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May 28 2015

Homosexuality could be an evolutionary advantage - according to a genetic study of fruit flies


A study of fruit flies has hinted that inherited "gay genes" could be linked to fitness traits which help survival.

Research into flies exhibiting male-to-male courtship behaviour has hinted that these genes might exist in the male Y chromosome.

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May 28 2015

Magic mushrooms 'less harmful than thought' and should be reclassified, says leading psychiatrist


Psychedelic drugs including LSD and magic mushrooms are much less harmful than has been claimed, and should be reclassified to make it easier for scientists to research their potential benefits, a leading psychiatrist has said.

Promising medical research into psychedelics ground to a halt as long ago as 1967, when they were made illegal amid widespread concern about their psychological and social harms.

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May 28 2015

Charlie Charlie Challenge Is A Social Media Attempt To Summon A Mexican Demon


Got a couple of pencils? Then you, too, can try to summon a Mexican demon, freak out your friends and post your own #CharlieCharlieChallenge on social media.

But if you're the superstitious type, or just easily spooked, the Charlie Charlie Challenge might not be for you.


Related: The Weird Case of Demons on Trial

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May 28 2015

Bizarre UFO lights seen by thousands over Chinese cities lead to fear of aliens arriving


Some were just curious or puzzled, while others terrified at the blazing object, which experts said was not a meteorite.

The unusual trail left many speculating that it might have been a UFO of an extra-terrestrial origin.


Related: VIDEO: Bizarre hovering 'UFO' lights are the 'REAL DEAL', claim alien chasers

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May 28 2015

New Mathematics Could Neutralize Pathogens That Resist Antibiotics


Bacteria that make us sick are bad enough, but many of them also continually evolve in ways that help them develop resistance to common antibiotic drugs, making our medications less effective or even moot. Doctors try to reduce the evolution by cycling through various drugs over time, hoping that as resistance develops to one, the increased use of a new drug or the widespread reuse of an old drug will catch some of the bugs off guard.

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May 28 2015

Nearly indestructible virus yields tool to treat diseases


By unlocking the secrets of a bizarre virus that survives in nearly boiling acid, scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have found a blueprint for battling human disease using DNA clad in near-indestructible armor.

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May 28 2015

Virotherapy: skin cancer successfully treated with herpes-based drug


Patients with aggressive skin cancer have been treated successfully using a drug based on the herpes virus, in a trial that could pave the way for a new generation of cancer treatments.


Related: Scorpion venom has toxic effects against cancer cells

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May 28 2015

Modern Human Leg Mummified Using Ancient Egyptian Methods


The ancient Egyptians famously mummified the dead to preserve their loved ones in perpetuity, and now, scientists have mummified fresh tissue from a human corpse to gain insight into these ancient preservation techniques.

The team adhered to ancient Egyptian techniques to mummify part of the human body, which had been donated to science. They placed the tissue in a salt solution, and measured the progress of preservation using state-of-the-art microscopy and imaging techniques.

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May 28 2015

Dark Side of Medieval Convent Life Revealed


British archaeologists excavating a church site in Oxford have brought to light the darker side of medieval convent life, revealing skeletons of nuns who died in disgrace after being accused of immoral behavior.

Discovered ahead of the construction of a new hotel, the burial ground stretches around what used to be Littlemore Priory, a nunnery founded in 1110 and dissolved in 1525.

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May 28 2015

Fire, drone expose scale of prehistoric rock formations


Cutting-edge archaeological work that included use of a drone and prescribed fire has unearthed previously unknown information about a one-of-a-kind Native American archaeological site in northeastern Montana dating back thousands of years.

Among the new findings at the prehistoric site are rock alignments that probably had religious meaning to Native Americans, said Josh Chase, a Bureau of Land Management archaeologist.

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May 28 2015

A 425-million-year-old parasite found attached to host


Researchers have discovered the 425-million-year-old remains of a new species of parasite - still clamped to the host animal it invaded.

The international team found the fossil at a site in Herefordshire.

Prof David Siveter, from the University of Leicester, said it had been "frozen in time" by a volcano that killed and preserved marine creatures at the site.

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May 28 2015

5,000-year old seal shows oldest-known musical image found in Israel


A unique seal impression found half a century ago in the western Galilee bears the oldest-known depiction of music ever found in Israel, according to a new interpretation of the find.

Archaeologists now believe the scene shows the musical part of a ritual dating back 5,000 years, of the "sacred marriage" between the Mesopotamian king and a goddess, whose role would have been played by a priestess.

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May 28 2015

China rounds up ancient tomb raiders


Chinese police say they have caught 175 looters who broke into a Neolithic archaeological site in what officials are calling the country’s biggest recovery of stolen artefacts.

The public security ministry announced on Tuesday that the operation rescued 1,168 cultural relics worth more than 500m yuan (£51m/US$80m).

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May 28 2015

Lethal wounds on skull may indicate 430,000-year-old murder


Lethal wounds identified on a human skull in the Sima de los Huesos, Spain, may indicate one of the first cases of murder in human history, some 430,000 years ago, according to a study published May 27 2015 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Nohemi Sala from Centro Mixto UCM-ISCIII de Evolución y Comportamiento Humanos, Spain, and colleagues.

The archeological site, Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain, is located deep within an underground cave system and contains the skeletal remains of at least 28 individuals that date to around 430,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene.

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May 28 2015

First evidence that dinosaurs laid colourful blue-green eggs


The American robin lent its name to a striking shade of blue, but the vivid hue may have been colouring eggs long before the bird evolved – perhaps long before any birds evolved. It may have appeared in the dinosaur ancestors of birds that lived 150 million years ago.

Although recent studies have revealed the colours of dinosaur feathers, skin and scales, we had known nothing about the original colour of their eggs.

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May 28 2015

World's Oldest Broken Bone Pushes Back Our Transition to Land by Two Million Years


Researchers analyzing the world’s oldest broken (and healed) bone have discovered that a 333-million-year-old amphibian-looking critter spent most of its life on land, not water. The findings on this remarkable paleopathology, published in PLoS ONE this month, push back the origin of our early terrestrial ancestors by at least two million years.

Tetrapods include all of the land-living vertebrates we have today, including some who returned to life at sea (like whales) and some who lost their legs (like snakes).

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May 27 2015

Ancient Carnivores Had a Taste for Neanderthal Meat


Neanderthal hunters may themselves have been prey for big cats and other carnivores. According to a recent study, some punctures on Neanderthal fossils are likely bite marks from large carnivore attacks.

Scientists know what the average Neanderthal ate, how they hunted, who they mated with, how they divvied up chores and to some degree where they crossed paths with large carnivores.

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