Pigeon of Doom

Scientists Crack Code Of Pigeon “Bermuda Triangle”

There are certain areas on Earth where homing pigeons seemingly become lost, unable to return home, and simply…go missing. I wrote about such an incident last August, when pigeon racers began calling an area of the UK the “Bermuda Triangle of Pigeons.” They just kept vanishing, never to return. Explanations ranged from a high number …

The Otherworlds Of Ireland

The Otherworlds Of Ireland

They say time passes differently in the Otherworlds of Ireland. These are the paradises that exist on Earth in Celtic mythology, inhabited by faeries, demons, spirits and other supernatural creatures, as well as the Tuatha De Danann. They are said, perhaps, to exist underground, or on islands west of Ireland. Or maybe they’re all around …

Chainsaw Robot Returns

Chainsaw Robot Returns: This Time It’s Personal

So here’s an idea: Let’s strap a chainsaw to a robot arm and see what happens. Actually, this is an industrial robot with a chainsaw attachment, which can cut pretty good-looking stools out of logs. Just check out that programming and precision. Makes it look easy. I blogged about another chainsaw-wielding robot in 2011. But …

A Gamma Ray Burst In The 8th Century?

Did A Gamma-Ray Burst Hit Earth During The Middle Ages?

In Ends of the World: Gamma-Ray Bursts, I raised the possibility that millions of years ago, Earth may have experienced a catastrophic gamma-ray burst, an immense beam of energy that forms when high-mass stars collapse, or after a collision between binary neutron stars. Well, a new study claims that it actually may have happened, but …