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Nasa finds glass-like sea on Titan

imageNew radar measurements of an enormous sea on TitanSaturn’s second largest moon — has shown a mirror like smoothness.

This means the surface of Ligeia Mare, Titan’s second largest sea, possesses a glass like surface, sans any waves at all, possibly due to a lack of winds.

In what is the first ever insight into the weather pattern and landscape composition of the Saturnian moon, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has revealed the sea is really still. Continue reading

First man-made ‘living materials’ created in laboratory

living-materialsInspired by natural materials like bones and minerals, MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

These “living materials” combine the advantages of live cells, which respond to their environment, produce complex biological molecules, and span multiple length scales, with the benefits of nonliving materials, which add functions such as conducting electricity or emitting light. Continue reading

Aberdeen fans score Human League hit

peter-pawlettA social media campaign by Aberdeen FC fans has propelled a 1980s hit by The Human League into the iTunes top 5.

Dons fans have embraced Don’t You Want Me – a number one in 1981 – by changing the lyrics to “Peter Pawlett Baby”.

Campaigns on Facebook and Twitter to get the song to the top of the charts have snowballed since the club won the Scottish League Cup on Sunday – with the song echoing in the background Continue reading

Irn-Bru addict almost died after knocking back EIGHT LITRES a day – but he won’t stop drinking it

IRN-BRUA dad of three who had a quadruple heart bypass after drinking eight litres of Irn-Bru a day has admitted he can’t kick his habit.

Andrew McSherry, 52, said: “I did give up for a few months but I just couldn’t live without it.
“I shouldn’t drink it. The doctors have told me not to but I just can’t help it.

“My wife’s always moaning at me but there are worse things to be addicted to.
“I’m amazed I haven’t turned orange.” Continue reading

Beatles jackets worn during the filming of Help! sell for £115,000

beatles-jacketsRare jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr during the making of the 1965 Beatles’ film Help! sold for more than £50,000 apiece on Thursday.

A piano used in the movie – which Sir Paul McCartney worked at while composing the classic song Yesterday – fetched a similar sum.

The jacket worn by Harrison sold for £54,000 including buyer’s premium and the one worn by Starr fetched £61,100, both to UK collectors. The 1907 Bechstein grand piano sold for £57,500, to a South American collector. Continue reading

New dinosaur called the Chicken From Hell

img12Scientists have discovered a freakish, birdlike species of dinosaur11 feet long, 500 pounds, with a beak, no teeth, a bony crest atop its head, murderous claws, prize-fighter arms, spindly legs, a thin tail and feathers sprouting all over the place. Officially, it’s a member of a group of dinosaurs called oviraptorosaurs.

Unofficially, it’s the Chicken From Hell.

That’s the nickname the scientists have been using. It’s the term in the news release associated with the discovery. This dino-bird is not literally a chicken, or even a bird. It’s definitely a Continue reading