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November 24 2014

Russian tourist 'carved letter K on Colosseum'


A Russian tourist has been arrested for allegedly carving the letter K on a wall of the Colosseum.

The tourist was seen by a guard allegedly carving the “enormous” letter on an interior wall of the ground floor of the famous amphitheatre, Il Giornale reported.


Alt: Tourist fined $30,000 for tagging Colosseum
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November 24 2014

Medieval sword found buried under a birch tree in Siberia belonged to ruthless 14th century tsar?


A medieval sword found buried under a birch tree in Siberia may have belonged to Ivan the Terrible, archaeologists have claimed.

The rare 12th century blade, discovered in 1975 and nicknamed Siberia's Excalibur, was found three kilometres from where the lieutenant of a Cossack leader favoured by the tsar is thought to have died.


Alt: Could rare sword have belonged to Ivan the Terrible?

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November 24 2014

1,700-Year-Old Silk Road Cemetery Contains Mythical Carvings


A cemetery dating back roughly 1,700 years has been discovered along part of the Silk Road, a series of ancient trade routes that once connected China to the Roman Empire.

The cemetery was found in the city of Kucha, which is located in present-day northwest China. Ten tombs were excavated, seven of which turned out to be large brick structures.

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November 24 2014

Recreating clothes from the Iron Age


A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, it is hoped the tunic will inspire Norwegian fashion designers.

There was huge excitement among archaeologists when, three years ago, the oldest piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway – a woollen tunic – was found by an archaeological expedition to the Lendbreen glacier in Breheimen National Park.

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November 24 2014

40,000-year-old blood brings mammoth cloning closer


Mammoth cloning is closer to becoming a reality following the discovery of blood in the best-preserved specimen ever found.

An autopsy on a 40,000-year-old mammoth has yielded blood that could contain enough intact DNA to make cloning possible, galvanising scientists who have been working for years to bring back the extinct elephant relative.

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November 24 2014

Asteroid impacts on Earth make structurally bizarre diamonds


Scientists have argued for half a century about the existence of a form of diamond called lonsdaleite, which is associated with impacts by meteorites and asteroids. A group of scientists based mostly at Arizona State University now show that what has been called lonsdaleite is in fact a structurally disordered form of ordinary diamond.

The lonsdaleite story began almost 50 years ago. Scientists reported that a large meteorite, called Canyon Diablo after the crater it formed on impact in northern Arizona, contained a new form of diamond with a hexagonal structure.

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November 24 2014

Is Russian Mystery Object a Space Weapon?


The orbital maneuvers of a mysterious object Russia launched earlier this year have raised concerns that the satellite may be a space weapon of some sort.

The speculation centers on "Object 2014-28E," which Russia lofted along with three military communications satellites in May. The object was originally thought to be space junk, but satellite trackers have watched it perform a number of interesting maneuvers over the past few weeks.

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November 24 2014

Birth Mystery of Stellar Snow Globe Deepens


The Hubble Space Telescope's recent images of giant balls of stars in a nearby galaxy, reported on Thursday, have astronomers puzzled as to the star balls' origins.

Multitudes of such "globular" star clusters, each filled with hundreds of thousands of the oldest stars in the universe, lie scattered around our own Milky Way and other galaxies. But how and why they're born has long been a mystery.

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November 24 2014

Asteroid Early-Warning Strategies Report Released


The danger of an asteroid smacking into Earth is a clear and present hazard, underscored by the huge fireball and shattering explosion that occurred over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in February 2013.

That event served as a global wake-up call — for both politicians and the public — that Earth is not impervious to "out of the blue" asteroid strikes. But how should researchers pool together the expertise of the world's many existing scientific agencies to not only discover and track objects but also to generate early warnings of a potential impact?

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November 24 2014

Saturn's calming nature keeps Earth friendly to life


Earth's comfortable temperatures may be thanks to Saturn's good behaviour. If the ringed giant's orbit had been slightly different, Earth's orbit could have been wildly elongated, like that of a long-period comet.

Our solar system is a tidy sort of place: planetary orbits here tend to be circular and lie in the same plane, unlike the highly eccentric orbits of many exoplanets. Elke Pilat-Lohinger of the University of Vienna, Austria, was interested in the idea that the combined influence of Jupiter and Saturn – the solar system's heavyweights – could have shaped other planets' orbits. She used computer models to study how changing the orbits of these two giant planets might affect the Earth.

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November 24 2014

Unlocking the Secrets of an Alien World's Magnetic Field


The strength of an alien world's magnetic field may have been deduced for the first time, by analyzing extraordinarily fast winds slamming against it from the planet's star, researchers say.

This research could help gauge the strength of other exoplanets' magnetic fields as well, scientists say.

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November 24 2014

Is Dark Energy Gobbling Dark Matter, and Slowing Universe's Expansion?


Dark energy appears to be devouring dark matter and slowing the expansion of the cosmos, a new study suggests.

Dark matter makes up the backbone of the universe, and there is five times as much of it in the universe as regular matter that makes up the visible objects in the universe like planets and stars. Physicists have yet to directly detect dark matter and no one knows what it's made of. Scientists can only tell that it exists from its gravitational pull on regular matter. Now, the new research suggests that dark matter might be slowly disappearing before physicists have even caught a glimpse of it.

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November 24 2014

New subatomic particles predicted by Canadians found at CERN


Two new subatomic particles whose existence was predicted by Canadian particle physicists have been detected at the world's largest particle collider.

The discovery of the particles, known as Xi_b'- and Xi_b*-, were announced by CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research today and published online on the physics preprint server Arxiv.They have been submitted to the scientific journal Physical Review Letters.

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November 24 2014

After nuclear phase-out, Germany debates scrapping coal


After deciding to scrap nuclear power, Germany is pondering saying goodbye to coal, its biggest energy source but also its top polluter and main threat to ambitious climate goals.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government is split on the issue, which pits a vocal environmental movement against energy giants and coal mining regions, with only weeks until her cabinet is set to present its next climate action plan.


Related: Electric vehicles could stabilize large disturbances in power grid

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November 24 2014

Bitcoin Wallets Embedded in Man's Hands


A Dutch bitcoin entrepreneur has had two microchips containing the virtual currency injected into his hands to help him make contactless payments.

The chips, enclosed in a 2mm by 12mm capsule of "biocompatible" glass, were injected by a professional using a special syringe. They emit a tiny radio signal using Near Field Communication (NFC) and can store up to 888 bits of information each.

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November 24 2014

Geckos inspire 'Spider-Man' gloves


The way geckos climb has inspired a device that allowed a 70kg man to scale a glass wall like Spider-Man.

Much research has gone into trying to unlock the clever way that little geckos climb.

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November 23 2014

Can toenails ‘teach’ other body parts to regrow?


Researchers have identified a new population of nail stem cells, which have the ability to either self-renew or undergo specialization or differentiation into multiple tissues.

To find these elusive stem cells, scientists attached fluorescent proteins and other visible “labels” to mouse nail cells. Many of these cells repeatedly divided, diluting the fluorescence and labels among their increasingly dim progeny.

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