Saturday Weird Roundup
Last Updated: Thursday, 4 May 2006, 14:49 GMT 15:49 UK
Deep ocean trawl nets new 'bugs'
By Richard Black Environment Correspondent, BBC News website
A three-week voyage of discovery in the Atlantic has returned with tiny animals which appear new to science.
They include waif-like plankton with delicate translucent bodies related to jellyfish, hundreds of microscopic shrimps, and several kinds of fish.
The voyage is part of the ongoing Census of Marine Life(CoML) which aims to map ocean life throughout the world. http://tinyurl.com/ouuvn
Archeologists discover Maya tomb, defy looters
EL PERU WAKA, Guatemala (Reuters) -
Archeologists outsmarted tomb raiders to unearth a major Maya Indian royal burial site in the Guatemalan jungle, discovering jade jewelry and a jaguar pelt from more than 1,500 years ago.
The tomb, found by archeologist Hector Escobedo last week, contains a king of the El Peru Waka city, now in ruins and covered in thick rainforest teeming with spider monkeys.
He may have been the dynastic founder of the city, on major Mayan trade routes that could have stretched from the city of Tikal in Guatemala up through Mexico.
Possible 'pizzly' stumps experts
CanWest News ServicePublished: Wednesday, May 03, 2006
YELLOWKNIFE -- Jim Martell had spent nearly $50,000 for this moment, as he stared through the scope of his rifle at a male polar bear.
At least, that's what he thought it was.
What he ended up bagging has since been described as a "pizzly," a "grolar bear" or, Martell's favourite, a "polargrizz."
From 300 metres away, though, the mid-sized bear looked like any of the others roaming the sea ice just south of Banks Island, 2,000 kilometres north of Edmonton.Two weeks ago, Martell's Inuit guides had roused him from his sleep after spotting the animal. The 65-year-old Idaho sporthunter covered his winter coat with a white painter's shirt for camouflage, walked nearly two kilometres, and readied for the kill.
"He looked just like the other polar bears I seen," he said.
"I shot, he rolled down the hill, we went after him and brought him back into camp.
Malaysian Bigfoot = Surviving Homo Erectus?
The following information was sent to Cryptomundo by Peter Loh from Singapore.
As promised, I’m back with a report on the news conference I attended this afternoon and what I found out from my interview with Mr. Vincent Chow.
Before I begin, I must warn you that what you are about to hear is so incredible that it would take lots of faith to believe, and I’m not surprised if I’d be bombarded with skeptical responses from many of you. At any rate, I’m just reporting what I’ve seen and heard…
Fortune-telling judge couldn't see it coming
May 3, 9:10 AM (ET)
MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine judge who claimed he could see into the future and admitted consulting imaginary mystic dwarfs has asked for his job back after being fired by the country's Supreme Court.
"They should not have dismissed me for what I believed," Florentino Floro, a trial judge in the capital's Malabon northern suburb, told reporters after filing his appeal.http://tinyurl.com/ga78y
'Cloaking device' idea proposed
By Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter
The cloaking devices that are used to render spacecraft invisible in Star Trek might just work in reality, two mathematicians have claimed.
They have outlined their concept in a research paper published in one of the UK Royal Society's scientific journals.
Nicolae Nicorovici and Graeme Milton propose that placing certain objects close to a It would rely on an effect known as "anomalous localised resonance". However, the authors have so far only done the maths to verify that the concept could work. Building such a device would undoubtedly pose a significant challenge. http://tinyurl.com/hy2ac