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Residents of Former Top Secret Soviet Nuclear Village Suffering From Unknown Sleep Disorder

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More than 100 of the 600 residents of Kalachi village in Kazakhastan have experienced a strange “sleep epidemic” at least once in the past few years. According to RT… “Every tenth villager of Kazakhstan’s Kalachi has unexpectedly fallen asleep in broad daylight – some unable to wake up for several days. Despite numerous attempts to find the cause of the inexplicable disorder, the Sleepy Hollow riddle remains unsolved.” In one case, eight kids spontaneously fell asleep within an hour, and in one winter

New Study Traces a 40 Million-Year Battle Between Primates and Pathogens

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The human body has developed numerous defense mechanisms for fighting against infection. Sneezing, inflammation and even a runny nose are all attempts by your body to rid itself of harmful pathogens. One lesser known defense mechanism is “nutritional immunity”: your body’s ability to protect its iron stores from invading bacteria. Iron plays an essential role in delivering oxygen from the lungs to other parts of the body through the bloodstream. About 70% of the iron in the body is found in red blood cells. The

Billionaire Buys Nobel Prize Medal For Millions So He Can Return It To Its Original Owner

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Alisher Usmanov is the richest man in Russia, with an estimated net worth of $14.4 billion and stakes in companies like Facebook, Metalloinvest Holding Company (Russia’s largest iron ore producer) and mobile phone operator OAO MegaFon, among others. Last week, Usmanov did something unusual with part of his vast fortune: he purchased a Nobel Prize Medal for millions, and plans on returning it to the owner for free. According to BBC… “Russia’s richest man has revealed that he bought US scientist

New Photo of Europa Shows the Ice-Covered Moon’s Surface in Stunning Detail (Video)

NASA’s Galileo spacecraft has been orbiting Jupiter since the late 1990’s. Since then, NASA has recorded data, producing stellar imaging of one of Jupiter’s largest moons, Europa. Thanks to many years of observation, astronomers have garnered enough data to depict the Jovian moon (Jovian refers to anything related to Jupiter) in its fullest, most breathtaking form yet! NASA added the photo to its extensive Photo Journal on November 21st. Innovations in optical technology have allowed astronomers to observe Europa in much

Wanderers: An Awe-Inspiring Short Film About Exploring the Universe (Video)

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A thirst for exploration is hard-wired into the human species. Whether its Ferdinand Magellan becoming the first to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific, Jacques Cousteau exploring the mysteries of the underwater world, or Steve Fossett circling the globe in 15 days aboard a hot air balloon, humans have, for generations, pushed the limits of exploration. And in just the last 50 years or so, we have begun to explore a new frontier: outer space. In his recent short film

Researchers at Monterrey Bay Capture First Ever Footage of Black Seadevil Anglerfish (Video)

Anglerfish are very strange creatures indeed. They are known for their grisly appearance and trademark “lure”, which they use to attract prey, but they also live in the deep ocean, making it hard to study or even observe them in their natural habitats. The black seadevil anglerfish is a species of angler that is rarely ever seen because of its preference for deep water. But earlier this week, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California not only encountered

New Algorithm Adds Sound to Silent Video By Observing the Tiny Vibrations of Objects (Video)

Researchers at MIT (in conjunction with Microsoft and Adobe) have created an algorithm with a truly impressive function: adding sound to audio-less videos. The algorithm has the ability to observe and analyze countless tiny micro-vibrations and then determine what type of sound must have made them. These vibrations are almost imperceptible – as small as one thousandth of a pixel in some cases. Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT, is first author on a new paper discussing

Watch As A Wall of Snow Hits Buffalo, NY (Time-Lapse Videos)

Tuesday morning was the coldest November morning in the United States since 1976, with more than 85% of the surface area of the contiguous 48 states experiencing below-freezing temperatures. According to Dr. Ryan Maue at WeatherBell models… “ Compared to normal, temperatures over the past several days have dropped off a cliff—to 10°C below climate normal—more anomalous than even during the Polar Vortex of early January 2014. November is shaping up to be a colder-than-normal month by a lot.” According to

Philae Lander Discovered Organic Compound On Comet Before Running Out of Power

Scientists from the European Space Agency announced in a blog post this past weekend that the Rosetta Mission’s Philae lander had gone into a deep sleep after depleting its battery reserves. Philae was initially designed to recharge its batteries using solar panels, but one of its harpoons failed during the landing last week, causing Philae to take two bounces – it ended up about a kilometer away from the planned landing zone. As a result, the lander only got about 1.5 hours

This Strange Wrinkle-less Brain Was Recently Found in A Long-Forgotten Lab Closet

One of the most familiar characteristics of the human brain are its grooves (sulci) and folds (gyri). But not everyone’s brain is the same when it comes to these structures. Roughly 1 out of every 85,470 children are born with a rare brain condition known as lissencephaly, which is characterized by a lack of sulci and gyri. The condition is a result of abnormal neuron migration during the early weeks of embryo development, and most people born with it pass away before

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