists created the hybrid by injecting human …

This Marine Biologist Photographs Rare, Otherworldly Oceanic Creatures

While scientists, explorers, and Google Earth have mapped much of the terrestrial world, the expanses of the sea remain a great mystery. Marine biologist Alexander Semenov, head of the dive team at Moscow State University’s White Sea Biological Station, has dedicated his career not only to closing …

First edition of King James Bible from 1611 found in church cupboard

Rev Jason Bray found the forgotten tome when doing a stock take at St Giles Church, Wrexham<p>A vicar clearing out a cupboard at his church found a forgotten first edition <b>King James Bible</b>dating back to 1611.<p>There are believed to be fewer than 200 such Bibles still in existence.<p>The Rev Dr Jason Bray …

'Psychic Robot' System Guesses Intentions From Your Movements

If we are to have artificial intelligence assisting us in driving, working and walking around, it will need to understand not just what we're doing but what we mean to do.Researchers, at the University of Illinois at Chicago have created a system that does just that, albeit on a limited scale.<p>By …

These Toyota trucks are popular with terrorists — here's why

Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the US, told ABC that in recent years, as ISIS has risen to prominence in Iraq and Syria, the terrorist group has acquired hundreds of new Toyota pickup trucks.<p>"This is a question we've been asking our neighbors," Faily told ABC. "How could these brand-new …

Middle East

The Future of the Web Looks a Lot Like the Bitcoin Blockchain

To most of the world, Joseph Lubin is a leading thinker in the ever-expanding realm of digital currencies. To me, he was the counterparty in my first …

Watch Uranium Emit Radiation

You’ve heard of the catastrophic effects of radiation on environments, animals and humans. A seemingly silent and invisible destroyer, radiation can …

Giant Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis in Africa

Known for detecting land mines, the rodents could also help detect disease.<p>MAPUTO, Mozambique—On a recent Friday morning, at a laboratory in southern Africa, Tariq correctly identified all six spit samples known to be positive for tuberculosis, the world's second most fatal infectious disease.<p>Tariq …

Hitler’s nephew begged to join U.S. military

Brigid Hitler, the wife of Adolf Hitler's half-brother Alois, says goodbye to her son William Patrick Hitler outside the Astor Hotel in New York City.<p>…

World History

The Greek engineer who invented the steam engine 2,000 years ago

Almost two millennia before the rest of humanity entered the industrial age, the Greek inventor Hero invented the steam engine, wind-powered …

Engineering

The bizarre history of Sealand, the independent micronation on a platform off the English coast

But there are a host of other tiny, self-declared independent states around the continent that haven't been recognised by other countries. The Principality of Sealand is at the top of the list.<p>Nearly 50 years since this man-made platform split from the United Kingdom, Sealand is still going strong. …

Great Britain

Did Nazis really try to make zombies? The real history behind one of our weirdest WWII obsessions

<b>(Lucasfilm)</b><p>From comics to video games to Indiana Jones, the occult pursuits of Nazi villains continue to fascinate us<p>Noah Charney<p>August 22, 2015 6:00pm (UTC)<p>From the pages of "Hellboy" and the pixilated corridors of "Wolfenstein 3D," popular culture has wondered whether the Nazis, who had no …

Scientists now think we could find alien life in our lifetimes. Here's how.

Astronomers have dreamed about finding alien life for centuries. It's just always been considered a far-fetched possibility — the stuff of science fiction. That's why it's so surprising that in recent years, many scientists have started taking the search for life on other planets much, much more …

Artificial intelligence decodes Islamic State strategy

<b>Researchers in the US have used artificial intelligence to better understand the military strategy of Islamic State extremists.</b><p>Analysis established a causal link between air strikes and roadside bomb attacks as well as a connection with the jihadists' use of military tactics.<p>The algorithmic system …

Artificial Intelligence

Which state would win if America declared war on itself? A former Marine has the answer

Ever wondered which U.S. state would emerge as the winner if a war broke out between all the American states? What if there was no USA as we know it …

A robot has passed a self-awareness test

A robot in New York has passed the classic King's Wise Men puzzle which serves as a test of the awareness of the self.<p>The induction puzzle goes as …

In City With First Fast-Food Ban, People Are Getting More Obese

Back in 2008, Los Angeles launched a radical new initiative to tackle obesity in one of its poorest, least-healthy areas: a zoning law banned new …

10 Courageous Nazi Hunters

Nazis have been held up as paragons of evil, the epitome of the worst in humanity. Therefore, in the eyes of many, it was seen as a good deed, a</i> …

The Mystery of the Forest Swastika and the Origin of the Symbol

Being an intern at a German landscaping company during 1992 meant Ökoland Dederow was handed the tedious task of looking through aerial photographs …

A Creepy Monster of the Forest: The Albino, Vampiric Redwood Tree - Discoblog

By Jennifer Welsh | December 8, 2010 12:58 pm<p>Organisms with albino mutations are pretty weird in general, but albino plants are extra …

8 Leonardo da Vinci Inventions With Modern Counterparts

“<i>Mona Lisa</i>” can sit aside for the time being. Why so? Well, her painter was not only a genius with pure artistic sensibilities, but also a man with …

Swearing can help relieve pain, study claims

Swearing after hurting yourself can help numb the pain of an injury, new research suggests.<p>Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives.<p>To test the theory, student …

North Korean leader reportedly executes his defense chief in front of audience

The leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un, has executed his defense chief for slacking off on the job, the South Korean spy agency claimed Wednesday.<p>The …

Photo of the Day: Best of April

Every day, we feature an image chosen from thousands around National Geographic. Here are some highlights from April.<p>Lights, camera, action! A photo of a couple doing the tango on the empty dance floor of the Starlight Room at San Francisco’s Sir Frances Drake Hotel—first submitted to the Your Shot …

June 2015

Forget Why You Walked in a Room? Doorways to Blame, Study Finds

"So … what am I doing here, anyway?"<p>Even the most nimble-minded among us have pondered that question after walking into a room with some purpose in …