Category Archives: Science

Orangutans and traditional medicine

An orangutan named Rakus hit a rough patch in the summer of 2022. Researchers heard a fight between male orangutans in the treetops of a rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia; a day later, they spotted Rakus sporting a pink wound below his … Continue reading

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“Study Reveals How Ancient Humans Escaped Climate Extinction 900,000 Years Ago”

Some 900,000 years ago, humans nearly went extinct. According to the results of a genomics study published last year, modern humanity’s ancestors were reduced to a breeding population of barely 1,300 individuals in a devastating bottleneck that brought us to the … Continue reading

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The question of life after death

Our jld left this video in a comment a few days ago. He commented that it “may not be immortality but it’s definitely weird.” That piqued my curiosity. I’m glad it did. The video is well worth watching.  The Parnis … Continue reading

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Russian scientists fleeing Russia

At least 2,500 scientists are reported to have left Russia since the start of the war in Ukraine in February 2022 and the number of published scientific papers has collapsed. This comes as the result of isolation due to sanctions, … Continue reading

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First Commercial Moon Launch: Astrobotic Peregrine Mission 1

In just a few short hours, the US will be embarking on a return to the Moon. The United Launch Alliance’s Vulcan rocket, due to launch at 02:18 EST (07:18 UTC) on Monday, 7 January, will carry a lunar lander … Continue reading

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Does the U.S. government really not know where an F35 jet is after the pilot ejected?

By Robert Willmann You cannot make this stuff up. Cost estimates vary, but they all amount to millions and millions of dollars per airplane. Since (at least) Sunday, 17 September 2023, a Lockheed Martin F35 military jet is said to … Continue reading

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Human ancestors nearly went extinct 900,000 years ago

Human ancestors in Africa were pushed to the brink of extinction around 900,000 years ago, a study shows. The work1, published in Science, suggests a drastic reduction in the population of our ancestors well before our species, Homo sapiens, emerged. … Continue reading

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Is a sheep taken in withernam irrepleviable? By Walrus

Is a sheep taken in withernam irrepleviable? This is the obscure ancient English law question posed by Sir Thomas More in 1520 to confound a legal braggart in the court of Henry VIII. The braggart didn’t know the answer. ChatGPT, … Continue reading

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Bat Superpowers – PBS NOVA episode

WANG: My students, when they first work in my lab, they got it wrong. They say bats has a more efficient immune system to clear the virus. I say. “No, bats have a more efficient immune system not to develop … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s Congressional hearings on UAPs

Juicy elements ducked, and plenty of questions remain “We are not bringing little green men or flying saucers into the hearing. Sorry to disappoint y’all,” opened Republican Congressman Tim Burchett of Tennessee at the start of this hearing in his … Continue reading

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