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October 19 2014

What heaven's really like - by a leading brain surgeon who says he's been there


When I was a small boy, I was adopted. I grew up remembering nothing of my birth family and unaware that I had a biological sister, named Betsy. Many years later, I went in search of my biological family, but for Betsy it was too late: she had died.

This is the story of how I was reunited with her — in Heaven.

Before I start, I should explain that I am a scientist, who has spent a lifetime studying the workings of the brain.

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October 19 2014

Meidum Pyramid site under restoration in Upper Egypt


The Meidum Pyramid’s archaeological site in Beni Suef is being restored by the government in an attempt to attract tourists to Egypt

Antiquities minister Mamdouh El-Damaty embarked on Thursday on an inspection tour around the different archaeological sites and monuments in the upper Egyptian city of Beni Suef escorted by the city’s governor Magdi El-Batiti and Youssef Khalifa, head of the ancient Egyptian section.

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October 19 2014

Humans took up residence in what is Iran today some 230,000 years ago


Some 230,000 years ago, concurrent with a warm interglacial period, Darband Rashi Caves were a safe haven for humans who used them as makeshift shelters. What is left behind by the ancient hunters offers the oldest evidence [the age of which can be determined by modern-day dating methodologies in archeology] about the early inhabitants of Iran.

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October 19 2014

Gravity’s Magic: New Seafloor Map Shows Earth’s Uncharted Depths


Volcanoes! Seafloor spreading! Hidden ridges and mountains! These are the wonders being revealed in new maps of Earth’s sea floor. And no, it didn’t require a deep-sea dive to get there. Instead we got this information from a clever use of gravity (combining the data of two satellites making measurements from orbit.).

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October 19 2014

U.S. Tornadoes Form in Swarms


Over the past couple of decades, tornado season has seen a lot more variation than it used to. Not only have some of the earliest and latest starts to the tornado season been recorded since the mid-1990s, but tornadoes are seeming to cluster together so that there are fewer days with tornadoes, but more tornadoes on the days that do have them, a new study finds.


Related: NASA now says vast methane cloud over U.S. southwest is for real

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October 19 2014

Australian volcanic mystery explained


Scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding Australia’s only active volcanic area, in the country’s southeast.

The research explains a volcanic region that has seen more than 400 volcanic events in the past four million years.


Related: Iceland Is Experiencing Its Biggest Continuous Volcanic Eruption in Centuries
Related: Japan's Volcanoes Made More Jittery by 2011 Quake

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October 19 2014

Japan approves construction of maglev bullet train that will travel 178 miles in 40 minutes


When it comes to building high-speed trains Japan is continuing to embarrass the rest of the world, with the latest line, approved by the government this Friday, capable of travelling the 178 miles from Tokyo to Nagoya in just 40 minutes

This is less than half the time it currently takes the celebrated Shinkansen bullet train to travel the route, with trains on the Chuo Shinkansen line reaching speeds of 300 mph thanks to their maglev (magnetic levitation) technology.

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October 19 2014

E-citizens unite: Estonia opens its digital borders


ESTONIA flung open its digital borders last week. The eastern European country invited anyone, anywhere, to open a bank account or start a business. By the end of the year, anyone with an internet connection will be able to live their financial life in Estonia, all without being physically present.

Such e-residency, as it is known, is a step towards a world where a person's online identity matters just as much as their offline identity; where the location of data, rather than documents, is more important.

"This is the beginning of the erosion of the classic nation state hegemony".

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October 19 2014

New Solar Battery Could Generate Cheaper Clean Energy


A new kind of solar cell could store electrical energy without any help from traditional batteries, according to a new study.

Researchers at Ohio State University, in Columbus, have developed what they're calling the world's first solar battery — a hybrid device that combines the energy-capturing abilities of a solar cell with the energy-storing capabilities of a battery.

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October 19 2014

New way of syncing music to video will revolutionise TV ads


Tiny tweaks to the soundtrack can make TV adverts much more memorable, increasing their commercial impact.

The necessary adjustments are imperceptible to the ear and eye. But Andy Rogers (pictured above and right) – in the last stages of his PhD project at the University – has proved that there are considerable perceptual improvements if the synchronisation between the music and the visual content of the commercial is altered by just tenths of a second.

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October 19 2014

Man flu is real: Scientists say men have weaker immune systems


There is such a thing as man flu, with men less resistant to pneumonia and other respiratory illnesses, according to new research.

Scientists from Harvard University have discovered that the female sex hormone oestrogen fortifies the immune system, and men are suffering for its absence.

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October 19 2014

Sugary soft drinks may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing – study


Research finds that people who reported drinking 350ml of fizzy drink per day had DNA changes typical of cells 4.6 years older

Consumption of sugary soda drinks such as cola and lemonade may be linked to accelerated DNA ageing, say researchers who have studied the impact of the drinks in more than 5,000 people.


Related: Don’t drink the (warm) water, study says

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October 19 2014

If Earth’s magnetic field flips, will cancer rates spike?


Imagine waking up one morning to discover that all compasses pointed south instead of north. Researchers say it’s not as bizarre as it sounds.

Earth’s dipole magnetic field, like that of a bar magnet, remains about the same intensity for thousands to millions of years, but for incompletely known reasons it occasionally weakens and, presumably over a few thousand years, reverses direction.

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October 19 2014

Kuiper Belt Missions Could Reveal the Solar System’s Origins


January 20, 2014, was going to be either a very good or a very bad day for the men and women working on the Rosetta space probe. The 3,000-kilogram robotic spacecraft had been launched by the European Space Agency nearly 10 years earlier and was en route to an August encounter with an obscure comet bearing the unwieldy name 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P for short). If all went according to plan, Rosetta would do something that has never been attempted before: it would loop into a tight orbit around the comet, deploy a lander named Philae to touch down on its surface, and shadow the frozen body as it crackled to life, warmed by the heat of the sun.

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October 19 2014

Cell-Like Structure Found within 1.3-Billion-Year-Old Martian Meteorite


A team of scientists from the United Kingdom and Greece led by Dr Elias Chatzitheodoridis of the National Technical University of Athens has found a mysterious oval structure embedded deep within a famous Martian meteorite called Nakhla.

Multiple fragments of the Nakhla meteorite fell to Earth on June 28, 1911 near the village of El-Nakhla in Egypt. Its crystallization age has been determined to be 1.38 billion years.

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October 19 2014

Deep space 'snowball' nears close shave with Mars


A comet the size of a small mountain is about to skim past Mars, and NASA hopes its spacecraft will be able to photograph the once-in-a-million-years encounter.

The comet, known as Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), is set to hurtle past Mars at a close distance of about 88,000 miles (141,600 kilometers).

The closest pass is expected to happen Sunday at 2:27 pm (1827 GMT).

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October 18 2014

Who owns the moon?


Whether you're into mining, energy or tourism, there are lots of reasons to explore space. Some "pioneers" even believe humanity's survival depends on colonising celestial bodies such as the moon and Mars, both becoming central hubs for our further journey into the cosmos. Lunar land peddlers have started doing deals already – a one-acre plot can be yours for just £16.75.

More seriously, big corporations, rich entrepreneurs and even US politicians are eyeing up the moon and its untapped resources.

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