Roberta Burnes

13 Flips | 4 Magazines | @rburnes | Keep up with Roberta Burnes on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Roberta Burnes”

Footprints discovery makes Norfolk even more exciting

<b>Name:</b> Norfolk<p><b>Age:</b> Inhabited since the ice age.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Flat. But exciting!<p><b>It is, isn't it?</b> <b>The brilliant golden sands of Holkham, the wild, bleak beauty of the salt marshes, the timeless joys of the Norfolk Broads!</b> <b>People can be so hillist.</b> No, I mean the exciting archaeological finds that have …

Today in science: Great Meteor Procession

The February 9, 1913 meteors crossed the sky in formation, on nearly identical paths. Their pace across the sky was described as “stately” and …

Second-brightest star Canopus

Canopus is the 2nd-brightest star in the sky, and it’s easy to spot on February evenings, if …<p>The second-brightest star in all the heavens, as seen …

Kansas Mayor Says Sustainability Is About Community, Not Politics

In Washington, the debate over what to do about climate change is split largely down party lines. But it hasn't always been that way.<p>Republican Sen. John McCain campaigned on the issue in his presidential runs. "Climate change is real," he said in 2007. "The Earth is warming, and it is the result …

Starwatch: Supernova in Ursa Major

With Orion and the winter constellations at their best, it may be hard to drag our gaze away from the S sky on February evenings. Jupiter, too, is conspicuous in Gemini where it lies to the left of the Moon on Monday, 10 February. We know all too well, though, it is not always clear in the optimum …

The Scientific Explanation Behind Underwater 'Fairy Circles'

Hint: the circles are not created by fairies.<p>For years, strange underwater circular formations in the Baltic Sea have mystified residents. Some have thought that they were bomb craters, or created by fairies or aliens. Turns out, none of the above explanations is correct.<p>"It has nothing to do with …

Chickens Wear Prosthetic Dinosaur Tails, For Science

Simulating ancient gaits with barnyard fowl<p>The humble chicken is distantly related to the _T. rex. _This raises an important scientific question: How could we make chickens walk like they're little dinosaurs? A new study provides the equally important answer! And also video!<p>Researchers from the …

9 Utterly Ridiculous Conspiracy Theories

Moon landing deniers have nothing on these people.<p>From lizard people to the Denver airport being a portal to Hell, some of our favorite far-out conspiracy theories.

Conspiracies

Self-Assembling Molecules Like These May Have Sparked Life on Earth

For Nicholas Hud, a chemist at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the turning point came in July of 2012 when two of his students rushed into his …

What killed the woolly mammoth? New clues.

Ten thousand years ago, large mammals of the Arctic, like the woolly mammoth, went extinct. What caused it? Climate change? Disease? Over-hunting by …

El Niño Event Likely in 2014, Researchers Say

There is a 75% chance an El Niño event will occur in 2014, according to an early warning report published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National …

Human Brains Now Understand Smiley Emoticon Like A Real Face

Just don't turn that :-) upside down.<p>The brain is great at recognizing faces. When you see a face, specific areas of the occipitotemporal cortex are activated. But what about emoticons, such as the smiley face--how does the brain react? Is it possible that they might be seen similarly to faces, …