Officials in Russia paid tribute to Laika, the first Soviet space dog, by unveiling a monument to the pioneering animal. Riding aboard the Sputnik II, Laika set the stage for the eventual arrival of humans in space. Universe Today looks at the amazing story of the "first Earthling" sent into the cosmos.
One of Europes more obscure mysteries, the massive "round towers" are a riddle of the Irish landscape. While their existence is impossible to deny, the purpose behind the towers remains a hotly debated topic on the Emerald Isle. Researcher Philip Coppens examines the strange medieval skyscrapers in an article here.
On Saturday, nearly 200 parties are planned in 50 countries on seven continents to celebrate the anniversary of humanity's first ride into space. Known as 'Yuri's Night,' after Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who made his historic voyage and became the first human in space on April 12, 1961, the holiday has been celebrated in Russia for decades. More details at MSNBC.
An enormous 35-pound tabby named Orazio has been hailed a real life Garfield in Italy. The flabby feline grew to his present jumbo proportions by devouring lots of dishes from his native country. Orazio is so large now, it's a struggle for owner Laura Santarelli (pictured) just to pick him up. Larger photo at Ananova.
Contrary to popular opinion, the undersea world is not a silent abyss. In fact, it is rich with a variety of odd sounds produced by its denizens. Listen to some of these unique noises via a special feature at The New York Times.
For the first time in over four decades, archaeologists are conducting a dig at Stonehenge. In updating their first week of digging, theyve revealed a "breakthrough" to some intriguing new finds. BBC News has video of the excavation at the esoteric landmark here.
In April of 1909, an article in The Phoenix Gazette detailed the amazing tale of G.E. Kinkaid. He claimed to have discovered mummies, hieroglyphics, and other amazing artifacts while exploring a cave in the Grand Canyon. More on the story of G.E. Kinkaid here.
First hour guest, Dr. Rollin McCraty talked about cellular memory and transplants. A recent case involving suicide linked a heart donor and recipient. Heart transplants more than any other organ, may involve the passing of memory or traits from the donor to the recipient, he said. This is because the heart responds before the brain, and in a way has its own brain, he continued. In related news, Cheryl Johnson (pictured) reports having a personality change after receiving a kidney transplant, and believes her new tastes in literature came from her donor.A theory called 'cellular memory phenomenon' suggests that human body cells contain clues to our personality that can bypass brain cells. More on Johnson's case here.
Check out this video on YouTube in which an elephant paints its own 'self portrait.'
Biologists are baffled by a fanged creature found dead in a Brigham City, Utah pond. The strange fish was found with thousands of other dead fish, carp and goldfish, that had been stocked in the pond. Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Ben Boyce said, "When we first saw that fish, we thought what in the....is that thing?" Get more details as well as video at local6.com.
Cryptomundo.com has posted photos sent in by Australian Yowie researcher Paul Compton to back up his claims of a large Yowie-like beast roaming the Glen Innes district. The images of a blurred black figure (pictured) were taken by a trail camera set to trigger by movement. Larger photos available here.
A recently declassified US military report reveals plans for various non-lethal weapons. Included is a 'ray gun' device which could beam voices into people's minds or induce artificial fevers. Read more at New Scientist.
Footage of a solar 'tsunami' has been captured for the first time. The event, recorded by NASA, shows a huge wave of pressure moving outwards across the Sun in a circular pattern.View the movie and further info at BBC News.
Was a baby Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in theAfrican Congo? During the first hour, a 'Prof. Jonathan Campbell'phoned in to share details of the creature's capture. Then cryptohunter John Rhodes reacted to the breaking news, commenting that we'd need further confirmation of the facts. He also gave an update on the Lizard Man case in South Carolina, where he'll be traveling to conduct witness interviews for the History Channel. At the end of the hour, George revealed that the T-Rex story was an April Fool's joke!
Cuneiform on an ancient clay tablet (pictured) has finally been decoded after 150 years of study. The tablet from 700 BC is said to be a copied witness account of a huge asteroid that crashed into Earth in 3123 BC. Many ancient tales record such devastation, including the Bible's Sodom & Gomorrah. More here.Appearing during the first half of the show, researcher Glenn Kimball commented on the finding. The date of 3123 BC doesn't jibe with the biblical timeline for the Sodom & Gomorrah event, he suggested. Rather than an asteroid, Kimball believes that angels sent down a localized destructive force that annihilated the twin cities. He said he was shown a desolate site in Israel by archeologist Vendyl Jones where Sodom & Gomorrah were possibly once located.