Behold the mighty mushroom. Neither plant nor animal, the mysterious fungus is a class, or kingdom, of its own, and has fascinated cultures around the world for centuries. But while they do make a tasty omelette filling, does the real magic of mushrooms lie not in their flavour, but in their potential to combat one of our biggest killers – cancer?
The ancient Egyptians believed eating mushrooms brought long life. While their scientific method was perhaps not entirely sound, modern scientists investigating the medicinal properties of the organism are beginning to produce some fascinating results. There are thousands of species of mushroom growing in the wild, but most studies have focused on three main varieties – reishi, maitake and shiitake.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.
Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.
Jeter’s defense attorney requested all recorded evidence, but the police failed to hand over a second tape until additional evidence surfaced of a second police car at the scene. The tape showed Jeter complying with police, even as one punched him in the head repeatedly.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Analyzing the results of the MRI scans, Dr. Limb and colleagues found that - while improvising - the areas of the musicians' brains linked to syntax and language processing were activated. These areas are called "the inferior frontal gyrus" and "the posterior superior temporal gyrus."
Interestingly, "the angular gyrus" and "the supra marginal gyrus" - areas of the brain involved in semantic processing - became deactivated during the improvisation sessions.
Brain interprets music as syntax rather than semantics
This suggests that the regions of the brain responsible for processing syntax are not just limited to spoken language. Instead, Dr. Limb argues, the brain uses its syntactic regions to process communication in general - whether that communication is through spoken language or music.
DuckDuckGo's Secret Weapon: Hardcore Privacy
When you do a search from DuckDuckGo's website or one of its mobile apps, it doesn't know who you are. There are no user accounts. Your IP address isn't logged by default. The site doesn't use search cookies to keep track of what you do over time or where else you go online. It doesn't save your search history. When you click on a link in DuckDuckGo's results, those websites won't see which search terms you used. The company even has its own Tor exit relay, allowing Tor users to search DuckDuckGo with less of a performance lag.
Simply put, they're hardcore about privacy.
But things didn't start out that way. Weinberg, who says he has "always been a privacy-minded person," wasn't particularly concerned with search privacy issues when he first started building the service. In fact, he knew very little about the matter at all. Then early users started asking questions.
"Some of the first questions I got were about privacy," Weinberg says. "I had launched and it was on Reddit and Hacker News. So it was tech-heavy and there were a lot of privacy-minded people."
Sunday, February 23, 2014
A breakthrough has been made in attempts to decipher a mysterious 600-year-old manuscript written in an unknown language, it has been claimed.
The Voynich Manuscript, carbon-dated to the 1400s, was rediscovered in 1912, but has defied codebreakers since.
Now, Bedfordshire University's Stephen Bax says he has deciphered 10 words, which could lead to more discoveries.
The manuscript, which some think is a hoax, is full of illustrations of plants and stars, as well as text.
It has been latched onto by supporters of a whole range of strange theories including some linking it to Leonardo da Vinci or even aliens.