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June 29 2015

DNA Evidence Shows Early Humans Mated with Neanderthals in Europe


Genetic analysis of the mandible of an anatomically modern Homo sapiens who lived in what is now Romania between 42,000 and 37,000 years ago reveals that early humans interbred with Neanderthals when they first came to Europe.

41,000 years ago but they have contributed up to 3 percent of the DNA of present-day Eurasians.

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June 29 2015

The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soon


For decades researchers have been trying to make fake blood to feed shortages, treat people with diseases like sickle cell anemia and even study diseases carried by bloodsucking mosquitoes. Now a candidate for synthetic blood will be tested in the United Kingdom in the first trial of its kind, as James Gallagher reports for BBC.

The U.K.’s National Health Service announced plans on June 25 for a small safety trial of 20 people that will begin in 2017.

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June 29 2015

Lab-grown blood, artificial organs – the science transforming our health


The news that scientists have developed blood that can be grown in the laboratory raised hope last week that a powerful weapon had been created to tackle disease. Ensuring that sufficient blood is donated to hospitals is a constant problem for medical services and any new source is to be welcomed, doctors acknowledged. In addition, the prospect that blood could be grown artificially from stem cells suggests a promising new approach could be taken in helping patients with thalassaemia and sickle cell anaemia and other blood disorders.

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June 29 2015

Laser 'tricorder' can diagnose malaria through the skin


It's a weapon that fights malaria – a laser scan can give an accurate diagnosis in seconds, without breaking the skin, just like the fictional tricorder in Star Trek.

It works by pulsing energy into a vein in a person's wrist or earlobe. The laser's wavelength doesn't harm human tissue, but is absorbed by hemozoin – waste crystals that are produced by the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum when it feeds on blood.

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June 29 2015

Astronomers Say There May Be Other Universes That Are Better for Life


Maybe we haven’t found alien life because it’s all evolving in other universes. A group of astronomers have just released a research paper suggesting that other universes could be far more habitable than our own. It all depends on a few conditions right when those universes were born.

There is now a lot of evidence that we live in a multiverse, where there are as many universes as there are galaxies.

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June 29 2015

Earth's colossal crater count complete


Mars is pocked with more than 300,000 craters, created by asteroid impacts. The moon is blanketed with millions more, too many to count. But the surface of Earth, constantly eroded by wind and rain, hides its history. Just 128 confirmed impact craters have been spotted on Earth’s surface. However, a new study suggests that this low number is not the result of lazy searching; all of the big impact craters on the planet's surface have been found, leaving none to be discovered.

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June 29 2015

Iron: A biological element?


Think of an object made of iron: An I-beam, a car frame, a nail. Now imagine that half of the iron in that object owes its existence to bacteria living two and a half billion years ago.

That's the upshot of a study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The findings have meaning for fields as diverse as mining and the search for life in space.

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June 29 2015

Ancient mystery worm found to have surprise eyes and teeth


Nature has produced many oddities, but an ancient creature resembling a prickly sea worm is one of the few to have left scientists so baffled they were unable to distinguish its head from its the rear.

The organism, called hallucigenia sparsa, was once one of the world’s most common creatures, but its unearthly appearance has led it to be regarded as an evolutionary misfit - not least because this basic anatomical question has remained unresolved.

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June 29 2015

First-known teeth belonged to fierce fish


Fish that lived long before the dinosaurs featured the world's first known teeth, according to a new study.

The findings suggest all teeth -- including those of humans -- originally evolved from fish scales.

The earliest teeth date to at least 410 million years ago, according to the study, published in the journal Biology Letters.

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June 29 2015

How The Turtle Got Its Shell


The fossilized remains of a bizarre-looking reptile are giving scientists new insights into how turtles got their distinctive shells.

Some 240 million years ago, this early turtle-like creature lived in a large lake, in a fairly warm, subtropical climate. But it didn't have the kind of shell modern turtles have, says Hans-Dieter Sues, a curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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June 29 2015

Mysterious 2,000-year-old marble dolphin surfaces near Gaza


Archaeologists think 16-inch-high statuette found in southern Israel may have been part of larger sculpture, wonder how it ended up in Byzantine floor

You would think that 12 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea is the last place to find a dolphin clutching a fish between its jaws.

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June 29 2015

Ancient burial ground? Mummy found in Lake County could be 2,000 years old


Land surveyors discovered a mummy that could be 2,000 years old on the site of the controversial Singleton Stone quarry in south Lake County, and archaeologists will investigate whether they stumbled onto a Native American burial ground.

And that wasn't even the only set of old remains to turn up in Lake County. A Highland man was digging in his yard at the 8100 block of East Fourth Place on Friday when he found what appeared to be remains, according to the Lake County coroner's office.

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June 29 2015

Research shows how Spanish colonists changed life in the Middle Rio Grande Valley


Spanish settlement of the Middle Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico changed the way people lived, but a new paper in the journal "The Holocene" by UNM Assistant Professor of Anthropology Emily Jones, suggests the change did not come quickly.

"The Columbian Exchange and landscapes of the Middle Rio Grande Valley, AD 1300-1900" is an examination of the impact of Spanish colonization including what people were eating, and an indication of what animals and plants were abundant in the area.

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June 29 2015

New data uncovered on Bronze Age humans’ diet and the arrival of new crops in the Iberian Peninsula


Researchers from the universities of Granada, Santiago de Compostela and Reading (UK) have studied human skeletal remains from the Cova do Santo collective burial cave in northwestern Spain.

Remains found in the Sil river valley–in the province of Ourense–reveal a vegetable-based diet with little meat or fish content.

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June 29 2015

This Means WAR: Deciphering of Mayan Glyph Confirms their Bellicose Behavior


Not too long ago, our general conception of the ancient Maya culture was overtly romanticized. Whereas the Mexicas –a.k.a. the ‘Aztecs’ for y’all Mesoamerican N00bs– have always been perceived as a race of blood-thirsty killers, obsessed with human sacrifice on an almost industrial scale (plunge knife/rip heart/toss body/repeat), the Mayas were thought of as a peace-loving culture of astronomers and mathematicians. Then, with the irruption of Erich von Däniken’s seminal Chariots of the Gods, they were further upgraded in the pop culture to Ancient Astronauts’ protégés.

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June 29 2015

Hill fort said to be where King Arthur’s Guinevere was born has lasted 3,000 years: now under siege


A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight “ethically unacceptable” plans they say will destroy one of the nation’s greatest Iron Age treasures.

Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that dominates the skyline on the fringe of the Shropshire market town, is on the frontline of an increasingly bitter struggle pitting historians and residents against the local authority and central government.

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June 28 2015

How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain


Every June, after the rainy season ends in the grassy highlands of southern Peru, the res­idents of four villages near Huinchiri, at more than 12,000 feet in altitude, come together for a three-day festival. Men, women and children have already spent days in busy preparation: They’ve gathered bushels of long grasses, which they’ve then soaked, pounded, and dried in the sun. These tough fibers have been twisted and braided into narrow cords, which in turn have been woven together to form six heavy cables, each the circumference of a man’s thigh and more than 100 feet long.

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