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July 6 2015

Philae comet could be home to alien life, say scientists


The comet landed on by the spacecraft Philae could well be home to an abundance of alien microbial life, according to leading astronomers.

Features of the comet, named 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, such as its organic-rich black crust, are most likely explained by the presence of living organisms beneath an icy surface, the scientists have said.

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July 6 2015

Forgotten scent of roses could be reawakened by scientists


It is said that the secret to happiness is remembering to stop and smell the roses.

But that heady scent, once synonymous with an English country garden, has dulled in recent decades as breeders favour longevity and colour over the fragrance of the blooms.

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July 6 2015

Crying really does get you what you want, study finds


Kids cry all the time when they don’t get what they want, but it looks like the same strategy could work for anybody trying to get the upper hand in a negotiation - provided they’re willing to sacrifice a little bit of dignity in order to achieve their ultimate objective, that is.

New research suggests that expressions of sadness by a speaker in a negotiation context can increase their ability to “claim value” in negotiations if they can make the listener experience concern on their behalf.

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July 6 2015

Traders' hormones' may destabilize financial markets


The hormones testosterone and cortisol may destabilise financial markets by making traders take more risks, according to a study.

Researchers simulated the trading floor in the lab by having volunteers buy and sell assets among themselves. They measured the volunteers' natural hormone levels in one experiment and artificially raised them in another.

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July 6 2015

Science proves what you suspected: hiking's good for your mental health


Do not underestimate the power of a walk in the woods: A new study suggests that even a 90- minute stroll in a natural environment can lead to measurable changes in the brain, and may help combat depression.

Previous research has shown that just a 50-minute walk in nature can improve your mood, decrease your anxiety and even improve your memory. But for the new study, published this week in PNAS, the research team wanted to see if they could understand what the mechanisms for these positive effects might be.

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July 6 2015

Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity


Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out.

Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create "human-quality" short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. The judges won't know which is which.


Related: Can computers be creative?

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July 6 2015

Robot law: what happens if intelligent machines commit crimes?


The fear of powerful artificial intelligence and technology is a popular theme, as seen in films such as Ex Machina, Chappie, and the Terminator series.

And we may soon find ourselves addressing fully autonomous technology with the capacity to cause damage. While this may be some form of military wardroid or law enforcement robot, it could equally be something not created to cause harm, but which could nevertheless do so by accident or error. What then? Who is culpable and liable when a robot or artificial intelligence goes haywire?.

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July 6 2015

Solar-Powered Plane Soars to New World Records


A solar-powered airplane currently soaring over the Pacific Ocean, from Japan to Hawaii, has set a slew of new world records, logging the farthest and longest flights made so far in a solar-powered aircraft.

The Solar Impulse 2 plane set the new distance and duration records when it flew 3,519 miles (5,663 kilometers) in 80 hours. The solar-powered aircraft is currently partway through a planned journey around the world.

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July 6 2015

Farm use of drones to take off as feds loosen restrictions


Mike Geske wants a drone.

Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm—a job he now pays three men to do.

"The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal," Geske says, watching as a small white drone hovers over a nearby corn field and transmits detailed pictures of the growing stalks to an iPad.

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July 6 2015

Lion Facial-Recognition Debuts in Africa


Even the king of the jungle can't escape getting his picture taken these days. In June the Kenya-based Lion Guardians launched the Lion Identification Network of Collaborators (LINC). The database of lion profiles was built with the first facial-recognition software specifically designed to analyze the mugs of these big cats and distinguish them from one another. With LINC, the conservation organization and other wildlife researchers will have an easier way to monitor the beasts' whereabouts.

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July 6 2015

Nanjing mobilizes animals in predicting earthquakes


Nanjing city in East China's Jiangsu province has built seven new observation sites from which to make general earthquake predictions, using animals like chickens, pigs and fish to help forecast possible risks.

Breeders here create daily reports regarding animal behavior for Nanjing's seismological departments using popular instant messaging software QQ.

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July 6 2015

Spectacular glow worm photography shines light on New Zealand's cave beauty


These ethereal images could be computer-generated Hollywood space movie scenes but are actually nature at its most awesome.

Glow worms living in New Zealand caves were captured on film by photographer Joseph Michael in a series called the Luminosity project.

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July 6 2015

Ancient fish evolved gills to survive acidic oceans


Fish gills evolved to balance pH, not breathe, suggests a new study.

This goes against the traditional assumption that gills first evolved so fish could get more oxygen as they became bigger and more active, say researchers in a recent issue of Scientific Reports.

"When we think of the gill we automatically associate it with a human lung," says co-author Dr Jodie Rummer, a fish physiologist at James Cook University in Townsville.

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July 6 2015

Tusi: Remains of ancient Chinese tribal sites are latest to be added to World Heritage List


On July 3, the World Heritage Committee unanimously approved the addition of China's stunning Tusi sites during its annual meeting in Bonn, Germany.

The sites boast the remains of an ancient political system adopted by Chinese emperors to govern ethnic minority regions in south-central and southwest China, with Tusi literally referring to the hereditary tribal headmen appointed to oversee the often unruly areas.

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July 6 2015

Israeli family discovers ancient treasure under living room


Israeli authorities said Wednesday they have identified a rare, well-preserved 2,000-year-old Jewish ritual bath hidden under the floorboards of a home in Jerusalem.

Archaeologists said the discovery in Jerusalem's Ein Kerem neighborhood shines new light on ancient Jewish and early Christian communities in the area.


Related: Step back in time: Roman footprints discovered in Israel reveal details of 1st century soldiers' hobnail boots

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July 6 2015

Democracy May Have Predated Ancient Greece


A new anthropological study has suggested democracy may not have originated in ancient Greece but much earlier, when human ancestors started living in communities, soon after the invention of stone tools. The reason the authors give is that the availability of stone tools made possible the foundation of more egalitarian societies than the strict social hierarchies dominant in hominin communities until then, which favoured the most physically strong individuals.

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July 5 2015

Ancient 'mummy' unearthed from 'lost medieval civilisation' near Arctic, claim scientists


The expected but as yet unopened human remains are wrapped in birch bark and it is likely that this 'cocoon' contains copper which - combined with the permafrost - produced an accidental mummification.

Archeologists working at the site, near Salekhard, say they suspect the remains are of a child or teenager from the 12th or 13th centuries AD.

The new find matches others discovered at Zeleny Yar, belonging to a mystery medieval civilization with links to Persia despite its position on the edge of the Siberian Arctic.

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