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March 26 2015

Ancient Martian lake system records two water-related events


Researchers from Brown University have completed a new analysis of an ancient Martian lake system in Jezero Crater, near the planet's equator. The study finds that the onslaught of water that filled the crater was one of at least two separate periods of water activity in the region surrounding Jezero.

"We can say that this one really well-exposed location makes a strong case for at least two periods of water-related activity in Mars' history,".

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March 26 2015

Using 19th Century Technology to Time Travel to the Stars


In the late 19th century, astronomers developed the technique of capturing telescopic images of stars and galaxies on glass photographic plates. This allowed them to study the night sky in detail. Over 500,000 glass plate images taken from 1885 to 1992 are part of the Plate Stacks Collection of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), and is is the largest of its kind in the world.

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March 26 2015

Complex genetic ancestry of Americans uncovered


By comparing the genes of current-day North and South Americans with African and European populations, an Oxford University study has found the genetic fingerprints of the slave trade and colonisation that shaped migrations to the Americas hundreds of years ago.

The study published in Nature Communications found that: *While Spaniards provide the majority of European ancestry in continental American Hispanic/Latino populations, the most common European genetic source in African-Americans and Barbadians comes from Great Britain

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March 26 2015

Study shows humans are evolving faster than previously thought


Humans are evolving more rapidly than previously thought, according to the largest ever genetics study of a single population.

Scientists reached the conclusion after showing that almost every man alive can trace his origins to one common male ancestor who lived about 250,000 years ago. The discovery that so-called “genetic Adam”, lived about 100,000 years more recently than previously understood suggests that humans must have been genetically diverging at a more rapid rate than thought.


Related: Big toe’s big foot holds evolutionary key

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March 26 2015

We Get Infected By Other People’s Emotions – And That’s a Good Thing


One day in October 2010, at a school in the Gaibandha district of northwest Bangladesh, a pupil noticed that the label on a packet of crackers she was eating had darkened. Fearing the crackers were contaminated – “the devil’s deed”, as she put it – she almost immediately fell ill, complaining of heartburn, headache and severe abdominal pain.

The condition quickly spread among her fellow pupils, and later to other schools in the area.

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March 26 2015

Could a pill make us more fair with money?


Could a pill make people more attune to inequality? When scientists gave people a drug that prolongs the effects of dopamine, they divvied up money more fairly.

The researchers say that future studies may lead to a better understanding of the interaction between altered dopamine-brain mechanisms and mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia or addiction, and potentially light the way to diagnostic tools or treatments for these disorders.

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March 26 2015

Ancient bacteria found in hunter-gatherer guts


Eat like a hunter-gatherer and you’ll be healthier—so goes the thinking behind so-called paleo diets. But a new study suggests that humans who live in industrialized societies don’t have the guts to stomach a real hunter-gatherer diet. Compared with hunter-gatherers, industrialized peoples’ intestines have fewer kinds of microbes—and are missing at least one major group of ancient bacteria. Yet even with all of these extra microbes, hunter-gatherers have fewer gut ailments, such as Crohn’s disease, colitis, and colon cancer.

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March 26 2015

The Navajo Nation Will Soon Have the Country's First-Ever Junk-Food Tax


Next month, after three years of legislative tug-of-war, the Navajo Nation will become the first place in the United States to impose a tax on junk food. The Healthy Diné Nation Act of 2014, signed into law by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly last November, mandates a 2 percent sales tax on pastries, chips, soda, desserts, fried foods, sweetened beverages, and other products with "minimal-to-no-nutritional value" sold within the borders of the nation's largest reservation.


Related: Diet soda linked to increases in belly fat in older adults

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March 26 2015

No baked beans: Surprising discovery of elite heat-tolerant beans could save 'meat of the poor'


Amidst fears that global warming could zap a vital source of protein that has sustained humans for centuries, bean breeders have announced the discovery of 30 new types, or lines as plant breeders refer to them, of “heat-beater” beans that could keep production from crashing in large swaths of bean-dependent Latin America and Africa.

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March 26 2015

We’re treating soil like dirt. It’s a fatal mistake, as our lives depend on it


Imagine a wonderful world, a planet on which there was no threat of climate breakdown, no loss of freshwater, no antibiotic resistance, no obesity crisis, no terrorism, no war. Surely, then, we would be out of major danger? Sorry. Even if everything else were miraculously fixed, we’re finished if we don’t address an issue considered so marginal and irrelevant that you can go for months without seeing it in a newspaper.

Soil is an almost magical substance, a living system that transforms the materials it encounters, making them available to plants. That handful the Vedic master showed his disciples contains more micro-organisms than all the people who have ever lived on Earth. Yet we treat it like, well, dirt.

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March 26 2015

Scientists Discover A New Form Of Ice — It's Square


Scientists recently observed a form of ice that's never been seen before, after sandwiching water between two layers of an unusual two-dimensional material called graphene.

It's the latest surprise from the lab of a guy who is perhaps best-known for levitating a frog in a magnetic field, even though it's his groundbreaking work with graphene that won him a Nobel Prize.

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March 26 2015

Second natural quasicrystal found in 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite


A team from Princeton University and the University of Florence in Italy has discovered a quasicrystal—so named because of its unorthodox arrangement of atoms—in a 4.5-billion-year-old meteorite from a remote region of northeastern Russia, bringing to two the number of natural quasicrystals ever discovered. Prior to the team finding the first natural quasicrystal in 2009, researchers thought that the structures were too fragile and energetically unstable to be formed by natural processes.

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March 26 2015

Bacterial Paintings? New Art Uses Tiny Life Forms


AUSTIN, Texas — From bacterial paintings to clothing that grows, the boundaries between art and science are getting ever more blurry.

More and more artists are harnessing living creatures to make political statements or illuminate the underpinnings of the modern world, researchers said here Friday (March 13) at the 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival. Still others are coming up with futuristic biological solutions to present-day problems and human limitations.

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March 26 2015

New Snakebite Antidote Borrows from Opossum's Immunity


Snakebite victims may one day have the humble opossum and its curious immunity to snake venom to thank for an antidote that can be made cheaply and administered in as large a dose as needed, without side effects.

During an annual meeting and exposition being held this week by the American Chemical Society in Denver, a research team out of San Jose State University announced it had synthesized part of a serum protein from opossums that protected laboratory mice from the venom of both U.S. diamondback rattlesnakes and Russell's vipers from Pakistan.

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March 26 2015

BPA cuts fertility in fish 3 generations later


The offspring of fish exposed to Bisphenol A (BPA) have decreased fertility and increased embryo mortality three generations later. A new study suggests that exposed humans and their children could be affected in the same way.

BPA is a chemical that is used in a variety of consumer products, including water bottles, dental composites, and resins used to line metal food and beverage containers. Aquatic environments such as rivers and streams often become reservoirs for these endocrine-disrupting chemicals.

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March 26 2015

Japan to build 250-mile-long, four storey-high wall to stop tsunamis


Japanese authorities have unveiled plans to build a giant 250-mile long sea barrier to protect its coastline from devastating tsunamis.

According to the proposals, the £4.6bn ($6.8bn) barrier would reach 12.5m high in some places – stretching taller than a four storey building.

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March 25 2015

Animals May Help Predict Earthquakes - Study


Electricity in the air appears to help animals predict earthquakes, according to a new study of the phenomenon.

Camera traps in Peru's Yanachaga National Park in Peru have shown an "amazing" drop in animals numbers up to 23 days before a major quake.

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