An analysis of the 18,000-year-old "hobbit" skull found on the Indonesian island of Flores in 2003 (pictured left, next to a human skull) shows that the tiny creatures were an entirely separate species from modern humans. Some scientists previously thought the fossil may have belonged to an ancient human with a genetic disease. A new study led by Dr. Karen Baab, a biological anthropologist at Stony Brook University, suggests this theory is incorrect. Get more details at findingDulcinea.
Researchers at the Joint Quantum Institute at the University of Maryland have succeeded in teleporting quantum information between two charged atoms more than three feet apart. According to the Jan. 23 issue of the journal Science, the quantum information is instantly teleported from one ion to another, and can be recovered about 90 percent of the time. Though a way off from Star Trek type teleportation (pictured), this breakthrough could pave the way for the development of quantum computers. Read more at LiveScience.
In Noah Shachtman's just published article for Danger Room, he profiles a captain in the Israeli Air Force who uses infrared footage sent from an unarmed spy drone to make decisions about airstrikes.
Check out a set of PSI Games hosted by the Institute of Noetic Sciences. The online games test such abilities as intention, intuition, and psychic skill.
CNN has put together a 3D experience called The Moment, composed of hundreds of digital photos capturing the scene as Barack Obama took the oath of office earlier today. Requires Microsoft Silverlight (a free download) to view.
This week is the 100th anniversary of the notorious rampage of the Jersey Devil, which took place in the Delaware Valley from January 16 â 23, 1909. Strange tracks were found in the snow and across the rooftops of houses, with witnesses claiming to see something like a large flying kangaroo. More at WeirdNJ.com.
Harry and Bonnie Gibson use motion sensor cameras to track animals on their property near Alto, Texas. Recently, one of the cameras captured a column of vertical lights (pictured, top-left corner) moving in a random pattern in the air. So far the Gibsons have no idea what may have caused the strange lights. More details and video at KTRE.com.
In 1995, Wem Town Hall in Shropshire, England, burned to the ground. Local resident and photographer Tony O'Rahilly was snapping photos of the fire when he captured this shot of what appears to be a small, partially transparent girl standing in the doorway. Is it a genuine image or a clever hoax? Find out in this two-part video from 1996 by Out Of This World.
Astronomer Dr. Tom Van Flandern, a former guest on C2C, passed away on January 9th. An obituary is posted at his website, metaresearch.org. Our condolences to his family and colleagues. As a tribute, we present this 2003 audio show clip, in which he shares his Exploded Planet Hypothesis: Win | Real
Richard C. Hoagland was joined by author Robert Zubrin in the second hour to comment on the announcement that methane had been detected on Mars. This finding indicates there is either life or hydrothermal activity on Mars, with potential geothermal power available there to terraform the planet, said Zubrin. Hoagland noted the methane arrives seasonably, and there could be organisms on Mars feeding off of it.
Mysterious columns of light were seen in the sky above the Latvian town of Sigulda last month. It's believed the lights may have been related to ice crystals suspended in the air. Further info and images at the Daily Mail.Photo by Aigar Truhins
In this short video clip, Dr. Bill Osmunson, a general and cosmetic dentist, explains his concerns about fluoride in tap water and toothpaste.
The Detroit Zoo recently welcomed a newborn aardvark. The baby, described as "hideously cute," has nearly doubled in size since its birth in December. More at the Detroit Free Press.
Once feared extinct, the Hispaniolan solenodon has been captured and filmed by scientists in the Dominican Republic. The amazing beast is one of only two mammal species capable of poisoning their prey via a venomous bite. BBC News has more on the story including video.
Appearing briefly at the start of the show, James McCanney commented on a new report from the National Academy of Sciences that outlines the potential catastrophic outcome of Earth being hit by a worst-case scenario solar storm.
A mind-control game due in toy stores this fall will allow players to sharpen their Jedi-like powers. The aim of the Force Trainer (pictured) is to concentrate hard enough to make a sphere within a transparent 10-inch-tall tube rise. Another game also coming in 2009, the Mind Flex, will challenge players to move a ball through an obstacle course using only the power of their thoughts. More info at USA Today and Telegraph.co.uk.
Get ready for the Terrafugia Transition, a vehicle that can switch from road-legal car into a two-seater plane in 15 seconds. The Transition sports a single 100bhp petrol motor that can drive either the wheels or a propeller. It can fly up to 500 miles on a single tank of fuel at a cruising speed of about 115mph. The vehicle is expected to make its maiden flight next month and hit the showroom floor by next year. More photos and info at timesonline.co.uk.
A 1990 video documentary The Elvis Files explores the idea that Elvis Presley faked his death in 1977. One of the interviews is with Elvis' first-cousin, Gene Smith, who attended the funeral and said the body lying in state wasn't Elvis. View a clip posted on YouTube.
Looking for some exotic libations in the new year? Check out a slideshow of the world's strangest liquors. Travel & Leisure has compiled the list which includes Pizza Beer, Snake Bile Wine, and a concoction called 'Yogurito.'
On January 4th, a large turbine at a wind farm in Conisholme, England was damaged, with one blade falling off, another badly bent. Locals said they saw a "tentacle"-like UFO in the sky near the wind farm on the night before the damage was discovered. More at the Louth Leader.
Through a new fossil study, scientists have learned that hundreds of thousands of years ago, Australia was home to giant versions of its current wildlife. Such extinct "megafauna" included koalas weighing over 60 pounds, and kangaroos that were 10 ft. tall. More at The Independent.
Recently, hundreds of small earthquakes have struck Yellowstone National Park, prompting fears that a disastrous volcanic eruption might happen there. Scientists are continuing to monitor the earthquake swarms, the largest Yellowstone's had in the last 20 years. First hour guest, researcher Mitch Battros offered analysis of the quake situation. While the Yellowstone caldera is due for an eruption, the current signs, such as the quakes being under 4.0, suggest that volcanic activity there is not imminent, he said. We'd have weeks of notice before it blows, he added. Battros also noted that a Mayan elder has named a volcanic eruption at Yellowstone as part of their prophecy.
NASA's Mars rovers are celebrating their fifth birthday on the Red Planet, far exceeding their original operating life span of 90 days. To everyone's surprise, Spirit and Opportunity continue rolling around the planet's surface, conducting experiments and making discoveries. NASA has put together a video to mark the anniversary, as well as a new panoramic image of Mars.
An icicle resembling a man's face was discovered hanging on the home of Jeremy Olden, resident of Lake Stevens, Washington. Larger images can be found at komonews.com.
Stephen Wagner of About.com: Paranormal Phenomena presents a round-up of the top paranormal events of 2008, including ghosts, Bigfoot, Earth mysteries, psychic activity, and strange creatures (the 'Creepy Gnome' of Argentina is pictured).
George Knapp shares some music video picks:I Want An Alien for Christmas by Fountains of WayneUFO by Sneaky Sound SystemFa La Freezing by My First EarthquakeThe Great Gig in the Sky by Pink Floyd (asteroid impact video).
George Knapp shares some music video picks.
On a public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, a plan was recently discussed to create a new Golden Record to send into space, as it's been over 30 years since the Voyager Golden Record was launched inside the Voyager spacecraft (now outside our solar system). Intended to be received by ET intelligences, the Record contains sounds and images of life on Earth.
For the past 42 years, a town in Sweden has erected this massive straw goat in honor of the holiday season. And, in 23 of those years, vandals have destroyed it. Sadly, the 2008 edition met its demise this past weekend, once again by fire. More on the story here.
On a public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, a plan was recently discussed to create a new Golden Record to send into space.