Sunday, October 28, 2012

Interesting news links - October 28, 2012


Male Beluga Whale Mimics Human Voice --- I found this part of the article particularly interesting:
These sounds are even more surprising because whales typically produce sounds in a completely different way from people, using their nasal tracts and not the voice box or larynx as humans do. To make these humanlike sounds, Noc had to vary the air pressure in his nasal tract while adjusting liplike valves and over-inflating sacs under his blowhole.
"Such obvious effort suggests motivation for contact," Ridgway said.
Very cool!  I wish the article included a video or sound clip.

The hypersonic plane that could fly between New York and Tokyo in just 90 MINUTES

It's not hard to bee an art critic: How a honeybee can distinguish between a Monet and a Picasso --- I guess you could say it's the bee's knees.  Honey Bee might be able to appreciate art, but honey badger probably wouldn't care (language NSFW).

Earth's Magnetic Field Made Quick Flip-Flop

Can Your Body Sense Future Events Without Any External Clue? --- A scientific look at predicting the future.

SCIENCE REVEALS THE POWER OF A HANDSHAKE 

Why Some People See Sound --- I found this article particularly interesting since I just wrote about sound synesthesia the other day.

Space

Seen in high-definition for the first time, the REALLY grand canyon on Mars that is five times the size of ours ---If only they decided to actually call the "REALLY grand canyon."

The Milky Way as you've never seen it before: New nine GIGAPIXEL image reveals our galaxy in unprecedented detail

UFOs

Police, witnesses report strange lights over rural Illinois towns

A new kind of ultra-giant UFO is zooming around Texas

UFO Photographed Above Pike County (Video News report) --- This one has really been making its rounds on the internet recently.  See some extended footage here.

Other topics of interest....

DARPA Wants Robotics to Rise to the Challenge of Disasters

Shark falls from sky onto Calif. golf course

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