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Knapp's News 4/18/10

Check out some of the links that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including stories about human-looking robots soon to be sent into space...

Skydiver's Glider Stunt

Austrian skydiver Paul Steiner pulled off a death defying stunt by somersaulting from one glider to another below it at more than 6,500 feet in the air. The daredevil then reached up and grabbed the tailfin of the first craft, before finally jumping off of the glider and parachuting safely back to earth. Video at The Telegraph.

Fire in the Sky

Residents in five Midwestern states were shaken by the sight of an enormous fireball that streaked across the night sky on Wednesday evening. While the National Weather Service is uncertain as to what exactly caused the phenomena, they suspect it may have been a meteoroid entering the atmosphere, since the Gamma Virginids meteor shower is in the midst of a 48 hour window of peak activity. More on the story, including video of the fireball from a number of different angles, at CNN.com.

A Birthday 'Presence'

While most birthday party clowns are full of mirth, an actor in Switzerland has seen his business boom with the creation of his "evil" version of the character. The elaborate gag includes the sinister clown stalking the victim...

Microwave Plasma

Joshua P. Warren, provides this photo of a "microwave plasma" hovering inside a glass jar. He believes this kind of energy applies to many paranormal phenomena. For free image analysis and hi-def videos on how to create this, plus the groundbreaking, colorful "ball lightning-type" plasma that earned Warren's team a science journal cover, see his website.

One of a Kind Auction

This curiosity is but one of a vast array of taxidermied animals, both real and hand-crafted hybrids, soon to go up for auction in the UK. The oddities were part of a museum on the Isle of Wight since 1945 and the precise origins of the pieces remains shrouded in mystery. The collection boasts 250 pieces, including seven lions, three zebras as well as a number of bizarre creations like a cat with wings and a unicorn. More on the story here.

Undersea Showdown

Via a program dubbed 'Crittercam,' new insights are being discovered about the feeding patterns of the endangered Australian sea lion. One such finding is how the animal feeds on larger prey...

New Minnesota Affiliate

C2C is delighted to welcome our new affiliate in Minneapolis/St. Paul, KTLK 100.3 FM. Starting Sunday night, you can hear the show from 12a-4a M-F, and 12a-5a on Sat/Sun...

Surgeons Remove Explosive from Soldier's Head

Army surgeons donned protective body armor to remove a live explosive round from an Afghan soldier's head. The incendiary device, which contained enough explosives to kill the entire surgical team, became lodged in the patient's scalp during a bomb attack. Initially, doctors thought it was a piece of solid scrap metal, but the CAT scan image revealed the suspicious object was hollow. More at ABC News.

Tunnels on the Moon

Terrain-mapping done by India's Chandrayaan-1 mission has reportedly located underground tunnels on the moon which might someday be suitable for human habitation. The hollow tubes were formed after volcanic lava flow.

'Heat Therapy' Blanket

In China, patients are wrapped in oil soaked blankets that are then lit on fire, as part of a new relaxation treatment. "It looks pretty dangerous but it's harmless when done properly...

Mysterious Radar Images

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has been picking up mysterious patterns on its radar system, with shapes described as "red stars, rings of fire, and white doughnuts." The Bureau, while acknowledging the anomalies...

Easter Egg Celebrities

Artist John Lamouranne has been creating celebrity portraits with goose eggs for more than 30 years...

Finland Postal Service to Digitize Letters

In an effort to cut costs and carbon emissions, Finland's postal service will begin opening mail and sending scanned copies to selected recipients. Volunteers will be notified by email or text message, and receive their mail as PDF files in a secure digital mailbox. Critics have compared the trial program to the tactics employed by former Soviet spy agency, the KGB, who routinely monitored people's private mail. More at FOXNews.com.

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