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July 7 2015

Bonobos use a range of tools like stone-age humans


Bonobos can be just as handy as chimpanzees. In fact, bonobos' tool-using abilities look a lot like those of early humans, suggesting that observing them could teach anthropologists about how our own ancestors evolved such skills.

Until now, bonobos have been more renowned for their free and easy sex lives than their abilities with tools. They have never been seen to forage using tools in the wild, although only a handful of wild populations have been studied because of political instability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where they live.

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July 7 2015

Paying People to Be Healthy Usually Works, if the Public Can Stomach It


Few people seem comfortable with the idea of paying patients to do what we want them to do.

That’s unfortunate, because there’s a significant amount of research that says this works.

I’m not talking about things like wellness programs, which offer reductions in insurance premiums if you do what your employer wants.

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July 7 2015

'Here comes the sun': Does pop music have a 'rhythm of the rain?'


Weather is frequently portrayed in popular music, with a new scientific study finding over 750 popular music songs referring to weather, the most common being sun and rain, and blizzards being the least common. The study also found many song writers were inspired by weather events.

The study, led by the University of Southampton, together with the Universities of Oxford, Manchester, Newcastle (all part of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research) and the University of Reading analysed the weather through lyrics, musical genre, keys and links to specific weather events.

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July 7 2015

Alcohol enhances our responses to food aromas, making us crave it even more


It's long been known that when we’ve enjoyed a few beverages (or perhaps a few too many) we can experience surges in appetite and desire for food, and a new study in the US offers a fairly radical explanation for our cravings: alcohol makes food smell better.

According to research conducted by Indiana University, exposure to alcohol sensitises the brain's response to food aromas, making us more receptive to its foodly charms, which can in turn, of course, lead to increased calorific intake.

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July 7 2015

Researchers show how our sense of smell evolved, including in cave men


A group of scientists led by Dr Kara Hoover of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and including Professor Matthew Cobb of The University of Manchester, has studied how our sense of smell has evolved, and has even reconstructed how a long-extinct human relative would have been able to smell.

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July 7 2015

Reaction to Smells May Help Diagnose Autism, Study Suggests


It may be possible to diagnose autism by giving children a sniff test, a new study suggests.

Most people instinctively take a big whiff when they encounter a pleasant smell and limit their breathing when they encounter a foul smell.

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July 7 2015

Blocking brain protein could stop memory loss caused by ageing


There might be a way to stave off the memory loss people experience as they get older. As people age, a protein that disrupts brain cell repair gradually builds up in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid. The offending protein, called beta2-microglobulin (B2M), has now been shown to affect how mice perform in memory tests.


Alt: 'Old-age protein' may cause memory loss

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July 7 2015

Old before your time? People age at wildly different rates, study confirms


If the school reunion was not proof enough, scientists have confirmed that people grow old at radically different rates, with some ageing much faster than their fresh-faced former classmates.

A study of nearly one thousand 38-year-olds found that while most had biological ages close to the number of birthdays they had notched up, others were far younger or older.

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July 7 2015

Scientists have discovered fundamental property of light 150 years after Maxwell's famous theory


Light plays a vital role in our everyday lives and technologies based on light are all around us. So we might expect that our understanding of light is pretty settled. But scientists have just uncovered a new fundamental property of light that gives new insight into the 150-year-old classical theory of electromagnetism and which could lead to applications manipulating light at the nanoscale.

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July 7 2015

Mystery plasma blobs lurk in deep space and no one knows why


We're honing in on the blobs from outer space.

In the past three decades astronomers have seen dips in the radio signals from quasars and pulsars, seemingly caused by a dark object passing by. These events don't all look the same, so it isn't clear if they share a cause. Sometimes different radio frequencies are delayed by different amounts, while other times the radio signal twinkles.

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July 7 2015

Wheel Worries: Mars Rover Curiosity Dealing With Damage


NASA's Mars rover Curiosity faces ongoing wheel wear and tear as it continues its trek across the rock-strewn Red Planet.

The car-size Curiosity rover has been on duty since landing on Mars in August 2012. Curiosity has six aluminum wheels, each with its own individual motor. The rover has a top speed on flat, hard ground of a little over 1.5 inches (4 centimeters) per second.

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July 7 2015

Earth and Mars Could Share A Life History


While life is everywhere on Earth, there is much debate about how it began. Some believe it originated naturally from the chemistry found on our planet as it evolved. Others hypothesize that life — or at least the building blocks of it like DNA — crashed onto our planet from such extraterrestrial bodies as comets.

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July 7 2015

Dwarf planet Ceres offers big surprises for scientists


The closer we get to Ceres, the more perplexing the dwarf planet grows. NASA's Dawn spacecraft has found several more bright spots as well as a pyramid-like peak jutting out of the frigid world's surface.

The discovery is painting an increasingly complex portrait of one of the biggest "fossils" from the early solar system.

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July 7 2015

British astronomers discover five supermassive black holes


Five previously hidden supermassive black holes have been discovered by British astronomers, leading to speculation that the universe could contain millions of the mysterious monsters which chew up everything that comes close to them.

A supermassive black hole is a cosmic mass at the centre of most large galaxies with a gravitational pull nothing can escape – not even light.

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July 7 2015

Rosetta spies cometary sinkholes


The comet being studied by Europe’s Rosetta probe is riddled with pits that formed much like sinkholes here on Earth, say scientists.

They think material under the surface of the icy dirt-ball vaporises in places, resulting in voids that will then no longer support the crust above.

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July 7 2015

No alien life on Philae comet


The Guardian’s story “Philae comet could be home to alien life, say scientists” has been met with scepticism and outright dismissal by leading comet experts.

The people behind the headline are Chandra Wickramasinghe, University of Buckingham, and Max Wallis, University of Cardiff. Today, the Daily Mirror reported Wickramasinghe as saying, “Data from the comet seems to unequivocally point to micro-organisms being involved.”.

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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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