Sunday, September 9, 2012

Interesting News links - September 9, 2012

Lots of space news this past week!

Archaeology

Migaloo the dog has a nose for archeology --- A dog trained for archaeology.  Why didn't someone think of this sooner?

Counterfeit fossils undermine research projects

Israeli archaeologists uncover 3,000-year-old cistern in Jerusalem


History


10 awe-inspiring American castles --- Who knew the U.S. even had so many castles?

ANCIENT MAYAN THEATER WAS POLITICAL TOOL

Mysterious

Yangtze River Turns Red and Turns Up a Mystery --- Who says a river can't turn to blood?  Also read about a lake in Cameroon that turned red back in 1986 here.

Strange hum keeping West Seattle awake --- Another mysterious hum.  See a follow up report here that tries to blame the hum on mating fish (which sounds ridiculous to me).

Science

The 5 Weirdest Sixth Senses Humans Have (Without Knowing It) --- I don't agree with the first sentence of this article, but the rest of it is pretty interesting.

Is the 'Wang particle' the new Higgs boson? --- Remember how exciting it was to (possibly) find a Higgs boson? No?  Well they may have another particle to spend billions on now.  Woopty doo.

Mars's dramatic climate variations are driven by the Sun --- What?  You mean the Sun has been affecting the climate on Mars all these years and not our SUVs and factories?

Mass extinction underway before dino-killer asteroid --- Another assumption about how things were in the distant past.

Space

Private Manned Mars Mission Gets First Sponsors --- See my post about the Mars One mission here.

Voyager 1 set to burst solar system bubble, move to parts unknown

Single Suns Adorn Most Alien Skies (Probably) --- No surprise there.

Alien Life May Be Found Within 40 Years Claims Royal Astronomer To The Queen --- I like this quote from the article:
"Rees said previously that aliens may be 'staring us in the face' in a form that humans are not yet able to recognize. 'The problem is that we’re looking for something very much like us, assuming that they at least have something like the same mathematics and technology. I suspect there could be life and intelligence out there in forms we can’t conceive.'"
Reminded me of the topic I covered in my previous post, Do we know how to search for extra-terrestrial life?

Does Triton Have a Subsurface Ocean?

Meteoroids Change Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, Venus

Stunning photo shows Curiosity's tracks on Mars from space

HUBBLE SPIES A GALACTIC ODD COUPLE: BIG PIC --- Cool pic.

UFOs

Ben Hansen Of Syfy Channel's 'Fact Or Faked' Examines Your UFOs

Other topics of interest...

U.S., Canadian zoos use apps to teach apes

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