Weird Science: Bacteria that poop gold nuggets

From the New University of Halle and the “best infection ever” department comes this bit of weird science that I found interesting. These bacteria produce gold by digesting toxic metals High concentrations of heavy metals, like copper and gold, are toxic for most living creatures. This is not the case for the bacterium C. metallidurans, which has…

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Claim: Birds of Prey Deliberately Setting Wildfires

Guest essay by Eric Worrall So much for fire control – JoNova reports that raptors have been photographed congregating on the edge of large Australian bushfires, picking up burning sticks, and deliberately setting new spot fires in advance of the main blaze to flush out small mammals and other prey. This discovery potentially has profound…

Yikes! AI generates freakishly natural human faces

From the “rise of the machines” department, and coming to a fake news story near you comes this troubling development that blurs the lines of reality and fantasy even further. Video graphics giant NVIDIA recently released a paper demonstrating a new training methodology for generating unique and realistic looking faces using a generative adversarial network…

Spectacular UFO reported in Siberia

The Siberian Times reports: Reports of spectacular UFO – a giant glowing ball lighting the sky – in Siberia Fears from locals of ‘aliens arriving’, but there is a surprising explanation and, yes, there was an unusual object in the sky. The illuminated ball looming over the forest was seen clearly in the town of Salekhard…