Man’s Greatest Invention

Man’s greatest invention may not have been fire or the wheel – but a toothbrush made of twigs.

According to new research by Spanish scientists prehistoric man had discovered that using a mixture of frayed and sharpened sticks to clean his teeth after a meal gave him healthy gnashers long after other animals had lost theirs to decay.

It was the start of man’s ability to live longer than other members of the animal kingdom, giving him time in which he could learn and invent, thus laying the foundations for modern civilization. read more

Worlds Oldest Sundial Found

A carved slab discovered in the Ukraine is thought to be the earliest example of a stone sundial ever found.

Thought to date back to 13th Century BC when the Late Bronze Age Srubna culture would have inhabited the area, the sundial may even have been a maker for a sacrificial grave, or used as a message to the gods.

Larisa Vodolazhskaya from the Russian Archaeoastronomical Research Centre proved it was a sundial after studying the the size and geometry of the stone and the position of its carvings.

 
The carved stone, pictured, was found in the Ukraine and is believed to date back to 13th century BC.
The carved stone, pictured, was found in the Ukraine and is believed to date back to 13th century BC. It is thought the sundial was used to mark the location of a sacrificial grave, or as a message to the gods or ancestors of the Late Bronze Age Russian Srubna culture read more

Perfume Attracts Big Cats

In the comedy classic Anchorman, Brian Fantana attempts to attract women using an aftershave dubbed Sex Panther – with limited success – but the filmmakers may have been on to something when it comes to the power of cologne and attraction.

Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo in New York discovered that large cats including cheetahs, jaguars and panthers are attracted in various degrees to different scents – with Calvin Klein’s Obsession peaking the most interest.

Now biologists are putting these findings to the test in the wild by spraying camera traps with Obsession in order to lure the wild felines into them. read more

A Step Closer to Fusion

Self-sustaining nuclear fusion may be one step closer to reality after scientists in the U.S. have, for the first time, created more fusion energy than that consumed by the fuel to drive the process.

Nuclear fusion, the same process that the sun uses to create energy, could provide the world with much-needed cheap energy.

Scientists estimate that one kilogram of fusion fuel can provide the same amount of energy as 10 million kilograms of fossil fuel.

 
Nuclear fusion
Self-sustaining nuclear fusion may be one step closer to reality after scientists in the U.S. have, for the first time, created more fusion energy than fuel for the process consumed read more

A Baldness Cure?

The battle against baldness has a space-age new weapon, in the form of a high-tech helmet that promises to help grow your hair back with the aid of lasers.

The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) – 51 low-level red laser and LED lights, which the makers say will help to ‘re-energise’ and strengthen cells in the hair follicles.

Space age technology! The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and promises to give you back your glossy locks in nine months
Space age technology! The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and promises to give you back your glossy locks in nine months
 Space age technology: The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and promises to give you a new head of hair in nine months read more

Sprites Helps Hangovers

Saviour? Chinese researchers say the lemon and lime fizzy drink may help quell a hangover It has long been a strong coffee or even a Bloody Mary that a worn-out reveller has turned to the morning after the night before.

Now, however, experts say that Sprite may be best thing to lay your hands on.

Chinese scientists examined 57 beverages – ranging from herbal teas to fizzy pop – before concluding that the lemon and lime drink performed the best.

They first decided to look at what causes a hangover and discovered that rather than the alcohol itself, it could be the process of the body breaking down the alcohol that causes symptoms such as nausea and headache. read more

Doritos Really Are Irresistible

Science has cracked the code of the nacho cheese Dorito’s ability to keep us coming back for more.

Ingredients, fat ratio, texture, and even the brightly colored bags all combine to make Doritos one of the most popular snack chip in existence.

While a little sneaky, none of the tricks that make Doritos king make the chip any less irresistible.

In fact, Arch West, who invented Doritos in 1964, spent much of his life adoring his brainchild. When he died in 2011, his family honored his contribution by tossing the chips into his grave as it was lowered into the ground. read more

Skin Cancer Cure?

Scientists have developed breakthrough drugs that cure skin cancer.

The treatment is already having ‘spectacular’ effects in seriously ill melanoma patients – and could soon be used to defeat other types of cancer.

One scientist said it was ‘amazing’ that researchers could talk  of ‘using the C-word – cure’ for the first time, while another said trials among kidney and lung cancer patients are ‘very exciting’.

Each year almost 13,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with melanoma, including two people aged 15 to 34 every day
Each year almost 13,000 people in Britain are diagnosed with melanoma, including two people aged 15 to 34 every day

 

One in six patients ravaged by deadly skin cancer are already being cured by the drugs, the European Cancer Congress was told yesterday, with the possibility of more than half being saved with an new combination. read more

NatGeo Propagandists Defend IPCC Warming Claims

by: the Common Constitutionalist

 

The latest IPCC report has been released on global climate change. To everyone’s surprise the report warns of catastrophic global warming on the horizon. Surprise!

 

The IPCC did have to admit the obvious… well kind of… that there has been no warming recently. But just you wait… you’ll see… the earth will start boiling again any day now.

 

Propagandists such as National Geographic online sprung into action highlighting the major IPCC claims as virtually irrefutable proof of warming. Riiiiiiiiiiiiight.

 

Here are just the two biggies, with of course my accompanying comments.

 

Before I touch on these points, I would like to correct one thing. Last week I wrote that “climate scientists” had overestimated the Earth’s sensitivity to CO2 emissions by some 30%. Well, I am man enough to admit I was wrong. The overestimation wasn’t by 30%. It was actually some 40%. That’s almost half! Knowing that, how dependable do you think a simulations outcome would be when the data you input is off by almost half? The IPCC scientists are either the dumbest smart guys on earth or criminally negligent. It is the latter and they know it and don’t care… I’m certain of it.

 

But just for fun – let’s go through 2 of their silly claims. read more

Why Don’t Ballet Dancers Get Dizzy?

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Scientists have discovered differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes.

The research suggests that years of training can enable dancers to suppress signals from the balance organs in the inner ear.

The findings, published in the journal Cerebral Cortex, could help to improve treatment for patients with chronic dizziness. Around one in four people experience this condition at some time in their lives. read more