Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Johnald's Fantastical Daily Link Splurge

Journalist Hunts For Acid-Spitting Mongolian Death Worm

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 11:50 PM PDT

Armed with explosives, two men are heading to Mongolia's Gobi Desert to find the fabled acid-spitting and lightning-throwing Mongolian Death Worm. The worm apparently jumps out of the sand and kills people by spitting concentrated acid or shooting lightning from its rectum over long distances.

From the NASA Archive: Astronaut-Butt Molds (PIC)

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 11:00 PM PDT

In addition to the many obvious perks of being an astronaut in the early days of NASA — fame, glory, hero status and, of course, going to space — there was the lesser known benefit of having your butt immortalized.

Ancient Cities Buried Under the Seas Now Being Re-Discovered

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 10:40 PM PDT

Dunwich, England, is one of a number of underwater sites where divers, using new sonar technologies -- a game-changer for underwater archeology -- are uncovering new info about "long dead" historic cultures.

Computers unlock 4000 year old secret Indus Valley Script

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 10:20 PM PDT

A statistical analysis reveals distinct patterns in ancient Indus symbols, and creates a hypothetical model for the unknown language.

Surveillance sandpit tests future Mars rover

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 08:50 PM PDT

In preparation for the European Space Agency's ExoMars mission to the Red Planet in 2018, the agency's engineers are playing in a large sandpit in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

Japanese 'Robot Suit' To Help Disabled

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 08:20 PM PDT

A Japanese company has unveiled a robotic suit that is designed to help people with weak limbs or limited physical range to walk and move like an able-bodied person.

Scientists Unlock the Key to Human Fertility

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 08:00 PM PDT

Scientists at Leeds and Bradford have discovered a unique 'DNA signature' in human sperm, which may act as a key that unlocks an egg's fertility and triggers new life.

Colliding smoke rings produce multiple mini-vortices (11sec)

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 06:13 PM PDT

(53 votes - 4 comments - 579 views)
This is how I always imagine sub-atomic particle collisions.

Artificial Sperm Not So Hot

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 04:50 PM PDT

Three weeks ago we told you of the brouhaha surrounding researchers in England who announced they'd created sperm from human stem cells. Critics at the time sniffed to reporters that the would-be sperm-makers were over-claiming. That the wiggling cells in a dish indeed had tails, but there was no proof ...

The safety inadequacies of India's fast breeder reactor

Posted: 03 Aug 2009 03:10 PM PDT

India's Department of Atomic Energy plans to build a large fleet of fast breeder nuclear reactors in the coming years. However, many other countries that have experimented with fast reactors have shut down their programs due to technical and safety difficulties. The Indian prototype is similarly flawed, inadequately protected against...