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Spontaneous Understanding of Geometry (Jan 19, 2006) Explorers discover huge cave and new poison frogs (Feb 22, 2006) Woman with perfect memory baffles scientists (Mar 22, 2006) Woman to build house out of 747 (Apr 20, 2006) Britons report 'psychic powers' (May 29, 2006) 666-legged creature rediscovered (Jun 11, 2006) Wish you were here: 'Postcards from Mars,' signed, Spirit and Opportunity (July 1, 2006 ) ‘Mint’ Pain Killer Takes Leaf out of Ancient Medical Texts (22 August 2006 ) The Japanese Jesus trail (September 9, 2006 ) Extra anus kills four-legged chick (25 October 2006 ) Meat Seasoning Inside Shotgun Shells (November 04, 2006 ) AP Poll: Santa Claus endures in America (Dec 21, 2006)
Spontaneous Understanding of Geometry (Jan 19, 2006) In a series of experiments reported in Science, children and adults from an isolated Amazonian indigene group, the Mundurukú, showed that they understood and could use a variety of concepts of geometry even though they do not have words for these concepts. Both Mundurukú children and adults grasped ideas such as parallel lines and right-angled triangles and were able to use geometric relationships diagrammed on paper to locate hidden objects. Picking out the “weird” image from the series of shapes provided required a mental geometrical transformation. Forty three percent of the Mundurukú participants got them right.
Explorers discover huge cave and new poison frogs (Feb 22, 2006) A cave so huge helicopters can fly into it, has just been discovered deep in the hills of a South American jungle paradise. Actually, "Cueva del Fantasma" – Spanish for "Cave of the Ghost" – is so vast that two helicopters can comfortably fly into it and land next to a towering waterfall. It was found in the slopes of Aprada tepui in southern Venezuela, one of the most inaccessible and unexplored regions of the world. The area, known as the Venezuelan Guayana, is one of the most biologically rich, geologically ancient and unspoiled parts of the world.
Woman with perfect memory baffles scientists (Mar 22, 2006) James McGaugh is one of the world's leading experts on how the human memory system works. But these days, he admits he's stumped. Give her any date, she said, and she could recall the day of the week, usually what the weather was like on that day, personal details of her life at that time, and major news events that occurred on that date. Like any good scientist, McGaugh was initially sceptical. But not anymore. McGaugh's journey through an intellectual purgatory began six years ago when a woman now known only as AJ wrote him a letter detailing her astonishing ability to remember with remarkable clarity even trivial events that happened decades ago.
Woman to build house out of 747 (Apr 20, 2006) A California woman is going ahead with the construction of a house made of elements from a 747 Jumbo jet. Francie Rehwald wanted her house to look "feminine", have curves and be eco-friendly. Her architect's answer was: "Let's use a 747!" The wing of the Boeing jet will be used for the roof, its nose as a meditation temple while its trademark "bulge" will serve as a loft.
Britons report 'psychic powers' (May 29, 2006) More than half of Britons believe in psychic powers such as mind-reading and premonitions, a survey suggests. Of 1,006 adults polled for Readers Digest Magazine, 43% reported reading others' thoughts or having theirs read. More than half had a dream or premonition of an event before it happened and 26% said they had sensed when a loved-one was ill or in trouble.
666-legged creature rediscovered (Jun 11, 2006) She is all legs and after 27 years, she is showing not one but 666 of her rarely seen limbs. After years of searching, scientists have rediscovered Illacme plenipes, a millipede that is the world's leggiest creature, in a tiny patch of San Benito County, California. This type of millipede was first discovered in 1926.
Wish you were here: 'Postcards from Mars,' signed, Spirit and Opportunity (July 1, 2006 ) "Postcards from Mars," the story of the Mars rover mission told in stunningly beautiful images with text by Jim Bell, Pancam lead scientist and Cornell associate professor of astronomy, is set for release on Nov. 16. The Pancam is the Cornell University-developed, mast- mounted panoramic camera on board the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. It has provided the clearest, most-detailed Martian landscapes ever viewed. To order "Postcards from Mars," go to http://www.postcardsfrommarsbook.com.
‘Mint’ Pain Killer Takes Leaf out of Ancient Medical Texts ( 22 August 2006 ) A new treatment inspired by ancient Greek and Chinese remedies could offer pain relief to millions of patients with arthritis and nerve damage, a new study by The University of Edinburgh suggests. The Greek scholar Hippocrates treated sprains, joint pains and inflammation by cooling the skin, and traditional Chinese remedies used mint oil to the same end. Now University researchers have discovered that cooling chemicals which have the same properties as mint oil have a dramatic pain–killing effect when applied in small doses to the skin.
The Japanese Jesus trail ( September 9, 2006 ) A Japanese legend claims that Jesus escaped Jerusalem and made his way to Aomori in Japan where he became a rice farmer. Christians say the story is nonsense. However, a monument there known as the Grave of Christ attracts curious visitors from all over the world. The Grave of Christ has become an international tourist attraction. To reach the Grave of Christ or Kristo as it is known locally, you need to head deep into the northern countryside of Japan, a place of paddy fields and apple orchards. Halfway up a remote mountain surrounded by a thicket of bamboo lies a mound of bare earth marked with a large wooden cross. The cross is a confusing symbol because according to the local legend, Jesus did not die at Calvary. His place was taken by one of his brothers, who for some reason is now buried by his side in Japan.
Extra anus kills four-legged chick ( 25 October 2006 ) Forzie the four-legged chicken will cluck no more. The Te Uku-bred Barnevelder chick - hatched at Marlene Dickey's property at the start of last month - has died. But it wasn't the extra legs that led to its death, more likely an extra anus, Mrs Dickey believes. "He developed two bottoms and I think he got glugged up," she said. The bird was an exception to the rule that chickens with defects are not normally born alive.
Meat Seasoning Inside Shotgun Shells ( November 04, 2006 ) Season Shot is the name of a new type of live ammunition containing buckshot loaded with meat seasonings. When you shoot a bird (with a real shotgun) the buckshot disintegrates inside the flesh and releases its flavourings. The idea came about with two guys who wanted to find a solution towards people breaking their teeth on buckshot when eating pheasant or turkey. Season Shot comes in varieties of Cajun, Lemon Pepper, Garlic, Teriyaki, and Honey Mustard. Supposedly, they won't be available on the market until 2007. So, is this for real?
AP Poll: Santa Claus endures in America (Dec 21, 2006) Nine-month old Victoria Branch cries while sitting for a photo with Carl Anderson, portraying Santa, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006 at the Dallas NorthPark Centre. An AP-AOL News poll finds Santa to be an enduring giant in the lives of Americans. Fully 86 percent in the poll believed in Santa as a child. And despite the multiethnic nature of the country, more than 60 percent of those with children at home consider Santa important in their holiday celebrations now.
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