In the bizarre world of cryptozoology, the yeti looms large, its potential existence the stuff of legend since the days of the first Mt. Everest expeditions. Now a new effort could settle it for good, by studying DNA from hair samples stored at various institutions around the world. Maybe the samples do belong to a yeti or some type of beast unknown to science, or maybe it’s as boring as a bear — a team of researchers at the University of Oxford and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology aim to find out.
This photo accompanies an actual news release from an actual Iranian news service, which claims the Islamic Republic has built a flying saucer.
Of course, it’s possible Iran’s news agency chose to illustrate their announcement with a screen shot from a 1950s B movie. But the Fars News Service does not explain the photo’s origin, simply stating that the flying saucer was unveiled in a special ceremony.
All the news about devastating tsunamis is drawing greater attention to a new claim that researchers have found the lost city of Atlantis — buried in mud on the southern tip of Spain. Scientists say they have found proof of a 4,000-year-old civilization that was buried by a tsunami.
Barack Obama, the country's first nerd president, is scheduled to appear on the TV show "Mythbusters," he said at the White House today. We are thrilled that in this difficult time, the president would put petty politics aside and exercise his inner geek.
Before you try to jump on the 3D bandwagon, make sure you know what you need
By John SciaccaPosted 08.01.2010 at 12:29 pm 0 Comments
My dad called me the other day. He had just rented Avatar and he wanted to know if I had seen it and if the version I watched was in 3D and why his wasn’t. A client sent me an e-mail asking whether he could use a new 3D TV to watch regular, non-3D programming. Another client asked if his PlayStation3 would deliver full-resolution, 1080p 3D Blu-ray playback after the promised firmware update. Another client asked if the cabling we installed would support 3D. And another client asked. . .
The geological time scale, with its familiar Cretaceous, Cambrian, and Eocene periods, works great as a calendar for the history of the Earth. Indeed, the different periods only cover the 3.8 billion years of life on Earth, with everything before that time lumped into one nondescript eon called the Hadean. But for some geologists, that lack of specificity simply won't work any more.
Frustrated by referring to Hadean-era events with vague phrases like "around the time of Moon formation" or "shortly after Earth cooled", four scientists, including two from NASA, have chopped up the Hadean into distinct geologic periods, and even extended the time scale back to the formation of the solar system, with a new eon called the "Chaotian."