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MySci Roundup, Nov. 22: Real Life Megaminds

Here’s something that will blow your mind. Researchers at UCLA and the California Institute of Technology have proven that the humans can actually regulate the activity of specific neurons in the brain, increasing the firing rate of some while decreasing the rate of others. According to this recent UCLA news release, by employing this ability, study subjects…

MySci Round-Up November 17: Did China Hijack U.S. Government Servers for 18 Minutes?

You probably missed this story, amid all the hoopla about allegations that Tea Party supporters rigged the vote on “Dancing With the Stars” to keep Bristol Palin in the competition, despite her underwhelming talents as a hoofer. But a little-noticed report by a U.S. commission reveals that for 18 minutes on April 18, 2010, China Telecom manipulated the system…

MySci Round-Up November 16: Was Stuxnet a Secret Weapon?

There’s rumors on the Internets that Stuxnet, the mysterious malware that has attacked thousands—possibly millions—of computers around the world since its discovery in June, actually was a U.S. or Israeli cyber-weapon aimed at the Iranian nuclear program. Now, researchers at Symantec, the antivirus software giant, say in a blog post that they’ve found additional evidence that that…

MySci Round-Up, November 15: Japan’s New Pop Diva is a Hologram

Back in the late 1960s, America had a hit pop group called The Archies, who actually made it to Number One on the charts with the single “Sugar, Sugar”—a remarkable feat for a band composed of animated cartoon characters. (The Archies’ instrumental music and vocals actually were performed by an assortment of studio musicians.) We always saw…

MySci Round-Up: Weekend Edition November 12: Worst Case Scenarios

If you think everything is going to Hades in a handbasket, just remember that things always could be worse. Personally, we always find that it lifts our spirits to re-watch some 1960s-1970s dystopian apocalyptic thriller, preferably one starring Charles “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” Heston, such as “Planet of the…

MySci Round-Up, November 11: Thermageddon?

If you think global warming isn’t a big deal, listen to this. Some scientists are predicting that in as soon as 100 years, some parts of the tropics could become so hot that humans would not be able to survive there. The Thermageddon thesis, of course, is a bit controversial—there’s disagreement, for example, about whether to spell…

MySci Round-Up, November 10: Contrails over California

Monday evening’s mysterious trail of vapor in the southern California skies, captured on video by a local TV news helicopter, appeared—at least to some—to be a clandestine missile launch. Others say it’s merely a routine bit of aircraft exhaust, viewed from a misleading angle. But contrails, AKA chemtrails, have long been a subject of scrutiny from conspiracists in the…

MySci Round-Up November 9: Historic UFO Sightings

You’re probably wondering what happened to the MySci Roundup for the past few days. We are, too. Just kidding, but if we had actually experienced the“missing time” phenomenon of unaccountable time gaps in memory that some claim occurs during extra-terrestrial visitation, we wouldn’t be the first. James Everell, a Puritan settler in Massachusetts, and two companions reported having…

MySci Round-Up November 4: Handy-Dandy Asteroid Catastrophe Calculator

In case you’ve been lying awake at night, wondering about what would happen if your town or city is hit by an asteroid, maybe this will help you to get some sleep. Scientists at Purdue University and Imperial College in London have updated their online Impact Earth! event calculator, just for you. As this BBC News article details,…

MySci Round-Up, November 2: Cleopatramania!

  Everybody’s suddenly very excited about the Cleopatra, the ancient queen of Egypt in the First Century BC, and with good reason. Stacy Schiff’s new biography, Cleopatra: A Life, which is getting rave reviews, contends that both history and Hollywood have portrayed her inaccurately. The ancient queen turns out to have been a lot less like Elizabeth…