Nature, Environment & Earth Changes
According to J. David Smith, Ph.D., metacognition, or thinking about thinking, is not unique to humans. The University at Buffalo comparative psychologist says there is growing evidence that dolphins, macaque monkeys, and other animals share our ability to reflect upon, monitor or regulate their states of mind. Smith's research is presented in the September issue of the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. More at ScienceDaily.
From Bruce Lipton: "The largest crop circle ever reported showed up in the Netherlands the day my book came off the press...The crop circle and the cover illustration on my book are the exact same image...
Phyllis Abbott, 79, and husband George, 84, discovered a deadly tropical plant called the Devil's Snare growing in their Suffolk, UK garden. It is normally found in the Amazon and used by South American Indians to poison their hunting weapons. The plant's venom causes blurred vision and hallucinations, and can lead to coma and death. Experts believe the seeds of the toxic plant arrived by way of bird droppings. Read more at The Telegraph.
Linda Moulton Howe shares a fascinating movie of a light anomaly that seems to release a 'small entity' near East Field, a week before a crop circle emerged there...
The 21st century's longest eclipse brought near darkness to a path that swept across India, China, and the South Pacific during daylight hours. Many stayed indoors, fearful of the event, while others gathered and cheered...
A number of articles have caught George Knapp's attention in the last week or so, including stories about the mysterious Arctic blob, a unique crop circle in Wiltshire, and a new technology...
An unknown lifeform was recently filmed clinging to the crevices of a North Carolina sewer...
A photo taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station shows a unique view of a recent volcanic eruption in the Kuril Island chain, northeast of Japan. The image captures the eruption in its earliest stage...
A meteorological movement has emerged, calling for recognition of a new cloud type, something which hasn't happened since 1951.
Atmospheric scientist Oscar van der Velde captured this sprite, as it is called, in Barcelona, Spain on the night of June 5th.
Residents in a coastal town in Japan have reported a strange phenomenon-- tadpoles dropping out of the sky. In one downpour, more than a hundred dead tadpoles covered the windshields of cars.
The new ABC special "Earth 2100", airing Tuesday night, looks at how the combination of population growth, resource depletion, and climate change could have catastrophic consequences.
The University of Missouri has opened its greenhouse to the public for the soon-expected bloom of a "corpse flower."
East Coast cities like New York and Boston could face a huge rise in sea level if the melting of Greenland's ice sheets continues at its pace, researchers recently announced.
While most Americans cheerfully celebrate Mother's Day, certain members of the animal world may beg to differ...
Residents of the tiny town of Tuscarora, Nevada have come up with a novel way of repelling the yearly invasion of Mormon crickets—they aim boom boxes toward the desert and blast local rock station KHIX from dawn to dusk. More at Gizmodo.
A new study in connectedness has revealed that it truly is a small world. So small, in fact, that less than 10% of Earth's land areas require more than 2 days of travel time to reach a major city.
The first crop circle of the 2009 season was reported on April 14 near Avebury, Wiltshire, England in a field of yellow flowering canola. Pictured is an image of the formation by Lucy Pringle.
Ed Dames shares a Matrix Intelligence Agency warning about a powerful quake due to hit the Carson City, NV area in 5-6 months.
After a series of quakes near Tonga, an undersea volcano erupted, spewing a huge plume into the sky, which rose between 15,000 and 25,000 feet.
A remote camera a mile and a half underwater has captured video footage of an alien-like squid with "elbows." More at National Geographic News.
A crop circle recently discovered in Brazil is being investigated by A. J. Gevaerd, who says it's the country first such pattern. More at the Crop Circle Connector.
Marie Jones sent us a set of images to accompany her presentation with John Savino on supervolcanoes. Click here to view.
For an interesting aerial view of a crop circle from Yorkshire, U.K., check out the program Google Earth (free download) and then open this placemark.
In an underwater cave in Israel that had been sealed off for five million years, eight previously unknown species have been discovered. One of the invertebrate creatures resembles a shrimp, another a scorpion. Scientists believe that there may be more discoveries coming from this unique and ancient ecosystem. For more info, photos & video, visit BBC News.
How real is the science behind the new docudrama Supervolcano, airing tonight on the Discovery Channel? The film, which portrays a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone, is actually quite well done, said a former USGS scientist who served as a consultant on the project.
Using cannabis as a medical treatment dates back thousands of years. But the plant has also been employed for many other purposes. For instance, one of the earliest known woven fabrics was said to be made of hemp. More recently, the original Levi jeans were made out of a tough hemp sailcloth for miners during the California Gold Rush, so that their pockets wouldn't tear when filled with gold.
Kamasami Kong writes: On Sunday, September 5th, 2004, a big quake hit Osaka. It was a ~relatively~ small one compared to the Great Hanshin Earthquake that hit us (in Kobe) about 10-years ago, in 1995.
Many climate scientists believe the melting of glaciers worldwide is a sign the planet has entered the first phase of global warming.
Elena, an intrepid motorcyclist, has created a haunting website, which photo-documents her drive through "the dead zone" of Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear power accident.