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Archaeologists Believe They Found Dracula's Dungeon

Archaeologists Believe They Found Dracula's Dungeon | tales of interest | Scoop.it
The dungeon believed to have held Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for the blood-thirsty character, was recently discovered in Turkey

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Army Demonstrates a Weapon That Shoots Laser-Guided Lightning Bolts

Army Demonstrates a Weapon That Shoots Laser-Guided Lightning Bolts | tales of interest | Scoop.it

Over at Picatinny Arsenal, the research and development facility and proving ground for the U.S. Army’s weaponry, engineers are developing a device that shoots lighting bolts along a laser beam to annihilate its target. That’s right: lighting bolts shot down laser beams. This story could easily end right here and still be the coolest thing we’ve written today, but for the scientifically curious we’ll continue.

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A Topically Applied Skin Lotion That Modifies Your Genes

A Topically Applied Skin Lotion That Modifies Your Genes | tales of interest | Scoop.it

Future genetic therapy could be as simple as applying a topical lotion, with nanoscale compounds soaking through your epidermis to tweak your DNA. This new class of nucleic acid structures could guard against some types of skin cancer, according to researchers at Northwestern University.

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Spaceflight may extend the lifespan of microscopic worm

Spaceflight may extend the lifespan of microscopic worm | tales of interest | Scoop.it
The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm — Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) — could help it to live longer.
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From the Greek Streets › “Our Present is Your Future: How to destroy public health services”

Out of 131 hospitals, as many as 50 will be closed. Patients already have to pay at the door when going to see a doctor. Procedures will have to be paid up front, and if you don’t have the money you will be sent home. “People will die.” “The cruelty is unbelieveable.” “This is a nightmare.”

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Saudi Witch Hunt

Saudi Witch Hunt | tales of interest | Scoop.it

A man named Muree bin Ali bin Issa al-Asiri was beheaded in Saudi Arabia this week after being found in possession of spell books and talismans. Beheading is "God's punishment" for "sorcerers and charlatans," according to a statement that the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice issued in March.

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Military Suicide Epidemic: More U.S. Soldiers Have Killed Themselves Than Died on Battlefield in 2012

Military Suicide Epidemic: More U.S. Soldiers Have Killed Themselves Than Died on Battlefield in 2012 | tales of interest | Scoop.it
More U.S. soldiers have died this year by taking their own lives than on the battlefield. The Pentagon says there have been at least 154 suicides among active-duty troops in 2012, a rate of nearly one each day.
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Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit

Hinode Views the 2012 Venus Transit | tales of interest | Scoop.it
On June 5, 2012, Hinode captured this stunning view of the transit of Venus -- the last instance of this rare phenomenon until 2117.
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Watch Live! Transit of Venus Webcasts from Around the World

Watch Live! Transit of Venus Webcasts from Around the World | tales of interest | Scoop.it
If you're looking for a spot to watch the transit of Venus online Tuesday (June 5), we've got you covered.
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Gory incidents spur online zombie talk

Gory incidents spur online zombie talk | tales of interest | Scoop.it
First came Miami: the case of a naked man eating most of another man's face. Then Texas: a mother accused of killing her newborn, eating part of his brain and biting off three of his toes.
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Video: After Robot-Assisted Rehab and a Dose of Chemicals, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again

Video: After Robot-Assisted Rehab and a Dose of Chemicals, Paralyzed Rats Walk Again | tales of interest | Scoop.it
With careful training using a robotic harness, and a special chemical cocktail designed to stimulate brain cells, rats with spinal cord injuries were able to re-learn how to walk.
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5 Things the Pentagon Isn't Telling Us About the Chinese Military - By Trefor Moss

5 Things the Pentagon Isn't Telling Us About the Chinese Military - By Trefor Moss | tales of interest | Scoop.it
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Physics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal

Physics team proposes a way to create an actual space-time crystal | tales of interest | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Earlier this year, theoretical physicists Frank Wilczek, of MIT put forth an idea that intrigued the research community.
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FYI: Could Drugs Like "Bath Salts" Be Causing An Outbreak of Cannibalism?

Does the drug commonly known as "bath salts" make you particularly crave the taste of human flesh? There's no scientific evidence that it does. But it certainly could lead to a bit of cannibalism as a side effect.

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Catalog Page for PIA15689

Catalog Page for PIA15689 | tales of interest | Scoop.it

This full-circle scene combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. It shows the terrain that surrounded the rover while it was stationary for four months of work during its most recent Martian winter.

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Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano

Antarctic moss found able to survive due to ancient penguin colony guano | tales of interest | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) -- Researchers studying moss in an elevated site in East Antarctica recently began wondering how it is that the fuzzy green plants are able to not just survive in the barren landscape, but to thrive.
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One step closer to quantum computers

One step closer to quantum computers | tales of interest | Scoop.it
EU researchers have developed novel ways of producing qubits that enhance their efficiency, potentially bringing the world one step closer to the ‘Holy Grail’ of supercomputing.
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Graveyard Of Rhino-Sized Mega-Wombats Found

Graveyard Of Rhino-Sized Mega-Wombats Found | tales of interest | Scoop.it
Scientists in Australia have discovered a huge graveyard of ancient, rhino-sized mega-wombats.
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Embassy of Ecuador in London » Statement on Julian Assange

Embassy of Ecuador in London » Statement on Julian Assange | tales of interest | Scoop.it

This afternoon Mr Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy seeking political asylum from the Ecuadorian government.

As a signatory to the United Nations Universal Declaration for Human Rights, with an obligation to review all applications for asylum, we have immediately passed his application on to the relevant department in Quito.

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Comprehensive List of Zombie Apocalypse News

Comprehensive List of Zombie Apocalypse News | tales of interest | Scoop.it
by Tracy Vanity Want to make sure you’re caught up on the latest cannibalism/chemical exposure stories to keep track of the zombie outbreak? Well this post is just for you! Here is a list of ...
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HubbleSite - NewsCenter - NASA's Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy (05/31/2012) - Introduction

HubbleSite - NewsCenter - NASA's Hubble Shows Milky Way is Destined for Head-on Collision with Andromeda Galaxy (05/31/2012) - Introduction | tales of interest | Scoop.it
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SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific, Ending Historic Test Flight

SpaceX Dragon Capsule Splashes Down in Pacific, Ending Historic Test Flight | tales of interest | Scoop.it
Dragon ended its groundbreaking first mission to the International Space Station.
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The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, May 28-June 1, 2012

The Most Amazing Science Images of the Week, May 28-June 1, 2012 | tales of interest | Scoop.it
It's been a shortened workweek for us here in the U.S., but there's been no shortage of amazing science and tech imagery--from a rat that regained the power of movement to shoes made from custom-bred, genetically engineered stingrays to a gorgeous...
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